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Thursday, 18 February 2021

 Authors supporting authors!

For those of you in New Zealand don't forget the book fair: Ages of Pages Book Fair
Saturday 27 March 2021 at Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton city.


Vicky Adin's historical novels are doing well.  New Zealand setting and some romance.

, The Cornish Knot, is currently on sale for .99US at Amazon.

Portrait of a Man  has received an IndieBRAG award.


Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Where's the year vanishing to?

Oh bother! the virus is out in Auckland and it would be the UK quick spreading version. We knew it would happen but the moaning and grizzling is a pain to listen to. What's more life threatening? A struggle to keep a business open or watching people die of the virus? Beat the  virus then we can sort things out. Things  have to change. Our far too much reliance of tourists means that there are too many little cafes, restaurants and small business aimed solely at the overseas tourist. They can’t all survive. It’s going to take at least another 6 years to knock the virus down to an annual corvid shot like the annual ‘flu shot. It’s no good fussing and it might be more positive to look at the new future and make it a better one people wise, nature wise and climate wise! That old selfish gene needs a boot, and each of us needs to think seriously about a decent future for our grandchildren.


All systems are working slowly to go for the launch of ‘Wild Colonial Girl’. I am checking the e-book proofs and finally have defeated a chunk of technology which has baffled me. I can now make Buttons for websites, and landing pages and link them up in my e-books. I have to learn the process by rote as I don’t understand the processes, which infuriates me. The next job is to tackle automating a series of emails and spreading them out over days! I’ve seen it done once but am not sure I have it fixed in my head. Fingers crossed.


The task of updating all my ebooks is daunting but I am determined. New Covers coming up too when I’ve earned some money. There’s a possibility of some acting as an extra in a film being made locally. We have yet to hear if it’s all go! It’s been a problem learning good marketing practices without being a pushy sales person. And the best practice seems to involve a heap of tech work which I can’t do yet. I’m getting there slowly. I’ve set aside one session a week for writing short stories or the lack of creative writing will drive me nuts! Our Writer’s Choice novels are prize winners yet unless we do some positive sales work we don’t get the sales they deserve. We’ll get it sorted eventually.


My new novel s cover is a gem. We used genuine photos from an album of the 1880s and my clever cover artist - Peter Langdon based at Reedsy.com - put the right young lady in place. Despite our modern minds falling about at the idea of anyone climbing in the mountains with hat, gloves, parasol and smart suit it is indeed what those intrepid young women did. I've seen their photographs!

The pre-launch sales and pre-orders will be opening shortly so anyone wanting an uplit cheerful and easy read to sooth their virus stressed minds do try this novel. The beta readers all say it was a happy read.


Tuesday, 17 November 2020


I’m a fickle reader. My favourites change with every book I read and I read one a day. I have a set of old friends I reread, loving both the writing style and the characters. Patricia McKillip, Rosemary Sutcliff, L. M. Boston, J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, Cynthia Voight, C.J. Cherrhy are a few of these. I need old favourites, comfortable reads with character friends to send me to sleep or my dreams are full of the terrible things happening in this nightmare time we are currently living through.

However, once I got round the constant use of fuck as an exclamation, I've been delighting in reading and rereading Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series starting with the 'Rivers of London'. Satirical and wickedly funny in the way Terry Pratchett's Sam Vines books are, here we have a young, green, newly qualified London police officer run into a ghost and discover the world of magic, the magic police, the Folly, and his boss, Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale.  Much of the fun comes from Peter's interaction with Thomas Nightingale who is an upper middle class gentleman. Peter is a mixed race council estate brat with a strong sense of justice and a working class dislike of the privileged - like Inspector Nightingale. 

As a reader I have been entertained and amused by the characters and the clever Harry Potter like blending of magic and reality. As a writer I boggle at the imagination, which I know I lack, of writer Arronovitch. Discovering he's been a scriptwriter for Dr Who doesn't surprise me and I wish I had half his imagination and way with dialogue. I bought the graphic novel (Comic Book) versions for my grandson and he's now reading the novels with gusto.

Do start with novel number one - Rivers of London - or you'll miss half the fun. And fun they are, and clever and satirical and thoroughly entertaining.