Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – School Summer Holidays 2017 by Stevie Turner


Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the final post from the archives of author Stevie Turner who has an extensive and eclectic archives and it is easy to get yourself lost in there for an hour or so. I have selected this post as it is that time again….school summer holidays…..

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School Summer Holidays 2017 by Stevie Turner

The children are now off school for the summer holidays. I remember years ago how I used to dread those 6 weeks living with an argumentative, hyperactive son. Every morning at five thirty Leon was up and about, and bored by six o’clock. I would have to spend a small fortune on him and his younger brother Marcus, a quiet, musical child, in order to keep them entertained enough not to try and kill each other.

There would be trips to the seaside, to the local roller skating rink, and to the Go-Kart track. I’d sit and play Chess with Leon for as long as he could concentrate, or we’d all play Monopoly or Snakes & Ladders. I didn’t believe in too much TV (the flickering images were not good for Leon’s concentration) and it was the days before the boys had mobile phones or computers in their bedrooms. Sometimes Leon would be out on his bike with his friends, and I’d wonder what they were all up to. However, I couldn’t keep a 12 year old at home all the time, and most of the time he was out of sight I knew he’d be sitting on the roof of the bus shelter in the village with three or four other boys. I reasoned he couldn’t get up to much trouble while he was up there, and I was right.

However, it was while he was down on the ground that the doorbell would often ring. One day the mother of Richard, a friend of Leon’s, was distraught and informed me that Leon and some others had trashed her house while she was at work. When I asked Leon what Richard was doing at the time, he gaily told me that it was Richard who had done most of the trashing. Who did what I do not know, but I made Leon spend all his pocket money on a bunch of flowers for the lady, and I stood over him as he apologised to her.

It was after the airgun incident and the policeman knocking on the door to give Leon a caution that I decided enough was enough and that the leash had to be reined in a bit. Apparently he had used a friend’s airgun to shoot a hole in the door of the local ‘flasher’ (the flasher had previously exposed himself to the mother of one of Leon’s friends) to teach him a lesson. This misguided ‘punishment’ earned him 3 months ‘grounding’. As soon as he came home from school he was confined to the house, and Sam and I made sure that he never went further than the garden gate unless we were with him.

After a while the friends who had been less than a good influence on Leon stopped coming around. When the 3 months were up to our delight he took up with some new friends who did not trash houses or own airguns. I found him work as an apprentice air-conditioning engineer with day release to college when he was 15, and he loved it. He grew up overnight and revelled in the pranks that the older guys would play on him, eager to get his own back on them. I had the most wonderful phone call after he and his fiancée had moved into their new flat when he thanked me for all I had done for him.

Now Leon is a qualified air-conditioning engineer but has moved off the tools and instead is on the first rung of the management level of a national company. He married his fiancé and they have 2 daughters. He barks out orders all day to his underlings at work, and he loves every minute of it. He is a born leader, but it took us 35 years to find this out.

Good luck to all you mothers tearing your hair out over the next 6 weeks. I remember how hard it was, but hey – there is light at the end of the tunnel!

©Stevie Turner 2017

Perhaps you have some hacks for getting through the summer holidays enjoyably… or some tales to tell….please share in the comments..

About Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner works part time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and darkly humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories, ‘Checking Out’, was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’ Her psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ won third place in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest.

Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017.

Some of Stevie’s books are currently being translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

A recent reviews for Finding David on Goodreads

D.G. Kaye‘s review Jul 13, 2019  Five Stars.

Stevie Turner’s latest was a great escape read, and by the second page I had to find out what this psychic was going to tell Karen, and then I became absorbed and wanted to just keep reading.

Karen and Mick’s happy life was shaken and stirred after a chance outing to a clairvoyant’s public show where Medium Rae focused her attention on Karen, offering her a message from beyond from Karen’s deceased son – gone missing years before. Rae offers Karen her card, inviting her to contact Rae to learn more if she chose. What mother of a missing child wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to connect with their missing/dead child?

What Rae reveals to Karen sets the tone for the journey to seek out what happened all those years ago when David just a boy then, completely vanished – never to return. The search to find David’s never been found body ensues, and as clues develop and possible suspects for David’s death appear, a great strain weighs between Karen and Mick’s marriage.

Turner always has rich characters who draw us into her stories. I also enjoyed how the story carried through with a tiny crumb given in each chapter, leaving me anxious to turn to the next chapter while still kept wondering – Who the heck killed David – until near the very end. I also enjoyed reading in this genre, which is not a usual one for me. If you enjoy a shorter book with all the meat of a story wrapped up nicely, you will no doubt, enjoy this book!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

Connect to Stevie Turner

Website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6
Blog: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWFuLQHDqGmOM3KbKJ-Z0g

My thanks to Stevie for allowing me to browse her extensive archives and I am sure you will enjoy them if you head over to explore for yourselves.

 

 

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Elections – Casting a Vote 2016 by Stevie Turner


Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the third post from the archives of author Stevie Turner who has an extensive and eclectic archives and it is easy to get yourself lost in there for an hour or so. I chose this post because this is where our Brexit journey began. As we now attempt to cross the finishing line one way or another, it would seem, I thought it would be interesting to see how it might have turned out differently if everyone had exercised their right to vote. Certainly for women a long and hard fought right.

Elections – Casting a Vote 2016 by Stevie Turner

Vote

The sun was blasting out from behind the rain clouds at last, as I stepped outside earlier to amble down to the village hall and cast my vote in the EU referendum (I’m not going to tell you which way I voted!). Birds were warbling above my head, horses were galloping about in the field opposite, and the cow parsley along the side of the road was now almost as tall as me and waved about in a slight breeze.

As I skirted around larger puddles and breathed in the earthy scent that follows a rainstorm, I thought back to how hard the suffragettes had fought in the early part of the last century for the right of women to vote. Jailed for their militant tactics and also using prison as a means of publicising women’s suffrage, they had undergone hunger strikes in prison resulting in cruel force feeding by prison wardens who had held them down and poured liquid food into the women’s throats via long rubber tubes.

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, was horrified by the screams of women being force-fed, and in her autobiography she wrote “I shall never while I live, forget the suffering I experienced during the days when those cries were ringing in my ears.” In 1909, fellow suffragette Emily Davison was sentenced to a month’s hard labour in Strangeways Prison in Manchester after throwing rocks at the carriage of chancellor David Lloyd George. She attempted to starve herself, and resisted force-feeding. A prison guard, angered by the fact that Emily had blockaded herself in her cell, forced a hose into the room and nearly filled it with water. The door was subsequently broken down, and she was freed. After suing the wardens of Strangeways, Emily eventually became a martyr for the cause, running out to her death in front of the king’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby.

It saddens me considerably when I hear of young women saying that they cannot be bothered to vote. Emmeline and her cohorts must have been writhing in their graves if they had been watching a particular TV programme from on high a couple of nights ago. One woman shrugged her shoulders and said that she wasn’t going to vote because ‘It has nothing to do with me’.

A genial crowd of village folk were standing about chatting at the other end of the village hall, which also doubles as a café and sub- post office on Thursdays. You can cast your vote, buy your stamps, post your parcels, buy a cup of coffee at the same time, and generally have a good old natter about Mr Cameron, Mr Farage et al. I have no idea what the result of the referendum will be, but I do know one thing… if Emmeline Pankhurst was perchance looking over my shoulder in the polling booth she would have been very proud of me!

© Stevie Turner 2016

It would be interesting to hear your views on this….

About Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner works part time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and darkly humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories, ‘Checking Out’, was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’ Her psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ won third place in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest.

Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017.

Some of Stevie’s books are currently being translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

A recent reviews for Finding David on Goodreads

D.G. Kaye‘s review Jul 13, 2019  Five Stars.

Stevie Turner’s latest was a great escape read, and by the second page I had to find out what this psychic was going to tell Karen, and then I became absorbed and wanted to just keep reading.

Karen and Mick’s happy life was shaken and stirred after a chance outing to a clairvoyant’s public show where Medium Rae focused her attention on Karen, offering her a message from beyond from Karen’s deceased son – gone missing years before. Rae offers Karen her card, inviting her to contact Rae to learn more if she chose. What mother of a missing child wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to connect with their missing/dead child?

What Rae reveals to Karen sets the tone for the journey to seek out what happened all those years ago when David just a boy then, completely vanished – never to return. The search to find David’s never been found body ensues, and as clues develop and possible suspects for David’s death appear, a great strain weighs between Karen and Mick’s marriage.

Turner always has rich characters who draw us into her stories. I also enjoyed how the story carried through with a tiny crumb given in each chapter, leaving me anxious to turn to the next chapter while still kept wondering – Who the heck killed David – until near the very end. I also enjoyed reading in this genre, which is not a usual one for me. If you enjoy a shorter book with all the meat of a story wrapped up nicely, you will no doubt, enjoy this book!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

Connect to Stevie Turner

Website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6
Blog: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWFuLQHDqGmOM3KbKJ-Z0g

My thanks to Stevie for allowing me to browse her extensive archives and I am sure you will enjoy them if you head over to explore for yourselves.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Potluck – Haddon Musings’ Feminist Friday – Eva Peron 2016 by Stevie Turner


Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

This is the second post from the archives of author Stevie Turner who has an extensive and eclectic archives and it is easy to get yourself lost in there for an hour or so. I selected this post from 2016 as I was always fascinated by Eva Peron and her extraordinary life.

Haddon Musings’ Feminist Friday – Eva Peron 2016 by Stevie Turner

Eva Maria Ibarguren was born on 7th May 1919 in the Argentinian rural village of Los Toldos, the youngest of five children. Her father Juan Duarte already had a wife and family in nearby Chivilcoy. When Eva was a year old, Juan returned to his legal wife, leaving Eva’s mother Juana and her children suffering severe hardship, but he did leave a document stating that the children were his, enabling them to use the Duarte surname. Juana sewed clothes for neighbours, but the family were somewhat stigmatised by the illegitimate status of the children. They moved to a one-room apartment in Junin, where Juana and her daughters took up jobs as cooks in local houses of note.

Eventually Eva’s older brother was able to give financial support to the family, and they moved to a bigger house which they transformed into a boarding house. During this time Eva often took part in school plays and concerts, and was determined to become an actress.

At the age of 15 Eva ran off with a young musician to Buenos Aires, in an attempt to escape her poverty-stricken village. The relationship ended but Eva remained in the capital, pursuing jobs on the stage and the radio. She eventually did become a film actress, and through several relationships also acquired modelling appointments, bleaching her black hair blonde. In 1936 she toured nationally with a theatre company, and On 28th March 1935 she had her professional debut in the play La Senora de Perez at the Comedias Theater. In 1942 she experienced economic stability at last when she was hired for a daily radio drama role on the most important radio station in the country, Radio El Mundo. By 1943 Eva was one of the highest paid actresses in the nation, and she moved to the exclusive neighbourhood of Recoleta.

Eva met Colonel Juan Peron during a charity event at the Luna Park Stadium on 22nd January 1944, and they were married the following year. Eva campaigned tirelessly for her husband during his 1946 presidential bid, and delivered powerful speeches using her radio show. The general public adored her. Juan Peron was elected President in 1946, and during the next 6 years First Lady Eva became powerful within the pro-Peronist trade unions, speaking on behalf of workers’ rights. She also ran the Ministries of Labor and Health, and founded and ran the charitable Eva Peron Foundation, sometimes working as many as 22 hours every day for the poor. She championed women’s suffrage in Argentina, and founded and ran Argentina’s first female political party, the Female Peronist Party.

In 1951 Eva announced her candidacy for the Peronist nomination for the office of Vice President of Argentina, receiving much support from ‘the shirtless ones’, the low-income working-class Argentines. However, ill-health and opposition from the nation’s military forced her to withdraw her candidacy.

On 9th January 1950 Eva fainted in public, and underwent surgery 3 days later. She was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer. She was the first Argentine to undergo chemotherapy, but the cancer metastasised despite a hysterectomy, and Eva died aged only 33 on 26th July 1952. Nearly 3 million people attended her funeral in the streets of Buenos Aires, and within a day of her death all flower shops had run out of stock. She was given a state funeral.

©Stevie Turner 2016

Amazing that she was only 33 years old and I wonder what she would think about her immortalisation on screen and theatre.

About Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner works part time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and darkly humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories, ‘Checking Out’, was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’ Her psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ won third place in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest.

Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017.

Some of Stevie’s books are currently being translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

A selection of books by Stevie Turner

A recent review for Partners in Time

One could argue the tagline for this excellent book could be ‘Emily is still desperate for a husband and children, and John is the answer to her dreams.’ The trouble is Emily and John are separated in time by over one hundred years.

Emily is introduced at the start of the book and at first, I thought I was about to read an excellent work of historical fiction as the setting, language, and social conventions are firmly placed in Victorian England. The other main characters are John Finbow and his wife, Kay, who are introduced in a modern-day 1990s setting. The rest of the story is told through the points of view of Emily, John, and Kay and most of the chapters alternate between those characters.

John Finbow is an apparently successful and wealthy screenwriter. He and his wife Kay move into Southcombe Rectory, a large Victorian house that has been empty since the 1960s. It had previously been owned by the Cuthbertson family who had lived there for generations. The ‘Emily’ referred to is the youngest of eight offspring of the late Reverend Arthur Cuthbertson and his wife Delia.

We soon learn about the strain in John and Kay’s marriage as 39-year-old John, would like to start a family, but Kay, 34, doesn’t relish the idea.

It is only after the Finbows move into the rectory we are treated to a brilliantly written paranormal novel. There are apparitions and other ‘out-of -this -world’ experiences which drew me in right from the start. Not only did they draw me in, but I was kept enthralled by the plot and the quality of the writing as I turned page after page. It was during my frenzy of page-turning, I thought this author should be renamed Stevie Page-Turner.

As the plot develops, we are also treated to a nice sub-plot: will John get arrested? [no spoilers from me]

This brilliant book is more than a paranormal novel as it operates at several levels including romance, urban fiction, and a good dollop of crime fiction. It’s worthy of turning into a movie. As the book description says: One hundred and thirty years separate them. Will Emily and John’s love survive time’s relentless march?

You really do need to read it and find out for yourself. Highly recommended!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Follow Stevie Turner on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

Connect to Stevie Turner

Website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6
Blog: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWFuLQHDqGmOM3KbKJ-Z0g

My thanks to Stevie for allowing me to browse her extensive archives and I am sure you will enjoy them if you head over to explore for yourselves.