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.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Peace for Gladys by Pearl A. Gardner

Peace for Gladys

by Pearl A. Gardner

Giveaway ends December 07, 2016.

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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.

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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?

Download from Amazon UK here –

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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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Discounted eBook to thank Goodreads Giveaway entrants and loyal followers



Hi to all my new and old followers and loyal friends. I’m so glad to have you with me on my writing journey of discovery.

As so many people entered the giveaway of, ‘For the Missing Girls,’ the odds of winning was drastically reduced. I was blown away to read that an incredible 1342 people entered!

There could only be two winners, and I have organised the paperback version of this book to be sent to Rebecca in County Durham, and David in Ohio. Congratulations to you both. Your book should be with you in 2 to 3 weeks. If you don’t receive this by 12th April, please let me know and I’ll chase the mail services for you.

For everyone else who entered and didn’t win, I know you will probably shrug and accept the odds were diabolical. However, to assuage your disappointment, I have reduced the price of the eBook of ‘For the Missing Girls,’ to $0.99 or £0.99 on Amazon for the next ten days. (Price reduction should commence by end of 25th March and will end on 4th April.)

Amazon UK  

Amazon USA

Smashwords   …..I also have a coupon code to enable you to purchase this on Smashwords for the same discounted price of $0.99. The code is   TG76X

I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to purchase the Kindle version, or one of other versions available on Smashwords, at the reduced price for a limited time.

Once again, many thanks for entering my giveaway and boosting the visibility of my work. I appreciate your interest immensely.

Happy reading.


Goodreads Giveaway Paranormal Crime Novel

Goodreads giveaway. I’m giving away two copies of my latest novel, For the Missing Girls, a Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel.

This book is a new direction for me, and I’m hoping my loyal readers will enjoy the change of genre from my usual, historical wartime romance, to this paranormal crime mystery.

While my characters are still the gritty, down to earth people I love to write about, the story is faster paced, darker, and more esoteric.

For a chance to win one of these copies, enter the Goodreads giveaway, starting on 16th February and ending on 24th March.

If you can’t wait, you can read the first pages on my website, here

For the Missing Girls, A Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel is available to pre-order now on Amazon, Smashwords and many other on-line stores. Publication date, 4th March 2016.

Happy Reading

Goodreads Book Giveaway

For the Missing Girls, A Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel by Pearl A. Gardner

For the Missing Girls, A Kerry Malone, Psychic Novel

by Pearl A. Gardner

Giveaway ends March 24, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Free copy for an honest review?



Would you like a FREE copy of my latest paranormal crime novel BEFORE the release date, in exchange for an honest review?

Indie authors rely on good reviews to raise the profile of their book, and encourage new readers to try their work.

I will gift the first twenty responders a FREE copy of ‘For the Missing Girls’ A Kerry Malone, Psychic novel.

How to get your copy:-

1, Simply send me an email  with your kindle email address and I’ll send this straight to your reader.

2, Don’t have a kindle? No problem. I can send you the PDF version with instructions on how to download to your reader. All I need is your email address.

3, I will also require your Amazon, on screen ID. (The name you use to post reviews.)

What are you waiting for?
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Paranormal book available to pre-order

‘For the Missing Girls’ is now available to pre-order in all Amazon stores.
This paranormal, psychological crime novel is a new direction for me. If you’ve enjoyed my historical romances, this work holds the same depth of storyline and character but in a darker genre.
I’m hoping this will be the first of a series about Kerry Malone and her clairvoyant gift.
I hope you’ll enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.



If you can’t wait, you can read the first pages here:-

Available to pre-order from here:-

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