The Start of a New Journey

March 26th, 2015 Posted in Books | Comments Off

With JUST ONE MORE DAY published in February and the next novel TREAD SOFTLY, ALICE with my publisher, Piatkus,  I took two months away from writing. Do writers ever completely escape from writing? And do we ever really want to? Does our subconscious continue to tick away in the work we love? Yesterday I was aware of an idea for my next novel pushing itself into prominence in my mind and before long I was sat down tapping my computer keys and seeing words appearing on the screen. The new book? Those first words recording the idea are the start from which the whole idea can evolve. Now I have something to work from and let my ideas expand. It is the start of an exciting journey during which I will be in new places, meet people, most of whom I don’t know at the present time, but they beckon with enticing possibilities. Wish me an interesting and fulfilling journey.

Jessica Blair and Whitby

March 8th, 2015 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country, News | Comments Off

Yesterday, 7th March, I was at the WHITBY BOOKSHOP signing copies of my latest hardback novel JUST ONE MORE DAY, published on 5th February, by Piatkus, an imprint of the Little Brown Book Group. It was a bright sunny day with the result that there were many people visiting Whitby which meant that lots of feet crossed the shop’s threshold. People showed interest in my work and I enjoyed chatting about it. Among them were familiar faces from past signing sessions and others were new to me. They all made a lively and interesting two hours for me. On the same day the paperback of  A TAPESTRY OF DREAMS was published. There were more books to sign, among them earlier novels by Jessica Blair. One lady produced a copy of HARPOONED:- The Story of Whaling, a highly illustrated book which was published in 1980 by Conway Maritime Press, written under my own name, Bill Spence. It was this book which led to the birth of Jessica Blair in 1992 and my first novel under that name, the RED SHAWL. That had whaling and Whitby set in the nineteenth Century as its background.

Best Wishes to you all.  Keep reading.

Jessica Blair Novels

February 25th, 2015 Posted in Books, News | Comments Off

I have had good vibes coming after the publication by Piatkus of JUST ONE MORE DAY on February 5th. This novel is set in Bomber Command in the Second World War and comes during the 70th anniversary of the end of that war. Readers who like this type of novel may be interested to know that as Jessica Blair I have written other novels with this background. THE RESTLESS SPIRIT,  WINGS OF SORROW,  IN THE SILENCE OF THE SNOW are all published by Piatkus,The Restless Spirit an imprint of the Little, Brown Book Group. Happy reading

Publishing Day

February 5th, 2015 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country, News | Comments Off

JUST ONE MORE DAY (hardback)  published by Piatkus, an imprint of Little Brown Book Group.  A Second Word War story set on a bomber airfield in Lincolnshire. It follows the lives of three WAAFs and the aircrews of Bomber Command. The subject matter was suggested by my publisher, to be published this year which is the 70th  anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Also published today by Piatkus is A TAPESTRY OF DREAMS (paperback). Greed and ambition threaten lives in this powerful drama set in the 19th Century woollen mills of the West Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire sheep farming. TapestryOfDreams_A_9780749959128_FRONT

JUST ONE MORE DAY

JUST ONE MORE DAY

December 29th, 2014 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country, News | Comments Off
The cover for JUST ONE MORE Day to be published February 2015

The cover for JUST ONE MORE Day to be published 5th February 2015 by Piatkus

Apart from being a ghost story WHISPERS IN THE SNOW (Piatkus eBook £2.99), which came out for the Christmas market also had an old RAF Bomber Command airfield as its background. This also made it a fitting introduction to my next Jessica Blair novel JUST ONE MORE DAY coming out on February 5th in hardback. This also has a RAF background as it follows three WAAFs who serve on a bomber station, written to appear in 2015 as this is the 70th anniversary year of the cessation of hostilities in the Second World War

WHISPERS IN THE SNOW 1

November 28th, 2014 Posted in Books | Comments Off

WHISPERS IN THE SNOW 1 November 7th, 2014 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country |

A desolate runway that once sounded to the roar of four-engined bombers

A desolate runway that once sounded to the roar of four-engined bombers

A Nissen hut, once the home of bomber crews

A Nissen hut, once the home of bomber crews

And the snow came.

And the snow came.

A disused wartime airfield in Lincolnshire. Hacked up runways overgrown. Nissen huts once living quarters, offices, and briefing rooms for a Lancaster Squadron , all falling apart. What stories can it tell? What whispers can be heard through the snow? WHISPERS IN THE SNOW by Jessica Blair. Published 4 December, as ebook £2.99 by Piatkus an imprint of Little Brown Book Group »crosslinked«

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WHISPERS IN THE SNOW 3

November 16th, 2014 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country, News | Comments Off
Lancaster bombers

Lancaster bombers

Lancaster Bombers

Lancaster Bombers

The Petwood Woodall Spa

The Petwood, Woodall Spa, Lincolnshire.

The sound of bombers roaring overhead and the Petwood full of war-time memories. Will whispers in the snow bring peace to the hearts of the young?  Find out in WHISPERS IN THE SNOW by Jessica Blair, published by Piatkus as an eBook on 4 December (£2.99)

WHISPERS IN THE SNOW 4

November 16th, 2014 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country, News | Comments Off
The old control tower

The old control tower

The silent cottage in the trees

The silent cottage in the trees

Memorial to a Bomb Aimer

Memorial to a Bomb Aimer

Whispers in the Snow

 

The silent remains of a war-time airfield and a deserted cottage connect the past with the present.

As snow falls silently, can a life-changing revelation solve a mystery from a former time?

Whispers in the Snow by Jessica Blair published as an eBook 4 December by Piatkus an imprint of Little Brown book Group,

WHISPERS IN THE SNOW 1

November 7th, 2014 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country | Comments Off

A disused wartime airfield in Lincolnshire.
Hacked up runways overgrown. Nissen huts once living quarters, offices, and briefing rooms for a Lancaster Squadron , all falling apart.
What stories can it tell? What whispers can be heard through the snow?
WHISPERS IN THE SNOW by Jessica Blair.
Published 4 December, as ebook £2.99 by Piatkus an imprint of Little Brown Book Group

A desolate runway that once sounded to the roar of four-engined bombers

A desolate runway that once sounded to the roar of four-engined bombers

A Nissen hut, once the home of bomber crews

A Nissen hut, once the home of bomber crews

And the snow came.

And the snow came.

WHISPERS IN THE SNOW 2

November 7th, 2014 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country, News | Comments Off

Jessica-Blair-Mockup-1Bill.  Bomb Aimer 44 Squadron 1944-45 (36 missions)10-09-2014_8

A bomber airfield in Lincolnshire is home to men and women serving their country at war. Can love survive the dangerous skies?

Find out on 4th December when Whispers in the Snow, by Jessica Blair, is published by Piatkus  as an eBook £2.99