Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Riverside Lane by Ginger Black

Please welcome Ginger Black author of Riverside Lane.

Ginger Black will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Riverside Lane

by Ginger Black


GENRE:   Cozy Mystery



How did you come up with ideas for your books?
Julia Thum: We came up with the idea for Riverside Lane wandering around the beautiful Thames side village where we live.  As ex Londoners, we found ourselves observing the close-knit community through the prism of an outsider.  English country villages have unspoken rules and traditions and woe betide the person who fails to conform.  We wondered what would happen if you broke the rules, or didn’t understand them.  We began to create scenarios that amused us and to dream up characters to put in them.  Pretty soon we had the concept for Riverside Lane.  What would happen if you parachuted an international man of mystery into a quintessentially English, gossipy village?  You’ll have to read it to find out.

What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Julia Thum: Experience, imagination, an observer’s eye and a love of language.  I’ve not had formal training but have attended Arvon courses in writing fiction.

Gaynor Pengelly: Working as a national newspaper journalist taught me to write entertaining copy to a specific length and in a clear, accessible way.  I learned there is a formula to the structure and plotting of a story.  I try to keep to this discipline when I’m writing novels and I’m always strict about word count. It helps to keep me focused, so I’m not tempted to waffle!

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why? 

Gaynor Pengelly:  Cecilia Honeychurch for her happy go lucky personality. Her life philosophy is simple but highly effective: You can choose to be happy or choose to be sad. I love that she refuses to be held back by regret and disappointment. 

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading role?

Gaynor Pengelly: George Clooney would be Luca Tempesta, without a shadow of a doubt!  He was the person, Julia and I had in our rather tawdry minds, when we wrote the scene of Luca stripping off and jumping into the Thames to save Joy, Rosamund and Myrtle from the parasol incident! George Clooney lives up the road from us in England, if he would like to pop round for a bottle of wine (or two) and discuss film scripts, our door is always open!

Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?  

Julia Thum: YES!  We are a critique group of two! I feel lucky to have Gaynor all to myself in that regard.  It is wonderful to have her expert eye over my copy as well as to spend hours talking through the characters, plot points and structure of the novel.

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing) 

Julia Thum:  Best advice – approach independent publishers, they are more prepared to take a risk on debut authors. Worst advice – give up!

Gaynor Pengelly: I really appreciated JK Rowling bolstering the confidence of aspiring authors by posting online the rejection letters on her Robert Galbraith novel. The kindest and most detailed rejection came from Constable & Robinson, who – despite offering advice about a writing course – included helpful tips on how to pitch to a publisher.  They also added: “I regret that we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we could not publish it with commercial success.”

Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Julia Thum:  Because there are two of us we must be structured.  We divide the scenes between us and sometimes even draft them out of order so it is vital to know what is required of the scene and the character to move the plot forward.  Also, we put a lot of work into the pace and shape of the novel (Gaynor’s forte) and to do that we need a complete overview.

Do you have an all-time favorite book?  

Gaynor Pengelly: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I read this book age 22 and despaired that I would ever be a novelist.  How could anyone compete with the richness of his language and his genius for storytelling? On a more personal level, I love The Great Siege of Malta by Ernle Bradford. I was born in Malta and my parents were friendly with this wonderful author/historian. The book tells the story of   Suleiman the Magnificent, the most powerful ruler in the world, determined to conquer Europe in 1565. The only thing that stood in his way was a dot of an island in the Mediterranean called Malta, occupied by the Knights of St. John, the cream of the warriors of the Holy Roman Empire. This book still has the power to enthrall me, and my 12-year-old son – who read it recently agrees.  There are rumors that the British film director, Guy Ritchie plans to turn it into a Hollywood blockbuster. Guy, if you’re reading this interview, please do it!

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?  
Julia Thum:  We are currently writing number two in the Riverside Lane series and the second is proving far easier – and more fun – than the first.  We are thrilled to be back with some familiar characters and enjoying introducing lots of new ones.  The common thread in our stories is the river Thames and each novel is set in a different Thames side village giving us lots of excuse to walk the beautiful Thames towpath as we plot and plan our storylines.

What is your favorite reality show?

Gaynor Pengelly: I’m secretly addicted to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  It’s deliciously indulgent to curl up on my sofa in rain-lashed Blighty and see how ‘the other half live’ in sun-kissed California.  The cast might be rich, privileged and beautiful, but when it boils down to it, we all share the same insecurities. No matter whom you are or where you come from - we all want to love and be loved. The trappings of wealth can make life comfortable but they don’t buy you extra time. As the old saying goes: ‘He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless still dead’.


Ginger Black is a writing partnership between Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum.





After arranging a house swap with a debonair antiques dealer, a darkly handsome American named Luca Tempesta arrives in a quaint English village. Tempesta, who claims to run a detective agency in Los Angeles, is supposedly on holiday – but the inhabitants of the village are unconvinced.

Yet, as they attempt to solve the mystery of the stranger in their midst, it gradually transpires that there are more than enough secrets to go around in the village itself, harboured by the local MP and his uptight, ambitious wife; the has-been former game show host; the respectable couple with the jailbird son; the hometown journalist, striving for a scoop that will rescue her from debt; and so on. The place is revealed as a labyrinth of deception masquerading as a picture-postcard hamlet; tension begins to mount in between the dinner parties and evenings at the pub, and soon culminates in an unexpected death.

Behind perfect privets and brightly painted front doors, the lives of Riverside Lane’s residents slowly unravel. Tempesta, guarding his secrets with a vengeance, is suddenly threatened with exposure by the elderly religious zealot Ivy Midwinter, whose own past involved keeping professional confidences. When she challenges him in church, she learns that Tempesta will stop at nothing to protect his privacy …

Set against the exquisite backdrop of a gastronomic village by the Thames, Riverside Lane is a tautly paced page-turner that also gently satirises middle- class English manners: the upstanding denizens of the village watch and whisper behind a mask of English hauteur, whilst their own fragile lives come undone.







A dusky gauze veil lifted to reveal the soft pink light of dawn. The sun recast the Earth in a glorious patchwork of fields, and a cacophony of birdsong stirred the residents of Riverside Lane from their slumber. Cherry and magnolia trees formed a guard of honour over the lane, which lay tranquil, deserted and calm.


High above, skimming the rose-coloured clouds, a British Airways jet descended over the River Thames. Luca Tempesta checked his seatbelt and reached for his cigarettes, curling his fingers around them with the zeal of a junkie. He flipped the packet, prompting disapproving looks from a couple playing chess beside him, and thought about his meeting with the Russian academic. He had felt bound by reckless honour to visit his wife’s friend and mentor in Moscow, despite the risk. The man had deserved to know what happened to Natasha, but it gave Luca even more to hide.


The scent of freshly ground coffee permeated the cabin, reminding the American of his caffeine-addicted wife; he missed her clear, analytical mind and ability to rationalise situations. He thought of her final moments, and her terror as the net had closed in. She had paid the ultimate price for her loyalty. He stretched his legs into the aisle, seeking a comfortable position for his tall frame, and quashed a familiar feeling of dread that he knew served no purpose. It was imperative that he maintain a cool head; he could not afford the luxury of surrender. He turned his attention to a photo of Kingfisher House. Luca’s agency partner, Maria, had found the place through a movie-industry fixer who knew an Englishman in need of a roof over his head in California.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Ginger Black is a writing partnership between Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum.




Julia left Somerset for London at 16. She founded & ran her own consumer P R agency representing a range of international brands including Braun, Molton Brown, Clairol & Kleenex. After selling the business she trained as a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders & hosted a phone-in show on Radio Luxembourg.


Julia writes bespoke literature & articles for private clients and visits secondary schools & prisons representing two national charities in providing emotional support to pupils & inmates. A keen kayaker and a passionate cook, she lives in Bray-on-Thames with her husband Nicolas and their four children.




Gaynor has worked as a national newspaper correspondent for more than twenty years, interviewing everyone from the great and the good to extraordinary people in ordinary lives. The rich variety of her subject matter and their circumstances has given her a rare insight into human nature and the challenges many people face.


Gaynor’s great loves include sitting in pavement cafes watching the world go by, National Trust and English Heritage and hiking across the windswept Yorkshire moors. She lives in Bray-on-Thames with her husband Jonathan and their son, Freddie James.






Website: http://gingerblackink/








Ginger Black will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


9 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Riverside Lane by Ginger Black

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Ginger Black
    May 25, 2017

    Dear Christine, thank you for featuring our cozy mystery, Riverside Lane, on your website. I do hope readers enjoy visiting our beautiful Thames-side village and meeting our cast of colourful characters. We would love to hear your feedback, so please do get in touch! Best wishes Gaynor

  3. achristay
    May 25, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. Victoria
    May 25, 2017

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. bernieblogtest
    May 25, 2017

    What books are you looking to read in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com.

    • Ginger Black
      May 26, 2017

      Hi Bernie, thanks for your message and interest in Riverside Lane, it means a lot. When I’m not writing cozy mysteries, I do like a good British thriller. Any novel by another writing duo Nicci French (husband and wife) and Ann Cleeves, would be my favourite. If you like this type of genre, these authors are definitely worth a read! Warm regards, Gaynor

  6. Cali W.
    May 25, 2017

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  7. Ginger Black
    May 26, 2017

    Thanks for your interest, Cali, we really appreciate it, warm regards

  8. Ally Swanson
    May 30, 2017

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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