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Magic in the Air – Cascais and New Beginnings

When I wrote my debut novel, The House That Alice Built, I had no intention of embarking on a sequel. That was until I finally sent the book of to my publishers, with all of the edits done, and realised that I didn't want to say goodbye to Alice just yet. So, I had to...

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Evonne Wareham – A Wedding on the Riviera

I love reading novels that make their settings come alive, so I'm really looking forward to Evonne Wareham's new book, A Wedding on the Riviera published on March 22nd. Here she gives as a bit of an insight into what to expect... Thank you for inviting me onto your...

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Claire Sheldon’s debut book – Perfect Lie

Claire Sheldon's debut novel, Perfect Lie,  is published by Ruby Fiction on e-book on 16th June, so I thought it would be nice to catch up with her so she could tell us about her road to publication and what she has coming up next.     Tell us about the book...

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Choc Lit Virtual Festival round up

As part of the Choc Lit Virtual Book Festival recently, I recorded a chat with my BBC Essex friend and colleague, Tony Fisher about books, writing, and about finally getting published. You can hear it here:https://soundcloud.com/you/tracks     I also asked...

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The House That Alice Built photo tour

The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal, where I lived many years ago. It made a huge impression on me and some of the locations I use in the book are real, whereas others are a mixture of reality and imagination based on other beautiful places in...

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Audrey Bowling – an artist inspired by the landscape

  The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal, and its pretty streets, gorgeous beaches and beautiful setting inspired me to write the novel. Alice herself rediscovers her creative side when she's there, and finds what she sees and feels enables her...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – part 5

To Djema El Fna we went, full of tagine and humous and these delicious cheesy things in pastry. To Djema El Fna which is the square of all squares..the place where all the city life gathers and which has myriad different lives; bustling morning, buzzy afternoon, and...

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A Weekend In Marrakech in 2011 – part 5 – Djema El Fna

To Djema El Fna we went, full of tagine and humous and these delicious cheesy things in pastry. To Djema El Fna which is the square of all squares..the place where all the city life gathers and which has myriad different lives; bustling morning, buzzy afternoon, and...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – Part 4

Into the multi-coloured maze of the souk. Tiny, narrow shops overflowing with gold shoes, blue scarves, silver teapots, amber mirrors, leather bags. Carvings and jewels and lanterns,  fabrics of silk, dresses of cotton,  jasmine and honey and rosemary and thyme...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – part 3

When I close my eyes and try to remember, all I can see is pink, gold and amber. Deep red rose petals. Cool marble tiles. Hidden spiral staircases. Secret alcoves strewn with luscious bright cushions. Palm trees in the courtyards. Cool blue pools. Tranquilty. ...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 part 2

So, Marrakech… So, I’m on the back of this motorbike, enjoying my Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck experience but in entirely the wrong city. But it couldn’t have happened anywhere other than Marrakech, when you think about it. Because there’s something about it..something...

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A weekend in Marrakech in 2011

What Christine Did Next…In Marrakech… Posted on January 15, 2012 by chrispenhall I suppose in retrospect I could have got arrested. But actually, all I could think about as I sped through the medina in Marrakech on the back of that motorbike was that I had finally...

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Kojo Boutique – A Portuguese Adventure

In The House That Alice Built, Alice visits Portugal and falls in love with it. She meets many people who have made their lives there and it changes the way she thinks about everything. Rosemund and Patrick Bennett took a leap of faith and decided to move to the...

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Author Snapchat – Morton S Gray

I am inspired by places that I’ve been to and memories I bring back with me when I write, so I’ve asked some of my fellow Choc-Lit and Ruby Fiction Authors to tell us about their memorable places. This time it’s Morton S Gray, author of The Girl on the Beach, The...

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Ray Clark – The True Story of the Boat That Rocked

The House That Alice Built is fiction, but some authors are talented at writing about their own experiences and what they are passionate about. Ray Clark is a Sony Award-winning broadcaster who started his radio career as a pirate...   I’ve been lucky enough to...

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Carol Thomas – Author Snapchat

  I am inspired by places that I've been to and memories I bring back with me when I write, so I've asked some of my fellow Choc-Lit and Ruby Fiction Authors to tell us about their memorable places.  This time it is Carol Thomas, author of Maybe Baby and The...

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Vicky Carter and her travels

My novel, The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal. Just being there set's Alice's mind free, allowing her to experience another way of life and see thing from a different perspective. Some of us have travel in our blood and my friend and BBC Essex...

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Author Snapchat – Jackie Ladbury

My novel, The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal, and it is one of the stars of the book. Images of it and other places I visit pop into my head and I often use them in my writing - it's like I've filed them away for future use and they reappear when...

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