Season’s Greetings and Many Thanks to You All
Wishing each and every one who has visited and followed me here during the ups and down of 2015,
a very happy festive season and a wonderful 2016.
Thank you so much for your friendship and for making this blog so enjoyable for me and, I do hope, enjoyable for you too.
I’ve had so much fun reading your comments and reactions to what I have posted,
and best of all, having a giggle with you.
The last 18 months has been really exciting for me.
In April 2014 I signed my first ever publishing contract with Accent Press
and in October 2014 I saw my short story,
The Haunting of Anne Chambers, appear in the Anthology, Shiver.
Followed by Wishing on a Star (anthology) which included my short story,
Merry Christmas Everybody, published December 2014.
Thanks to Accent Press and all their fab staff for all their help and for giving me the opportunity to share my work.
A special thanks to my editor, Greg Rees. You are a star.
I am really excited to announce that in May 2016
Only One Woman
co-written with my life-long friend and award winning author,
is to be published by Accent Press.
It is available for pre-order in paperback or ebook from Accent Press
Those who follow me might be surprised to discover that this does not feature any CRIME.
Only One Woman:
One boy, two girls, and a journey through the heady, mad, rock’n’roll 1960s.
June 1968: Renza is preparing to leave school – and England. Her family is moving to Germany and she can’t wait – till the four gorgeous boys who make up pop band Narnia’s Children move in next door.
She falls head over heels for lead guitarist Scott, but after a romantic summer of love together, Renza has to go … December 1968: Stella meets Scott at a local dance where Narnia’s Children are playing.
Scott’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen, and she falls for him hard … As the colourful, exciting final year of the sixties dawns, both Renza and Stella realise there can be only one woman for Scott…
Chrissie and I go back a long way and we pooled our experiences of the late 1960s music, fashion scene and the whole vibe of the last wonderful exciting years.
I am busy writing and working towards the publication of Ms Birdsong Investigates later in 2016/2017
Once more it has been a fantastic year meeting new like-minded folk and I’ve had a blast visiting your blogs too.
I’ve really had a lovely
experience meeting new bloggers and readers and finding out about the wide range of subjects you blog about too.
Some of you have been a great support to me since I started this blog about 4 years ago, and I want to thank you all so very much
and tell you how I really appreciate every comment and interaction with you; too many of you to list but I am sure you are well aware who you are.
Thanks so much to all those generous authors and bloggers who have hosted me throughout the year and are too numerous to list here – links are on my blog if you want to check them out.
I never expected to play host to other writers when I started this way back when.
But I have discovered a whole new wealth of talented writers who may well have passed me by had I not been here.
It’s been fun finding out how other
writers work and what makes them and their characters tick, and I know from comments left by you here, that you love it too.
If you are still stuck for Xmas gifts, do consider giving a book by one of these lovely people – do check out my posts with them.
Thanks to all my Guest Authors including:
Margot Kinberg – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1so
Margot kindly invited me to contribute to In A Word: Murder – anthology, published in paperback and ebook, in aid of The Princess Alice Hospice, in memory of her friend, Crime author, editor and blogger – Maxine Clarke:
Mar Preston – http://wp.me/p2dg55-22z
Jenny Kane – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1W4
John Holt – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1eF
TC Chandinha – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1ez
L W Smith – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1AI
Barbara Freethy – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1vV
I’d like to give a special mention to author and blogger, Kim Scott, to highlight awareness of her efforts to raise funds for her treatment for her life-limiting disease Sarcoidosis:
Kim Scott – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1Cx
I really cannot miss this opportunity to remind you all about a fabulous singer, Sarah Weller, who I saw at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho back in March. She was performing at a 91st birthday tribute to one of my all time favourite singers and actresses,
Sarah kindly allowed me to use some of her personal photos of the show in my blog feature on Doris and Sarah.
Read all about it here and if you get chance to see her in concert, do check out Sarah Weller. She is NOT a tribute act, but she sings Doris Day’s songs and tells her life story through anecdotes about the Movies and Music Doris Day.
Sarah Weller – http://wp.me/p2dg55-1Cv
A few years ago I contributed a short story, The Look, to an anthology published by FCN Publishing,
in aid of three charities, and the book is still available via Amazon.
The proceeds go to: Women’s Aid, Breakthrough and Women for Women.
Do please consider
I Am Woman (vol 1) – http://amzn.to/MDkDc6
when looking for Xmas gifts.
Once more thanks to each and every one who has visited, commented, and been a friend to me here during this last year.
You are all so very appreciated.
I wish each and every one of you a very Happy, Healthy, Safe and Secure Festive Season and New Year.
I look forward to having a good old natter with you all again in 2016 and to visiting your blogs and reading your posts.