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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

A welcome return to Fiction Books for author Jane Cable, with the release of her second novel. She has also put together an interesting guest post about CHINDI writing – Intrigued? then why not stop by very soon and check out what this great concept is all about, Jane gives just a hint or two in her profile below!


In the summer of 1986 Izzie and Robin hold hands around the Faerie Tree on the banks of the river Hamble and wish for a future together, but just hours later tragedy strikes and they do not see each other again for twenty years.
In the winter of 2006 Izzie spots a down and out on the streets of Winchester – a man who looks very familiar…
The Faerie Tree pieces together Robin’s and Izzie’s stories and the people they have now become, but it becomes increasingly clear that their memories of twenty years before are completely different. Whose version of the past is right? And what part does the Faerie Tree play in their story? Following on from the success of The Cheesemaker’s House, Jane Cable once again mixes mystery and romance with a sprinkling of folklore to keep you turning the pages from beginning to end.


Headshot Of Author Jane Cable - March 2015I can’t say that the publication of The Cheesemaker’s House (Matador, 2013) changed my life – very few authors can – but it certainly changed my perception of myself as a novelist.

No longer was I writing for my own pleasure – as I had done for years – I was now expecting complete strangers to part with their hard earned cash to read my words. The pressure to perform was increased further – although in a delightful way – by the hugely positive reception the book had from readers, reviewers and book bloggers. Now there were other expectations to meet as well as my own.

The biggest change since The Cheesemaker’s House is that I am no longer running my accountancy business alone as my husband quit his finance role in a plc to join me. It’s certainly taken a great deal of the pressure off me but the downside is that I no longer have the time I had when he was travelling, working stupidly long hours and commuting, to fiddle around on social media and to write.

Another big change is that I have joined Chindi Authors, a group of independently published writers in Chichester, close to where I live. There is so much more we can achieve together than we can on our own – we even held a stall at the city’s Christmas market which one writer could never have done successfully.

Now that The Faerie Tree has been released I am juggling a great deal of marketing with writing the first draft of my next book. 66,000 words in and counting, it’s the tale of a mother and son who are haunted by a World War II tragedy which happened sixty years before.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • Ooh with its mix of folklore this definitely sounds like a read I’d enjoy. I have heard a lot of good things about The Cheesemaker’s House but must admit this appeals to me more.

    • Hi Tracy,

      To be honest, it is probably going to turn out to be the other way round for me, although I am going to give the folklore and romance elements of this story a fair crack of the whip and read the book with an entirely open mind. I know that there are elements of folklore in ‘The Cheesemaker’s House’, so perhaps it is simply the mention of faeries which makes me sceptical.

      The fact that the ‘Faerie Tree’ is also a physical thing in a real place also piques my interest, especially as I know the area of Hampshire so well, as hubbie’s family live so close by, although I hadn’t heard about any of this folklore before. In fact, in her amazing information section, Jane mentions that there is also a Faerie Tree near to the stone circle at Avebury, which is just up the road from where we live and which I also know nothing about … Do I really sleep walk through life that much, or is it all just myth and magic! 🙂

      I hope you get to read this book sometime and thanks so much for stopping by.

  • I’m not sure about the folklore aspect of the book but I do like the idea of it examining memories. I know my sister and I lived through many of the same things as children yet our memories are different. I hope you love the book.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Do you find that the older you and your sister get, the more diverse your memories of past times and events become? I know that the more my brother and I try to recall certain events, the more the differences in our memories are highlighted and then it becomes difficult to know exactly which is the true and accurate scenario! Sometimes perhaps it is better to leave memories in the past and only look to the future, where different perspectives can help to shape new moments to enjoy.

      I have to admit that I haven’t read many stories which contain folklore as one of their key elements, so that should be an interesting experience for me. On checking out Jane’s great introduction to the book on her website, it would also appear that there is some heathenry and pagan ritual involved in the storyline, so all in all my reading preferences will be well and truly tested.

      Thanks for your interesting comments, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      The ‘Faerie Tree’ definitely has an intriguing and interesting premise and I am always open to reading outside my comfort zone. You never know whether or not you like something until you try it 🙂

      Thanks for hosting MM this month, I always enjoy this meme so much, the contributors are so friendly and always ready to do a little blog hopping 🙂

  • As long as it’s not too heavy on the romance, this sounds good to me. I’m not familiar with her first book, either, so I’ll have to check it out as well.

    • Hi Kelly,

      In her biography, Janes describes the ‘Faerie Tree’ as “a suspenseful romance about the tricks memory plays”, so I would be assuming from that, that there is a substantial storyline going on in the background, which will counteract and act as a balance for the more romantic interludes there might be.

      If you visit Jane’s website, the background stories and inspiration behind both books are written in great detail and make for some most interesting reading.

      Thanks for visiting today, as always I value your comments 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I like the way Jane indicates that Izzie’s and Robin’s recollections of what happened between them 20 years ago, are going to differ widely and I am wondering what their individual reactions are going to be when they are confronted with the truth and discover that one of them is remembering falsely.

      Even without the influence of the Faerie Tree, it is amazing how two people can remember the past so differently. Hubbie was sat out in the garden of a pub this afternoon and was eavesdropping on a conversation between two elderly ladies on the next table. One of them never stopped talking, whilst the other sat in almost complete silence. He then overheard the ‘talker’ telling the pub landlady that although they hadn’t met for many years, they were bosom friends from University and in touch constantly. I wonder if that’s how the ‘silent partner’ remembered things? LOL

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      Relatively speaking, this book isn’t too far down my TBR pile, although actually getting the review published is a whole different ball game! If you want to know all the background detail to this story, then visit Jane’s website. Just a word of warning though .. make sure you allow plenty of time, as there is so much fascinating detail to digest, that it may take a while.

      Thanks for expressing an interest in the ‘Faerie Tree’, I always look forward to your visits 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann, I’m sure I shall.

      At over 300 pages, it is quite a lengthy story, however early ratings and reviews are amazing, so reading this one is obviously time well spent.

      As always, thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment 🙂

  • The Fairie Tree seems a perfect read for the happenings of Spring, as well as Carl’s Once Upon A Time Challenge currently in its ninth year. Sounds fun!

    • Hi Bellezza,

      I’m afraid that I just can’t commit to challenges, although I am sorely tempted to throw caution to the wind and sign up for a few. I just know that I would never be able to complete them though and that’s not fair to the challenge organiser.

      I can see just how well the ‘Faerie Tree’ would fit into both the challenges you mention, so perhaps the gauntlet will be taken up by someone else, who will include the book as one of their challenge entries – I do hope so!

      Thanks for your interesting comment, which broadens the conversation about the book nicely 🙂

      • I completely understand a reluctance to join challenges. At one point in my blogging years I joined so many that my joy turned into a job, and that’s never a good thing. Now I dawdle here and there in what catches my eye, and it’s a much better route for me. Still, fairies and Spring are somehow linked in my mind; I’m glad you brought this book to my (our) attention.

    • Hi Margaret,

      If you are still wavering a little about this book, it really would be worth your while checking out Jane’s website …


      Jane has documented just about every aspect of both book and story, which makes for some intriguing and informative reading.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      The CHINDI group to which Jane belongs, certainly sounds as though they work well together and collaborative thinking certainly offers the support the aspiring independent author needs in the cut-throat world of publishing.

      I hope to publish the guest post Jane has put together about her experiences of belonging to the CHINDI group and the work it does, very soon. It certainly makes for interesting reading, so I hope that you will be able to stop by.

      I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Cleo,

      My thoughts are pretty much exactly the same as your own, although I do have the added interest of knowing the area where the story is set, so there is a slightly bigger draw for me perhaps.

      Have you ever read Janes’s debut novel ‘The Cheesemaker’s House’? I have to come clean and confess that although I published a couple of promotional posts and Jane herself wrote a great guest post, I haven’t ever actually got around to reading the book!

      The review books simply pile in faster than I could ever hope to read them and I just can’t say no, so I generally end up by providing a promotional, rather than review service 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Given the amount of research which goes into Jane’s books, I have no doubt about the quality of either the storyline or the writing. She shares just about every aspect of her research with her readers, so the only potential problem comes if I find it difficult to connect with the genre and therefore the story, although I do hope that this isn’t the case!

      Thanks for stopping by, I do hope that the readathon went well for you 🙂

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