Thursday, 26 December 2013

When Dreams Come True free for Kindle

Hi everyone

I hope you are enjoying the festive season so far.

I have made When Dreams Come True free for Kindle, so if you know anyone who may enjoy it, please do let them know.


Charlie is happiest when biking with Max and Toby, or watching films with Allie. But when Charlie reaches year nine (age 13), everything begins to change.

As her friends develop new interests, Charlie's dreams become more frequent and vivid, and a family crisis tears her away from her friends.

How will Charlie react when old family secrets are revealed? Will her life change completely when some of her dreams start to come true?


  Free for Kindle (via Amazon) until 29 December 2013






Thanks for reading
 xx

Monday, 2 December 2013

Book Review: Carnaby Street's Great Uninvited by Safia Shah

I was sent a review copy of Carnaby Street's Great Uninvited: Around the World in 80 Years after the press release caught my interest. The book claimed to use "endangered words" in a campaign to "bring words back to life" and this jumped right off the page at me, and I did learn some fun words during my reading of this book.

Totally engrossed!
As the book is aimed at children, I read it through a couple of times myself and then enlisted the help of my middle child, James who is 9 and an avid reader. He said the illustrations were "amazing" and the book was "fun and confusing and that is what I like in a book". He was absolutely delighted to find the magnifying glass and started to search for all of the definitions hidden in the book.

On my own first read I must admit I found the story quite hard to follow but then I realised I was getting distracted by the definitions so I left the book for a while and then went back and just read the text and everything slotted into place. To start with I thought this was a negative point but on reflection the fact that you have to read the book several times to get everything there is from it is a good thing.

The illustrations are by Mark Reeve and are exceptionally good, with plenty to discover on every page.

I think this book is ideal for children who like reading, words or discovering. I personally would say it would suit 8+ confident readers and younger children with an adult reading will find it good fun too.

Original star rating: 4/5...

One day later I am making an unprecedented move of upgrading this book to a 5 star because I have never seen such enthusiasm about a book for 24 hours from one of my children before. James has just shown his younger brother his copy of the book, and it looks like I will be buying a second copy for him now too.

Star rating: 5/5!


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Area 57 by Richard Harrington


When the American and British governments discover that their best kept secret has been violated they each deploy a specialist agent to investigate: Christiana Levett of the CIA's Royal Edict Force, and Frank Lewis of the British NSA's Section.

Their investigations reveal a terrorist plot so deadly that it has to be stopped at all costs. 


Richard Harrington's debut novel Area 57 is free for Kindle on 21 and 22 November 2013.
Please do download a copy (click below) and spread the word about the promotion.

 

The author would be grateful for a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you enjoy his work.

Thank you.


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Book Review: Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd. When I opened the package I was astonished as the book is absolutely beautiful in itself before you even open it - the photo doesn't do it justice I'm afraid but it's a large hardback which cries out to be a "coffee table book".

The book describes the life and work of Jane Austen in detail, illustrated beautifully by art from the period, photographs, extracts of her writing and also in three envelopes within the book there are removable items of interest (see photo) including copies of letters Jane Austen wrote, and early drafts of some of her novels.


This is a book to dip in and out of and savour at leisure, it would appeal to anyone who likes Jane Austen's novels or English literature or history in general, and is a treat to own and read.

Highly recommended as a gift idea for any Austen fan.

At the time of writing the best price I can find online is from WHSmith here.



Friday, 15 November 2013

Authors for the Philippines


You will have heard about Typhoon Haiyan by now, and seen the images of the devastation it has caused to the Philippines.  Author Keris Stainton has, once again, created an auction site to raise money for people who desperately need our help.

I'm not going to go rambling on, as a link will suffice. Take a good look at the index of items, as some of the things up for auctions are very special indeed - limited edition books, your name in a book by a celebrity author, books signed by incredibly popular and famous authors, and for the writers, courses in journalism, chapter critiques, even feedback from literary agents and publishers.




Please bid generously to help the people who need it.

Thank you.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

My Writing Inspirations and How Others Read My Stories

I have found it fascinating on many occasions how people comment on my stories, both here on my blog, by email or in person, wondering what happens next, or indeed where my idea came from.

I think the first time it really surprised me was when my first published story, Listen, was published, and a lady who teaches English said to me that she loved the idea of the spirits in the garden. When I wrote the story, however, it was inspired by having a submission deadline, and sitting at my kitchen table with no ideas, I gazed out into my garden and saw some birds flying around, so I based the story on those birds. I loved the idea that people can read a flash fiction story and take what they want from it, and go where their own imagination leads them.

I've realised lately that a lot of my stories are inspired by animals or nature, principally I suppose because I have a love of our natural environment so I pay attention to things going on around me. As well as the birds, I have had stories inspired by a single leaf, a documentary about elephants from years before, rose hips and autumnal hedgerows. Also, however, some of my stories are inspired by strong emotions, from a newspaper article, a museum visit, a friend in pain.

I think I escape into my stories when I need to. I am not one of those incredibly disciplined writers who sits and writes every day. For me, stories fall into my head (or that is how it feels) fully formed, and I simply mull them over for however long it takes (this can be minutes to a couple of days) and then sit down and write the whole story out.

I have had a lot of comments lately, very kind comments about how people have missed my writing and flash fictions in particular. I am so grateful for those.   I have had a very transitional time in the past eighteen months, going from being a stay-at-home mother with a (false) sense of security of being married, to how I find myself now, a divorced single parent who works every free minute she has. I'm not writing this for any sort of sympathy by the way, because I can say for certain I am a more complete person now than I was back then. With that sense of contentment and satisfaction (of building up my own freelance business) I am again finding stories falling into my head. It was a gradual process but they are becoming more regular, more varied and more in need of being written out again. I am grateful for that, and to you, my readers, for being patient enough to still be here waiting after such a long pause.

Thank you as always for reading.


Friday, 25 October 2013

#Fridayflash: Advance, Retreat.



Advance ~ Retreat

Spirited winds whip my hair into my face, across my closed eyelids. Waves breaking over finest shingle speak to my core: advance, retreat, advance, retreat.

My toes sink into the coarse sand of the tidal zone. A strand of Fucus vesiculosus wraps itself around my ankle as the retreating wave attempts to pull the sand from under my feet. Retreat, advance, retreat.

I turn from the shore, and walk to the cave, entering steadily, focussing on the tiny flame at the deepest part of it. Advance, advance. As I walk towards it, the light flickers and dims as if the sea spray had found a way inside. I pause and consider.

I slowly turn away, and retrace my steps, hearing the waves call to me again. Advance, retreat, advance, retreat. I glance over my shoulder at the flame, now burning bright. A question forms in my mind, and the waves whisper, “yes”.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Theatre Review: Jane Eyre (Myriad Productions at Thame Players Theatre)

As part of the Thame Arts and Literature Festival, Myriad Productions visited Thame Players Theatre
with their production of Jane Eyre.

You may think that going to a tiny local theatre and paying £10 for a ticket would leave you disappointed, but all I can say about the production last night is WOW! First of all visiting the Thame Players Theatre is a pleasure in itself, and rather like going back in time as the drinks are cheap, the staff are all friendly and the theatre is tiny yet perfectly formed.

The cast in Jane Eyre consisted of four actors, three of them playing multiple parts and Joanna O'Connor as Jane Eyre being on stage for almost the entire time.  The set was minimal, yet so effective, but the acting itself was outstanding, both my friend and I were completely absorbed in the show.

All of the cast were fantastic but Maxwell Tyler deserves a mention for his incredible range of accents and the way he portrayed each of his multiple characters.

I will be keeping an eye on Myriad Productions and will definitely see another of their productions if I get a chance.


Star rating: 4.5. 

Book tickets for Jane Eyre here.

Follow my Entertainment list on Twitter, which includes some of the cast and crew from this show. 


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Theatre Review: Blood Brothers (New Theatre Oxford Saturday 14 September)

2013 and 1998!
I can't remember how many times I have seen Blood Brothers - this was either my fourth or fifth time but it was the second time I've seen it in Oxford.

My friend and I got "restricted viewing" seats in row C of the stalls which were amazing seats and I took the one right on the end of the row which despite being to one side, had fantastic leg room. I haven't seen Blood Brothers for a while but I know the soundtrack by heart and as it's one of my favourite shows I got the shivers when the music started.

It was a treat to see Warwick Evans again, back in the role of the Narrator. Evans belts out his lines and the Narrator's constant presence on the stage is both a comfort and strangely menacing. This show wouldn't exist without him and he is worth keeping an eye on, wherever he is lurking on set.

Maureen Nolan was fantastic as Mrs J, especially in the second half. (I had previously seen Bernie Nolan play this role in Oxford in 1998. x)

My absolute favourite role in this show is always Mickey and every time I have seen it the actors who play him have the amazing ability to transform from a cute "almost eight" through adolescence to adulthood and be convincing at every age, Sean Jones was no exception and a joy to watch, as were Mark Hutchinson as Eddie and Olivia Sloyan as Linda.

I will definitely see this show again one day, and could quite happily watch this cast again as they were brilliant. A lot of the actors in this show play multiple roles and the amount of people on stage at the end never ceases to amaze me, as there seem so few of them. It must be an exhausting show to be in!

There was a very well-deserved standing ovation on Saturday evening. I've never seen the whole of the stalls on their feet so quickly before.


Star rating: 5+.  A firm favourite.

Book seats for Blood Brothers here.

Follow my Entertainment list on Twitter, which includes some of the cast and crew from this show.



Friday, 6 September 2013

#Fridayflash: As Time Passes



She stands on the beach at the foot of a cliff,
Lost in thought as the tide turns,
Grains of sand cover her toes; she's a question for each one.
The rampant curiosity of youth.

They stand on a hill in the glowing sunset,
She watches as the orange turns red then fades,
His words fill her head as she rewinds them again
Searching for an element of truth.

She stands with another, as time drips away,
one part of her beating as always
in time with his lyrical voice.
Constant undeniable proof.

She sits on the cliff-top, eyes closed in a dream,
A memory of sand and a sunset, a scent of citrus.
Or was it jasmine? Her whisper carried on the wind
A wise inexplicable truth.






Dear #fridayflash folk, 
I know I have slightly cheated with this flash-poem hybrid but it's all I've got this week. 
Please forgive me. 
The plan is to take part more often from now on.

Thanks for reading 
xx

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Winners of the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop.

The winners of my books are 'Not Everyone's Mama' and Jean Bull.

I will be in touch shortly via email.

Thanks again to everyone who entered.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander - blog tour.

As you can tell from my blog I absolutely love going to the theatre, so I was excited to be asked to be part of the blog tour for Goblin Secrets by William Alexander. My review of the book will follow in the next few weeks but for today I am pleased to host the author here on my blog, with a fascinating post about how the theatre (or theater, as he is from the US!) influenced his writing.

Without further ado, I will hand you over to William:
 
I used to be an actor, mostly because it terrified me. A surprising number of theater folk are actually closet introverts. I wanted to know how to talk to people, how to talk in front of people, so naturally I threw myself into the most terrifying, sink-or-swim circumstances requiring those skills.

I did the same thing with roller coasters. I hate roller coasters. They are not thrilling to me. They are torturous. As a kid I went on all of them, usually twice, just to prove that I could. It was a kind of quiet, childish machismo—quiet because I never told anyone that I was terrified. I just stood in line and faced the cruel indifference of physics and gravity on rickety, obviously rusting metal frames. This was never, ever fun. Theatre, at least, turned out to be fun. I learned how to ride the exhilarating wave of stage-fright and enjoy it like I will never enjoy roller coasters.

I became an actor because it scared me, and because I wanted to be inside a story. I wanted to keep playing pretend, to do something ridiculous with absolute seriousness the way only children are really allowed to do. I think my lifelong ambition was to guest-star on The Muppet Show. Instead I wrote a novel about a goblin theatre troupe. Close enough.

Bits of theatrical history and folklore gave the book shape. I wanted to know why everyone from Plato to the Puritans have tried to shut down theatre entirely, and why every backstage space is said to be haunted, and why "break a leg" means "good luck." I wanted to know why we first started carving masks, why it mattered to give something not-ourselves a face and a name—and then to wear that face and name.

I didn't find answers, but I did find something else when I strung all those questions together and followed their trail: I found a story that I wanted to be in, one that scared me to tell. I hope that the fear and the fun are both contagious, just as they are onstage—and just as they are not on roller coasters. 



Goblin Secrets is currently available to buy from all booksellers.
Visit the Goblin Secrets website for further information. 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Theatre Review: Titanic at the Southwark Playhouse

On Saturday 27th July I went to the matinee show of Titanic at the
Southwark Playhouse's temporary venue on Newington Causeway.

The preview price was £10. (I know!!) It totally blew away the well known phrase, "You get what you pay for".

The seating is to the front and sides of the performance area. I would recommend arriving early so the seats aren't numbered, but having said that I was almost at the end of the side seating and could still see everything.

The show isn't the same story as the well-known film and I think that's a good thing. It relates the story of the Titanic from the point of view of crew, plus members of First, Second and Third class passengers.

The music is absolutely fantastic, the band were incredible and the songs are catchy and were well sung, I didn't miss a word. The set is minimal, with cast members doing any necessary changes, which works incredibly well.

The only slight negative was it was SUCH a hot day, despite air con the theatre (and the whole of London) were scorching hot.

As always I had my favourites among the cast, although it was hard to chose with this show as the entire cast were spectacular. Simon Green played Ismay to perfection. I loathed him by the end of it! Leo Miles (Fleet) has the kind of singing voice I could listen to all day. And Judith Street was fantastic in her role as Ida Straus. When she and Dudley Rogers sang their duet in the second half I have to admit I shed a tear. It was perfection.  But then the whole show was, it blew my mind and I was completely engrossed in the story, atmosphere and characters.

If there is one musical you see this summer, pick this one. It's running to 31 August. You can find out more and book tickets here.

Recommendations: Arrive early, sit in the second or third row of the seats facing the set. Take a cold drink. Prepare to be amazed.

Star rating: 5+.  One of the best shows I've ever seen, and the best show I've seen in London's fringe to date.

Follow my Entertainment list on Twitter, which includes some of the cast and crew from this show.


Last but not least, a special thanks to my theatre buddies for booking the tickets. xx

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Lazy Days of Summer Spontaneous Giveaway Hop


I am taking part in the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Burgandy Ice.
The dates for this hop are July 24th to August 4th.

All you have to do is comment below and tell me which of my books you would like to receive as a prize if you win. You will get a second entry if you like my facebook page (or already do).

The options are a signed paperback copy of:

New Beginnings  (for 9+)
A Knowing Look and Other Stories (A collection of short stories for adults)
or
When Dreams Come True (for 10-14s).

You can read a bit more about all of the books here.


Any comments made before midnight PST on August 4th will count, and the winners will be picked on 5th

This is an international giveaway.

Good luck and happy hopping!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Theatre Review: One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket)

I decided to see One Man, Two Guvnors without knowing anything about it, when I walked past the theatre just after 7 on Saturday 13th July, and saw the posters. I got a seat in the middle of row E of the stalls which turned out to be a brilliant seat.

This show opens before the stated start time with a 4 piece band called The Craze appearing on stage and playing several  catchy tunes that simply make you want more. Make sure you are in your seat by 7.15 so you don't miss this, as I have to say they are outstanding (they sell their debut album in the foyer and yes, I bought it).

The lead role is played by Rufus Hound, the self-defined harlequin of the piece, who is superb in the role, showing perfect comedy timing and an amazing ability to ad-lib with audience members (and noticeably personally thanking them afterwards). He, along with the rest of the cast, were a delight to watch and very funny, also multi-talented as it seemed all the cast members also got involved with the music at one point or another, and there were some amazing singing and instrumental contributions all round.

In summary, I recommend this show if you like comedy. I wouldn't recommend the end of the row at the front of the stalls if you don't like audience participation. But what stood out for me in all honesty were The Craze, who I would happily pay to watch in a show of their own. They are totally amazing. And not only that but I have since found out (thanks to my good friend Twitter) that one of the band was making their West End debut that day. I would never have guessed that.


Star rating: 4.5 out of 5, but that is probably down to my personal taste. I suspect others would rate it a 5.
Music rating: 5 out of 5. Don't forget to buy the CD on the way out - at £10, a total bargain.


Check out the official website for more information.
Follow my Entertainment list on Twitter, which includes some of the cast and crew from this show. 


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Guest Blog: Karen Henderson on The Appeal of Short Stories


Today it gives me great pleasure to host Karen Henderson here on my blog. She's writing about a subject close to my heart so please do have a read, and at the end there is also a chance to win an ebook! Without further ado, I will hand over to Karen.


The Appeal of Short Stories

Most people would agree that the definition of “story” is “an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment”. However, the definition of the length of the story varies greatly, but the most accurate (in my opinion) is “the length that is required to tell the story”; be that six words or six thousand words or six hundred thousand words.

There was a time when I would not purchase a book unless it was the size and weight of a door stop. The more pages the better. It would mean I would be lost in another world for longer. I could savour every detail. Besides, the bigger the book the less I felt ripped off with increasing book prices. Think about it, why buy a 100 page book when you could pay the same price for a 300 page book and get three times the reading experience? It made perfect sense, to me. No thought was given to the fact that maybe the shorter story was well written and just as enjoyable.

Then I became a wife and mother. I worked full time during the day and did the motherly things in the evenings and on weekends. I didn’t have time for 300 pages and suddenly those 100 page books were looking more attractive. At least I could get through them in a reasonable amount of time. I could read several books in a year instead of a couple of tombs.

Late one night, when my boys were tucked up in bed sleeping peacefully, I started writing my own story. Over the next three years I wrote three novel length manuscripts, with a total word count of almost one million words. The characters from those three stories will be etched forever in my mind. To me, they are real people with real lives.

None of those manuscripts have been published, but writing them gave me an insight; writing long stories was not necessarily better than writing shorter ones. Yes, those stories are real to me but that doesn’t mean they should be published. Not in their original format anyway. No one wants to know every detail of every person. And do we really need to talk about the weather or the scenery for five pages? It’s boring and it’s the quickest way to get readers to stop reading.

When time is precious, a reader might turn to a short story. They can experience the entire story in one sitting—beginning, middle and end. They can sample many genres, characters and settings in a single day. They can experience life threatening situations, be tempted by romance, travel the universe and live the life of a person they would only dare to imagine, but would never want to become.

Stories can teach us the importance of tolerance, they can show us how people of other walks of life live and they can inspire us to improve our own situation.

Yet is writing a short story easier and faster than writing a novel?

Technically, it is faster to write five thousand words than a hundred thousand. But that doesn’t mean it’s easier. And it doesn’t mean writing a short story is suitable for all writers.

A novel writer can explore many aspects of a world and the characters. The manuscripts can consist of complex plots that intertwine. There is plenty of time to explore, work through and resolve these things.

However, a short story doesn’t have the luxury of time and space for all that. A short story is a slice of life. Remember, there is a word limit—often 5,000 words—and it takes great presence of mind for the writer not to get carried away with all the sub-plots that could be written about. In short stories, too many plots are distracting and confusing. If you think every word counts when writing a novel length story, imagine how difficult it is when exploring a plot in a short story. It takes expertise to accomplish it successfully.

No matter what the length of the story, it must leave the reader feeling something when they reach the end. Only stories that speak to and move the reader will be remembered.

Writing short stories isn’t for everyone, just like reading them isn’t. But a great short story can be just as entertaining and inspiring as a novel. Please tell me the title and author of a short story that left you thoughtful and moved.

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This guest post is part of the “Tomorrow” Virtual Book Tour starting on 6 July 2013. To find out more about the stories, the authors and the publication go to the virtual booktour schedule page.


Giveaway:

I am offering “Ramblings of a Rusty Writer” readers a chance to win a copy to the “Tomorrow” ebook (in the format of the winner’s choice). Just leave a comment on this post and your name will be in the draw. One name will be randomly drawn and the winner will be announced in the comments section, in a couple of days.

Before I go, I’d just like to say a big thank you to Rebecca for hosting this stop on the book tour. If you haven’t been here before you should take a moment to look around. You’ll find an interesting mix of shorts, reviews and a look at a writer’s life.


About Karen Henderson

Karen Henderson is an editor at Kayelle Press, a small independent publisher of speculative fiction in Australia. Their latest release is “Tomorrow”, a post-apocalyptic anthology exploring the possible outcomes of plagues, biohazards, human error, natural disasters and intergalactic travel. The book is available in paperback and various digital formats from their website and from most online bookstores. Visit the website to find out more.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Friday Flash: Song of the Siren


Song of the Siren

She stood with her eyes closed, listening to the melody as the warm air circled around her. The hauntingly beautiful lyric wasn’t in any recognisable language, yet to her it made sense.

The flowers in the meadow turned their faces towards the sun and danced in the breeze, moving to the rhythm of the siren song, the irresistible theme tune of hope itself.

As the sunlight warmed her skin and the air currents raised the hairs on her arms, he came to her. She felt his lips skim hers as his arms encircled her waist. He whispered into the air, “I’m here” and in her heart, the final shard of ice melted.

But was he real, that friend of hers, the one who gave her the gift of sight? Who helped her to see what before had been hidden? She kept her eyes gently closed as she wondered if he really existed.

She stretched her arms out and slowly spun in the sun-kissed meadow. And with joy in her heart, she found her voice again.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Costa Short Story Awards



COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD - CALL FOR ENTRIES


Entry open via website from Monday 1 July to Friday 2 August
Submissions to be judged anonymously
Winner to be voted for by public and announced at
Costa Book Awards ceremony


Monday 24 June 2013: Entry into the 2013 Costa Short Story Award will open on Monday 1 July 2013. The Award for a single short story, launched last year in association with the Costa Book Awards, is judged independently from the main five-category system.

The Award is for a previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English by an author aged 18 years or over.  The author’s primary residence must have been the UK or Ireland for the past three years.

Entry opens on Monday 1 July and closes at 4pm on Friday 2 August. Entries must be submitted online via a dedicated page at www.costabookawards.com.  Entrants need not have been previously published but publishers and agents may submit entries on behalf of authors.

All entries will be judged anonymously – in other words, without the identity of the author being available to the judges.

A panel of five judges will select a shortlist of six entries which will be revealed in November. The public will then be invited to vote online for their favourite story from the six finalists. 

The winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on 28th January 2014 and will receive £3,500, the runner-up will receive £1,500, while the author in third place will receive £500.

The winner of the inaugural 2012 Costa Short Story Award was Avril Joy for her story, Millie and Bird. Chioma Okereke and Guy Le Jeune came second and third respectively for Trompette de la Mort and Small Town Removal.

The judges for the 2013 Costa Short Story Award are as for 2012, namely:

Richard Beard: Director of the National Academy of Writing
Fanny Blake: Novelist and Journalist; Books Editor of Woman & Home
Gary Kemp: Songwriter and guitarist for Spandau Ballet; Actor and Writer
Victoria Hislop: Writer
Simon Trewin: Agent, William Morris Endeavor

“We received 1,800 entries last year and are hoping for even more this year,” commented Kevin Hydes, Marketing Director, Costa UK. “You don’t need to be a professional writer to enter; it’s for anyone who has ever considered writing creatively and for those who already write professionally or otherwise. This award is unique and appeals to consumers partly because the final six short stories are judged by the general public.”

The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books of the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.  Originally established by Whitbread PLC in 1971, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s prestigious and popular book prize in 2006.

For more information on this year’s Costa Book Awards, go to www.costabookawards.com.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Sunday Snaps: The Stories


Today, I've taken delivery of my copy of Sunday Snaps: The Stories which has been published by Chuffed Buffed Books and includes my story Downstream.

The book is packed full of a wide range of poetry, short stories, flash fiction and haiku. I'll warn you now, mine is not what you'd describe as cheerful, but luckily some of the others are.

The other good news is, when my Facebook page hits a 00 I always do a giveaway, and when I hit 800 likes I'll be giving away a copy of this book. It will be an international giveaway so if you would like to be in the hat for that, you know where to go. My Facebook Page, of course!

Always lovely to see my name in a book
Thank you, as always, for reading.