Betty Valentine lives and works on the Channel Island of Jersey. She has always been a bit of an oddball and realised some time ago that this is not necessarily a bad thing for a writer.
She tends to write slow burners which ‘drop you down a hole’ when you least expect it!
Despite her many attempts to be serious and to grow up, a little irreverent humour always creeps in and she has given up trying to strangle it. She puts this down to being the family short arse and having to laugh when they lean their elbows on her head!
Stories where ordinary people turn out to have a hidden life is her thing. She firmly believes that fantasy should be enjoyable at any age. The idea that non-humans are happily living amongst us forms the basis for many of her stories.
Betty once heard an author say that there were still few books written with any gay characters, and she thought that this was terrible. From then on she determined that her books would contain gay characters written as they should be, exactly the same as anyone else in the plot.
When Betty is not being Betty she is someone’s mum, wife, and eccentric cat-loving aunt!
My name is James Porter but the world knows me as Allan. I am and always have been happily gay. I have no problem with this whatsoever. If anyone else finds it awkward then that is their problem, not mine!I am a short, tubby little actor who won’t see sixty again. I also happen to be famous.Some years ago I kicked the last younger lover out of my bed. Plenty of them have used my mattress as a springboard to higher things, treading on me in the process. I decided to stop looking for ‘the one’ and to keep my relationships on a more casual basis. Of course when I stopped looking I found him, in a place I had never even considered looking.I almost lost him a couple of times along the way but I got him back again. This is our story.
Overture and Beginners
A deftly crafted and original novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that is as intimate as it is reader engaging, "Overture And Beginners: The Actor, The Painter and the Little Brown Dog" is unreservedly recommended for contemporary LBGTQ fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Overture And Beginners" is also readily available in a digital book format
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
This is a beautiful and quaint tale of middle aged love and all the ups and downs that come with it!
A really enjoyable read with funny one-liners along the way and I fell in love with Jimmy and Pete as I became engrossed in their blossoming relationship. Highly recommend this book.
Overture and Beginners. Beautiful book! I read it yesterday, only stopped to pour a glass of... I felt as if a special acquaintance was becoming a friend by sharing their story. It was beautifully written, so much emotion without any yuckyness. It told of life well lived. Thanks.
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book after I joined the author's Facebook page as a result of stumbling across another of her novels, the delightful A Twist of Starlight. Her latest offering does not disappoint - it is a lovely, thoughtful and touching story combining romance, comedy and tragedy in a perfect mix. I am an avid reader who enjoys a wide variety of genres and I genuinely can't wait to read her next offering.
This book tells the story of love between real people with their faults, lumps and bumps and the problems life throws at us. I loved it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story. It’s not something I would normally read. But I have to stay I really enjoyed it.
When life gives you lemons make lemonade and that’s what Allen “jimmy” learned to do. After one bad relationship too many he decides enough is enough. That is until someone unexpectedly comes into his life. After a little hiccup along the way they form a beautiful friend ship .
The story is told from Jimmy’s point of view he tells it’s like he is sitting beside you reminiscing about the past. About his relationship the his manger, his significant other and just life in general. It’s a slow burn with lots of stuff that gets in the way but you know that old saying is true love conquers all.
I was offered an advanced reader copy from a book lovers facebook group of this authors page turner romantic novel. It was such an enjoyable story with very likeable characters, as well as being well paced with a natural progression of the plot line. Yes there is romance, but not explicitly. There are surprises, twists and turns and the up and down of everyday normal life thrown in with humour and the deep seated love story. This is a totally different perspective and I would highly recommend Overture and Beginners for everyone who loves a romance.
This book has been described as a bit of a rollercoaster. It builds up slowly through a series of bumps and just when you are thinking ‘so when does the fantasy begin’ it drops you down a deep hole and the ride really takes off.
It’s a simple story about spending a few days up the mountain with the people you love. Your widowed dad and his mates: Skirt-chasing Marc, tiny cigar-chewing Bernie and wizened drunken Hugh. The fun really starts when you discover that not everyone in your life is who or what you always thought they were.
David Freeman thought that he would surprise everyone with a visit, he was wrong but they sure as hell ended up surprising him!
A Twist of Starlight
Haven't read a book in ages but this kept my engrossed. Lots of twists in the story. Well written and worth a read.
Very different from the normal fantasy books, I found it to be totally addictive and interesting, cannot wait for book two
I loved this book, it was a very different look at supernatural creatures. There are Elves, Pixies and shapeshifters. The story has a little of everything, romance, paranormal and history. A different take on King Arthur and his knights. I enjoyed the book very much.
Fabulous read ...kept me wanting more and the characters came alive
Grown up fantasy that really drags you in and takes you on an unexpected journey. Loved it! Can't wait for more!
I bought this for myself and thoroughly enjoyed. Different but an enjoyable story.
Don't want to say too much - except please read this. I don't often review even my favourite authors (my bad I know) but this book had me hooked from the beginning and then indeed 'twisted' and turned in a fantastic and magical way...really didn't want it to end.