My favourite books on Writing…

So, what do I want to tell you about Books on Writing?  Well, I find it really difficult to get motivated to write on days like today.  It’s a grey, mild, January, Sunday evening and my brain doesn’t want to come out to play.  I took it out to the cinema this afternoon, so you’d think it would be a bit grateful and meet me half way. But no… it’s decided to stay full of cotton wool.  So, I’m going to read about writing instead as at least that’s moving forward, albeit not in quite the direction I should be if  I’m going to keep on schedule to get book number 3 finished (well, started… oops). Continue reading “My favourite books on Writing…”

Best friends and book covers…

Best friends and book covers. What’s the connection? Well, as much as we try to not ‘judge a book by its cover’, when it comes to selling books, the cover is absolutely crucial.  For many readers, it’s the shop window, the hook, the invitation to look inside and, if you get it wrong, your words may sadly go unread.  As a self-published author, it’s a huge concern.  It’s no good trying to put something together in MS Paint – I’m not artistic at all, and any drawing I do looks like it has been scrawled by Puglet the dog.  So, the only option is to outsource it.  But where to start? Continue reading “Best friends and book covers…”

Trying to be organised…

Wow, what a weekend! Somehow, and completely out of nowhere, I had a huge rise in book sales on Kindle and I’ve no idea how it happened. I hadn’t posted anything in particular on Social Media, I hadn’t been tagged in anything, and there was no promotion event. It just happened. Whatever, or whoever it was, I’m very grateful and also excited that lots of people will be reading ‘Bringing Billie Back’. Thank you to everyone that’s supported me with my writing, it means so much every time I see a single sale. Continue reading “Trying to be organised…”

Well, hello 2016…

Who else returned to work today after the Christmas break?  Did you skip into the workplace, smiling and full of enthusiasm, greeting your colleagues as though you hadn’t seen each other for months?  Or, did you huff and puff, sigh and keep running your fingers through your hair, demanding ‘where did those 2 weeks go?’ whilst staring at your stretched waistband wondering how clothes can shrink for absolutely no reason?  Continue reading “Well, hello 2016…”

It’s here! Bringing Billie Back

The official release date of Bringing Billie Back may be the 13th December (Simage of bringing billie back book coverunday), but the pre-order links are out!  And, I’ve started to take direct orders through my online store – with the warning that the books are due for delivery to me on Monday… so, I’m keeping everything crossed that there is no delay.

Please take a look at my information page which contains all the links required by clicking here.  To say I’m excited about the launch date is an understatement… Eek!


Hoping to finally write that book in 2016?

Is writing a novel one of your New Years Resolutions? For as long as I can remember, every New Year’s Eve I would vow to write a book by the following year. But, 12 months later, the book was nowhere to be seen.   Sure, there would be a few paragraphs, scribbled notes, index cards with a ‘sort of’ plot. But a book?  Nope. And so I’d have a little moan and then vow to do the same thing again. Continue reading “Hoping to finally write that book in 2016?”

Busy, busy, busy…

My feet have really not touched the ground over the last week.  The release date of ‘Bringing Billie Back’ is just over a week away and so it’s been crazy.  So much to do:  ebooks to upload, printing files to proof, marketing posts and much nail biting.  And, I’m told that Christmas is just around the corner which I’m a little anxious about as  I’d put the holidays on a back burner whilst getting the book ready.  So, it now means that:

a) I need to write lots of cards

b) I need to buy presents

c) I need to buy a very large bottle of Bailey’s and drink it quickly <Note:  other makes are also available, and I would drink those too>

One of the things I’m most looking forward to, once the book is released and out there, is that I will have a few weeks over Christmas and into the New Year to work on my 2016 writing plan.  There’s so much I want to do next year, and I’ve no idea when I’ll get the time with other commitments,  like work (I still work full time and write whenever I get a spare minute, which can include in the toilet – yes, too much information, or TMI as the yoof would say…)  I need to record ‘Bringing Billie Back’ as an audio book, write another novel, write my non-fiction book and then blog properly, and not randomly, like I seem to do at the moment…   BBB_main_image

2015 has really given me the chance to learn so much about being an Indie author, and I love it.  I’ve met some great people, made lots of new friends, and have so many ideas (they literally chase themselves around in my brain 24/7).  So, here’s to 2016, starting off with a bang due to the new release.  Which, if you’re planning on getting on the Kindle, you can find on the Amazon Store already as a pre-order (due out 13th Dec).  So, please do visit the page if you’d like to take a peek!



Bringing Billie Back

BBC Northampton Radio – What a week!  My crazy editing has come to an end until the final proof edits are suggested and put right.  I’ve released the date that ‘Bringing Billie Back’ is being set free (the 13th December).  And today I was lucky to be invited as a guest on the John Griff show, BBC Radio Northampton.

What a lovely guy.  He had researched ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’, knew everything about it and asked some great questions.  And I loved it.  Am kinda hoping Miranda Hart was listening as there’s an offer of a leading role in a film for her, she only has to ask…

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Puglet doesn’t like edits

In other news, well, it’s all been about editing, editing and more editing whilst ignoring the housework, the need for Christmas shopping and the fact our house is upside down whilst having some building work done.   Puglet has sat and watched, silently pleading for more doggie walks…

So now, I need to focus everything on getting the book out on the 13th as promised…  if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my mailing list through my website.  I’ll be sending out an email on the release date to all that join, to give you links to the different ways of getting hold of the book.  Click here to find the very large Subscribe button.

Thanks everyone, for your support, and please urge my final edits to be as quick and as painless as possible!





‘Bringing Billie Back’…

So, I’ve finally decided on the title of the new book.  ‘Bringing Billie Back’ is a romantic comedy due out in December and will be available via Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay, Kobo and Nook.  Plus, I’ll be selling it via my website too.

If you’d like to join the mailing list, please click here to sign up and you’ll be the first to know when it’s released.  Plus, there will be other news, events and competitions coming up too.  In particular, my mailing list friends will be first to be offered the chance of a free iBook in exchange for a review…  So, please sign up if interested and also share with your family and friends if you think they might enjoy the book.  Circle Cafe book club poster

It’s a really exciting time and I can’t wait to ‘give birth’ to it.  All of the characters have been locked up in my head for so long and are bursting to break free.  I’ve a talk at the Northampton Circle Cafe Book Club on the 27th November at 7:30pm and it would be great to see lots of people there.  I might have the book cover ready to share that night – I’ve seen the first draft and it’s just how I’d hoped it would be.
And I’ll hopefully be returning to MKFM to talk to the lovely Nancy on a Sunday in December – I’ll update my blog, website and Facebook page as soon as I’ve a date.

I’m off now as it’s quite difficult typing this tonight due to the fact our teenage daughter is watching a music awards event on TV and squeals each time the Vamps appear…

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend!



Posting from Madrid…

Well, I thought I ought to send a post from Madrid, a beautiful city.   We’re only here for a few days, we fly home on Friday.  But it’s been so hectic recently that I’m now all chilled out, having had tapas and visited beautiful squares and streets, so it’s only right that I take a few minutes to have a type on my little keyboard that connects to my phone.  To be honest, I’ve missed writing these last few days…

So, what’s going on for me?   Well, my second novel is almost finished and I’m hoping it will be released by the second week of December.   To be honest, the hardest bit has been the title – it took me weeks and weeks to decide on it and I’m still not 100% sure.  With my first novel it just came to me, and I knew there and then it was right.  But this one?  Umm… I think iit is ok but will wait another week or so to release it.  

My ‘illustrator’, (aka Wendy my bestie friend) is struggling a little with the cover. But, I know she’ll do a fab job and I can’t wait to see it.   She’s reading the second draft for me too, as is my lovely husband Roger, and they’re both quite happy so far.  

The excitement at having a book almost ready to release is just, oooh, I can’t even describe it.  I watched Dawn French this weekend on Saturday Kitchen and she described it in a similar way to having a baby – it grows in you for so many months and then it’s there, and you want everyone to be kind to it.  Along with the general excitement is also the knowledge that I’ll soon be free to start my next project, which is so excillerating.  

So, here I am, sat in the restaurant of our Madrid hotel after walking in the rain after eating tapas and drinking a glass of wine.  And, I’m about to start making some notes for my next novel.  But first, my project list:

1.  Non-fiction book – yep, my next one is a self-development book which has been in my head for years and I’m hoping it’s going to be ok to write… bit scary, but am looking forward to it.

2. Recording the audio for novel 1 & 2 – so, I’ve got the kit and am ready to go… not sure how it will work out but I’m mega excited.  I hope I don’t forget myself and think I’m back on the police radios and talk in the phonetic alphabet… plus, my voice could curdle milk so I’m going to have to come up with a plan to make it sound a bit more, well, normal…

3. Third novel, set in Spain somewhere, possibly Madrid…

4. Podcast – am aiming to do a monthly one, with creative friends being guests for me.  Can’t wait. 

5.  Childrens novel… yes, I’ve got the idea I want to expand on, as it’s something that our daughter and I have been talking about for years.  

So, that’s my project list.  On top of this I have a meal to plan for my father (and mum too, and husband) as I promised that, if I sold 2000 copies of my first novel, I’d take him to Marco Pierre White’s.  And, I reached that target, which is unbelievable!!!  So, we need to book it up and it’s going to be fab.  My Dad is the best story teller I’ve ever known, and so I owe everything to him. 

Right, off to bed soon as we’ve a full day ahead tomorrow in sunny Madrid.  Until then, I’ve some notes to make and a coffee or tea to drink before bed.  Night everyone,  wherever you are.  Or, should I say, ‘beunos nochas’ – absolutely no idea if this is correct or not, so I apoloise to all Spanish speakers everywhere.