Not one but two book launches last Tuesday 27th October. That’s right, two book launches here in North East England. Who says there’s no culture up here?


I got invited to both and luckily for me they were held in two central Newcastle pubs fairly close to each other. Both authors are friends of mine so I was delighted to support them. Pity I had to leave one to go to the other.


First up was a celebration rather than the launch of Jennifer Wilson’s debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London published by Crooked Cat.  The book is available now as an ebook from Amazon, iTunes, Smashwords and more. Visit Jennifer’s blog for more details on how to buy the book

Kindred Spirits: Tower of London  is based on a poem Jennifer wrote for a competition, when she got thinking about how Anne Boleyn and Richard III would probably get on quite well, both having been killed by a Henry Tudor. She describes the finished poem as “terrible” but the concept was interesting.


Jennifer decided to expand on it for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2013, where you have to write 50,000 words in a month. Kindred Spirits: Tower of London (after some hefty editing) was the result, and was accepted by Crooked Cat Publishing in June this year.


I left Jen’s celebrations and hot footed it to The Strawberry, the pub opposite Newcastle United’s ground for the launch of Football Passion in Black and White by Angie Stanger-Leathes.

Angie is a life-long Toon supporter and her book reflects her passion as well as the love of devotion for NUFC shared by many others. The upstairs bar was filled with Toon army supporters, footballing legends like Bob Moncur, members of Lindisfarne and Angie’s family and friends.


Football Passion in Black and White is available from The Strawberry and also Angie’s website