Blog Tour/Guest Post: The Spitfire Girl in the Skies by Fenella J Miller

I’m delighted to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for The Spitfire Girl in the Skies by Fenella J Miller, the second book in her ‘The Spitfire Girls’ series.  You can read Fenella’s fascinating guest post about why she became a writer below.

Thanks to Vicky at Aria for inviting me to take part in the tour.  Do check out the tour banner at the bottom of this post to see the other great book bloggers taking part.

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The Spitfire Girl in the SkiesAbout the Book

The ATA training base, Hampshire, 1940.

Ellie Simpson is attached to an Air Transport Auxiliary base in Hampshire. Life as an ATA pilot is tough, but despite the long hours and danger, Ellie can think of nowhere she’d rather be. Not only does she love flying, but doing important war work, alongside new-found friends, provides a welcome distraction from worrying about loved ones fighting on the front line.

Being an ATA girl is definitely exciting, but as Ellie soon finds out wearing the distinctive blue uniform also means putting her life on the line every time she takes to the skies. It will take friendship and a strength she didn’t know she possessed to help her county – and those she loves – to survive.

An inspiring story of an incredible girl going above and beyond during World War II.

Format: Paperback, ebook (334 pp.)    Publisher: Aria
Published: 2nd April 2019  Genre: Historical Fiction

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Guest Post: ‘Why I Am A Writer’ by Fenella J. Miller

I was always an avid reader. By the time I was ten years old I’d read every book in the children’s section of the library and was allowed to borrow from the adult section. Leslie Charteris, Georgette Heyer, Margery Allingham – I read everything they wrote. I was also addicted to school stories and pony books. Lorna Hill was the writer I wanted to emulate. When I was about twelve, I wrote a 30,000-word book in her style. It would be called fan fiction now. This was when I decided I wanted to be writer.

I didn’t write anything else apart from essays and dissertations until I wrote a contemporary romance whilst trapped at home with a four-year-old in a remote country cottage and not able to drive. I was in my twenties then and knew one day I would be a published writer.

Decades passed and my goal was still to write, but life got in the way. I wrote five modern romances which are languishing somewhere in a box in the loft, before realising I should be a historical writer, not a contemporary one.  I was offered early retirement from teaching and finally achieved my dream of being published by the time I was sixty.

Thirteen years later I have around sixty books out. I write because I have to – I am a writer first and a wife/mother/sister/friend second.  If I couldn’t lose myself in my writing, I would not be able to cope with my home life. I have been my husband’s carer for years and after breaking first one and then the other hip he is now in permanent care. This is so hard for both of us. He has vascular dementia and no speech but is still aware of his surrounding and the people around him.

As long as I can write everyday life doesn’t seem to bad. Writing can be a lonely business but over the years I’ve been lucky to build up a large circle of both online and actual friends who are a constant support. I would advise anyone who dreams of being a writer one day to follow that dream and never give up.      © Fenella J Miller

Fenella MillerAbout the Author

Fenella J Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker, hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer. She has over thirty eight Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen variations, three Victorian sagas and seven WW2 family sagas. She lives in a pretty, riverside village in Essex with her husband and British Shorthair cat. She has two adult children and three grandchildren.

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Blog Tour/Guest Post: Poetic Justice by R.C. Bridgestock

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I’m thrilled to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for Poetic Justice by R. C. BridgestockPoetic Justice is the prequel to the much-loved and highly regarded ‘DI Jack Dylan’ crime series.  If, like me, you’ve not read the other books in the series (the first three of which have recently been reissued by The Dome Press in revised editions with more to come), Poetic Justice is the perfect place to start.

I have a fantastic guest post entitled ‘Walking With A Dinosaur’ which you can read below.  Find out if you have the observational and deductive skills to be a detective like Bob! Later today I’ll be publishing my review of Poetic Justice, so look out for that. And, in case you missed the earlier stops on the blog tour, you can catch up here:

Review by Sarah at By The Letter Book Reviews
Review and giveaway by Anne at Random Things Through My Letterbox

Thanks to Emily at The Dome Press for inviting me to take part in the tour and for my review copy of Poetic Justice.  Also to Bob and Carol for their brilliant support of the book bloggers taking part in the tour, including a very special personalised token of their gratitude. I’m honoured to be part of #TeamDylan.

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Poetic JusticeAbout the Book

When Detective Jack Dylan heads home to his wife after a residential course, he has no idea that an extraordinary succession of events is about to turn his life upside down. A vicious, unprovoked personal attack is just the start. The discovery of his wife’s death in a road accident also reveals her affair, and his step-daughter is being expelled from university for drug use. Professionally, two teenagers have gone missing and one is soon found dead.

An ordinary man might break under the strain, but Dylan is no ordinary man. He knows that his survival depends on him carrying-on regardless, burying himself in his work, relieved by the distraction of newcomer to the admin department, Jennifer Jones.

His determination to pursue the criminal elements behind the events – both personal and professional – is to be his salvation, and his relationship with Jen, his ‘Guardian Angel’, will turn out to be the mainstay of his future, both within the Force and at home.

Life may have changed, but nothing will stand in the way of Dylan’s determination to seek justice.

Format: Paperback, ebook (320 pp.)    Publisher: The Dome Press
Published: 28th February 2019     Genre: Crime, Thriller

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Guest Post: Walking with a ‘Dinosaur’ by R.C. Bridgestock

When you’ve wool on your back, and are ‘long in the tooth’, older police officers are often called ‘dinosaurs’ because they are thought to not like change. So, do I walk with a dinosaur, or just an elderly retired detective who hasn’t lost his touch on reality?

It’s the little things that matter to Bob; the things he calls the ‘Belt & Braces’ of an investigation – the things that you and I, with an untrained eye, don’t see.  Is he conditioned after thirty years as a career detective, if something seems ‘out of place’, to seek answers, follow his gut instinct that it isn’t how it should be, or is he just naturally curious, do you think?

I’ll show you want I mean.

RCB Guest Post Image 1Take for instance the morning walk with our springier spaniel…

RCB Guest Post Image 2In a dew-soaked meadow I see grass. However Bob points out the path, which shows him that someone, or something, has been there before us. If he were chasing someone by following the footprints, the detective would find the entry and exit that the perpetrator took. Do you see that now on the picture above?

So, is there such a thing as a quiet walk with an investigator with thirty years experience? Or are all walks an adventure? My answer? Definitely an adventure!

Soaking up the winter sun and observing wildlife on our walk this morning, I saw five deer; a dozen horses; a new born calf feeding and a field full of rabbits. I was truly in my element. However the former SIO’s conversation related to how the weather could impact on a crime scene and other things he saw that could be important to him, the investigator on a case. In this case, discarded clothing…

RCB Guest Post Image 3“Discarded clothes found close by a naked body doesn’t always mean foul play has taken place,” Bob said. “People in the final stages of hypothermia engage in paradoxical undressing because, as they lose rationality and their nerves are damaged, they feel incredibly, irrationally hot. They strip off their clothes to cool themselves down as they are freezing to death.”

That wouldn’t be a consideration I would make if I saw a naked dead body!

RCB Guest Post Image 4Freezing conditions also stops a body decomposing as quickly. The mind of an investigator must always remain open – everything maybe not be as it appears. Footwear impressions may tell the investigator the brand, the size and again in what direction their wearer had come from, or where they were going.

So, now you get the gist of the investigators’ mind, what does the below picture say to you?

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It says to me that I can post a letter, or catch a bus!

“No, no, no,’ says Bob. “It tells me that the postman has reached his destination this morning. The elastic band on the floor – bag it and tag it! That’s a gift! Potentially it was wrapped around a batch of his letters and due to it still being at the scene, it’s dry, it’s clean. I would think that it hasn’t been there long… This would be helpful to an investigator because it may help him/her to trace the victim’s movements (the postman in this imaginary case).”

A car passes by and Bob can’t help but show disregard for the driver using his mobile phone: one of Bob’s pet hates. In the next car he tells me the woman is not wearing her seatbelt. Finally, a BMW that has tinted windows with four occupants – young lads – drives past at great speed.

“Four-up,” he says with a nod of his head. “They’re up to no good.”

We’re nearly home and he stops and asks me if I remember the colour of the BMW. I shake my head, no why should I?

It’s his turn to shake his head. “It was grey,” he says confidently, “and its registration number was…”                                                                                     © R.C.Bridgestock

RC Bridgestock Author PhotoAbout the Authors

R.C. Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic edge to their stories. The writing duo created the character DI Jack Dylan, a down-to-earth detective, written with warmth and humour. The ninth book in the series will be published by The Dome Press in 2019, along with their backlist. A further crime series is presently being scripted by the pair, which has a strong Yorkshire female character – Charley Mann – at the helm.

Bob was a highly commended career detective of 30 years, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent.  During his last three years, he took charge of 26 murders, 23 major incidents, over 50 suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults. He was also a trained hostage negotiator with suicide interventions, kidnap, terrorism and extortion.

As a Detective Inspector he spent three years at the internationally acclaimed West Yorkshire Police Force Training School where he taught Detectives from all over the world in the whole spectrum of investigative skills and the law. On promotion to Detective Superintendent, Bob was seconded to a protracted enquiry investigating alleged police corruption in another force. He worked on the Yorkshire Ripper and Sarah Harper murder, and received praise from Crown Court Judges and Chief Constables alike for outstanding work at all ranks, including winning the much-coveted Dennis Hoban Trophy.

As a police civilian supervisor, Carol also received a Chief Constable’s commendation for outstanding work.

The couple are the storyline consultants/police procedural on BAFTA-winning BBC1 police drama Happy Valley and series 3 of ITV’s Scott and Bailey, and are presently working with Scott Free Production scriptwriters on two commissioned TV drama series.

Carol started and chaired the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle in 2008, along with Bob, where she created an annual charitable community writing competition to inspire others of all ages. This event has raised over £10,000 for Island charities.

The couple pride themselves on being up-to-date on past and present day UK police procedures, and as a result, Bob is regularly sought by UK television, radio and national and local newspapers for comment on developing major crime incidents etc. They have also taken part in BBC Radio 4 (Steve) PUNT P.I.

Together they can regularly be seen as speakers at a variety of events in the literary world and work with colleges in schools in providing writing seminars and workshops, and they also work with International TV/Film make-up artist Pamela Clare, to help inspire her students at the White Rose Colleges.

Eight annual R.C. Bridgestock trophies are annually awarded to students. Carol and Bob are also patrons and ambassadors for several charities.

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