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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In praise of laziness

It's been a shockingly long time since I wrote a proper blog post. Apologies, but I'm not quite sure where March and most of April went! I think the last time I mentioned my NaNoWriMo draft from November 2016, Murder At The Playgroup, was when I'd done a read-through preliminary to beginning THE EDIT (I finally …

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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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The end, again (only it isn’t)

I finished the first draft of In Sherlock's Shadow last night, at 9.50pm GMT. That should sound more celebratory, but my overall feeling was one of exhausted relief. It may have something to do with having written 4500 words in a day, packed one of the kids for a residential trip, and taken a 7-mile walk, but …

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JanuWriMo and FebuWriMore: a progress report

OK, I invented FebuWriMore, but anyway... I'm not blogging as frequently, due to an increase of STUFF to do, so it was only when checking the last few posts today that I realised I hadn't actually written an end-of-January post. Maybe I did it in my head! The image at the top of the post …

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What happens on a Thursday? A Jar Of Thursday is half-price, that’s what!

You heard me. Starting today, A Jar Of Thursday, my Sherlock Holmes-mystery-adventure-steampunk novella, is 99c/99p or equivalent in ebook for a few days. So if you've enjoyed any of my other stuff, maybe give it a try. It's got: Time travel! Gadgets! Mysterious shadowy figures! Science! ...and much more. Check it out here (the global link leads …

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New year, new book…

Hello there! Good grief, it's been a long time since the last post. I can't believe we're over halfway through January already. Then again, that's what happens when you undertake to write 50,000 words in a month... Today's post is, basically, a quick progress report. I have two coldy kids on the sofa and a …

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January sale! A House Of Mirrors Kindle Countdown Deal!

First things first - Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2017 for all of us. 2016 was a nice year for me personally, but rubbish in terms of politics and also in losing so many cultural icons. So to celebrate the demise of 2016, my latest book and first full-length novel, A House Of Mirrors, is …

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Sneak preview! Chapter 1 of A House Of Mirrors

Ever wondered what Mrs Hudson's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes was like? Here's my version...hope you enjoy it! NB While what's below is in web format, the book is formatted with indented paragraphs and no spaces between 😉 CHAPTER 1 221B Baker Street, 4th January 1881 When would he come? I checked my watch for …

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It’s A House Of Mirrors launch day!

I'm very proud to say that my first novel, A House Of Mirrors, is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon, and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! I'm planning to get the paperback out before Christmas, too 😉 It feels like a very long journey from November 1, 2015, when I sat down at the computer …

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