My Weekly Pocket Novel accepted!

What a brilliant start to the new year – on Friday I heard that my 50k word submission to My Weekly Pocket Novels has been accepted! It’s a real privilege to be published by My Weekly as they’re such a long-standing, reputable company, and they’re publishing my book – YESSSSSS! Obviously I’m made up about…

An Asian Christmas

Late last night I arrived home, with my husband and young son, from a 17-day tour of Asia. We travelled over Christmas and New Year, starting at Singapore and ending in Shanghai, visiting in between Hong Kong, Ko Samui, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. We went via cruise ship plus two long-haul flights…

Release date – tomorrow!

The time has finally come for my latest book to be released – whoopee!! Secrets of the East Wing is my third book – and naughtiest to date!  It’s my second erotic short story this year, and it’s out tomorrow.  As it’s a short story it’s available as e-book only  It’s about a young English…

Why authors like rejections

Yes, it really is true that writers enjoy receiving a rejection.  Okay, kind of true.  A rejection is not as good as an acceptance, clearly, but it is certainly preferable to the usual alternative, which is being completely, entirely and categorically ignored. Most writers, if they’ve stuck around long enough to send out several of…

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…