Orkney’s most famous Neolithic site (and if you’ve been following my posts, you must by now realise there are a LOT of them), is the extremely well preserved stone age village SKARA BRAE From Wikipedia: “Consisting of eight clustered houses, it was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC and is Europe’s most […]

Whilst unpacking boxes following the grand move, I realised just how many un-read paperbacks I own, so I decided to read one! Hence, this review is for a traditionally published book by an author I already know I enjoy. Just before plunging into the fray, to make you even more jealous (as if you weren’t […]

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Deborah Jay shares an extract from her epic fantasy The Prince’s Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series. The book is on offer for just this week at 99c/99p About The Prince’s Man Think ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’ Rustam Chalice, dance tutor, gigolo…

My good friend Rose, writing under one of her pen names, Belle McInnes, is offering her Scottish Historical Romance novel at 0.99c/0.99p for the next couple of days. This is a book I reviews in 2017, and you can see that review HERE I enjoyed it a lot, not least because the heroine loves her […]

In another change of era, here’s a tour of some medieval ruins: the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces in the Orkney capital of Kirkwall, situated opposite St Magnus Cathedral. This is what it might have looked like when in use Inside, you get an idea of the impressive size of this Palace, much of it in […]

Coinciding with release day for A STOLEN HEART, you can see what I thought of the book in my review below. As we are staying in lockdown for at least another 3 weeks the garden and house will continue to benefit. We’ve finished digging the veg garden (yay!), and the polytunnel has gone from this […]

Join me as I talk about how I’m surviving lockdown, and take a peek at my home office, on romance recommendation site Brazen Bookshelf:   Thanks to Deborah Jay (from Scotland, UK) for sharing how they’re coping with living in lock-down, we hope you guys are keeping safe and well! I’m currently in lock-down with […]

Back to Neolithic times on Orkney and a visit to the Tomb of the Eagles, also known as Isbister Chambered Cairn. The common name came about because the tomb contained the remains of up to 14 white-tailed sea eagles alongside nearly 16,000 human bones. Situated at the southern end of South Ronaldsay (accessible via the […]

Lock down update: the veg garden is nearly there! Just one last bed to dig at the far end, against the fence. So far we’ve planted strawberries, carrots, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes, rainbow chard, potatoes (2 varieties), peas, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower and courgettes. Next, onward with the polytunnel and indoor planting – […]

I haven’t posted any blog tours for a while, but I’m currently reading an ARC of this book and I’m thoroughly hooked – the characters leap off the page and it’s very well written, so I thought I’d share it here. ~ Blog Tour ~  A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen – 20th to 25th […]