Thursday, 30 October 2008

THE Q&A Spot with Debut Author, Christina Phillips

So here it is! Your triple chance to win a download of

All you need to do to go into the draw to win is ask Christina a question here or comment over at or Sara Hantz's blog:
where there are Interesting Interviews with Christina.The winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday 5th November

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

CONTEST: A Date For your Diary...

From Halloween until November 4th Christina will answer your questions about writing and her road to publication.
So, get thinking then come back on Friday when the Q&A Spot will begin in a new post and you'll see how you could win a download of FORETASTE OF FOREVER...

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Another Award, Another Birthday, Another...

Isn't it great? Tom Foolery held the TFX 2008 Writing Competition and all the entrants received a fantastic bespoke card as a prize - every card is different and all designed by TF herself so go to TF's and check them out!
Another Birthday. I'm 63 today! Time feels like the wheel on the card free-wheeling quickly away; I can NOT believe I'm so old. OK, old in years but young at heart (sometimes).
The third 'Another'? Unfortunately that was an agent rejection. The nice thing is that I got it earlier in the week so it hasn't blighted my day.
And please go and give Helen @ Fiction Is Stranger Than Fact a hug to let her know we're all thinking of her.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Party Time

It's Book Launch Day for my fabulous friend and CP, Christina Phillips!

Please go and join the celebration and read an exciting excerpt of Foretaste of Forever at

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Friendship is a Sheltering Tree

That's a quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
So thank you all for the hugs and messages and for
being my 'sheltering tree'.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

An Award that Cheered Me Up

Mummy @ A Mummy's Meanderings awarded me with this. It was very timely because I'm feeling sad today. So, thank you, Mummy!

Edited to add: Thank you for all the hugs and emails. They help. A friend died on Monday.

The winners of this award have to answer these questions, in one word per question.... so here we go:
1. Where is your cell phone? Unowned
2. Where is your significant other? Workshop
3. Your hair color? Blonde
4. Your mother? Heaven
5. Your father? Heaven
6. Your favorite thing? Life
7. Your dream last night? Upsetting
8. Your dream/goal? Republished
9. The room you're in? Study
10. Your hobby? Countryside
11. Your fear? Loss
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here
13. Where were you last night? Here
14. What you're not? Male
15. One of your wish-list items? Aga
16. Where you grew up? Various
17. The last thing you did? Log-on
18. What are you wearing? Leggings
19. Your TV? Off
20. Your pets? Chewing
21. Your computer? On
22. Your mood? Sad
23. Missing someone? Parents
24. Your car? Isn’t
25. Something you're not wearing? Pyjamas
26. Favorite store? Deli
27. Your summer? Mixed
28. Love someone? Yes.
29. Your favorite color? Autumnal
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Today

OK, I also have to pass this award onto another 5 blogs that I love –
This is so hard; some of my favourite bloggers have already won this award
Crystal Jigsaw
Flowerpot Days
The Weaver of Grass
Wright Story
Pamela Terry and Edward

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Friday, 3 October 2008

Wearing My Children's Writer Hat...

The main characters in my mystery series for children stay in a house that’s part of a coastal railway station. The first story is finished (25,500 words), the series proposal is on its way to a publisher and the second story is 'bubbling' nicely.

Over on Fiction Is Stranger Than Fact Helen has listed the soundtracks to her novel.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So…
Here are some of the songs I’d choose for my soundtrack:
"I Love the sound of a Whistle" Box Car Willie
"Ghost Train" The Bee Gees
"Bye Bye Black Smoke Choo Choo" Joe Glazer
"Peppermint Twist" The Sweet
"Rockaway beach" Ramones
"The Peppermint Rock Song" ???

Sticks of rock play quite a part in the first book.

Of course there's a dog in all the stories.
She's called Hilda.
The song for her is: Cat Steven's "I Love My Dog".