Saturday, 24 December 2016

At last! Writer willing to admit that Writers' Block is a Myth.

I've cracked it! After a year that was lousy, lifestyle wise, and well I won't even go to emotionally, I realised that 2016 was a horrible year because it disconnected me from what I usually draw from for my fiction writing.
Yeah, yeah you've heard it all before and so it may be. But for me, it is new. I've been writing now for a good few years but tonight it came home to me that what I felt throughout 2016 was not writers' block but writers' excuse. Should I patent this?
Yes, it has been a difficult year and it has been dismal but there were so many bright moments too that have I intentionally forgotten them?
Do we allow the negative to cloud our vision that we willingly forsake the good times?

This year is drawing to a close and I willingly admit to dragging my heels when it came to writing. I had every excuse in the book, (excuse the pun) to withdraw in to my hiding hole and let the world pass by.
But that is unfair. Unfair to those I love.  Whatever I am feeling, those who were directly involved in my misery where more deserving than me by a mile. I am only a side-line. It was easier to tell myself I could not write.
It is Christmas Eve. It is a wake-up call.
I could not write for most of this year due to family issues. I had writers' block. How convenient for me!
So I dabbled in short stories and flash fiction, just to keep my hand in there you see. Writer's never switch off, even if we do not admit to this. Although I had a sequel to finish for my publishers and also the editing of another novella for my patient and understanding publishers. I realised while suffering from writers' block, was, there is no such thing!!
Why? How?
Well, my head was so full of ideas, plot twists, character traits etc that I did not know where to start. So I realised, writers' block does not exist, it is when the writer's mind becomes overflowing with ideas that the reluctance to write seeps in.
Bochum Christmas Markets
So what did I do?
I wrote flash fiction, not just notes but little stories. I picked whatever story/character bugged me each night and took details and recorded them for a different but future time.
Bochum, Germany
I had acknowledged them in my head and they were happy.
It is an exciting time for me to share this with you as I edited and shared a piece that annoyed me for a few nights, ( most writers ideas come to them as they want to go to sleep) with an on-line USA magazine and it was accepted for publication and also entered into a contest they run.
So, my advice is, there is no such thing as writers' block only writers' overload.
AND treat that overload with respect, it may lead you to greater success!
Happy Christmas, love and hugs.

Mary T, xx

Thursday, 13 October 2016



With Halloween around the corner, all things scary are popping up on social media, TV and in every shop. It's a time of year where dress up is popular and this year it seems the scary clown is making an impact.
But horror stories can cover any day any time of year and so on July 4th, Fairground Fred feeds his nasty appetite on an unsuspecting American community in Roll Up, Roll Up!

Want to know more?

If you were not afraid of clowns before, this might just change your mind.

For the Halloween holidays, treat yourself to this harrowing short story, available through the below links. Both eBook and paperback formats available.

Amazon US & UK



We all have fun filled memories of times enjoyed on the Ferris wheel, the carousels, and eating candyfloss and winning teddies at the shooting range. But in Roll Up, Roll Up! there is no fun to be had. Old Annie and Whistling Bob do their best to warn the others to avoid the ghost train tunnels. Are they listened to or are the two friends only to be teased and laughed at? Read on and find out what happens when you don't listen to those who know best.  Visiting a fairground will no longer appeal to you, if you dare to read this tale.

Monday, 26 September 2016


I am thrilled to share with you the names of the winners for my recent novel competition. I want to thank you all who entered, I was touched by how many took the time to take part.
Please don't be disappointed if you were not one of the two lucky winners this time round, I shall be running another competition in November. 

The answer to the question asked was    B : EMERALD

To get on with the proceedings, the winners are :

     Lynne Facella, MA, USA 

     Kathy Downey, OH, USA

Now I am off to the post office to get these prizes on their way to their new homes. I hope you enjoy the book, Lynne and Kathy and also that you shall use your writing set.  

Once more, thank you to all who entered and congratulations to our wonderful winners. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Inspired by my last post, All the way from Florida, I've decided to host a competition. I am giving away to two lucky people a signed copy, in paperback, of My Husband's Sin PLUS a writing set each. So you can write and share a letter with a loved one.
Nothing beats receiving a letter in the post, knowing someone took time out of their day to share their news with you.
In my novel, Lacey Taylor's life is changed by a letter she receives and her world crashes down. Later, she has to put pen to paper and realises the power of the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. In fact there are four letters in all that change the shape of Lacey's future path.
If the novel is not your preferred reading genre, why not enter anyway and gift it to some who will love receiving it and you gain favour too with them. Everyone wins with this competition!!


Answer the simple question that follows about my beautiful Ireland and its forty shades of green.

Ireland is also known as

The "                      " Isle 

    A : Ruby        B: Emerald      C: Diamond  

Send your answer by email to: 
Subject line titled Novel Competition. 

Closing date : SEPTEMBER 23RD 2016 MIDNIGHT.


Friday, 26 August 2016

All the way from Florida

Holiday over, I returned home a tad pensive but relaxed. A week spent Internet free with my son and daughter-in-law. Chats, meals out, walks (with crutches), ahh bliss.
Once home, I dived into the post that awaited me. What a lovely surprise when I opened a package all the way from Florida, USA. It was the book I won on Facebook group, The Review Blog Page. 

The novel is Twilight of Memory by author, Julia Faye Smith, I was so excited and happy to receive it. Julia also included a lovely note with her book. Thank you so much, Julia, for posting it to me, I know it cost a pretty penny to do so.
I am looking forward to reading this, so early to bed for me and snuggle down with my prize.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of Twilight of Memory, follow the below link.

Inspired by this, I shall host a competition in my next blog post, so watch out for that!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Back to the men with this one!

One of the positive aspects of social media is all the wonderful people you meet. Now I would like to introduce you to Morton Morelli. He is a man of many talents, but today he is sharing his writing with us.

Mary Bradford: So tell us a little about yourself?

Morton Morelli: I am married, I live in the English countryside with my wife and children. I have 1 book published so far and I am working on the second. I also have book 3 and 4 also lined up and I know how they go, it’s just about having time to write them and get them out. 
MB: What genre do you write in?
MM: Thriller so far, but feel I could write in other genres, as it all feels comfortable to me. Have imagination, will write. 
MB: And your latest book, what have you to tell us about it?
MM: Sardine Packing, is my latest book. It is an awful term used in WW2 and I couldn't get away from it as the title. The story starts in WW2 and very soon comes to present day. The question posed is how the past is connected to the present. Rich banker, controlling water. A little science fiction in there with a product used to extend life. Hopefully a page turner. 
MB: Are you currently working on a new project?  
MM: I also am a musician and I have an album coming out soon. I have written the songs already and recorded demos, so the band can learn the songs for the recording mid-august. Hopefully available in September 2016.
MB: Where do you like to write?
MM: I write long hand and can do it anywhere. If I find myself alone and having dinner, I will write a chapter while eating, no matter how noisy the restaurant is. I can zone out and get on with it. 
MB: Tell us about that defining moment when you smiled and said, I’m a writer.
MM: Having a completed book in hard back did make me think, I am actually a writer. But also when everyone else seems to have a life and I am writing by myself, I realise that I have no choice, so that must be evidence in itself. It is also good when you get a good review, it makes you feel like a writer.
MB: What is next for you? 
MM: Presently, I have a day job, to bring in some money. It will be great when I can make a living at writing, being a full-time writer would mean I can create more.
Below is a taste of Morton's book, Sardine Packing. 
Book Blurb:
It is the summer of the year 1940, in the picturesque village of Rittershoffen, where the previously quiet lives of the villagers are about to be thrown into turmoil, and changed forever. It is here that we meet Hans Grubber, a young German officer who is determined to make a difference, particularly in the lives of the beautiful Sophie, and her young daughter. 
Present- The eminent psychologist Dr. David Prost is reacquainted with a childhood, family friend at a lecture he is giving in Washington D.C.  For Emily Meyers, their reunion opens up old wounds, and an even older mystery. Meanwhile, her sister, the vivacious Eleanor Meyers, embarks upon her dream job as a translator for the entrepreneur, and billionaire banker Richard Weiss. All is not as it seems though, and Eleanor begins to suspect that working for Wiess might be the dream job she imagined, as strange events begin to collide with her, and her sisters’ past. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Yet another writer to meet, Abbey and her New Release!

I really am excited to have Abbey MacMunn joining me today on my blog. She is a wonderful new author for me and I guarantee you, her novel, Touched, is full of promise and all you wish for in a new release. So I asked her my usual questions and you can read what she has to tell us here in this post. I  absolutely love her cover, don't you? As always the links to buy her book or to get in touch with Abbey and let her know how much you enjoyed her writing are all listed below. 
Mary Bradford: Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
Abbey MacMunn: Hello, my name is Abbey MacMunn and I live in Hampshire, UK. I’m a wife, mum of four, author, hairdresser, tea drinker, chocolate lover, and sci-fi geek - not necessarily in that order.
MB:What genres do you like to write in? 
AM: Mainly paranormal/fantasy romance, but I’ve recently started a contemporary erotic romance. 
MB: What is the title of your latest book, (tell us a bit about it)? 
AM: It’s called Touched and it’s about a seemingly fated romance between a self-conscious hybrid with a cursed touch and a jaded immortal guardian. 
MBWhat are you currently working on? 
AM: I’m working on the follow on to Touched, book two in the Immortal Ties series, a sci fi romance that I really must finish, and the erotic romance I mentioned earlier.  
MB: When and where do you like to write? Have you a favourite place? 
AM: I have to squeeze my writing time in between looking after my family and my part-time job. I try to keep Wednesday and Thursday free-ish for writing (although that doesn’t always happen!) and I get up ridiculously early at the weekend to fit in a few hours before everyone else gets up. My favourite place to write is in my lounge with a large mug of tea beside me.  
MB: Has there been a defining moment in your career that made you think, ‘Yes, I am a writer’? 
AM: I still have to pinch myself that I am actually a writer, but I guess the defining moment was when I received the email that every aspiring writer dreams of – the one that says, ‘We’d like to offer you a contract,’  
MB: What is next for you? 
AM:I would like to carry on writing and hopefully have more books published. 

Now that you know a little about Abbey, why not read the blurb to her novel and whet your appetite, you will not be disappointed. 

Book Blurb for Touched

When inquisitive antique dealer Cami Wilson learns she’s the revered offspring of an immortal mother and a mortal father, it’s not just her hybrid status that has her all flustered. The title comes with her very own super-sexy guardian.
Jaded immortal Joseph Carlisle has only one thing on his mind; his sworn duty to protect the hybrid from those who wish her harm. Anything else would be complicated. That is until they meet. 
Chemistry sizzles between them but there’s a problem—the hybrid’s curse. Cami’s touch, skin to skin, proves near fatal to her and all immortals, Joseph included.
But the fated lovers discover her curse is the least of their concerns when a friend’s deadly betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.



I really want to thank Abbey for dropping by and answering my questions. I wish her the very best with her writing for the future and have no doubts, great success lies ahead for her. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


Meet Daithi Kavanagh, a fellow writer of great talent. He is joining me today on my blog to answer some questions and to tell us all about his fantastic, Tadhg Sullivan series. Read on and follow the links below to get your copy or two. Happy Reading!

    Mary Bradford: Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
    Daithi Kavanagh: I was born in May 1958 and live with my wife and two children in Ireland. Up to 2012 when the recession hit Ireland, I was making a living as a musician. I then went back to adult education and completed my Leaving Certificate in 2014. I'm now studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies at Wexford Campus.  I play guitar and sing in many of the pubs in my hometown of Wexford where I'm often joined by my two children, Ella and Rory, who play fiddle and flute. In my spare time I like to walk my two dogs and I also enjoy gardening. I’m getting old!
   MB: What genres do you like to write in?
   DK: I like to write crime thrillers with a political 'twist' and with a possible historical background to the story.
   MB: What is the title of your latest book? (Tell us a little about it)
   DK: I'm writing a series called The Tadhg Sulivan Series. My latest book is called The Brotherhood. It is set in Ireland and centred around Detective Tadhg Sullivan. In this story he is in pursuit of an evil cult known as The Brotherhood which is involved in the kidnap and murder of young women. It is full of suspense and intrigue!
   MB: What are you currently working on?  
   DK: I am currently working on my third book in the series called The Crucifixion which is nearly complete. My wife Caroline is helping with the editing – so we’re nearly there!
   MB: When & where do you like to write? Have you a favourite place?
   DK: I do most of my writing in the 'spare room' and am now doing my own typing! Caroline did the typing on my other two books so this is all new to me. If the weather is fine (laughter here) I would write in the garden in a little 'nook' I have made but at the moment it’s the spare room as the weather is so bad.
   MB: Has there been a defining moment in your career that made you think, ‘Yes, I’m a writer’?
   DK: When my first book The Gun was accepted by Tirgearr and published I felt like a writer. It was an absolutely defining moment in my life and I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Tirgearr team.
   MB: What is next for you?
   DK: As I’ve already said I am nearly finished my third book in the series, The Crucifixion so that’s what’s on my immediate agenda. I will hopefully keep writing more stories in The Tadhg Sullivan Series and I have a few ideas for some new books (apart from The Tadhg Sullivan Series) so will think more about them after book 3 comes out.


Detective Tadhg Sullivan’s life seems to be falling apart, since being shifted to Clare from Dublin after falling out with the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. His partner, Journalist Helen Carty, has moved out, unable to live with his bouts of depression and periodic alcoholism. He finds himself once again alone in a world that doesn’t understand him.
Suddenly Sullivan is knocked out of his lethargy when a teenage girl goes missing not far from Ennis where he has been stationed. Sullivan is asked to lead the hunt by the local Superintendent and is catapulted into a world of unimaginable horror. He is
confronted by Lord Charles Cromwell the leader of a sadistic cult—The Brotherhood—that derives its pleasures from the torture and murder of young women.
Sullivan’s investigation is once again hampered by political interference. As he fights his way through one bureaucratic obstacle after another he discovers that The Brotherhoods tentacles have not only reached into corridors of power in Ireland but, they are being protected by powerful politicians worldwide.
To cut through this protective ring of steel Sullivan finds himself having to engage with some strange bed fellows. Which included an ex CIA agent, Simon Horowitz, who had saved his partners life during his last investigation and an IRA leader, Rory O’Connor, who has recently been released from prison.
Will this strange combination be able to destroy The Brotherhood before their murderous reign takes another young life or will Lord Cromwell destroy Sullivan and everything he loves? 

The Brotherhood


Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan leads a special unit that investigates politically
motivated crime. A man known only as The Deerstalker is a cancer who has infected the Irish political system.
Sullivan teams up with journalist Helen Carty, and together they try tracking down the mysterious killer. Carty adds to Sullivan’s problems, when he finds himself falling
in love with her. And further complicating things, he starts losing trust in his partner, Detective Pat Carter, who appears to be on the side of the Garda Commissioner, who Sullivan is rapidly falling out with.
Sullivan’s case is further thrown into confusion when a copycat killer, Tommy Walsh, is shot dead by the CIA. When the CIA discovers that they've killed the wrong person, the two agents involved--Simon, who has become disillusioned by his time
stationed in the Middle East, and Joey, a psychopath who confuses zealotry with patriotism--are also in pursuit of The Deerstalker. Sullivan finds himself in a race against time, if he is to arrest The Deerstalker before the CIA take him out, and use his death as a pawn in a political game of chess.
Who will win out in the end? 

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Sunday, 10 July 2016


It is with great delight that I bring to you dear readers my second novella set in 1800's America. This time it is a romance, with a western feel. I enjoyed writing this book considering all I had to work with was its title DESTINY. 

While I mulled this word over in my head,  eventually a man with dark good looks, sitting by a campfire, paid me a visit. It was Charlie. He introduced himself first to me and then not to be outdone, Ahyoka made her presence known. She kept to the background a little, shy but confident. How their paths crossed avoided me until I saw them both in a forest, a cabin snuggled into the trees behind them. 
I enjoy researching this time period in American history, as Ahyoka's name is from the Cheroke people, I read up on their history in particular. I already knew about cowboys from researching my first foray in to the western lifestyle in The Runaway. 

Now their story is available to read and enjoy. It is on all book sites, the eBook format is now available and the print version is available from July 12th 2016. 

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Saturday, 2 July 2016


HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that for the month of July, my books on the SMASHWORDS site at a special price. Having four books with this site means you get a great CHOICE to pick a number one read for your summer booklist.



If it's CONTEMPORARY fiction, then MY HUSBAND'S SIN is for you. A novel filled with the drama and conflict that arises from the reading of a will within the Taylor family. This book has been so well received that my readers have asked for a sequel. Delighted to say I am at present writing the sequel (over half way) and itching to get it on the shelves so you can continue with the story of Lacey Taylor and her siblings.
To get 50% OFF use the code SSW50 at checkout.

Like your story with some HEAT and SPICE to warm your nights? Then, ONE NIGHT in BARCELONA is your choice. When Natasha and Carlos meet one weekend in this beautiful Spanish city, the electricity sparks between them and their night together gets steamy and sexy.
To get 50% OFF use the code SSW50 at checkout.

How about a WESTERN FEEL, in 1800's America? Waiting for you is THE RUNAWAY. Young Jed Harmon has a miserable life with his father, and when his father oversteps the mark, Jed is forced to leave his hometown. But Jed's past follows him wherever he goes and soon he must face up to his father's deadly deeds.
To get 50% OFF use the code HU63Q at checkout.

Last but sweet is a COLLECTION of short stories telling of everyday life. A BAKER'S DOZEN is thirteen stories that vary from upbeat to sad, a mix of life for you to enjoy during a coffee break. Allowing you to dip in and pick as you sit and relax.
To get it for FREE use the code KY92U at checkout.

Enjoy your book and thank you for supporting me.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Kathleen Rowland, Romantic Suspense Author


Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels.   She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji.  Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.
Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors.  While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write while listening to demanding character voices in her head.

Blurb for Deadly Alliance, romantic suspense
Finbar Donahue, former Army Ranger, walked on the wild side in Iraq, but now he lives in the shadows. After his evasive partner, Les, was shot in a random drive-by, Finn discovers cash is siphoned monthly. He fights to keep his investment company afloat. When the late partner’s girlfriend, Amy Kintyre, applies for his book-keeping job, Finn suspects she knows about his company drain and hires her.
Amy needs a nine-to-five with free evenings and weekends to get her fashion design business back on track. She unearths Les’ s secret bank account and alerts Finn. Freezing of the money laundering account sets off havoc within an Irish gang. Amy witnesses a gang fight between a brutal ISIS fundraising organization and the Irish. Desperate to escape a stalker’s crosshairs, she seeks refuge with Finn. As danger heats up, sparks fly hotter. 

What follows is a fun interview with Finn and Amy, main players of Deadly Alliance. First up is Finn... 
Have you a Nickname?  
Finn. My full name is Finbar Michael Donahue.
What do you work at, Finn?  
I own my own investment company, but who’s the chickenshit stealing money from me?  My goal is to find the thief.
How about your schooling/education?  
B.A. in finance, former Army Ranger. That was when I targeted a known enemy.  Believe me, it’s harder now.

Next up is Amy ... 
What’s your dream job?    
I want to get my sportswear design business back on track.  A few days ago a buyer phoned me and gave me an opportunity to present my line.  I need a nine-to-five with evenings and weekends off to sew mockups. 
 Is that why you applied for Finbar Donahue’s book-keeping job?     
Yes, but I have a huge problem.   Last night I found a sketchy bank account belonging to my late boyfriend, Les.  He and Finn were partners.       
       Would you enjoy working for Finn?  
       No, but there aren’t many job openings in Lake Arrowhead. 

Now for a Short excerpt-- Amy’s first day working for Finn
Hours later, Finn straightened his spine as he listened to his new bookkeeper order Rosenberg around with the authority of an Army lieutenant. She spoke with confidence from her chair and waited for answers with intensity. Somehow she came across larger than her delicate self.
“Brad,” his pretty war buddy said, “I’ll need your password to access activity-to-date.” Her attitude wasn’t for show. Her curiosity propelled her to the depths of the drain. Heaven help those who lurked there.
“Sure thing.” Brad blew out a breath and scribbled his password on a sticky note. Handing it to her, he bent to her level.
She said, “I apologize for causing chaos.”
“No apology necessary.” Brad asked, “What are you working on?”
Jumping in, Finn said, “Comparisons, Rosenberg, that’s what she’s working on.” Unholy as she’d undoubtedly turn out to be, at the moment they were forged in combat. “Give her your full support.”
“Absolutely. Consider me your scaffold,” Rosenberg said, accepting his fate. “Excuse me, won’t you? I’m running payroll.”
Finn liked his head accountant. He was solid. Dependable. Not creative, but his easy-going manner was soothing. “Payroll. You’re a masochist.”
Amy smiled, and her crystal-green gaze sought his. She found his comment amusing. Her professional attire included a gray satin blouse tucked into a herringbone skirt. When she moved, her layered, dark-blonde hair settled into a sleek flip over her shoulders.
Amy’s bending and reaching, as she took control of her four-by-four cubicle, was damn compelling. She found a rhythm with a handy notepad beside her computer. Using Brad’s password, she turned sideways to open files. Attractive summed up her symmetrical profile and creamy complexion.
For a long while, getting hot and heavy had not been on his mind. Her envelope gave him concrete evidence to bring to the sheriff and eased his tension. As she brushed tresses off her face, he wanted to nibble on her ear.
Amy packed her lithe frame with succulent curves. He enjoyed observing her ample bust which required high-performance support. He’d like to see those globes running free. He’d never considered her as dating material. Timing was off. When she started dating Les, he was hooking up with Miss California. Now it was too late. She worked for him. Hands off. Finn liked women—lots of women, all women, in all shapes and sizes and ethnicities as long as they met
the enthusiasm requirement. He hadn’t tested this, but she was off-limits for another reason. He didn’t intend to put her through another relationship leading to nowhere.
Finn kept things loose. A woman in his bed but not in his life was what he often said. There
hadn’t been that either.  Why was she looking at him like that?

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