I thought the Hode’s Hill series would be a little out of my usual reading pattern, but with its mix of mystery and suspense, plus a goodly dollop of the supernatural, it soon had me hooked. Here is my review of the first instalment, CUSP OF NIGHT. I’ve just finished the second, and started the […]

All the books in my Five Kingdoms series have been selling with gratifying regularity, but it’s always a thrill to discover a new review from a delighted reader, so when I found this, I had to share it. Robin Cappello 5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020 I […]

I couldn’t wait to read this final instalment in Marcia’s Emissary novellas, and it didn’t disappoint. You can read my reviews of the earlier instalments here: The Emissary The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody And so we reach part 3: Love Hurts… The Emissary 3: Love Hurts by Marcia Meara My rating: 5 of 5 […]

On our last morning on Orkney, we thought we should investigate a little closer to home – or rather, near to where we were staying with a friend who had kindly offered us the use of her converted steading (barn) for our stay. The property is at Deerness, around 13km south east of the main […]

It feels appropriate to start wrapping up my series of posts from Orkney – so many it will have taken a full year to complete! All the posts so far have been from the mainland, there was so much to see that we only had time to visit one of the other islands: Hoy, which […]

I have just completed a manic work week: 6 days, 10 dressage tests judged and 52 individual coaching sessions delivered. Consequently, I do not have the mental bandwidth available for an intelligent post this morning, so here is my antidote. See you on the flipside…

Orphir is a region of Mainland Orkney where once again we were immersed in history, this time 11th/12th century, and back to the murder of St. Magnus First, we visited the Orkneyinga Saga Centre to view documents and a fantastic audio-visual display about the saga, which tells the extensive history of the jarls (earls) of […]

Back again to yet another Neolithic chambered cairn – this one, Cuween Hill, is the final one we visited, and I’m glad, because I can tell you, if this had been the first, I would never have gone inside! The approach is up a steep hill (guess the name gives that away!), and it isn’t […]

Way back when I was starting to write with a view to publication, someone asked me about the theme of my book. It wasn’t something I’d even thought about: I was writing an SF adventure story, what did theme have to do with anything? I reckoned I’d better consider this question though, and happily answered […]

I’m really busy with work just now, catching up on what could not be done during lockdown, but I’m also continuing to read (and write), so here is my latest book review: WISP by Adele Marie Park Blurb: Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets […]