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Party Time!

The launch for ‘Song Hereafter’ is going so well and we’re partying on fb like it’s 1153. It’s not too late to join in and read all kinds of Troubadour fun facts. The party is here and I thought I’d wear furs – live ones with little black noses.

Recommended Book of the Month!

The launch for ‘Song Hereafter (TODAY!) just gets better and better. Top historical novelist and blogger Deborah Swift has made The Troubadours Quartet her book recommendation for the month. Jean Gill’s Song Hereafter, the final book in the series about troubadours Dragonetz and Estela is tour de force. Every character, and that includes the horses,…
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The Naming of Characters in The Troubadours Quartet

Author and blogger Elizabeth Noreen Newton asked me how I created the characters’ names in The Troubadours Quartet. I had no idea that the answer would be so long! There’s a list of characters at the beginning of ‘Song Hereafter’ and it gave me a shock to realise that I’d included a hundred real 12th…
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B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree!

'Left Out' gains another award!

Another award for ‘Left Out’ so I’m feeling very upbeat as well as excited in the run-up to the launch of ‘Song Hereafter!’ You can see the detail here

Readers’ Favorite Award for ‘Left Out’!

I was so excited to learn that ‘Left Out’ has won a Bronze Award in Children’s Books: Social Issues category from the Readers’ Favorites site. Part of my prize is an invitation to the Book Festival in Miami in November but it’s just too far for me and bad timing. One day I will not…
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Litpick Featured Author

Thanks to LitPick Student Book Reviews​ for making me featured author! Great to see my oldest novel published at last! (I was 11 when I wrote it…) ***How did you get started writing? I’ve always loved writing stories. I wrote my first novel when I was 11, a dramatic adventure in 10 chapters, titled Jill’s…
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Shut Up & Read vlogs ‘Looking for Normal’

Fantastic review from Shut Up & Read duo Stephanie and Emily. The verdict is positive (phew!) ‘Entertaining reads – we would recommend them’ but the detail is really interesting. ‘Left Out’ resonated far more with left-hander Emily than with right-hander Stephanie, who was surprised at the idea that being left-handed could be important in somebody’s…
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Interview by student readers

video trailer and review for 'Left Out'

My teen books are featured on litpick.com student review site and I had to think hard to answer their interview questions! Read the interview here and find out some of my secrets, like what I keep on my inspiration windowsill! You can watch and listen to top teen reviewer Ampster’s video review of ‘Left Out’…
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Song Hereafter

Book 4 of The Troubadours Quartet

A date for your diary if you’re a Troubadours fan – NOVEMBER 13th! Yes, the last book of the quartet is on its way and that’s the publication date. Here is the wonderful cover designed for me (as always) by Jessica Bell Make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter to get advance news and…
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Croatian students interview me

This is a very special interview. The questions come from Croatian students who have been reading ‘Left Out’/’On the Other Hand’ with their teachers and who wanted to know more about the book and the author. How wonderful for one of my books to go on adventures like this! You should be able to read…
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