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The Whitechapel Virgin – Chapter 1

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  ONE The gentleman looked down at the young girl who had tripped before him and lay sprawled on the ground with one thigh exposed. ‘Young miss, are you all right?’ She glanced up at the dark-clothed stranger apprehensively, before taking hold of the black-gloved hand he offered her in assistance. ‘Thank you kind sir,’ she replied, rising to her… Read more »

Nanowrimo 2017 – 30 Days to Success

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I’m committed to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. This is Nanowrimo. The National Novel Writing Month of December where each year thousands of writers participate on the Nano website in the hope of winning. What are the prizes, you ask? Well depends on what you’re looking for.

Happiness, Tears and New Ideas

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Well, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster this past week. I returned to Gibraltar to visit family and friends only to find myself giggling one moment and crying the next, and so I’ve learned that it’s completely and humanly possible to be happy and sad at the exact same time. Suffice to say, I have returned to Edinburgh with a real… Read more »

‘Success for Quitters’ by Jodie Crook

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I’m very proud of my fellow writer and friend, Jodie Crook, who has recently made available her short story GIRL RED. The  story was entered into a writing competition which I organised in Gibraltar a few years ago. Girl Red was chosen as the clear winner by Ruth Dugdall, an award-winning author of psychological thriller novels, and one of the judges of… Read more »

Girl Forgotten – New Giveaway for UK and USA Readers

A new paperback giveaway for my latest novel Girl Forgotten will run for the month of July.  Simply click on the link below to add your name and mailing address at Goodreads for a chance to win! Well done to Eugene from Minsk who won the last giveaway which had around 2,000 entries. Thanks to everyone for their continued support… Read more »

Exciting News and ‘Hello Waterstones’

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I have so much to say to my friends and readers, but I’ve been so busy of late, please forgive me. It’s been a crazy month, but in a good way. Emotions have been high and low, and like anyone else I am affected by praise or otherwise. Let it not be said that life is dull. I want to… Read more »

Goodbye to KDP with New Publisher Contract

I have been so busy these last few days I’ve barely had a moment to blog, so now I’m ready to grab a moment to sit, take a deep breath, and update you on my latest shenanigans. Well, it’s been an exciting week. Shortly after my interesting excursion to the “Amazon Academy” event, I was given the chance to join a publishing… Read more »

Amazon Academy Helping Independent Authors

                    An event to help authors discover and/or improve their careers in the book publishing world was held yesterday at the International Conference Centre in Edinburgh. The first half of the morning was applied to the projection of KDP images on to a screen for the benefit for those who may not… Read more »

Edinburgh – A City of Dreams

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Since my big move to Edinburgh in December I have been busy settling into a city that has so much character and energy that I literally feel overwhelmed. But in a good way of course! Who cannot love the vibrancy of a place that is crammed with so many historical offerings? Well, none more than a historical fiction writer like… Read more »

The Last Letter of Mary Queen of Scots on Public Display

As a lover and author of historical fiction I was filled with excitement and privilege today to be able to visit the National Library of Scotland to cast my eyes on the original last letter written in the hand of Mary Queen of Scots. For those unaware of the history attached to this event, today marks the 430th anniversary of the Queen’s… Read more »