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Blog Tour: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

Today I am one of the stops on final day of the blog tour for Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green. It is the first in a series of novellas. It is a short one at just 127 pages! Today I will be interviewing Rosie.

Novella Description:

Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.

But is running away from your past ever really the answer?

Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.

Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room):Tell us a little about yourself.

I studied English Literature at Dundee University and worked as a journalist on teenage magazines and several regional newspapers in Scotland. Then I moved to Surrey and had my own business delivering boxes of fresh, organic fruit and veg to people’s doors, which I loved. It was much later in life that I decided it was high time I wrote a book!

JRR:  Did you always want to become an author?

Yes, I started scribbling mystery stories when I was about nine. Even then it was my burning ambition to see my name on the cover of a book I’d written.

JRR:  And you have done that!  Congrats!  Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up?  Did his/her writings influence you to want to become an author?

It has to be Enid Blyton. I was a real bookworm from being small and I would devour every ‘Famous Five’ or ‘Mallory Towers’ (and all the rest!) that were published. The mystery stories I started writing were heavily influenced by her books!

JRR: Who is your favorite author as an adult? Who inspires you?

It’s hard to name just one. Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, PD James, Ian Rankin.

JRR:  I know about it being hard to pick one!  Sophie Kinsella is great! She was the author that got me reading again.  What inspires you to write?

I love the whole business of writing books and I can’t imagine a time when I won’t! I love the part where I’m dreaming up a new idea and new characters – that’s really exciting – and I love writing that very first page of a new book, although it invariably changes. I’m not so keen on writing the middle because it still seems as if you have a mountain to climb. But there’s a real excitement when the end is in sight and I start writing faster! I love the editing part, where you can polish a rough draft and make it sparkle. I just love it all!

JRR:  It sounds like you have so much fun with the writing process.  Speaking of, what does yours consist of?  Do you research, do you hand-write or type, do you listen to music or need silence?)

I write on a laptop, sometimes sitting on my bed, but usually at the dining table (my son has commandeered the study/spare room as a music studio!). I do my best work first thing in the morning and when the house is blissfully quiet.

JRR:  What made you choose the Romantic Comedy genre? What is your favorite book/movie of this genre?

I like to write romantic comedies because I have to work on them every day, and if I was writing dark psychological thrillers, I think I might get a bit down! I love Marian Keyes’ The Other Side of the Story, and I never get tired of watching The Holiday!

JRR:  I love The Holiday! That is a great film!  Where did you get the idea for Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café? Did you base Ellie off anyone you know?

I wanted to write a series of novellas set in a café in a pretty village in the south of England, where I lived for a time. I knew I wanted the village to have a duck pond. And then I thought why not marry the café and the duck pond together! I never base characters on people I know – not consciously, anyway – although I’m sure elements of people I know do slip in there sometimes. I’ve got a good friend who always reads my books looking for clues, thinking I must have based the ‘plump heroine’ on her – but it’s just not true!

JRR:  If you could have dinner with three people(living or dead) who would they be and why?

I’d love to have dinner with Jane Austen. I think the conversation would be very lively, witty and full of gossip! I’d invite my lovely paternal grandma, who’s no longer with us, and ask her all about our family’s history – questions you never think to pose when they’re alive. And I’d quite like to meet Hugh Jackman because I think he’s lush!

JRR:  Sounds like a great dinner!  Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

War and Peace

JRR:  What’s the best advice you have ever received?

As an unpublished writer, the best advice I received was to never give up. Despite all the rejections, I carried on – and thankfully, in the end, my persistence paid off!

JRR: Yes it did! Thank you so much for your time with this interview Rosie.

**It’s time for a Giveaway!!! (UK Only)**

Win wooden duck ornament and chocolates

During each day of this blog tour, clues will be revealed to the true identity of Rosie Green.

Today’s Clue is: ‘Among the Treetops’ is the place to find love in my latest book!

In order to enter, you need to follow Rosie Green on Twitter, RT this tweet and then take a guess using the hashtag #WhoisRosieGreen

Find Rosie on Twitter here.


-You may guess more than once.

All entries using the hash tag will be entered, and the giveaway closes 23:00 BST 12th April

***The identity of Rosie Green will be revealed on Twitter after 12th April as will the giveaway winner.***

Good luck and don’t forget to look at posts on other days of this tour, for more clues.

About the Author:

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Café, is out on March 22nd 2018.

Find Rosie on Twitter.

A Conversation with Paige Dearth

Paige Dearth was a victim of child abuse. She writes real-life horror and refers to her work as: Fiction with Mean-ing. Stories teach lessons and Paige hopes that awareness through fiction creates prevention.

Paige will continue to write stories about young children who need to overcome adversity and then take you on their life’s journey. Her goal through fiction is to get readers so invested in the story and characters you will become one with the tome. You will shed tears of joy, grief, rage and horror. You will be emotionally invested in the outcome. She wants her readers to be thinking about the story long after they have turned the last page.

Some may say why write about such controversial and difficult subjects. Paige feels that if we look the other way and don’t address society’s fears no real growth will ever happen.  As Ben Franklin said: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Society should not look the other way because a subject seems too difficult to handle, just remember her books are fiction but people live through these real-life horrors.

So buckle up and take a Paige Dearth life changing journey. It may take you into a new world of renewed enlightenment to make a difference and change the life of a child.

Paige lives in Plymouth Meeting, PA with her husband Mike (who was portrayed as Remo in her debut novel, Believe Like A Child). This novel has been the catalyst for her writing platform. The Beginning of Believe Like A Child is based on Paige’s real-life horror however, the remainder of the novel is fiction. It is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.

Paige’s Affiliations:
ITW- International Thriller Writers
HWA- Horror Writers Association

Paige’s Newest Release:

Joon had a good life with her parents–she was loved and cared for the way all eight-year-olds should be. Then, one horrible day, her parents died, and she was put into the foster care system.

When Joon is placed with a single mother, Aron, and her two sons, nothing could have prepared her for the cruelty and brutality she would be subjected to over the next four years. When things escalate and her foster brother Deen threatens her, Joon takes to the streets to escape the viciousness of her foster family and start her life over.

Buy Never Be Alone Now!
Publication Date: March 21, 2018
Amazon US Amazon UK
414 pages

Never Be Alone is available now at these retailers:

Amazon     I-Books     Barnes-Nobel     Kobo

Paige’s Novels:

When Smiles Fade
Believe Like a Child
One Among Us
Mean Little People
Never Be Alone

Paige has written several novels, all dealing with important issues.  I want to focus on all of them, but we have to get to the interview so I am just focusing on two today:

One Among Us
Publication Date: 12/23/2014
661 Pages

Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out.

Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is abducted from her loving family and thrust into the indescribably horrific and largely unknown underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie’s life turns into a nightmare most children couldn’t imagine. When Maggie isn’t being sold to clients, she focuses on caring for Seth, a young boy who was also abducted.With the help of Detective Rae Harker, the Clarkes’ frantically search for their daughter. Haunted by his own demons, Detective Harker vows to find Maggie–dead or alive.

Years after Maggie is abducted, a strange man approaches her with a dangerous proposition and she risks everything to break free of the network of unsavory characters that control her. Not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life.

An unforgettable story of courage and survival, One Among Us serves as an eye-opening reminder that horrible things can happen to anyone–it’s how people deal with their circumstances that matters.

**Paige has sent me this tome of a novel and I can not wait to read it! I hope it will be sooner than later! Sex trafficking is becoming a major issue that affects all cities. You may think “It can’t happen here!” Then guess what? Your town is in the news!

**WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.

Mean Little People
Publication Date: April 19, 2017
506 Pages

At seven-years-old Tony learns to kill or be killed.

My name is Tony. When I was seven years old the bullies in my class almost killed me; my father was angry that I let it happen but he always hated me.

At thirteen I went to prison for a crime I didn’t commit; it was the worst experience of my life.

Living on the streets was hard; being part of a gang was harder.

Oh, and I did find people to love along the way…and, I would do anything to protect them. Anything.

**WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.

JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room):Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I had a rough upbringing, nothing came easy for me and I have worked hard to make a good life for myself. Being raised in an abusive household took my focus from learning to surviving. When I finished high school, I had no dreams or vision for my future. I was married at 19 and pregnant at 21. My first marriage ended when my husband became a heroin addict shortly after my daughter was born.

I was determined to give my daughter a good life. I wanted her to have a great childhood and to provide things for her I had only dreamed of as a kid. Scared (literally, freaking out scared) I started college when I was 25. I was 37 years old when I finished my master’s degree. It was a long, tiring road, but I was determined to set an example for my daughter and earn a living that would afford her opportunities.

Along my journey, I have met incredible people who have encouraged me by saying things I’ve never heard while growing up…” you’re smart,” “you’ll be successful,” “you can do anything you want to do,” and other things so foreign that I thought they were lying. I wasn’t raised that way, I was raised in a house where graduating high school and getting married was success. To show you what I dealt with, when I was seventeen I told my mother I wanted to be an engineer, her response, she chuckles at me, “Do you know how smart you have to be to become an engineer?”

When I was around 25 is the time I took control over my life. I met a great man (who is also a badass) and, married him one year later. Now I like to write, cook, travel and hang with my people. Oh, and I like Vodka and cranberry with lime on the lip or a large glass of red wine. And, (someone please help me), but I can eat potato chips until I puke.

JRR: You have faced a difficult life. But look where you are now!  Did you always want to become an author?

I never thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up – I wasn’t taught to think about the future. When I was 21 my real life Ebby (a character in Believe Like A Child) after hearing several of my childhood stories told me that someday I should write a book. This made me feel like I had something interesting to tell the world. It gave me hope and so that became one of my biggest dreams.

Once I was able to financially support myself and I finished college, I decided that my life experiences should be shared and so I wrote my debut novel, Believe Like A Child, the beginning of this book is based on my real-life but the remainder is purely fiction. I realized after writing this book I needed to write more novels that explored the long-term ramifications of child abuse. My goal is that through fiction I can help create prevention.

JRR:  What inspires you to write? Why do you write the types of novels that you write?

My inspiration to write stories about young children who have to face adversity comes from my own experience. I was sexually abused by my live-in Uncle at seven years old. The abuse lasted for many years. I write graphic details about my characters to bring into the forefront the raw emotion so people reading can feel what abused children experience. Young children are mentally and physically tortured every day. It’s all kept secret. That’s the way abusers train their victims. We hear news stories of abused and missing children, sometimes they are returned, but often they never go home again. These stories merely skim the surface of what might be happening to a child. This results in minimal change and so the abuse cycle continues.

Ben Franklin’s quote sums up what I am trying to achieve with my writing which I call Real-Life Horror.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
~Ben Franklin

JRR:  There are so many tough situations out there that we try not the think of.  You choose to focus on them to bring about the attention they need. Now, what does your writing process consist of? Do you research/outline, do you handwrite or type,  do you listen to music or need silence?

Oh hell, I’m a person grounded in routine. I know, kind of boring, but writing requires that I am structured:

I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and workout. Afterward, I drink my coffee and read. I try to be writing by 8:00 or 9:00.

My laptop is one of my best friends and the only time I cheat on it and handwrite something is when a thought hits me and my computer is nowhere around.

I always know the beginning and end of the novel I will write. The middle gets filled in as I am in the meditative state of writing. I keep track of ideas that pop into my head for the middle matter of my novel during and outside of my writing process. It seems my best ideas come right before I’m ready to fall asleep or when I’m on the treadmill in the morning.

My writing space is quiet, no music or noise and I just let the words flow from my imagination to the keyboard. I write my stories without worrying about fine tuning the manuscript. That worry comes later during the editing process. Let me say I hate the editing part of writing. It’s grueling, long and annoying usually because I’m chomping at the bit to write my next book. But I also know this is such an important step to putting out a good book.

As for doing research to supplement my ideas and concepts, I often find this through reading books, watching TV and documentaries and yes, some internet search. It is crazy, the shit that writers Google.

JRR: I bet so! I can imagine what your search history looks like!  But you have to know to write the story!  What kind of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

People tell me all the time they want to write a book. There is no magic or special knowledge that any writer possesses. The only way you write a book is to sit your ass down and write. When I wrote my debut novel, Believe Like A Child I only knew that I had a story to tell.

If you decide to write a novel, please, please read your finished manuscript often before sending it off to your editor. No one will care about the condition of your book like you do.

Remember that when you write, the important thing is to focus on keeping readers engaged in your story. There will always be people critical of your work and unless it’s constructive so you can learn from it, forget about it.

JRR:  Great advice!  Were you a reader growing up? If so, who was your favorite author (or books) as a child?

I loved reading in my early teens. The first book I ever read and loved so much was A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford. After Barbara, I moved on to V.C. Andrews, James Patterson and John Saul. These are just some of my early favorites.

JRR: Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

The Bible.

JRR: What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Write what you know.

JRR:  For someone who has not read anything written by you, which do you recommend for a start? Is there a particular order you recommend for reading your books? What age group are your novels for?

My books are intended for readers 18 and over. They all contain graphic content. However, there is no particular order to my books. Each are standalone.

Additionally, as a reader perk I usually weave one character from a previous novel into the new novel I am writing.
If you really can’t decide which book to start with I would probably recommend One Among Us because it deals with a topic that is more socialized than the others.

JRR: I will hav e ot look out for the ‘crossover character once I read your novels !Is there anything you can tease up about with your next novel?

My next Novel “NEVER BE ALONE” is due to be released end of March 2018.

The novel is about a young twelve- year-old girl named Joon who becomes homeless and has to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. Below is the short description:

Joon had a good life with her parents—she was loved and cared for the way all children should be. Then, one horrible day, her parents died, and she was put into the foster care system.

Joon takes to the streets to escape the viciousness of her foster family and start her life over.

On the streets, Joon finally finds comfort with a group of homeless teenagers. But things are never what they seem, and there is always a price to pay for safety on the streets. NEVER BE ALONE is a story of homelessness but hopefulness, as Joon’s relentless determination eventually helps her find her place in the world and make a difference.

JRR:  Is there anything else you would like to share?

I love to read. A few of my favorite authors are: John Saul, James Patterson, Danielle Steel and Patricia Cornwell. I also enjoy Stephen King novels and I just loved Misery and Thinner. In the past three years I have been reading several Indie authors and have enjoyed many good stories.

When I’m not working, I love to vacation, exercise and cook. Cooking is one of my passions. I get satisfaction from creating new recipes through trial and error. My husband is the guinea pig for my new creations.

I love music and find much of it inspirational and enjoyable. However, my favorite song is Let It Be by The Beatles. As a broken-hearted child, the song brings hope for an answer, I could imagine someone secretly watching out for me. More importantly the song tells me I can’t fix everything and if I just Let It Be and don’t dwell on negative things, life will move you to a better place.

I’d like to end with a reminder to everyone:
If you are being abused or you know someone who is, you must tell someone that can help. Any form of abuse is unacceptable. It will not be easy to tell on your abuser but that first step of courage is the hardest. I’m not saying the remainder of the journey will be easy, but once you or a victim finds a voice the road to healing begins. Remember it is NOT you who is at fault. Your abuser is the person with the problem no matter how often they blame you or other people.

Thank you so much for your time with this interview Paige!

Contact Paige:
Amazon Author Page
Twitter @paigedearth




A Conversation with Gemma Metcalfe

Gemma Metcalfe lives in Tenerife, Spain with her husband and two fur-babies Dora and Diego. Besides being a writer she also teaches part-time!  She also enjoys reading, eating and drinking wine!  Her second novel A Mother’s Sacrifice was published yesterday, and today I am talking with her!

Gemma’s newest release:

Publication Date: March 9, 2018
300 pages

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

Buy A Mother’s Sacrifice:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Gemma’s debut novel:

Publication Date: March 10, 2017
252 pages

One phone call. Two lives. Their darkest secrets.

Lana needs to sell a holiday, fast. Stuck in Tenerife, in a dead end job, she never expected a response quite like Liam’s. Thousands of miles away a phone rings. Liam never intended to pick up, he’s too busy choosing the quickest way to die. But at least someone should know the truth before he goes, even if that someone is a stranger. As time runs out both are drawn to the other, expressing thoughts they never imagined they would share. When you’re about to die will your secrets even matter?

Buy Trust Me:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 32 years old and married. I’m originally from Manchester UK but now live in Tenerife with my husband and two fluffy hooligans Dora and Diego. I’m a writer and a part-time primary school teacher. I love reading, eating and drinking wine!

JRR: I also have two fur-babies: Sage and Curry! Mine are cats and almost three years old.  Fur-babies are wonderful. Did you always want to become an author?

Yes! I never really believed it was possible though to be honest. It wasn’t until I started to hear about self-publishing that I thought I could give it a try. Luckily I was offered a contract with HarperCollins pretty quickly so didn’t need the self publishing route.

JRR: You were lucky to get picked up by HarperCollins, great job!  What inspires you to write? Why do you write in the thriller genre? Do you get surprised with the twists or do you know what it will be  from the beginning? How do the ideas come to you?

I write psychological thrillers because I’m interested in the mind and how it works. I’m also a huge fan of twists and double meanings. Its what interests me and I think you should always write what you’d like to read. The twists in both my books have come to me early on. In a way I think they have made the book for me. They have brought it from being just an idea to a story which I know has legs.

JRR: I really need to get to your novels. I love a great thriller! (As long as I don’t figure out the twist.) What does your writing process consist of? Do you research/outline, handwriting vs typing, music or no music?

It starts with a seed of an idea. The two novels I’ve written so far (Trust Me and A Mother’s Sacrifice) both started with a basic concept and a twist ending. From that I developed the story. I only do research when I need to, always type and need to work in silence.

JRR: What kind of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

Write what you love. Read the genre you are writing. Write the book you want to read. Take critique. Never give in.

JRR: Great advice!  Were you a reader growing up? If so, who was your favorite author (or books) as a child?

Yes, I’ve always loved to read. I started with Enid Blyton but by 12 years old I was reading Martina Cole.

JRR:  Who is your favorite author (or books) as an adult?

I don’t really have a favourite. I love so many different books. My favourite book is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes which is odd as that isn’t a thriller and mainly I read thrillers. I love Kimberly Chambers for crime and BA Paris and Mark Edwards for thrillers.

JRR:  I also enjoyed Me Before You. I have really enjoyed BA Paris’s first two novels and I look forward to her third which comes out in the US in June.Now, which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?
I read alot so I don’t think there’s any. However I do have a stack of books on my TBR pile.

JRR:  Who doesn’t have that huge TBR? I have so many it isn’t funny! (Yet I keep acquiring books….) So what is the best advice you have ever received?

I guess it was just to be yourself and have faith in your own writer’s voice.

JRR: What can you tell us about your debut novel Trust Me? Where did you get the idea for it and what made you decide to get it published? How has your life changed since publication?

Trust Me will always be my baby. It’s set between Tenerife and Manchester and revolves around a phone call between two strangers Lana and Liam. Lana is working in a back street callcentre and is carrying a big secret around with her. Liam is at home in Manchester and moments away from taking his own life. The two connect by chance and as their stories unfold, secrets and lies begin to unravel. It’s a thriller but also it has character and relationship at its heart. There is a huge twist at the end too.

The idea for Trust Me came from my own experiences of working in a callcentre.

My life hasn’t changed too much. I only teach part-time now but apart from that everything is the same.

JRR:  I used to work in a call center and it is a difficult job.  I must read Trust Me now!  Your second novel A Mother’s Sacrifice came out yesterday. What would you like to tell us about it?

A Mother’s Sacrifice is very close to my heart as it deals with issues such as infertility and anxiety, both of which are personal to me. It’s another twisty thriller, very psychological in nature, but hopefully you will once again see the heart of the characters and relate to them.

JRR: Sounds good. Hopefully it will do well!  Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’m also working on a thriller with another author which we hope to release at the end of this year!

JRR:  Great! I can not wait to find out more about that one!

**Thank you so much for your time with this interview Gemma!

Contact Gemma:
Twitter @gemmakmetcalfe