What a palaver!

Self-publishing can be rewarding but also so frustrating. I have parted company with the publishers of my Jamie books and gone alone. Should be a doddle, I thought, because I self-published my other five novels and twelve children’s picture books but… Anyway, this entailed fresh editing, as when I started writing – the first book was published in 2011 – I used far too many words, not in descriptions, but in saying the same things, only in different ways. New covers were the next step, and I’m really pleased with the first three – two more to go. All seemed well, after hours of resizing and resending, until I received the paperback and realised I had used 12 font in the first two. After updating to 14 font and numerous attempts to get the covers to fit once again, hopefully, they are now correct. Two more to go.

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Wow! Bluetit

Over the weekend I watched this bluetit fly in and out of the nesting box on my garage wall so, while my dinner was cooking this evening, I thought I would try and capture it on photo. My patience was rewarded when I saw it land on the clothes line. ‘Don’t press too soon,’ I told myself and waited for a second. Lo and behold, I did it on the second attempt!  I’m so proud, I can’t explain, not only that I’ve photographed it, but that it should choose my garden in which to nest.bluetit 001

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Feeling fortunate

Exactly one year ago today I started with Covid 19. I was quite poorly for a few weeks and still get out of breath easily, but I feel so fortunate that I had it early and didn’t spend the last year worrying that I might catch it (again). Of course I still took the precautions.

I am quite enjoying lockdown, as I was too busy beforehand, but during the past year I lost a dear sister and three dear friends, none to Covid, I hasten to add, so I will have more time on my hands, even when restrictions are lifted. I published two more children’s books last year, but they will probably be the last. Enough is enough, so what will I do with myself, you may ask. Well, I have taken on a volunteering position at the local food bank one morning a week, which is different and enjoyable, and Summer is fast approaching, so the garden will have a makeover, and I still have two elderly ladies from church to visit.

Again, I thank the Lord for my good health and for helping me have the melanoma on my leg removed quickly before it became full-blown cancer.

Oh, and as soon as we are allowed to travel, hubby will be taking me on ‘lamb-watch’, as I haven’t seen any yet this year! 🐑🐑🐑🐏

Here’s to a happier, healthier rest of 2021. 🥰

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Happy Jolabokaflod

HAPPY JOLABOKAFLOD

Welcome. Today I am giving away free copies of my dual timeline The Peacock Bottle, set in the Lake District, as it is my turn on the Historical Writers Forum Jolabokaflod blog hop, in which the authors offer giveaways, and novel excerpts.

I started compiling my family tree about fifteen years ago and discovered that every one of my paternal direct ancestors lived in what was then Cumberland. No wonder I feel such an affinity to The Lake District, where we enjoy many a holiday.

Genealogy is involved in my novel The Peacock Bottle, a dual timeline set in Cockermouth, and we find out in the end how the characters are connected.

One of them, Mary Jane, likes to paint landscapes. I based her on my Great Auntie Jane, born in 1875, who painted a watercolour of Loweswater that hangs on my wall. My father’s sister, Auntie Nancie had many other pictures painted by Auntie Jane, and I have found out that my oldest sister, Monica, inherited them. Unfortunately when Monica died a few years ago, her daughter did not realise the significance, and gave them all to a charity shop! A few years back, on one of our many holidays in Cumbria, we decided to find the exact spot my auntie would have sat to paint the picture well over one hundred years ago. Apart from one of the trees in the foreground being much bigger, there is hardly any difference.

Here is an excerpt from the beginning of The Peacock Bottle:

The rusty key turned. Trembling with excitement, Amelia Wise thrust aside the trailing ivy that covered the old oak door and pushed. But the door would not budge. She spat on the key to see if that helped.

 I had better not dab it on my one-and-only faded, patched dress, even if it is second-hand, she thought. A muddy puddle had wet it earlier, and rust marks would add to the mess.

After a wipe on the green moss in the stone wall, she inserted the key once more, turning it backwards and forwards, twisting it from side to side. “Why won’t you open?” she yelled.

A robin flew out of the ivy high above her and she took a step back, pushing her unruly curls back off her face. Large oak trees stood each side of the door, blocking out the view of everything behind the wall, even from her bedroom window.

With a concerted effort she leaned against the door. A slight movement gave her encouragement to try again. It yielded a little, but not enough to open. She tried and tried until she finally slumped to the ground, exhausted. “I won’t let you beat me,” she vowed. “I’ll keep trying until you reveal your secrets.”

Amelia had only heard about Alice Howe three weeks before. Her father, Mark Wise, had left the house to her in his will. Apparently, it had been in his family for generations, or so she had been told, but he had fallen out with everybody and moved away, so it had gone to wrack and ruin.

She and her stepmother scrubbed and cleaned every day, helped by a footman and two maids from the village. One, Patience, was not much older than her sixteen years, and the other, Jenny, was even younger.

“Treat your new life as an adventure,” her stepmother had replied to her protestations. Well, today is my adventure, but if I can’t open this door, I shall be most vexed and adventureless.

For a chance to win a signed copy of The Peacock Bottle, Like my post and share it, and tell me if you have any genealogy stories of your own. The winner will be announced next Monday.

The Peacock Bottle is available FREE from midday today until Sunday.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2/ref=sr_1_2

US: https://www.amazon.com/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2/ref=sr_1_5

It is always free on Kindle Unlimited, as are all of my novels and children’s books.

Thank you for taking the time to read my piece and I hope you enjoy reading my book, should you choose to do so. Happy Jolabokaflod.

Here is the schedule for the rest of our Jolabokaflod. Check out these amazing authors:

Dec 3rd Sharon Bennett Connolly

https://historytheinterestingbits.com

Dec 4th Alex Marchant

https://alexmarchantblog.wordpress.com

Dec 5th Cathie Dunn

https://cathiedunn.blogspot.com/

Dec 6th Jennifer C Wilson

https://jennifercwilsonwriter.wordpress.com

Dec 8th Danielle Apple

www.danielleapple.com

Dec 9th Angela Rigley

Authory Antics | Angela Rigley (wordpress.com)

Dec 10th Christine Hancock

Byrhtnoth | A boy who became a man. The man who was Byrhtnoth.

Dec 12th Janet Wertman

https://Janetwertman.com

Dec 13th Vanessa Couchman

https://vanessacouchmanwriter.com/blog

Dec 14th Sue Barnard

https://broad-thoughts-from-a-home.blogspot.co.uk

Dec 15th Wendy J Dunn

www.wendyjdunn.com

Dec 16th Margaret Skea

Home – Margaret Skea, Author

Dec 17th Nancy Jardine

https://nancyjardine.blogspot.com

Dec 18th Tim Hodkinson

http://timhodkinson.blogspot.com

Dec 19th Salina Baker

www.salinabakerauthor.com

Dec 20th Paula Lofting

www.paulaloftinghistoricalnovelist.wordpress.com

Dec 21st Nicky Moxey

nickymoxey.com

Dec 22nd Samantha Wilcoxson

samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com

Dec 23rd Jen Black

JEN BLACK (jenblackauthor.blogspot.com)

Dec 24th Lynn Bryant

www.lynnbryant.co.uk

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Be careful what you wish for.

After three weeks of being really poorly with the dreaded virus, and the last two weeks recovering, I am now thoroughly enjoying having nothing to do. My life was so hectic before – visiting elderly people, church activities, trips out, meetings, etc. I often wished for a ‘day off’. Life now is what I imagined retirement to be like 13 years ago: pottering in the garden; checking Facebook and having time to read all the comments and click on the links – I am in dozens of groups so am enjoying seeing pictures of birds, lovely scenery, etc; writing a bit of poetry; sitting in the sunshine, watching the birds; reading; playing games like Scrabble and Freecell; going for short walks, although today I managed about a mile! or just doing nothing.

I am not looking forward to life returning to normal. Does that mean I have become lazy, or is it just the after effects of being ill? Time will tell

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Golden wedding anniversary

What a wonderful cake, baked by my lovely daughter Louise
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#BlogBlitz #BookReview for The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley @rararesources #ThePeacockBottle @angierigley #Win #Giveaway

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In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited.

Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.

 

MY REVIEW

I loved the idea behind this story and couldn’t wait to get started, I love books that are told over dual time period and the Victorian period is definitely one of my favourites.

I thought that the characters are great and were well developed and I loved the back story and way that the two stories became intertwined as the book progressed.

I really enjoyed this story but I will admit that it did take me a little while to get in to the story so if you feel the same way, definitely carry on…

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In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.

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Enjoy!

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1 When and where do you prefer to write?

While the house is not quite awake, with just the sound of traffic, or the occasional passer-by, I settle on my settee to write in the living room. Or, if I am on holiday in the Lake District, I sit by the window with the sounds of birds cheeping and lambs bleating.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

 I don my dressing gown, make a cup of tea, turn on the laptop and off I go.

3. Is there a drink of some food that…

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#BlogTour #Extract : The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley @rararesources @angierigley #giveaway

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Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Peacock Bottle. I’ve not reviewed this book but have an extract and a giveaway for you to enjoy. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour. The full list of bloggers on the tour, and those taking part today and tomorrow can be found at the bottom of the post.

The Peacock BottleBlurb: 

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2

US –https://www.amazon.com/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2

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Amelia has managed to make a start on the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited, but is surprised when…

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The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley Blog tour with Review

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The Peacock Bottle

The Peacock Bottle

by Angela Rigley

Synopsis: 

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.




Christie’s Review

5 STARS

The Peacock Bottle is one of those rare novels that swept me up within the pages and didn’t let me escape until the very last page was finished.

It is told in dual timelines with two different narrators. Both women, Daisy and Amelia, tell their stories years apart. It all centers around the home each has spent time in. The connection between the two girls is revealed slowly and beautifully. There is also a bit of mystery in the present.

Amelia is a young woman who…

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The Peacock Bottle

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.

The Peacock Bottle Cover.jpgAn excerpt from The Peacock Bottle, a dual timeline, set in Victorian Cumberland. Amelia and her stepmother have moved into the derelict house she has inherited and receive their first visitor.

“I’m intrigued, Mamma. Whoever can be visiting us?”

Her stepmother took off her dirty apron and hid it behind the sofa. “Whoever it is will find us very unpresentable.” She checked her appearance in the mirror over the fireplace and tucked her greying hair under her bonnet. “Tidy yourself, child. Your curls are full of leaves. Wherever did you go? Just look at the…

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