Saturday, 4 August 2012

NEW RELEASE: The Yellow Umbrella

The Yellow Umbrella is a short story that I wrote in May of this year. It is available for FREE download from Smashwords and will soon be available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, WH Smiths (KOBO) and many more ( I will update you when they're up!)

Please see below for a taster...

Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.”

They arrived on the eve of the carnival, weaving their way amongst the crowds of flushed faces and hovering for the briefest of moments to cast a curious eye across the cacophony of sugar coated confectionary. The littlest one, a girl of about eight who clutched a rabbits paw against her chest, stopped once to glance at the small hand-penned notice I’d pinned to the trunk of the copper birch that stood proud in the centre of the small town despite its sun torched leaves.
‘For Sale’, it read.
‘One pair of shoes, heel trodden, curled up and wrinkled like owners face.
Condition of shoes put down to weight of expectation and over use.
Any price accepted, and can deliver. However near, however far away.’


I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to leave a review on Smashwords or a comment on here to let me know!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

My FIRST Blog Give Away!


I've heard about blog give aways but I've never taken part or hosted one although I've thought about it before but never really been sure what to give away! Then, suddenly about half an hour ago while my daughter was busy snoozing on me I realised that I DO have something to give away - my books!

So! I've decided to give away free copies of my first collection of poetry and prose - Some of Her Parts. The book will be in e-book format so should be ok for laptops, ipads, iphones and e-book readers etc. Feel free to check out the reviews for Some of Her Parts on my website: !

If you fancy the idea of having a free book of poetry and prose to dip into and enjoy this weekend, click on the link below and download yourself a free copy using this voucher code:

Your coupon code is GX33N (not case-sensitive)

I hope you enjoy the book, and please leave a review if you have time, I would greatly appreciate it and would love to read feedback from readers.


Saturday, 21 July 2012

THE WIRE: Searching for Reason

About five years ago my Mum found an advertisement in the local library for a writing competition. The theme was 'WIRE'. I ended up writing a 500 word piece that was vaguely about a girl in the future loosing her father inside a 'dream machine'. Needless to say it didn't win and I never heard anything back from whoever it was that organised the competition!

Five years later I stumbled across a website called Ether Books, (if you haven't heard of them, Google them they're worth a look) and saw that they were looking for pieces of fiction that were 500ish words. I sent them a few things, including The Wire. They then got back to me saying that they would be interested in publishing The Wire as a novel, in regular installments, which is something I'd never thought about doing before and knew nothing about.

Anyway, after pondering that for a bit I decided that I WOULD turn The Wire into a full length novel (how wise this is when I'm nearly 8 months pregnant I don't know...) and publish it in installments via Facebook (link at the bottom of this post). Hopefully by doing it this way I can see what people make of the book, and then when I've completed it I can send it off to publishers, along with an initial fanbase (fingers severely crossed...)

If you'd like to have a look at the Facebook page for The Wire, the link is here: 

You can also follow me on Twitter here: @Someofherparts and have a look to see what events are happening etc on my website: (there is currently a page dedicated to the book tour for THE WIRE) 

I hope you all thoroughly enjoy reading THE WIRE: Searching for Reason, any feedback is always greatly appreciated!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Some of Her Parts: Re-release!

The new cover for 'Some of Her Parts'.

I've been unhappy with the cover of my poetry book 'Some of Her Parts' pretty much since I designed it. But keep in mind it was the first book I had had published and I had no idea what I was doing.

Anyway, since it's first release with it's less than impressive cover in 2009, BZ Hercules have breathed new life into it, and all of a sudden it's come back to haunt me. SO, I've decided to re-design the cover to coincide with it's re-release!

It took me several hours to do last night, but I'm happy with what I came up seems to be more 'Some of Her Parts'-ish...

I hope all of the readers like it, and thank you to everyone who has purchased it so far!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

BBC Radio Suffolk

A while ago I did a phone interview for BBC radio Suffolk about my novella, 'Le Coeur de la Mer' (released April 14th 2012).

It was one of the most terrifying things I have ever done. At several points I was convinced I was going to either wet myself or vomit - thankfully I managed not to do either and it ended up going quite well. (Or at least that's what I've been told, I've never listened to it myself...)

Anyway I thought I would pop it up on here so that others can have a listen if they fancy it.


Here is the link:

Thursday, 14 June 2012

25 facts about: Author Andrew Lucas

My favourite authors when I was a child were Enid Blyton, C.S Lewis  and W.E Johns (Biggles).

2.    Favourite books: Watership Down, The Lost World (original).

3.    Favourite authors as a grown-up are Clive Cussler, Hammond Innes, Desmond Bagley & Jack Higgins.

4.    First story I wrote that made me want to be a writer was aged 11 years, a short story for English class – sci-fi, based on Battlestar Galactica.

5.    Started writing poetry at 15 for first ‘love’ girlfriend.

6.    As an author I begin with a few key elements and themes, and then I see where the characters take me – they often surprise me!

7.    I don’t like to put too much flesh onto the bones of supporting characters, especially when I know they are going to be killed off fairly quickly – I want readers to expend their emotional energy on the bigger characters.

8.    I do a lot of research about everything because I want anyone reading my books to experience accurate detailing and have a sense of realism.

9.    I don’t give myself targets e.g. two pages a day or a chapter a week. I write in ‘waves’ – often writing several full chapters over a couple of days and then tweaking them for another week or so before writing more.

10. I enjoy starting a new book the most – the middle is more of a slog but then I enjoy drawing the threads together at the end but have to force myself not to rush those last few chapters because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

11. My books usually have a couple of fits and starts with plots and sub-plots before I see a way to bring in all the elements I want…together with others dictated by character development as the story progresses.

12. I dislike the over-use of swearing in books but do use it when a character demands it. If I read too much swearing in a book, I end up putting it down and never going back to it.

13. I often create sexual relationships/tensions between characters – just like real life but try not to be overly graphic – sensual rather than porn!

14. I always write in too much detail and end up having to reduce volume ruthlessly at the editing stage.

15. I will always consider myself a novelist first and foremost – I write poetry but only when the mood takes me, which isn’t very often.

16. I hate editing with a passion but do it carefully. I have to force myself to stop after a couple of complete edits, front to back, otherwise I’d edit forever and never publish anything.

17. I feel that I have more control over description; I often feel like an observer when characters start having conversations – these tend to take on a life of their own!

18. I write everything on a word processor – don’t like writing by hand, even notes.

19. My main female characters are usually based on women I have known intimately i.e. physical appearance and spirit.

20. I design my own book covers and logos, usually on WORD!

21. I enjoy writing main characters who are human i.e. have flaws, feel fear, make mistakes etc. Anti-hero rather than superman.

22. I believe writers are born, like painters and other artists – I don’t hold with ‘How to…’ books on the writing process; for me it isn’t a numbers game and creativity can’t be taught; the spark has to be inside you already ; grammar and sentence construction can be taught but that’s different.

23. I am genuinely grateful for anyone who takes the time to read something I have written, whatever the verdict. They have given my work a chance to be part of their life, which is humbling.

24. I love my Kindle and feel that e-books are the future, even though I love the feel and smell of a paperback in my hands.

25. I write for me – to tell the stories in my head to others – but I also want to leave something behind for my children; an important part of me that they can keep when I am long gone from this world.


I have lived and breathed adventure stories since I was a child, from the exploits of wandering rabbits in Watership Down, through the Narnia books and Biggles, I have always been captivated by the wonderful worlds that great writers conjure.

As I grew up, I developed a taste for several authors but hit the jackpot the day I stumbled, quite by accident, on my first Dirk Pitt adventure. Nobody recommended Clive Cussler to me - I just spotted a good looking paperback cover one day whilst browsing in my local bookshop. Then to find that there were numerous other stories....and that Clive was still alive and writing more...wonderful! Added to the likes of Hammond Innes and Jack Higgins, I realised just how good adult fiction could be.

My first serious writing attempt came in my late teens, and took 2 years...fantasy adventure I called 'Champion Heart'...looking back now it had some nice touches but generally wasn't very good. I learned a lot about the process of writing, which meant it wasn't a complete failure.

By then I'd left school, gone to work in London for a large bank, got very, very bored and quit to go to university, where I studied scriptwriting for stage and screen. Novels on hold and a few years of producing movie scripts, television serial ideas and samples....again bounced back by countless agents and coming to nothing, although I remember getting a few stages through a selection process with a movie script and having a telephone conversation with someone from one of the large US film studios, who was kind enough to spot my potential and bother to arrange a call that basically said,'not there yet...but keep going.' In hindsight, it was a wonderful gesture although at the time I remember thinking that it was just another brush off.

Love, marriage, work, kids and my next novel, 'Underworld' took up the next 10 years. This book was much better but I ran out of steam at the end and never finished it; couldn't, still no idea why. Even now, I am unable to think of a way to tie the ends together properly - so I let it die a dignified death.

Another ten years passed, with a large chunk of this time being spend providing for a growing family and moving through several jobs, including a spell as a corporate video writer/director. By this time I had pretty much given up on the dream of becoming a published author....I could have papered a wall with the number of standard rejection letters I had received from literary agents by then, and for many of these years I gave no thought to writing anything else. I worked for the probation service, dealing with all types of offender before moving on to working with the victims of serious crime, or their relatives in cases of murder or manslaughter. I learned some valuable lessons about human frailty, and courage. Working with young offenders, and victims, led me eventually into teaching. I came to understand that catching children young enough to change behaviour was the key to keeping a lot of youngsters out of prison. I was always busy, at work or at home with my kids, but the writer inside me would just not lay down and give up the ghost. The truth is simple....I am a writer....anything else just pays the bills!

Anyway, to cut a long story short (incase you are growing very bored of reading this by now) in this 10 year period I wrote my first decent, complete adventure/thriller novel called RACE AMAZON. It was self-published in January 2010 as a paperback and I have just been able to make it available as a Kindle version on Amazon. I am really pleased with it, and the next book in the series is well underway, provisionally titled, SKELETON GOLD. It will be available this summer (2012).

I enjoy writing, as well as need it; it is a compulsion and I am grateful for anybody who gives their time and money to read my work. I intend to write at least one new James Pace novel each year from now on and I will do my best to make each new book better than the ones before.

As for me personally, I love riding horses and motorcycles, can strum a guitar not too badly, enjoy being near water (but not particularly in it, which is apparently odd for a Pisces!), have kept German Shepherd dogs for years and I am a huge fan of a decently chilled Pinot Grigio to accompany fresh prawns and crab on a hot summer day....especially happy if it can be sampled while aboard a boat!

Monday, 11 June 2012

'Some of Her Parts'

My first poetry collection, 'Some of Her Parts' was written in 2008/9 amongst hot summers, hazy evening BBQs and late night beach walks around where I used to live.

It was first published in 2010 and received little publicity, then this year all of a sudden it has come back to haunt me. Sales are rocketing and publicity seems to be happening around me without my having to do much. (needless to say I am INCREDIBLY grateful - and slightly bewildered.)

Anyway, I'll put a little picture of my book up, along with where you can buy it and a few reviews. But the main reason for this post is to say thank you to everyone that has bought it, reviewed it, published it and sold it. I am so grateful to you all. x

Available to buy as an ebook and paperback from:

BZ Hercules:

Amazon ( and com)

Barnes and Noble

"Poetry from the mind of Natascha Tallowin takes on a life of its own in the collection SOME OF HER PARTS. Vivid imagery and wild descriptions color the contemporary topics of break-ups, illicit sexual trysts, aging, and writers of fiction, among many others. Odes to perfect dream men, Oats (a cat), and Dracula (a masquerader?) are some samples of the subject matter that Tallowin presents from her day to day observations of people, places, things, and thoughts. Tallowin's use of paradox, as in "The Boy" is a running theme through the collection ("Don't worry, I'm here; I'm your girl") as well as her tendency to call out individuals in particular ("Jennifer Schecter, For you the words from a salted tongue"), as seen in the title piece, "Some of Her Parts." At times dreamlike with glitter (although often it tarnishes...), and then suddenly venomous, Tallowin's poetry is consistently brilliant!" - BETH LYNNE

"It’s not every day that I find a collection of work that truly speaks to me. In this world of cookie-cutter stories and mindless literature created for the masses, it’s always refreshing to find an author who isn’t afraid to break convention and think outside of the literary sphere. This, however, is exactly what I found in Some of Her Parts by Natascha Tallowin.

A clear reference to “The L Word’s” resident writer, Jennifer Schecter, Tallowin’s work is both inventive and powerful. In this eclectic collection of both prose and poetry, Tallowin weaves through various stories, each narrator recounting a treasured memory, a lost love, a repressed fear, or a journey to self-discovery. Her poetry is moving, defying character gender and orientation to speak to the heart of the reader, to focus on the experience and emotion rather than the person.

In her ode to Jennifer Schecter, Tallowin unleashes a whirlwind of hatred and admiration for the woman, calling her both a monster and “the demon that tempts me.” The allusion to Jenny’s life and writing is as profound as it is stirring. Tallowin does a phenomenal job detailing Jenny’s downward spiral and the creative outpouring that resulted, as if Jenny acted as her muse and source of her inspiration.

Natascha Tallowin’s anthology doesn’t just focus on Schecter, but also delves into childhood innocence, lost loves, and painful memories. Her writing touches on aspects of life that every single reader can identify with, regardless of gender, orientation, or experience. The raw emotion Tallowin elicits, especially when her writing turns introspective, is deeply moving and left me wanting more.

While Natascha Tallowin’s collection of poetry and prose isn’t long, there’s not shortage of power that comes from it. Some of Her Parts is a wonderful foray into the heart and soul of the author as well as the reader." - CHRISTINA HOAR - WWW.CHERRYGRRL.COM

"A collection of contemporary poems guaranteed to make you mad, sad, and glad--and whatever other emotions you desire! This is a bedside companion that will remain on your e-book reader forever to help you through all break-ups, affairs, college entrance exams, and writer's block!" - BZ HERCULES