I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Mick for inviting me on to this wonderful blog tour.
When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty
and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts
Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.
I am honoured to have Mick on my blog today with a wonderful guest post, over to you Mick…
Do you know of an author who stumbled into a genre? No? Well, now you do.
In November 2017, I had a Romantic Drama/ come Comedy (and a wee bit of everything else) published titled, ‘The Season for Love’. There then followed some ill health
I’m now getting over, one of the reasons this is only my second published novel. Whilst endeavouring to recover, I was unable to pick up my laptop. I simply didn’t feel like writing.
A lot of my best friends are also members of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and kept urging me to try writing again. However, it wasn’t until someone suggested I try to write
something new that I actually felt able to try.
A documentary on television about the Air Transport Auxiliary titled, ‘Spitfire Women’, happened to be on when this was suggested and it must have sparked something in my mind. Before I really knew it, I was skating all over the internet. By the end of the day, I had an outline for a story – quite amazing in itself as I have tried, but have had to accept, that
I’m not a planner of stories – and most of the characters. To be honest, I was more than slightly amazed!
I’ve always been an amateur history buff and that, together with my sixteen years in the Royal Air Force, really helped this project come together. I’d read only a couple of World War Two sagas at the time and though I’d been encouraged to try something knew I hadn’t planned on a genre change. We’re always told to go with the flow, our gut, so I did. Over the
next few days, the first couple of chapters started to come together. When I write, I tend to be a quick writer and I also like to complete a chapter the same day I begin to write it.
My characters began to write themselves, which was terrific as who wants to think, eh? Two of them especially have bored into my heart as I hope they will to anyone who’s kind enough to buy the book. First, I’ve an American called Doris. She’s brash, outgoing, and curious, with a heart full of love. The second is called Bobby; he’s black and white, with
floppy ears and a waggy tail, who has a central role in this novel and, without giving much away, an ongoing thread through the rest of the books!
Which brings me to; what am I doing now?
Well, book two is with my editor, a lady of infinite patience for this Englishman (fortunately) who has to write in American English (it still doesn’t look right!). With luck, look out for that next year. Mind you, if you’re up for a preview, the first chapter is included as a bonus at the end of ‘A Wing and a Prayer’! And you don’t need to find out which combination of keys, or which secret word to type in to get it. I am currently working on
book three, roughly a quarter to a third in, and this is the Christmas one! I’m not sure if I’m a fool or not for taking this on, but I am loving finding out all about a wartime yuletide.
I’ll sign off by saying, I’d like to think I’ve been true to the spirit of those wonderful ladies (and men, who will appear more) who, no matter what the weather or troubles, delivered the planes that kept Great Britain in the fight and helped to turn the tide. Thank you.
Oh, and a big, big thank you for having me on your blog and for being a big part of this tour. I hope to be with you again soon!
All About Mick
Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.
Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.
Where To Find Mick