Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comJoan Fallon was born in Dumfries, in Scotland, the only child of a Scottish mother and an Irish father, but spent most of her formative life in the south of England.  She left school at sixteen, instantly regretted it and spent the next fifteen years catching up on her education.  She earned her teaching certificate and became a primary school teacher in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, but continued with her studies at the Open University then a fairly new institution.  Despite having a full time job, a husband and two young children she obtained an honours degree in History and Literature. 

Joan now lives in the south of Spain with her husband, where she where she completed an Open University course in Creative Writing and began to devote herself to writing fiction. To date she has written seven novels aimed at the women’s commercial fiction market, and has become passionate about both the language and history of her adopted home.  This passion is reflected in the books she writes.

Read more about her on her website here 

Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

 

Joan's Ascribe titles are:

 

Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe Only Blue Door

 4.7 stars on Amazon

4.5 stars on Goodreads

 Category: Historical

"A powerful story about a happy family ripped apart by war"

Sara Starbuck, author of The Fleur Pirates children's books and editor with Severn Press

 

Imagine you are a twelve-year-old girl; you have a happy life and a family that loves you, then bit by bit your life disintegrates and you find yourself alone, thousands of miles from home.

It is September 1940, Maggie and her young siblings, Grace and Billy, are living in the East End of London with their parents. Their father has been killed at Dunkirk and their mother goes into hospital to have her fourth child, leaving the children with a neighbour. In one of the worst bombing raids of the war their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed.

Bewildered and frightened, the children wander the streets until they are taken in by some nuns. But their problems are not over; no-one can trace their mother and, labelled as orphans, they are sent as child migrants to Australia. The story traces their adventures in their new country, the homesickness, the heartbreak when Billy is separated from his sisters and the loneliness of life in a cold and unfeeling orphanage.

Eventually the children make new lives for themselves, but Maggie is still convinced that her mother is alive and once she is old enough, begins to search for her.

 

Buy on Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

 


Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe Shining City

Category: Historical

"So rich and consuming and the characters are beautifully drawn... I am blown away... This is SUCH a great story"

Sara Starbuck, author of The Fleur Pirates children's books and editor with Severn Press

 

This is the story of a city, a city that is now in ruins: Madinat al Zahra.  

The year is 947 AD, a time when southern Spain is under the rule of the Moors.  The ruler, Caliph al Rahman III is rich, powerful and cultured.  His lands are, at long last, at peace and the capital, Córdoba, is considered to be not only the most beautiful city in the civilised world but also the seat of learning and culture.  Against this background we meet the artisan Qasim - he and his family have moved to Madinat al Zahra to make their fortune as potters.   

 Qasim is a good husband and father.  He works hard, says his prayers and keeps out of trouble.  But Qasim has a secret; his past is not what it seems.  When a stranger arrives asking questions about him, he is worried that his secret will be discovered and everything he has worked for will be destroyed. He has to take action. 


Buy on Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

 

 

Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comSpanish Lavender

4 stars on Amazon

4 stars on Goodreads

Category: Historical

'Tragic, uplifting and beautiful, Spanish Lavender doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war, but neither does it concentrate on them. It is vital to remember that Spanish Lavender is a story of love. A riveting read and one for reading while wishing for warmer weather!' 
HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY REVIEW January 2014 

"Engaging and accurate, with fully rounded and believable characters"

Sara Starbuck,  author of The Fleur Pirates children's books and editor with Severn Press

 

In January 1937, Elizabeth, a young English girl decides to remain in Spain when the rest of her family return to the peace of England. Alone in the devastated city of Málaga she makes friends with two young men, Juan, an idealistic Spaniard and Alex, a pragmatic Englishman. Together they make their escape from the war-torn city along the coast to Almeria. Amongst the death and carnage she falls in love with Juan, only to lose him shortly afterwards when he is badly wounded. Believing he is dead she returns to England with Alex, whom she later marries. 


Seventy years later Kate, Elizabeth´s granddaughter, is left a legacy following the death of her grandfather, a legacy that opens a Pandora´s box of secrets and lies which Kate can only unravel by returning to Spain. 

 

Buy on Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

 

Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comSantiago Tales

4.6 stars on Amazon

3.6 stars on Goodreads

 Category: Women's

‘Joan Fallon's book, Santiago Tales, lets you walk 790 kilometres in the shoes of a modern-day pilgrim on the ancient Way of St. James across northern Spain. Her book illuminates the entire experience, from bedbugs and blisters to the camaraderie of the hostels and long days of solitude and contemplation. A must read for anyone considering walking the Camino, or for armchair travellers who want to immerse themselves in the 1000-year-old traditions of this spiritual journey.’

Karen McCann, author of Dancing in the Fountain

 

SANTIAGO TALES is a novel inspired by Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’; it is a twenty-first century version of this famous book and is set on the Camino de Santiago, in northern Spain.

Beth is a woman whose life is falling apart; there are problems with her marriage, her career is in the doldrums and her health is not good. She decides she has to get away from it all and find some peace of mind, so she embarks on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. As she walks the five hundred miles across the north of Spain she is tested both physically and emotionally.

She reaches the depths of despair and feels that her life is not worth living but gradually, through her encounters with other pilgrims: a soldier injured in Afghanistan, a woman who is looking for her lost son, a devout nun, a widower who thinks his life is over and many others, she becomes stronger and regains the will to live.

Each pilgrim that she meets has a tale to tell and everyone has some secret in their life. When she arrives in Santiago de Compostela, five weeks later, she realises that the journey has changed her in a way she never expected.

 

Buy on Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

 

Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe House on The Beach

Categories: Family Drama / Women's 

 "A highly readable, gripping, entertaining and lively yarn.  Warm-hearted and wholly engaging throughout, this is good old-fashioned traditional story-telling at its best"

Kate Lyall-Grant, editor at Severn House

"What a desperately sad story! I’ve just finished reading ‘The House on the Beach,’ and I’ve been in tears! Fascinating background about Franco’s Spain"

Ann Victoria-Roberts, author of Dagger Lane, Morning's Gate and Moon Rising

 

The House on the Beach is a novel set in the years after the Civil War, in a Spain ruled by the military dictator General Francisco Franco. 
Childhood friends, Rocio and Inma, come from very different worlds.

Inma is rich, Rocio is poor; Inma lives in Madrid, Rocio lives in the Andalusian countryside. They grow up in a time when women have little independence or freedom; their lives are controlled by first their fathers and then their husbands. The story follows the lives of these two girls from childhood to maturity, as they share happiness, fears, disappointments, broken hearts and betrayals. 

Rocio is a shy and trusting girl, who becomes easily seduced by a handsome foreigner, while Inma, confident and manipulative, is the one who saves her from disgrace and the inevitable expulsion from the family home. 

But Inma, too, has her problems. At university she becomes involved in student demonstrations and political subterfuge; all of which she confides to Rocio. But when Inma becomes pregnant, she demands too much of her friend and her subsequent actions have a devastating affect on Rocio and her new husband.

Buy on Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

 

Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comLoving Harry

4.6 stars on Amazon

Categories: Women's / Romance

"An absorbing, engrossing and emotionally satisfying read, the individual stories told with warmth, compassion and insight" 

Kate Lyall-Grant, editor at Severn House

 

Fashion designer Margery Kane has been too busy climbing the career ladder to sustain a long-term relationship - until she meets the charming, charismatic Harry Wilkinson, and falls deeply in love for the first time. There's only one problem: Harry is already married to Barbara, a stay-at-home wife who's been content until now to devote all her energies to looking after her husband and children.

The close-knit Wilkinson family unit is blown apart when Harry leaves Barbara, deserting the family home to start a new life in Spain with Margery. When Harry dies in strange circumstances, Margery does not know what to tell his family. His children want to evict her from the family home and the only weapon she has against them is the fact that she has recently discovered that, throughout their marriage, Harry and Barbara were keeping secrets from one another.

Now that Margery has discovered the truth from an unexpected source, she has to decide whether to use this knowledge to save her home, knowing the devastation it would cause, or whether to let the past lie.

Buy on Ascribe Novel Solutions: advertise, promote and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.com

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Ascribe Novel Solutions

New This Week

Back to Top
Find Mark On Facebook!