Monday, 29 June 2020

14 Extra-Special Books

Very chuffed to see The Silent Kookaburra on "14 Extra-Special Books" celebrating 6 years of Rosie's #Bookreview team.
On behalf of my fellow authors, thank you to the wonderful Rosie Amber and her review team for all your great work!

The Silent Kookaburra, only 2.99c/p at your favourite digital store!

Monday, 18 May 2020

Friday, 8 May 2020

The 8th May this year, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), celebrating the Allies' acceptance of Germany's unconditional surrender.

As many of you know, I live in a rural village west of Lyon and discovered, during the research for my novel, Wolfsangel, that my village, and the surrounding area, was a "hot spot" for French Resistance fighters. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with several Resistance fighters, who gave me a first-hand account of what the Nazi Occupation was really like.

Lyon under Nazi Occupation

Due to the current virus lockdown situation here in France, our annual VE day village celebrations are, sadly, not happening. But to mark the occasion I am pleased to be taking part in a collective author celebration of the end of conflict.

Check out these great books celebrating the end of WW2:

Lyon under Nazi Occupation

Monday, 4 May 2020

Wolfsangel Shortlisted Exeter Novel Prize

While I am super chuffed to see Wolfsangel made it to the shortlist of the Exeter Novel Prize of 2019, it didn't win the big one.

However, it did receive some nice praise from well-known literary agent Broo Doherty: ' … great pace … moments of high emotion, a pronounced sense of community and a solid sense of place. Engaging and well researched, this is an ambitious novel …' Broo Doherty Literary Agent, DHH Literary Agency.

Wolfsangel is available for only 2.99 at your favourite retail store!

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