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.Continue reading “Re-covering a book series”

A late spring clean! Website updated

OK, May is a bit late for a spring clean…but overhauling my website is one of those jobs which I eye warily, hoping it might go away if I don’t look at it directly. The last time we moved house one of the things we found was that the house had 3 fuseboxes – asContinue reading “A late spring clean! Website updated”

Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year

It feels weird to say out loud that I’m not going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this time around. Admittedly I haven’t been writing long, in the grand scheme of things, but NaNo in November, and Camp NaNo in April and July, formed part of my goals and targets and gave a bit ofContinue reading “Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year”

Cover reveal! Coming (fairly) soon – A Fete Worse Than Death!

Ready to see what the third Pippa Parker mystery looks like? On the count of three… One… Two… Wait for iiiiiit… Ta-daaaaah! I’ve been wanting to post this cover for a while, but I resolved not to until I’d sent the book out to beta readers. However, as I finally packed A Fete Worse ThanContinue reading “Cover reveal! Coming (fairly) soon – A Fete Worse Than Death!”

It’s cover reveal time again! Please rise for Murder in the Choir!

Drumroll… To be honest I feel slightly fraudulent making a song and dance about this cover, because it’s one of the quickest so far. Never mind, eh. May I introduce you to the cover for Murder in the Choir, the second book in the Pippa Parker Mysteries series! If you’ve seen the cover for Murder at the PlaygroupContinue reading “It’s cover reveal time again! Please rise for Murder in the Choir!”

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 homeworkContinue reading “X marks the spot! A map of Much Gadding”

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 isContinue reading “And the winner is… Murder At The Playgroup cover reveal!”

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, moving them all over the place, and switching most of the layers off again, I startedContinue reading “Choose my book cover!”

New-look Wordster!

Welcome to the new-look Wordster! I’ve been thinking about overhauling this site for a while. I’m not quite sure what prompted it; perhaps a growing realisation that other sites I was visiting were less busy, less bright, more modern-looking. When I checked up on the theme and saw it was called Twenty Thirteen – well,Continue reading “New-look Wordster!”

What makes a book cover?

I’ve been posting the cover of A Jar of Thursday quite a bit in social media lately – Whoops, sorry, finger must have slipped 😉 Anyway, while I’ve put a credits section in the back of the book, it struck me that to be fair I should also share the credits via social media. And as theContinue reading “What makes a book cover?”