Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Insecure Writers Support Group (May)

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting our monthly gathering.
With thanks also to this month's co-hosts;

If I just say I've entered the submission ring again this week I'm sure all you writers out there will know how I'm feeling! A mixture of excitement and fear with a dollop of insecurity thrown in!

I would also like to share a quote that has been sitting on my desk over the last few weeks spurring me on in it's own way . . .

"Writers remember everything . . . especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar. 

Art consists of the persistence of memory."

By Stephen King author of Misery.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Celebrate being back to blogging...

I haven't been around much online the last few weeks. This is for a variety of reasons, but mainly I have been working on my ms. Every spare minute has been used to tweak and edit and I have tried to keep distractions like blogging and twitter on hold! I am happy to report that it has been time well spent and I have been quite productive. The ms is almost ready for submission! YAY!

In other news, we had an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea party.

Look cake!!

and more food...

I used vintage tea cups and jugs to put some of the food in...

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon here...

This only about four miles from where I live and they hold an annual Food Festival which is always popular. This year saw their inaugural Literary Festival alongside.They had some great YA authors appearing so obviously I had to go along and say hello. Hopefully, it will become as popular as the food side of the festival.

It is a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK. Hopefully the extra day will give me the opportunity to finish of my submission letter.

Happy weekend to you all

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Friday, 22 April 2016

Chrys Fey Release

After taking a couple of weeks break from blogging to polish my ms I would like to step back into the blogosphere today and welcome Chrys Fey to share details of her new release. 

Congratulation and best wishes, Chrys. 

I should be back to full blogging mode next week and will post a round-up of what I have been up to during the last few weeks. Until then, take it away, Chrys ... 

Profile of a Heroine

Kate Beckinsale
Name: Beth Kennedy

Occupation: Self-Defense Instructor

Favorite Color: Purple

Vehicle: None; her last car died before Hurricane Sabrina

Idea of a Romantic Date: surprising her man with a home
cooked meal

Hobbies: Canoeing, boxing, writing poetry, playing poker,

Dislikes: Snakes, hurricanes, cheating ex-fianc├ęs, car


He woke to the aroma of tomato, basil, and garlic, and
found Beth in the kitchen wearing one of his black shirts with a belt around
her hips. The shirt fell to the tops of her thighs. Despite what he had gone
through today, a smile manifested on his face.

“What are you cooking?”

Beth twirled on her bare feet. “Lasagna. I walked across
the street to the grocery store to get the ingredients I needed and used the
money you left for pizza. There’s also garlic bread.” She paused. “I wanted to
do something nice for you. After everything we’ve been through, and all the
peanut butter sandwiches we consumed at the police department, I figured we deserved
a good, home-cooked meal.”

He smiled. To some, a meal might be a small thing, but to
him, it was a big gesture.
“It smells great.” He peered down at her
body. “And I can see you raided my closet.”

“I don’t have any clothes here, so I created a makeshift
dress out of your shirt and belt. Do you like it?”

Donovan pulled her to him and devoured her lips. Beth
reacted instantly, grabbing his shoulders and moaning. He hadn’t meant to get
carried away, but feeling her reaction to him exploded whatever control he

Title: Seismic Crimes
Author: Chrys Fey
Series: Disaster Crimes Series (Book Two)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Digital and Print
Page Count: 282



An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his
brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his
innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a
deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion
consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his
darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she
can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do
whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a
criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to
California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them.
As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous
conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they
reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?



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Monday, 4 April 2016

Short blogging break

Hi all, just a quick note to let you know I am taking a short break to continue working on my manuscript. Catch you all soon.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Celebrate the small things

A little Easter posy to illustrate my celebrations post today. I've got some lovely clumps of primroses springing up around the garden. These pretty flowers always remind me of my late mother. She had lots in her garden and most of the ones I have now originated from there.

My Easter weekend celebrations include the promise of some time to relax (hopefully!) and time to spend with family and friends. My youngest got back from University yesterday and is ill, so not celebrating that, but at least she is home and I can spoil her with some TLC.

In my writing life I am working on edits at the moment. With some time away from the day job over the  next couple of weeks I am hoping to nail them! So if I am not around much for a while that is probably why. Getting this ms submission ready as soon as possible is my priority at the moment.

I hope that those of you gearing up for A-Z have loads of fun. I'll try and stop by some of your posts when I can.

In the meantime I wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter. If chocolate's your thing, then enjoy the perfect reason to indulge. I'm sure I will be!

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Friday, 11 March 2016

Celebrate the small things

A busy week, but I love this hop as it is the perfect opportunity to post a short update and to reflect on the little things that have made us smile. This week I am celebrating:

* My new vacuum cleaner. I somehow blew my old one up a couple of weeks ago, which was rather annoying, but my new shiny one is great and much lighter to carry up and down the stairs. I actually quite like doing the hoovering - it is a good time to think through those plot problems!

* Daffodils. I love these sunny, yellow flowers. There are quite a lot of fields of daffodils around our area. Some are obviously picked in bud for cut flowers, but many are left to flower in the field and the bulbs collected later.

And finally, the sun has showed itself a couple of days this week. Spring is beckoning.

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

IWSG for March - In which we discuss squirrels

First Wed of Every Month

I was reading through some of my old stories recently and something leapt out at me as a little strange! I thought I'd share it here today as I wondered if anyone else had noticed a similar thing happening in their writing . . . 


Time and time again, mention of one of these little creatures pops itself into the story. It doesn't seem to matter if it is a short story for the adult reader or a longer piece for an emerging reader, one of these fellows seems to burrow his way into the prose. Sometimes it may just be a passing comment, other times a sentence . . . once even a whole paragraph!

Are squirrels hiding in my sub-conscious for any particular reason?

And why squirrels? Why not rabbits or mice or even elephants? (OK maybe I can see why not elephants!)

I took a little stroll around the internet to sniff out some possible meanings for my abundance of squirrels. Apparently, they could be a sign that I need to take life less seriously and have more fun. Or, maybe it is to do with seeking balance or about communication. Interesting stuff .  . .  

Maybe I'll write a story about the fellow in the photo above. I took this picture last year while staying with relatives who have a giant ornamental walnut in the garden. I guess this little guy found it a bit of a tough nut to crack!

Excuse my ramblings, but the squirrels have made me feel a tiny bit insecure today. 

Has anybody else noticed such things happening? Should I try and stop them sneaking in? Hmm, actually I think I'll leave them be. I kind of like them and it's fun to see where one might pop up next.

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting our monthly insecurities and this month's fabulous 

Don't forget to check out the new IWSG Newlstetter if you haven't already seen it. It's well worth a read, congratulations to all involved in producing this great new resource.