A Medieval Dream

November 7, 2017

Recently, my lovely husband produced a delicious surprise for me. He gave me a scroll, rolled and tied with a red silk ribbon. Apparently, I had just missed the messenger who arrived on horseback to deliver it - although I remain somewhat sceptical about that.
When I unrolled it, it contained an invitation to spend the night at Long Crendon Manor. Part of the building, the actual manor hall, is twelfth century and wonderfully preserved and maintained. The rest of the building, including the bedrooms is fourteenth century.
As you can imagine, this is a marvellous place for anyone with an interest in the era, and it didn't disappoint. I thought you might like to share some of the photos we took.


Don't be late for the countdown deal for Out of Time!

May 25, 2017


To celebrate the launch of A Promise to Keep, book 2 in the Out of Time series (which I had no idea was going to become a series, lol), I’m offering Out of Time – book 1 – for just 99p/99c between 24th-31st May. The price in the UK will remain at 99p for the entire deal, however, the price in the US will rise after the first couple of days, so if you are in the US, do get in quickly to take advantage of the best price.

Here’s the link. I hop...

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May 16, 2017
I'm delighted to announce that Hertfordshire Libraries have invited me to take part in their 'Meet the Author' event at Hemel Hempstead Library on 31st May this year. If you happen to be in the area why not come on over and meet me and the seven other authors taking part in this event? You'll be able to get your hands on a signed copy of my new book, A Promise to Keep as well as the first in the series, Out of Time.

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New Award for Out of Time

February 2, 2017
I'm thrilled to have received this prestigious badge from Discovering Diamonds Review site - THE place for good historical fiction. 

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Book Two Will Soon Be Ready

February 2, 2017
I'm starting to get excited. Book two in the Out of Time series will soon be ready for publication. I'm doubly thrilled about this because when I wrote Out of Time, I had no idea it was going to turn into a series. However, as so many authors find - my characters ran away with the plot. Characters who only had tiny roles in book 1 suddenly wanted a bigger part. Others had health issues and took a back seat. Prince John, as ever, although with a completely full calendar, muscled his way in and...
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A Bouncy, Squeaking Bubble & Lots Of Screaming

January 8, 2016
I started my new year in much the same condition as many people. I didn't have a hangover as I hadn't overindulged, but I'd had a very late night and been on too much of a high to get to sleep until gone 4, so I woke up - sort of - in a somewhat slow fashion.

I had one thing I wanted to know before I got on with the day, so I sat at the top of the stairs in my cosy dressing gown, hollering to my husband, who was in the kitchen (there is no hiding place in our house). 

"I'll just check," I warbl...

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An Exciting Announcement

November 2, 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that not only has Out of Time been reviewed on the Historical Novel Society, but it has also been awarded an Editor's Choice logo and, even more exciting, has been long-listed for the 2016 HNS Indie Award. I don't suppose for one minute it will make it to the short list, but I am over the moon that it has got this far.
If you would like to read the review, please click on the link on the top of my home page.

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Out of Time - the book I was never going to write

August 13, 2015
Yet another exciting new step for me - I have now published my first ever historical novel. Out of Time is set partly in 2006 and partly in 1191. It involved many new areas for me as it is also my first full length novel.

In the past, I have said that I would never write historical fiction; although I enjoy reading it, I didn't believe it was something I could write well. However, I am learning never to say what I will not write - each time I say that, it is the exact thing I end up doing. And...

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Changing Direction

June 15, 2015
Some of you may have noticed that my writing has taken an unexpected turn. I went for a wander in Writing Woods, took a different turning than usual and ended up down Short Story Lane. And I found I liked it.
My first foray into fiction, a novelette, Where Angels Tread, came out in March 2014, and was followed by two collections of short stories, Beautiful and Four Christmases.
My fourth work of fiction, actually my eighth book in total, Out of Time, is a novel which starts in 2006 but quickly ...

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Feel Good Poetry

December 4, 2013
So, why do I write the type of poetry I write? Why not write angst or about broken hearts? Simple. I want to leave you with a smile on your face. 

I enjoy writing beautiful poetry, and inspirational verse, but I also like to make people laugh. I hope, sometimes, you might be moved to tears by my poetry, but only in a good way. And I love to make people laugh. Much of my poetry is fairly down-to-earth, so it appeals not only to people who enjoy reading verse, but also to those who wouldn't norm...

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