A Dispatch From The Front – #IbizaIsOpen

I am one of the people Angry from Accrington complains about in the comments section of the twice-daily scare-mongering articles in the Mail Online and other electronic papers: a selfish, ignorant, virus-spreading moron who can’t go without their holiday for even one year. People have a myriad of reasons for travelling and quite frankly why I have chosen to come here to Ibiza is nobody else’s business. I do not have to defend my actions and so I won’t.

But I do want to set the record straight on the situation here on the White Island and I’ll start off … Read the rest »

One Month Today!!!

Woo hoo! Just one month to go! Thirty-one short, passing-very-fast days away. How exciting!

What?

“A month to go until what?” I hear you asking.

You mean you haven’t heard?

The Banjo Book Two is out on Kindle on 21st August. And you can pre-order your copy on this link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Banjo-Book-Two-Elaine-Spires-ebook/dp/B08CDVT7BQ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Banjo+Book+Two&qid=1595322154&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

And I am very happy about that, I can tell you. After taking four years to write the sequel to The Banjo Book One – it was supposed to only take eighteen months but life got in the way – will finally be available.

Please look for news of … Read the rest »

Decisions!

It’s been a very judgmental, decision-making time lately. And a most enjoyable one.

Last Sunday I had the great pleasure of adjudicating the North Wales Speech and Drama Festival 2020. It was done via Zoom, of course, as everything is at the moment. But I had great fun.

The standard of work was absolutely amazing and I was blown away by the talent of the young candidates who were aged 6-16. And it was so HARD making the judgments – we had several ties! Well done to everyone concerned and a huge THANK YOU to Jennie Kennedy of Kingfisher Events … Read the rest »

Like the No 5 Bus

Yes, dear readers, just like the No 5 bus you wait months for one of my articles then two come along (almost) at once!

On Friday I shared the article I had written for Write On. Here is the Q&A interview I gave them on my writing. I hope, as always, you will enjoy it. An look forward to your comments. Please feel free to share it on your social media pages.

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All About Eve

The Single Best Thing is OUT NOW!  It came out on Kindle on Valentine’s Day and it’s the finale to the Singles’ Series, and it’s a look into the future, telling us what did become of Eve and her life after leaving Travel Together at the end of Singles, Set and Match. Did she and Melv have their Happy Ever After?  You’ll have to read it and see!  It will also be out in paperback next month.

To accompany the blog tour, so wonderfully organised by Rachel Gilbey I wrote some articles for various bloggers.  I will be putting them … Read the rest »

Dagenham People

There’s been a bit of a flurry in sales of The Banjo lately.  This was helped by the talk I gave at Dagenham Library on 6th December – and greatly enjoyed! – followed by a posting on the Memories of Dagenham Facebook Page by someone who’d got a copy for Christmas. Long story short – a rise in sales of Kindle copies and also paperbacks.

Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I encountered huge difficulties in trying to sell paperback copies of my books through Amazon.  We now think it’s because I work from an iPad and it distorts the cover … Read the rest »

Talking Books, Bloggers and Brum

Last Saturday I was thrilled to find myself back in Birmingham for a Bloggers and Authors Get Together organised by the writer and blogger extraordinaire Kim Nash aka Kim The Bookworm, whose second novel, Escape to Giddywell Grange is out now.  It was so good to find myself among so many distinguished writers and bloggers; bookie people – my Tribe! Many I was meeting for the first time, but others are people I love and adore like Shell Baker of bakersnotsosecret.blog

Shell is a dab-hand with the old selfie-stick as you can see.  And she has the most amazing hair … Read the rest »

The Banjo – Paperback!

Yes. I kid you not. Finally after so much aggro with Amazon that would make a novel in itself, I am able to offer you The Banjo in paperback form through my website. The Banjo is set in Dagenham in the 50s and 60s and it’s not about a musical instrument!  A banjo is a pedestrian cul-de-sac of which there are dozens in Dagenham and the name seems only to be used here. Mention a banjo to people from other areas and they look at you as if you’re mad! 😂

To order your copy of The Banjo just go … Read the rest »

My Paperback Babies

Oh what a Proud Mummy Moment!

I am now able to hold all my Singles Babies in my arms.

I know they’ve been available on Kindle for a while – Singles,Set and Match only for a week – but there’s something wonderful about holding a proper book, don’t you think?

They will be available to buy through Amazon.co.uk within the next two weeks. Watch this space for the link.  Oohh! I feel like a proper writer!… Read the rest »