Move Closer?

A dilemma for those with grown-up children. Stevie asks the question many of us think about.

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As we get older a question that often surfaces is … ‘should we move closer to our children?‘ (this could be changed to brothers, sisters, nieces or nephews for those who are not parents). It’s a tricky one indeed, and I’ve seen evidence that it doesn’t always turn out the way that was originally planned.

Sam and I are still thinking about whether to retire to the Isle of Wight. Neither of us want to be a burden to our sons or daughters-in-law, who are all at work during the week. The move is rather tempting, especially as we’ve found that some couples who moved closer to their children and grandchildren have now regretted it. Okay, it’s nice to have back-up in case of emergencies, but then again there’s the guilt at calling a relative out in the middle of the night or possibly feeling the relative’s resentment…

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Short Story – Island Magic

A lovely gentle and heartwarming tale from Stevie Turner. Just right for a sunny weekend.

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Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay the rent. He was young with no responsibilities, fit and strong, and wasn’t particularly fussed about what he did, just as long as there was a pay cheque at the end of the month. He had considered moving back to the mainland, but rather enjoyed the slower pace of life on the Island, and the perks of bikini-clad teenage girls slipping their phone numbers his way when their parents had strolled back to the Ocean Hotel for an afternoon siesta. The Island was in his blood; he felt an affinity for Sandown, but for the life of him he could not work out why.

So it was one afternoon that Eddie collected the last of the deckchairs on the beach, and turned his collar up against the fresh breeze blowing in from the English Channel. The summer season…

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Hitting the Wall

Reblogging this excellent short story from Stevie Turner. How to say a great deal, in so few words.

Stevie Turner

Many years ago in London’s East End there was a man who used to sit with paints and an easel and paint pictures of brick walls. Myself and friends would laugh at him and could not understand why he would want to do this. However, 55 years later he was the inspiration for the story below.

Hitting the Wall

Copyright Stevie Turner 2022

There he was again. Janet tagged along behind her older sisters and their friend, each one pumped up with a confidence and bravado that can only come from being part of a clique. The shabbily dressed man wearing a frayed black overcoat ignored the girls’ gibes and carried on creating a replica of the wall in front of him.

“Why are you painting stupid bricks?” Eloise peered over the man’s shoulder. “That’s a really boring picture.”

Patsy gave the man a dig in the arm with…

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Book Review: His Ladyship by Stevie Turner

A fellow blogger and published author, Stevie Turner has published many books and novellas in different genres.
https://steviet3.wordpress.com/

I recently bought a Kindle copy of her latest novel, ‘His Ladyship’, and read it in two sessions.
This will be my 5-star review on Amazon.

***No spoilers***

This is the story of Norman, growing up feeling he is misgendered as part of a family where such things are neither tolerated, nor discussed. The family dynamic is established early on, with Norman being spoilt as the youngest, and having a difficult relationship with his older siblings. This becomes worse when he starts to openly question his sexual identitiy, which is met with a mixture of disappointment and scorn.

His reaction is to withdraw. He stops going to school, then never bothers to find a job. To the outrage of his brothers and sisters, he is mollycoddled by a widowed mother determined to do everything for him. And he lets her. Growing older, and becoming very fat, he spends all of his time in his bedroom, acting out his fantasy of being a woman. Wanting to become Norma, instead of Norman.

In this book we follow his journey to that transition, right up to date with the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. Despite some detailed medical information, there is nothing overtly sexual or salacious in this book.

From the start, Norman is very much an unsympathetic character. He is hard to like, selfish, uncaring, and shows little regard for his mother as she grows old, wearing herself out caring for him. When his siblings arrive to berate him for his behaviour, their mother defends him, and Norman locks himself away in his room, refusing to face any criticism.

Once he begins to cross-dress, to stick by his determination to be called Norma, and seek gender reassignment surgery, he has to deal with the lack of understanding from his confused mother, and outright hostility and humiliation from some family members. But that very determination changing Norman into Norma also alters his personality, making him kinder, and allowing him to break free of his room into the outside world.

The world he chooses to explore is the London LGBTQ scene, where he is startled to find acceptance, friendship, and eventually, a temporary job. From this point on, Norma begins to finally grow up, despite already being in her late fifties.

This is a story exploring one person’s difficult experience to be accepted for what she has always believed she was. Facing counselling, painful surgery, and long years of waiting.

I finished the book really liking Norma, and rooting for her to find peace and happiness.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Family #LGBTQ – His Ladyship by Stevie Turner

A new book from our fellow blogger and published author, Stevie Turner. I have bought my copy!

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Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Stevie Turner…#Family #LGBTQ  His Ladyship

About the book

Norman Wicks is 57, overweight, and has diabetes. He is sick of his life. He has never left home, had a girlfriend, or held down any kind of job. The only friends he has are online, as he prefers to stay in the comfort zone of his bedroom. His devoted 92 year old mother Agnes waits on him hand and foot.

Norman has a secret he has kept hidden from the world for the majority of his life, but now he is desperate to bring it out into the open. He is terrified of how his family will react. However, for his own happiness and peace of mind, Norman must find a way to tell his mother and siblings exactly what they do not want to hear.

HIS LADYSHIP reached the…

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‘His Ladyship’ is Now Available for Pre-Order.

Get Stevie’s new book for just 99p! Pre-order now, using the link on her post.

Stevie Turner

My new LGBT novel, ‘His Ladyship‘, reached the Longlist of the 2021 Page Turner Awards and is now available for pre-order at the special price of just £0.99 /$0.99 until October 24th, when the price will rise to £1.99/$2.99:

You can find ‘His Ladyship’ here. Thanks to Phil Huston for the edits and Teagan Geneviene for the cover.

Norman Wicks is 57, overweight, and has diabetes. He is sick of his life. He has never left home, had a girlfriend, or held down any kind of job. The only friends he has are online, as he prefers to stay in the comfort zone of his bedroom. His devoted 92 year old mother Agnes waits on him hand and foot.

Norman has a secret he has kept hidden from the world for the majority of his life, but now he is desperate to bring it out into the…

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‘A Novella Collection’ is FREE This Weekend

FREE BOOKS! Stevie has four of her novellas available free this weekend. Don’t miss out! I can really recommend The Noise Effect, which is included.

Stevie Turner

4 of my novellas are FREE for THIS WEEKEND ONLY. ‘A Novella Collection’ is usually $4.99/£3.70 and features the following stories:

The Pilates Class: Humorous/Romance

Cruising Danger: Suspense

Lily: Historical/Paranormal

The Noise Effect: Suspense

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Romance Book Promotion

Free books and samples, including something from our blogging friend and writer, Stevie. This time it’s romance! The offer is available until the 18th of this month.

Stevie Turner

A free sample of my (partly true) novel ‘A Rather Unusual Romance‘ is available in the following two Book Funnel promotions:

  1. Romance and sub-genres Contemporary/Humour/New Adult: –

This promotion contains 42 books and samples, and runs from July 25th – August 14th

https://books.bookfunnel.com/fallingforlove/tjrgsqsafo


2. Happy-ever-after Romance and sub-genres Contemporary and Paranormal: –

This promotion contains 89 FREE books and samples, and runs from 1st – 18th August

https://books.bookfunnel.com/early-august-happy-ever-after-romance-free-books/a6vw39pe9w

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076Q3WY9Q

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Free Crime/Mysteries

More free books and samples! This offer includes something from author and blogger, Stevie Turner.

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Do you like to read Crime/Mystery novels? The BookFunnel promotion below features 66 FREE books or samples for you to enjoy:

https://books.bookfunnel.com/freemysterycrime/51vgiokbur

I have added a free sample of my novel ‘Examining Kitchen Cupboards‘ to the promotion, parts of which are loosely based on actual events.

Here is a 5 star review from January 2020:

In Stevie Turner’s latest novel, Examining Kitchen Cupboards (2019), Jill Hayes takes on a new job In a college exam administration office. She had hoped it would lead to a career but quickly discovered it was much too technical for her skillset. As she struggles to learn the complicated tasks that would allow her to succeed, she stumbles upon illicit activities that she feels honor-bound to report. No one will listen–not the newspapers, the college, or even the agency responsible for the exams–until finally someone does. Things don’t work out as Jill had…

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Summer Giveaways

FREE BOOKS and samples, including something from writer and blogger Stevie Turner. Available until the 18th of July.

Stevie Turner

Over 50 Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, and Romance / Suspense FREE books and samples feature in this BookFunnel promotion which runs until July 18th:

https://books.bookfunnel.com/summer-shorts-giveaway/xtl0xxkvrs

I have featured my romantic suspense novel ‘A House Without Windows‘ in the promotion:

Dr Beth Nichols thinks she has been held captive by Edwin Evans for about 8 or 9 years now. Amidst her grief she often looks back and thinks about her fiancé Liam. She lies awake at night staring at the one light bulb that is never switched off, and prays that Liam is still out there somewhere searching for her...

5 Star Review:

Devastating, creepy, and deeply affecting, Stevie Turner’s A House Without Windows is many things: among them are several different, disturbing love stories, a tale of abduction, imprisonment, and menace, a narrative of a woman clinging to hope in the face of utter…

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