Monday, 11 December 2017

Making the Difference by Kathryn Haydon @BrookCottagebks #QandA #Extract #Giveaway #BlogTour

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Making the Difference by Kathryn Haydon. Today I have a great extract to share with you along with a Q&A with Kathryn Haydon and don't forget there's a giveaway to win a paperback copy of Making the Difference!

First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Genre: Medical romance
Release Date: January 2017 (e-book format) & March 2017 (print format); both available via
Publisher: Mezzanotte.

Single mum, Phoebe Jackson is stunned to find her new neighbour is hot, new doc Oliver Grey – locum consultant for Greenways Hospice where she is a specialist palliative care nurse. At their first encounter sparks fly, but soon there are sparks of a different sort. However, Oliver makes it clear from the outset that he’s not a settling down kind of guy. Having a family is not for him. Phoebe must decide if a summer romance is enough – or can true love change his mind?




“I like you, Phoebe Jackson – very much.” Placing a finger on her lips, Oliver silenced her. “If we take things any further it’s your call. Only before you make that decision you need to know something. I don’t do families, or long-term commitment. I’m a man who can’t offer roses round the door and a happy ever after ending. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, never say I didn’t warn you.”
       Feeling her cheeks flame, Phoebe gasped. Stepping back smartly, she broke Oliver’s hold, head held high.
       “I think you’d better go,” she hissed, keeping her voice low because of her son sleeping upstairs. “Though, for the record, aren’t you getting a little ahead of yourself, Oliver? I’m content with my life the way it is. Noah and I are fine on our own. It would take a really special kind of guy to make me even consider changing the status quo. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve already got roses round my door!”
       “Hell, Phoebe, I didn’t mean - - -” Cursing under his breath, he reached for her.
       Fending him off, Phoebe’s eyes blazed.
       “What exactly did you mean, Oliver? I’m not sure.” Her voice was saccharine sweet. “Are you suggesting, since we live in such close proximity, that you pop round for a spot of sex whenever the mood takes, no strings attached? We are both single, how very convenient. I’m afraid you’ll have to let me get back to you on that one. I haven’t had much experience of playing the hussy.”
       “Phoebe, be a gown up. I’m moving on after the summer.” Oliver gave her a hard look. “We both know that. I’m not into making promises I can’t keep.”


With thanks to Kathryn Haydon for taking part in the Q&A.

So let's get started…

1 –
What three words best describe your personality?

Quiet, thoughtful, shy (‘til I get to know you!)

2 - Is there a book you wish you could have written?

Yes! Any of Barbara Erskine’s books, but especially ‘Lady of Hay.’ I’m fascinated by the time slip genre and I am in awe of her talent. She moves seamlessly through the ages with a spellbinding story, and always with such precise, historically correct detail.

3 – What was the last book you read?

‘Eloise’ by Judy Finnigan. Loved it!! A beautifully crafted story - and set in Cornwall, another bonus. Novels set in the West Country always appeal.

4 – If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want with you?

Hmm, tricky - - - I love to read, but I think my book choice would not be fiction if I was stranded on a desert island. So, on a more spiritual bent, ‘Benedictus’ by John O’Donohue, ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran and a very good survival manual! Otherwise I fear I wouldn’t last very long!!!

5 - Do you have any strange writing habits?

If I am jotting down notes in longhand, I prefer black ink and a specific make of pen. Also, though I can write anywhere, the aura of my surroundings must feel right. Otherwise it’s difficult to be creative.

6 – Is there a specific place where you write?

I am lucky enough to have my own little writing space: a garden shed-cum-office overlooking a square of lawn and a bank of lavender and fuchsia bushes. Can be a bit chilly in winter (I tell myself the cold sharpens my concentration), but is particularly beautiful in spring and summer.

7 –
Do you share any personality traits with the characters you have created?

On reflection, I guess so. Phoebe is caring and conscientious in her nursing practise; I like to think that was me, prior to retirement. Certainly, we are both passionate about promoting good palliative care. However, in other ways Phoebe and I are quite different. She is sassier and more confident!

8 - Can you choose three words to describe Making the Difference?

Heart-warming, gripping and emotive.

9 – Are you working on anything now?

Yes. I am working on a sequel to ‘Making the Difference.’ ‘Prognosis Guarded’ will be published by Mezzanotte sometime in the New Year. 

Quick Fire Questions - Which do you prefer?

Paperback or eBook?

Classic novel or Contemporary?

Cinema or Theatre?


Crisps or Chocolate?
Must I choose just one?!

Tea or Coffee?
Tea – brewed in a pot and not too strong.

Night out or Day out?

Day out.



       Hello readers, pleased to meet you and have this chance to introduce myself. I am a West Country author; indeed, the red earth of Devon is steeped in my bones. I write under the pen name of Kathryn Haydon – Haydon as a nod to my mother (it was her maiden name) and Kathryn for no other reason than it flows well!

        From as far back as I remember, I’ve loved to write and always hoped to be published ‘one day’ – but, as all writers know, the road to publication is a tough one and it’s taken me a while. Although short story competition wins, not least the Crediton Courier prize in June 2016, felt good, publishing a novel remained elusive. However, in January 2017, my dream was realised. What a thrill to see ‘Making the Difference’ launched via, first as an e-book and later, March 2017, in print format. A big thank you to Bettina at Mezzanotte for all her support and guidance along the way.

       What were the highlights as I worked steadily though my six- month contract with Mezzanotte, bringing my book to completion?

There were several, starting (of course) with Bettina’s email stating that she liked my synopsis and first three chapters – and could I please send her the rest. You bet I could; in fact, I couldn’t send the remaining chapters off fast enough! The thing that stands out most, though, is the excitement I felt on being involved in choice of my book’s dust jacket. A real ‘wow’ moment, especially as I love it!

       Why choose the medical romance genre? Well, they say write what you know and I am a retired nurse. So, it made sense to use a medical setting as the backdrop for my story. Also, I remain passionate about good palliative care; it really does make the difference. So, if you’re looking for something new – a ‘feel good’ book to curl up with on a winter evening by a cosy log fire, perhaps – then look no further. ‘Making the Difference’ is waiting for you, with an ending that won’t disappoint.

       I’ve enjoyed writing Oliver and Phoebe’s story very much. I hope you have equal pleasure reading it.

       Very best wishes,
       Kathryn Haydon.


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1 comment:

  1. Now we all know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and I have to be honest and say the story appeals to me much more than the cover. But that's just one person's opinion, I'm sure many more will love it.