Dave Sivers is my Guest Crime Author: Tuesday 2 March sees the publication of my novel, Die in the Dark – and, as always, I’m both excited and apprehensive. But mostly excited. It will be my tenth published title, my ninth novel, and book six in my Archer and Baines series.
Hello - we are Renza Rossi and Stella Deacon, and like most girls in the 1960s we kept diaries. Proper written diaries – with daily entries from 1968 through to the end of the decade, chronicling our life, the fashions, the music, the excitement – and our love affairs….
Which, is just as well – because although we didn’t know it, and we certainly didn’t know each other, miles apart geographically and with totally different lifestyles, we were both in love with the same boy…
How this came about, the ups and downs, the laughter, the tears, the heartbreak, and how it was resolved – all played out to a 1960s background of love and peace and rock’n’roll - is covered in the amalgamation of our diaries – which we’ve put together and called ONLY ONE WOMAN.
We very much hope that they’ve whetted your appetite and you’re now longing to read the rest…
Meantime take a look around.
We are in Paperback from Waterstones, and Amazon and available for Kindle and Kindle for PC.
Renza and Stella XXX
In December 2019 I entered into discussions with an International Literary Agent interested in representing me internationally. I hadn't even considered getting an agent, but having been approached and after doing my homework, I was prepared to give the idea consideration. One year later, after lots of discussions, I am happy to announce that on December 10th, 2020 I signed an agreement with Langtons International Literary Agency based in New York, USA. I am now represented by their founder, Linda Langton.
International Best-selling Maggie Tideswell, author of Finders Keepers: An Almost Gothic Love Affair, is my last Guest Author of 2020
A bride is sent off into the unknown to marry a stranger on All Hallows Eve, October 31, 1749. What she finds on her arrival is enough to make her skin crawl.
Limping footsteps, blood-curdling screams, smoking torches, and a house on a cliff... A man she only sees in the dark, his breathing labored behind a mask.
“A betrothal is as good as the wedding vows. You cannot leave.”
“Am I your prisoner?” "You shall stay here until you bear me a child. Then you can stay or go, the choice shall be mine!"
Thanks so much for your company over the last year and for your kind and wonderful comments and posts about my writing and photos. I am glad to have stolen some sunshine to share with you all during such a horrid year.
Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children's books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
Undercover: Crime Shorts is on the global author network, The Authors Show, once more, and I am chatting to my lovely host, Linda, about murder, crime, and the inspiration for my stories in my crime collection.
Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – Shortstories – #ScienceFiction A.C. Flory, #Crime Jane Risdon, #Life Sally Cronin, #Fairies Colleen M. Chesebro
Check this out. The fab Sally Cronin has included Undercover: Crime Shorts in her list of books to buy as gifts this Christmas. Thrilled to be amongst such fab authors, including Sally. Thanks so very much, I am dead chuffed.
Christmas 1968 finds Stella recovering from a life-changing operation, Renza is seething at being forgotten and Scott is cold, tired, hungry, and bewildered…
Jane is chatting with her host Linda, on the global internet show for authors, The Authors Show, about writing Only One Woman with lifelong friend and author, Christina Jones, the inspiration for their collaboration, and more. She reads from Renza's diary - June 1968 - when Renza visits Carnaby Street for the first time and sees the coolest people up close.
The next edition of The Writers and Readers' Magazine is on sale from 6th December 2020, packed full of short stories, articles, poems, prose, and the latest installment of my regular series, In the Mix. Jane Risdon
Undercover: Crime Shorts - With more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction and with edge-of-the-cliff tension - it is a quick read for those short on time and who enjoy reading a short story with a beginning, middle, and satisfying end.
For me, White Stones was to be a one-off story. One full of mystery, a little romance, a woman haunted by a piece of music and an element of time-slipping. When the book reached its final paragraph, the main characters had had their stories told. ... but...
My Guest Author is Lizzie Chantree: International Best Selling Author and Networker. Her latest book is Networking for Writers.
In my new book, Networking for writers, I talk about ways to grow your readership and author network. Marketing your own work can seem very daunting, but that can be turned around to make marketing something you look forward to. It doesn’t have to eat into precious writing time, or push you into procrastination because you aren’t sure which direction to take next.
Gone with the Wind, Anti-Freeze, Sleazy Jazz Clubs, A Fence, A Facebook Group, Trains, Yachts, Mill Paddles, Watching the Watchers. Sand and Pool Club Beverley Hills Hotel…
Undercover: Crime Shorts with more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction. Crime stories for those with little time for a novel.
Ruhr Valley, Mohne Dam, RMA Sandhurst, Carnaby Street, Jersey Channel Islands, Radio One, Lords, Army Bases, Luxury Cruises, and Only One Woman
Two girls, one musician and an epic love story during the grooviest decade of the 20th century. Only One Woman: Music, fashion, romance and the Cold War.
19 5* reviews including:
5* C. Plunkett: Fast-paced, page-turner of murder, mystery short stories. Reviewed in the United Kingdom Fast-paced, well written, page-turner that had me so engrossed my train journey flew by. The author clearly has done a lot of research, these short stories all felt very authentic and each had me gripped and on the edge of my seat wondering how they would play out. It’s been a long time since I read anything quite so intriguing and twisty. It certainly got my heart beating faster and I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great murder, mystery.
Vesta Curries, Fray Bentos Pies, Watneys Party Seven, Top of the Pops, Ready, Steady Go! Two Red Shoes, Elgin, Ballerina Ballroom, Nairn, Watford New Penny, Samanthas New Bond St, Radio One, Radio Caroline, Carnaby Street, and an epic love triangle…
If you can remember the Sixties you weren't there, is what they say. Christina Jones and I remember only too well, and we were there. read about the adventures of renza, Stella and Scott, in Only One Woman. Get the Sixties Vibe.
Kit Domino – a fab author and blogger, invited me to post a guest article on her, ‘Kit Domino’s World – Kit’s Library,’ and here it is. I – we both – hope you enjoy it. Let her know, she’d appreciate the feed-back and so would I. I’ve written about my experiences recording various Podcasts and internet video and radio […]
China's life hangs in the balance when she stumbles across something so terrible she wonders if she is living inside one of her own novels.
Shrinking Violet, to be published with Solstice Publishing, is her first venture into YA Paranormal. Visit Trish Morgan on amazon to find her books.
Scott loves Renza but he also loves Stella. The lead guitarist must choose, for their can be Only One Woman...
Undercover: Crime Shorts is airing on theauthorsshow.com again. All day today it is on a loop and you can pop in and listen to me nattering about writing the short stories which are included in my first collection of short stories.
Winkworth Arboretum and West Green House and Gardens are National Trust properties and if you are not a member you can pay an entrance fee. The Savill Garden is part of the Crown Estate and has an entrance fee for non members, payable at the entrance. I really hope you enjoy my wanders and will come back again. I featured […]
trip back to 1968 with Only One Woman, more music, fashion and love than you can handle. Plus more...listen to Jane read from Renza's diary detailing her first visit to Carnaby Street in June 1968.
Fast-paced, well written, page turner that had me so engrossed my train journey flew by. The author clearly has done a lot of research, these short stories all felt very authentic and each had me gripped and on the edge of my seat wondering how they would play out. It’s been a long time since I read anything quite so intriguing and twisty. It certainly got my heart beating faster and I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great murder, mystery. Reader, C. Plunkett
A Hit Woman, a Serial Killer, Six people who want to inherit: Undercover: Crime Shorts is back on The Authors Show today…
Chatting on The Authors Show about Undercover: Crime Shorts by Jane Risdon. Listen to Jane read a chapter from Apartment 206c aznd discover the inspiration behind her storie
Gilli Allan: a Chest full of Secrets, Archaeology, Illustrations, and her brand new cover is revealed here…
Buried Treasure by Gilli Allan...
Jane thinks he sees her as shallow and ill-educated. Theo thinks she sees him as a snob, stuffy and out of touch.
Within the ancient precincts of the university the first encounter between the conference planner and the academic is accidental and unpromising. Just as well there’s no reason for them ever to meet again. But behind the armour they’ve each constructed from old scars, they’ve more in common than divides them. Both have an archaeological puzzle they are driven to solve. As their stories intertwine, their quest to uncover the past unearths more than expected.
Undercover: Crime Shorts - A brilliant book of crime stories that hold the reader. Each story stands alone and after reading the first one you cannot resist reading them all. Jane Risdon is a fantastic author. H. M. Forde
I have ventured out a few times during lock-down and I’ve taken advantage of the peace and quiet – lack of people around – to take photos. I hope you enjoy my efforts. I’ve taken the photos with my Samsung phone. I love swans and over the years have taken so many photos of them in various locations. This is […]
Please welcome my latest guest, Historical Fiction author, Tim Walker, who is going to tell us about himself, his writing, and his latest book: Arthur, Rex Brittonum His creative writing journey began in earnest in 2013, as a therapeutic activity whilst undergoing and recovering from cancer treatment. He began writing an historical fiction series, A Light in the Dark Ages, […]
I am still in lock-down, and I have only been out to offer 90th birthday greetings to my mother last week from her front doorstep. Her house was festooned with bouquets of flowers, birthday cards, and gifts. Apparently, she’d had so many phone calls she had not had a chance to sit down to eat or have a coffee since […]
Please welcome fellow Headline Accent author Colette McCormick author of An Uncomplicated Man and three other wonderful books, as my delightful guest. Let’s find out about Colette and her life: Colette was born and bred in Sheffield but now calls Co Durham home after living there for almost four decades. As well as writing books, Colette has worked as a […]
I took these photos over a period of time on different occasions. I came across them when looking for a particular photo. I have many albums of photos (compiled in the days of film and developing) going back to my early teens, and sadly I have found that many have faded, especially Polaroid photos, which is sad. Fading memories. I […]
I am delighted to host the fab crime author, DAVE SIVERS, today on the third of his appearances on his blog tour in support of his latest novel, In Ink which is published on 15th May 2010. Those writers among us know how difficult it is to organise a tour under normal circumstances, but now we are all in lockdown […]
Today I am chatting to Mrs. Average Evaluates about what inspires my writing and where I get my ideas – not that I am a murderer or a spy you understand but I do fish around inside my head for memories, experiences, and things I’ve witnessed when thinking about something to write We all lead lives that others sometimes call […]
A few of the photos I've taken on some of my jollies
My interview about Only One Woman is being podcast again today on a 24-hour loop. Go to the link and click and then find Only One Woman (channel 6) to listen to my interview. I’m chatting to Linda Thompson about writing with Christina Jones, how the late 1960s UK music scene – and our experiences – inspired us, and I’m […]
I'm chatting to Linda Thompson and we discuss my background, writing and life experiences which I use in my stories. I also read a chapter from one of my stories, Apartment 206C, and we pick the story up where Agent Serra is trying to escape the Russian Mafia thug, Jan, with China who has witnessed a double murder...Undercover: Crime Shorts
MYVLF.com: She has worked in the company of spies and rock musicians, and she's studied forensics, witness investigations and facial reconstruction. @JaneRisdon2 is our FREE Book Group read with her Undercover Crime Shorts and you can watch an interview with her NOW in the MyVLF.com Theatre. It's FREE to join
was invited to write a fantasy piece for the fab Katrina Hart's Birthday Blog - Katrina and I share the same birthday - and I decided to write Renza's dream eighteenth birthday for her blog.
With more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction - gripping edge-of-your-seat crime stories
My books are firmly on the darker edges of crime fiction, but I know, from personal experience (having lived with a psychopath for a number of years) and being aware of what is reported in the news, that the acts my antagonists carry out are all happening in real life.
When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.
I haven’t been around much due to a family bereavement but I wanted to stop by to wish you all everything you wish for yourself and your family in 2020 and to thank you for your friendship and support. I’ll catch up very soon. Take care and keep those you love close. Happy New Year each and every one of […]
When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity. Pre-order now from Amazon
If you have encountered any of my work before, then you can’t have failed to notice I have something of a passion for the outlaw Robin Hood. This obsession, which struck at the age of 14, came from a deep and all consuming love for the television series, Robin of Sherwood. Thirty three years later, and my fascination with this legendary hero remains, as does my interest in the real fourteenth century family that guided my historical research when I was a PhD student back in the 1990’s. The Folvilles of Ashby Folville in Leicestershire - who have since gone on to provide the focus for my medieval crime series, The Folville Chronicles.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing collection
A fantastic collection of short stories by Jane Risdon who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Each story twist and turns and just when you think you have figured it out it twists again. The stories are so well written the only problem I have is that once started I cannot put the book down! Looking forward to the Ms Birdsong book, the taster at the end of the book had me hooked. Jane is such a versatile author whether it's Crime, Murder Mystery, or a Love Story ( Only One Woman) the reader is captivated from page 1.
Thank you so much, Jane, for your warm welcome. I am delighted to be on your blog today to talk about my first ever Christmas romance, BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC, which is my third romantic novel to be released by Choc Lit UK.
Anna Legat's latest novel due 2020: ndman is the latest instalment in the series. In this book DI Marsh has to take on a seasoned Afghani veteran of two wars, the war against the Soviets in the eighties and the latest War on Terror. Things turn personal for Gillian when Sandman’s action affect those closest to her, Tara her daughter and her future son-in-law.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared some photos so here goes. I hope you enjoy them. I’ve been out and about enjoying the countryside and fresh air. A much needed break from my writing. All of these gardens and great houses have fabulous walks, woods, lakes, and forestry as well as formal gardens for public enjoyment. They all have the most fantastic histories too. Check their websites for opening details, entry fees, and car park charges (where applicable). Members of The National Trust and of The Savill Gardens who pay an annual fee can enter free. I have included websites where possible in case you are keen to know more or to arrange a visit yourself. I’ve taken these photos on my phone camera. I hope you have enjoyed my photos and the details with them which I’ve added so that anyone interested can find more information if they wish. Do let me know if I have inspired you to visit any of these amazing places. Next time I’ll share some more. Thanks for being here. Jane x All photos (c) Jane Risdon 2019 and All Rights Reserved.
Originally posted on Reade and Write:
I’m thrilled to host Sally Cronin this week on Reade and Write. Sally is the author of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and an incredible wealth of blog posts where you can read about topics ranging from healthy eating to holiday customs to music and travel. She is also a tireless promoter of other…
Originally posted on crossexaminingcrime:
Last Autumn, through reading Howdunit: A Master Class in Crime Writing (2020), I became interested in finding out what modern-day crime writers consider to be the legacy of Golden Age detective fiction. So, in December I sent out an invitation to crime writers to answer the following question: What is the most important thing Golden Age…
Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – Reviews – #1960s Jane Risdon, #Mystery Amy M. Reade, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano.
Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves. The first author today with a recent review is Jane Risdon for the 1960s Only One Woman..co-written with Christina Jones. About the book June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But, after…
I have two unusual guests today, Nathan Baade and Randy Thom. Nathan Baade has been involved with academic editing for the past nine years and wants to share his knowledge and expertise with others. Randy Thom has been involved with interior designing for art galleries for the past 10 years and wants to share her knowledge with others. She is also […]