Something for the weekend

'Whoa, what's that?' I hear you cry. 'What's that picture with Book News over the top of it?' Only I'm sure you expressed it so much better than I just did. Just a couple of things to take us into the weekend. The first is that I have a Kindle Countdown Deal running on my Sherlock …

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Books books books!

Today I'm talking about even more books than usual! First of all, Murder At The Playgroup is featuring in 3 book promotions this month: Best Of British and Irish - This showcases books by British and Irish authors, and you can download free excerpts and even whole stories from Instafreebie. Lots of different genres, and the promotion …

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Murder At The Playgroup: the digested reviews!

I'm terrible at remembering to share reviews of my books. Plus I get embarrassed. So I thought I'd try something new. Here is a word cloud of all the reviews Murder At The Playgroup has received so far!   The bigger the word, the more times it's been used. And as the book's currently at 4.4 out …

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It’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday and we’re celebrating!

Happy birthday, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! It's not every day that the creator of Sherlock Holmes has a birthday. To celebrate, the ebook of A House Of Mirrors is on offer for 99c/99p. It won't last long, though, so if you'd like a copy, snap one up! Elementary (sorry). As ever, the book is also free to …

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Crunching the numbers: Book Report

WARNING: If you don't like numbers or graphs you might want to look away now...or skip this post altogether! I'm probably a gazillion steps behind the rest of the author community, but I just signed up for Book Report. If you haven't seen it, Book Report makes an easy-read dashboard out of your Amazon KDP …

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Watch out! Murder At The Playgroup goes live!

It's launch day! Murder At The Playgroup is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon - it's currently on offer at 99c/99p - and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! Visit the book on Amazon Murder At The Playgroup is a short, light, hopefully funny cosy mystery. It's also a bit of a departure for me: a) it's …

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X marks the spot! A map of Much Gadding

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday drawing a map. This is writing-related, believe it or not, because it's a map for the new book. I love maps. Simon Garfield's On The Map is one of my favourite non-fiction books. Atlases, jigsaws, maps in books. When the kids had to do a treasure map for homework …

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The Monster Under The Bed

So Camp NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I achieved my modest target of 25,000 words on April 25 (how apt!), finishing Something Blue the next day with just over 28,000 words. Here's the graph: I was aiming for between 25 and 30K, so I'll take that. Once I got started, the writing was fairly easy, …

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And the winner is… Murder At The Playgroup cover reveal!

The results are in! I'd like to say it was a close call but it really wasn't. Even after a late surge from the other cover, the cover above, with a big splashy MURDER on, got over three-quarters of the votes. I liked both versions, so I win either way 🙂 My next job is …

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Choose my book cover!

So I've been messing around with graphics again... This time it's for the cozy mystery book I plan to launch next month, Murder At The Playgroup.  To cut a long story short, after downloading a ridiculous amount of vectors from Vecteezy.com, moving them all over the place, and switching most of the layers off again, I started …

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