Undercover: Crime Shorts by Jane Risdon coming soon

 Roger A Price: Former Detective and Author of Nemesis and Vengeance: Undercover: crime shorts; is a wonderfully satisfying anthology of six short stories which transcend above the crime fiction genre providing a ripping yarn irrespective of the reader’s crime fiction preference. Jane Risdon has cleverly stitched together a mix of tales to suit all fans of the genre. UNDERCOVER: Crime […]

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Birthday Bash Part Two: Thomas Becket, Eastbridge Hospital, and Pilgrimage

Part Two of my belated birthday bash as promised. As you may or may not be aware, in addition to my love of writing, reading, archaeology, astronomy, and the sciences, I have a passion for history which I share with my siblings, and one in particular, my youngest brother.  My youngest brother and his partner spoiled me rotten during a fantastic weekend spent with them celebrating my belated birthday. Part One of my birthday bash found me having a look around Canterbury Cathedral with a special treat; seeing the tomb of a family ancestor, William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury (1503-1532). I wrote about our visit to Canterbury Cathedral last time, and I posted photos I took. We had a fab time wandering around Canterbury, especially the pubs which my brother made a point of taking me in to.  Those buildings with history and character attached to them, not just because we fancied a drink;  though we tasted the local ciders too; yummy! He is a font of knowledge when it comes to places of historical interest. He can tell you where famous people lived or worked, which pubs or restaurants they visited, where they wrote their books or painted, or made a discovery.   Going anywhere with him is especially fun.  He always manages to find places off the beaten track few know about – He’s always informative and makes every trip out so very interesting.  As you know we visited the spot where St. Thomas Becket was murdered on 29th December 1170 […]

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The Icing on the Cake…The Thrill of it All.

It is such a thrill to receive feed-back from readers. Writing is such a lonely occupation and so to know someone has actually read what you’ve written and liked it enough to comment on Social Media, and to then pop across to Amazon to leave a review with some lovely sparkly stars, and a #1 Best Seller  spot to boot: well, that is the icing on the cake. In September I signed with Accent Press Ltd and in October they published their Halloween Anthology, Shiver, in which I contributed my short story, The Haunting of Anne Chambers – a Ghost story set in Cornwall where I have spent many years working with recording artists we managed there. http://t.co/qw98OdKs9C We used to stay with friends in the village of Paul, not far from Mousehole, and there is a wonderful old church there – Paul Church, also known as St. Pol de Leon  – which has some interesting history attached to it.  The Spanish came ashore during the Spanish Armada, did a little raping and pillaging – which accounts for so many dark-haired locals with Spanish-sounding names I guess – but perhaps we won’t go there! Anyway Inside the Church Chancel there is a plaque which inspired my story The Haunting of Anne Chambers – it reads exactly as follows: Interr’d near this place lies ye body of Captain Andrew Elton Commander of the Godfrey Gally. He was killd in an engagement with a French Privateer Off the Lands […]

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That was the Year, that was…..

 That was the year, that was….it’s over so let it go. What a year! January arrived with an appointment with the surgeon’s knife, only to be postponed at the operating room door; phew! A 60’s Icon, Samantha Juste passed away in February and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of those who read and commented on my piece about her, and who remembered her with the same affection as I. Her passing reminded me of those wonderful, care-free days in my teens filled with music, fashion, and the changing world around me.  I know many scientists, and others who have changed the world and who have done so much more for human-kind died this year, but Samantha was a link to my teens. I was also fortunate enough to have some of my short stories and flash fiction published and Pod-cast during February as well as being interviewed by other authors on their blogs.  Links for all these are on my blog roll. February also saw the paper-back publication of In A Word: Murder – a crime anthology – which had been published in November 2013 as an e-Book. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute two stories for this very worthy cause – The Princess Alice Hospice, Surrey – in memory of Maxine Clarke, writer, blogger and editor. Both my stories received really positive and uplifting reviews which has been encouraging. March found me spending a week with my sister and her husband.  My week with […]

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Seasons Greetings Friends, and thank you for being here

Seasons Greetings one and all Many thanks for being here and making it such a joy to connect with you. It has been an interesting year and I have enjoyed your posts and comments so much. I have had a wonderful time visiting your blogs (those who have them) and I wish you all the very best. I shall be back before the New Year to see what you have all been up to. Stay happy, safe, and healthy. Wishing you all this, and peace too. Jane xx If you are planning on reading something over the holiday period I do hope you will consider these: Wishing on a Star (anthology) featuring some fab stories and one by me – Merry Christmas Everybody – based on a real event 26 years ago at Christmas. Published by Accent Press Ltd. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PQL5H3I/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_G0WAub0WWT9 and Shiver (anthology) featuring some spine chillers including one by me – The Haunting of Anne Chambers – set in Cornwall – and #1 on amazon’s Kindle Store – Halloween.  #15 on amazon’s Kindle Scary stories. Published by Accent Press Ltd. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00O9VKGJG/ If you feel like benefitting The Princess Alice Hospice, Surrey, you might consider purchasing In A Word: Murder http://www.amazon.com/dp/1495931684/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_vx6.sb15V2W6V7KJ in memory of Maxine Clarke, Crime writer, editor and blogger all proceeds go to this wonderful Hospice. http://www.pah.org.uk/ There are some cracking murders in this anthology written by award-winning crime, and I have two stories included:  Dreamer and also Hollywood Cover Up. Published […]

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Remembering Thomas 1882-1916: The Somme on a personal level.

On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 1914-1918 I ‘d like to remember and honour all those who lost their lives, including countless civilians, caught up in the horror of war. In particular I’d like to remember family members. However, even though I’ve been researching our family for over 30 years, many still remain illusive. Therefore I decided I would have one family member represent all those […]

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