Category Writing

Another #scam to waste authors’ precious time

Last week, out of the blue, I had a telephone call telling me I was invited to do a television interview about my book. The young lady was at great pains to tell me all about the legitimacy of the offer: an interview with Logan Crawford (she seemed quite put out when I said I […]

#BookReview: Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair @MaeClair1

This week I’m reviewing a collection of Mae Clair’s short stories. As I say at the start of the review, I’m not normally a fan of short fiction, but I’ve read enough of the author’s novels to know I would enjoy these – and I did. Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair My rating: […]

Traditional or Indie publishing – which is right for you?

I’m in the process of giving my blog a spring clean, deleting old, out-of-date posts and generally tidying up, and I thought it would be fun to share this, my very first post! I wrote this back in 2013, prior to self-publishing my first novel.  Have my opinions changed since then? Take a look, and […]

#BookReview – where the magic is by Giselle Green #romance

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing with you parts of my adventures in Edinburgh with my author-friend Giselle. Today I am reviewing her latest book, and posing the question: if you had a successful career as a traditionally published author, what would make you indie publish your latest novel? Where the magic […]

Update and #BookReview, The Man who Died Twice (The Thursday Murder Club 2), by Richard Osman #HumourousMurderMystery

As I suspected, I haven’t been up to much for the last week, following my second hip replacement of the year. The op went absolutely fine, and the hip feels great. Me, not so much. Having two full sedations in less than 6 months did not suit my body. I was fine for the first […]

A Haunting at Holkham by Anne Glenconner #BookReview #HistoricalMystery

On Wednesday this week I go into hospital for my second hip replacement, 5 months after the first. I’m dreading the process and yet also impatient to have both over and done with. Depending on how things go, I may, or may not, be around on my blog for a bit. I’m hoping to feel […]

Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner #murdermystery #bookreview

Here’s one of those from May (during my post op recovery period) that I forgot to review: Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Anne Clenconner is in a unique position to write this book. The central character, Lady Vee, is a thinly veiled version of herself, drawing on her […]

Lady in Waiting, by Anne Glenconner #Autobiography #Memoir #BookReview

Having read ‘A Murder On Mustique’ (and goodness! I must get around to reviewing that one!), which is a murder mystery peopled by characters only thinly veiled from the real inhabitants of the island, including Anne Glenconner herself – I was intrigued to find out more about the real woman behind this charmingly-written book. To […]

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton #BookReview #CosyMystery

Another of the books I read while lazing around, recovering from hip surgery. Sometimes a cosy mystery that doesn’t challenge the mind can be just the thing! Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having started a different cosy and given up within 2 pages, annoyed by the amateurish writing, I […]

SORA’S QUEST by T.L. Shreffler #BookReview #EpicFantasy

Another of the many books I read while laid up following my recent hip replacement – which, by the way is going very well. I’m now 3 months post op and aside from pulling a muscle (too enthusiastic with my PT exercises, surprise, surprise), it’s pretty much fixed. 4 months is the magic number for […]