Large print edition

My novel THE FORGIVING SAND  set in St.Ives, Cornwall has been released in Large Print paperback format on 1st. April by Ulverscroft of Leicester. It’s a romantic story which will instantly whisk you away to the beach with the seagulls screaming overhead and the waves breaking on the shore. Christina is fighting to keep her quiet Sea Cafe going against all the odds. Nestled on the sand, it’s threatened with closure when her bullying brother-in-law arrived from London with ideas on taking it over. Local fisherman, John, earnestly seeks her attention. Widowed, with a small child, his intensity moves her. Could she love him? But when old school friend Peter comes down to Cornwall and steps in to help save her beloved cafe, will she be bowled over by his passionate embrace?Layout 1

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Book-Signing

On Saturday 8th February at Waterstones Bookshop, Market Harborough, I met Lizzie Lamb, Adrienne Vaughan and June Kearns all 3 authors there together for a special  joint book-signing. Congratulations to them for achieving the ‘Valentine’s Day theme’ shop window space displaying their romantic novels. It was lovely to meet them all; Lizzie and I had a good chat about how, why and where we got published. Here’s a picture taken just after I had bought a copy of her latest novel: Boot Camp Bride. She signed it for me too of course! Thanks Lizzie!

Lizzie & me

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Cheers! My friend and fellow author *Madalyn Morgan are celebrating!

Why?

We are both LOCAL AUTHORS in Rugby so Kelvin has given our novels a prominent position at the front of his store.  It’s a huge advantage to have somewhere not only to display and sell our books but to have a venue for book-signings and readings.

 Theresa and Maddie Summersault 2 (1)  Here we are having a  coffee at Summersaults Restaurant, where until recently the bookshop occupied the basement. We had a great time catching up with news, comparing notes on our writing, sounding out ideas and really taking advantage of a relaxing morning away from our computers. The lonely hours we both spend typing away…as well as reading, researching, editing…is enough to give anyone the appetite for a delicious cappuccino and cherry scone or two!

 (*Madalyn Morgan is the author of Foxden Acres, a war-time romantic novel)

This is a photo taken early in June this year, in Hunt’s Bookshop in Summersaults; it’s of Kelvin and I at the launch of my recent novel The Forgiving Sand.

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And the picture below was taken by Madalyn in the new premises when she and I visited yesterday. HUNT’S BOOKSHOP, Rugby’s only independent bookshop under proprietor Kelvin Hunt,  has just re-opened in new larger premises at 9 High Street, Rugby. It’s in an ideal position to catch passing trade, easy to find and with plenty of light and space. 

  Kelvin and Theresa in Hunts 3 The shop has a wide selection of new and second-hand books, fiction and non-fiction, hardbacks & paperbacks, children’s books, maps and lots more. Enjoy browsing? Believe me, it’s well worth a visit!  I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Kelvin all the very best for his new shop. Good luck Kelvin!

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Reviews

Just wanted to share some complimentary comments I’ve had recently from people who are reading or have just finished my novel THE FORGIVING SAND.

“I could feel the sand between my toes!”Forgiving Sand cover

“I only read in bed, and now I’m going to bed earlier and earlier!”

 “I took it with me to read on holiday and really enjoyed it.”

 “What a brilliant twist at the end!”

 And I’m thrilled with the first review on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Forgiving-Sand-Theresa-Flem/dp/0719809177/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

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The Sea Inside His Head

My novel ‘The Sea Inside His Head’ has just been released as an e book.  This is a dramatic love-story that reveals what it was like to be caught up in the Miners’ Strike during the 1980’s.The Sea Inside His Head image

In this controversial but moving love-story, Bradley Shepstone is a coal-miner in Kent. His father, a miner before him, died from lung disease and Bradley fears he will suffer the same fate. Now after months without work or wages, Bradley is desperate to get out – he wants to leave the pit for good. He dreams that he, his wife Helen, and their baby son, could get away and begin a new life. He argues that if he could get redundancy money, he could work in the fresh air, go to sea or even rent a small-holding.  But Helen’s immersed in the fight to keep the pits open; she’s giving everything she’s got to save the miners’ jobs and she’s happy and confident in her new role leading the campaign.  When Bradley owns up to Helen he’s thinking of breaking the strike and applying for redundancy their marriage reaches a crisis. She says he will become what she – and all miners hate – a scab.

This is a fictional story based on the facts surrounding the fight to keep the pits open. Wounds are still smarting on both sides of the argument even now – these days there is no trace of the Kent coalfields left apart from historical information available through the museum for tourists and schoolchildren. To see more go to: http://www.dover.gov.uk/kentcoal/home.asp

Please read my novel and judge for yourselves…who do you agree with: Bradley or Helen?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sea-Inside-Head-ebook/dp/B00CCTWSHK/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

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My RNA Interview

I was interviewed by the Romantic Novelists’ Association recently to coincide with the publication of my new novel: The Forgiving Sand which is set in Cornwall. Please take a look at:

http://romanticnovelistsassociationblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/interview-with-theresa-le-flem.html

I was asked some searching questions including how I began writing,  what inspires me and my path to publication. I have been a member of the RNA for over a  year and they are a wonderfully supportive group of authors who are always in touch with their advice and encouragement. Hope you enjoy reading about my writing-life and thanks to the RNA for inviting me onto their blog.Forgiving Sand cover

THE FORGIVING SAND by Theresa Le Flem is published in hardback by Robert Hale Ltd and is available from Robert hale, Amazon, Waterstones, W.H.Smiths, Telegraph Books, and Hunt’s Bookshop (in Summersault) Rugby

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The Forgiving Sand

Theresa booksigning 1On Saturday (8th June) an enthusiastic crowd invaded Hunt’s, the tiny independent bookshop (inside Summersault Restaurant, opposite Rugby School), to celebrate with me and to toast the launch of The Forgiving Sand. It was a busy and jolly event and I was delighted to have one book after another appear on the desk in front of me waiting to be signed.

Set in St.Ives, Cornwall, England, the novel is a love story concerning a disabled girl, Christina, and the fight to keep her Sea Café going through difficult times. Old friends, fishermen and local people come to her aid, but will they be able to help her? The crisis in the Cornish fishing-industry, and a lull in the seaside tourist trade, could spell financial disaster not only for her café but for the whole fishing community. But who cares when Christina’s world comes crashing down?Porthminster view 2009

To read my recent interview with Halebooks and delve into the inspiration behind this, my second novel, please go to:

http://halebooks.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/author-interview-theresa-le-flem/

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The Forgiving Sand was published in hardback by Robert Hale Ltd. and is available from Robert Hale Ltd, Amazon, Waterstones, W.H.Smith, Telegraph Books, Hunt’s Bookshop (in Summersault) Rugby, and all good book shops.

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