Normal service will be resumed next week – in the mean time, please enjoy the following. (You might guess where I am this week)   Back next week folks…   Advertisements

Continuing with my notes from the 20BooksEdinburgh conference, I’m going to cover a topic that came late on the second day – BIG MISTAKE – this should have been the opening presentation! I know it would have been helpful to me. Put me in front of a large audience, and I can lecture just fine. […]

20BooksEdinburgh was a blast – the weather was baking hot (!!!), almost unheard of in Scotland, great company of old and new writing friends, all like-minded people across disparate genres, and a mixed programme that brought something to everyone. Some of the information duplicated that from 20BooksLondon, so I won’t repeat as you can find […]

If you’ve been around here for a while, you might recall last year I attended the amazing conference, 20BooksLondon. If you want to refresh your memory, or see for the first time what it’s all about, including an understanding of the title, take a look at the first post I did from London last year. […]

I’m back again with another review, this one the third in the Inspector Kirby mysteries – books 2 & 3 were released at the same time, so it was a great pleasure to go straight on to the next, after enjoying Brexitus! so much. If you missed my review, click on the title to see […]

Back to reviewing – this time, book #2 in the Northumbria mystery series by Ian Martyn – contemporary mystery with more than a touch of the paranormal and supernatural. I reviewed book #1 HERE at 4*, this one came in as a solid 5* If you like the sound of this book from my review, […]

Writers – I highly recommend you mosey on over to Dave Chesson’s blog and take a look at this round up of the best software for writers: https://kindlepreneur.com/software-for-writers/ This isn’t a site that permits a reblog, but it’s well worth a visit, covering ‘dozens of timesaving tools that can help writers work more productively and […]

Nymans is another National Trust property, a fabulous garden with an impressive semi-ruined house, in Sussex UK. I’ve lived nearby for most of my life, but this was the first time I’d visited, which was at the end of May. Most spectacular (aside from the house) is the wisteria walkway, thought there is a lot […]

First, the good news: I’ve started writing again! I’ve begun both a Rustam short story, and a Caledonian Sprite novel. Both characters are immense fun to write, and just at the moment, Cassie Lake’s sassy, snarky outlook on life resonates with me. The downside is you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the final […]

It’s still going to be a little while before my life gets back to any semblance of normalcy, so let’s all have a laugh – the best remedy for almost anything! I’m going with an animal theme this week.   Which one made you smile the most? For me, it’s the Harry Potter flying orca. […]