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)
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,
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 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
WHISPERS IN THE SNOW by Jessica Blair coming on 4th December, an ebook from Piatkus, an imprint of Little Brown Book Group. (£2.99)
A gentle romantic ghost story for Christmas.
Can the past be solved in the present and still affect the future?
I have just come home after a few days in what I call my second home – Lincolnshire. I was born in Yorkshire and have lived all my life there but keep an open mind about what lies beyond its borders having seen a great deal of what does. I came to know Lincolnshire and its people because of the Second World War. I trained as a Bomb Aimer so it was only natural that I joined a Bomber Squadron flying out of Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire got into my blood and that was thickened when two of my daughters chose to live in that county. So my association with Lincolnshire has continued from that first posting to a Lincolnshire airfield.
As I became a writer it was natural for me to use Yorkshire backgrounds to my novels written under the name of Jessica Blair. Then the time came to spread my wings further afield and so I turned to my second home for backgrounds. It was natural to use those airfields and inhabit them with imaginary people living as we had lived on the tide of war. The titles of my books that embrace this theme and have a relevance next year (the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War) are
THE RESTLESS SPIRIT (RAF, Fighter Command & Bomber Command)
WINGS OF SORROW (Navy, RAF, Land Army, American Air Force)
IN THE SILENCE OF THE SNOW (RAF, Land Army, SOE)
WHISPERS IN THE SNOW (RAF, Bomber Command) a Novella to be published as an ebook on 4th December 2014)
JUST ONE MORE DAY (RAF, Bomber Command) to be published February 2015
The cover for my new novel to be published in February 2015. The story concerns three WAAFs and the Lancaster bomber crews serving on a Lincolnshire airfield during the Second World War.
I recently gave a talk to a reading group in my village. With this picture loaded on to my iPad I was able to pass this picture round the audience for each them to see and handle it, thus using the maxim:- Authors should use all the tools of their trade to promote their work.
My publisher, Piatkus, like my outline for a new novel and will be issuing a contract shortly. Now I can get stuck in, developing the outline into a novel of 100,000 words. An exciting journey lies ahead of me. My working title is Tread Softly, Alice. That of course may change before I submit the final work by the first of February 2015. At the moment, 1900 is the year in which the novel will open and before the final words are written it will have taken me to Yorkshire, Scotland, and South Africa and maybe to other lands if the characters tell me where they want to go. Yes, my characters do talk to me! We have some very interesting conversations. Generally we agree on the direction the story of their lives should take and generally we come to an amicable conclusion. Towards the end of my first Jessica Blair novel, The Red Shawl (1993), I was going to kill my leading female character but she said to me, ‘Don’t do that and I will provide you with a second novel.’ I took her advice and sure enough the fact that she was alive led me to writing, A Distant Harbour (1994)
Had a few days break from writing to visit my grandson and his partner in Southampton. They laid on some glorious weather for me and my daughter. Apart from relaxing in their garden we visited Mottisfont, a country house with extensive grounds and gardens, and sailed to the Isle of Wight and back on the ferry. This was made most interesting by my grandson’s knowledge of the shipping and shore installations of this busy stretch of waterway. All grist for the writer’s mill.
I came back refreshed and ready to start on my next book but before I can do that I need verification that my publisher, Piatkus, likes the outline I sent before I had my break in Southampton. I’m itching to get started and use up some of that new battery power.