Saturday, 4 April 2020

Spring Hello

Well, all our lives have certainly changed since I penned my last post, and I’m not sure what to write here, since so much is being said, by so many. But so many more people are not just talking about the virus. No, the real heroes today are those providing essential services: the paramedics, the hospital staff, those transporting food and working in supermarkets, the garbage collectors. Not to mention those in the scientific field who are literally working against the clock to find solutions. So many people are going above and beyond, and for this we are grateful, and owe them far more than I can express.

I want to ask how you’re coping, if you’re having ups and downs like me, but I guess most of us are just hanging in there, trying to do the right thing. And waiting, and hoping. What I’ve found inspiring is that way so many people are reaching out to each other to stay in touch, via the internet. The realization that we truly do need that social contact in our lives.

Lockdown buddies

I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well, and if not, that you are managing to fight this virus, and make a full recovery. I hope that if you have lost your job, it will be waiting for you once the virus is gone. And I hope that if you have some spare time, you’re finding some good books to read!

One piece of lovely news amidst all this bad, is that Wolfsangel, the second book in my French historical trilogy –– The Bone Angel series –– has made it to the shortlist of the 2019 Exeter Novel Prize Competition.

Willow, writing assistant extraordinaire

During this time of confinement, I feel very lucky to live in a rural area. Here are few pics from our evening one hour walks around the village:

French Alps


Thursday, 22 August 2019

#Audiobook #SpiritofLostAngels

Very pleased to announce the audiobook publication of Spirit of Lost Angels, narrated by the very talented Jennifer Jill Araya.

Available here.

If you fancy a free copy of the audiobook, in exchange for an honest review, just email me on:

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Five Great Books Set in Australia

Very chuffed to see my novel, The Swooping Magpie on this list of Five Great Books Set in Australia, alongside some fabulous Aussie authors!

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The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy. 

Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Townsend is pretty and popular at school. At home, it’s a different story. Dad belts her and Mum’s either busy or battling a migraine. So when sexy school-teacher Jon Halliwell finds her irresistible, Lindsay believes life is about to change.
She’s not wrong.
Lindsay and Jon pursue their affair in secret, because if the school finds out, Jon will lose his job. If Lindsay’s dad finds out, there will be hell to pay. But when a dramatic accident turns her life upside down, Lindsay is separated from the man she loves.
Events spiral beyond her control, emotions conflicting with doubt, loneliness and fear, and Lindsay becomes enmeshed in a shocking true-life Australian scandal. The schoolyard beauty will discover the dangerous games of the adult world. Games that destroy lives.
Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.

Grab a copy HERE for only 2.99!

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Spirit of Lost Angels French Translation

Well it's been a long while in the making, but the French translation of Spirit of Lost Angels (L'Auberge des Anges)  ebook is now out:

Lorsque des aristocrates parisiens accusent Victoire d'un crime odieux et l'emprisonnent dans un tristement célèbre asile de fous, une voleuse séduisante qui a escroqué la reine Marie-Antoinette prend la jeune orpheline sous son aile. Un conte palpitant avec, en toile de fond, la Révolution française.

Available at your favourite ebook retailer:

Sunday, 9 June 2019

#WWII True-crime Tragedy #Oradour-sur-Glane

75 years ago tomorrow, on June 10th, 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in Nazi-occupied France, was destroyed. 642 inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company.

Read my full story on the massacre here.

To mark the occasion, my novel, Wolfsangel, which is based on this true-life WWII crime, is on a limited offer promotion of only 99c/p HERE at your favourite retailer.

Friday, 5 April 2019

The Swooping Magpie

Many thanks to CP Lesley and the New Books network for interviewing me on my #Aussie #1970s family drama novel The Swooping Magpie.

Listen to the interview HERE.

Available HERE at your favourite retailer for only $2.99!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

#French #histfic Spirit of Lost Angels #Free #Kindlepromo

For a limited time only, Spirit of Lost Angels, first (standalone) story in The Bone Angel French historical trilogy is FREE to download at your favourite retailer:

Extract from Spirit of Lost Angels:
The early light burns Victoire’s cheeks, like a beacon warning her this summer day will bring something special. She hears the cries of the villagers long before she reaches the square of Lucie-sur-Vionne.

‘Robespierre is dead!’ Léon shouts, dancing about la place de l’Eglise with the others. ‘Guillotined!

‘They say the Parisians are frolicking on the streets,’ the baker cries. ‘For the death of that bloodthirsty dictator!’

‘Cheering as when they guillotined fat Louis and his Austrian whore,’ a silk-weaver woman shouts.

Victoire had not relished the Queen’s beheading. No matter how scornful; how wasteful with money, Marie Antoinette was but a scapegoat. Victoire believes we are all such victims, simply shuffling the hand of cards dealt at our birth.

‘Come and celebrate with us, Victoire.’ Léon takes her hand. ‘They’re saying this reign of terror is over.’

‘Let’s hope we’ll have peace now,’ she says, looking away from him, at the coach rattling along the cobblestones of the square. ‘Far too much blood has stained our earth.’

Snagged in the revelry of the crowd, Victoire doesn’t pay much attention to the first two people who alight from the public coach, but then a young girl steps down.

She is about fifteen years old, and her grey-green eyes remind Victoire of the Vionne River in a storm.

The girl gazes around the square, her ribboned curls, the colour and sheen of a fox, bobbing in crests and peaks. One of her hands folds over a pendant, hanging from a strip of leather about her neck.

Victoire cannot move, or speak. She can only stand there, staring at the girl, terrified she is simply a wicked trick of her imagination––a spirit-like illusion she might have glimpsed that terrible day on riverbank.

Her heart begins to beat wild, like the wings of a bat trapped in a hot attic.

‘No, surely not, it cannot be …?’

She falters, and stumbles towards the girl.

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