Brook Cottage Books is thrilled to welcome the lovely Gilli Allan to the blog with a fab guest post. Thanks so much Gilli.
JB- thanks for having me.I am here
to talk about my book FLY OR FALL, but before I do, there are two more exciting
bits of news I’d like to mention.
was lucky enough to have my story, Holiday Romance, accepted for inclusion in
the RNA anthology,Truly, Madly, Deeply, launched on 21 February.
I am only in the extended digital version,
not the paperback, but even so I am delighted.It was a particular surprise and a thrill to have Holiday Romance
included, as it is the first short story I have written since school days!
You may have heard something about
the forthcoming Vikings-Life and Legend
exhibition at the British Museum, which opens on March 6. My son, Tom Williams,
is project curator.
Early last year Tom decided he
would like to write a children’s adventure story to coincide with the opening
of the exhibition and he asked me if I would illustrate it. (At this point I
should mention that before I started writing seriously, my career was as an
illustrator in advertising.)Tom’s book idea
was then put to British Museum Press.It
took them a while to think about it, but at the beginning of September we had
their agreement in principle. We produced a sample illustrated chapter... and
the rest is history. Now on sale from the British Museum and all the usual online
Tale of King Harald - The
Last Viking Adventure
illustrated adventure telling the story of King Harald “Hardrada” Sigurdsson,
the last king of the Vikings. Based on a
true story, Harald’s adventure takes him from a frightened teenager to wealthy
and powerful warrior and finally, to a ruthless and tyrannical king, whose ambition
leads him to a futile, yet glorious death at the battle of Stamford Bridge in
1066. In this exciting and action-packed story, Harald journeys across the
world from Scandinavia to Russia, Byzantium, Sicily, Turkey, Palestine and
finally England. Travelling overland and by sea he gathers wealth, recognition
and power, and along the way meets a range of famous and flamboyant historical
figures including Cnut the Great, Prince Jaroslav of Kiev, the Empress Zoe and
King Harold of England.”
finally - FLY OR FALL. I spent
several months in the summer last year preparing this book for publication onto
Kindle.No sooner had I clicked publish,
than King Harald “Hardrada” Sigurdsson, and all his adventures, evicted
everything else from my mind.As a result
Fly of Fall had a very quiet entry
into the world. Now, however, I have just completed the print publication of
this book. I don’t believe it is available quite yet, so I can only provide the
link to the e-book, but it will only be a matter of days before the paperback
is also available on Amazon. So I am making a bit more noise about it now.
FLY OR FALL
admits that she doesn’t like change. Married young and kept at home by twin
babies and an invalid mother, and dependent on her husband Trevor’s wages, her
life has been limited.But when
circumstances change for the better and her husband wants to move away from
London, the ground seems to shift beneath her feet. She is gripped by an
in her early thirties, Nell feels cast adrift, far from her friends and all
that is familiar. Trevor is no longer the man she married, and their teenage
twins, Jonathan and Juliet, are grumpy and difficult. The new house is
unwelcoming and needs modernisation and she’s thrust into a continuing chaos of
rubble and renovation.The women she
gets to know - Katherine and Felicity - seem frivolous and hedonistic. They
wrongly assume that she’s ‘one of them’, someone who will delight in the
knowledge that Patrick, one of the builders working on her house, is a
notorious womaniser. At first grateful that he doesn’t make a pass at her, Nell
begins to feel resentful that Pat finds her unattractive.
takes a bar job at the local sports club, but she distances herself from the
overheated atmosphere of flirtation and gossip.She’s not that kind of woman, but....She can’t help being influenced by her new friends’ attitude of casual
infidelity. Secretly Nell begins to fantasise about romantic adventures. When
she’s pursued by a beautiful and enigmatic young man, whose name she thinks is
Angel, she is tempted. Before she can boast about her conquest to another
friend, the quirky, new-age Elizabeth, her world falls apart. The presentiment
of disaster, felt as a tremor at the start of the story, rumbles into a full
blown earthquake, delivering shock after shock.When the dust settles nothing is as it seemed, not even the life she
left behind in London.The unlikely love
which has blossomed from the wreckage is doomed and she is forced to confront the
hair’s breadth between wishful thinking, self-deception and lies, when shocking
truths about friends (old and new), her husband, both her teenage twins and
even herself, are exposed.
or Fall follows the dismantling of all of Nell’s certainties, her preconceptions
and her moral code.By its conclusion,
everything has altered for the ‘woman who dislikes change’, but has Nell been
broken or has she transformed herself?
From March 12-15 the Kindle version of Fly or Fall is on a 99p
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