FUR COAT & NO KNICKERS by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Shortstories and #Poem collection

Fur Coat & No Knickers: An acclaimed collection of short stories and poems by award-winning author Adrienne VaughanFur Coat & No Knickers: An acclaimed collection of short stories and poems by award-winning author Adrienne Vaughan by Adrienne Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fur Coat & No Knickers is a collection of short stories and poems.

The book is made up of twelve short stories and sixteen poems; tales and adventures from a wide selection of everyday lives of people, families and friends. It is often said that other people’s complex relationships make your own problems fade away, so this is a good book to escape into even for a short time.

I enjoyed the stories, some of my favourites were; Fur coat and No knickers, A seed of Doubt and A visit at Christmas. From the poems I especially enjoyed A Pink Day.

Another good example of story telling from this popular author.

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Book Description

A mixture of thrilling, gripping and heart-warming short stories for a cosy fireside read anytime, anyplace. Fur Coat & No Knickers will introduce you to an impoverished heiress desperate to keep up appearances; a bitter and broken-hearted widow whose wilful terrier leads her to romance; an ageing theatrical masquerading as a highly-paid carer and a woman whose husband has maintained a secret family throughout their married life! These are just some of the fascinating and unforgettable characters in this fabulous new collection by award-winning author Adrienne Vaughan.

About the author

Adrienne Vaughan

Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough audience. As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. It was no surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and marry a pop star – some of that came true – and in common with so many, still holds the burning ambition to be a ‘Bond Girl’! She now runs a busy PR practice and writes poems, short stories and ideas for books, in her spare time. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a founder member of the indie publishing group The New Romantics4. Adrienne lives in Leicestershire with her husband, two cocker spaniels and a retired dressage horse called Marco.

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Dreams of Love by Pamela Beckford


Description: Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul. It can be therapeutic and healing. It can bring out all the best or the worst in life. Her poetry comes from the heart, not the head. It is an outpouring of emotion and she exposes it to reader in the pages.

Various poetry forms are explored: free verse, tanka (5-7-5-7-7), doidotsu (7-7-7-5) and etheree (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10).

Dreams of Love

Dreams of you and me
Together in ev’ry way
Your lips pressed to mine
Assuring me of your love
Dreams of love eternally

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pamelaPamela began writing poetry in just the last year. She is a nonprofit executive by day and spends her hours trying to be sure that everyone has a chance for a good life. Pamela is passionate about her job and it spills over into her writing. Dreams of Love is her debut poetry collection. Pamela feels that poetry can be very personal but invites you into her soul as you read her poems.

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Guest Author Phil Miles

Today’s blog guest is Phil Miles, author of Passion United a football fan book which I reviewed yesterday here on the blog. Here is the link http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-31Z

Phil Miles

Let’s find out more about Phil;

1) Where is your home town?

I live in a village called Holybourne, which is almost a suburb of Alton, a market town in North Hampshire. I have lived here for eight years and enjoy the fact that I am close to a town and its amenities, yet a stone’s throw from dozens of footpaths through beautiful rolling countryside.

2) How long have you been writing?

In a sense, all of my life.  I loved English at school and excelled in essays. Even outside of school I would write short stories and illustrate them. I wish I had kept hold of them now to compare. During my teenage years I didn’t write, but was an avid reader.  The lure of girls, socialising and in particular football put a dent in my creative aspirations.

Following college I took up IT as my main career, more by accident than design. However, I took every opportunity on offer to write and loved writing any work related documentation, such as user guides, technical documents and even sales proposals in later years!

In my late twenties I applied for and was offered a job as a junior reporter at the Portsmouth News.  I really wanted it, but at the time I had a young daughter, a new mortgage and simply could not afford a large cut in salary

3) How long did it take to get all the content of “Passion United” together?

In terms of the poetry and narrative, it was around 4 months, plus a couple of weeks for proof reading and final editing. At first it started as a collection of original poems, inspired by a friend (an ex professional footballer from the 60s) who died of a long term lung condition in January 2012. I then decided that poetry on its own would not appeal to a wide enough audience so I embarked on selecting various aspects to research and write narrative about, aspects of the game that I know are often discussed and debated by fans across the land. I spent around 200 hours to research the factual elements of the book.

I also spent the best part of a month selecting photos used in the book. This would have been done in under a week, but I realised after researching copyright that I would infringe copyright issues, so I had to rethink and find suitable photo replacements and seek permission for their use from the various contributors. This basically delayed the book going to print in early August, my original target date.

4) You have an interesting mix of information, stories and poems, how would you describe your book to a potential reader?

Without being derogatory to my work, it could be described as a “toilet” book.  It is not a novel with an end to end plot or complex characters, so can be picked up, read for a bit, put down and picked up again later.

However, I believe it is a book that will appeal to just about any football fan or followers of any age, no matter who they support. My memoirs are built on my personal, but vivid experiences of the subjects covered.  I have tried to put the reader in my situation at the time, so they can visualise and relate it to their own similar experiences when following their club. Many of the poems are intended to add a tongue in cheek angle on some of the subject matter covered, particularly fan “traits”.

In terms of genre, I have previously used the phrase that it’s a “concept” book, as I have not come across any others that utilise the same mix of poetry, narrative, fact and humour.

 5) Your book looks at the many changes in football and its supporters over the years, which was your favourite era and why?

This is a hard one to answer.  In terms of the game from a neutral aspect, then the early to late seventies, as this was the period I could start going to matches with my friends.  Couple that with the fact that you could see your schoolboy heroes of the time up close, and without the elitism and prima donna tendencies of the top players today, it was both enchanting and nostalgic.

From a more personal aspect (in following my chosen team) then the first five years we had in the top flight, culminating in winning the FA Cup in 2010 and going to watch ‘my’ team at the new Wembley 5 times in just over two years. That was a fantastic experience.

6) Once anyone has written a book, the next step is selling it, tell us briefly about your own journey in self publishing.

When I decided that I was going to write a book in February 2012 I knew nothing about self publishing; I assumed you needed a literary agent and try to secure a publishing contract. I read a lot about the pitfalls of going down this route, mainly the time it could take (if ever at all).

I soon found out about self publishing and through a little research I chose to go with an established UK self-publishing house. This means I had to pay them to set the original manuscript for print and for the print costs of the first 500 copies.

Through my contact with established “indies” since, I now realise there are even more independent ways and options to achieve your goal, that only cost a fraction of what I paid.

However, without traditional literary agent or publisher, you are left to deal with all promotional aspects. No one is going to magically appear to help promote or sell the book for you.

My main line of attack was to offer the book for review to high profile individuals in the football industry, i.e. a well known media broadcasters and high profile players or ex-players.  However, I was unsuccessful despite sending more than 40 copies with a personal cover letter to various high profile individuals, but alas, no reviews.  It depressed me for a while leading up to Christmas, but I battled on and sold more than 300 copies in wind, rain and hail (mostly outside of Fratton Park). 

I also distributed around 60 copies to Waterstones, local bookshops and even pubs, all provided with self designed promotional posters. However, the sales did not reflect my efforts or costs.

My promotional efforts will be very different next time round and started a lot earlier. I also think, through having previous experience and a book already published, it will help my credibility.


 7) How have you dealt with the ever changing facts and results in football since you first published your work?

Since publishing, not too much has changed on the whole, although some references to specific situations I discuss in the book have moved on. I have been updating the original manuscript to cater with this and will consider a subsequent edition, with added narrative and a few new poems.  The plan is to have it ready before the kick off of the 2014/2015 football season (before in Kindle format).

8) Your football passion shines through in your writing, tell us about “The Footy Poet”

Basically, I am a very ordinary, down to earth person, who has a passion for both writing and football. Therefore, the choice to write my first book using football as a subject was a no brainer. Outside of writing and following Portsmouth FC, I operate as a sole trader to help small businesses with all areas of design and print for marketing and promotional impact, including brochures, banners and web site design and build.

When not working or watching football I enjoy walking in the countryside around me, gathering creative thoughts. I also enjoy playing pool whenever I can at my local, and an occasional game of golf.

9) For all our overseas readers, I know you are a fan of Portsmouth Football Club, many sports clubs have nicknames, what is the history of Portsmouth’s?

Another difficult question to fully answer as the real origins of “Pompey”, a nickname for both the city and the football club, has never been truly established. There have been various theories and explanations put forward, some believable, others more far-fetched, but nothing has been definitively accepted as the real reason.

The only thing I can safely assume is that the nickname was given to the city before the football club and that its origins are most probably related to Portsmouth’s naval connection.

10) I believe you have plans for more books, tell us what you hope to write about next.

I have a number of projects planned, including two full “autofictional” type books about someone with Alzheimer’s disease and another with Schizophrenia respectively.  However, as these are likely to take up a huge chuck of time, I aim to publish a collection of (non-football related) poems and a couple of short children’s stories, set to illustrations.

I also need to establish a habit of writing at least one blog a week to promote my work and awareness of Phil Miles, the author.


Passion United Passion United

Author web site:  http://www.footypoet.com

Author Bio: http://www.footypoet.com/#/biography/4564489727

My Poetry Blog posts:  http://philmilespoetry.wordpress.com/

Twitter @TheFootyPoet

Thanks Phil, and good luck with the writing.

Guest author Carmen Stefanescu

Today my guest is Carmen Stefanescu, please join me in welcoming her to the blog and learning a little more about this author.

1) Tell me your name
Carmen Stefanescu
2) Where do you live?
Romania, better known as Dracula’s country, in Eastern Europe.
3)When did you start writing?
I started writing short satirical poems as a student. Then short stories. All were in my native tongue Romanian, as I am not a native English speaker. I lived all my life in Romania, known to many as Dracula’s country. After the fall of dictatorship in 1989, things changed a bit and the access to the Internet and the opening to the world helped me start publishing. Poems in English, first. Some of them were selected for a collection of contemporary English poems, Muse Whispers, and were published in 2001 and 2002. Now novels.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most?
Paranormal. I am fond of ghosts, reincarnation, past lives and karmic retribution. Not vampires even if I live in Dracula’s country. I believe that our soul is immortal. Should it be my fear of the eternity of nothingness? May be! I can’t really say.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.
1-Keep your writing clear and coherent, and avoid pretentious or overly formal language.
2-Ask someone else to read your writing and critique it.
3- Select the strongest nouns and verbs before you select adjectives and adverbs.
And above all: Read! Write! Read and write!
6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it?
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin. 5 stars.
7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it.
Shadows of the Past.
Thank you for hosting my interview!

Dear readers,

If you don’t know already, I’m taking part in the A to Z Challenge which starts on Monday (apologies to everyone who already know!) Please drop by and read my posts as I blog about books for 26 days in April using the alphabet.