A New Book–A Year In The Life of Belinda Brand–by Lucinda E. Clarke!



I am very happy to announce that Lucinda E. Clarke has a new book coming out! Please check out her work and her website and blog!

Lucinda Clarke Book


No one told me when I morphed from TV scripting to scribbling books that I should choose a genre and stick with it. Stephen King did it, Wilbur Smith did it and all the other writer ‘household names’ did it.

Lucinda E Clarke didn’t.

Not, because I was being difficult, but because I didn’t know any better. I can’t remember all the topics I wrote and filmed over the decades, from health to housing, to voting, manufacturing, educational subjects, finance, dramas, plays, corporate, council and so on and so on. You name it I’ve written a programme about it, and, that even includes splitting the atom.

I followed the advice I’d heard a hundred times over, ‘Write what you know’. So, I did. I knew Africa, and making movies and writing for a living, along with all the other hair-raising adventures living in 8, or was it 9 different countries?

Memoirs out of the way, I dived in and wrote books that one reviewer called ‘The new, modern Wilbur Smith’.

I scribbled on to write 5 more African books: adventure stories, wild animals, political coups, civil war, bombs and child trafficking, there was never a dull moment for my heroine Amie as she struggled to rescue and survive.

Then I took a step back – I think it had something to do with the argument when I began laying a place for Amie at the dinner table. That, was a step too far.

So, I dreamed up a new character, Leah. I kept her in England and proceeded to torture her in a psychological way. I gave her an abusive husband, a nightmare stepdaughter and a scheming best friend.

To my amazement, A Year in the Life of Leah Brand outsold all my other books and then some.

Why? It dawned on me that I was writing to market. It’s what readers are looking for right now. Psychological thrillers are the flavour of the month. I know this because BookBub have offered to send out a new-release email for me to all their psychological thriller readers for a mere $950.

The other current genre favourite is cosy mysteries, the kind where the heroine bakes cupcakes, rescues kittens from trees  and solves murders where the victims die peacefully, no one bleeds to death, and their limbs aren’t chopped off.

Two more books A Year in the Life of…  followed, and have also been popular, but I have made two more enormous mistakes.

As I began the last chapter of Leah, I still hadn’t decided which person was to blame. Who was the villain? So, I suggested two possibilities. Some readers didn’t like that, so, I’ve now included the beginning of book 2 at the end which should reassure them. Hopefully they will read that far. Now, readers have part of the answer.

Error number two: I made Leah a little too passive, for booklovers who cry out for a kick-ass woman who’ll take on all the men and leave them in a pool of tears clutching a certain part of their anatomy in the middle of the street.

I had emails telling me how much everyone loved Belinda, the sassy, out of control teenager. So now, she has her own adventure in a brand-new book.

Sure, she faces some very unpleasant characters and challenges, but she takes it in her stride, well up to a point that is. I did let her cry when she was buried alive – but then you would, wouldn’t you?

A Year in the Life of Belinda Brand is out this Friday, and along with every book in the series is priced at $/£ 0.99 as times are hard for many of us right now.

Belinda wrote a book during lockdown and it’s become a bestseller, winning a major award to the delight of her agent and publishers. It’s snapped up by Hollywood to be made into a blockbuster film, and she is catapulted into the limelight.

But Belinda has a secret and someone is threatening to tell and not only end her dreams but take her life as well.



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Blog Tour for Silent Payback by Jaye Marie: A Review


A city on edge – a detective on shaky ground…

A serial killer roams the streets of Brighton, hunting for his next victim.

When the case lands on detective David Mallory’s desk, will his personal demon prevent him from bringing this vicious monster to justice?

As the body count rises, Mallory finds himself sinking under the weight of his heavy secret – one that could jeopardise his job and his reputation.

With the pressure building, can the troubled detective reconcile his issues and solve the case, before more women die?





Maggie had known what was wrong with David the minute she opened the door and seen his pale, puffy face. He looked exhausted and fragile. When they had first discovered what was wrong with him all those years ago, it had been a difficult time for them both. It was such a terrible position for anyone to find themselves in and not an easy decision to make. Although Maggie had done her best to advise him, and the doctors had been kind, David had refused almost all treatment, only agreeing to non-invasive therapy to control his hormones and have a near-normal life. Judging from the state of him it was time to seek treatment.She knew the thought of it terrified him, and the timing was terrible, what with the new job and all. It was also the wrong time for him to leave her. He would need all the help he could get in the coming months, and she was all he had. She didn’t want to nag him, so she said it once and left it at that.Although she cared for him deeply, it would be far too painful to pretend that nothing was wrong between them.

Maggie had always looked forward to going to work every day, but today she wished she was going somewhere else. Despite what most people imagine, the Hospice was a peaceful, caring place, the inhabitants optimistic and cheerful. This was what had drawn her to the job in the first place, that and how the people approaching the end of their lives could be so calm and accepting.

People died in the Hospice almost every day, but it was never a sad occasion. More like seeing someone off on holiday. Maggie always wanted to ask a patient what it felt like and to explain how they came to accept what was happening to them, but it was against the rules. You never used the word ‘dying’ either, keeping the conversation casual. Even when asked outright, Maggie always remained quietly optimistic and never voiced an opinion of her own. Her job was to help them find their quiet spot and keep them there.

Some of the patients had already lost hope by the time they arrived at the hospice, refusing to wait, insisting the doctors help them to shuffle off this world. They dreaded spending whatever time they had left stuck in what they wrongly imagined was a painful holding pen with nothing else to do but sit in a corner and wait.

The Review:

In Silent Payback, Jaye Marie writes a taut and engaging thriller in which she balances and interweaves the internal personal struggle of detective David Mallory with his intense search for a serial killer who is targeting victims in Brighton.

The reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride, as Jaye Marie creates both suspense about the detective’s investigation of the terrible killer and involvement and fear for the detective who is facing a difficult personal struggle.

The novel is atmospheric, suspenseful, and a wonderful ride!  I read the book in one sitting, and I am proud to be part of this blog tour! I will not reveal anything that could be a spoiler and would dampen your enjoyment of this fine novel.

If you like books that incorporate both internal and external struggles and which engage the reader in the difficulties of the characters, if you enjoy books that hold your attention from the beginning to the end, and if you search for novels that are compelling and deeply readable, then Silent Payback should be on your to-be-read list!

I recommend this novel highly, and I give it 5 stars out of 5!

Again, you should read Silent Payback!

About Jaye Marie:

Jaye Marie is affectionately known as the giant redwood, probably because she is very tall, but also because of her love for trees. Most afternoons she can be found repotting or taking care of her bonsai collection, but her love of detective mysteries soon brings her back indoors. She has written three fiction novels in this genre, Nine Lives, Out of Time and Crossfire and is looking forward to publishing Silent Payback, her fourth book.

She spends any free time learning everything she can about self-publishing, and despite all the obstacles, she never gives up on anything and is as stubborn as a mule. You can email her at  jayemarie01@btinternet.com She also shares a website http://jenanita01.com with Anita Dawes…

Jaye’s Links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page | Pinterest | Instagram | Medium

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A Friendly Reading Challenge




Reading is essential for writers. Reading stimulates our imagination and enables us to enter many others worlds without leaving the comfort of our homes. Reading is one of our lifebloods,the source for much of our inspiration and ideas. Without reading, writers cannot be successful.

Reading is also on of the great joys of life, and it is one of the most important activities that everyone can do, regardless of being a writer or not. Reading, for me, is one of the central parts of my life. It is why it is part of the title of my blog: charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com

So, I am issuing a friendly challenge to anyone reading this post: read at least two books this month, and at the end of the month, let us know what you read. There is no pressure in this little challenge, no competition, and no awards. I hope it simply encourages everyone to read a few books!

Even though it is the beginning of the challenge, I will tell you that I am currently reading: The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly and The Last Mile by David Baldacci. One is an historical look at the Great Irish Famine and the other a thriller.

So, are you up to the challenge? What will you read?





Patrick’s Smashed Potatoes




This post continues a series of posts I have done featuring recipes from characters from my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I. Patrick Franklin, along with his twin brother Michael, is a secondary, but important, character in this book. He is a retired Marine Corps Officer who fought in the first battle of Fallujah in 2004 in the Iraqi War. He is the protagonist’s—Roosevelt Theodore Franklin—nephew and a strong supporting element in the story.



Like his uncle, Patrick prefers rustic and basic meals to that of haute cuisine. One of his favorite is what he calls smashed potatoes.

The recipe: (intended to feed 8-10 people at a large meal)
5 pounds of red potatoes
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
fresh paprika
fresh dill
fresh black pepper
coarse sea salt

*Rinse, clean, but do not peel the potatoes. Cut away any bad spots.
*Cut the potatoes into small irregular pieces.
*Boil in dutch oven until fork tender.
*Drain and rinse potatoes.
*Place in mixing bowl.
*Add the rest of the ingredients.
*Using a hand masher, not a mixer—Patrick says too much air is incorporated, which makes the potatoes look pretty, but they lose some flavor. He is not a believer in the phrase “we eat first with our eyes.” Like his uncle, he believes we first notice smell, then we taste the food. Its appearance is irrelevant. Mix with the hand masher until blended together and serve hot. If desired, serve with gravy.


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