The Cat Is In The Library? A quantum-inspired short story

So, the Quantum Shorts story competition has come round again. I didn't think I'd manage to write a story for it this year, what with NaNoWriMo and everything, but then Twitter sparked off an idea... Who can't get behind a story featuring cats and libraries? I started off with a spin on Schrodinger's Cat, based …

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Klaxon – Murder At The Playgroup’s on sale today!

Well, if you're in the US or UK, that is. If only Amazon made Kindle Countdown Deals available everywhere... My first-in-series cozy mystery, Murder At The Playgroup, is available for just 99p/99c today (US/UK only). I think the price starts going back up sometime on Sunday, so if you want to get the book at the …

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Match Point: a tennis tale

As Wimbledon's on, here is a little flash story I wrote a while ago. Imagine it narrated by your favourite tennis commentator! Match Point   ‘Get out of the way, Marnie!’ Dylan shouts, pointing his racket at her. ‘I want to plaaaaaaayyy…’ Marnie whines, Bambi eyes pleading. ‘No. You’re too small. You’ll probably hurt yourself, …

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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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An approaching bookiversary

I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming …

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I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!

The title pretty much sums up this blog post! The feeling of growing dread when, having put your NaNoWriMo draft away for a few months, the time comes to bring it out again and actually read the words you wrote last November. The words you hope to make a book from. Will it be a crappy …

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An Invitation Refused: a short story for Valentine’s Day

Here's a daft little story I wrote a while back, a version of a fairytale which you might recognise. Hope you enjoy it! An Invitation Refused 'You shall go to the ball!' The Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand. Cinderella stared. 'Really?' 'Oh yes,' replied the benevolent dame. 'Pazowie!' With a few swirls of her wand …

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Made it! #NaNoWriMo 2016

Yes! Over the line! There is nothing like the wonderful feeling of relief when you paste your words into the little box, click 'Validate', and the little trophy pops up. NaNoWriMo is complete! This time I was actually in the process of writing the last chapter. As usual, I was doing a 25-minute pomodoro, which …

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Thunderclaps and giveaways and discounts, oh my!

A Jar Of Thursday Thunderclap and giveaway Have I mentioned that I've set up a Thunderclap campaign for A Jar Of Thursday? 😉 If you haven't heard of one before, a Thunderclap is a big synchronised social media share, with the purpose of making an impact. As you can see, it's going pretty well, with 72 supporters at …

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What’s A Jar of Thursday and how can I get one?

I'm very happy to announce that, slightly earlier than anticipated, A Jar of Thursday is available to pre-order as an ebook on Amazon, and launches on Thursday 29 September! What's a jar of Thursday? Well, of course you'll have to read the book to find out, but it's a novella, a sequel to one of the stories …

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