NaNo Update & Other Stuff*

A ‘nice warm orange’ (pink?) in the bedroom Yuck, it’s horrible out there: freezing cold and…

In Which I am Slightly ‘Behind’ with the Na-No-Wri-Mo-ing

I know I said this last time but it really is a ‘quickie’ from me today…

Book Launch & Paperback Giveaway!

Hello! I was meant to write this yesterday but the day got away from me! So…

No Time Like The Presents!

The time has flown since I last wrote and I’ve been busy, busy! After almost three…

It’s a Dark and Storm-y Night

Hello! I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October, can you? I’m writing this on…

10 Tips for Choosing Characters’ Names

As I sit under my newly-purchased ‘heated throw’ (it’s basically an electric blanket and I love…

Bathtime!

Since I last wrote, I’ve been to Bath with some friends. Lucky me. Have you been?…

Sad Times

Display in the lobby of my mum’s retirement village Just a quick post from me at…

Ten Things About My New Novel: ‘The Highland Girls at War’

1. It’s set in Scotland (yeah, I know, that’s pretty obvious from the title!) in 1942…

Cover & Title Reveal!

Firstly, I apologise if this all seems very boasty-boasty but if I can’t write about my…

Novel & Short Story Competition

Dust, dust and more dust As I write this, the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games…

Out and About (at last!)

Since I last wrote, I’ve been a busy little bee. I have been OUT to places…

All Better!

Look at me with crime author Vaseem Khan, pretending that’s MY book! I am free of…

Cursed Covid…

Every cloud has a silver lining, so they say and in this case, the cloud is…

Some Thoughts on Book Covers and Titles

Local postbox with a knitted crown Hello and I hope you’ve had a lovely Jubilee weekend!…

I Am Back!

I have not been ‘away’ here, sadly. Hello! I can’t believe I’ve been away for almost…

I Finally Get To Do a #Shelfie

Hellooo! I can’t quite believe I’m saying this (where HAS the first quarter of the year…

‘Second Novel Syndrome’ & a New Short Story Market

A cheesy photo of me in this month’s Cotswold Life magazine After much wailing and gnashing…

‘A Wartime Secret’ – Paperback Giveaway

Update: The winner of my book + chocolate (drawn this morning by random wheel name spinner…

A Pekingese, A Paperback and Pocket Novel News

Hello, how are you all? The picture of Eric the Pekingese, who was ‘robbed’ of Best…

Chippy Theatre On-Line Auction: Manuscript Critique from Me!

Chipping Norton Theatre, where I teach two of my daytime classes, is holding an on-line auction…

A Turn Up For the Books, as The Books Turn Up

One day last week a parcel arrived and I opened it in a distracted way and…

How to Distraction-Proof Your Mind

I’ve been away for a little while because, for the past fortnight (and honestly, it feels…

Reviewing The Reviews

Thanks to everyone who entered the 1940s giveaway in the last post. The winner, chosen by…