Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tirgearr Publishing presents Stella Whitelaw


A book party is such a fun idea.  I get a lot of emails and cards from readers about my Jordan Lacey PI books but the immediacy is not there.  Pray and Die is the first in the Jordan Lacey series and eight have now been published.  She is a woman after my own heart, funny, feisty, slightly eccentric but always wanting to do the right thing.  She often gets it wrong, but there is the handsome Detective Inspector at hand to rescue her from dangerous situations.

The stories are set at the fictional seaside town of Latching which is a mixture of Worthing, Shoreham, Lancing and Goring, a beautiful part of the West Sussex coast line.  Today it is bitterly cold with a northerly wind lashing the sea into a frenzy, but like me, Jordan would love it.

An American couple, who are avid readers of the series, came to Worthing last year to find all the places mentioned in the books.  I’m thinking of starting coach tours.

My newest book on with Tirgearr Publishing is called No Darker Heaven and the historic old house in also set in West Sussex, in the South Downs.  It’s an involved story about when a single mother find herself falling in love with her fiancé’s father.   They both fight against the attraction but their overpowering feelings for each other make life very complicated.  That’s where the title comes from.  There can be no darker heaven, loving the wrong person.

If you have ever wondered how television series get their locations, then No Darker Heaven will give you an idea of the hard work behind the scenes.   My heroine is the Locations Manager for a television company.

This Goddessfishparty week is a great opportunity for you to get both these books for the price of one.  Christmas has come early!

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Lyssa Pasten is torn between loving two men -- Matthew Arnold, her new fiancé, and Jethro, Matthews often-absent father.

Lyssa and Jeth fight against their mutual attraction for Matthew's sake and the sake of her small daughter, Bethany, who has a very rare disorder called RAS (renal artery stenosis).

Hollow House, the Sussex family home, becomes the backdrop for drama and pain, passion and delight.

When Jeth suddenly goes missing, Lyssa knows she has to follow her heart and find him.

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Stella Whitelaw began writing seriously at the age of nine. She was ill with measles when her father gave her an Imperial Portable typewriter. Covered in spots, she sat up in bed and taught herself to type.

At sixteen, she became a cub reporter and worked her way up to Chief Reporter. She was the first woman Chief Reporter, the youngest, and the only one who was pregnant.

After producing a family, she became Secretary of the Parliamentary Press Gallery at the House of Commons. Secretary then meant the original meaning, Secretariat, the keeper of secrets. She was awarded an MBE in 2001 but is not sure why.

Like Trollope, she wrote books on the train and in the recesses. The Jordan Lacey PI series is her favourite and the cruise crime books. Her big romances, No Darker Heaven and Sweet Seduction, were a marathon adventure.

Stella has won a woman’s magazine national short story competition and the London Magazine’s Art of Writing competition judged by Sheridan Morley. The Elizabeth Goudge Cup was presented to her at Guildford University.

Homeless cats find their way to Stella’s lifelong hospitality and she has written eight books of cat stories for the 7 – 70 plus.

Find Stella online at --

Stella Whitelaw
Tirgearr Publishing

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Stella Whitelaw will be featured on Wednesday, 6 November at Long and Short Reviews. She will be giving a critique to one lucky aspiring author that day or a copy of her humorous book, Secrets of a Ballistic Cat. Each commenter's name will also be added into the grand prize drawing at the end of the tour which has a total value of $150.00! See how it works here.


Debby said...

I have never read any of these. I am going to be looking for them
debby236 at gmail ddot com

Catherine Lee said...

Homeless cats also find their way to our house...and my hubby can't help but feed every hungry cat who comes to the door. SO, I'd be interested in reading your Cat books!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Cathy Mansell said...

Hi Stella. I like cats too and I'm
looking frorward to reading your books.