Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Audio preview: The Tuppenny Child


There's a preview of the audio of my next book, THE TUPPENNY CHILD (out May 30 in hardback, audio and ebook) at if anyone would like to listen to it. 

It's read by the wonderful actress, Janine Birkett, who also narrated my debut novel BELLE OF THE BACK STREETS.

You can listen to a preview here.

And if you'd like to order THE TUPPENNY CHILD in hardback, audio or ebook, the link is here.

I've been invited to do a book signing of the hardback book on June 8 at Waterstones, Sunderland. The full list of upcoming events is here.

Glenda Young



Tuesday, 7 May 2019

WIN! Belle of the Back Streets plus a sweet treat

COMPETITION TIME! 

Enter to win a personalised, signed copy of BELLE OF THE BACK STREETS by Glenda Young. 


The book prize comes with a bookmark and postcard plus a lovely box of chocolates! 

Overseas fans can enter.

Deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 10th May 2019.

Good luck!

Enter at https://www.facebook.com/GlendaYoungAuthor/

Glenda Young
Author: Belle of the Back Streets


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Nominated for a RONE Award!


My novel, The Promise of Tomorrow has been nominated for a RONE award. Would love some votes for it please.
Register and vote online at InD’tale Magazine.



Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Available for pre-order!


Available for pre-order!

Millie - the first book in a new 4 book series!

Will the events of the past destroy everything she wished for?

#historical #1920s



A brand new series from the author of the Kitty McKenzie series and The Slum Angel. 

The Great War is over, and Millie is ready to leave her loving family home and be a wife to Jeremy who is everything she had hoped for. 

Until… 

Not long after their wedding, Millie discovers Jeremy is affected by shell shock and moving into his late father’s cold dark estate escalates the problem. Millie tries to help, but Jeremy grows more distant and befriends a homeless, wounded ex-soldier, Monty, who has secrets... 

As Millie’s distrust of Monty grows, a rift is created between her and Jeremy and when he leaves to receive hospital treatment, she is left feeling abandoned. When her family is dealt a terrible loss, it is Millie who must be the strongest. However, just when she feels things couldn’t become worse, she suffers her own heartbreaking tragedy. 
Grieving and alone, Millie wonders if her marriage can ever be mended, but she can’t give up without a fight. 

Will a new home for her and Jeremy in a foreign country be the answer, or will the events of the past destroy everything she wished for? 


Monday, 15 April 2019

Christmas to Come

The 1950's had it all!
The 1950's had it all! Espresso coffee bars, the Kray twins, illegal hooch, London night clubs, racketeers, crime capers, escorts, post-war glam waving goodbye to utilitarian austerity. Rationing was just a shadowy memory by the time the 60s dawned. And what a decade that was to be! Icons by the dozens; Elvis, the Beetles, Rock n'Roll, Flower Power, The Pill, you name it. These glittering years offered an abundance of the X Factor, although at the time, Simon Cowell was light years away from his unbelievably successful creation.
I loved writing Bella because I was there, full of ambition as Bella was, attempting to aspire to something different, to be different, to choose peace instead of war, to take life and not fight or repress it, but make love instead. Bella doesn't hesitate to take her chance of happiness. She is ready to sell her soul in order to capture that fleeting moment.
Nothing can stop Bella - as it didn't stop us. 
Read all about Christmas to Come on AMAZON


Monday, 25 March 2019

COVER REVEAL: Pearl of Pit Lane


Absolutely chuffed to bits to be able to reveal the cover of my third novel, Pearl of Pit Lane.

Pearl of Pit Lane is released in November this year in hardback, audio and ebook and in paperback in March 2020. 

'Put me to work on pit lane, would you? Is that all you think I'm worth?'

When her mother dies in childbirth, Pearl Edwards is left in the care of her aunt, Annie Grafton. Annie loves Pearl like her own daughter but it isn't easy to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Annie knows the best way to supplement their meagre income is to walk the pit lanes at night, looking for men willing to pay for her company.

As Pearl grows older she is unable to remain ignorant of Annie's profession, despite her aunt's attempts to shield her. But when Pearl finds herself unexpectedly without work and their landlord raises the rent, it becomes clear they have few choices left and Annie is forced to ask Pearl the unthinkable.

Rather than submit to life on the pit lanes, Pearl runs away. She has nothing and nowhere to go, but Pearl is determined to survive on her own terms...

You can, if you'd like to, order it here.


Glenda Young

Website: glendayoungbooks.com
Twitter: @flaming_nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor



 BELLE OF THE BACK STREETS

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Mujeres en el Frente

 

Number 1 on Sagas and Video familiar, plus 8 on Ficción femenina on Amazon.es - Spain. 




https://www.amazon.es/Mujeres-en-frente-Freda-Lightfoot-ebook/dp/B07HYVJ1XW


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Competition! Win BELLE OF THE BACK STREETS and chocolate!


Belle of the Back Streets, my debut saga, is released in paperback on Thursday March 7th and if you'd like to you can order it here.

Or you might like to enter to win a signed hardback copy, with bookmark, postcard and a lovely big bar of chocolate too!

The competition is on my Facebook page here.

Good luck!

Deadline for entries is Saturday 2 March at 5pm. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page too.

Glenda Young
glendayoungbooks.com

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Just released!!

My new book, The Slum Angel, set in Victorian York has been released in ebook and paperback.



The Slum Angel Blurb

Orphan, Victoria Carlton is brought up by her uncle, a banker, to be a lady and make a good marriage. Yet, she is drawn to help the poor families in the slums, much to her family’s disgust. When her uncle dies suddenly, her cousins blame Victoria, and she is thrown out of the house with nothing.
Victoria flees to the poor side of York to start again in a world that is full of perils. To combat the heartache of being without her family, she befriends the destitute women and children in the slums, but such friendships come with the danger of disease, and increasing poverty, and the threat of a brutal man could cost her everything.
Can Victoria find the security she has lost? Will a certain doctor be the man she can give her heart to? Or will the ghosts of the past return to take away everything she has worked so hard for?

Purchase in paperback and ebook from Amazon.

Amazon: http://mybook.to/theslumangel

About the author:
AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate - not always in that order!
Find out more about AnneMarie on her website http://www.annemariebrear.com



Saturday, 12 January 2019

Why I chose to write historical fiction

In a recent interview I was asked why I chose to write historical novels, and more specifically why I like to write novels set in the Victorian and Edwardian era. This was my answer, which I kept rather short, otherwise I'd gone on for hours!


I love history. I love the idea of writing about what might have happened in those times.
There was so much happening – new inventions, new discoveries and events that shattered and shaped the world such as wars.
It was a time when people were desperately poor and death rates high, and it was a time of opulence and making fortunes. Self-made industrious men could be fortunate enough to become rich through hard work or invention and change the way their families lived. Cities expanded and the population grew creating hardship for the poor and opportunities for those who grabbed it.
I enjoy the Edwardian era because of all the changes that happened during that time. Before WWI generally women were at home raising children. They had no voice in the world, little or no power. During WWI women had to step into the roles previously held only by men. They had to go to work and leave the home to help with the war effort. With the men away, woman were faced with a freedom they’d never had before. Then, after WWI, the world changed again and women couldn’t be silent anymore. They became more prominent in history and started taking control of their lives by getting the vote, and working outside of the home, etc.  It’s all so fascinating.
I like exploring the idea of families, how they lived and worked, from the rich to the poor. I’ve written characters living in slums and others living in grand country estates. Each aspect has its own fascination and writing how those characters coped and survived is a great source of inspiration for my plots.
I think the women’s fashion of both Victorian and Edwardian is just so beautiful and feminine. The changing shapes of the dress from the Victorian period to the Edwardian era is vast, from hooped crinolines to hobble skirts.  
Women were often the hidden power behind the successful men and that is interesting and worth exploring.  I read a lot of diaries written by women of those times and try to explore as many historical sites of interest as I can. 
Visiting country houses helps my imagination to set the scene for my characters who would have lived on those types of estates, just as I like visiting the mean narrow streets of cities, which would have houses the desperately poor. 
My ancestry is Yorkshire and so I set many of my books in Yorkshire. York is a favourite place of mine. The history there is amazing. I enjoy researching the town and surrounding countryside for inspiration.
History is diverse and ever-evolving. It gives writers such a scope to draw from in which we create our worlds.

A selection of my books