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 Loves A Selfie

Shell is a dab-hand with the old selfie-stick as you can see.  And she has … 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.

The Singles’ Series

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 »

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Players Are Ready

Play!

Here it is!  Out today to coincide with the first day of Wimbledon, on Kindle and in paperback very shortly. Singles, Set and Match.  The fifth book in the Singles’ Series. And reviews today have been super! “Very absorbing and I found it easy to get lost in Eve’s world for hours.” Overtherainbowbookblog.wordpress.com

”Elaine has such an amazing gift that wherever she writes about, you feel like you’ve had a holiday there yourself.”  Kimthebookworm.co.uk

”I must have gone through every emotion possible reading this…What a roller coaster ride. I absolutely freaking loved it.”  Bakersnotsosecret.blog

”The story has some wonderfully … Read the rest »

Paperback Holdup!

Oh dear!  After last week’s boasting of my books coming out in paperback next week I am having to eat my words.  Amazon just cannot, will not accept my book covers.  I have contacted them and they agreed “as a one-off gesture” to help me with the cover upload for Singles, Set and Match. (They ignored my plea for help with Singles and Spice.)

They sent me a version of my cover in their template to upload.  Now, I need to point out here that I had already been using their template, or rather lovely Lisa Morena of Vanilla Gecko … Read the rest »

Paperback Writer!

Good morning! I am trying to stay upbeat and positive today in spite of the weather.  Now, oddly for someone who’s lived so much of her life in hot climates, I don’t like very hot weather.  But I’m getting a bit tired of putting the heating on in the second week of June!  But the house has felt so damp and cool the last few nights that I’ve had no option.  I’ve been doing the hokey cokey with the washing.  It’s been in – out – in – out because of the sudden downpours and so shaken all about with … Read the rest »

Amazing Grace

Reviews are an author’s life blood. Our readers can’t imagine the thrill it gives us when they write a review.  Okay – sometimes a one star review sends a writer running to the coffee or something stronger! – but you learn to accept that your work isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea.  So it’s a bit galling when Amazon – yes THAT Amazon, the champion of writers and indie authors – won’t let you post a review.  This was the case when I tried to post a review for Kim Nash’s Amazing Grace.

I have to explain that … Read the rest »

The Day That Kept On Giving

Tuesday 21st May 2019 was a day to remember.

First of all, it was the cover reveal for my latest book Singles, Set and Match – and………….drumroll……….. HERE IT IS!!  Ta – daaaa!

It’s out on 1st July but it’s available to pre-order now on Kindle  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S3WGLX2/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Singles+Set+and+Match&qid=1558421691&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

At the moment it’s with an army of book bloggers who have kindly agreed to take part in my blog tour, which has been organised by the fabulous Rachel Gilbey (and who I’ve driven nuts!).  And that’s exciting and frightening at the same time.  Eeek!  Crossing all fingers and toes they’ll like it.  … Read the rest »

Three Great Announcements!

It’s a very exciting time!!

Announcement Number One…..drumroll…….:

Stanley Grimshaw is at the Bridewell.

This week my play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged by Melabeau Productions in the Lunchbox slot at the Bridewell Theatre, London EC4.  How good is that?  We are all buzzing about it and if you’re in London at lunchtime please bring your sandwiches or sushi and come and have a laugh at our one-act black comedy. Tickets available on the door at the moment or ring the theatre box office – 020 7353 3331 or online – www.sbf.org.uk

Announcement Number Two…..another drumroll….. … Read the rest »

Going International in 2019

So – here we are.  The last day of 2018.  I am not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve, I must admit.  I can’t stand all the Resolutions – why set yourself up for failure?  I know that sounds quite cynical but to be honest, most Resolutions have hit the dust by February.  If I am going to take a monumental decision about my life I can take it at any time, it doesn’t have to be 1st January.  And I also hate all the false bonhomie.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have had some great New Year’s … Read the rest »