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Hallowe'en freebie eBook till 1st Nov! And Call Nurse Millie is Book of the Week!
29 October 2015

Hallowe'en Freebie!

Just until 1st November my spooky short novella WHen Dreams Return is free on Ebook from amazon - get it here! When Chelle is persuaded by Sara to use an ancient book of magic spells to conjure up her ideal man, what happens next is the last thing Chelle expected. Is her husband Andy's disappearance linked to a strange black cat with vivid emerald eyes? And what is the strange shadow in the attic of her newly renovated Victorian house, where she must spend tonight alone. For a girl whose artwork depends upon her elusive dreams for inspiration, will the supernatural goings-on be a nightmare, or the answer to her prayers? 

Also if you're stocking up on eBooks, don't forget there is an anthology of 13 short stories and novellas here - Hocus Pocus ’14 – eBook or paperback on Amazon

 

 

Book of the Week - Call Nurse Millie by Jean Fullerton

It's lovely to find a new series of books, isn't it? Well I've had my eye on this series for ages, and managed to download the audiobook from audible.co.uk and loved it! As you will know, regulars, I've got a penchant for being told stories in my car, and I whiled many a happy hour away in the company of Nurse Millie and her colleagues, family and patients, in the atmospheric setting created by talented author Jean Fullerton.

It's 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.

Lovely series including a very timely one - Christmas with Nurse Millie - out now! Clever conflict and great interweaving of the individual stories of patients and adversaries, I'm loving it! If you love period novels, do give it a try. Meanwhile I asked Jean a few questions about her fabulous series.

Q1 - why did you write about this era? how did you do the research? Is there a personal connection?

I find the immediate post-era fascinating. Most people imagine that once peace was declared we shifted into the ‘you’ve never had it so good’ 1950 but in fact for most ordinary people the five years following the end of WW2 were almost as bad as the war years themselves.

The NHS came into being in July 1948 so in Call Nurse Millie, the first of my East London nurse series, I chose to explore Millie’s nursing world before the introduction of free universal health care.

 Although I’m a district nurse Millie’s way of nursing over seventy years ago is vastly different not only because of the drug therapies and equipment now available but because social attitudes were so very different.

I use prime sources for my research so I have collected numerous nursing and midwifery text books of the period along with many nursing biographies to help me get the authentic feel to Millie and her friend Connie’s work. I also have maps, general biographies like the Mass Observational diaries and specific books dealing with rationing, cars of the period and post-war social issues.

I have a very personal connection to Millie’s story as my family have lived in the Wapping and Shadwell area where Millie and Connie work since the 1840s. In fact I have Millie’s mother living in the house in Anthony Street where I lived in as a child until we were moved to a council flat under the LCC slum clearance programme.  My other connection is I have worked as a district nurse in East London for my entire district nurse career firstly, in Newham and latterly in Dagenham and Havering.         

 

Q2 - what's the order of the Millie books?

            The best way to read the Millie series is Call Nurse Millie which starts on VE day in 1945 then All Change for Nurse Millie, which opens on the day the NHS began in 1948.  Christmas with Nurse Millie is set over the Christmas 1947 between Call Nurse Millie and All Change for Nurse Millie. Easter with Nurse Millie is a standalone set in 1953 so you’d be better off reading it last. Fetch Nurse Connie also starts on VE day in 1945 and is the current one in the series.  

 

Q3 - tell us about the main characters, in Call Nurse Millie. What's the nicest thing someone's said about it?

 The main character is Millie Sullivan who is a hard-working district nurse and midwife who is employed by the St George and Dunstan’s Nursing Association. As she nurse before the NHS she has to undertake all nursing duties including school nursing, baby clinics, home deliveries and care of the dying all of which are now nursing specialities. She is intelligent and resourceful and always put her patients first. The nicest thing anyone ever said about Millie was ‘my mum was on the district after the War and your Millie sound just like her.’   

 

Q4 - what are you working on now? What's next?

 I’m just putting the final touches to Wedding Bells for Nurse Connie, which is out in May 2016 and then after Christmas I’ll be starting my 2017 book. I’m just talking to my publisher about the next contract at the moment so I’m not sure what it will be just yet but I can tell you for certain it will be set in East London. 

 

Q5 - how best to keep in contact with you?

 You can contact me via my website wwwjeanfullerton.com by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/ or follow me on Twitter  @JeanFullerton__

What a fantastic insight into the work that goes into a series like this! Hope you enjoy it as much as I am, and thanks to the lovely Jean for such a detailed interview!

 

get Call Nurse Millie on Amazon in ebook, paperback or audiobook here.

 

 

CHOC LIT NEWS! MY PAPERBACK OUT DECEMBER 7TH IN SHOPS!

Here is the confirmation, my first ever steamy romance, part of the 'Hot Choc Lit' imprint at my publishers, is definitely going to be in some bookshops from December 7th. Am very very excited. it'll be the moment I've dreamed about all my life, when I can go into a shop, eg WHSmith's travel (rail stations and airports, eg) and see my own book on the shelf! Squeee! Here's the page to pre order it if you want from Choc Lit direct.

Specially for those who got the Amazon Fire Tablet featuring Kindle, on QVC last weekend! 

Best wishes

Debs X

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

ps if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via @debbieflint on Twitter!#

 

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops 7th Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 

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