Murder on the cheap!

You heard it here first - although if you subscribe to my newsletter, this is old news. Sorry about that. From today (July 20) until early next week, Murder At The Playgroup is on special offer if you're in the US or UK, because it's on a Kindle Countdown Deal. The ebook will start off at 99p/99c, …

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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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And we’re off! Camp NaNoWriMo begins…

Hello all. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I am feeling smug because I've written 1250 words this morning and started a new book! CampNaNoWriMo has begun. Well, it started yesterday but I was running a poetry and short story event at Stockton Heath festival, so for me today was the day. …

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Murder At The Playgroup: the digested reviews!

I'm terrible at remembering to share reviews of my books. Plus I get embarrassed. So I thought I'd try something new. Here is a word cloud of all the reviews Murder At The Playgroup has received so far!   The bigger the word, the more times it's been used. And as the book's currently at 4.4 out …

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It’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday and we’re celebrating!

Happy birthday, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! It's not every day that the creator of Sherlock Holmes has a birthday. To celebrate, the ebook of A House Of Mirrors is on offer for 99c/99p. It won't last long, though, so if you'd like a copy, snap one up! Elementary (sorry). As ever, the book is also free to …

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Crunching the numbers: Book Report

WARNING: If you don't like numbers or graphs you might want to look away now...or skip this post altogether! I'm probably a gazillion steps behind the rest of the author community, but I just signed up for Book Report. If you haven't seen it, Book Report makes an easy-read dashboard out of your Amazon KDP …

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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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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 homework …

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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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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 is …

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