Contemporary fiction by independent authors Jillian Brookes-Ward and Lucy Pepperdine

Please be advised that due to the nature of the content of some of the books featured on this site, they may not be suitable for those under the age of 18 years. ** The opinions expressed in this blog by the author may or may not reflect those of the world at large **

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Latest release from Blue Quill books.....In The Garden of Stones

In The Garden of Stones

Dear Reader

Grace Dove, a failed suicide in therapy; Colin McLeod, a disabled soldier with severe PTSD - two lost souls seeking an escape from the horrors of the real world. They both find it in the same place - the imaginary Garden of Stones. Now Colin's life is in danger. Can Grace find him and draw him back into the real world before it's too late?

Bringing this book to fruition has been an emotional rollercoaster. Along the way I have learned so much about the nightmare that is post traumatic stress disorder, met some brilliant people who do what they can to help their fellow sufferers in any way they can and come to terms with the condition that blights my own existence - bipolar's little cousin, cyclothymia. 

Supporting Combat Stress, HorsebackUK and Worth Fighting For - organisations that offer help and support to PTSD sufferers and their families.

Find In The Garden of Stones at: 

If you enjoy the story, please tell your friends, family, workmates etc. The more copies are sold, the more the charities will benefit, the more people can be helped.

Thank you and best wishes

Blue Quill Books

Friday, 28 February 2014

Read an E-book Week
 2-8 March, 2014

To mark the 2014 'Read an E-book Week'  2 and 8 March inc, Blue Quill Books is offering ALL publications in its collection for 50% OFF when you download from

Simply use the coupon code REW50 at checkout. If you care to leave a comment after reading, you are more than welcome to do so.


From Jillian Brookes-Ward:

Contemporary romance, Saving Nathaniel

and sequel to Saving Nathaniel, Keeping Christopher

Contemporary romance Three Way Street.  

Saucy riverbank romp, On The Fly

Modern ménage, Linda Loves...? 

Psychological revenge drama, Watch Your Back! 

also: by Lucy Pepperdine: 

Paranormal romance Anima Mea 

and contemporary horror Offshore

Don't forget to use coupon code REW50 on any book and get it 50% off

All e-formats are catered for, and if you don't have a Kindle, there is an app you can download for free from Amazon which will enable you to read on your PC. We hope you enjoy your e-reading experience.

Jill and Lucy x

Friday, 1 November 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 

Lucy Pepperdine

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months, you, your family, your pets and your therapist will all be aware that NaNoWriMo is on us again. 

National Novel Writing Month, takes place each 1-30 November - 30 days of literary abandon where penning 50,000 original words is the challenge.

DEEP DOWN DEAD is this year's project for this author. A contemporary horror that will have you looking to your stomach.

Over to the right you will find a little widget, that's my word counter. It 'should' show what progress is being made.

The cover for DDD is only temporary and subject to change on a whim, depending on how well the story goes.

To all my fellow NaNo'ers who are putting themselves through the wringer once again, I salute you and wish you all the very best of literary luck.

If you have been living under a rock and don't know what NaNo is all about, visit the website. It's not too late to join up and join in.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

It's all about meeeeeeeeeee!

I recently cobbled together an interview page over on I quite enjoyed answering all their many and varied questions, although I suspect it was more a roundabout way of them conducting a survey to find out what authors think of their site and how to drive more business to them Not to worry, I didn't mind and it was rather fun doing it.

For those of you who are not 'with' Smashwords, I've reposted the interview here. If there are any questions you think you might like the answer to, drop my a line in the comments section or email me and I'll see if I can't get it included.

Interview with J Brookes Ward 

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the industrial North West of England, but this did nothing to influence my writing, in fact, it stifled it. My writing only took off once I left the area and fled north of the border into Scotland, onto Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.

When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since I was about five years old, always the precocious scribbler in my class. I won an essay competition at school, and always got top marks for creative writing in English classes. My writing tailed off during college, ceasing altogether during my career, except for a few pieces for the workplace magazine, and during my time raising my children. It started up again with a vengeance almost the second I moved to my Scottish home 9 years ago.

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest (published) book is a horror set on a decommissioned oil rig in the North Sea. Being close to Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, I have friends and acquaintances who work in the oil industry and they sparked the interest with their tales, so I just ran with the stories and built them into a tale of horror. Nine people are isolated on the rig, with no communication with the outside world, being stalked by...well that would be a spoiler. There is plenty of action, tension (sexual and personal) and it is ripe with scenes of gore and terror. Not for the faint hearted, or anyone going offshore any time soon.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Control over my own work - my words, my way. My writing is my writing, it tells the story I want to tell, in the way I want to tell it. I don't want it chopped and changed by someone else just to suit a market. I hate cookie cutter writing, manipulated to fit a 'popular' mould, drained of individualism and imagination. I know it sounds rather selfish, but I write the kind of stories I would want to read. And I have the satisfaction of knowing it is all my own work and not been changed too much by an editor to suit a particular readership.

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords' pretty liberal rule book and style guide, when followed correctly, has allowed me to do practically whatever I want with my books. It allowed me to upload my own covers, make my own descriptions, categorise as I see fit and contentwise I'm allowed to keep the language I want (swearing, sexual, Doric etc) The best bit is though, once a book is accepted into the premium catalogue and distributed, the outlet spread is pretty wide covering a fair number of sites which an indie author could find difficult to access on their own.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Becoming involved in the characters' lives. I live utterly vicariously through my characters - they feel what I would like to feel, say what I would like to say, do things I would never do in my own life. They live, love, laugh, cry for me and I'm quite happy to let them do that for me. I absolutely love being involved in the creative process, being lost for hours at a time in other people's lives, falling in love over and over again. It's the best job in the world, despite long hours and the rubbish pay, I couldn't consider doing anything else.

What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have 'fans', they are for pop stars and boy bands. My readers however mean the world to me, which is why I strive to always to the best I can with what I have. Unfortunately I have learned the hard way that you can't please all of the people all of the time, and it's a waste of time and sanity trying, but they are as entitled to their opinion as anyone else. It's when the displeased turn nasty that things get a little unpleasant. Provided they don't get personal or unreasonable, I am willing to listen to criticism and comment if it will make my work better for the next reader who comes along.

What are you working on next?
My current works in progress, I have two on the go at the moment, are as different as chalk and cheese. The first, Junction 13 is a horror set on a motorway. There is an accident which brings traffic to a halt, and in the jam there are 8 people who have very good reason not to be there. I tell each of their stories. The second, In The Garden of Stones, is a paranormal romance involving a young woman with a history of mental illness who undergoes a new therapy during which she comes into contact with a disabled soldier with severe PTSD. but all is not what it seems. Both are each other's 'imaginary friend'. When the soldier's physical condition takes a turn for the worse, the young woman must find him, in real life, in order to save his life.

Who are your favorite authors?
I love classic authors, Anthony Trollope, Daphne duMaurier, Margaret Gaskell, but my uber favourite author is crime writer Stuart MacBride and his Logan McRae detective books. Dark and gritty crime novels with a gallows humour like no other. Set in Aberdeen too. Brilliant stuff.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The dog needs to be let out, the other half needs feeding and I need to get my lad off to school.Otherwise every day could be a pyjama day.

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, i'm thinking about writing so I'm never totally away from it. I do the housework, walk the dog, listen to the radio, or read. Whatever I'm doing, I'm never without a pad and pencil handy...just in case.

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
They are often posted up on my Facebook newsfeed, or pop up on my Twitter feed. There is a lot to be said for personal recommendation.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. A primary school essay; A Day in the Life of a Penny. I got a gold star

What is your writing process?
I don't have a plan if that's what you mean. What I tend to do is write out key scenes as they occur to me. Often they are all randomly jumbled in the story, then I sort them out, line them up, and construct some connecting passages between. Eventually, like links in a chain, they are all joined together to make a complete story. I then go through and divide the whole into chapters. And then the real work begins - the editing.

How do you approach cover design?
My major bugbear. I do my own covers but I am rubbish at it. I try and find a picture that relates to some part of the story and build on that, playing with fonts and layouts. I can't afford a professional designer, so I do my best with my own very limited skills.

What do you read for pleasure?
As detailed before - Stuart MacBride crime books mostly but when I'm finished and waiting for the next one, I read anything and everything that takes my fancy, usually recommendations from fellow authors.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a basic Kindle. That's all I can afford at the moment.

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Not much yet. I've tried KDP, without much success; I've tried free coupon giveaways - ditto. I just have to rely on a few Tweets here and there and the odd promo on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google + etc. Not too many though, or people get fed up and turn off. Marketing is, unfortunately, a huge strain and a drain on quality writing time.

Do you write under any other names?
Yes. My alter ego is Lucy Pepperdine. She also has two books here on Smashwords -
Anima Mea - a paranormal romance, and
Offshore, a horror set on a decommissioned oil rig in the North Sea.

Where can readers find out more about your works?
I have a website at where you can find details of all my current and future publications as well as a glimpse at some of the works in various stages of progress. You can also find me on Facebook, on twitter at @jillywrites, over on LinkedIn (as Jillian Ward).

And there you have it. My not so interesting life as a writer. It sort of reminds me, I need to get out more.

Any comments, queries, questions, don't hesitate to say your piece. I'm easy to find.

Take care
Jill x

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Remembering Piper Alpha (and Offshore goes live)

Today, Saturday 6 July 2013, is a special day, in two ways, tenuously connected. First and most important, today marks the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster. On this day in 1988, 167 men lost their lives in the most horrific disaster ever to befall the oil industry. Please, if you read no further than this, take some time to think about those men and what they went through, honour their bravery and if would like to, spare a little for the Piper Alpha Memorial Trust, whose aim is to raise enough money to maintain the memorial statue and garden in Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen, raised in memory of the tragedy, for the men listed below:. 

Robert McIntosh ADAMS, rigger

George Alexander J ANDERSON, baker
Ian Geddes ANDERSON, dual service operator
John ANDERSON, catering manager
Mark David ASHTON, trainee technician/cleaner
Wilson Crawford A BAIN, valve technician
Barry Charles BARBER, diving consultant
Craig Alexander BARCLAY, welder
Alan BARR, Electrical technician
Brian Philip BATCHELOR, seaman
Amabile Alexander BORG, non-destructive tester
Hugh Wallace BRACKENRIDGE, roustabout
Alexander Ross Colvin BREMNER, production operator
Eric Roland Paul BRIANCHON, technician
Hugh BRISTON, scaffolder
Henry BROWN, welder
Stephen BROWN, assistant chef/baker
Gordon Craib BRUCE, helicopter landing officer
James BRUCE, logger
Carl William BUSSE, directional drilling supervisor
David CAMPBELL, cleaner
David Allen CAMPBELL, scaffolder
Alexander Watt CARGILL, electrician
Robert CARROLL, safety operator
Alan CARTER, lead production operator
Robert CLELAND, derrickman
Stephen Colin COLE, radio officer
Hugh CONNOR, instrument technician/lecturer
John Edward Sherry COOKE, Plater
John Thomas COOPER, Instrument Technician
William Nunn COUTTS, Chef
William John COWIE, Steward
Michael John COX, Scaffolder
Alan Irvin CRADDOCK, Drilling Supervisor
Edward John CROWDEN, Electrical Technician
Bernard CURTIS, Deputy Production Superintendent
Jose Hipolito DA SILVA, Steward
John Stephen DAWSON, Telecom Engineer
Eric DEVERELL, Production Clerk
Alexander DUNCAN, Steward
Charles Edward DUNCAN, Floorman
Eric DUNCAN, Drilling Materials Man
John DUNCAN, Engineer
Thomas Irvine DUNCAN, Roustabout
William David DUNCAN, Crane Operator
David Alan ELLIS, Steward
Douglas Newlands FINDLAY, Supervisor Mechanic
Harold Edward George FLOOK, Production Operator
George FOWLER, Electrical Technician
Alexander Park FREW, Plater
Samuel Queen GALLACHER, Pipe Fitter
Miguel GALVEZ-ESTEVEZ, Assistant Chef
Ernest GIBSON, Mud Engineer
Albert Stuart GILL, Roustabout
Ian GILLANDERS, Instrument Pipe Fitter
Kevin Barry GILLIGAN, Steward
Shaun GLENDINNING, Painter
John Edward Thomas GOLDTHORP, Motorman
Stephen Robert GOODWIN, Geologist
James Edward Gray GORDON, Floorman
David Lee GORMAN, Safety Operator
Kenneth GRAHAM, Mechanical Technician
Peter John GRANT, Production Operator
Cyril James GRAY, Safety Operator
Harold Eugene Joseph GREEN, Rigger
Michael John GROVES, Production Operator
John HACKETT, Electrical Technician
Ian HAY, Steward
Thomas Albert HAYES, Rigging Supervisor
James HEGGIE, Production Services Superintendent
David William HENDERSON, Lead Floorman
Philip Robert HOUSTON, Geologist
Duncan JENNINGS, Geologist
Jeffrey Grant JONES, Assistant Driller
Christopher KAVANAGH, Plater
William Howat KELLY, Electrical Technician
John Brian KIRBY, Production Operator
Stuart Gordon Charles KNOX, Roustabout
Alexander Rodger LAING, Steward
Terence Michael LARGUE, Scaffolder
Graham LAWRIE, Roustabout
Findlay Wallace LEGGAT, Scaffolder
Brian LITHGOW, Photographic Technician
Robert Rodger LITTLEJOHN, Pipe Fitter
Martin George LONGSTAFFE, Logger
William Raymond MAHONEY, Steward
John Morrison MARTIN, Rigger
Sidney Ian McBOYLE, Motorman
Robert Borland McCALL, Chief Electrician
James McCULLOCH, HVAC Technician
Alistair James McDONALD, Mechanical Technician
Alexander McELWEE, Plater
Thomas O’Neil McEWAN, Electrical Chargehand
William George McGREGOR, Leading Steward
Frederick Thomas Summers McGURK, Rigger
William Hugh McINTOSH, Floorman
Gordon McKAY, Valve Technician
Charles Edward McLAUGHLIN, Electrician
Neil Stuart Ross McLEOD, Quality Assurance Inspector
Francis McPAKE, Steel Erector/Rigger
David Allison McWHINNIE, Production Operator
Dugald McLean McWILLIAMS, Welder
Carl MEARNS, Rigger
Derek Klement Michael MILLAR, Supervisor
Alan David MILLER, Industrial Chemist
Frank MILLER, Scaffolder
John Hector MOLLOY, Engineer
Leslie James MORRIS, Platform Superintendent
Bruce Alexander Ferguson MUNRO, Floorman
George Fagan MURRAY, Steward
James Cowie NIVEN, Roustabout
Graham Sim NOBLE, Materials Man
Michael O’SHEA, Electrician
Robert Rennie PEARSTON, Mechanic
Ian PIPER, Motorman
Wasyl POCHRYBNIAK, Lead Roustabout
Raymond Leslie PRICE, Production Operator
Neil PYMAN, Engineer
Terence Stephen QUINN, Service Engineer
William Wallace RAEBURN, Maintenance Controller
Donald REID, Chargehand Engineer
Robert Welsh REID, Roustabout
Gordon MacAlonan RENNIE, Process Operator
Robert Miller RICHARD, Production Operator
Alan RIDDOCH, Steward
Adrian Peter ROBERTS, Roughneck
Alexander James ROBERTSON, Lead Production Technician
Donald Nicholson ROBERTSON, Mechanical Technician
Gary ROSS, Roustabout
Michael Hector RYAN, Roustabout
Stanley SANGSTER, Foreman Scaffolder
James John Dearn SAVAGE, Electrical Technician
Michael Hugh Brodie SCORGIE, Lead Foreman
William Alexander SCORGIE, Pipe Fitter
John Francis SCOTT, Scaffolder
Colin Denis SEATON, Offshore Installation Manager
Robert Hendry SELBIE, Turbo Drill Engineer
Michael Jeffrey SERINK, Logger
Michael Bernard SHORT, Foreman Rigger
Richard Valentine SKINNER, Assistant Driller
William Hamilton SMITH, Maintenance Lead Hand
James SPEIRS, Mechanical Technician
Kenneth Stuart STEPHENSON, Rigger
Thomas Cunningham Boswell STIRLING, Cleaner
Malcolm John STOREY, Seaman
James Campbell STOTT, plumber
Jurgen Tilo STWERKA, research chemist
Stuart Douglas SUTHERLAND, student/cleaner
Terrence John SUTTON, mechanical fitter
Alexander Ronald TAYLOR, roustabout
Alistair Adam THOMPSON, telecom engineer
Robert Argo VERNON, production operator
John Edward WAKEFIELD, instrument technician
Michael Andrew WALKER, technician
Bryan Thomas WARD, rigger
Gareth Hopson WATKIN, offshore medical attendant
Francis John WATSON head chef
Alexander WHIBLEY, roustabout
Kevan Dennis WHITE, maintenance supervisor
Robert WHITELEY, roustabout
Graham Gill WHYTE, aerial rigger
James Gilbert WHYTE, aerial rigger
Alan WICKS, safety supervisor
Paul Charles Ferguson WILLIAMSON, floorman
David WISER, survey technician
John Richard WOODCOCK, technical clerk

You can donate here.

Thank you.

Now onto the second, less important part.

For your delight and delectation, Blue Quill Books is very pleased to announce the release of new horror novel OFFSHORE.

Set on a decommissioned oil rig in the frigid North Sea, this is the first outing in the horror genre for author LUCY PEPPERDINE.

The blurb:

For those involved, it's all a big adventure...until the body count starts to rise. 

Falcon Bravo oil platform, 250 miles offshore in the North Sea. Isolated. Forbidding. At the mercy of more than the weather and the sea.

The moment Eddie Capstan and his crew board Bravo to undertake a routine but dangerously understaffed maintenance mission, they are already counting the days until they leave again. However, they are not the only ones on board.

Released from its incarceration, a long buried obsession resurfaces, and soon they are counting the dead and missing instead. Everyone is suspect. Workmate turns on workmate. Could one of them be a killer, or is a more dangerous entity stalking the walkways?

"It's always the quiet ones you  need to watch closest."

And now for the linkies:

Amazon UK:
Amazon US:

If you enjoy reading the book even half as much as I enjoyed writing it, then it's a good job all round.

Lucy xx