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 … Continue reading An approaching bookiversary
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 … Continue reading I finally read my NaNoWriMo draft and it isn’t terrible!
This year I was invited to come to my kids' primary school on World Book Day and do a little talk about writing and how I get my ideas. My thoughts, in order, were: Great! I get to talk about writing! Ah. It's World Book Day. I need to dress up. Not that I have … Continue reading My World Book 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 … Continue reading An Invitation Refused: a short story for Valentine’s Day
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 … Continue reading Made it! #NaNoWriMo 2016
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 … Continue reading Thunderclaps and giveaways and discounts, oh my!
Taking a very quick break from editing (yes, STILL editing), to mention the marvellous #ComedyBookWeek that's been going on this week. It's the brainchild of Ana Spoke, author of Shizzle, Inc, and if you follow the hashtag you'll find all sorts of goodies - interviews, reviews and giveaways. Plus many of the participating books (over 100 at … Continue reading It’s #ComedyBookWeek on Twitter!
I'm very happy to announce that The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes is now available in paperback! It seems to have taken ages, but we got there in the end. It's available from the same Amazon link as the ebook - myBook.to/NotebookSH - priced at £4.99/$7.99. Here are some pictures (spot the proud mum). I have to say I'm … Continue reading Now in paperback too! The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes
That's right, just for today The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes ebook is free to buy from Amazon! Spread the word! On May 22, 1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born, so on the anniversary of his birthday I thought a Secret Notebook giveaway day would be a nice gesture. Visit myBook.to/NotebookSH to grab your copy, and if you enjoy … Continue reading Free stuff! The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes is free today
As part of the celebrations for the Secret Notebook launch we have obtained an exclusive interview with Professor J. Parker Holcroft, from the Department of Criminology, University of Westmorland, who kindly contributed the book's foreword. Professor J. Parker Holcroft is not easy to find. When I enquire at the reception of the Department of Criminology, they claim there … Continue reading An exclusive interview with Professor J. Parker Holcroft