Time to Change

The past 3 months have been frustrating, frightening and dangerous times for us all. As we cautiously emerge from lockdown and adapt to our new way of living, I have decided to move forward, to change. Here is a mock-up of the cover, the photo is by brilliant Stefan Keller at Pixabay and captures the mood:

Is It Love?

I've finally finished the sequel to Is It Today? I say finally because I've been really struggling, writing with one blind eye. My right eye has scar tissue on the retina and the operation at Moorfields in April had to be cancelled. Writing and editing stories seems to take twice as long. Is It Love? is a collection of thirty four stories about the thin line between love, obsession and hate. Here is a sneak preview, my draft 'back of book blurb':  

DARING. EXCITING. DANGEROUS.

HJ Furl explores the thin, often fragile, lines we draw between love, hate and obsession with a host of surprisingly vulnerable characters in a ‘new normal’ world of isolation and controversy. It is five-sixteen, rush hour, Poet’s Day: time for Stretch Class. An assassin faces certain death by lethal injection. Chaos breaks out in a remote medical research facility when a caged human clone escapes captivity. An innocent heathen is persecuted for being a witch. A grieving groom struggles to come to terms with the emotional effects of the pandemic. A homicidal religious maniac ‘shelters’ homeless young men in her bedsit. A chance encounter abroad leads to love and enjoyment. A pig-worshipping cult encounters unexpected danger off a tropical beach. An astronaut becomes emotionally attached to his life support system. A stress victim suffers from incurable bristling. A deranged wife prepares to kill her husband with his garden spade…

Is It Love? they seek, a quick cheap thrill, an enduring obsession, or will their love turn to hate? 

How will you love when the harsh realities of ‘new normal’ become too much for you to bear?

Will fantasies be your only salvation?

*****

I live in a remote lighthouse on the coast with my two Siamese cats, a robot, and live-in lover. When I am not busy dreaming, I comb the beach for unusual shells, and your plastic waste, saving stranded marine mammals. Of indeterminate age, I love to swim in the ice-cold ocean to keep myself looking young.

Is It Love? is my second provocative anthology of short stories. Is It Today? was only my first.

Well, what do you think? Do you have a point of view? Would such a controversial book be of interest to you? I would love to hear from you. I never hear from anyone. I am not a celebrity. Perhaps, if I was? If  I heard from you I would reply, even blog more! Oh, well, I'll contact my publisher tomorrow. I only hope she likes it! 

Multi Media Web Site

I am working with on exciting changes to my website isittodayhjfurl.com. I am dying to tell you more!! 

Is It Today? LIVE Audio    

This is due out any day now, I promise! I can only apologize for the long delay due to the high number of  audiobook submissions to ACX, me stupidly uploading an audio-file twice, and Covid-19, I expect. I am so sorry this has taken so long, Linnea:

What do I say to Linnea Sage, the voice of Harriet-Jacqui Furl and 137 different characters in 28 short stories? I’m thrilled and delighted to have had the opportunity to bring Is It Today? to life with you. I listen to our stories every day.

Linnea, one of the joys of collaborating with you on Is It Today? LIVE was agreeing challenging goals, setting tones, accents, personalities. Thrilled at how you brought individuality and depth to my vulnerable characters as they endured distressing conflict.  I just can’t wait for the dream to come alive! Thank you so much, Linnea.

Hear sensational Linnea Sage bring Is It Today? to life on Amazon, Audible & I-Tunes very soon!   

       


A Very Special Dedication
Of Habitat, and Hope

The anti-mermaid lives outside her mythical habitat, struggling to swim against the tide of modern life. She’s Covid, coughing, gasping for air, drowning in an alien murky sea of despair, an ocean of grief, pain and sorrow. But she’s tough: a fighter, a lover of the good, a kind nurse, a caring soul, an example to us all. She will make it through, grow a mermaid’s tail of her own, and live to be free: happy, content, swimming in the warm swell of love which tends us all, her underlying torrent of strength, her bubbly, frothy, inexhaustible hope, a driven will to overcome the odds, that will surely see us through!

(New Life after Covid-19)

For the ill, the heroic nurses and doctors of the NHS, carers in homes, at home, essential front-line workers, and the furloughed. That they shall find new hope.
HJ Furl 23rd May 2020





What do I say to Linnea Sage, the voice of Harriet-Jacqui Furl and 137 different characters in 28 short stories? I’m thrilled and delighted to have had the opportunity to bring Is It Today? to life with you. I listen to our stories every day.

Linnea, one of the joys of collaborating with you on Is It Today? LIVE was agreeing challenging goals, setting the tones, accents, personalities. Thrilled at how you brought individuality and depth to my vulnerable characters as they endured distressing conflict.  And I just can’t wait for the dream to come alive! Thank you so much, Linnea.

Hear sensational Linnea Sage bring Is It Today? to life on Amazon, Audible & I-Tunes in June. 

Adam and Jane blissfully unaware of their impending tragedy in The Kissing Gate, from is It Today?:


Happy Endings

For someone who has a reputation for writing dark fantasies, bitter-sweet romances, and dystopian science fiction, I can't help feeling that I am starting to go soft! Is It Today? featured more tales with no ending or an unhappy ending than happy endings. My new stories, destined for my second book, Is It Love? are blooming with love and happiness - some are almost heart-warming.

I am counting down the days to the launch of Is It Today? (LIVE) the audiobook superbly narrated by Linnea Sage. I feel like a child on Christmas Eve, waiting for Father Christmas! So excited. Linnea this is for you:
   
Is It Today? Sunset from my Website: www.isittodayhjfurl.com 


 
I heard today that the full force of the lockdown will be applied here in the UK this weekend with the Government instructing us not to leave our homes, but to stay indoors, as the Spring sun shines down gloriously upon us. Like most writers, I'm still writing. I don't know about you but I find it impossible not to get caught up in the mood of the Covid-19 outbreak, the way our world is changing, forever. 

I now have two new short stories 'on the go', both set today, both romances, in their own unusual way. I may publish them as an anthology, Is It Love?, for my second book, may publish them online. I will decide after the release of Is It Today? LIVE - the audiobook featuring sensational Linnea Sage which is due out any day now. Either way, The Potting Shed and The Bristling might... just.. make... you... think...

The Potting Shed



 The Bristling (image by Casper Nicholls on Unsplash)



As a member of Epping Forest Community Writing Group, I was thrilled to join my fellow authors in donating a vignette, 'Pivotal Moment' in support of Hugs, our pick-me up pocket book, with the intention of spreading some love and positivity in times of need, in our local community. 

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Victoria Robertson - who came up with the idea - and to my fellow contributors: Carol, Halina, Wendy, Lena, Dianne, Louise, Kate and Martin. 

Miss you all, stay safe and well and I hope we meet again before not too long.

Our Secret Place (introduction) from Is It Today?
Dear Linda,
I found your old diaries this morning. I sat on the rectory bench where we used to meet, the weak autumn sun in my face, turning the faded pages of a life filled with love and tears. Do you remember the tennis courts where we played when we were young? They’re overgrown now, covered in moss, dying leaves, curling crisps of bronze and gold. Their nets are torn to shreds, like my heart. I closed your book and thought of all the good times we had.
     I miss you.
     Daniel xx
*****
Linda struggled to cope with life....


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Time to Change The past 3 months have been frustrating, frightening and dangerous times for us all. As we cautiously emerge from lockdown an...