Finding the right girl

The trouble with writing so many books is that I sometimes feel I might be in danger of running out of characters to populate my future stories. I’ve been struggling for weeks to come up with the right kind of girl to be in my next book. She has to be feisty from the start, to work in the plot I have in mind, but she needed a soft side too. Would she be tall and willowy, short and plump, dark or fair? I knew she had to be exceptionally pretty, but I didn’t want a picture perfect girl with no spirit. I scrolled through images on the internet, looking for the perfect girl but I simply couldn’t find the elusive quality I needed.

I can’t begin to write the story without knowing my main character inside and out, and although I knew her nature, I couldn’t picture her, so I began to draw some sketches. Reverting to my art training of many years ago, I drew many variations of eyes, noses, and mouths, in different shapes and posed the features in various ways until I found her. Hazel Harris came to life under my pencil  and I fleshed her out in colour yesterday. Now the first chapter of her narrative is in the bag. (Or rather, on the page.)


I know I’ve been quiet for the last month and haven’t blogged or messaged on social media because I was so preoccupied with my search, but now I’m going to go silent once again while I concentrate on writing the book.

As soon as I have a taster ready to post on my website, I’ll let you all know. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll find something to interest you among my previous works. Please browse my website to find tasters of all my books. Perhaps there’s something there you haven’t read yet?

Happy reading



Competition. Win a paperback

Take a break from the Christmas preparations and enter the Goodreads giveaway for Ingrid’s Mission.

This is the third book in the series, “WW2 Women of Courage.”

Full of action, adventure and romance, this series will give you a taste of life for Jews in Europe under Hitler’s rule.

Available in ebook and paperback from all Amazon stores, or enter the Giveaway to win one of two paperback copies.

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Ingrid's Mission by Pearl A. Gardner

Ingrid’s Mission

by Pearl A. Gardner

Giveaway ends December 30, 2017.

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Happy Christmas and happy reading



I’m busy writing, editing, marketing and generally getting myself into a tizzy but I wanted to give readers a heads up on my latest FREE promotion. I don’t do these often, so take advantage while I’m feeling generous!

Evelyn’s Fight, the first book in the series, Women of Wakefield,

will be FREE in all Amazon stores

for five days from 18th to 22nd November.


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Evelyn’s Fight is the first book of the Women of Wakefield series following Yorkshire women as they love, learn and try to survive in a war-torn world.

Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel but might be better enjoyed when read in sequence.

Happy Reading




Merry Christmas – Bah! or Yo-Ho-Ho?

I think most people will be busy preparing for the Christmas holiday and I don’t expect many of my loyal fans or new readers to come anywhere near my web-site or Blog for a while, but I thought I’d put fingertips to key-board before I get completely swamped by the festive season.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I see this time of year as challenging. As a woman with children and grandchildren; a husband, friends and extended family I feel pressured to perform like superwoman. Do any of you feel the same?

Christmas shopping for suitable presents for everyone is only the start of it. Would Aunty Dot like bed socks or might she think I was referring to her need to keep warm as she gets older and see it as an insult? What about my youngest sister? Would she appreciate some anti-wrinkle cream or would that be a step too far? If I bought my niece that lovely cropped top I saw, would I be encouraging her to express her sexuality too soon? She’s sixteen but would my brother-in-law still see her as a child? It’s a veritable minefield!

I find trying to remember what I bought the same people last year a nightmare. I don’t want to repeat the mistake of giving my brother a bottle of brandy when he swore off the booze in November and forgot to mention it to anyone! Then there was the time I watched my sister unwrap the very same perfume I got her the previous year, and only remembered when I saw the sarcastic smile of thanks on her face.

How do so many people seem to find hitting the right note of festive cheer so easy? If you’re one of them, what’s your secret?

Don’t even mention the festive food! I admit that my kitchen duties have now downsized since my daughter took over and now invites the family to her house. At first, we all made contributions to take with us, to ensure the preparations were easier for her. It all worked well, until the year I forgot to bring the cranberry sauce I’d slaved over the previous day, and the pigs in blankets were still nestled happily in my fridge at home. Now we turn up early and lend a hand peeling the sprouts instead.

I’m happy when the big day is well into the afternoon and nothing else can go wrong! It’s not a quiet day. Conversation flows among the adults, fueled by alcohol to keep the volume above the squeals of children playing with new toys. Then, just when I think I can’t put up with the younger ones under my feet a moment longer, it grows quieter as adults fall into booze-induced slumber and the young ones watch Frozen for the hundredth time on their new ipads.

Why do we put ourselves through this torture every year? Because we love it, of course!

Merry Christmas
Happy reading

Goodreads Giveaway

Be one of the first to read Peace for Gladys in paperback. Win one of two copies of this stand-alone novel by entering the Goodreads Giveaway now.

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Peace for Gladys by Pearl A. Gardner

Peace for Gladys

by Pearl A. Gardner

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For lovers of WW2 sagas, here is the second book of the Women of Wakefield series.

‘Peace for Gladys’ is available for pre-order now and will be published on 30th November in eBook format. The paperback is available now from all Amazon Stores, or directly from Createspace.

Gladys hides a secret that could ruin her marriage, but fortunately, her husband, John, is still away, fighting.

With the war in its fifth year, she believes the gossips may have forgotten her past mistakes, but still worries what might happen if her husband should ever learn what she’d done.

Will she be forced to live her life looking over her shoulder, or will she ever know peace?

If you missed the first book, ‘Evelyn’s Fight,’ read it now, in paperback or eBook, available from all Amazon stores. Paperback is also available directly from Createspace.

Happy Reading


Free eBook – psychic thriller



FOR THREE DAYS ONLY, ‘For The Missing Girls, A Kerry Malone psychic novel,’ is available FREE in all Amazon stores.

Download this dark and scary eBook from Friday 17th June to Sunday 19th June, but don’t read this alone!

Kerry is a psychic. Reading about her life is not for the faint-hearted!

She prefers not to witness the darker forces from the other side. Most spirits are benign but some are pure evil and scare the hell out of her.

She uses her psychic powers to help the police to investigate a case involving abducted girls. With guidance from a spirit child, she uncovers a series of terrible atrocities and determines to face her fears to help the victims.

Will Kerry be strong enough to face the demons?

Can she save the missing girls?

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PS, If you take advantage of this offer, it would be awesome if you could leave a review. Your opinion counts more than you know. A good review lifts my spirits and a not-so-good one will make me think what I might do to improve the reader experience.

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