Murder on Tyneside

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

It's Been a While...

Yes, I know it has been a while sine my last post, but there has been a complication over the last couple of months.

My husband had a stroke at the beginning of October and was rushed to hospital. I can't believe how suddenly it happened. Earlier that day, we had been poring over a crossword puzzle in the newspaper and all had been well. But later, when I went to speak to him, his speech was slurred and his mouth was drooping. When he couldn't raise his arms, I called for an ambulance.Thankfully, they arrived about ten minutes later and confirmed what I told them. A few minutes later, they were on their way to the hospital. I followed in our car.

As it turned out, because of picking up the signs quickly, he was given the right medication early enough to stop the bleeding in the brain. Phil was discharged from the General Hospital after two weeks to out local hospital, where he spent a further week. He is home now, but though he doesn't have any paralysis, the stroke had slowed him down quite a lot.

Now we are both taking things very quietly - not that we rushed around anywhere before Phil's stroke. You will recall how most of my posts tell you that everything is much the same and I don't have any news.  I think I prefer it that way than what happened recently...

Christmas is coming closer and I am trying to be prepared this year. Cards are written and I have also included the little round-robin letter I usually write. I have even managed to get most of the Christmas presents sorted - that is a plus. Now I need to wrap them.

I will give you all a heads up while I am here - Murder on Tyneside, (Agnes Lockwood Mysteries Book 1) will be free to download on 21st November for a short time. If you haven't read this novel, then now would be a good time to download a copy.  You might also like to consider downloading Death on Tyneside (Book 2)  either at the same time - or in advance. They are both stand alone reads. That way, you will getting two books for the price of one! Now that is a real bargain.

I think that is all for the moment!

Hope you all have a great day, wherever you are!

Cheers !!
Chink! Chink!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Hello Again!!

Hello again!

It has been so long since I last posted a blog, I bet you were beginning to wonder what had happened.
Well the simple answer to that is - nothing has happened. Nothing has been going on in my rather quiet world.  We have had a couple of storms, where we all had to batten down the hatches and hope we weren't blown away. Thankfully nothing drastic happened in the village where I live. However, I gather that people living in some other areas in Scotland, weren't so lucky. At the moment the sun is shining and it is a little windy, but nothing drastic.

This morning, the men appeared to resurface the road outside our house. We had been warned about it, so we all knew exactly what was going to happen and when it would be happening. Everything went according to plan. Three enormous vehicles plus a roller turned up, together with about eight men and the job was done in no to time at all. However, now they have gone and the excitement is over, the street has reverted back into its usual very quiet mode.

Murder on Tyneside

This morning, I had rather a nice surprise when I checked the ratings for Murder on Tyneside on Amazon US. I found not one, not two, but three new 5 star reviews. You have no idea how delighted I was when I saw them. It is so very difficult getting reviews of any kind, but three 5 star reviews over three days is wonderful.

If anyone reading this has read and enjoyed Murder on Tyneside or Death on Tyneside, the second book in the Agnes Lockwood Series, I would much appreciate a review.

Our nephew started primary school at the beginning of September and I understand he is enjoying it. I can't believe he is five already. The years are passing so quickly - too quickly for me!

Well I think that is all for the moment. Like I said, I don't have any news, but I thought I had better write something otherwise you would think I had dropped off the map. 

However, before I leave, I would like to mention a book I have just finished reading -
Father Figure by James J Cudney. I really enjoyed the read and recommend you take a look.

Take care all and enjoy your day.


Does anyone recognize this wonderful restaurant/cafe?

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Just a Couple of Things...

Hello everyone,

Yes, it's me again. I bet you were all wondering what had happened to me as I haven't been around very much of late. Well the truth is, I haven't been around anywhere, which means that I don't have anything to pass on to you.

Nothing exciting has happened since I sent out my last blog. By that, I mean nothing exciting has happened in my own little world. But I am ever hopeful that one day I will come on here and tell you about something wonderful. Nevertheless, until  happens, I am here with the same old... same old.

At the moment I am sitting here in my writing room with a cup of tea (waiting for wine o'clock 😉) trying to make some progress with my latest novel. Once again, it is about Agnes Lockwood and what she gets up to on Tyneside once she gets her teeth into a police investigation. This will be book three in the series. However, it is going slowing; my brain seems to have switched off. Maybe it's due to the recent heatwave! Hopefully I will be able to pick up the shreds again very soon.

Murder on Tyneside

This brings me to another point: Murder on Tyneside, the first book in the series, is free to download today. The offer will continue until 25th August. Therefore if you haven't yet read this novel, then now is a good time to add it to your reading list.

If you enjoy the read, I would be grateful if you would leave a review on Amazon. Leaving a review really helps authors to get their books noticed.

However, if you don't like it, then please just contact me.

Another thing, please spare a moment and follow the link to All Author and add your vote for the cover of Death on Tyneside. I am not sure why I entered this competition in the first place. I didn't realise that I had to keep pestering people to vote over and over again during the different stages of the contest. Hopefully this is the last stage and, now I have got this far, I would love to be in the 24 finalists.  After that you can breathe a sigh of relief 😅 and so can I!

Well that's all for the moment,

Have a great day wherever you are


Chink! Chink!

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Hello Again!

I know I have been a way for a while, but the truth is, I haven't had anything to tell you. Everything has been so quiet in this neck of the woods. I must admit, it is usually quiet, but over the last few weeks, it has been - silent. I haven't had anything to pass on to you.

Even today, I haven't much news - except we are having a new boiler fitted tomorrow, so I am expecting some sort of upheaval - even if it is only in the little utility room. Actually, one of the worst things about it, is that we will have to get up early - well earlier than usual, and that is not good 😊 
But it needs to be done, so tomorrow we will have a sparkling new boiler.

How have you all been coping with the heat?  It has been a little too hot for us, I'm afraid. I know we shouldn't complain. After all we don't usually get such a warm sunny summer here in the UK, especially in the Scottish Borders. But this year has been the exception and temperatures have risen beyond all expectations. People often have to travel abroad to find the sun. 

Death on Tyneside

I think that is all I have to say at the moment. However, I can't go without asking for your vote. The cover of my novel, Death on Tyneside is in a competition. Therefore I would be grateful if you would spare a moment and add your vote. Simply follow the link and it will take you straight to the appropriate page on All Author  where the competition is being held.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

Hope you are all having a fabulous day.


Chink! Chink!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Too hot to Handle!

So very sorry this alert is coming a little late.

A Surprise for Christine

I think the heat must have got to me as I forgot all about the FREE offer for A Surprise for Christine - 12 light-hearted short stories. These stories are what you would call, 'an any time read,' as each story is no more than 2,200 words. This means you can fit a story in, yes, you've guessed it - anytime.

However, as I said, I forgot this freebie was on, so you will need to be very quick as the offer ends tomorrow 29th June 2018

Check out my interview with American author, Diane Rapp at QuickSilver Novels

I am going to make that do for today. I am sure you are all too hot to sit and listen to me rabbit on.

Have a great day whatever you are doing.

Chink! Chink!
(Or is it too hot?)

Saturday, 9 June 2018

A Sunny Day

Hello again on this lovely sunny Saturday.

I hope this finds you all as chirpy as I am today. To the best of my knowledge, the competition ended June 8th (I can almost hear you all sighing with relief at the news 😂) But then come to think of it, so am I.

However that said, I notice that it is still featured on their website, so if anyone feels in the mood to add their vote for Murder on Tyneside, then please follow this link: Read Freely scroll down past the book covers to the list of titles at the bottom.  If you have already voted, then I thank you all very much indeed for your wonderful support.

Divorcees .Biz

I don't know whether you have read Divorcees. Biz. It's a novel of fun and romance about four friends, all divorced, who decide to open their own dating agency. It would the ideal holiday read: light-hearted and frothy. 

But the big thing is, it is on special offer today only 99c/99p. Therefore, if you haven't read it, now is time to download a copy.

The offer only lasts 3 days, so best be quick.

I am planning on spending a few days at Newcastle. We just haven't go around to deciding when to go. I really want the weather to be nice and warm as I want to go down to the quayside and stop off at that wonderful place, The Pitcher and Piano, for a glass of wine - or two. If it is a sunny day, it is wonderful to sit outside and watch people walking across the Millennium Bridge to the Baltic Art Gallery and the Sage.

Ah well, on that wonderfully, happy note, I will say cheerio, but as Schwarzenegger always says - "I'll be back!"

Guess where!!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Another Freebie!

Yes, I am here to tell you about another freebie.

To tell you the truth, I don't know whether I am on my head or my heels at the moment.
Read Freely

I am still desperately seeking votes for Murder on Tyneside, which is in the Read Freely competition and runs for another week. If you haven't voted, then please add your vote today. I would much appreciate it. 💓 

Simply follow the link and scroll down past the book covers to the list of book titles in the competition: READ FREELY  Murder on Tyneside is near the bottom. 💓

The Trojan Project 

The Trojan Project is still  free to download, so I am promoting that. If you haven't got your copy of this suspense thriller, then best head over there and get your copy. I am not sure whether the offer ends today or tomorrow. There was a problem somewhere down the line. So it was pushed back one day. So, will it last one more day or end today as originally planned.... Your guess is as good as mine.

Only Twelve Days

And now Only Twelve Days is free to download until 5th June. Therefore I am trying to spread the word about that. I have to say that this charming romance/love story, would make a great holiday read. So, if you are heading off for your holidays, don't forget to take this book with you.

They do say everything happens at once and they, whoever 'they' are, are right.

In between trying to promote the above and my other books, I am working on my new novel. But, I hasten to add, I haven't got very far with it. No doubt I will get there in the end - or I hope I will.

Anyway, that is all for the moment

Happy Reading and Happy Voting!!

Chink! Chink!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Free to Download!

Hello again,

Yes I am back and I have another freebie on offer.
The Trojan Project

This time, the freebie is The Trojan Project a spine chilling thriller set in the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland here in the UK. The story tells of how death and destruction come to the community due to one man's jealousy, However, the really frightening this is that a catastrophe such as this could happen one day.

Anyway, if you haven't already read this novel, then now is the time to download a copy in time for the weekend!

Murder on Tyneside

Now, just a quick reminder to vote for my novel, Murder on Tyneside. The competition is still open, so I really need your support. The competition is being run by Read Freely Simply follow the link, then scroll down past the book covers to the list of books, to add your vote.

I would really appreciate your support.

Well I think that is all for the moment,

Have a great day one and all.


Chink! Chink!