Murder on Tyneside

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Dreams... or... Nightmares?

I have had this same dream now five times. Not night after night, but at regular intervals

In the dream I am looking at the computer or it could even be a television screen and everything is quite normal. But then very suddenly everything in front of me either turns black or into another dull colour and I wake up with a start. It happened last night and this time the images changed to sepia.

My husband usually awakens when I gasp out loud. But last night I just told him it was the stupid dream again.

Nevertheless, I must say, I am beginning to get a little alarmed at how often this same dream is recurring and wondered whether anyone out there had any ideas. However, if you are going to tell me that I am about to die or anything like that, then don't bother. That was my first thought. But then, I told myself not to be so stupid. Besides, I'm not ready to go yet. There are still a few things I want to see before I depart.

For a start I want to be around to see Divorcees.Biz in paperback. Okay, I know it is already on Kindle, but you see I want to hold the book in my hands and tell my four lovely ladies that, together, we did it!  I know they will be as excited as me.

I also want have a couple of more summer breaks - nothing fancy, just a visit to Nidd Hall and Littlecote House.  I bet you were all thinking I wanted to jet off to the USA or to some Holiday hotspot. No I am not so ambitious, something quiet and relaxing is all I want.

Anyway, if anyone has any ideas about these dreams, then let me know.

Have a good day,


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Boxing Day - and Memories

Well it's all over! Christmas Day has been and gone.

All that frantic searching for the right present, all that rushing around posting last minute cards and presents has come to an end for another year. Now we can sit back a wonder whether it was worth all the effort.

Let me tell you it was was! It was worth everything you put into celebrating Christmas - and more!
This is the time of the year when we should be happy to remember our friends from years past.

I sent and receive cards from people I went to school with. I haven't seen them for years, but it is good to think that at this time of the year we can think about each other, even if it is only for one brief moment in time. Last night I received an email from a school friend who now lives in Canada. I doubt I have seen him since the day I left school, yet we still send each other the occasional message.

It is good to have happy memories and I must admit, I do have some really happy memories of growing up. I had the most wonderful parents and still have a lovely sister. But I also had some really good friends, both at school and at work and I like to reflect on these friends even if it it is only for one moment in time.

I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.


PS Okay, I wasn't going to mention my novel Divorcees.Biz today, I had planned on giving you all a rest. But what the heck, I can't resist it! Besides, someone has to let you know it is out there. :-)

Divorcees.Biz available on Kindle from Amazon, so if you have received a brand new kindle for Christmas and are looking for a lighthearted fun read, then head over to Amazon right now.  (Paperback is due out in the New Year.)

Then stop off at Turning the Pages Book of the Year Competition and give Divorcees.Biz your vote!

Bye for Now!!!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Only Two Days to Go!

Well, this is it! As I type, I can see Christmas peaking through the door whether I am ready or not.

However, I am happy to say - I am organised!!  All cards are written and posted - even the two or three that I originally forgot. That always happens, doesn't it. At the last minute you receive a card from someone you forgot, then it is a mad dash to get it posted before the postman hangs up his socks for Santa.

Do postmen hang up their socks for Santa? I think their socks might be too well worn after all that trudging around people's houses during the weeks leading to Christmas. Anything Santa dropped into them could simply fall straight through. No I think the postmen deserve something a little bigger and stronger to leave for Santa to fill.

Santa came early for me this year. I had to install a new Microsoft word, or something like that. (I tend to get lost with all this technology.) For some reason the one I was using decided enough was enough and refused to open my files. I have no idea why that happened. One minute it was working fine and the next it just sat in there and stared at me. And then of course it started to blame me for for the problem. A little sign came up saying "You don't have the right program to open the file."   What on earth was it talking about? That very program had been opening the files since I got the PC.  Anyway, I knew I was beaten, so I bought a new one, which seems to be working okay at the moment.

I some exciting news regarding the Turning the Pages Book of the Year competition. It seems that Divorcees.Biz is among the top ten at the moment. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw the announcement. But this doesn't mean I can relax. The competition goes on until well into January, so I still need your support. Therefore if you haven't already voted, then please do so now. There is no need to register, simply follow the link and scroll down to the Start button. Once you have placed your vote, scroll down to next and that's it. Nothing complicated at all.  The link is

I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Monday, 17 December 2012

Almost Christmas

It is almost Christmas.....  But not quite. There are still a few days left for me to go rushing around the shops for those last minute presents I forgot to buy.

I thought I was organised this year. I had written out all my cards by the end of November and posted them early in December. Presents were bought and wrapped so I really thought everything was done and dusted. Yet for some reason, I am still rushing around posting off cards and thinking of something to buy for the one or two people I forgot.

Why am I so surprised? It happens every year. I suppose I am too old to change now. I should have learned the lesson of organisation several years ago. But on the other hand, do I really want to be that totally organised?

Thinking about it now, no I do not. I believe it must be so boring to have everything under control and not have even a little bit of chaos in your life. I don't want to be so organised that I miss all the fun of Christmas. I like being the way I am. I enjoy the last minute dash out to the shops. Everyone looks happy as they joggle their way through the crowds. Okay, perhaps not everyone, there are a few Bah Humbugs out there, but I can put up with those.

At the weekend we went down to my sister's in Newcastle to exchange presents. My niece and her husband were there, too, so it was a lovely afternoon. It had been a while since I had seen my niece, so we had lots to talk about. She and her husband were both looking so well and happy.....  Ah what it is to be young!

Yesterday we went to our village club as a local brass band where there to play festive music. Afterwards there was mince pies and mulled wine. The place was packed and we all enjoyed the afternoon.

I think that is all for the moment, except to say, a big thank you to all those who have downloaded my novel, Divorcees.Biz. I do hope you enjoyed it and please follow the link, scroll down and vote.  People waiting for the paperback will have to hang on until after Christmas. But it is worth waiting for :-)

 In case I don't get back to my blog I, and my four ladies in the novel, would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all Best Wishes for 2013.


Friday, 7 December 2012

Divorcees.Biz! My Ladies are Causing a Stir!

It seems that some of the people who have read Divorcees.Biz, have left positive reviews on Amazon. Even 5 stars are appearing, how good is that! WOW!  Thank you, everyone!

You seem to have taken my four friends, Connie, Sadie, Jenny and Lucy, to your hearts.

The paperback is due to be released very soon. But in the meantime it is available on Kindle.

Both will be available from Amazon

Meanwhile, don't forget to vote for Divorcees.Biz at Turning the Pages Book of the Year 2012
Scroll down to 'Start' and press the button. 

Thank you so very much for your support,


Monday, 3 December 2012

Divorcees.Biz Available in Paperback Soon.

Well as you all know, Divorcees.Biz has been available on Kindle for the past week. Now it is to appear in paperback format sometime this week.

So all you folks who prefer to have the feel of an actual book in your hands, then keep a look out on Amazon. It will be popping up there during the next few days. Also, if you have been looking for the perfect Christmas Present for someone who enjoys a light-hearted, fun romance, then this is it and it won't cost the earth, either. Having said that, I have no idea what the price will be, but it will be a bargain, whatever the cost!!

In the meantime, perhaps you might like to pop over to the Turning the Page Book of the Year Competition. Divorcees.Biz is on the list and is crying out for a few more votes..... well a lot more votes, actually!

Last week I went to Newcastle. It was great! all the shops looked so Christmassy and everyone seemed to be spending money, despite the economic climate. Giving Newcastle a miss this week, though. Very sad, I know, but it has been snowing here, and I really don't want to risk being stuck on the road somewhere.

I think that is all for the moment, so head over to the Turning the Pages competition and Vote!!!