Hotter than Hell

Here’s a little short story to warm up your winter: He gave a low groan. It echoed loudly around his head. So thirsty. He opened his mouth; it was dry and tacky. It felt as though simply moving it might cause it to crumble like old underlay. He slapped his tongue around, hoping to generate some moisture, but the feeling … Read More

Keep Calm and Carry on Writing

Well, it’s been a little while since I last posted anything… okay, so it was Christmas. Yes, Christmas! Where has the time gone? There is a reason for my tardiness. A couple of years ago my husband and I decided to buy a house – a doer-upper—thinking it would be great fun to tackle a renovation project. The first time … Read More

A little something to fill you with Christmas cheer

Here’s a little Christmas present. It’s a seasonal short story I wrote for the Facebook group: UK Crime Book Club (A fantastic group for anyone who loves home grown crime fiction). I hope you enjoy! TURKEY AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS Constance slowly opened her eyes. She blinked, confused. Instead of the usual darkness, the room glowed brightly. She looked toward … Read More

Give the gift of a good book

Still looking for some last-minute Christmas presents? Then why not buy someone the gift of an e-book? Did you know you can buy a kindle book and have it delivered to someone else as a gift? It couldn’t be easier. Simply follow these 5 easy steps: From the Kindle Store in your desktop browser, select the book you want to … Read More

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I’m not an artist or a graphic designer, and as an independently published author I don’t have a team behind me to advise on cover art, so when it came to creating a cover for the second novel in the DC Cat McKenzie series, I knew I needed some “expert” help and turned to the wonderful folk of Facebook. I … Read More

Time Flies…

Time flies when you’re having fun, so the saying goes. Well, I’m not sure I’ve been having that much fun, but it was a real shock to realise it’s been nearly 5 months since I last posted on my blog. That’s right – five months!! So much has happened, it’s going to need a lot of self-restraint to keep this … Read More

A Taste of Things to Come: Cover reveal for Crime Bites, volume 1

If you love reading crime make every spare minute count with Crime Bites!  With only one week to go, let me whet your appetite with this great cover reveal. Crime Bites volume 1, my collection of short and super-short stories, is out on 1 August. Crime Bites is the perfect size for your phone or tablet, so when you find … Read More

Crime Bites: a fantastic collection of bite-size crime stories

Love to read crime but never seem to have the time? Let Crime Bites satisfy your appetite. Crime Bites is a collection of short and super-short stories with crime at its heart. Some are light-hearted tales, others deliciously dark. No matter what your taste in crime you’re sure to find something you like. Waiting for the bus? Date late? Or … Read More

What’s hot… The big trend for small reads

As an author and book lover I am always intrigued to learn about people’s reading habits. Hoping to find out more, I turned to the internet to look more closely at what is influencing the way we read and what that is doing to the market for fiction. Well the good news is that people still love reading: book sales … Read More

Confessions of a (Reformed) Closet Book Reviewer

I have a confession to make: I’m a closet book reviewer. Or, more accurately, I was. Even though I would absolutely love for everyone who reads my books to be kind enough to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, I recently realised that I am guilty of rarely publishing reviews myself. I have done a few, but nothing close … Read More