What is a writing retreat?

Getting away… Writing is a solitary occupation. Most of the time, we sit at our desks and the most exciting stuff we do is research stuff on the internet. When does a wild flower bloom in the UK. (Hint, it won’t the same time everywhere.) What butterflies lay their eggs on nettles? What plant will…

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What I’ve been reading…

It’s all about bookshops This last couple of weeks I’ve been reading books set in bookshops. There are an awful lot of them in pretty much every genre. I started by downloading samples — such a great thing. Some I didn’t read further, not because they aren’t a great read, but at that moment they…

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New books…

Well, not totally new… I’m sorry if I’ve been missing in action here on my blog. I promise you I haven’t been idle, but that’s news that will have to keep. What I can tell you is that I’ve been refreshing two of my earlier books and given them both gorgeous new covers designed by…

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Re-wilding… it’s a thing.

This garden of weeds took home gold! The plot – named Weed Thriller – was handed the award at the RHS Tatton Flower Show in Cheshire.Horticulturist Sandra Nock told the BBC that they thought they might be given Nil Point by  the RHS but, on the contrary, they were receptive and complimentary. She added that “Without…

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Reading in lockdown

There hasn’t been much good news in the last couple of years, but one of the few positives to come out of lockdown has been an increase in reading. According to the Guardian, book sales are the highest they’ve been for ten years. And Forbes magazine which quick to predict that sales of romance novels,…

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New year, new book!

Publication day, part 1 This is probably going to be the longest publication day in history. Redeemed by Her Midsummer Kiss was supposed to be a February release. Unfortunately, something went wrong — I’ve no idea what — and the January titles were delayed so the February titles have been released in January. It should…

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Up and about!

Well, the hip surgery went really well – the clinic and staff were wonderful – and I had three weeks rest and recuperation with my daughter, who spoiled me rotten. I’m back home now, doing my exercises and get about with the help of a stick. Today, after a visit to the hairdresser, I walked…

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Cover Reveal…

Hi everyone I’m stuck in my apartment, having had my covid test pre my hip replacement op (taking place on Tuesday), so I’m not allowed to see anyone or even step outside until the car comes to take me to the clinic. However, cyber mail brought the UK cover for my next book this week.…

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