Category Archives: Books

All Change!

The weather’s gone funny, don’t you think? We had a proper cold winter, followed by a proper hot summer and now the weather doesn’t know what to do with itself. We turned the heating on and now we’re sweltering and … Continue reading

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Writing for ‘Exposure’

I write this sitting in the dog basket. (To paraphrase ‘I Capture The Castle’). Actually, that’s not true BUT I could, if I wanted to, for Bonnie’s bed is empty. DON’T PANIC! She’s at the dog sitter’s, a day earlier … Continue reading

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“Is it the Grammar?” On getting the critique of my novel back

Two things have happened recently: 1) I packed my bags and went on a tennis holiday to Greece (and managed not to fall over. Hurrah!) and 2) I’ve had the critique of my novel back. Eeek! To be honest, I … Continue reading

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Ditching The Kindle (& another free-to-enter novel competition)

The Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel competition Whatever your feelings about the Daily Wail Mail, there’s no denying that, every so often, they run a nice competition for us writers. For this, the latest one, they’ve joined forces … Continue reading

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Festival Frenzy! (and some free competitions)

Right, I have quite a lot to say (and as we’ve just re-named Wednesday, ‘Winesday’, I’m doing it with a glass of the pink stuff by my side), so are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… That title is something … Continue reading

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Give it up for ‘Up Lit’!

The last few books I’ve read have all been quite ‘dark’ and serious, dealing with nasty things like blackmail, abduction and murder. In fact, one of them – Lisa Jewell’s psychological thriller ‘Then She Was Gone’ – made me cry … Continue reading

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Mud, Glorious Mud: Worcestershire, Walking & Writers

This morning we finally decided to go and walk Bonnie somewhere that was recommended to us about …erm.. 3 years ago: Elmley Castle. Isn’t that a cool name for a place? It’s just over the border in Worcestershire, about 20 … Continue reading

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