Here we go a-Ghent

In my previous blog about our recent long weekend spent in Bottrop, Germany, I mentioned that we visited Ghent in Belgium for a day and night en route home.  I didn’t want to mix the two places in one article, so this blog is dedicated to Ghent, and Ghent alone! Our first thought was to…

Skiing in October? How’s that then?

Last week we took a long weekend in Germany to visit the indoor Alpine Ski Centre in Bottrop, Germany https://www.alpincenter.com/bottrop/en. We took up skiing three years ago and for the last two have visited Norway over Christmas.  While it’s beautiful and the skiing is brilliant, it’s not a cheap holiday, and a week on the slopes…

Just Imogen

A short cosy story with a happy end…   Imogen went to open the dishwasher to put her empty cereal bowl in, then remembered she didn’t have a dishwasher anymore.  The six-bedroom house she’d lived in, and loved, for the last twenty years during her marriage to George had all the modcons.  But since his…

New Novel Beginning

Here’s the opening of a crime novel.  Or it could be a short story in its own right.  I wrote it for a competition, but it didn’t win, so rather than waste it I thought I’d share it here. Just a warning – it’s a wee bit sweary, so if you don’t like bad words,…

Top tips for writing erotic fiction

To celebrate the release of my new erotic short story, Secrets of the East Wing, I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve learned along the way of writing erotic fiction.  Here are my top five. Don’t leave it too long before the first erotic scene takes place.  Readers of this genre are looking for…

Writing fiction for magazines

I was very excited yesterday when I was flicking through Prima magazine, only to find a story I’d written in it.  I’d obviously remembered my first attempt at a magazine story had been accepted for their November issue, but hadn’t realised that was the issue I was reading! The loveliest part of it was seeing…

A Quick Announcement…

It’s with great pleasure and excitement I can reveal that my erotic short story ‘Ice Hot’ is out now with Wild Rose Press. It’s about a young translator who gets assigned a job accompanying a businessman to Iceland.  Only once she arrives at the airport does she realise she’s met him before, and their meeting…

A Weekend in Bootiful Bournemouth

Every year for the last three years my husband has taken me to Bournemouth for my birthday weekend, and I LOVE IT! Let’s face it, Bournemouth, which is located on the Dorset coast, is better known for stag and hen weekends than as a romantic getaway location, but I STILL LOVE IT! This year, as…

New blurb reveal!

My very raunchy short story, ‘Secrets of the East Wing’, is due for launch in the next couple of months.  While I eagerly await cover art, I have received the approved blurb, which I have great pleasure in sharing here (American spelling): To the outside world, Countess Molly Bucklington has the perfect life. She lives…

First time in Sorrento

The release date of ‘The Virgin’s Gamble’ coincided with a holiday to Sorrento with my mum and son.  Our hotel, Settimo Ciello, was a Tui Small & Friendly.  Small and friendly it was.  It was, as the reviews suggested, basic, but had the most spectacular views, as you can see in this photo. There’s so…