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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (20 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907461981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907461989
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,295,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired Interior Designer who began writing seriously about fourteen years ago. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; 'Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That'll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock'n'Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it's this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin' Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. A new series of Fairground Romances, set in the sixties, begins with Cathy's Clown, to be followed by Ruby Tuesday late 2014. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and also writes short stories and poems which have appeared in charity anthologies and online e-zines. She is currently involved in raising awareness of her hometown's musical heritage with campaigns to have Blue Plaques erected on the walls of local clubs, The Manor Lounge and The Sinking Ship, where the likes of The Walker Brother's, The Who and Jimi Hendrix played; now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport's recycled teenagers.

Update: By popular demand, there will be a sixth Raiders' novel. You Better Move On will be published in spring 2015.

All books are available in Kindle format, paperback, and Fast Movin' Train is also available as an audio book.

Check out Pam's website for monthly blogs and details of new releases. http://pamelahowes.weebly.com/index.html

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pam-Howes-Author/260328010709267

And Twitter @PamHowes1

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Black on 10 Mar. 2014
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Being guitarist in a band from 1958 and dare I say still doing the gigs,This book brought it all back to me a great read from. a great writer.Mike Black
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BOOKWORM on 9 Jun. 2012
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Pam Howes takes us back to exciting times in the early sixties, when the growth of sex, drugs and rock n roll burst onto the music scene. They were heady times for young people, with new freedoms and opportunities. This era gave birth to a lot of big names, leaving a legacy of music which is very much alive and kicking today.
The author captures the mood of those times with ease, and I took a trip down memory lane with the references to landmarks such as Ringway- now Manchester International Airport- the fish n chip suppers, the films and cars of that time, all the crazy fashions and Jackie magazine! It is proudly working class, and rich with the expectations, hopes and dreams of that time. It is more than a love story and it has more than one complicated thread wrapped around the central plot; that of the rise to fame of The Raiders. And it has plenty to offer anyone too young to remember the real mods and rockers with it's romantic, teenage angst and all the relationship problems with parents, friends and lovers.
It is a very special skill to write in any one particular year, because the plot and the characters need to exist solely in those times. No birth pill, no mobile phone, no internet, no major roads. The list is endless but the author has a firm handle on all the `props.'
A small negative now; the balance of dialogue to narrative. I would have loved more of a reflective, thoughtful kind of backstory from the main characters in place of some of the dialogue. In fact Pam's style has a distinct screenplay type quality to it, given her penchant for dialogue...hint hint programme makers out there! Now who could we have to play Eddie? Yes, in places this novel reminds me of those wonderful programmes Heartbeat and Happy Days. Nostalgia done well is so appealing, even for those outside of the era looking in.
A complete story in itself, Three Steps draws to a climax but the door has been left sufficiently ajar for the next book in the series. Who can resist?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Vincent-Northam on 3 Feb. 2012
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Set in the early 1960s, Three Steps to Heaven follows the story of Eddie and Jane, their love, struggles, friendships and the bearing their past relationships have on their future happiness.

The couple should be together, but Jane is engaged to Mark and Eddie has had to marry the pregnant Angie and give up his dreams of making it big with rock band The Raiders. When they meet up again several years later, the spark is still there and they begin an affair. There are many changes in store and their lives, and those of others, are turned upside down by events.

Author, Pam Howes, writes skilfully about the 60s and the music scene making it easy to visualise the era. As the story moves along, a darker, more sinister aspect creeps in involving Jane's abandoned lover; Mark, growing more and more mentally unstable, becomes a threat until, in the end, a tragedy occurs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fox on 27 Jun. 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which could be because I was around in the early sixties. Even though I was only a boy at the time, I can remember it clearly (I harboured ambitions to be a Beatle when I grew up) and Pam Howes captures the spirit of the time perfectly.

The story deals with the rise of a band called The Raiders, and the lives of the people around them as they gradually become successful. It also deals with the downside of fame, and how obsession can become all consuming. The sub plot with Mark adds a dark edge to the novel.

Three Steps to Heaven would make an excellent holiday read. It would also make a good period TV drama. If anyone knows a TV producer, push them in the direction of this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cheryl Bainbridge on 28 Jan. 2014
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This is the first book by this author I have read and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 9 Oct. 2011
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read all 3 books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them all its a shame i read the tird one first though-cant wait for more from this author
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carol Arnall on 27 Sept. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book by Pam Howes.
The sixties is my favourite era so what a pleasant surprise to come across this book.
Pam's book is fast paced with plenty of dialogue and no long boring descriptive scenes. Not that there isn't plenty of description, there is but Pam has the gift of making it part of the scenery so that you feel as if you are actually there.
A really good read and I highly recommend this book.
It goes without saying really that I will be buying...
Always On My Mind
'Til I Kissed You
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sheila carty on 13 Jan. 2014
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Will recommend it to a friend as one for a night time reed. Will be eagerly awaiting the next part.
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