Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Great News!

Just stopping by to let you all know that Murder on Tyneside won the Book of the Month Competition. I'm not at home at the moment and the signal keeps dipping in and out. Therefore I won't say much more. But I simply had to share the news with you.

Thank you to everyone who voted for my book.

Enjoy your day!


Friday, 30 June 2017

UPDATES! Check again please.

Quick note! If you tried to vote, but didn't find a voting form, then please try again. I have been told there was a problem with the Website. I need your help, guys. ☺

Hi again,

Just a quick post to bring you all up to speed.

I received the exciting news that Murder on Tyneside was neck and neck with another book to win the Book of the Month on Read Freely

I would like to say a big Thank You, to all of those who followed the link and voted for my novel. Your support is very much appreciated. But don't try to vote again, as I understand the site has been set up to stop anyone voting twice.

However if you didn't find the time to vote earlier, then please do so now. Your vote could be the one that pushes Murder on Tyneside over the line to come first!  Here is the link again: Read Freely 

Voting is quite a simple process. When you get to the site you will see six books, simply scroll down the page until you come to the titles and select your option. Leave your email address, as they will inform you of the winner at the end of the competition.  So, please, head over there now and add your vote.

The special offer on The Trojan Project has ended. I hope you were able to download a copy for 99c/99p before it closed.

However, if romance is your thing, then you are in for a treat, as Only Twelve Days is free until Sunday 2nd July.   Yes, you read that right. It is free!

Therefore, don't miss out on this delightful love story set in the 1970's. It's an ideal read for the weekend, which is almost upon us as I type..

My new oven, which I mentioned in my last post is working well. Not that I get wrapped up with ovens these days. Those days of cooking for the many parties we used to throw is well and truly over. But at the end of the day, I still need an oven, so praise where it is due. After all, I would be moaning all over the place if it wasn't working.

Well I think that is all for now, but please, whatever else you do today, be sure to vote for Murder on Tyneside at Read Freely

Think of it as your mission for today 😉  Thank you one and all, I shall raise my glass to you all at the end of the day.

Chink! Chink!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

All come and go!!

I don't know whether I am on my heels or my elbows at the moment - (is that the correct way of saying I am in a bit of a turmoil?)

It's nothing serious. Certainly nothing to get into a twist about. It seems that I have a few things to write/promote and to sort out at the moment and I simply don't know where to start.

Firstly my built in Neff oven started to play up. By that, I mean it suddenly decided that it had had enough and refused to rise to the correct temperature any more . No matter what I set it at, it wouldn't rise above 150c. Now, I agree that's fine if I needed to cook a stew or something similar on a low temp for a few hours. But it was no good at all if I wanted a higher temperature, which is often the case. Therefore after several attempts at fiddling around with the dial, I finally got the message that I needed to start looking for a new oven.

I have to say that our old oven has served us well for very nearly twenty years. I have no idea how long ovens/cooker last as my husband and I usually moved house every five years. (I am to blame here; it was a hobby of mine) But back in the old days, it was easier than it is now. Houses in the London area sold a lot quicker than they do in the current market.

Anyway, getting back to the oven situation, on Tuesday I made the decision to pop into a local shop to buy a brand new oven. I should add that our hob is separate and was working fine. Therefore, having chosen an oven similar to what I had, (it made sense as it would fit into the slot without any problems) only a more modern version, I am happy to say that it arrived today and is now installed and ready to use. The only problem is, it looks so lovely and clean, I don't feel the urge to use it!!!

The Trojan Project
Next, I had the wonderful news that my novel, Murder on Tyneside, has been shortlisted in a competition on Read Freely. The only problem is, I need votes. That is where you come in. Please follow the link to Read Freely and add your vote.

Also, The Trojan Project is on special offer this week. Only 99c/99p to download. So please if you haven't read this book yet, now is the time to download a copy and enjoy it while on holiday.

I think that is all for today, But if I think of anything else, I will be back --- where have I heard that before??


Chink! Chink!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Just posting a quick message!

Just after my post telling you about my visit to Tyneside, I am back to let you know that my latest novel, Murder on Tyneside is on special offer this week.

You can download a copy for only 99c/99p. But the offer ends on Monday 29th May, so don't hang around. Follow the links in the title.

Murder on Tyneside


Chink! Chink!

Friday, 19 May 2017

A Visit to Tyneside!

I have just been on a four day visit to Tyneside. We stayed in the Premier Inn (Millennium Bridge), which is really handy for the quayside and also the shops in the city.

I think you will all have guessed by now that I love going to visit the area where I was born.. I was born in Gateshead, Low Fell, to be exact, however we didn't get as far as that on this visit as we spent a great deal of time on the quayside dreaming up my next novel.

Of course Agnes Lockwood will be one of the main characters again. She seems to have been a hit with the readers of my last novel, Murder on Tyneside - well most of them anyway. I think some thought she was too pushy, but it is fiction, after all. The lady is merely a figment of my imagination and what would have been the point of the story if she had taken a back seat?

Anyway, like I said Agnes will have a starring role once again - as will DCI Alan Johnson.

One thing on the quayside, which I hadn't seen before, was a beach!

Yes there was an area made up of sand with beach huts and deckchairs thrown in for good measure. There is also a small cafe close by where I am sure people can buy tea coffee and ice cream to eat and drink on the beach. There were several people taking advantage of the sunshine as we walked past.

The whole thing is set almost in front of the Law Courts.

The Pitcher and Piano was in full swing and my husband and I enjoyed a glass of wine sitting outside on two of the days we were there.

We also went to the Hancock Museum. Neither of us had been there for many years, so it was interesting to wander around looking at the various changes which had been made over the years.
There is an exhibition of of some interesting artifacts from Hadrian's Wall at the moment, which is why we decided to go there in the first place.

Naturally, I enjoyed a wander through some of the shops in the city centre, where I couldn't resist the urge to by some new shoes and a handbag!  I also managed to see my cousin, who I don't see very often. She was one of my bridesmaids all those years ago... won't say how many 😉

All in all, it was a wonderful trip and I am just sorry it is over, but hopefully we will do it all over again very soon.

I think that is all for the moment. Except to say check out my Website when you have a moment to spare

I hope you all have a wonderful day


Chink! Chink!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Anyone up for a FREEBIE?


The first thing on the agenda today is the news that Divorcees.Biz, a novel of fun and romance is Free from today until Sunday 7th May.

If you haven't already read this novel, then now is the time to follow the link and download a copy. The four ladies, will certainly put a spring in your step.

Follow Connie, Sadie, Jenny and Lucy as as they set up their own online dating agency.

I wonder which one of the four women you will like the most? I would be most interested to know. 😀

It seems that spring has sprung here in the Scottish Borders. The sun is shining, the blossom is blooming around the local gardens and parks and.... wait for it.... I have started a new diet!

Already I can see you cringing at the very thought of it.  How many times have she said that? you are saying to yourselves, as you roll your eyes. Well this time I am going to give it real go.So watch this space and I will let you know how I get on.

This morning we set up our garden swing for the summer months. I love sitting out there listening to the birds chirping to each other. Therefore, I can only hope that the sunshine is here to stay.

On Sunday, our niece, her husband, and our Great Nephew came to visit. It was lovely seeing them again. I can't believe how much young Christopher has grown over the last few months. He is growing so fast, I can't keep up with him. Hopefully we will see them all again before too long.

We are going to spend a few days in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. That is the plan and I am really looking forward to it. I only hope the weather is good and we can get out on the quayside and enjoy a glass or two of wine outside our favourite cafe right next to the Millennium Bridge.  I also want to go up to the shopping centre and see what is new. It is over a year since my friend and I were there and I have really missed our trips to the Eldon Square... most especially the wine bar in M&S. We used to end up there before taking the bus back up to the Borders.

Well, I think that is all I have to tell you at the moment. However, if I find I have forgotten something, then I will come back and update the post.

Chink! Chink!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Hello Again!!

It seems to have been a while since my last post. I recall saying that I wouldn't leave it so long, but you know the old saying - The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men...

Anyway, here I am now with a few things to pass on to you all.

The first chapters of some of my novels are still up for grabs as I announced the last time I posted. But if you missed the post here are the links again. The first chapters are FREE!

Divorcees.Biz       Only Twelve Days        Murder on Tyneside

You might also be interested to know that Divorcees.Biz is now available in Italian and Only Twelve Days has been translated into Italian and Portuguese.

Murder on Tyneside
You might recall that Murder on Tyneside is my latest novel and tells of a lady, Agnes Lockwood, who involves herself in a police investigation, whether the police want her help or not. It's a light-hearted cosy murder mystery; a little escapism for those who want to switch of from normal police procedure novels. After all, it is fiction.  😉

Easter is almost upon us. I can't believe how this year is flying by. Perhaps it's an age thing, but when I was young, I don't remember the seasons passing by so quickly. The days seemed longer, the sun shone brighter and longer and it hardly ever rained.  Yes, I guess it must be an age thing. Either that or technology is making it seem that way.

After all TV programmes weren't shown all day and all night. There weren't any gadgets such a play-station etc. We all had to make our own enjoyment, such as playing cowboy and indian games in the garden. Oh, heck, I'm showing my age now, aren't I?  Best move on!

I did an interview recently with Fiona Mcvie - If you are interested in reading it follow the link to Fiona's website: Authorsinterviews  Fiona asked me quite a number of questions and I answered them all. There is also an option to leave a message, so if you want to ask me anything then please do so.

I am still working on another book with Agnes Lockwood back on Tyneside. But like I said to someone recently, don't wait up as I tend to take quite a while.

Well I think that is all for the moment, so I will love you and leave you. However, I will try to get back to you soon.

Have a great time wherever you are


Chink! Chink!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

More Freebies!

Hi again, and I am bearing more gifts.

The Trojan Project
My publisher has been at it again. This time he has organised that my novel The Trojan Project will be free to download. However, this offer will only last a few days.

For those that don't know, The Trojan Project is a spine-chilling action thriller set in the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland UK. Therefore, if you are a fan of all action thrillers, then you must head over to amazon right now before the offer ends. Simply click on the title or you can take the long route and click on Amazon's logo on the column  on the left of the page.

Only Twelve Days

But that is not all. It seems Creativia publishing is on a roll at the moment, as they are also giving away the first chapter of another two of my books.
This time it is the turn of Only Twelve Days and my latest novel, Murder on Tyneside.

Only Twelve days is a charming romance set in the 1970's It tells the story of how two shy lonely people meet quite by chance and fall in love. But will the path to happiness be straight and narrow?

Murder on Tyneside

Murder on Tyneside is a cozy murder mystery set on the Quayside of Newcastle on Tyne.

Agnes Lockwood is visiting her hometown to catch up with her past. However after only a few days, there are thefts at the hotel where she is staying and then a body found on the quayside.
Agnes decides to help the police with their inquireies - whether they want her help or not!.

Last bit of news of the day is that I have been interviewed by Fiona Mcvie. Please follow the link and take a look and if you enjoyed it, then leave a comment.
Just follow the link:

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but we are having the most glorious weekend.
It is so warm and sunny outside, I decided to sit out for a while earlier on. But it became too hot. Can you believe it - too hot in March. But I am not really complaining, I will be outside again later.

Have a great day wherever you are and if the sun is shining, enjoy it while you can.


Chink! Chink!