Saturday, 10 September 2016

A go at making a postcard with Serif.

Having a go with Serif. 

I bought the software a couple of years ago, looked at it, decided it was too complicated for what I needed and used Canva. Canva is good, I shall still use it, but you can do so much more on Serif. Saying that, Canva is a great  tool for beginners. It got me used to creative technology. 

I shall print my novels onto a postcard to give out when I do talks. 
And I did. 
However, blank postcards and the amount of ink needed would have cost more than 
Vista Print charge, so, when they VP were advertising a voucher with 30% off I ordered 150.  

4 Novels of The Dudley Sisters' Saga

On the back of the card/flyer

Links to the novels on Amazon. 

First I designed a post card that could be posted, then I remembered that I might not be able to use the photograph of the lady on the station with the policeman on a postcard,so it's a hand-out. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

The 9:45 To Bletchley

Two new posters for The 9:45 To Bletchley

The first poster: Four books added to an original 1940s photograph of a woman in a book shop.
Links to the books on amazon are listed in book order on the right of the poster.

The second poster: The 9:45 To Bletchley is on a large signpost in front of the mansion.
Links to amazon will be listed separately at the time of Tweeting.

There are a lot of good books on Amazon - Kindle and paperback - therefore advertising
needs to be kept interesting to catch the eye of potential readers.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Friday, 17 June 2016

Trailer for The 9:45 To Bletchley by Madalyn Morgan

Trailer for the novel, The 9:45 To Bletchley.
Ena, the youngest of the Dudley sisters, is accused of sabotage.

Determined to prove her accusers wrong, Ena sets out o clear her 
name, and the names of her colleagues and friends.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The 9:45 To Bletchley. Review from the USA

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on

4* Review. “Intrigue and Romance Set Against Britain During WWII 4 Jun. 2016”
By Sophia Rose - Published on

“In a swirl of curiosity over the title, cover, and blurb, I was eager to try this British WWII era romantic suspense. Following along as young, intrepid Ena Dudley does her part for the war effort through her top secret work at the factory and later as she seeks to find out who stole and sabotaged her work was a source of delight.

I discovered after I finished and read the afterwards that I had actually snagged the fourth book in a series telling the story of each Dudley sister. And with that in mind, it's obvious that this one at least could be read out of order or as a standalone. It also left me excited that I can go back and get the stories for each of Ena's sisters who all ended up doing different work during the war.

The story opens with Ena Dudley and the other women at the engineering plant fearful during a German bombing raid on nearby Coventry. Ena's work is important and secret so that not even she is sure what her delicate component work is for. Her boss and his assistant, her friend Freda, are the ones who carry the finished work to Bletchley Park each week. Ena is eager to one day be able to accompany them. The bombing of Coventry and another of the engineering plants there give her the opportunity.

Soon, she is regularly helping to deliver her work to the Colonel at Bletchley Park, but then one fateful day, she is robbed and comes under suspicion for a time that she sabotaged her own work. She didn't, but someone close to her did. Ena is bright and starts putting together the events and agrees to help trap a German spy.

Going about her daily life, continuing her work, and expanding her attentions to Bletchley, Ena slowly closes in on who is sabotaging the work from her plant. In the meantime, Ena has an American working with British Intelligence interested in her and also the attentions of an old family friend who works at Bletchley. Ena has feelings for both, but also can't let her guard down ever with co-workers, friends, or anyone else now that she is on the hunt even while she herself may become the hunted.

I was already interested knowing this would follow a heroine working on intricate and secret components for top secret intelligence and communication work and also her investigation for a saboteur, but the author really pulled me in with her attention to the historical setting, the characters fitting well in the setting, and the thoughtful even pace of the story. The detail work was fascinating and added color and depth. Ena's family life, holidays during the war, work, dances, thinking, fashion, music, war romance, and living with the fear- all well drawn and blended with the plot nicely.

The story is passive much of the time, but once I got used to the writing style, I got along fine with it. There are jumps in time and there is also leaps in the relationship development which I wish had had the time to tease out more. Ena herself is well developed as is her daily world. She's a bright and intelligent heroine. Yes, there were two men she was interested in, but one really wasn't a serious contender so no worries about a love triangle.

The suspense was good. I caught on to a few things, but there were still a couple surprises for me. Ena's role is important in the investigation, but she was also working with the real professionals of British intelligence. She was great when she bearded the Colonel in his office and stood her ground about things.

The ending is left a little open-ended, but not exactly a cliffhanger as it sets up for the next book which I really must have. This was a gently paced story that I would easily recommend to the lovers of historical mystery and historical romantic suspense.

I got this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Chill with a Book!: The 9:45 To Bletchley by Madalyn Morgan

Chill with a Book!: The 9:45 To Bletchley by Madalyn Morgan: Sharing the launch of the fourth book in the Dudley Sisters Saga, The 9:45 To Bletchley, with the authors and readers at Chill With A...

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The 9:45 To Bletchley, June 1st

The 9:45 To Bletchley 
is Ena Dudley's story.

The fourth novel in the Dudley Sisters Saga

Publication on Amazon, Kindle, June 1st.
Paperback shortly afterwards. 

The 9:45 To Bletchley (The Dudley Sisters Saga Book 4)

In the midst of the Second World War, and charged with taking vital equipment via the 9:45 train, Ena Dudley makes regular trips to Bletchley Park, until on one occasion she is robbed. When those she cares about are accused of being involved, she investigates, not knowing whom she can trust. While trying to clear her name, Ena falls in love.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Sneak preview of the bookcover for The 9:45 To Bletchley

The 9:45 To Bletchley
The fourth novel in the Dudley Sisters Saga 
Madalyn Morgan

Ena Dudley, the youngest Dudley sister, works in a local engineering factory manufacturing dials and rotors for a secret location that she only knows as Station X. In November 1940 - after the bombing of Coventry - a set of circumstances lead Ena to Bletchley Park. Some months later Ena becomes involved with sabotage and spies, and while trying to clear her name, she falls in love. 

Date of publication for the fourth book in The Dudley Sisters Saga
June 1st on Kindle and shortly afterwards in paperback.

A sneak preview of the fabulous photographs for the book cover 

Photograph courtesy of: Toni Frissell / Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Image courtesy of Living Archive Milton Keynes

My new author photograph