November 04, 2014
My husband and I sit on a quiet Sunday afternoon, collecting the images for a YouTube video available to watch on my website www.carolrivers.com
As we work, the trees in the garden sway softly in a mild November breeze. Somewhere church bells are ringing, so faintly we hardly notice them. Crisp, dry leaves scuttle along the garden path and swirl by the garage doors. Life is perfectly normal and yet as we study the faces of the Fallen, young boys and men, who a hundred years ago were losing their lives in the hell of war, the moments stop still. Fathers, husbands, sons; these men all had hope of a future before 1914. But the Great War machine...
October 02, 2014
October 23rdis almost here, the day when my 2014 novel, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS is publishedin paperback form. The book’s beautiful cover shows my central character, FloraShine, dressed in her Great War nurse’s uniform. Together with her two close friendsdepicted in the background, this clever artwork hints at the story inside. I'mso grateful to Simon & Schuster, my publisher, for taking such care to makethe tale come alive for the reader from the moment the book reaches theshelves. But no sooner than TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS is done and dusted, myattention turns to next year’s story, where the characters impatiently wait inthe wings,...
September 08, 2014
The parcel arrived from Simon & Schuster this morning; a freshly bound hardback copy of this year’s novel, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS. I turn the clean, crisp pages into 1914 and find myself once again among the leafy plane trees of London’s Hyde Park. I join my East End orphans Flora Shine, Will Boniface and Hilda Jones, just as the country goes to war. The trio make a pact to always be there for each other, come what may. But none of these young people can guess at what lies ahead for them. Or how cruel this war will be. And how severely their vow will be tested. As I read on, I remember the journey I took in their company. It was by no...
August 14, 2014
My Great War Centenary book ‘Together For Christmas’ is published in ebook this month. So August is a very exciting month for me, as publication coincides with the Centenary celebrations. 'Together for Christmas' opens as Britain declares war on Germany. The whole country seems to be in uproar as Flo, Hilda and Will, orphans who have just left St Boniface's Orphanage in the East End for their first jobs, sit in the sunshine of Hyde Park on a rare day off, discussing the impending war and the changes it will bring to their lives.
Little do they know what is ahead of them - nine million combatants are to be killed during the period July...