books

Steel Valley – coming of age in the industrial hey-day.

Today I am hosting a stop on Jerry Madden’s tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club. His book, Steel Valley, is set in the 1960s in Ohio which qualifies it as historical fiction – you know, at least fifty years in teh past. Gulp. I am apparently fast becoming a relic. . . I find […]

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Drumbeats – an intriguing title for an intriguing book!

Today, I am happy to give a shout-out to Julia Ibbotson and her book, Drumbeats. A bit out of my ordinary reading – albeit that anything that happened in 1965 now qualifies as Historical Fiction. (OMG! I’m an artefact!!!!!) Personally, I think Julia’s book sounds very intriguing! Blurb: It’s 1965, and 18 year old Jess

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Pssst! Listen up – a post about audio books

I have recently released one of my books as an audio book under my own imprint. I already have sixteen audio books under my belt – but they’re distributed by Blackstone publishing. In retrospect, I should maybe have held on to my audio rights to maximise my royalties, but I find it so HARD (and

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A new book and a birthday – a celebratory combo?

Today is publication day for Her Castilian Heart and I am especially proud to release a book that has already been awarded a Gold Medal in the 2022 Coffee Pot Book Club Awards. That was an unexpected and delightful honour, and I am quite sure both Noor and Robert—my somewhat battered protagonists—are happy as well.

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The case of the swelling narrative – or how one book becomes three. Or four. Or ten.

My mother always used to say that concentrating your words to a succinct few was the hallmark of a good speaker—or writer. I’m guessing she’s sighing heavily wherever she is whenever she takes a peek at my work, because dear peeps, it seems to me abbreviation is a skill I am not good at. I

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Cryssa Bazos on tour – presenting Traitor’s Knot

Today I am more than happy to be hosting a stop on The Coffee Pot Book Club’s blog tour for Traitor’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos. I read this book some years ago, and I am happy to report that while Ms Bazos is relaunching the book under a new cover, the content remains unchanged. Fortunate,

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A Rooster for Asklepios – a spotlight

Today, I am honoured to be part of one of Mary Anne Yarde’s excellent blogtours, in this case featuring a book that sounds utterly fascinating. Take a professor of the history of the Greco-Roman world, mix in a desire to bring these ancient times to vivid life and you have Mr Stanley’s trilogy, A Slave’s

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My new book! Welcome Robert and his fiery Castilian hawk!

If I were to collect all the tears I’ve shed as I’ve read one more tragic depiction after the other of the sad fate of the last Welsh princes and their families, I’d likely have a bath tub full. Welsh princes? some of you query. After all, there were many Welsh princes back then, not

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A wonderful indie duet – meet Mary Anne and Sayara

Time for yet another post featuring some of the talented authors I’ve met via social media and the like. Today, I am proud to have Sayara StClair and Mary Anne Yarde as my guests. These ladies write books that have very little in common – beyond the fact that they are very, very well-written. Sayara

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Do No Harm – a spotlight

Some peeps always go out of their way to support and promote other writers. One such is Christoph Fischer, so when he wondered if I’d be interested in doing a shout-out for a boxed set of medical thrillers to which he has contributed, the answer was a resounding YES. Do no harm hit the nr

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