The Top Ten Books I Read in 2016. girl sitting on pile of books.

The Top Ten Books I Read In 2016

There’s only one thing I enjoy more than writing (and sometimes more) and that’s reading. I review a lot of the books I read on Goodreads, an online book club where readers can post reviews of books and connect with other readers. It’s always fun at the end of the year to look back at […]

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Five Life Lessons from Walking the Camino de Santiago

Since returning from my 775 kilometre trek across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, I’ve been asked several times, ‘Did you experience any spiritual enlightenment? Discover the meaning of life?’There seems to be a general assumption that even if I didn’t make the journey for spiritual reasons, I would have discovered some deep […]

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My mother's cookbook - recipes for nostalgia

My Mother’s Cookbook – Recipes For Nostalgia

One of the things I love about historical fiction is being transported into another time and place. As well as vicariously living a life vastly different from my own, I also enhance my knowledge of historical people and events.It’s one of the reasons I love flipping through my mother’s recipe book. She bought it soon […]

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Confessions of a Book Nerd. artoon character with glasses reading a book.

Confessions of a Book Nerd

I’ve been a book nerd ever since I learnt to read. Even before I learnt to read, as my mother read to me from the time I was six months old, so it’s all her fault.As a child, my favourite activity was to curl up on the couch with my head in a book, while […]

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Badass women - why they're more fun. woman with gun

Badass Women – Why They’re More Fun

Who doesn’t love a red-blooded, shoot from the hip badass woman? One who’ll entice you with sweet words and bedroom eyes, only to pull a gun on you as soon as you succumb to her charms. Men love them because there’s something so sexy about a woman who takes control into her own hands, and […]

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Three Reasons to Love Noir

Three Reasons To Love Noir

If you’ve been following my blog for a while or read some of my books, you’ll probably be thinking, ‘She loves noir? But she writes comedy!’ Or even, ‘What is noir?’Noir is French for black and there are many definitions of noir fiction. Google defines it as ‘a genre of crime film or fiction characterized […]

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Five top benefits of being a mature age author

Five Top Benefits Of Being A Mature Age Author

​With Queen Elizabeth turning 90 recently and still looking pretty spry, it got me thinking that one of the secrets to healthy aging has to be a sense of purpose, a reason to get up in the mornings. In the case of the Queen, she has commitments – speeches to make, buildings to open, medals […]

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Five reasons to have a messy desk

Five Reasons To Have A Messy Desk

​What do I have in common with Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg?No, it’s not that I’m a genius, though it’s very kind of you to suggest it.You’ll never guess so I’ll tell you: we all have messy desks. Or in the case of Albert and Steve, had messy desks. There’s a lot of […]

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To swear or not to swear

To Swear Or Not To Swear – That Is The Fecking Question

The use of profanity in books has always been a controversial question. Readers range in attitudes from not being in the least bit concerned to finding it offensive and refusing to read books containing swear words. Mention the subject to any group of authors, and you’ll end up in a lively discussion as to the […]

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My Five Reading Pet Peeves

My Five Reading Pet Peeves

In a book I was reading recently, it got to the bit where the couple were in a clinch and things were hotting up. As they were kissing, she ‘felt his nature rising.’Seriously? I’ve read a lot of coy phrases describing erections, but that was a first. It somehow reminded me of being in a […]

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