Joining Ocelot Press!

After a hectic few months that saw many tricky editing jobs, French level 3 university studies and dissertation, and various other bits and bobs (yes, bobs too!), I'm finally ready to share my good news:

I have joined an author collective of wonderful writers of – mainly – historical fiction (in various sub-genres) at Ocelot Press! The group is made up of Crooked Cat Books authors past & present. I'm looking forward to working closely with, and supporting, fellow OcelotsNancy Jardine and Vanessa Couchman, who both have already published several novels under the Ocelot banner (find details of their gripping stories set in Scotland and Corsica respectively on theOcelot Press Facebook page) – and those writers due to publish through Ocelot later: Jennifer C Wilson, Nicola Slade, John Jackson, Sue BarnardYvonne Marjot, and Ailsa Abraham.

Over the coming months, I shall bring Highland Arms across (which began life at The Wild Rose Press back in 2011, then was self-published),…

Guest post at Vanessa Couchman's book launch for The Corsican Widow

Hello again,

Today, I'll be a guest at the new book launch by historical fiction author and friend, Vanessa Couchman. The second title in her Tales of Corsica series, The Corsican Widow, is released today under a new banner, Ocelot Press (a small cooperative of historical fiction / romance and mystery writers), and I'm looking forward to reading it.

In the meantime, please join us over on Facebook at Vanessa's online launch party, where you'll also find other historical fiction author friends Nancy Jardine and Jennifer Wilson ’guesting'.

Plus, you'll discover lots about the beautiful island of Corsica, a place I've yet to visit, but it's on my list. And...there's going to be several chances to win fabulous prizes! 😎

See you there:

Book Blitz: Claire Yezbak Fadden ~ Promises to Keep


I'm kicking off a new round of hosting Novel Book ToursBook Blitz tours again. Please help me welcome author Claire Yezbak Fadden to my blog. You'll find out more about Claire, and her new novel, Promises to Keep, below. And don't forget that you can win a $10 Amazon voucher!


Love, Secrets, and Lies…

Kate Jameson married the man of her dreams. Her real-life hero. A man who wouldn’t abandon her the way her father had. Or so she thought. Weeks after their son’s birth, her husband is suddenly pulled away for a business trip that takes him out of the country. But something isn’t right. His truths aren’t adding up. Kate digs into his past, determined to learn what he’s hiding. But unraveling this endless mystery draws her into a maze of lies, family secrets and deadly consequences.

For twenty years, undercover CIA agent Eric Wiley lived for one reason—to avenge his parents’ brutal deaths. Until he marries Kate. Eric promises her a life of love and commitment, but co…

An April weather Easter weekend

Belated Happy Easter wishes! 🐣

I hope you enjoyed precious time with your families. We did, with our four-legged 'babies’!

On Sunday, we were fortunate enough to see the sun all day, so, after putting the washing on so it can dry outside, we took Ellie Dog on a 2-hour walkie along the Canal du Midi, close to our home.

The path on one side is wide enough for us to walk and chat, however, the other side – our return from the lock – was narrow, and often overgrown. Still, quite an adventure, especially when we spotted the gorgeous views that reached as far as the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees.

Ellie loved her exploration, but she was completely zonked out afterwards, enjoying the sunshine in the garden. One happy girl.

And even hubby and I managed to relax a little in the garden on our return, with a delicious Aperol Spritz. I had a chance to catch up on re-reading Dark Deceit, alongside some research material, Stephen and Matilda by Jim Bradbury. Yes, I'm plotting the long-…

And I'm back!

Hello again, bonjour & guten Tag!

It's been a while, hasn't it? I know. Much has happened in the last 1 1/2 years. Writing, editing, teaching novel writing, moving house again, losing and gaining pets – where do I start?!

I take it you've visited my website You'll have seen my latest updates. My new literary 'baby', Love Lost in Time, has a fabulous cover. Unfortunately, I've still some writing to do, but it'll be finished soon.

As I'm about to embark on new adventures – expanding my editing business and looking to offer novel writing courses online and possibly here, in Carcassonne in the (usually) sunny south of France – my aim is also to finally write the sequel to Dark Deceit. Yes, I know. It's been a loooong time coming, but my lovely readers deserve to know what happens next. And I promise it won't take me nine years to write, like Dark Deceit!
As for pets, we sadly lost gorgeous Toby Cat one afternoon in Novembe…