Troubador Testing the Waters and other stories

Released: 07/07/2022

eISBN: 9781803133416

Format: eBook

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Testing the Waters and other stories

A collection of easy read fiction


A weekend visitor, a long absent sister - a new friendship, an old superstition - a lingering melody, a suppressed memory – a holiday that reveals, another that restores – just some of the ingredients in this collection of a dozen warm and engaging short stories.

From wild northern coastlines to warm southern shores, from close knit villages to urban city streets, the stories take the reader on swift journeys into the complications of domestic lives – of single women and wives, sisters, lovers and mothers - with the consolation of happy resolutions.

Family loyalties are tested in The Call of the Seagulls. That Song recalls the potency of music and discontent threatens the stability of a marriage in The Country Wife. A young child in Special Delivery faces a different kind of Christmas whilst the new owners of a remote cottage find their elderly neighbour more challenging than expected in Home Truths. Seize the Moment sees Louise confronting the unexpected in her relationship with her daughter and in A Growing Family a considerable adjustment is required. And the title story, Testing the Waters, set in an idyllic holiday setting, follows the fortunes of Helen as she tries to negotiate a relationship with the daughter of her new partner.

Loss and love – sentimentality and humour – disappointment and hope – Testing the Waters and other stories offers a ride through lives that may sound vaguely familiar to the reader yet offer a brief, entertaining escape from the reality of their own.

Hampshire County Libraries hold copies of my novels at Winchester Discovery Centre lending library.

I write a regular blog on my website.

Monday 4th November, I am a guest on Antonia Honeywell's BOOK BRUNCH SHOW on CHILTERN VOICE FM from 10 until noon talking all things books!

Book Fairs:
I will be at the Henley on Arden Book Fair on Sunday 17th November - followed by the Brighton and Hove Book Fair on Saturday 23rd. November. On Saturday December 7th, I will be at CRAFTY WOMEN FAIR at Winchester's Guildhall selling copies of my two novels.

BROOK'S BOOK SHOP in PINNER is now stocking my novels - on Thursday March 12th. I will part of an authors' evening, meeting readers and other writers and talking books!

Saturday 21st March - Book signing at SMITH'S of WINCHESTER! - sadly cancelled because of Covid 19 ...

My novel MILLER STREET SW22 is to be published in February 2021. The beautiful cover image is courtesy of the artist Josephine Chisholm who took on the commission to design it.

Online book launch is on Wednesday 24th February at 6.00 pm. Both the paperback and eBook are now available.

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Jude Hayland

Born in London, I spent many years writing commercial short fiction for magazines and was widely published in both the UK and internationally.

Completing an M.A. in Creative Writing with distinction entirely changed my focus and I started writing longer fiction, completing my first novel in 2017 -COUNTING THE WAYS. My second novel,THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS>/b>was published in 2019. Both are available as a paperback and eBook.

My third novel, MILLER STREET SW22 will be published in February 2021.

In addition to writing, I also teach creative writing classes and combine this with working as a tutor of English and Drama.

I have lived in Winchester for the past 25 years although London remains the place that has the greatest sense of home to me. I also spend a great deal of time at a family house in north west Crete.

My genre is: family/relationships/book group fiction/women's fiction/literary/commercial crossover and I particularly enjoy setting my novels in the recent, lived past.

Jude Hayland

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