And now in print!

Aug. 16th, 2017 07:28 pm
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Unless I have made the most humongous muck up, I've got a print edition of Lessons in Loving they Murderous Neighbour! Only on Amazon at present, but that may change in the future.

The times they were a changing

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:46 am
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Today I'm at the lovely Elin Gregory's blog, talking about some of the changes and innovations Orlando and Jonty saw either side of WWI. Do drop in (and don't forget to leave a comment to go into the virtual hat for a Cambridge Fellows audio book.)
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Today I'm at Book Reviews and More by Kathy, talking about how the Cambridge Fellows got me out of my 'writing garret'. Comment at any (or all) of the stops to be in with a chance to win an audio book of Lessons in Love.
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And it's a 4.5 star one. "After all these stories, it feels like walking into the drawing room again and seeing old friends. What a joy."

Read more at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
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Comment at any of the blog tour stops to be in with a chance of winning an audio book. If you comment at more than one, you'll have more than one chance in the virtual hat!

Today I'm at My Fiction Nook, talking about my experience of characters stopping talking to their author.  Also at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, pontificating on my obsession with the years either side of 1900.

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Adventures in publishing!

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:17 pm
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When I first started writing it wasn't with the intention of being published, but when the chance came I took it. Very early on I realised that publishing was a volatile business, and I was determined I'd never have all my eggs in one - or even two - baskets. In recent years I decided I should dip my toes in the self publishing world, too.

Self publishing was always for me, at least in part, about learning new skills, and the last year has been - and continues to be - a real adventure. I started with some reissues of older stories I'd got the rights back for, paired up and repackaged, Wild Bells and In the Spotlight. En route I made mistakes, but I learned from them, and moved on, to the point I thought, "Let's try something a bit braver." Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour is my something-a-bit-braver and it's out tomorrow.

And then, as my something-braver-still, I'm on the verge of getting it into print, too. All that for someone who never aimed to be published but who's loving every moment.
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Firstly, my apologies for not posting announcements last week. It was a heck of a week. I did post the actual fic last week, so this announcement will encompass both weeks.

Secondly, I wasn't sure whether to post my fiction chapters this week. I thought of simply linking to this.

But then I looked at my chapters for this week. They consisted of (1) a protest against people who commit violent oppression, (2) a protest against people who commit violent oppression, and (3) an apology from a character who committed violence.

So yes, I've posted my fic this week. But I'll put off other announcements till next week.


Law Links


"Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.




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"'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.




Checkmate


"It's all about torture. That's what I didn't understand for a long time. The High Seeker has been seeking out and punishing those of us who wish to show greater mercy to the prisoners than the Code allows. Those of us who question whether it's right to torture prisoners."

The Eternal Dungeon is no longer a prison. It's a battlefield.

Split apart from their closest loves and friends, a small group of prison-workers seek to abolish the use of torture against prisoners in the queendom's royal dungeon. Time is running out, for the deadly High Seeker has already flogged and executed prison-workers who oppose his policies.

Do the reformers have enough time and skill to bring about radical change in the dungeon? Will they be able to overcome their mistrust of one another?




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Should be some good news on this very soon. Must stop calling it Lessons in Murdering, etc.

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WWI commemoration - a Hampshire hero

Aug. 11th, 2017 03:14 pm
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The Passchendaele commemorations turned up many stories of heroism. I was very taken by the story of Denis Hewitt, from Hampshire. Only 19 when he gave his life, earning the Victoria Cross in the process.

We shall not forget.

Not a diva in sight!

Aug. 10th, 2017 04:15 pm
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I was so lucky yesterday. The wonderful Joan Moules has invited me to take part in 'Meet the Authors' every August for the last few years but this was the first time I actually made it. What a smashing event. And what was most lovely? That the first two tables om the left had side of the room featured Peter Lovesey, Beryl Kingston, me and Simon Brett. Cor. I've known Peter a few years and, bless him, he'd brought me some vintage newspapers because he's downsizing and knows I collect them. Beryl and Simon I had never met and I have to say they were lovely. Totally charming and very friendly.

Now these three authors have stellar careers, and the sort of sales one can only fantasise about, yet was there any hint of a diva about them? No. They were enthusiastically supporting a relatively small local event, they spent time talking to readers, visitors and other authors, and generally they were nice people to be around.

And if you ever get a chance to hear Peter Lovesey reading out some of the correspondence he's received over the years, take it with both hands.

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No wonder I'm smiling

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:48 pm
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Full report on Selsey Authors to follow, but even if I hadn't sold any books (I did!) it would have been worthwhile going because I ended up sitting next to one of my writing heroes, Simon Brett, who was charming and funny. Such larks.

UK Meet 2018

Aug. 7th, 2017 07:47 pm
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News will be coming out later today about UK Meet 2018 - if you want to keep up to date, please sign up for our newsletter as we'll have several key mailings over the next couple of months.

Interview at Promoting Crime

Aug. 5th, 2017 08:03 pm
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Lovely to be interviewed by my old pal Carol Westron, especially as she asks such perceptive questions, like: I love the adventures of Jonty and Orlando in the Cambridge Fellows mystery and realise that one of the things that draws me in is the sense of community you create. When a new character appears in their investigations, do you know from the beginning exactly what they are like and the role they are going to play, or do you discover it as you write?

Read the answers at Promoting Crime blogspot.

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Newsletter 180

Aug. 4th, 2017 06:43 pm
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Do any of you have a bucket list? Or, as we call it, a “non-bucket bucket list” as we’re not intending popping our clogs just yet. We simply decided that with one of us having reached the big six zero, and with me rapidly approaching it, the time had come to jot down what we want to do and get about doing it. Being us, though, it’s not things like “walk the great wall of China” more, “attend a Nigel Owens charity event”. Got that one booked already… 

News 

Everyone loves a giveaway, (at least, I hope they do) and today I come bearing one.

The “Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour” blog tour will be happening next week and to celebrate it, I’ll be giving away a copy of Lessons in Love audio version. You can comment at any of the blog stops, which are listed here – if you comment at more than one stop, you get more than one entry in the virtual hat.

Have you noticed my new banner, at the top of  my Facebook page, and reproduced here? Am very chuffed with it - love all those sepia tones.

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Today I delivered a free story (Shell Shocked) to my newsletter peeps, a shifter story with a difference. If you want exclusive stories, before they appear on my website, make sure you sign up to the newsletter. 

Excerpt from Shell Shocked:

The lights, the recording equipment, the lairy looking rozzer.
I’ve never experienced anything like this before, never been in trouble with the police. Honest Billy, that’s me, always kept my nose clean; I even declare every one of my tips on my tax form. So, what’s Mrs. Zanderson’s best boy doing being formally interviewed under caution?
Doing his best to explain just how he’d got into this mess in the first place, only I can’t tell them the whole truth, for reasons that will become apparent.
“How and when did you meet Jonny Telfer?”
“A couple of months ago, in a bar. The Happy Return.”
“Had you gone there to pick up a fare?”
“No. It was pleasure, not business.” And what a pleasure it had turned out to be, at least at first...

 

 

 

Blog tour giveaway

Aug. 4th, 2017 12:14 pm
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To celebrate the launch of the Cambridge Fellows novella, Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour, I'll be giving away an audio copy of Lessons in Love. One winner to be drawn from all the comments at blog tour stops:

August 14th My Fiction Nook
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

August 15th Book Reviews and More

August 16th Elin Gregory's blog

August 17th MM Good Book Reviews

August 19th The Novel Approach

August 23rd Joyfully Jay
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We stopped for coffee at Wareham today, then went for a walk. I saw the Commonwealth war Graves Commission sign...

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