Tales of the Country by Jen Silver (plus a FREE book!)

Congratulations to Elizabeth Tanner! She’s the winner of Country Living by Jen Silver!

Hey all and happy Sunday! Today Jen Silver joins us again! And, if you know anything about Jen, you know she has a generous spirit. To that end, she’s giving away a signed paperback copy of Country Living, her latest release. Drop a comment in the space below to enter the drawing. We’ll announce the winner on Sunday, March 29.

Good luck!

I tried, really tried, to come up with a more enticing title. But once I’d finished writing the book, there didn’t seem to be any other option. Country Living just fit the story so well. I even dedicated the book to the countryside where I live, as this was the initial inspiration for the story.Fields



When Peri Sanderson achieves her dream of moving from London to a cottage in the English countryside, she expects her domestic bliss will be complete when her wife, Karla, leaves her London job to join her. Peri sees their future together as growing vegetables, tending some chickens, and chatting with the locals by a roaring log fire in a quaint village pub.

Sexy urbanite, Karla, has other ideas and they don’t include a move to the countryside.

Secrets are everywhere. Peri quickly senses something not quite right among her rural neighbours, and Karla is not quite the worldly wise woman-about-town that she thinks she is.

Temptation, betrayal and intrigue combine to change the lives of both women beyond anything they could have imagined.

The cottage that Peri moves into is situated next to a sheep farm, nestled in the hills above the fictional hamlet of Heron Ridge. A few miles down the road is the very real and vibrant Hebden Bridge. As was the case when my wife and I moved here from London, Peri doesn’t know that this nearby town has the reputation of being the ‘lesbian capital of the north’ (with Brighton being the one in the south of England).HB_Canal

I’m not giving away any spoilers when I say that Peri’s idealised vision of life in the country might go awry. Peri is sixty years old at the start of the story. She’s a freelance editor, so working from home is no problem. The move to the country is a perfect fit for her semi retirement. Her wife, Karla, is forty-eight. They’ve been together for twenty years. Karla has a good job with a successful IT company. She could also still do work from home, but although she’s gone along with Peri’s idea of moving away from the big city, she’s perhaps not as invested in the semi-retirement plan.


At the end of Chapter One, Karla has returned to London leaving Peri unpacking her boxes at the cottage. She’s told her wife that she needs another six months in the city to finish off some important projects at work. Peri expects her to come up to the cottage at weekends.

However, Karla has plans to spend her weekends somewhere else. This is an excerpt from Chapter Two:

Well into their sixth month of clandestine meetings, the intensity of their desire for each other hadn’t lessened. Syd could take her to the heights of a screaming orgasm within minutes. Her senses already heightened from arriving on a private jet and being whisked by limo to the villa, high in the hills above the bay, Karla was more than ready for another intense round of lovemaking. Exploring the delights of Monaco could wait. Ten days in paradise.

As she fell back onto the balcony lounger with Syd’s breasts inches from her waiting mouth, a fleeting image of Peri in her isolated stone cottage disappeared as quickly as it had arrived. She licked one of the erect nipples in front of her, as the first wave of molten liquid soaked Syd’s probing fingers.

Leaving you with that small taste of things to come, so to speak, please leave a comment below if you would like to be entered in the draw for a signed paperback.


CL_JenAfter retiring from full time work, Jen thought she would spend her days playing golf, shooting arrows, reading, and enjoying quality time with her wife (not necessarily in that order). Instead, she started writing. Her debut novel, Starting Over, was published by Affinity Rainbow Publications in 2014. Jen now has ten published novels to her name, and a number of short stories. For the characters in Jen’s stories, life definitely begins at forty, and older, as they continue to discover and enjoy their appetites for adventure and romance.


Check her out at: https://jenjsilver.com/ or find her on Facebook and Twitter.




  1. Sounds like a fantastic story and I appreciate the older characters. Please throw my name in the hat for a free book. Thanks for your generous offer.


  2. I grew up in Brighton and even back then it had a bit of a reputation (50 years ago!) I think partly because Sussex University was a hotbed of socialists! Hebden Bridge sounds great — just like the village I live in now, Gulfport, which I also write about. Folks are always shocked we have a lesbian paradise here in Florida that’s not a big city. Good luck with the book, and stay safe.

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    • Thanks, Alison. I don’t know Brighton that well – my sister went to uni there, but that’s thirty-odd years ago now. Gulfport sounds lovely too. Hope you’re staying safe as well. x Jen


  3. First trip to England 4 yrs ago and we went for a river barge ride. Absolutely loved it! Jen’s book sounds like a wonderful story. Hope I win. Stay in good health.


  4. This sounds like a great story that will take me on an adventure. I have very much enjoyed my two visits to England. As it turns out much of my ancestry is from the York area. Thank you and good health.


  5. Moving someplace and then discovering it’s the ‘lesbian capital’ of the area? Wow! Sounds like good reading to me. And dream living for that matter. 🙂


  6. Jen, I hope you all are safe up ‘Norf’. I’m in isolation due to my barely existent immune system and my COPD.
    I’m starting my 3rd week tomorrow … I think. Probably many more to go.

    I’d love to read your book.

    Thank you for your generosity in this tragic yet hopeful time.


  7. I’d love to read your book, Jen. When my sister moved to the U.K. twenty-three years ago, I became an Anglophile. Reading everything I could about England, traveling there, meeting and chatting with my sister’s in-laws, and watching as many British-centric TV programs and films became one way for me to keep strong ties with Stephanie. Please know that although I appreciate the chance to win the drawing, should I lose, I plan to purchase your novel.

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    • Thanks, Renee. I wasn’t sure I would like living in this part of the country when we left London. That was 26 years ago – and I love it. The best TV shows for showcasing this area recently have been Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley (which I referenced in the book) and, of course, Gentleman Jack. Hope you’re keeping well. x Jen


  8. Oh .. a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of “Country Living”, Cool !!! I LOVE paperbacks and even more when they are signed copies … So … Thank you for that chance !!! That’s very generous and, hopefully, open to everyone everywhere in the world …

    I love the pix, the landscapes are incredible !!

    Good luck everyone and … Stay safe & healthy !!
    Greetings from Reunion


  9. Hi Jen,

    I don’t know how it is possible, but I have never read any of your books. Now seems like a good time to start!


  10. I am intrigued! Can’t wait to read the book in it’s entirety. Congratulations on the new release.


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