Nice One!

20170924_155249I got a nice surprise the other day when I was looking at my KDP pages on Amazon. Some kind person has reviewed my book ‘1962’ IN AMERICA!!! Yes it’s true, someone from that massive country has read a book by little me! I am so made up! Thank you whoever you are. In terms of progress, learning about advertising I am reaching the conclusion (in a non-scientific way) that ‘word of mouth’ is the way forward. I’ve been sharing the love all year, reviewing as much as I have time for. This morning I reviewed the bar I went to last night, five stars for The Northern Crafthouse in Whitefield, they have a ‘gin palace’ and everything! That’s another story…

Happy writing, Samantha

1962 the Novel

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My new novel, ‘1962’ is available from today, download or paperback. Both from Amazon.

When Ernest Bradshaw overhears his mother worrying about the threat of nuclear war, he decides to become a cycling champion. However, Ernest is a teenage boy from Bolton, England with no money and no bicycle! Find out how Ernest (and the rest of the world) cope with the events of 1962 in this journey story novel.

A New Cover for Piccalilly

Piccalilly is a short children’s novel about Lillian, an eight year old girl who is missing her older brother, Joe. He has been serving in the army in World War One. When Lillian’s parents receive a telegram informing them of the worst, Lillian discovers that Joe’s spirit is living on in a series of comforting events.

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I was lucky enough to be able to have an author event at Bury Libraries (Castle Leisure Centre) two weeks ago. I had spoken to my friend ellepeablog.wordpress.com about an illustrated cover. This is what she came up with as a rough draft. Because of the event, I hurriedly submitted the draft cover so that I had some paperbacks of both books. This limited edition version of Piccalilly: A Remembrance Day Story, is still available from Amazon. The kindle version will be FREE for three days from the 16th of July (tomorrow) and I might just sneak in a competition on my Facebook page @SamanthaHenthornauthor.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MAYULK1

1962 is Nearly at the Finish Line!

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After another read through type draft of 1962, I just have a few extras to check and few thousand more words to write.

1962 is the story of Ernest, a teenager with ambition during a time of personal and global adversity. Olympic dreams versus threatened nuclear war.

Ernest lives in Bolton with his mother and Uncle Billy. Rose’s boss, Mr Potts employs Ernest as a delivery boy. Nobody else wanted this job because the route is steep, and the bicycle is heavy. Ernest starts to have cycling ambitions. He has a few problems to overcome, however: lack of money, school bullies, no cycling knowledge, even a teenage love triangle. There is a much bigger problem in the news, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Rose is petrified and tries unsuccessfully to hide this. Ernest only knows about the nuclear situation from overhearing the adults talk. This intensifies Ernest’s ambition because he wants to win a local race (at least) before the world ends. Events conspire against him until Uncle Norman imparts hope, he knows local hero and inspiration Harry Hill the Olympic cyclist.

Without giving too much away, I would like to introduce the characters
Ernest Bradshaw: Age 14 from Bolton lives with his mother and Uncle Billy. He wears glasses. His only interest is cycling. Has not yet noticed teenage girls. He is naive and a daydreamer. Thinks the world is going to end because his mother said so. Idolises his mother.
Rose Constance Bradshaw: Age 44, a greengrocer’s assistant. A single parent, not commonplace in 1962. Has a strong work ethic, tries to instil high standards in Ernest. She is a quiet person, but runs a tight ship at home. Petrified about war, does not fully understand the news. Idolises her son.
William Bradshaw (Uncle Billy) Age 65. Born deaf-mute, retired carpentry assistant. Billy is the surprise supply of generosity in the story. Rose is the only person who understands Billy, and offered him lodgings. He is well loved.
Mr Cecil Potts (Old Potts) Is the son and heir of the local greengrocer. Potts is disappointed in life. He fought in World War II and when he returned, his father ‘promoted him to delivery boy’. He is dismissive of the ‘nuclear’ news. Rose rejected his earlier romantic advances, however he continues to idolise her.
Mrs Smith Middle aged glamorous war widow. One of Ernest’s customers. She takes advantage of the delivery service to increases her “under-the-counter” alcohol intake. She teases Ernest.
Uncle Norman Rose’s wealthy brother in law. A know it all. Owns his own company. He bought the house that Ernest lives in when Ernest’s mother was in financial difficulty. The rent is fair but not subsidised. Sees Rose as an ally, because she still has a shelter in her back yard.
Auntie Mary Rose’s older sister. Realised her ambitions when she married a rich man. Pities Rose. Mary has an ‘outside voice’ that she uses for talking to the neighbours. Mary does not have time to worry about nuclear bombs, she is busy in the garden, which she idolises.
Rusty: Auntie Mary and Uncle Norman’s Red Setter dog. In his old age, he is content with the quiet life and is no longer interested in being scolded for getting his muddy paws on furniture.
Mr Cooley School teacher. Strict and unpredictable. Appears middle aged, is 32. Turns up one day at school unshaven. Gives an unsolicited assembly, educating the pupils about the threat of nuclear war. Buys a Vespa against his wife’s wishes. Becomes an insomniac, spends too much time reading newspapers.
Brian Towers One of Ernest’s customers. Founding member of the East Lancashire International Cycling Club. Formed when ambition motivated Brian to break away from his ‘stuck in the mud’ previous club. Feels the need to fix things for the wife he idolises. Fortunately he does not have to fix the Cuban missile crisis.
Brenda Towers Brian’s wife. Loves cycling so much, they had a cycling themed wedding. No children. Sometimes dismisses her husband, whom she adores. Has ambitions to find and train a female cycling protégé. Provides the cycling club with flasks of tea. Thinks the threat of nuclear war is ‘nothing to do with us’.
Christopher Cunliffe Ernest’s teenage friend. Member of the cycling club. Had an accident resulting in brain damage. Wears a rubber helmet. Despite almost full recovery, he has some personality changes and is now home schooled. Wishes that Ernest would shut up about the war. Becomes jealous of Ernest when Janet fancies him.
Janet Dootson Reluctant member of the cycling club. Initially a loner, obsessed with the Cuban missile crisis news. Considers campaigning, but not sure how. Belittles other appearance-obsessed girls. Brenda Towers sees potential in her as a cyclist. One third of the teenage love triangle. Suffers unrequited love for Ernest.
Cynthia Crosby Works at the same place as Rose, is a workplace bully and makes her life a misery. Her husband is a petty criminal. She bullies her son, Mark, who in turn becomes a school bully. Christine steals vegetables from work.
Mark Crosby Schoolboy. A bully who adheres to an unspoken hierarchy. Initially teases Ernest, then views him differently after an incident with Mr Cooley. He steals from Ernest. Wets himself with fear in the ‘nuclear’ assembly. Gets confused between capitalists and communists.
The Benson Twins Mark Crosby’s gang. Identical twin boys who say very little, but are subservient to Mark. They are larger physically than Ernest, but are the same age. Known to the local police.
Two women in the corner cottage Ernest’s customers. Gossiped about in the village. No one knows if they are sisters, mother and daughter, or lovers.
Harry Hill: Real life Local cycling hero, Olympian whom Ernest idolises. Also Christopher thinks he sees him in the crowd when they are competing in the junior Manchester and district road race.
Edith Piaf Real life French singer whom Rose idolises. She cannot sing herself, and imagines that if they had met they would have been friends. Rose imagines herself asking Edith Piaf for advice.
Miss Little: Janet’s games teacher who reports Janet for being ‘insolent’ when she refuses to play hockey. Janet suggests that her class should be worrying about nuclear war, instead of playing hockey.
Rita and Elaine:Two girls at Janet’s school who cannot understand why Janet is refusing to play hockey. They have no idea what the Cuban missile crisis is.
Mr and Mrs Dootson Janet’s parents. Buy lots of newspapers. Janet’s mother is mostly interested in competing with her friends in the women’s circle.
Paranoid Percy: Is worried that he is going to be recalled to the army and sells his racing bike to Ernest.

Copyright Samantha Henthorn 2017

Hoping for a September release. Happy Thursday, Samantha 🙂

1962 (My Next Book on its Way)

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A productive weekend meeting up with my talented illustrator friend Lyndsey ( ellepeablog.wordpress.com ) planning the cover of my novel ‘1962’.  A fictional story about young Ernest Bradshaw from Bolton. Who, despite global uncertainty of threatened nuclear war, decides he absolutely must become a cycling champion before the world ends. The story follows Ernest’s journey, and the problems he finds himself faced with when attempting to execute his ambition. The events in the news are played out in the lives of the supporting characters. Although the backdrop is a true and serious part of history, without taking away from that, the novel has been written with my ‘sense of fun’ style. A story of strength and determination overcoming adversity. Which, in the absence of finding the right words at this time, strength is what we do best in this part of the world.

Aiming for a September self publication, snippets of chapters to follow.

Corner of a photo courtesy of my Dad.

Copyright Samantha Henthorn (2017)

photo 2Copyright ellepeablog.wordpress.com (2017) This took Lyndsey seconds to sketch out, she has oodles of creativity. There must be something in the water around here!