Just a review this week – life has taken a sideways slip so I’m taking the chance to catch up by posting a review from one of the many books I read earlier this year. The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis My rating: 4 of 5 stars Described as an ‘epic fantasy retelling […]

On the theme of helping newer writers enter the busy and often confusing world of authorship, this week I have a guest post for you about blogging. In my personal experience, blogging is one of the best ways to connect with other authors and potential readers. After hearing that keeping a blog was such an […]

Driving along one of the back roads near Inverness, just 15 miles from home, I noticed a sign to Clava Cairns. I was intrigued, not realising we had such an important historic site so close to home, so of course a visit had to be arranged! It’s an atmospheric site, with a pervading sense of […]

This post is for the writer who has made the decision to try self-publishing their novel, but hasn’t yet taken the plunge. Many people are put off at this stage by the figures – I looked it up and discovered the startling figure of 48.5 million books for sale on Amazon. So how on earth […]

I know this is an old topic, but as the world changes, so too do these type of perennial discussions. I joined (yet another) Facebook group a while ago – THE WRITER’S FORUM – and was gobsmacked to discover the level of ignorance about the publishing industry amongst new writers. I guess I’ve been at […]

For anyone facing a hip replacement, I am happy to report things are going extremely well, and I am now itching to get the second one done! To give you some idea of the timeline, I ditched one walking stick within a day of getting home (so 3 days after surgery), and the second at […]

I was in the mood for something light and fluffy, and this one caught my eye. According to the reviews, it isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I thoroughly enjoyed it – for me, it did precisely what it says on the tin. Blurb: Sensible, practical Elinor Tregarth really did plan to be the model poor […]

Thank you so much for all the well wishes this past couple of weeks – my hip surgery went well and, despite an unfortunate early hiccup when I discovered my body doesn’t tolerate morphine, my recovery is coming on just fine. I saved up a couple of visits to share with you when I had […]

Way back in 2014, I shared a guest post by a debut author who’d been a staff writer on the marvellous TV series, Xena: Warrior Princess. Now he’s my guest again, with his latest series starter in an epic, YA Space Opera, and some words about his background with Xena, and how that led to […]

I’m going to cover the title subjects in the opposite order. I have kept this meme for years, knowing one day it would be totally relevant – and the time is finally here! On Wednesday, all being well, I shall have a new hip. The first of two, you understand, but after 7 years of […]