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Looking at Life from the Funny Side

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FROM ONLY 99P/99C... the perfect stocking filler for the bookaholic in your life

Why Just Say It is the perfect stocking filler for the bookaholic in your life...

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Just Say It - Review in the Autumn/Christmas 2021 Edition of The Jersey Life!

Just Say It reviewed in the Autumn/Christmas 2021 Edition of The Jersey Life! Back page splurge as well!

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Well, this was unexpected!

Interview with BBC Radio Jersey's Jenny Mullen 10/11/2021

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LIFE WOULD BE DISMAL WITHOUT HUMOUR

Jon Vickers of the Jersey Evening Post chats to Tessa Barrie

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JUST SAY IT - REVIEW BY ALEXANDRA ANTIPA

Just when I begin to feel down about how many people are actually reading Just Say It… something like this happens.

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FIVE STAR BOOK REVIEW FOR JUST SAY IT FROM READERS' FAVORITE

How happy am I to receive a five star review from Readers Favorite?

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THANK YOU FOR THE REVIEWS FOR JUST SAY IT!

A short video to thank everyone for reading and reviewing Just Say It.

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Coming Soon to a Book Shop Near You!

Didsbrook is a sleepy market town somewhere in the Home Counties. When its most famous resident, the former darling of London's West End, turned multi-published author, is found dead. Who could possibly want to murder the much-loved Jocelyn Robertshaw?

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Full Review of Just Say It by Lauren Jones of Turning Another Page - for Reedsy Discovery

Lauren Jones of Turning Another Page, San Antonio, reviews Just Say It.

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READ ON KINDLE, BUY AND SHARE - Just Say It is available on Amazon now!

JUST SAY IT, the debut novel by Tessa Barrie has been described as' a beautiful, poignant, and sensationally apt rendition of what it means to love unconditionally and grow from the past,' and it's free on Kindle.

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Interview with Elodie Redoules

Interview with Elodie Redoules of the Bailiwick Express.

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JERSEY WRITERS GROUP CHRISTMAS BOOK FAIR 4TH DECEMBER 2021 - the Official video!


ABOUT MY ALTER EGO AND ME


Looking at life from the funny side

Welcome to the new look website for My Alter Ego and Me – formerly www.tessabarrie.com, the official website for Tessa Barrie and her alter ego, Sally Edmondson – or is it the other way around?

Tessa Barrie started sharpening her pencil when Sally was nineteen and was asked to write a column for a regional newspaper called Serendipity. She didn’t want her mother to know the slightly risqué pieces originated from her keyboard, so she brained stormed a pen name with friends. Tessa after her Springer Spaniel and Barrie because, while all her friends were buying rock music, she was dancing around her bedroom to Barrie Manilow.

I’m not someone who has left glittering gongs in my wake, nor have I led an intrepid or inspiring life. I don’t plan to blame my parents for my ineptitudes and failures. I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person, although some might say, I am delightfully vague.  Either way, I’ve always been quite capable of cocking up my own life, without parental intervention or outside influence.

My writing career has been sporadic, at best, after a flurry of pure teenage genius. Gloomy poetry published at thirteen, my pre-pubescent poetry morphing into tormented teenage angst lyrics when I entered my songwriting phase

I wrote my first (and last) musical at fifteen and was still stage struck at seventeen, until my hopes and dreams of treading the boards were crushed in my first lesson with a drama teacher moonlighting from R.A.D.A. He always wore a suit and tie, with a red carnation tucked in his buttonhole and smoked incessantly.  In between puffs, he delivered his caustic comments with aplomb and the cadence of Noel Coward, from the corner of the poorly lit room he taught us in. I'd just stuttered my way through a previously unseen script of The Lady's Not for Burning.  There was silence from the cavity in the corner as, with some trepidation, I watched the silhouetted figure take a long, slow drag of his fag before he exhaled the words...

'Darling, if you are harbouring aspirations about going on the stage, forget it.'

In adulthood, I succumbed to a proper job and got on with life in the real world. Since then, I have drifted between being in print, and not. In my spare time, Tessa Barrie carried on writing fictional short stories, while I wrote factual freelance pieces for any publication prepared to take them and co-authored Brian Trubshaw – Test Pilot in 1999.

After being made redundant in June 2015. I took it as a sign from Cadmus, the Greek God of Writing, to pour all my post-redundancy frustrations into writing a pantser-style novel, with the working title of They Always Look at the Mother First.

Five years later, after too much procrastination, numerous rewrites and filling in multiple plot holes, Just Say It was published on Amazon in June 2021, after a bit of buffing-up by the long-suffering Deb Sutton, who also designed the cover.

Just Say It is a story of self-discovery, family secrets and everything in-between, and is filled with emotion, both tearful and humorous.

In 1999, Lisa Grant, once a well-known columnist for a leading UK magazine, turns forty. Attempting to avoid a midlife crisis, she finishes writing a therapeutic spoof about her life, but it only scratches the surface of the problem – the rocky relationship she has always had with her narcissistic mother, Elizabeth.

Realising she needs to break the negative emotional hold her mother has over her, Lisa harnesses her journalistic skills to investigate her mother's life before she came to London in 1957 as a seventeen-year-old debutante and is shocked by what she finds.

Since then, I have appreciated how important reviews are for Indie authors and this one for Just Say It has put a spring in my step and turbo charged my brain into finishing novel number two, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook which, hopefully, will hit the bookshelves by the end of the year.

'A great story about self-discovery, family secrets and everything in-between. Written in a flawless style, it draws the reader in from the first page, building up one layer after the other. From the main character, who is honest and unapologetic, to the way the past is revealed, I would say that this is one of the best books I have ever read.' 


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THE SERENTIPITOUS BLOGS


MOVING ON!

Novel-in-progress, The Secret Lives of the Doyenne of Didsbrook.

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Three Steps Forward, Five Steps Back – The Growing Pains of a Virgin Novelist

I didn't go into this self-publishing malarky totally blinkered. I had some idea what I was letting myself in for, but it has proved to be more of a challenge than I initially thought.

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FREE JUST SAY IT eBOOKS!

Regular free downloads of eBooks for Just Say It.

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Just Say It  Free Kindle Download 6th-12th September 2021

Doc Martens takes on Dior as a workaholic daughter finally rebels against mollycoddled mother. After forty years of verbal incontinence, will the two ever see eye to eye? Will the twain ever meet?

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A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A REST?

Why after eight years I decided to say goodbye to WordPress.

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Coming Soon to a Book Shop Near You!

Didsbrook is a sleepy market town somewhere in the Home Counties. When its most famous resident, the former darling of London's West End, turned multi-published author, is found dead. Who could possibly want to murder the much-loved Jocelyn Robertshaw?

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To Indie Authors Everywhere, With Love

In homage to and in support of Indie Authors everywhere! #withlove

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Getting Self-publishing Savvy! Things I wish I’d known before publishing Just Say It!

Once you hit the self-publishing button, there is no going back. One moment you are in the middle of a lengthy eye-watering proofread; the next, you are drowning in a vast ocean of books, trying everything you can to get recognition for your firstborn novel in the crush of the 45 million wannabe best sellers already out there.

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NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2021

SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER – Snippets from Just Say It, plus free eBooks and More!

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THE DOTAGE DIARIES


Life Saving Attempt

Here is today’s dose of memory recall from my rapidly disintegrating grey matter that has been lodged somewhere in my hippocampus for eighteen years.

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The Gradual Decline

The aches and pains of growing older.

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Turning Into My Mother

The day I turned into my mother.

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Steroid Euphoria

Staving off the steroids.

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The C. R. A. F. T. Club

Becoming a member of the CRAFT club.

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Sleepless Nights

Delightfully dozy.

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  • Saint Helier, Jersey

JERSEY WRITERS GROUP CHRISTMAS BOOK FAIR 4TH DECEMBER 2021 at jersey library


The Jersey Writers Social Group Christmas Book Fair

The Jersey Writers Social Group is an eclectic group of published and unpublished writers who help each other achieve their individual writing goals. The Christmas Book Fair is to promote awareness of the of the group, and to showcase the collaborative and individual projects of our members. The event will include book readings in all genres including, non-fiction and children's book and there will be a free prize draw, giveaways, and book signings.


  • Date: 12/04/2021 11:00 AM - 12/04/2021 03:00 PM
  • Location: 78-80 Halkett Pl, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4TU, Jersey (Map)

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JERSEY WRITERS SOCIAL GROUP CRISTMAS BOOK FAIR 4/12/21