Author A S Bielby

About me I was born in Stockton on Tees to a family living in Middlesbrough. We moved to a village near Whitby in North Yorkshire where I spent many years. I graduated from the University of East Anglia, worked as a Careers Advisor ending up as head of a university careers service. I have two children, two stepchildren and a lovely grandson. The children are grown-up with their own lives.

My husband and I came to Cyprus to live in 2007 after a hectic work life ‘to live the dream’, having finally retired from the property management business.

I have, for many years, wanted to write a book but I didn’t really know how to do it. Having met a member of the Paphos Writers Group, I decided to apply to join so have had a lot of practical help as well as encouragement to write. I am now slowly writing my novel as well as short stories. I met Glynis Smy (author of ‘Ripper, My Love’) recently, whose encouragement and help have given me a new lease of life..

My book ‘Payback Time’ is set in the North of England, as well as the south west of Cyprus. It is a romance/ family drama; how they meet and endeavour to overcome adversity, experience adventures on the way. Will they all make it intact through dark days? Time will tell.

Friday, 21 June 2013

The Lattice Necklace by Pamela Holland

The Lattice Necklace .Pamela has just had her first novel published and I haven't been able to put it down. What a start! It's life through the ages from 1800 to 1959 starting with the well born who have to endure the stigma of mental instability, handicap, rape, consequent illegitimate birth, poverty, rejection through to stability, wealth and success. The story is told through the eyes of five women who love, laugh, cry and face the challenges that the snobbish, blinkered society of the past posed. They are all lovable who inspire great loyalty. I just didn't want to put it down. This Lattice Necklace is interwoven in all their lives though it falls out of sight at times. I had to find out what would become of them next and felt saddened when I came to the end. I feel that there is another volume to come. Well done.
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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Glynis Smy: Book Launch: Ripped Genes

A year ago saw the debut launch of Ripper, My Love by Glynis Smy. 

Today, the sequel makes its presence known: Ripped Genes.

Ripped Genes will be at a special launch price of 99c/(77p approx) for the ebook version, until end of May. 

The descriptive blurb holds a spoiler for those who have not read the first book. If you would like to read, Ripper, My Love, first, then contact Glynis at: glynissmy at outlook dot com, and put FREE BOOK PLEASE in the subject line. You will be sent a code for Smashwords, where you can download a copy in any format you please. This offer will finish at the end of May, so spread the word.

Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets ... Read more.

The author has lived for eight years, in Cyprus. Her historical novels carry a twist in the tale, and she creates strong female characters who struggle in life.

In June 2013, Glynis returns to her hometown,Harwich, Essex,in the UK, where she will gain inspiration for her next novel, The Man in Room Eighteen. 

Find Glynis on:
Twitter: @ghunibee

Glynis also runs a site where she showcases, (not reviews), books for authors. It is free of charge, with no catch: New Book Blogger (not just for newly published books). She actively encourages self-published authors to submit to the blog.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Jessica Bell: Book Launch

Jessica Bell has done it again and provided a really good grammar book for the beginner like me. I felt it really spoke to me. Her easy conversational style is easy to read and relate to. Very useful to have beside you to refresh your memory when you are more experienced too. It doesn't preach but make you feel that she too had the same problems and that she's pleased to pass on what she has learnt. It so good to know that she too has bad such problems, so I'm not such an ignoramus. We all have to learn. Thank you Jessica. I love the size too as I can put it in my handbag if I have an appointment and may have to wait. NO wasted time.

 'Like Show Not Tell' I promoted it to the Paphos Writers' Group. No reservations about doing so as I can recommend it wholeheartedly. I hope you sell loads and loads.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Crisis - An Update

A view of the island from our terrace
Well, I hardly know where to start except to say that things really have just started to get a whole lot worse with hardship lurking around every corner for this beleagured island nation. They have survived many invasions but this one is so severe it will take more than a generation to recover from I think. It would seem to me that it is all through the ineptitude of the Banking sector, who put all their eggs in one basket -Greece-, shady business practices and the mismanagement of the economy as a whole by the previous goernments. The commmon man is now left with this awful legacy. With little capital left to pay wages and invest in new projects how can they grow? So far the queues at banks have been orderly, the people have shown dignity in face of this adversity but will this be maintained in face of mass unemployment? One could be forgiven for thinking not.

There are so many casualties. Those who have retired here now can't sell and have been caught without the full documentation for their properties and now little chance of selling. They are trapped. We number ourselves amongst these. We love this island with its fabulous scenery, lovely climate, more laid back way of life, however if the need for ones family becomes overwhelming these are of little comfort. The air fares have become too expensive for families in the UK to visit often, particularly as they are facing challenges in their lives .

On a positive personal note, we have been fighting for our Full Title Deeds for 8 1/2 years! Yesterday I went to our postbox and there they were. I can't believe it. It is a real Eureka moment. For those still wanting to sample the warmth and joy of this scenery there will be bargains to be had..People buying can always pay in sterling into UK Banks if they are nervous about bringing money to Cyprus.

Thursday, 21 March 2013


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Well what can I say. How can such a lovely island have got into such a mess. Everyone will lose now. Even if the island manages to satisfy the Eurozone's demands it has been so damaged by the events of the last week that it will take for ever to recover. The island's property business alone will go down the drain, the banking sector is damaged irrevocably, businesses have not been able to trade as they've not had access to their money and the only currency is cash. No cash, no goods. Those who have already become impoverished will now have no hope. The outlook is very depressing. We are trapped. We need a miracle to survive.
Let's hope the oil and gas provide some much needed relief but that is a long way off. Watch this space and think of us.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Polemi Ladies Group

Glynis, my lovely friend.
Ladies of Polemi have an evening meal together once a month. I was introduced to this event by my lovely writing friend Glynis. There she introduced me to her friend Gill who has a sewing machine like mine! How good is that? Now help is at hand. What am I going to do without her? She's leaving Polemi just when I thought we could get a small writers group going in the village. I enjoy the Paphos Writers' Group and get a lot out of it, however, Glynis' approach is different and so liberating. She inspires and encourages me big time. I just hope that those she gets to meet in the UK appreciate her too.
Thank you Glynis. Am trying to reach the target you set me of 70,000 words on 'Brief Encounter'. It's coming on.