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Capital Stories, published December 2017 




An anthology of four stories from Capital Writers:
An Ordinary Joe by Kate Blackadder
The Letter by Jane Riddell
A Close Encounter by Anne Stenhouse
Afternoon Tea with Angelica by Jennifer Young


Another World and Other Stories, published on Kindle November 2017


Eleven previously published stories, nine of which have won or been placed in competitions:
The Real Thing / Four in the Morning / The Ties that Bind / Home before Dark / The Shimmering Shores / Angel / Lucky Tatties / Second Best / Booty and The Beast / Pittenweem / Another World.

A Time to Reap, published on Kindle October 2017



It’s April 1963 in the Scottish Highlands. Elizabeth Duncan, widowed with two small daughters, is the farm manager on the Rosland estate, the job previously held by her husband, Matthew. Following a hard, snowy winter, her working life is made more difficult by the unpleasant estate factor. Elizabeth enjoys support in the small community from family and friends, including her cousin Peggy and local vet Andy Kerr. The arrival of an American visitor at Rosland House unsettles her in a way she hadn’t expected but, after Matthew’s mysterious death, a new relationship has been the last thing on her mind. However, as she dances at the annual estate ball in September, that may be about to change …
First published as a serial in The People’s Friend.


Stella's Christmas Wish published by Black & White Publishing in November 2106.
 

 


One phone call can change everything...
Six days before Christmas, Stella could never have anticipated the impact on her life when the phone rings in her London office.
The phone call is from a friend of the family informing Stella that her grandmother has been hurt in a fall at her home in the Scottish borders and is in hospital. Torn between her responsibilities at work and the need to be with her grandmother she decides she must return to Scotland immediately.
However, on her return to where she grew up, it becomes apparent that her grandmother’s health is not her only concern. Relationships which have lain dormant – especially with ex-boyfriend Ross – are re-kindled and fresh opportunities present themselves – if she will only dare to take them ...

'Thankfully, Kate Blackadder keeps Stella’s Christmas Wish on the right side of syrup. This is a lovely, heart-warming festive read. Blackadder writes confidently and with a great sense of pace.' (bookloversbooklist)

‘ … if you are looking for a Christmas story then I recommend this one.’ (Bookaholicswede)

‘ … This is a charming Christmas novel that will be appreciated by anyone who likes the work of Kate Hewitt or Rosamund Pilcher.  A ‘feel-good’ love story set over the Christmas season, and a heart-warming testament to the importance of family.’ (Fictionophile book blog)



Cathryn is delighted to join an archaeological dig at Farrshore, in the Scottish Highlands. Apart from her professional interest in the Vikings, it means she’ll be at a distance from her recently ex-boyfriend, Daniel. Canadian Magnus Macaskill, is in Farrshore for his own reasons, one of which is to trace his ancestry. 
As they spend the summer lodging with Dolly MacLeod and her husband JD, Cathryn and Magnus are drawn into the extended family and to each other. But how will Cathryn react when Daniel reappears?
First published as a serial in The People’s Friend.
 I was quickly drawn in and definitely wanted to know how it was all going to play out.
(Amazon reviewer)


When Judy and Tom Jeffreys are asked by their daughter Holly and her Scottish chef husband Corin if they will join them in buying The Ferryboat hotel in the West Highlands, they take the plunge and move north.
The rundown hotel needs much expensive upgrading – and what with local opposition to some of their plans, and worrying about their younger daughter, left down south with her flighty grandma, Judy begins to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake.
First published as a serial in The People’s Friend.
I enjoyed the cast of characters all at different stages in life, all facing their own dilemmas. 
(Amazon reviewer)

 
Twelve stories  previously published in The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, and Woman’s Day:
Class of ’64 / Hide-and-Seek for Astronauts / In my Dreams / Celia’s Surprise / ‘Are We Nearly There?’ / The Generation Gap / The Night the Band Played / The New Eighteen / New Tricks, Old Tricks / Bicycles for Two / Seeing Natalie / Three’s a Crowd.




I have a story called Molly's Christmas Candle in this anthology.


I have a story called Sam Something in this anthology.


 Another World is in this anthology of Scotsman/Orange Short Story Award stories. 







I have a story called Hattie in this New Writing Scotland anthology.


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