Swallowed a dictionary

This week I’ve been doing the final – I hope – proof on my middle-grade novel, Rich Girl, Poor Girl. At the same time, I’ve been writing down 'tricky words' to put in a glossary at the back of the book. That is, words I’m not sure a 9 to 11 year old would necessarily …

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The parting of the ways

That title is much more dramatic than this post will be :-)! However, I decided this was something worth writing a little blog about, so here goes. Most of my books - by quite a long way - are books for adults. However, just before the pandemic, I published a picture book for children - …

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10 thoughts on being an independent author

As it's Indie Author Week this week, and I've now been self-publishing for just over 6 years, here are some thoughts on what it's like to be an independent author. Before I start, two things: What follows is drawn from my own experience - I'm not saying it will be the same for everyone who …

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Murder at a discount! Murder at the Playgroup is 99c/99p in ebook

Can't beat a cheeky Friday discount! To celebrate the shiny new covers I've put on the Pippa Parker Mysteries humorous mystery series, the first book, Murder at the Playgroup, is just 99c/99p in ebook from Friday 10-Thursday 16 June (US/UK only, I'm afraid, but the book is also available in Kindle Unlimited). See the book …

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Ambushed by a spam fritter!

So there I was, editing away at the children's book I've drafted, and starting to think about what to write next.  The obvious contender is Maisie Frobisher book 5, and it would make sense to plot books 5 and 6 together and then crack on. Wouldn't it?  But fate had other ideas... I'd been idly …

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Omnibus alert! Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series launches today

I do like a box set... As the Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes series is now complete (I'm not saying there won't be spinoffs, mind), I decided it made sense to offer a box set. For Kindle Unlimited readers, the whole series takes up one slot instead of 3, and for ebook buyers, it's the …

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Fully Booked is out today

It’s a funny time to launch a book, that’s for sure. Even last week, I didn’t know that world events were going to escalate to such a degree. But my book was locked into Amazon by then, so here we are! Given everything else going on right now, obviously I haven’t done much promotion, but …

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Here we are again: new year goals…

This year seems to have gone both quickly and slowly. Somehow, the whole family has managed to stay Covid-free (I ought to cross my fingers but it's quite hard to type at the same time). The kids are back in school, I'm back tutoring (in just one school this time), but my husband is still …

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Re-covering a book series

'You can't judge a book by its cover' is a saying you've probably heard many times, but I firmly believe that most people do - me included! While I was writing A Spider's Web, book three in my Mrs Hudson and Sherlock Holmes series, I made a decision to get new covers for the series. …

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Shenanigans! Caster & Fleet are on discount this week!

Guess what?! The Case of the Black Tulips, the first book in the Caster & Fleet Victorian mystery series, is on offer for 99p/99c in ebook this week (ending July 4) instead of the usual 2.99/3.99 price (US/UK only). But that's not all - we've also reduced the price of the next two books in the series! …

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