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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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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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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It’s launch day: By The Book!

Another instalment in the Magical Bookshop series is out today! By The Book, book 4, is now available to buy in ebook and paperback on Amazon, and also available to read in Kindle Unlimited. I enjoyed writing this book very much. Not just because I always enjoy writing and this series is comparatively light, but also because this …

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A longer journey: embarking on a bigger book

Today’s blog is slightly different from the norm, as I'm embarking on something slightly bigger. I’m writing a bigger book. This probably doesn’t sound that big a deal, but to me it feels like one! So I thought I’d write about it, just in case anyone else: feels the same way is thinking about writing …

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It’s my publiversary! 10 thoughts on 5 years of self-publishing

Time flies when you're having fun! I only realised this morning that today is the fifth anniversary of the date I published my first book, The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes. I've done publiversary posts before, which you can find by searching for 'publiversary', but I felt that I probably ought to mark a half-decade …

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It’s that time again: new year goals…

Well, 2020 has been interesting, to say the least. What's that saying about 'may you live in interesting times'?  I reread last year's 'life goals' post, and either I was unusually prescient, or I may be partly responsible for the mess that has been 2020. If so, I apologise. That said, I'm conscious that I'm …

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Third time lucky: Double Booked launches today!

It's taken me a little bit longer this time, but Book 3 of the Magical Bookshop series, Double Booked, is finally here! I had hoped to have this book ready to go at the end of October, but as sometimes happens, life got in the way. In book 3 Jemma finally has a bookshop of her own …

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Grab yourself a bargain book: Every Trick in the Book is on sale in the US and UK!

As I'm launching book 3 in the Magical Bookshop series later this week, I decided to celebrate by organising a discount on the first in series, Every Trick In The Book! From today (Tuesday 17 November) to Monday 23 November, the ebook of Every Trick in the Book will be just 99c/99p in the US …

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Prepare to launch: Brought to Book!

Book 2 of the Magical Bookshop series is here - prepare to be Brought to Book! And so far, my early reviewers have really enjoyed it! This time I've advanced a bit further down the path which the first book, Every Trick in the Book, paused at, and a few more things about the bookshop are …

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