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Cursed Covid…

Every cloud has a silver lining, so they say and in this case, the cloud is COVID – which has finally got me – and the silver lining is, that as I’m stuck at home and everything’s cancelled, I’ve got … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Book Covers and Titles

Hello and I hope you’ve had a lovely Jubilee weekend! Shame today was a bit damp, at least around here. (It rained so much overnight that our little gazebo – which, admittedly, we should have had the foresight to pack … Continue reading

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I Am Back!

Hello! I can’t believe I’ve been away for almost a month! (I don’t mean away in some exotic place – I wish – but ‘away from the blog’). I have been working on novel #2 – the notoriously difficult one … Continue reading

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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 gone?!) but Happy Easter to you all. I hope you get some time to relax, read, write or whatever makes you happy (and of … Continue reading

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‘Second Novel Syndrome’ & a New Short Story Market

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I finally finished the first draft of novel no. 2 on Sunday (I had to beg for a week’s extension – it was supposed to be all done and dusted on 18th March) … Continue reading

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‘A Wartime Secret’ – Paperback Giveaway

Update: The winner of my book + chocolate (drawn this morning by random wheel name spinner thing) is Derek B. Well done, Derek. I have emailed him for his details. Thanks everyone for entering. I may have more giveaways coming … Continue reading

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A Pekingese, A Paperback and Pocket Novel News

Hello, how are you all? The picture of Eric the Pekingese, who was ‘robbed’ of Best in Show at Crufts in 2016, is just to give you a little smile (and to remind you, if you are doggy and/or interested, … Continue reading

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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 starting TODAY (Friday) at 10.30am, to raise funds. They asked me to donate something, not unreasonably, so I’ve donated a manuscript critique. ie: 3 … Continue reading

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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 when I spotted what was inside, I yelled, “Oh my God!” and closed the box flap again and composed myself for a few seconds … Continue reading

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How to Distraction-Proof Your Mind

I’ve been away for a little while because, for the past fortnight (and honestly, it feels like about 6 weeks), I’ve been moving my elderly mother into a retirement village nearer to me. I won’t bore you with the details … Continue reading

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