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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Peace Lily review in US http://amzn.to/1vHCMhc 5*s


This review is from: Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2) (Kindle Edition) 5*s
Even though this was the second book in a series, it can certainly be read as a standalone book. Katy Phipps and Cass Smythe come from two very different worlds but show how their worlds have collided. The journey of the two girls through the war in Daffodils shows how they are alike and how they are different. The war changed so many things and so many things were left unchanged. But Katy accompanies Cassandra across the ocean for a trip to Boston. The story details their adventures of love and friendship in Boston. But when things go very wrong and Katy returns early, Jem, Katy's husband, stands by her for all time. Katy wants to dream of a better life but seems to always have roadblocks thrown in front of her.

Martin's character development and descriptions bring these families to life. I felt myself cheering for their successes and crying for their setbacks.

While there wasn't nearly the historical references in Peace Lily, I recommend this book for anyone looking for an enjoyable read. I'm hoping that there will be another book in the series and Martin has left that door open.
 
Thank you to this review and for posting on #Goodreads.com
 
All reviews are so much appreciated.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Thrilled with this beautifully written review for #Peace Lily http://amzn.to/1vHCMhc



5.0 out of 5 stars In the style of Alexandra Raife..., November 17, 2014
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This review is from: Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Peace Lily continues the story of the characters from Martin’s first book, Daffodils. The aspect I appreciate most about this novel is the way the characters are as real as the people who live next door and who have experiences to tell that might remind one of grandparents or great grandparents. There is a subtle reality in the depiction of their lives that reminds one of a favourite TV drama.
Martin has cleverly juxtaposed the democratic freedom of American life with the antediluvian British class system that was so under threat with the equalising force of the war. Similarly, she depicts the new role of women - quietly and without fanfare but as a fierce point to be made.
It is a timely reminder of the after-effects of World War I upon the social and economic structures of the world at that time, as we remember the centenary of that dreadful event.
Martin has a style reminiscent of writers like Rosamunde Pilcher or Alexandra Raife and Peace Lily is 5 star novel, with a promise of a third in the series. More than recommended.
 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

#WW1 Armistice Day Daffodils on promotion as a salute at 99p

I have been very moved by the tributes paid to all the service men and women who have given their lives in defence of their country and to preserve world peace.
In Daffodils I tried to do them justice in telling the tale of not only an ordinary country man, from a small, rather feudal village in deepest Wiltshire, but also how the war affected his wife. She became a mechanic on the Front for the BEF, working on motorbikes and ambulances and playing a vital part in the war effort.
Daffodils was my salute to them all and in Peace Lily we discover how they coped with life after this massive conflict. They came home changed and shaken to find the world had not moved on in the same way. This lead to a different sort of conflict, an inner one, as they came to terms with life after their great sacrifice.
Daffodils is still on promotion at 99pence as my tiny contribution to their poignant legacy.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

9th review of Peace Lily and it's 5 *s!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class, 6 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I have read all of Alex Martin's books and I've never been disappointed and this one is no exception. Alex writes with great clarity and passion, her prose is brilliantly descriptive, and I feel her writing improves with each book. Picking up the story of Kate and Jem after the Great War was like revisiting old friends and I was soon hooked on their story. The Lady of the manor evokes images of times gone by when the distinction between the classes was paramount and left me wanting to give her a good shake. The characterisation is first class and the storyline zips along at great pace.

Well done Alex Martin on another brilliant story.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Cheadle Manor, as I see it in #Peace Lily http://amzn.to/1zxG8aL & #Daffodils

 
 
 
 
 
 
Found the perfect image for Cheadle Manor while browsing images for Wiltshire. A very good match for the back drop to Daffodils and Peace Lily. The manor house is a real character in each book and the story hangs on its bones.
I think it might be the manor house I use to cycle past as a kid on summer evenings just before the massive hill I used to coast down towards home.

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

interview on http://www.ReadFree.ly/books

This isn’t your first visit to this world, is it? Peace Lily is the sequel to DAFFODILS and book two of the ‘Katherine Wheel’ series.
Daffodils
shows how WW1 impacted on the small community of Cheadle Manor, from the highest to the lowest classes.
All I meant to write about was plumbing – or the lack of it – in a tiny Wiltshire village at the turn of the century. My kids were born there in the 1980’s and the history of the place fascinated me. So I began to write and before I knew where I was I was sucked into World War One, as were the characters in my book, Daffodils. The research took ten years, off and on, and I found it moving and humbling. Then I had to find out what would happen after the war and my new book, Peace Lily was born.
Katherine Wheel?
The series is called ‘The Katherine Wheel’ series because Katy Beagle – who becomes Mrs Kate Phipps – is a woman of many parts. She’s beautiful and loves to read but she is also pretty handy with machines. It’s quite a combination and one that men find irresistible. Katy’s not tempted, never has been, to be somebody’s wife. She wants to be a person in her own right, earning a living with her hands and her brain. She gets there…
Who is this series aimed at?
Anyone who believes in the power of love, hope and family life. Oh, and who doesn’t think men are more capable than women!
If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll love my book.
Everyone loves Downton Abbey.
Will there be another book to complete a trilogy?
A third book in the Katherine Wheel Series is already mapped out in my head, with a possible fourth a little further into the future. I have tons of other stories knocking about in my Plotting Shed, where I work.
Where do your ideas come from?
They come in dreams.
Nothing gives me more of a buzz than creating a story out of thin air and a bit of imagination. To produce something that never existed before is a wonderful feeling. Whenever I’ve been down in my own life, it is reading that has been my greatest solace. If I can give that respite to someone else for a day or two, I will have been well rewarded.
Tell us about your life.
Life has been full to date. Now I have a window, a pause, in which to explore my first passion – writing. I have a shed in the garden where I can be found bashing both brain and keyboard. I’m attempting to express those thoughts and ideas that have been cooking since I was seven and learned to read. You can keep up to date with my progress on alexxx8586.blogspot.com. There was an old black and gold typewriter knocking about my childhood home. When I wasn’t skinning my knees climbing trees or wandering aimlessly in the countryside with my dog and my dreams, I could be found, as now, typing away with imaginary friends whispering in my ear.
 
 
My first novel, The Twisted Vine, is based on a happy time picking grapes in France in the 1980s. I met some amazing people there but none as outrageous as those that sprang to life on my screen.
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The next series, as yet un-named, is a ghost story. I’m just listening to the whispers from the other side to get the full picture….
Final question, where can we find you on Twitter?
@Alexxx8586

http://www.readfree.ly/archives/10891/Kindle-eBook/why-you-must-read-alex-martins-peace-lilly/

http://www.readfree.ly/archives/10891/Kindle-eBook/why-you-must-read-alex-martins-peace-lilly/
Just seen this interview that I'd forgotten I'd written on this really supportive site for indie authors.
Gives a bit of background to Daffodils and Peace Lily and how I came to write them.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

#Research trip to Brooklands Motor Museum

I've finally made it onto a racing circuit. Research for Speedwell has commenced. Had a great day out at Brooklands Motor Museum with a drive up Test Hill in a vintage kit car, simulated experience of racing a vintage car on the steep banking track, and seeing loads of old cars and their paraphernalia.