About Judith Barrow

Pattern of Shadows was my first novel, the sequel, Changing Patterns was published in May 2013. The last of the trilogy, Living in the Shadows was published July 2015. In August 2017, the prequel to the trilogy, A Hundred Tiny Threads,was published. In March 2010, The Memory was published by Honno, a contemporary family saga. I also have an eBook, Silent Trauma, a fiction built on fact novel, published as an eBook. I have an MA in Creative Writing, B.A. (Hons.) in Literature, and a Diploma in Drama and Script Writing. I've had short stories, poems, plays, reviews and articles published throughout the British Isles, notably in several Honno anthologies. I am also a Creative Writing tutor and run workshops on all genres and available for talks and workshops.My blogs are on my website: https://judithbarrowblog.com/ where I review mainly for #RBRT. and also interview other authors. My personal posts are on, https://www.judithbarrow-author.co.uk/ . It would be great if you could check me out there. When I'm not writing or teaching creative writing I spend time researching for my writing, painting or walking the Pembrokeshire coastline

Robbie’s Inspiration: Book review, The Heart Stone by Judith Barrow

So appreciate this lovely review of my book, The Heart Stone, from Robbie.

Robbie's inspiration

What Amazon says

1914 – and everything changes for Jessie on a day trip to Blackpool. She realises her true feelings for her childhood friend, Arthur. Then just as they are travelling home from this rare treat, war is declared.

Arthur lies about his age to join his Pals’ Regiment. Jessie’s widowed mother is so frightened of the future, she agrees to marry the vicious Amos Morgan, making Jessie’s home an unsafe place for her. Before he leaves, Arthur and Jessie admit their feelings and promise to wait for each other. Arthur gives Jessie a heart-shaped stone to remember him. But with Arthur far away, their love leaves Jessie with a secret that will see her thrown from her home and terribly abused when she can hide the truth no longer.

Faced with a desperate choice between love and safety, Jessie must fight for survival, whatever the cost.

My review

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Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Gentle Detox – Introduction and Phase One – Before you begin your weight loss programme

An invaluable post from Sally

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Most of us have come out of the festive season with a little more than some presents and remnants of tinsel around the house. Many go into Christmas with great intentions especially, if they have been careful all year about weight and exercise, and others say What the Hell and dive straight into the Eggnog.. Whichever type of reveller you are this is still a great time to give your body its annual holiday and get it ready for the tough year ahead.

Something to think about: Fasting

I will be upfront with you. I do not agree with water only fasts, that starves a body into submission. Whilst I findintermittent fasting(eating within an 8 hour window) suits me, at my age, with my level of activity, and to combat high blood sugar and blood pressure levels. I don’t recommend if you are in working full…

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries – #Connections – The Wedding Day by Sally Cronin

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As is my custom, I am serialising one of my past books here on the blog, and over the next few weeks, stories from my 2020 collection, Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet. I hope you will enjoy.

Connections – Some are too strong to be broken. Over the years and across dimensions souls reach out to share our lives.

The Wedding Day

Herbert watched from the shadows beneath the oak tree in the orchard as the sun rose, glinting on the windows of the house in front of him. He would have to move soon, to a more secure hiding place, as the occupants of the house stirred and began preparing for the upcoming celebration.

His daughter Phyllis was getting married today, and whilst he was banned from attending, he hoped to be able to watch from a distance at the village church…

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Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole The Early Years

Memories of listening \to these with my gran. Love Nat King Col

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It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured the icons and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

For over 30 years William Price King has been paying his tribute to two musicians who have influenced not just musicians, but all of us as we listened to their music. Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. Certainly many love stories began and sometimes ended whilst dancing to their music. In the next two features on the Jazz greats, William will be sharing some of their most iconic music, the musicians who influenced their passion for music and the highs and lows of their careers and personal lives.

Nat King Cole – The Early Years.

The Early Early Nat King Cole TrioNat King Cole was born under the name of Nathaniel Adams Cole on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama. His parents…

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Tales my Great Aunt told me. 1: rape and high treason

Thorne Moore

my great aunt is the baby, the girl is my grandmother

I had a great aunt. She was the sort of great aunt that you would conjure up if you wanted to invent a great aunt. Always straight-faced, apparently straight-laced, and thoroughly wicked. I remember the exquisite agony of accompanying her, when I was a child, along the Crwys Road in Cardiff, pausing at every greengrocer (in the days when all their fruit and veg were on display outside), picking up an apple or some other fruit to inspect its quality, taking a bite, sniffing with disapproval, shaking her head and putting it back. By the time we got back to her house, she had consumed her full five a day without parting with a penny.

She was the source of all information on my mother’s side of the family, so naturally I assumed that everything she told us was…

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Happy Hallmark Covid Christmas—AGAIN? #humor #pandemic

No words from me!

Barb Taub

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas is on Covid-repeat…

Baby it’s covid outside…

I’ve made my Covid-Christmas To-Do list and checked it twice.

  1. Covid-correct the words to my favorite holiday songs.
  2. Cyber-stalk purely by chance happen to find on social media a person I went out with briefly in high school (and congratulate myself because the unfortunate soul he ended up with is obviously less intelligentsuccessfulcutecoolfunnygood sense of humor tall than me).
  3. Tell the grandkids Santa is self-isolating because at age 1750 he’s been designated as vulnerable.
  4. Set up our ironic-elf-on-the-shelf-hoarding-loo-rolls scene.

There’s only one thing left to do.

Christmas movies!

Hmmm… Notice any patterns to this ACTUAL recommended shows screenshot? You’re absolutely right. No masks.

Now I know it would be hard to make a typical Hallmark Christmas movie during pandemic restrictions. But imagine if they did…

My Secret Christmas Prince Saves…

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Christmas and New Year 2021/22 – What Can You Expect On Hugh’s Views And News?

Help and advice always with Hugh

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I’m taking the festive and holiday season’s opportunity to take a semi-break from the blogging world.

Why a semi-blogging break?

As a blogger who dislikes not responding to comments, I will be answering comments left on any of my blog posts or pages over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Will I be visiting blogs, reading posts and leaving comments?

Probably not. In the seven years I’ve been blogging, I’ve always found this time of year to be tranquil in the blogging world. It’s an excellent time to do some blog housekeeping and tidy up the blog.

When will my next blog post be published?

My monthly round-up post for December will be published on December 31st 2021.

My first post of 2022 is scheduled to be published on January 3rd 2022.

While I’m away

If you missed my blogging post, ‘Looking For Help With Blogging? Do You Have…

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A Christmas Story (Part 1) by Alan Roderick

Another offering – in three parts from a @CrimeCymru member. Part One,

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This year, Santa’s little helpers have been more than generous and we’ve got a bumper crop of wonderfulChristmas short storiesfor you – from the dark to the whimsical and all stops in between. So put your favourite Christmas jumper on, pour yourself a mulled wine, grab a mince pie and sit down for anothergreat criminally festive read.

Did we say whimsical? Hold on to your hats and hang on for the ride. Starting today, we’re serialising a wonderful fantasy crime story by one of our associate members, Alan Roderick, involving Mari Lwyds and Calennigs as you’ve never seen them before, and featuring Astrid Price, rugby international turned private eye in a Wales you might or might not recognise.


Part 1

It seemed to be a Christmas like any other Christmas. Male Voice Choirs were being…

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How was my trip? #travel #covid #humor

No words to add.Just read…

Barb Taub

How was my flight? You’ll have to excuse me while I kiss the ground.

(Don’t worry—I’m wearing a facemask.)

At first, the trip seemed like a good idea. We hadn’t been back to see family in the States since the year 4BC (Before-Covid), so the plan was to celebrate a late Thanksgiving together now that we’d all had our booster jabs and the pandemic seemed to be subsiding.

Digression #1. Right. Those who know me can just go ahead and shake their heads and mutter their I-told-you-so comments. Feeling better?

Of course, the Hub flew ahead of me. All he had to do was pop over to Glasgow airport and head out. A week later it was my turn. That was the week we all learned a new word: Omicron. I would have to leave home (our little island off the coast of Scotland) a day early to get a…

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A Christmas Story by Sally Spedding

Another Christmas short story from a Crime Cymru author. This time… from Sally Spedding.

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This year, Santa’s little helpers have been more than generous and we’ve got a bumper crop of wonderful Christmas short stories for you – from the dark to the whimsical and all stops in between. So put your favourite Christmas jumper on, pour yourself a mulled wine, grab a mince pie and sit down for another great criminally festive read.

Christmas lunch is arguably the high point of the day, with everyone gathered around the table to share a convivial meal, pigs in blankets, sumptuous afters… Only you might just feel differently after reading today’s chilling short story by Sally Spedding.

Afters by Sally Spedding

Mrs. Hammond, smart in a new tweed suit, pushed her way through the melée of prams and bus queue stragglers, into Snoderton’s local bread shop, where its various Christmas decorations were already in place, and a manufactured tree replete with tiny lights…

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A Christmas Story by Phil Rowlands

Crime Cymru

This year, Santa’s little helpers have been more than generous and we’ve got a bumper crop of wonderful Christmas short stories for you – from the dark to the whimsical and all stops in between. So put your favourite Christmas jumper on, pour yourself a mulled wine, grab a mince pie and sit down for another great criminally festive read.

The one problem is that there are times when it’s Santa’s little helpers who are the ones you have to watch out for, as Phil Rowlands beautifully explains in this seasonal tale of greed and ambition.

I Never Intended to Kill Father Christmas by Phil Rowlands

I never intended to kill Father Christmas.

Believe me!

I am not the most violent of his band of helpers by a long way. I accept that I have my moments, but there are many who are far more cold-blooded, aggressive, and…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #Memoirs – #Teaching Pete Springer, #Travel Liesbet Collaert, #Fibromyalgia Brigid P. Gallagher, #Portugal Karen Telling

Just one more selection from Sally’s Smorgas.bord Christmas Book Fair – well worth checking out all her Christmas posts

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Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair and today some more memoirs to entertain and inspire.

The first memoir is by retired teacher and author Pete Springer...and he shares his experience and is a wonderful guide for anyone considering entering teaching, or would like to develop their skills further They Call Me Mom

About the book

Who Will You Inspire Today? Teachers face this challenge and responsibility each day, but in the process, the author discovers that his students can also have a profound influence on him. Pete Springer takes you on his memorable thirty-one-year journey in education as an elementary school teacher and offers the many valuable life and teaching lessons he learned along the way. Get ready to laugh out loud at some of the humorous and memorable experiences that all teachers face, feel inspired by the inherent goodness of children, and appreciate the importance of developing a…

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Looking For Help With Blogging? Do You Have Any Questions About Blogging?

Help from Hugh.

Hugh's Views & News  

In February 2014, when I published my first blog post, I never thought that I’d go on to write and publish blog posts that included blogging tips.

Since publishing my first blogging tips post, they’ve become amongst my most successful on my blog.

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Looking For Help With Blogging?

Where do blogging tips come from?

Mostly from other bloggers. You’ll find hundreds of blogging tips posts all over the blogging world, and, best of all, the majority are free.

Why are blogging tips posts so popular?

Most of us have something to say about writing and blogging as writers and bloggers.They’re usually hot topics for discussion.

I’ve witnessed many posts about blogging and writing getting many comments left on them. Most of these posts get lots of attention and usually hundreds of comments.

Although most of my blogging tips posts come from ideas I have when playing with various buttons and…

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A Christmas Story by Eamonn Griffin

The first of our @CrimeCymru Christmas stories. Today from Eamonn Griffin.

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This year, Santa’s little helpers have been more than generous and we’ve got a bumper crop of wonderful Christmas short stories for you – from the dark to the whimsical and all stops in between. So put your favourite Christmas jumper on, pour yourself a mulled wine, grab a mince pie and sit down for another great criminally festive read.

A Crime Cymru Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Matlock story by Eamonn Griffin. In our now traditional opener to the festive season, Matlock rediscovers forgotten talents in this surprisingly uplifting tale.

Matlock and the Stille Nacht by Eamonn Griffin

There was a piano in the prison chapel. Not that there was a stained glass window. Not that there was any kind of view other than another Victorian brick wall on the far side of the safety glass on this side of things and the mesh cage on…

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BOOKCASE – The Unravelling by Thorne Moore

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In this series, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to showcase an excerpt from one of their books. This week, Thorne Moore talks about researching the recent past and resurrecting childhood memories when writing The Unravelling.

My crime books are psychological mysteries, exploring the causes and consequences of a traumatic event, and I wouldn’t generally class them as thrillers, but maybe The Unravelling comes close. Writing it, I dredged up my memories of life as a ten-year-old in the mid-1960s, setting it in a slightly fictionalised version of the housing estate in Luton where I grew up; new developments on lost fields, post-war prefabs being torn down, streams and gullies disappearing into culverts, muddy farm tracks winding between new cul-de-sacs and avenues. A place that a child’s imagination could easily paint with mysterious secrets and lurking monsters. It was a time when children played freely in the streets, even…

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