Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Coming on the 9th December 2014 Legacy of the Dragonwand by Daniel Peyton.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Authors For Charity - what exactly is that? Pretty much what is says. Myself, Jennifer Loiske, my daughter - Megan, Elizabeth Glanville and Laura Warnes met up and decided to write short stories to go into an anthology - the proceeds of which would go to charity.
Our first book was for children. Tales of an Old Wizard was published in 2013 and the money we raised helped fund an activity club for teenagers with Epilepsy.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Yes! I've done it. I've finally finished all the edits for my YA novel.
I have submitted my MS to some agents - now I just have to wait and see if they like it.
As a sneaky peek as to what's inside, these are two things that are linked by being more than they appear to be.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Hurray - I have just finished editing my new Young Adult novel.
My beta readers were fabulous and some even read it twice!!
Next to go through it will be my daughter and after that it is ready to be sent out into the big, scary, publishing world to see if it gets taken on.
Wish me luck.
Thank you to my wonderful beta's - you guys rock!
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Ty the Bull is a special book. It deals with bullying from a child's perspective.
Sunday, 22 June 2014
Today I'm delighted to welcome Stacy Eaton just before the launch of her new book Six Days of Memories.
Before we tell you more about Six Days of Memories- lets have a good old fashioned Q&A session.
Does anything you plan ever change as you’re writing it?
Holy cow! Yes! I can sit down with clear plans on where I want the scene to go, but no! The characters will have minds of their own and before I know it, I’m sitting back going where the heck did that even come from! I love that though. I have to give the characters some control of the story, or they would drive me crazy!
You bend some aspects of law enforcement to fit into your stories. Do you ever wish anything you’ve altered was reality?
Oh boy! In one word, Yes. There are times I have written an emotional scene and had to walk away when I was done. My heart would be thudding and I’d have tears on my face. What I love to hear is that when readers read those scenes, they get the same feelings. I love hearing that a reader was so touched they cried while reading the book or could so relate to the character that they were laughing along.
Keep an eye on her Amazon page and don't forget 30th June is the day you will be able to get Six Days of Memories.
Thank you readers for taking the time to sit with me again. I hope you enjoyed hearing about Stacy and her books. I'm sure she'd love it if you left her a comment.
Sunday, 8 June 2014
A few months ago I had an idea for a story. It isn't perfectly formed yet - in fact I probably only have half of it - undeterred I'm slowly writing it at the train station. For those of you who have read my earlier blogs you know why I write at the train station - for those that haven't catch up here Time to Write .
I had some things that I knew I wanted in it and whilst I'm happy to picture them in my head it's better when you can find the things you want. And here I have been lucky.
Monday, 2 June 2014
My guest post today is from Melissa J Rutter.
Sheol is under siege, held captive by Xavier and his demons. She has to collect a thousand souls to help strengthen the veil between worlds so that the demons will have no choice but to leave. But with Elias Reid, the Hunter, in her heart, missing everyone she has ever known, on top of being exhausted, how can that be her only priority?
Scott, Xavier's son, is trying everything he can to win her back, but her heart belongs to someone else, he had his chance and he blew it. This causes him to take drastic measures with unprecedented consequences. The ransom is high and guess who has to pay it.
Where to get the book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/B00KOG2XVO/ref=sib_dp_kd#reader-link
To find out more about Melissa: http://melissajrutterauthor.webs.com/
Twitter handle @melissajrutter
and she is on Linkedin MelissaJRutter
Melissa, thank you for telling us about yourself and your new book. I wish you the best of luck with it.
Thank you - as usual to all my wonderful readers - you rock.
Friday, 30 May 2014
Today I'm going to tell you about a new novelette out called Where Angels Tread
Where Angels Tread is the debut novel of poet Loretta Livingstone. She has cleverly woven the overlapping story of people's lives, with the story of the main characters told from each of their perspectives.
It is a short story - perfect for a lazy afternoon (or morning - us authors aren't fussy as to when you read our books)
More about Loretta:
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to read my short story - I hope you enjoyed it. feel free to leave a comment.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
I've had an amazing number of reader to my last few posts - so I wanted to say a big Thank You.
Easter tomorrow - so for those of you who celebrate - have a blessed day.
Enjoy your day whatever you are doing.
I hope you get lots of chocolate!
Catch up with you all soon.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
After my grandparents had all passed away I decided to look into my family tree.
There were no huge surprises - yes the usual un-talked of babies before marriage - but nothing out of the ordinary in terms of what my ancestors did - servants, railway, grocers, miners etc.
What was interesting was finding out that the industrial revolution I learnt about in history was about to take on more of a significance because some of my ancestors worked in the mills around that time.
One of my ancestors was a lead miner and as I followed him through the decades, that continued to be his occupation - I didn't like the thought of him still going down the mines at 71 but that's what it said - although he had also added land owner by this time. One of his sons is listed as a farmer so I wonder if he farmed his father's land.
My first surprise, was about my background. After always thinking of myself as English I found out that my great granddad was born in Ireland and moved over here as a boy.
I researched the other side of my family and although job wise there were no surprises once more I was to gain another nationality.
That's right - some Italian - what a mix I am.
But it gets better! whilst looking at the occupation for the 1881 census my female ancestor (although she may be an aunt x times removed) is listed as "interest of money" Well loan shark, money laundering or the mafia springs to mind but in 1881 - really?
Oh well as things all seem pretty normal now I shall assume she never became notorious (she was about 73 at the time) and say that I enjoyed discovering about my family. It's a shame that with the overseas connections I cannot find out any more and I don't know what sort of life my ancestors led but you have to admit that with what I have uncovered I have plenty of material for a story!