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#SIBA Summer Indie Book Awards ‘Lost Love In Spring’

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I feel overwhelmed that my little short story ‘Lost Love in Spring’ has been nominated for this years Summer Indie Book Awards. I do not even know who put the book forward but I am over the moon. So whoever you are Thank You.

So I just want to share with you a few teasers and if you like what you see I would love it if you could vote. Unlike all the other award sites I have seen it is just one click and one vote. No sign ups or subscriptions to join just a simple vote. That can be done daily. Thank you.

So here is the image that shows the opening line of the story.

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Blurb

‘…And many a weary heart shall sing
The Snowdrop bringeth Hope and Spring.’

(From the book Poetry of the Flowers by Mrs CM Kirtland 1800)

Hope is all Emmeline has.

Under rolling storm clouds and raging thunder, the Gods unleash their wrath upon the earth, and in the chaos of the countryside awash with rivulets, Alfie Beeson is felled by some unseen force. With a desperate burst of strength, Emmeline drags her unconscious husband back to their cottage.

Throughout the winter she ministers to his needs, following her Grandmother Aspasia’s recipes collected over the years in her delicately penned ‘Home Remedies’. Alfie appears to be on the mend when the gentle, shivering snowdrops begin to raise their dainty heads above the snow, bringing hope. However, as the little flowers creep from the forest up to the cottage, Alfie takes a turn for the worse.

By the time the blooms are close enough to tap upon the door, she has lost her love. Grieving and bereft, Emmeline tries to cope without her soulmate. Her broken heart causes even her gentle artwork to suffer. Paintings are left unfinished in the parlour.

With the arrival of The Anniversary comes a surprise visitor. Will this visitor rekindle the light in Emmeline’s delicate brown eyes?

Can the hole in her heart ever be healed?

This heartfelt short story now includes a sample of some of Aspasia Cherry’s A~Z of Herbal Remedies along with poetry, a few myths and a little magic about the local flora that would have been found in and around Emmeline’s cottage.

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Reading and research are what I love to do most of all and I was swept away on a cloud of delicate plants and flora that were used for healing. In the story Emmeline uses an old tomb that her grandmother Aspasia Cherry penned over the years. I imagine the cover to have been like the one below.

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In the A~Z the layout begins with the common name and the scientific name along with its meaning. There follows a poem about the plant then its ancient and modern use. For some plants I have also added a short myth of how the plant may have derived its name. My example here is the Dandelion.

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In some of my earlier blog posts I have more examples of plants used in the book. You can search using poetry or floral poetry. Back in May I did a post on Hawthorn click HERE to check it out.

So if you have enjoyed reading about my little book, I would love it if you could vote

Voting ends Sunday 10th September 2017

To Vote click HERE

If you are interested in finding out more, or want to take a look inside on amazon.

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ebook & print Lost Love

Thank You and Happy Reading

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My Indie Author Friends in #SIBA Summer Indie Book Awards 2017

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A few of my lovely Indie Author friends and I have been nomiated for this year’s Summer Indie Book Awards for which we all feel blessed. There are only a couple of days left to vote so I hope you will help me #SpreadTheWord to #ReadMoreIndie and vote for your favourites.

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Anthology ‘Ghostly Writes’ click HERE

Two of my lovely Indie Author Friends have their stories in the Children’s Category so if you wish to vote for both you need to do this together same day same time

Children’s Category ‘A Home for Emy’ by Chris Turnbull vote HERE

Children’s Category ‘Dragon Lightning’ by Jenny S. Burke click HERE

Horror Category ‘Dead Normal’ by DM Singh vote HERE

Mystery Category ‘The Curse of Arundel Hall’ by J New click HERE

Paranormal Category ‘Crimson Moon’ by Sherri A Wingler vote HERE

Romance Category ‘Stolen Dreams’ by Maddie Wade click HERE

Short Story Category ‘Lost Love in Spring’ by Rose English vote HERE

Time Travel Category ‘Carousel’ by Chris Turnbull click HERE

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Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Part 2

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The Clock

1660-1680 was the time the longcase clock reached near perfection. It bore a newly designed anchor escapement believed to have been designed by Gulielmus (William) Clement of London in the year 1671, thus giving the clock more accuracy.

Some believe he is also the creator of the longcase that housed the longer pendulum.  The real William Clement is also credited with building ‘The Turret Clock’ for Kings College Cambridge in 1671 for which he was handsomely paid £42. The clock is now housed in the Science Museum, London.

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Here is an image of the top part of one of the Clement Clocks

c1965 Gulielmus Clement clock

This is where the magic was woven from. The story of the Clement family stems fictionally from Gulielmus (William) Clement.

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Quote from the book ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time.’

A big brass face, once bright and gleaming, barely shimmers as his long, black hands rotate slow, but sure. The intricately carved, flame mahogany long-case, was a warm golden reddish brown a year ago. Now dull, and softly muted by the accumulation of dust, it still wraps protectively around the golden pendulum heart.

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If you missed the first part of ‘Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Click HERE to go check it out.

Part 3 will follow soon, and will give a little insight into the characters from the story.

Happy Reading

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Inspiration behind ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Part 1

During a recent blog interview I was asked about what inspires me to write, and I gave the example of ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ which came about after I won 1st prize in a seasonal short story competition with my entry ‘The Magic of Grandfather Christmas’.

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Original Inspiration

I was originally inspired to write this story when I became interested in how the ‘Grandfather Clock’ got its name.

In my local library I found a wonderful book and the quote that stands out for me is this:

‘A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family’
Richard C.R. Barder 1983

(The book was ‘English Country Grandfather Clocks’)

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After a great deal more research both through books and websites I discovered a fascinating song. ‘Grandfather’s Clock’ written by Henry Clay Work, an American who had heard an intriguing story in 1874 whilst visiting ‘The George Hotel’ in Piercebridge, North Yorkshire, England. To read this story click the image below :-

Grandfather Clock Inspiration

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My favourite version of the song is by Tom Roush

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Well I don’t know if you are aware, but I am a Read-a-holic so one tiny little bit of information lead to a whole lot more. The Victorian Era is one of my favourites, so for the rest of the story I dipped in and out of the library and tangled myself further in the web.

Now I do not wish to bore you all in one go, so I have decided to share where I took my inspiration from, for ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ over several parts.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. I would love to hear your comments and if you enjoyed it come back soon for Part 2.

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Happy Reading

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