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Monday, 13 July 2015

Coming soon, A Shackled Inheritance

I have signed the contract for my third book, A SHACKLED INHERITANCE, set in 1810, a scant three years after the abolition of the slave trade.

Slavery had been declared unlawful in England in 1772. Yet it remained legal in the distant West India islands. 

What happens when a supporter of abolition falls in love with a plantation owner?  

Sunday, 25 January 2015

ENCHANTMENT IN MOROCCO now at 99c or 99p

Click here to purchase from Amazon.

A romance set in a magical land at the crossroads of Europe and Africa.

"The story reads like an old-fashioned Harlequin romance. It is a refreshing change once in a while to read a story that is not full of sex scenes and concentrates on the story. The author takes the reader on a very interesting trip to Morocco, and her descriptions of places and people are very good. The plot is very involving and combines romance with a bit of suspense, leading to a very satisfying conclusion. I very much enjoyed this story and hope to read more from this author."
Coffee Time Romance, rating 4 cups

"The slow pace of Moroccan life, along with its vibrancy and colours, echoes through this charming story. Emily and Rafi are worlds apart in both culture and status. The story moves at a fair pace towards a climax I didn't see coming. The characters are well-balanced and engaging, complete with flaws they don't bother to hid. Worth reading."

HEA reviews, rating 3 teacups

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Light in the Dark

The trailer for Bridge House Publishing's latest anthology, Light in the Dark, can now be seen on YouTube, at

The central character of my story, I'm Still Me, Puss, is barely there, as reflected in this stunning image created by Paul Field.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Writing spoof fiction

The Bookmuse Readers' Journal contains an entertaining selection of spoof stories written in various genres. The ink flowed when I tried my hand at spoof fiction, and I bombarded the editors with my offerings. In the end they chose my cosy crime story, featuring a pet cat who claws items from the local newspaper to provide its owner with clues for solving the mystery.

I would recommend writing spoof fiction to anyone who has writer's block. Spoofs give a writer licence to experiment, treading a fine line between parody and homage. From dukes and highwaymen in a Regency romance, to lugubrious ruminations in the style of Anita Brookner, I forgot my inner censor and enjoyed myself.  .   

Monday, 3 November 2014

Thankful Author

Today, 3 November, fellow author Angela Hayes features me in her round-up of thankful authors. I have much to be thankful for and wrote a tribute to my Dad. Dad left school at 16 and consequently had an exaggerated respect for education, combined with wariness when dealing with educated people. His early encouragement of my yen to write took the form of saying, "You write some peculiar things. Why don't you send something to Radio 3?" BBC Radio 3, in those days, was the natural home of eggheads. I wish I had been brave enough to follow his advice, but in those days I too thought eggheads were superior beings, born different to us ordinary folk.

I never made it onto Radio 3, but have had short pieces on BBC local radio. I wish Dad had been alive to hear them.   

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Was it murder?

The magazine Over My Dead Body today publishes a new selection of grisly tales, including my short story Last Resting Place. A cosy murder mystery set in an English village. But was it murder?

Read the full story at

Saturday, 27 September 2014

No thanks

Today I received an invitation to submit a romance story to an anthology. If accepted, I would have to pay  $597 (£364) to have my story edited, formatted and printed and I would also receive ten "free" print copies. That means each copy would cost me $59.70. For an additional $297 (£185) I could attend a weekend party to launch the book.

No thanks.

Compare this rapacious exercise in vanity publishing with the work of genuine publishers, which bear the full financial risk when they back little known authors. I know from working with the great team at The Wild Rose Press how much work is done behind the scenes.

Bridge House Publishing in England will soon publish its annual anthology. It also plans a launch party in December, to be held in a London pub. I and my fellow contributors will each pay a modest £15 ($24) for lunch, followed by readings and the chance to get to know each other. Not a money-making scam but a nice gesture from an author-friendly publisher.

Writing is a long, lonely slog. If only there was some way of warning would-be authors that success costs time and effort, not money.  

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