Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Thank You So Much.

Just wanted to say a very big thank you for your support, very much appreciated, and that I shall not be posting on this blog until my next book is published - as I keep saying, the children will be grandparents before it is finally completed. Take care, much love, Carole.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Celebrate the Small Things

I have recently joined the blog hop, Celebrate the  Small Things hosted these days by Lexa Cain,do pop along and take a look at her blog.

As I have an invalid husband, and life can be somewhat of a battle, and especially at my age, I thought this might be helpful.

So what am I celebrating this week?
1. My husband has had a few days this week when he smiled and was strong enough to appear happy.
2. Despite his illness we are still together.  
3. A dear friend who has been seriously ill for a long time is finally free from terrible pain.
4. I have several orders for my book First Wolf, received an excellent review of my poetry book and  am finally able to work on the sequel to Candle Dark with a realistic hope of finishing the book in a month or two. 

What are you celebrating this week? Have you ever found it necessary to celebrate the small things?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Hope you won't mind...

...but I wanted to share a review of my poetry book, Kaleidoscope, it cheered me up.  I may never sell many of these books, but I wrote poetry long before I thought of being a novelist, and having been pursuaded by someone to gather together some of the poems, they are now published as a first slim volume on Amazon and in my bookshop

"Your friend was so very right to encourage you to publish – and thank goodness she did!   I cannot tell you how much I loved them -  they really are absolutely wonderful.  You draw the reader in from the first line, and one feels not only totally engaged, but often greatly moved. Your artistic sensitivity is in evidence throughout – the pictures you paint, the colour and texture, and general appeal to the senses – and I just love your imagery and wonderful use of metaphor. To me this is a very fine collection of poems, and I do hope you continue down this road – and seek a wider audience."

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Cake and Custard Bookshop

One of the display boards I take to my book signings.
Some of you with good memories may remember that a long time ago I used the above name as the title of my virtual bookshop, and I have now added this as a page to my profile on facebook.

I wonder if you would be kind enough to 'like' the page The Cake and Custard Bookshop on facebook for me, please?  My facebook name is Carole Anne Carr Author. Many, many thanks.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sheriffhales Book Signing - February 8th 2015

Really hoping for good weather so that I can reach Sheriffhales. I love these small craft fairs where I can talk to readers over a cup of tea or coffee. I do hope it will be well attended, and that the weather is kind as I used to teach in this area and might meet old friends. It will be the first book signing of the year, it is a pity that due to my husband’s illness I have not managed to complete River Dark, but hope to have this sequel ready in the Spring.

Looking forward to a warm, cosy time.

(Had to re-publish this in order to restore the blog!) 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Far too many beginnings, procrastinations, but here goes again!

River Dark - Chapter One - A Terrible Enemy

Copy of 18th century painting, help by Ironbridge Museum
If I’d known I would be hunted down like a criminal, I would have turned away from Atterley Hall the moment I heard that horrible screaming.  But this was the first day of my new life, I wasn’t going to give up now, and as the wintery sunlight broke through the early mist over the parkland, I took a deep breath, charged through the archway into the stable yard, and saw a huge black stallion rearing up, thrashing the air with his hooves.
Shrieking with anger, the horse began a furious dance. Swinging his body from side to side, he tried to shake off a small, grizzled haired man who clung grimly to the leading rein, his riding boots sliding on the damp cobbles. But he was no match for the angry beast, despite his square, heavy body and big fists, and unable to control the stallion, he punched the animal’s neck, making the creature wilder than ever.
Now bellowing in anger, the horse gave a violent twist of his spine, flung the terrified groom into the air, and I watched in horror as he landed on the yard with a sickening thud. With a furious prancing motion, the stallion clattered the cobbles and reared again. He was about to bring his enormous weight crashing down on his tormentor, and I frantically waved my arms and shouted, ‘Thunder, don’t!’

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

What is Your Genre in 2015?

Another month to think about writing  progress and wish you all great success with your endeavours, whether you are writing sci-fi, steamy romance, an edge of the seat thriller... so many choices.

Are you going to cling to your tried and trusted genre, or are you brave and going to branch out into new territory in 2015?
Whatever you decide, all the luck in the world!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Story Telling

Ready to be Christmas storyteller, hence the headdress.

It was videoed, so hope to post a clip. So many people enjoyed the performance and were kind enough to say so.

Wish I could spend time as a professional  story teller - suppose I am in a way with my children's books - there is never enough time to do everything.

A Very Happy Christmas from myself and my family to you and those you love xx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Doll's Houses, Paper Dolls and Toy Theatres.

Those of you who knew my previous blog that was ruined, will perhaps remember that I have a fascination with the above subjects and children's books published in the 1940's; the war years when there were few toys and equally few books for children, therefore more precious.

This is very similar to the doll's house given to me in that era. The walls were rough, to resemble snowcem, the window frames metal; I can still remember the feel of the tiny catches that could be turned to open the windows. The house was made by Triang who were famous baby carriage makers.

Slowly trying to re-connect with everyone who kindly joined my blog, after Google removed all my photographs, and sorry about having to prove you are not a robot, can't get rid of the wretched thing, and find other bloggers are having the same problem. Arghh!! 

Friday, 5 December 2014

The Angry Giant who gave the Badger, the Fox and the Mole a Nasty Fright!

Carole Anne Carr Author
The Angry Giant

Completed this as a scary story for Halloween and the most scary part was the actual event itself; reading to children at the National Trust House near Bridgnorth. It was so alarming, so ridiculous, that despite the danger, to myself not the children, I couldn't stop laughing! Must relate this story sometime. 

Anyway, here is one drawing that I included in the book and thought you might like to see. I make them as child friendly as I can, and because of my desire to draw the pictures in my own way, my limited art ability is slowly improving!  

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Having to begin this blog again is worry enough to be going on with, but fingers crossed! Insecure Writer's Support Group

Re-instating the remains of the Previous Blog!

That is better! After Google took over Picasa, where I had my photographs stored, and removed all the photographs from this blog, I have been trying to begin again. With this version of my blog, that had been ruined by Google, I realised I still have my list of kind followers attached, and this gave me sufficient courage to begin again.