Category Archives: Novels

The ‘Crime’ – Or Joy – Of Not Finishing a Book!

I so agree with this post on The Guardian website, about how it’s OK not to finish a book you’re not enjoying, that I had to write a quick post and ask what YOU think? I have to admit, that … Continue reading

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Alright, how’s it going, alright? (Back from Wales!)

To be honest, I didn’t hear anyone say that ‘Alright’ thing while I was in Wales last week (maybe it’s only in Gavin & Stacey) BUT there was a lot of Welsh being spoken (fair play) and they might have … 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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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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And Relax…..

My novel draft (yes, the one I was working on here) was finally finished and zapped off (all 71k of it) for a critique last Monday. Yes, I know, weeks later than it was promised but it wasn’t through lack … Continue reading

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