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How Blue is my Valley

How Blue is my Valley

Humorous travel book about moving to France from IPPY and Global Ebook Award Winner Jean Gill

'Laugh out loud ... this autobiography from Welsh writer and photographer Jean Gill tells the tale of her first year in Provence - complete with challenging situations and thought-provoking musings. Jean takes readers on a tour of the beautiful Drome area, painting such a vivid picture of the fields of lavender, sunflowers and olive trees that you could almost be there with her.' - Living France Magazine The true scents of Provence? Lavender, thyme and septic tank. Discover the real Provence in good company. There are hundreds of interesting things you can do in a bath but washing dishes is not one of them, nor what writer Jean Gill had in mind when she swopped her Welsh Valley for a French one.

Keen to move out of the elephant's stomach, that stew of grey mists called weather in Wales, she offered her swimming certificate to a bemused Provencale estate agent and bought a house with good stars and its own spring-water. Or rather, as it turns out, a neighbour's spring-water that is the only supply to the kitchen, which, according to the nice men from the Water Board, is emptying its dirty water directly and illegally onto the main road... and there's worse ...

But how can you resist a village called Dieulefit, `God created it', the village 'where everyone belongs'.

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Someone To Look Up To: a dog’s search for love and understanding

Someone To Look Up To: a dog’s search for love and understanding

'Jean Gill has captured the innermost thoughts of this magnificent animal.' Les Ingham, Pyr International

By IPPY and Global Ebook Award Winner Jean Gill

A dog's life in the south of France. From puppyhood, Sirius the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been trying to understand his humans and train them with kindness.

How this led to their divorce he has no idea. More misunderstandings take Sirius to Death Row in an animal shelter, as a so-called dangerous dog learning survival tricks from the other inmates. During the twilight barking, he is shocked to hear his brother's voice but the bitter-sweet reunion is short-lived. Doggedly, Sirius keeps the faith.One day, his human will come. More info →
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A Small Cheese in Provence: Cooking with Goat Cheese

A Small Cheese in Provence: Cooking with Goat Cheese

'If I were to currently recommend a cheese book to you, I would choose this one... the photography is beautiful and there is passion in the recipes. It makes a fantastic gift.' Samantha Milner recipes.com

'Laugh out loud... such a picture of the fields of lavender, sunflowers and olive trees that you could almost be there with her.' Stephanie Sheldrake, Living France Magazine

From the author of the bestselling memoir 'How Blue is My Valley' comes another irresistible invitation to join her in Provence, this time to discover everything you want to know about cheese and its place in French life. How to choose it, serve it and cook with it. Recipes range from traditional tapenade to original British/Provençal fusion such as Big Franglais Breakfast and Pizza Gallois, all illustrated with step-by-step instructions.

Beautiful colour photos throughout take the reader into Provençal landscapes, street markets and conversations, food history and verse. The celebration of cheese in French and English includes the godlike goatherds and a charming poem in homage to the ravioli of the Dauphiné region, translated from the local Occitan.

You could say it's good, ravioli well made topped with some gruyère extra thick-laid.

A flavour of France, even for those who don't cook; food for the brain as well as the table. Why was goat cheese sent on an Apollo space mission? What should you wear if elected to the Guild of Olive Brothers? What is the connection between France's biggest cross-country car rally and the Picodon cheese? Entertain yourself and your dinner companions with fun facts aswell as recipes that are tried and tested.

Award-winning writer and photographer Jean Gill has lived in Provence since 2003. Her articles and photos of French food and lifestyle have appeared in France Magazine and Living France Magazine.

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Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence (The Troubadours Quartet)

Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence (The Troubadours Quartet)

'Believable, page-turning and memorable.' Lela Michael, S.P. Review Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction 1150: Provence

On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the Queen's finest troubadour and Commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros.

Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the Church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder-keg of medieval Narbonne.

Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill's spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters leap off the page and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.

'One of the best historical novels I've read in a long time.' Paul Trembling, Dragonslayer

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No Bed of Roses

No Bed of Roses

First published as 'Snake on Saturdays'

Perhaps some secrets are better left buried in the past if you really want a second chance at love.

Helen Tanner runs her own business, spends her evenings out with friends, anything to avoid memories of the tragedy she left behind. She lives alone and likes it that way. Until, that is, a dark-haired vet walks into her shop and into her life. Her first unpromising encounter with Dai Evans turns into a tumultuous affair. As passion grows into love, Helen is forced not only to consider a new future, but to face up to a troubled past..

Should she tell her lover what causes her nightmares? Will this family man still want her when he knows the truth? Heart-rending and powerful, 'No Bed of Roses' is a story of loss, love and healing. Jean Gill's characters always feel like real people: complex, thoughtful, and with believable histories and motivations. We really want Helen and Dai to be together and all that stands in their way is the human damage caused by loss and guilt. How can they live with Helen's ghosts?

For fans of Kerry Lonsdale, Kristin Hannah, Hilary Boyd.

'A story we all carry with us.' Fiona McClean, From Under the Bed

'The humour frequently has the effect of pointing up the stark reality with which she writes.' -Ted Griffin, Pause Magazine

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Fortune Kookie (Looking for Normal Book 2)

Fortune Kookie (Looking for Normal Book 2)

"Jean Gill brings her magical storytelling skills to teens, to weave compelling and thought-provoking stories that will linger on in their minds well after the last page is read." Kristin Gleeson, author and children's librarian

Can dreams take over your life? Jamie's mother is hooked on fortune-tellers, and running the family into debt. To cure her, Jamie decides to investigate the psychic world, and to show that it is a rip-off, with the help of her best friend, Ryan.

Their research causes havoc in school and they are drawn deeper into the very world they are investigating. Jamie's dreams of walking a medieval battlefield are so vivid that she feels compelled to resolve a historical mystery that starts at Kidwelly Castle in South Wales, where Princess Gwenllian once lived.

Caught up in what seem to be supernatural events, Jamie doesn't know what to believe and is sleepwalking into danger. Will friendship be strong enough to bring her back into the real world? More info →
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Left Out (Looking for Normal Book 1)

Left Out (Looking for Normal Book 1)

Shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novella Award. "A compelling story about friendship, its strength, and the unusual ways it develops." Rebecca P. McCray, The Journey of the Marked

Being different isn't easy but it can be exciting! How well do you know your friends? Are they left-handed or right-handed? Are they left-brained or right-brained? And what difference does it make?

Shocked at discovering how left-handers are persecuted, Jamie ties her hand behind her back for a public protest in school. This does not go down well with the teachers. Her best friend Ryan joins in but just when their campaign is working, Ryan's mother drops a bombshell. She's whisking him off from Wales UK to live back in America. There he faces bullying at its most deadly, and Jamie has to live from one email to the next, waiting to know whether her friend is hanging in there.

A modern classic of friendship and teen life, with all its pitfalls and challenges.

"As a parent and a teacher, I felt this book in my gut. It hits so close to home on more levels than I can count." Anita Kovacevic, teacher and children's author, contributor to the international Inner Giant Anti-Bullying Project.

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Plaint for Provence: 1152: Les Baux (The Troubadours Quartet Book 3)

Plaint for Provence: 1152: Les Baux (The Troubadours Quartet Book 3)

Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction

1152: Les-Baux-de-Provence

'By far the best historical fiction I have read this year! - Rabia Tanveer, December 2015, for Readers' Favorite

Summoned to the court of Les Baux, Estela and her lover, Dragonetz, are embroiled in two rival claims for power as their feuding liege lords gather in Provence. Although Estela is reluctant to leave her idyll with her young child Musca, and her pursuit of Arabic medicine, she welcomes the chance to show her musical skills and to support Dragonetz, who must use his swordsmanship to play peacemaker.

The visit of the Comte de Barcelone to Les Baux sparks bitter memories of the recent civil war and Lady Etiennette des Baux has no intention of ceding to her overlord. Nor does she plan to remain a widow. With good friends on both sides, Dragonetz weaves a precarious path through the rival factions at court where an uneasy truce prevails behind the chivalry of hunt and tournament.

Meanwhile, Estela faces her own demons. Confronted with her childhood abusers, threatened and attacked, she confides in her friends. Unfortunately, one of those friends is Dragonetz' worst enemy and Estela has no idea of what he is capable.

In this third volume of the Troubadours Quartet, Jean Gill, the 'master of historical intrigue', continues to weave the gripping adventures of Dragonetz and Estela seamlessly into real historical events. Medieval France comes alive in all its facets, from healing with leeches to training a goshawk.

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'Page-turning intrigue in the best historical fiction tradition' - J.G. Harlond, The Empress Emerald

'Jean Gill is the master of historical intrigue' - C.M.T. Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs

'Rich in historical detail, this novel brings alive all aspects of mediaeval life from the political undertones of the high-born pursuits of hunting and jousting tournaments, to the simpler occupations of the peasants, like bee-keeping' - Karen Charlton, The Inspector Lavender Mysteries

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Bladesong: 1151 in the Holy Land (The Troubadours Quartet Book 2)

Bladesong: 1151 in the Holy Land (The Troubadours Quartet Book 2)

Troubadours Quartet Book 1: 'Song at Dawn' is FREE Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction

A masterpiece. A historical feast.' C.M.T.Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs 1151: the Holy Land

Estela, the troubadour, is following the destiny of her beautiful voice. Dragonetz, her passionate knight has a dangerous mission to fulfill; divided by the times they love in, they fight to be together.Imprisoned in Damascus, Dragonetz suffers the mind games inflicted by his anonymous enemies, as he is forced to remember the traumatic events of the crusade, two years earlier.

His military prowess is as valuable and dangerous to the balance of power as the priceless Torah he has to deliver to Jerusalem, and the key players want Dragonetz riding with them - or dead.Instead of remaining safely at home, Estela is desperate to rescue Dragonetz at all costs. She sets out for the Holy Land, never realising that the person she thinks will be her knight's saviour might actually be his doom.

Can Estela get him out alive, despite Nur-ad-Din, the Muslim Atabeg; Mélisende, the Queen of Jerusalem; and an avenger from the past? Will she still want to, when she knows what they've done to him?Once more 'the master of historical intrigue' whirls the reader off into medieval mayhem. Jean Gill's details of crusading strategy and riding a camel are as convincing as the pangs of medieval childbirth. She brought medieval France to life in 'Song at Dawn'; now she adds 12th century Damascus and Jerusalem with equal aplomb.'Wonderful. If you love historical romance and adventure, you must pick up this series!'Autumn Birt, The Rise of the Fifth Order.

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More Than One Kind

More Than One Kind

First published as 'San Fairy Anne:finding family'

One year is nothing; one year changes everything.

'You're old and cold,' are the words that end Anne Grüber's three-year relationship with a fellow-teacher. A hurtful insult that she fears may be true. What chance does she have now of finding love or even an adventure?

Then she sees an advert that will change her life: a job-swap teaching in a small Welsh town. Is it coincidence or fate that brings her to the very place her half-sister was last known to live? What happened to the child born in war-torn Alsace and ripped from her mother's arms? In search of lost family, Anne jumps into the unknown.

Neil expects professional development when he steps into Anne's shoes to teach in France. What he finds is passion. For one man, Luc, and for Alsace itself. Can he ever go back? And should he? When Neil and Anne swap lives for a year, they both find that there is more than one kind of love.

'More than One Kind of Love' challenges conventional views of family and responsibilities, making us question what risks we would take, and which relationships matter most, when tough choices have to be made.

For fans of Kerry Lonsdale, Kristin Hannah, Hilary Boyd.

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