Author Archives: Tessa Buckley

About Tessa Buckley

Freelance writer and author.

Southend Fringe Festival

Salad 2018Leigh-on-Sea, where I live, and its larger neighbour, Southend-on-Sea, is home to a large and lively community of artists and writers, who have banded together to form SWAN (Southend Writers and Artists Network).

This year, the Southend Fringe Festival will be taking place in July, and playing host to Southend Area Local Authors Day, affectionately known as SALAD. SALAD will take place on Saturday 7 July. The whole event is free and visitors will get the chance to browse many different genres of books and chat to authors. I’ll be there with copies of the updated version of The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book and my Eye Spy novels. Do come along if you are in the area.

Eye Spy paperback coverVenue: The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-ion-Sea, Essex.  10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a café and a nearby car park.

Later in the month, on Thursday 26 July, I will be at the Novel Coffee Shop, No. 98  London Road, Southend, from  7.00 – 8.00pm, together with authors Dee Gordon and Ann Duggans Robson, to chat about our books. This is a free event, but donations to Southend Mencap will be welcome.

Eye Spy II3And if you can’t make it to either of these events, there will be a chance to buy Eye Spy and Eye Spy II at a reduced price.

Paperbacks available from the Troubador webshop at £4.99 between 16 and 30 July. using code HB4.

Ebooks available from Amazon.co.uk  at £1,99. between 14 and 27 July.

 

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Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017

Eyespy2Cover_280317I’m thrilled to announce that Eye Spy II – Haunted was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017. For this award the books are judged by British schoolchildren, who awarded it a 5 star rating. Here are some of their comments:

‘Totally exciting. A bit scary in parts. I got the chiils reading it.’ Boy, aged 12

 ‘Packed full of ghost hunting. I loved the suspense. This author’s really good.’ Girl, aged 12

‘I liked the idea of kids trying to prove if ghosts are real. Also, I liked the pace of the story. Super fun!’ Girl, aged 11

‘The story was perfect for the children in my class. They liked the scary parts but also the mystery too. Well written with lots happening from the first page, I would see this book becoming very popular with teens and pre-teens.’ Teacher, aged 48

To Sum It Up: ‘A creep-fest of a mystery! A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Haunted is available in both paperback and ebook format from Waterstones, instore and online, and online from Amazon, Hive, and the Troubador bookshop.

Eye Spy II publication date

Eyespy2Cover_280317The publication date for Eye Spy II – Haunted is now set for 28 July. Here’s the book description to whet your appetite:

Alex doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he is about to have his beliefs challenged. 

When Jimmy Devlin asks Alex and Donna to investigate the strange things that have been happening at his home, The Priory, Alex seizes the opportunity to prove to his sister that there is no such thing as ghosts. But as the twins start to investigate unexplained noises and ghostly figures, it becomes clear that unquiet spirits are not the only problem facing the Devlin family.

Are the family servants hiding secrets? Has a valuable antique ring been stolen, or just mislaid? And what has happened to Jimmy’s missing elder brother, Harry? As the twins and Jimmy try to solve the many mysteries of The Priory, they discover they are dealing with a very dangerous enemy

Click to read the first chapter of Eye Spy II.

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway

From 25 February to 24 March 2017 I will be running a Goodreads Giveaway. Ten signed copies of Eye Spy will be up for grabs, so if you would like the chance to be one of the lucky winners, click here.

 

SALAD

salad poster 2017

Leigh-on-Sea, where I live, and its larger neighbour, Southend-on-Sea, is home to a large and lively community ot artists and writers

In March every year, when the Essex Book Festival comes round, lots of us get together on Southend Area Local Authors Day, affectionately known as SALAD. This year, SALAD will be taking place over two days, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March. The whole event is free and visitors will get the chance to browse many different genres of books, chat to authors and listen to talks. I’ll be there with copies of the updated version of The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book and my children’s novel Eye Spy. Do come along if you are in the area.

Venue: The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-ion-Sea, Essex. There is a café and a nearby car park. Time:  Saturday 18 March  10.00am to 4,00pm.    Sunday 19 March  11.00am to 4.00 pm

Sardine Pasta Sauce

If you found The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book useful, you might like to know that an updated and revised edition will be published on 17 February 2017.

Since the book was first published in 2007, doctors with MS such as George Jelinek in Australia and Terry Wahls in the USA, have started to advocate diet as a treatment for MS. Although they each suggest a slightly different diet, both have found nutritional medicine more effective in their own case than the currently available drugs. The updated edition includes both George Jelinek’s Overcoming MS diet, and the Wahls Protocol, as well as current research on the benefits of vitamin D and the effects of substances such as salt and sugar on people with MS. There are also lots of new, easy to cook, recipes.

To whet your appetite, here’s one of my favourite recipes which is suitable for a healthy eating diet, the low-fat diet, the Best Bet diet and the Overcoming MS diet.

Sardine Pasta Sauce  (Serves 1)

1 dstsp olive oil

1 stick celery, sliced, or ½ a small leek, sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ red pepper, deseeded and sliced

½ small courgette, sliced

200ml. (7 fl.oz.) passata

1 tin sardines, drained and chopped

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried parsley

Soften celery or leek,  garlic, pepper and courgettes in oil in a covered pan over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Add  passata, sardines and herbs and spices. Mix well and heat through. Season with salt and serve with your pasta of choice.

Wishing Shelf Book Awards!

Eye Spy has just been awarded a Red Ribbon in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards! Books in this competition are read in schools throughout the UK. Here are two typical comments from readers:

‘Sort of like Harry Potter with lots of sub-plots.’   Girl, aged 12

‘Exciting and fun.’ Boy, aged 10¨

The final verdict from the readers was, ‘A fast-paced, exciting, whodunit’.

And for those of you who enjoyed Eye Spy, the good news is that Eye Spy 2 – Paranormal Activity is now complete, and is in the process of being edited. If everything goes according to plan, it will be available as a paperback and ebook next Spring. In the new book, Alex and Donna are reunited with an old friend, and investigate some spooky goings on in an old priory.