2018 Plans and Resolutions: Val Penny and Jane Risdon.. @valeriepenny @Jane_Risdon

It’s the penultimate day of my 2018 Plans and Resolutions series and I can’t believe it’s nearly finished. Today I have posts from Val Penny and Jane Risdon.

Guest post – Val Penny

I am delighted to be visiting Sandra’s blog today to chat about so many of the exciting events and opportunities 2018 offers.

It was clear last year that 2018 would be an exciting one, because my husband had learned last May that he had qualified, again, to represent his country in their International Fishing Team. Imagine our happiness when our older daughter compounded our excitement by informing us that in April, 2018 we will become grandparents for the first time. Joy of joys! Time to get knitting.

I also made a New Year Resolution this year. The first one I have made in many years, and it is very simple: I resolve to read more books by authors with whose work I am not familiar. This has been a fabulous resolution. I have been thrilled by a historical romance, ‘Heart of Stone’ by John Jackson, spooked by the ghost story ‘Woman in Back’ by Susan Hill and intrigued by the mystery that is ‘The Silence’ by Katharine Johnson and next on my TBR pile is the biography ‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah. This is the best resolution I have ever made, and one that is not at all difficult to keep.

But the thrills of 2018 continue to roll in. My debut crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh is to be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The Edinburgh Bookshop is hosting a book launch for me on 15 February, I am excited and nervous about that, in equal measure. So, when my publishers confirmed that they were accepting the second book in my Edinburgh Mysteries series, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’, with a view to it being published in the late summer of this year, I really did not think things could be any better.

I was wrong. In a good way, but I was wrong: things could and did get better when I was asked to lead a session on publicising your novel at the prestigious Swanwick Writers’ Summer School in August. I have no doubt that the magic of Swanwick gave me the confidence to show ‘Hunter’s Chase’ to publishers in the first place, so it will be a delight to be back.

All in all, 2018 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year for me. I hope it will be similarly exciting for Sandra and all her readers.
The Author:

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’.
Hunter’s Chase Blurb

Hunter by name Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.


Guest post – Jane Risdon.

The past five years have been hectic for me working on various projects including Only One Woman which has now been published (Nov 2017) and its promotion is taking up a great deal of my time. The paperback will be published May 2018 and I am really excited about seeing the book in stores, libraries and in audio, worldwide. I’ve lined up some exciting events – which I cannot disclose now – but they’re linked in with Only One Woman, so it seems this year is going to be spent mostly in promotional activities. Several readers have asked about a sequel too, which I am considering and I do have the story in my head so who knows…

I really hope that Ms Birdsong Investigates (my series featuring a former MI5 Officer) will get published. It was submitted in 2017 to my publisher but they are not publishing new titles for the foreseeable future. So I am sending vibes to Accent Press in the hope they can alter their policy soon and I can see Ms B. in print. I also hope to complete the other two books (so far) in the series which are in various stages of completion.

I’ve never made a specific New Year’s resolution, it is a map to failure I’m convinced, and I don’t set goals either. If I achieve things I want to achieve that is cool, but I don’t set specific times and activities in cement. If it happens, it happens. I think it is the rebel in me – I cannot stand having to do anything. Self-motivation is not lacking however.

I do need to complete several other projects – novels – mostly crime/thrillers – which are also in various stages of completion; requests for me to write for anthologies, newsletters and online magazines often seem to get in the way. So if I aim for anything, it will be to complete all my outstanding Works in Progress and if my publisher is accepting again, submit in the hope they’ll see the light of day. If not, I am seriously considering putting them out myself, but that is time consuming and takes away from writing, and I’d also like to spend a little more time out walking in the countryside and photographing things I enjoy. 2018 is going to be a full-on year for me and I am looking forward to every moment.

Jane Risdon Bio:

Following a career in the international music business managing recording artists, song-writers, record producers, and actors, Jane fulfilled her dream to become a full-time writer 7 years go. Short stories, flash fiction (mostly crime) followed, signing with Publisher, Accent Press, in 2014. She’s contributed to over a dozen anthologies in all genres and her novel, Ms Birdsong Investigates (featuring a former MI5 Officer) is with her publisher. Her co-authored novel – Only One Woman – with lifelong friend, Christina Jones, was published by Accent in November 2017 in e-pub/POD format garnering over 21 5* reviews to date. The paperback for stores and audio will be published May 2018.
Only One Woman – blurb

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stellameets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?







Only One Woman Accent Press


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