Saturday, 17 December 2016

Broken Faces Makes Being Anne's Books of the Year List 2016

Some days you wake up to incredible news and a couple of days ago I woke to find that I was tagged in an author friend’s Facebook post and discovered that my book, Broken Faces, had been chosen, as well as hers – she’s Nell Peters and her brilliant book is Hostile Witness – to be included in Being Anne’s Books of the Year List for 2016!

Anne is a Top 500 reviewer on Amazon and I was truly honoured and delighted to be in such excellent company, being chosen with 17 others. Here are some of the books below:

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

The Last Days of Leda Grey – Essie Fox

Invisible by Barbara Copperthwaite

Life Class by Gilli Allan

Redemption Song by Laura Wilkinson

What a perfect lead up to the Christmas festivities!

(Thanks to Gary Walker at Look4books for the fabulous festive banner for Broken Faces).

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chatting at Chill with a Book

I was delighted a few weeks ago when Broken Faces was awarded a Chill with a Book Award and today I'm over at the site talking about the story and my inspiration behind my WW1 historical romance, Broken Faces.

Here's the link if you want to visit the site and read all about it.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Pseudonyms and Genres

Sometimes I wish I could stick with writing one genre, and under only one name. However, I'm passionate about the Great War and stories, both heartbreaking and uplifting, from that era, so feel compelled to write historical romances where I can lose myself in the lives of my characters - like Broken Faces, written in my own name, Deborah Carr.

That said, I also enjoy writing contemporary romances, under the pseudonym, Georgina Troy. With both, I love pitching heroes and heroines against each other, coming up with conflicts to make them work hard to eventually have the life they want for themselves, and that I hope will also appeal to the reader. 

Deciding where to set scenes either here in Jersey or in the other location that I've chosen for that particular book is always fun, too, as well as coming up with careers for my hero and heroine that are different and interesting to research for the Jersey Scene books.

Writing a contemporary romance as opposed to an historical novel is quicker for me because I need far less time to research the details I wish to include in the book. Again, though I love the research I've carried out for Broken Faces - how lives were changed dramatically for those young people caught up in the fighting and saving of those around them and the medical advances brought about by enterprising surgeons who wanted to give those with serious facial injuries a chance to move on to a future where they could mix with others without being stared at our feared. Now it's back to the Edwardian era for me as I work on the first draft for the prequel, Beautiful Faces.

Much research can be done online of course, but I also like finding old books in charity sales that I wouldn't otherwise be able to buy that might tell me more about the Edwardian times, for example, or people's thinking about various ways of life. 

I've also written a YA novel, that will probably never see publication and two psychological thrillers that I'm hoping will be published at some point soon. 

Maybe one day I'll stick to writing in only one genre, but I doubt it. After all, I love reading different genre so why not enjoy writing in them too? How about you?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Coming Soon - Beautiful Faces, a Novella

This winter I'll be putting the final touches on to my prequel to Broken Faces, Beautiful Faces.

This novella is the story of the lives leading up to the start of the Great War, it shows a brief insight into Lexi's love for Freddie, while Freddie hides his secret adoration of his best friend Charles's fiance, Lexi. You'll discover their hopes and plans for a future that is cruelly shattered by the war from which none of them will escape unscathed.

The cover is a picture of my paternal grandmother, Mary, who was born in Meerut, India where she lived while her father, one of the 17th 21st Lancers were stationed there. I based Freddie on my great-grandfather, a blonde, handsome cavalryman who went on to fight in the Great War where the lives of cavalrymen was very different to any other battles they'd experienced before. 

I hope you like the novella and hope to publish it in January 2017.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Jersey's WW1 PoW Camp

To celebrate the Jersey Festival of Word - Jersey's second Literary Festival - from Thursday, 29 September to Sunday, 2 October, as well as the end of what turned out to be a pretty decent summer after all, Broken Faces has been reduced to 99p / 99c until 4 October.

Buy here at Amazon

Thank you to everyone who's bought a copy of Broken Faces. If you've already read your copy and enjoyed the book, please could you spare the time to post a quick review on Amazon? Thank you!

Broken Faces is set in WW1 in both Jersey, Shropshire, France and Belgium. It's the story of the hallowed privilege who believed life was always going to be golden. It's also the story of two young men in love with the same woman and of thousands of broken men who returned from the Front with masks over their faces to hide the irreparable damage. These men were expected to live a “normal” life. 

Spanning the 1914-18 war it is ultimately a story of how love can triumph over adversity in the most unexpected of ways.

Here's a picture of the book in front of Jersey's PoW camp from WW1, Les Blanches Blanques and here's a link to discover more and see a few pictures of the camp.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Chill with a Book Award

It's Saturday and apart from meeting up with fab author and person, Karen Clarke at the Waterfront this morning for a writerly catch-up over tea/latte, the only thing I intended doing this weekend was spend as much time as possible with my daughter before she returns to the mainland to enroll at her new uni and get started on her Masters.

You can imagine my delight when I received an email from Pauline Barclay of Chill with a Book site to let me know that readers had read Broken Faces and had given it an award. 

Writing is a long, lonely business spending time in a room focusing on a screen while your fingers tap out the story. Although it has to be said that a lot of the time is spent thinking up conversations with your fictional characters and sometimes chatting to them out-loud and even arguing with them... or is that just me?

To wake up to an award therefore is very special and I have to admit that this Chill with a Book Award made the perfect start to my weekend. 

Broken Faces

Friday, 26 August 2016

Cover Reveal: The Wendy House by Pauline Barclay

I'm delighted to be taking part today in the cover reveal for The Wendy House written by lovely person and wonderful author, Pauline Barclay. Here's more...

When Nicola changes overnight from a bright, happy young child into a sullen, rebellious girl, ceasing to show interest in anything or anyone around her, her parents struggle to understand why. As she develops into a difficult, troubled, hostile teenager they put it down to hormones, believing it will pass. Yet Nicola goes from bad to worse and no matter how much her mother tries to reach out to her, it seems she is hell bent on self-destruction. When she leaves home at seventeen, rushing into the arms of a man ten years her senior and quickly becoming pregnant, her despairing mother almost gives up on her. A decade later, the events that stole Nicola’s childhood and changed the course of her life threaten finally to destroy her. She knows if she is to cling on to her sanity she must tell her mother the dreadful secret she has carried all these years, but her fear that she will be met with disbelief, hostility and branded an evil liar drives her to the edge.

A heart-rending story of betrayal, secrets and gripping fear.

Publication Date: Saturday 3rd September
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Family-Noir

The Wendy House is available in Kindle for pre-order on all Amazon sites including

A little about Pauline

I am from Yorkshire, but have lived in several different locations including, Suffolk, Surrey and Holland.  Today, I live on one of the beautiful volcanic islands of the Canary Isles with my husband and our two gorgeous rescue doggies.

Years ago I gained a BA (Hons) degree from the Open University, today I spend my time writing fiction. I have five books published, plus a 20 minute short festive story. 

My passion is to write about events that happen in life and change everything for those involved as well as those caught up in the maelstrom. I want my characters to sit at your side, steal your attention and sweep you up in their story. Stories that will bring tears to your eyes, have you laughing out loud and sometimes, what they share with you, will stay  in your hearts for a very long time.
Twitter: @paulinembarclay
Instagram: @paulinebarclay

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Broken Faces Out in Paperback

The paperback copies of Broken Faces are now available to buy from Amazon and will soon be from Waterstones in Jersey as well as other outlets - to be confirmed soon.

I said that very calmly didn't I? Okay, so you can't hear me, but I typed it calmly despite me being incredibly excited to finally hold a copy of this book in my hand.

When Broken Faces was runner up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition several years ago I thought that it would soon be published and 'out there'. That was before I knew better, but now, after a few false starts I can finally cuddle hold my book and smile.


Sunday, 3 July 2016

An Author's Apprenticeship

I've now written nine books, five of which are published. Out of all of them the one closest to my heart is Broken Faces. As I've mentioned before this book did well in a competition and was the reason my agent signed me. It has culminated in four years of ups (a few) and downs (too many to recall) but that seems to be part of the apprenticeship of being an author. 

Now, though, Broken Faces has been published as an ebook - it will be out in paper back this autumn. It's been given a new cover because the previous one, though historically accurate, didn't show the hope in the book, only the dispair. 

I'm learning about writing, promotion and all things book related as I go along and sometimes, when I spend entire weekends facing a computer screen, I do wonder why I'm not outside enjoying my free time. But when it comes to writing there is no free time. I'm either physically typing at a keyboard, checking information for research, or promoting (which is what I find most difficult). If I'm not doing any of those things then I'm working through plot points in my head. Writing a book seems to take up an awful lot of time each day. Thankfully, for the most part, it's something I thoroughly enjoy doing.

Apart from a reader buying and enjoying a book, the most exciting thing is when they take the time to review it. Today I discovered another five star review for Broken Faces on Amazon US. (The reviews on Amazon UK and Amazon US are not automatically linked). 

This morning I've been designing new postcards to be handed out. Later today I'll go out with my family for a meal where the chatter will be about many things and very little of it book related. 

I've also been updating my website

Tomorrow I'll sit back down in front of my computer screen and carry on with the next book, a sequel to Broken Faces based during the Occupation of Jersey in WW2.

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Somme - 100 Years Ago Today

100 years ago today at 7.30am it was zero hour.

Tens of thousands of men lost their lives, were permanently maimed and if they survived they not only lost many of their friends who'd fought bravely by their sides but they'd witnessed a carnage that we can only imagine today. The sights, sounds and smells of that day and those that followed is something we're lucky enough never to experience.

Whenever the Great War is commemorated in any way, or when I research that terrible time, I can't help being moved by the thought of those young men and what they went through. 

We will never forget these men.

My research has mainly been with the cavalry as my great-grandfather, Charles Wood, was in the Lancers during the Great War. He survived only to die in 1922 just before Christmas. He'd been in the forces since the turn of the century, so was used to a battle fought on horseback. He fought in the Boer War and India, where my grandmother was born. I don't have a picture of him because when he died my great-grandmother burned them all because he'd left her.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Broken Faces - New Cover

I'm quietly sharing the new cover for Broken Faces. It isn't up on Amazon yet, but will be later today.

Although the original cover for Broken Faces (below) was historically accurate it looked too bleak, there was no colour and it didn’t indicate the romance within the novel.

It’s difficult to create a cover that shows the love, hope and heartbreak within a book based in WW1. This book is ultimately a love story but within that romance there’s a life-changing injury that four friends have to learn to deal with.

WW1 was a dark, difficult time. It changed, as well as ended, many, many lives. I haven’t held back from depicting the horror that some people experienced nor the endurance they needed to survive.

I hope it encapsulates the book better than the previous one did.

Please let me know what you think.

Monday, 13 June 2016

My Shed in the Writers' Forum Mag

Apart from my fabulous day on Saturday attending Rachel Abbott's workshop, last week had been a bit of a draining one. On Friday the assessor confirmed that my car was a write-off - it wasn't new, but I'd only had it three months. On Saturday the dishwasher died and the cooker followed suit on Sunday.

So! It was hugely cheering to discover that my interview about my shed on Phil Barrington's, Where I Write feature in the Writers' Forum magazine had been published in July's edition.

I'm chatting about my book, Broken Faces - soon to be given a new cover, my research and my writing shed.

Needless to say several copies of the magazine have been brought and I've been showing off about this exciting occurrence to all and sundry and probably driving everyone completely barmy with my shares.

It might be Monday, but it's a very happy one for me!

Rachel Abbott's Workshop

On Saturday I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Self-Publishing workshop given by the massively successful author, Rachel Abbott. I've been to a talk with Rachel before and I also love her books, so was very excited to be able to spend 7.5 hours listening to her wisdom about publishing and marketing and have not only written pages and pages of notes that I'll hopefully decipher and type up soon, but have been inspired by everything that she said.

Attending the workshop, arranged by fellow author and past Chair of the Jersey Writers Association, Gwyn Garfield-Bennett, were a range of people. Some had written books and were self-published, or, like me, hybrid authors, others were in the process of writing books, but we all had a great time and learnt a lot.

So, if you ever get a chance to attend one of Rachel's brilliantly informative talks do go along, you'll be glad you did. I know I was. I'm not off to read her new book, Kill Me Again!

Friday, 3 June 2016

When Only Cupcakes Will Do - Cover Reveal

When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cupcakes...

Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…

Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!

Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…

Publication Date: 4 August 2016

To pre-order:

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Liberation Day & Writing the Sequel

This weekend the Channel Islands celebrate 71 years of freedom from Nazi rule, with Jersey's celebrations being on Monday, 9 May. 

It's a perfect atmosphere for me work on the sequel to Broken Faces, Splintered Lives. This is a story set in Jersey, Shropshire and Paris during the Occupation (Jersey), Battle of Britain (England) and discovering what happened to the protagonists after the war (Paris).

This story is a standalone (as my Jersey Series books are) and is about Freddie, Charles, Lexi and Meri from Broken Faces and how their lives have developed since the Great War and the terrible experiences they had to endure during and after that time. 

It'll also be a year since the Jersey Writers launched their anthology, Once Upon An Island - my story is 'V for Victory'. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Over the weekend and especially on Monday we'll be raising the flags, celebrating at fairs and contemplating what those trapped in Jersey suffered during the Occupation from 30 June 1940 - 9 May 1945.

Right, enough waffling, now I'd better get out to that shed and get editing this WIP. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Updating the Website

Happy May Day and here's to a sunny *crosses fingers* and fun month of May!

I've been updating my website and adding a little bit about my news - being in Writing Magazine - and adding my writing tips. 

I'm going to be adding more about my research - mainly in Paris - for Broken Faces, which will soon be receiving a new cover, but more about that soon and talking about the discoveries I made in my research, some of which were so surreal I can still hardly believe they happened.

Having a blog and a website and Facebook and Twitter, oh, and Pinterest and Instagram, it's a little difficult to know what to put where and what to repeat, but it's all good fun, most of the time.

Here's the link to my website to one of the pages in case you wish to have a quick visit:

Hope you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Writing Magazine

Some of you might know that although I write in my own name, Deborah Carr (or D M Carr) and I also write a contemporary romance series, The Jersey Scene, for Accent Press as Georgina Troy

I'm delighted to have been interviewed as me (Deborah Carr) for the May edition of Writing Magazine for a new column, 'I Wish I'd Known...'

I'll be talking about my fear and a little about my historical romance, (as Deborah Carr), Broken Faces, as well as writing for Accent Press as Georgina Troy for my Jersey Scene Series - A Jersey Dreamboat (book 3 is out now) and A Jersey Bombshell (book 4) is being edited for publication in June/July.

If you subscribe to the magazine and read the piece please let me know what you think.

Monday, 28 March 2016

An Unexpected Message

My book, Broken Faces, now has 11 reviews on and all of them 5 stars - I'm delighted to say - saying things like 'spectacularly powerful', 'As soon as I started it I could not put it down', 'I have not read anything quite like it before,' 'I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for an historical read where romance and history are nicely combined.' 'The author introduces the wonderfully rich language of the First World War', and so on. It was runner up in a novel writing competition, it's only £1.66 on Amazon..., so why does nobody want to buy it?

I recently posted about William Kearsey, a handsome young Australian soldier - who inspired my character Freddie Chevalier -  who went as far as having corrective eye surgery so that he could fight for his country only for him to receive life-changing injuries to his face. Here's the post. A woman named Kerry came across my post who'd not only done her PHD on William Kearsey - and others like him - and is the curator of an exhibition in New Zealand WW1: Love and Sorrow, but has also got to know his family well. She told me she was going to read my book. Cue panic! 

I was massively relieved, and a little overwhelmed, when she contacted me again shortly afterwards to say: 'I have finished Broken Faces - and I'm lost for words.  It is a wonderful, wonderful novel, and I couldn't help but imagine William as I was reading it.  You did an incredible job of capturing the emotional struggle these men, and those around them, went through.' 

Needless to say it was a little surreal reading those words from someone who'll know more about this man than I could ever hope to do. To know that she knew him so well and couldn't help imaging him as she was reading it is massive praise indeed! Praise for which I'm hugely grateful!

Much to my sadness though, after initial reasonable sales no one seems to be interested in buying Broken Faces and I admit I was losing my confidence... However when I received that lovely email telling me how much Kerry had loved my book, I decided that if nothing else, through her I've now been able to send a message to William Kearsey's family almost 100 years after his terrible injuries to let them know that across the world their father/grandfather's story still resonates with people they'll probably never meet. That and the joy that I experienced researching and writing this book should really be enough for me. Shouldn't it?

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Words, Words, Words

Last night I attended a drinks party and preview of an exhibition in the Story of Jersey Gallery at the Jersey Museum for a project developed in partnership with the Jersey Festival of Words, 'Words, Words, Words'. (Here's a scary picture of me standing next to my piece for the project).

Twenty-five local writers - authors, poets, playwrights and journalists - were given a random exhibit with the challenge of writing a 60 word label. My object was a flattened musket ball that had been shot into the shoulder of a Mrs Fiott when she looked out of her window to see what was going on during the Battle of Jersey on 6 January 1781. My story is called, The Keepsake and it was exciting to see it printed up and standing next to the objects that I'd been sent to write about (the musket ball and a small painted miniature of Mrs Fiott).

The labels are on display  at the Jersey Museum from Saturday 12 March and the project is well worth visiting. In fact the museum is a 'must see' if you live on the island, or visit here. I've eaten lunch at the brilliant brasserie there and had drinks, I've also attended talks with the Jersey Writers in rooms at the museum but I haven't taken the time to look around the fascinating history of this island for far too long. 

It was a wonderful evening and I'm delighted to have been asked to take part.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Researching Books

Researching a book is always fun because you're learning more about a topic in which you're interested. For Broken Faces I spent a week in Paris staying in my aunt's flat. We found the building where the studio was situated where Anna Coleman Ladd and other artisans made masks for the damaged faces of the young soldiers. Here's a picture of the stairs that those men would have made their way up towards the sunlit studio. No doubt nervous to, a) show their face to someone they didn't know, and b) have to endure the sometimes suffocating feeling that came with having your face covered in plaster of Paris while a mould was taken.

Another place that fascinated me was Père Lachaise Cemetery where many famous people are buried from Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust and of course to, Jim Morrison from The Doors. The atmosphere of this cemetary is all encompassing. The heavy sadness brought about by the detail of the personal monuments that families built to remember their loved ones is unmistakeable. It's almost like visiting a scene from a film but one that envelopes you and takes your mind off in various tangents. As you meander down the cobbled walkways between the graves and come across
spectacles such as Oscar Wilde's lipstick covered tomb, which has been cleaned up since I visited, to Jim Morrison's small and unremarkable grave where on a nearby tree someone has written in marker pen, 'Show me the way to the next whisky bar', to graves where the abject heartbreak of those left behind is clearly evident, one with a zeppelin depicted across the top of the gravestone making you presume that the corpse enclosed in this grave was either a pilot of one of these aircrafts or killed by one. Whatever scenarios this peaceful and unique place conjours up for the visitor it is definitely somewhere I'd like to go to again.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Writing Ambitions

I love writing, then again who would spend most of their free time doing something they didn't enjoy? For years though I've had a vision of how what I'd like to achieve with my books. Some of the things I have managed to achieve, getting a fabulous agent, signing a four-book deal with a publisher (for my Georgina Troy Jersey Scene series), seeing my books in our local Waterstones and both being in the Top Ten book charts for several weeks, and ultimately seeing Broken Faces in print - or at least ebook for the time being. Each of those events were incredibly exciting.

However, I now don't feel the need to become a Booker Prize winner, probably because I can't imagine that ever happening to me, or one of my books. I don't see myself becoming the next Barbara Taylor-Bradford, or Gillian Flynn, but I do see myself carrying on with my writing and working hard to write the best books possible. I'm going to continue spending long happy hours writing in my shed, or outside in the garden and enjoying creating characters and plotlines and working on them until the book is good enough (in my eyes) to be published. 

I don't see this as lowering my expectations, though maybe it is, but after a year of changes, family illnesses and the loss of two relations, all I really want is to make the most of my life and enjoy every moment, even on cold, miserable days like today.

Do you have writing ambitions that might have altered since you first began writing?

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Historical Heroes

Sir Harold Gillies copyright Dr Andrew Bamjii
One of my favourite parts of writing a book is the research and this was especially fascinating for Broken Faces. I was intrigued by pioneering work of the brilliant plastic surgeon, New Zealander, Sir Harold Gillies. This month is the centenary of the plastic surgery he carried out after relocating to Aldershot back in January 1916 to work on the facial injuries suffered in the battles of the Great War. Here's an article telling you more about him and his incredible work.

I was shocked on discovering the photographs of his patients, some taken over several years and showing the painstaking surgeries they endured. These young soldiers who in a split-second lost part of their face to hot scrapnel, or a bullet, had so much to thank him and his expertise for as he slowly gave them back some semblance of normality that they must have yearned for. Looking at photos of some of these men when they were much older, it was difficult to imagine that they'd lost a nose, or chin years before as the reconstructive surgery had been done so well.

Sir Harold Gillies was the cousin of Sir Archibald McIndoe the pioneering surgeon in World War 2 who is probably best known for his achievements with his patients who he referred to as his 'guinea pigs. They went on to set up a social club called, The Guinea Pig Club in 1941. I researched his work for the sequel to Broken Faces, Splintered Lives, which I'm hoping to be published next year. 

It's hard to imagine how much these two cousins achieved in these two wars and how many lives they helped to rebuild. Both true historical heroes.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Writing Books & Book Reviews

I cherish the time I spend alone writing - it helps when all three dogs sleep at the same time - and I can lose myself in my latest book. At the moment I'm between books, Broken Faces has been published in ebook format and will be coming out in paperback in the Spring, and I should be receiving edits from my new editor at Accent Press for the fourth book in the series, A Jersey Bombshell. In the meantime, however, I'm staring at a blank page and planning my next book.

I've learnt many things about writing and one thing that I didn't know until a published author friend pointed it out to me a couple of years ago, was that when you post a review to, it doesn't show up on and visa versa. 

So, if you want to help an author whose book you've enjoyed, apart from telling your friends about the book, the most visual way for the author to see you've enjoyed his/her book is by posting a review, ie to Then copy and paste your review and post it on the opposite Amazon website. It's a huge way to encourage writers, most of whom have severe bouts of self-doubt... like I'm having today.

Happy reading.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

My Inspiration Behind the Broken Face

Yesterday was the Facebook launch party for my debut historical novel, Broken Faces - a
massive thank you to all those that joined in. It was four hours of fun - for me - sharing my inspiration behind my four main protagonists: 

- Freddie Chevalier (beautiful man who becomes the broken face),
- Meredith (Meri) Sutton (his best friend's fiancee with whom he's secretly in love),
- Charles Baldwyn (his best friend and heir to a Shropshire estate and many problems), and;
- Lexi Baldwyn (Charles's younger sister, who desperately wishes she was more like Meri and that Freddie would see her as the woman she has become). 

I was able to share some of the discoveries I made while researching about the masks made in the studio in Paris by Anna Coleman Ladd and Francis Derwent Wood for the severely disfigured men for whom doctors were unable to satisfactorily restore their looks. This left most of them with no option - or so they believed - other than to either hide themselves away or cover the more damaged parts under copper masks.

One of these brave men I was drawn to use as inspiration for Freddie was William Kearsey (see pic above), a beautiful Australian soldier who, at the age of 25, was severely disfigured in Belgium  on 3 October 1917. He had 29 operations to repair the severe damage and ended up looking very different, but also went on to build a life for himself eventually marrying in his fifties. If you'd like to find out more about him and his life story, here's a link to the Inverell Times. 

I discovered many harrowing stories during my research and because my paternal great-grandfather, was a Lancer in the cavalry and because I've always loved horses, I placed my male protagonists in the cavalry. I've been lucky enough to own five horses while growing up and so enjoyed the special bond that horse and rider experience. I can only imagine the intensity of that relationship when you're confronted with death and destruction and consequences when the worst happens. Hopefully I've conveyed those emotions in Broken Faces. 

My maternal great-grandfather was a stretcher-bearer, an intensly dangerous job where men risked their lives constantly to rescue those soldiers lying badly wounded at the Front. What they experienced must have been both harrowing and devastating. My great-grandfather was shot in his ankle but survived the war, so was one of the luckier ones. I've tried to convey the dedication of these men through Meredith (Meri) Sutton's work as a nurse in Amiens.

Broken Faces is out now in e-book only, but will be out in paperback in the summer.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Game of Thrones Journal & New Book

Being an avid Game of Thrones fan, I was thrilled when my son bought me this Stark journal for Christmas. Unfortunately we're going to have to wait until late April to start enjoying Season 6, but in the meantime there's a lot to be getting on with. Being a writer and lover of stationery I'm sure you can imagine how thrilled I was with this gift. I'm still deciding what to write in my GoT journal, but maybe it'll be ideas for future books, or something similar.

Now that Broken Faces has been published in e-book - with the paperback coming out later this year - and the Christmas/New Year festivities are over, I'm working on edits for my next historical romance. It's a standalone novel set in WW2, called Splintered Lives. The story is set during the occupation of the island of Jersey, but it also follows on from the main characters that you meet in Broken Faces. Once again, I'm loving the research and this time I have people I can ask about the Occupation who lived through that dark time rather than having to simply rely on books and the internet for my research.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

New Website/Good Books

Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 is full of bookish loveliness, long sunny days and much time spent reading and writing, or maybe that comes under the bookish loveliness?

I began the New Year by setting up Happy New Year posts on my Debs Carr and Georgina Troy Facebook pages using a 2015 picture! No one mentioned it and I thought that maybe no one had noticed, then as time moved and I spoke to people it turns out that the only person who hadn't noticed my 'deliberate mistake' was me! Quelle surprise, not. Great start to the year and so typical of me.

Having spent days fretting about not being able to access this blog - although it turns out that I needed to access it via a defunct email address... long, very dull story - I set up a new website: Now for a non-techy person this takes time and not a little confusion, but it's getting there, slowly.

As for resolutions, I usually aim to lose weight, write more books and read as many books as I can, do more/any exercise, etc.

This year, I'm going to aim to do something I know I'll enjoy doing and that will be writing at least one more book and reading as many of my talented friends' books that are waiting for me on my Kindle as possible. I began reading Girl Number One by Jane Holland last night and only stopped because the battery on my Kindle died! It's a brilliant book and I'm going to say bye now and carry on reading it. If you haven't read it yet, you're missing a treat.

Happy New Year, once again! x