Hello, and thank you for visiting my site. I hope that you'll return often and always find something of interest about my world and what inspires me to pick up a pen. (This is a figure of speech, unfortunately. My handwriting is terrible!) Here's what I've been up to recently...

BookHippo

Promoting books is just as hard, if not harder, than writing them and I’m always keen to try out new ways of doing so. 

Following the advice of other PYA (Promoting Yorkshire Authors) members, I gave BookHippo a try, succeeded at my second attempt and am now proud to be one of its featured authors!

BookHippo (unlike many other promotional websites) makes no charge, although donations are requested in order to keep on expanding.

18 April, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

Evita: a cracking display of local talent!

I always enjoy a good musical and the Ripon Operatic Society’s production of ‘Evita’ was no exception. So good I saw it twice, in fact. Once at the dress rehearsal and again later in the week.

 

It was my absolute pleasure to review the show for the local papers. This is how my review appeared, only lightly edited. The Society has the full version, but I’d be happy to send a copy to anyone else who wishes to see it.

13 April, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

Drystone Radio

Last night saw me being interviewed for David Driver’s show, the Writers’ Bookshelf. Knowing that the programme ran for two whole hours, I was very nervous but needn’t have been. David was the perfect host and put me at my ease straight away. A few minutes into the programme, I’d almost forgotten that I was on air and we were chatting away like a couple of old friends in a pub.

David had certainly done his homework and asked me about many other aspects of my life as well as my books. Our conversation was interspersed with some of my favourite tracks too, which allowed time to relax and have a sip of water. 

Drystone Radio broadcasts on 103.5FM to South Craven and the Yorkshire Dales providing a local resource for information, events and great music. A podcast of my interview will be available for three weeks from drystoneradio.com/ondemand.

 

3 April, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

Cover Reveal for K.S.Marsden

I’m always happy to support other writers and the following is a cover reveal for fellow PYA member K.S.Marsden. Good luck with it, Kelly!

Sophie: Witch-Hunter

K.S. Marsden

Synopsis

Everyone will betray you…

Sophie has always had a high opinion of herself. She is smart, beautiful, and meant for something more than a mundane, human life.

From a young age she’s had to weigh duty against selfish desires. Her new friend Izzy starts to break down her carefully-constructed walls, and makes Sophie question everything she thought she knew.

With witch-hunters and witches vying for a place in her future, Sophie has to decide who she can trust.

This is a prequel to the Witch-Hunter trilogy, and contains spoilers from the very beginning.

 

We highly recommend you read The Shadow Rises, before finding out more about everybody’s favourite cold-hearted bitch.


Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42420592-sophie

 

 

As stated, this is not intended to be a stand-alone, and relies on knowledge of  the Witch-Hunter world.

If you have not yet read The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), you can pick it up for FREE.

 

The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1)

When a new witch threat rises, only Hunter Astley can stop them… 

 

In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.

Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos.

As the only 7th generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop them… in any way he can.

 

Part one of the Witch-Hunter trilogy.

Free download from most ebook retailers.

 

Book links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17972985-the-shadow-rises

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2TDaFBp

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2JwbPOx

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2MVK8g5

Smashwords: https://bit.ly/1F0pCQh

iTunes: https://apple.co/1AOiozb

Google Play: https://bit.ly/1DuvhLX

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2SnnNhD

 

Also available in Audiobook:

Audible US: https://adbl.co/2Od9NRe

Audible UK: https://adbl.co/2xfL1J9

 

 

29 March, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

NEWSFLASH!

This should be a fun event. Please save the date.

27 March, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

Love is where you find it…….

As I was a great admirer of the late Geoffrey Smith, it was probably only a matter of time before a television gardener took centre stage in one of my short stories. 

Originally entitled ‘Just the Ticket’, this is my latest contribution to the hallowed pages of The People’s Friend. Rejected the first time round because of an ‘information dump’ about volunteering in a hybrid local library – something I’d recently begun to do when I wrote it – the revised version met with approval and appeared on the shelves of our local W.H.Smith today. 

The novelty of seeing my work in print has never worn off and I hope it never will.

27 March, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

A New Departure

Ebooks? Paperbacks? What next? Following a strong recommendation from a writer friend, I’ve been spending a couple of hours on alternate Mondays in the  Melrose Yard Studios in York. Sam Holdstock could not have been more patient or encouraging to a novice and the recording of ‘Workhouse Orphan’ is now complete. Watch this space for the release of my first audio book!

26 March, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

Flying the Flag!

The York Literature Festival offered an opportunity to writers to offer their wares for sale in the central library (York Explore) this year. Paul Smith, Neelie Wicks, Rosemary J. Kind and I shared a table to represent PYA (Promoting Yorkshire Authors). 

24 March, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

Stranger in a Strange Land

When asked to take part in a PYA panel discussion on the above topic, I was unsure which of my books to talk about. After all, ‘Had We But World Enough’ is all about people on the move and ‘Shadows of the Past’ and ‘Wheels on Fire’ both feature the mixed fortunes of English schoolgirls in France. However, for my 13-year workhouse orphan from London, the West Riding of Yorkshire in the early 1900’s is an equally alien environment, so his story is the one I chose.

The discussion was chaired by Edwin H. Rydberg, the original inspiration behind Promoting Yorkshire Authors, which began with a mere handful of writers in York and is rapidly spreading county-wide. On the panel with me today were Rosemary J. Kind (‘New York Orphan’ and its prequel, ‘The Blight and the Blarney’), K.S.Marsden (the ‘Witch-Hunter’ series) and Darren Walker (‘Closed Shop’).  

Harrogate Library, which hosts regular PYA sessions, was once again the setting – a haven of warmth and comfort on one of the wettest and windiest days of the year so far.

17 March, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

Bill’s Last Night

It’s been quite a while since my work last appeared in The Weekly News and this story is quite unlike anything that I’ve ever submitted before. 

As soon as I came across Lovelace’s poem, written whilst he himself was incarcerated, the character of Bill began to form in my mind and refused to disappear. As he muses on what led him to his lonely cell and, even more, what the following morning holds, I hope that readers will begin to empathise with him. Some already have and tell me that they were taken aback by the twist at the end.

If you’d like to read the whole story, please let me know and I’ll make it possible.

9 March, 2019 Make the first comment on this story

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