Saturday 13 July 2024

Dependable Friends, puffins - and three free writing competitions

Free entry writing competition news

Here's a competition with categories for poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and unpublished books. There's a prize pool of $1,000.

This competition is for stories of 550 words or fewer which include a character with a print disability. The prize is an echo dot (that sounds familiar, but I'm not sure what it is) and a voucher.

Thanks very much to Sharon Boothroyd for sending the link to this free poetry competition on the theme of togetherness. Sharon has the impression they're thinking of community rather than romantic love. Note - all entries will be published on the website. Some may go into an anthology.

My news

Yesterday our wedding anniversary, and launch day for Dependable Friends and Deceitful Neighbours in Little Mallow, the second book in my cosy mystery series. I'd very much appreciate anything you can do to spread the word e.g. sharing my social media posts, or this very short video

The picturesque seaside village of Little Mallow is suffering a spate of robberies. Arnold Stewart, verger of St Symeon's interrupts a burglary in progress and saves the church's antique silver. His friend, schoolteacher Ellie Jenkins, is another victim. Who can be responsible? And are they also guilty of other, far worse, crimes?

Naturally, police officers Crystal Clere and Trevor Harris are investigating, and young Adam is asking many, many questions. Arnold's kind-hearted employer Reverend Jerry Grande is praying for answers, and for those involved. Cameron isn't so much interested in solving the crime as keeping Arnold safe and showing him the beauty the world has to offer. All those people are old friends of Arnold's. 

His new friend Aurora is more interested in solving the mystery of Castle View. There's definitely something odd going on at the house next to Arnold's flat. Against his better judgement Arnold finds himself involved. He's even more suspicious of the neighbours to his other side. They're hiding something – he really hopes he's wrong about it being a body!

Can Arnold and his friends untangle the lies being told in Little Mallow?

I'm delighted with the early reviews I've had on Amazon and Goodreads.

As with all my books, Dependable Friends and Deceitful Neighbours in Little Mallow is available as an ebook or paperback, can be read via kindle unlimited, ordered in bookshops and requested at your library.


Here's a little film of the cute little beaky creatures.

Saturday 6 July 2024

Who? When? Where?

Good morning from wherever we are now! I confess to feeling a little disconnected from reality, spending so much time in beautiful, peaceful, natural surroundings. 

We've not watched TV for six weeks and only been online for short bursts, almost all of it writing related in my case. 

Good job I didn't have a bang on the head yesterday, and need to prove I was OK by knowing the day of the week and who the prime minister is! (I do know now, and I voted by post, and I think I'm posting this on the right day, so there's probably no real cause for alarm!)

The pictures give an idea of what we've been doing (see the blog on my website if you'd like lots more detail and photos), and I have been working on my novel, as well as getting ready for the release of this one.

What have you all been up to?