May 2020 ... unusual times but progress is being made

First of all, I'd like to thank all my readers for buying my books over the past year or so, for supporting me and visiting my web page and Facebook page. It's good to keep in touch.

Update on my new book

 

The main reason for independently publishing my books is it enables me to keep control.  I am a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ) and I could take advantage of their publishing arm, Scriptora, but like every other industry in these troubled times there is a backlog.  Who knows when everything will be up and running properly again?

Other News

Other excitements in this stay-at-home environment, where even making a cup of fresh coffee has its own drama, are that I have opened an Instagram account and put up some posts that maybe of interest.  My particular favourite is the bees nest in my garden. I’ve even sent it to the BBC's Springwatch!  I am easily pleased nowadays. Why not have a look? 

Finally, I would sincerely like to thank all the readers who tell me how much they enjoy the books and I am particularly grateful to the reader who believes in me enough to put them forward for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, which is part of Jo Whiley’s broadcast, I believe. Thank you, everyone. I can’t explain how uplifting it is to receive such positive feedback, and it gets me through these anxious days with a spring in my step.

The most exciting thing is that I have finished the first draft of book three. There's still a long way to go but I hope my readers will experience lots of different emotions as they read the final and dramatic part of the trilogy.  Now it is all about editing and deciding how to publish.  As many of you know I independently published Three Round Towers and Retribution, both of which have been good quality physical books, worthy of your bookshelves.  

 

Keep up to date with everything that's happening on Instagram and Facebook.        

Facebook is where I often share recent events, books I've read, short stories I'm writing, even the nocturnal habits of my local hedgehogs! You'll also find two lovely videos there of the churches and countryside which feature in my books. 

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Who am I?

My name is Beverley and I am the author of two historical novels set in Lewes, East Sussex, England, in the 1790's. I am currently writing a third book to complete the trilogy. The stories centre around the main character Esther, a young woman having to find her own way in life without family support or any financial means. Her life is tough and dangerous, but she is made of strong stuff, often showing true courage as well as compassion to overcome the cruel hand life has dealt her.

The titles of my books are Three Round Towers and Retribution. I will let you know the title of the third as soon as it emerges! Both my books are available to buy direct from the publishers, Troubador, or via Amazon. Simply click the relevant 'BUY IT' button on the images of my books to the right. 

 

If you live locally to me in East Sussex, both books are also available in Lewes at Sussex Stationers and Boon Books, both in the High Street. Obviously, at the moment these shops are closed, so online purchasing is your best option. Both are also available on Kindle, if you don't want to buy the physical copies.

I have been writing most of my life, but it wasn't until I retired that I decided to try a novel. Up until then, I wrote for the local press, penned whimsical articles including several seasons of pantomime scripts for my children's primary school, St Philips in Uckfield. The panto tradition continues to this day with Sara Cannon (who was one of the cast in an early script now writing and producing). Children that we performed to now take the leading roles! And of course I entertained my own children with stories from my imagination. 

In normal circumstances, I am available to do Talks, Book Signings and meet with Book Groups to discuss the novels, my characters, where I get my inspiration from and what might come next in the lives of my protagonists. I really enjoy hearing your views and thoughts about my books, so please do get in touch and let me know if you are interested in arranging an event. For now, I obviously can't do these events in person whilst we are in lockdown, but it might be possible to use online systems like Zoom if you'd like that idea. Let me know using the contact form below.

If you'd like to read a Preview from each of my novels, then just click on the 'Preview' button underneath the relevant book ... and enjoy! For detailed synopses of each book, continue scrolling down.

This is the first book where the story begins. 

THREE ROUND TOWERS

ISBN 978-1-78306-420-5 (Matador) 2014

 

This first story is set in the late 18th Century against a background of the three round towered churches of Lewes, Southease and Piddinghoe, alongside the sullen and often dangerous River Ouse.

The tale is told through the eyes of Esther Coad who scrapes an uncertain living as a servant in the tiny village of Hamsey before fate brutally intervenes and a tragedy forces her to flee downstream to Lewes carrying an unwanted newborn in her inexperienced arms.  Alone and friendless, with no food for the child, Esther uses every ounce of her strength to protect the baby from the malice that surrounds them both.

A resourceful nature, and a compelling desire to provide for the child, gives Esther the courage to go on and she seeks and finds friends in Lewes who stand by her when she is accused of murder and kidnap.  Smugglers and press gangs are part of her fight for survival but Esther's story could be that of any bright young impoverished woman of that period. Historically, it was a time when the poor and friendless suffered a difficult existence with starvation and rampant disease never far away.

 

I have been inspired by the landscapes around my home town of Lewes and have tried to bring a sense of time and place to highlight a turbulent period of history. I couldn't write a novel about Lewes without mentioning the bonfire traditions of that time.

Paperback £8.99; ebook £4.50 available via 'Buy It' button above.

Click here for Three Round Tower reviews .....

This is the second book in my unfolding trilogy. The final book is taking shape - watch this space.

RETRIBUTION

ISBN 978-1-78901-581-2 (Matador) 2018

Following the success of Three Round Towers, Retribution follows the unfolding story of Esther in 18th Century Lewes.

It's 1796 and Esther Coad looks forward to marriage and future happiness in this sequel to Three Round Towers set in the East Sussex town of Lewes. She hopes to continue nursing and midwifery training with her friend Dr. Grieve, despite her husband-to-be’s reservations; but there are some who will stop at nothing to bring down Esther and the child Beth, whose birth is at the heart of this tale.  Smuggling, kidnap and murder combine to defeat Esther, who struggles to find the wherewithal to survive and protect Beth from lasting harm.

It is not by choice that Esther is forced to travel beyond the borders of East Sussex; a journey from which there appears to be no return, that will either destroy her or enlarge her horizons with the possibility of  different ways of living.

Factual snippets from the local newspaper - Sussex Weekly Advertiser and Lewes Journal – and other nationally important documents set the scene for this new novel and put the difficulties of Esther’s life in context.  Will she at last find happiness, security and the respect or condemnation of Lewes townspeople?

Paperback £9.99; ebook £4.50 available via 'Buy It' button above.

Click here for Retribution reviews .....

Contact Me

If you'd like to contact me with comments or reviews, to arrange a Book Group, Signing or Talk please use the adjacent form and I will reply as soon as I can.

Thank you for looking at my site and I hope you enjoy reading my books!

Beverley Elphick