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My Writing - a Hobby and a Passion!

I have always written - short stories, verses, articles - and some very bad poetry as a teenager. But writing nevertheless. Some of my jobs have involved the written word too, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Having retired (for the third time), I enrolled on a Creative Writing course with the Open University, and since then I have written a novel and its sequel, a collection of poems and short stories, and 2 volumes of my 'memory books' - nothing so grand that it deserves the title of 'Memoir'! 

Sometimes I write under the name Alana Davies-Jones, and sometimes another pen-name, for a variety of reasons.

As well as writing books, I publish them, under the name Awduresau Cymru Publishing. I have also published books for others, including my late husband.  All available on Amazon!

The Story of Annie-May

The Story of Annie-May is written over 3 books: The Making of Annie-May, Secrets to be Told, and The Daughters of Annie-May. 

The final book is a work in progress. The first 2 books are published separately, and also as a compilation. 

The Making of Annie-May 

(The Story of Annie-May Book 1)

This is a love story, a romance, a family saga, a social and political history.

In 1980s south Wales, with all its turbulence, Anya finds herself taking on an unfamiliar role. She is confronted, for the first time, with attitudes she finds unacceptable, and with realities she had never considered before. She is shown ways she can make a difference, not only to her own life, but to the lives of others.

She embarks on a passionate affair that has unforeseen and sometimes heart-breaking consequences. Once again her life, and that of her children, is thrown into turmoil, but throughout it all, the steadfast love of her mother and children supports her even through the darkest of times.

Available on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Annie-May-Story/dp/1671197577/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+making+of+Annie-may&qid=1575837729&s=books&sr=1-1

 

Secrets to be Told

(The Story of Annie-May Book 2)

In Book 2, some questions are answered, and some truths revealed.

This book takes us forward into the new world Anya has entered, where she finds some surprising links with her home. It also takes us back as far as the 1930s, to her father’s youth and the beginning of a family secret that has remained hidden for so many years. Other secrets are revealed too, and some lives are not always what they seem.This is an account of the making of a confident and self-assured woman from a pliable and naïve girl, a development that sometimes causes her pain, but also acute pleasure, that helps her to stand up for others, and to question her principles and her beliefs, but never the love of her family.

Available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Told-Story-Annie-May-Book/dp/1673632807/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2DI6FXFIEGMGY&keywords=secrets+to+be+told&qid=1576245294&sprefix=Secrets+to+be+told%2Caps%2C141&sr=8-2

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My Lovely Arms

To date, there are 2 volumes in this series, plus a compilation of both. Volume 3 is a work in progress.

My Lovely Arms

by

Alana Davies-Jones

Here is an account of the first eleven years of my life. And some background material about my parents. Nothing more. It doesn’t pretend to be a great literary work, a suspenseful novel or a searching philosophical prose.

While my childhood involves poverty, illness and domestic abuse, it was also full of laughter and fun, and my intention is not to produce a dark and depressing piece of work, but to give an honest account of my life. 

This will mainly be of interest to my family. And maybe to some old friends. Or even to historians. I hope you may find a sentence or two that brings a smile of recognition, or a tear for what’s been lost.

My Lovely Arms : Volume 2

by

Alana Davies- Jones

This second book covers the ten years from 1959, when I was aged 11, to 1969. Grammar school, youth clubs, college, boyfriends. The swinging sixties? Wait and see ..

My Lovely Arms 1 & 2

by

Alana Davies-Jones

In this edition of my little memory books, I have brought together the first 2 volumes of My Lovely Arms, covering the period 1948 – 1969. In Volume 1 I wrote about my life up to the age of eleven in 1959 and back as far as 1918, when my grandparents married. In Volume 2 I venture into the 1960s, with all the pitfalls and surprises that could bring. It was not my intention to shock, embarrass or otherwise bring unwanted attention to others, so I may have left some details out.

If anyone is looking for inspiring prose, this is not for you. I haven’t tried to raise the literary level in these little books. It’s a quick march through 21 years of my life, listing events, recalling some tiny details that won’t mean anything to others, but which have stayed with me. 

You can buy your paperback copy of 'My Lovely Arms' book here. 

Just click the link to the Amazon website below. 

Volume 1: 1948 - 1959

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Lovely-Arms-1948-1959/dp/1687280886/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1576246672&sr=8-2

Volume 2: 1959 - 1969

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Lovely-Arms-1959-1969/dp/1693272776/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=my+lovely+arms&qid=1576246489&sr=8-2

Volumes 1 & 2 1948 - 1969 (a compilation)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lovely-Arms-Compilation-Alana-Davies-Jones/dp/169917962X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1576246489&sr=8-3


Kindle versions are available as an optional format on Amazon


Signed copies also available - for details, please email me at [email protected]

Short Stories, Shorter Verse

by

Alana Davies-Jones

Here is a collection of pieces, written over many years, now brought together. 


If readers have a feeling of déjà vu in looking through these stories, that may be because there is an overlap between these and the series of my little books of memories, My Lovely Arms.  Many, but not all, of these short stories are based loosely on my memories, but have been packaged into a beginning, middle and end, so are not factual accounts.


I hope these stories evoke memories that you thought had gone, and that the verses give pause for thought, or raise a smile.

Available from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Short-Stories-Shorter-Verse-Davies-Jones/dp/1688085130/ref=sr_1_19?keywords=Alana+Davies-jones&qid=1576392940&sr=8-19


Words to the Wise

by

Alana Davies

Here are some family quotes and sayings that may, or may not, be relevant to reaching the age of 18. Some are humorous, and some thought-provoking. They are all collected here for my granddaughter Ellie as she reaches her 18th birthday – some words of wisdom, maybe some of inspiration, and perhaps some to bring a smile.

Mathematics for Engineers by Brian Davies

Edited by A E Davies

I edited this book by my husband Brian and published it in his memory, following his death in 2018, as 'a gift for his daughters, his grandchildren, and some special friends'.


This is a book that may be useful for any student studying not only Engineering but a range of courses or none, in that it covers a number of mathematical areas which often require revision and/or additional explanation, examples and solutions.

 Children's Books


Carly, Molly and Me

The  school holidays start with a disappointment, then get much better. But is Cyd going to lose her friends after all? Will a new face come between them?

This is a story about friendships, fallings-out and misunderstandings, and some of the feelings that go with them.



Age range: 10 - 13 years


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carly-Molly-Me-Threesome-Friend-Stealer/dp/1701694530/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3DL3YKWG3SIJU&keywords=carly+molly+and+me&qid=1577467737&sprefix=Carly+Molly%2Caps%2C140&sr=8-1

Alana and the Kitten

This is an Early Reader for young children. While the story is appealing, there is repetition to aid word recognition, as well as the regular introductions of new words. 

(you may think this is about me - its not! it was written for my granddaughter of the same name)



Age range: 3 - 5 years



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alana-Kitten-Davies/dp/1698659490/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=alana+and+the+kitten+by+alana+davies&qid=1577467874&sr=8-1

The Weird and Wonderful World of R W Prosser


RW Prosser allows us a peep into his literary world. This is a small collection of rhymes, poems and stories, mainly for children but perhaps not all; a few dark ones, a couple of romantic pieces too. But always thought-provoking.

The Tale of Smiler

by

R W Prosser

R W Prosser writes ‘silly stories’ that children love.

Everyone knows that spiders have eight legs – don’t they? Well not Smiler. He has six legs, but that doesn’t stop him from having fun, fighting those who want to hurt him, falling in love and having lots of children.

Smiler is not in the least scary, and perhaps he can help all of us to remember just how many legs spiders – other spiders – really have.

Sharing experiences

I have been privileged to take part in some writing workshops. These workshops can give confidence to new writers, especially young people. Sharing the excitement, the worries and the pure joy of putting pen to paper - or the laptop equivalent - is something to cherish.