I've exciting news from Ocelot Press to share today!
My fellow Ocelot Press author - Sue Barnard - is adding another title to our Ocelot Press listings and Never On Saturday is one that readers will love. I've already had the opportunity to read this novella and was very taken by Sue's ingenuity in using a traditional tale to weave a very interesting contemporary and historical combination in this time slip romance.
Welcome to the blog today, Sue. Please tell my readers about your news.
Today (15th December 2020), a new title joins the Ocelot Press catalogue. Never on Saturday is a timeslip romance novella with a hint of mystery and a touch of the paranormal. It is set partly in medieval France and partly in present-day North Wales, and is based on an old French legend.
Unfortunately I can’t be more specific at this stage about the legend itself, as that would give away too much about the story. But here is the blurb:
Two stories, two heartbreaks: one past, one present…
Leaving her native France and arriving in North Wales as a postgraduate student of History and Folklore, Mel is cautiously optimistic that she can escape from her troubled past and begin a new and happier life.
She settles into her student accommodation and begins work on her thesis, concentrating particularly on one fascinating manuscript: a compelling and tragic tale of a cursed medieval princess.
Then she meets Ray – charming, down-to-earth and devastatingly handsome. Within days, Mel’s entire world has transformed from lonely and frustrated to loving and fulfilled. Despite her failure with previous relationships, she allows herself to hope that this time, at last, she can make it work.
But Mel’s dreams of happiness are under constant threat. She is hiding a dark and terrible secret, which Ray – or indeed anybody else – must never ever discover…
And here, to whet your appetite, is a short snippet:
Bangor, North Wales
“From the Vendée. It’s on the west coast, just south of Brittany. There’s a castle called Lusignan near the town of Vouvant. Or at least, there used to be – I think it’s just a ruin now. I’ve always understood that it was built by one of my ancestors. I think that’s where my surname comes from.” She smiled wistfully. “I don’t know how true that is, but it’s a nice story.”
Ray grinned. “I’ve heard people say there are some parts of Wales where you feel you could be anywhere in Brittany. Is that what’s brought you here?”
Please don’t ask me why not
But why can’t Mel meet Ray on Saturday? You can find out by reading the rest of the story. And for a limited time, the Kindle edition is available at the special early bird price of just 99p.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet who believes that an immaculate house is a sign of a wasted life. Thus, her house is chaotic but her life is anything but dull.
Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4's fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as "professionally weird." The label has stuck.
She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad. She is also very interested in family history. Her own family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.
Sue lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.
You can find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/suebarnardauthor
or her blog http://broad-thoughts-from-a-home.blogspot.co.uk
Also by Sue Barnard:
The Ghostly Father
Nice Girls Don’t
The Unkindest Cut of All
Heathcliff: The Missing Years
Thank you for visiting today, Sue. Best wishes with your Ocelot Press launch of Never on Saturday.