Monday, 2 April 2012

Moving House

My blog is moving house now. I've decided I may get more people to check in if I move to word press so here's my new address. I would love for my followers to pop on over and sign up. I know I don't exactly blog for Wales, or even my little part of it, but I do like to say Hi once in a while.

The Storm is here!

And you can win a free paperback copy! Announcing the release of The Storm is Coming: An Anthology.
Storms can come out of a clear blue sky, or they can build over a long period. They can take many forms, all terribly destructive: a tornado or hurricane that destroys all your belongings, an abusive spouse who destroys your sense of well-being, or human actions that can devastate an entire society.
In this collection of short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and images, you will find the range of approaching storms, and the range of emotions involved in such cataclysmic events. Within these pages you will find Mother Nature on the warpath in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and vengeful plants. You will find storms approaching in the form of an abusive spouse, a fed-up spouse, and the down-trodden. You will find murder and suicide. But, as is always the case after a storm passes, you will also find life beginning anew.
To celebrate the release of this anthology in both paperback and ebook formats, Sleeping Cat Books will send a copy of the paperback to one reader chosen at random. The rules for entering this drawing are below.
Please visit these contributors' blogs as we continue our blog tour to celebrate the release:
·         Gill Shutt – 2 April – Fog on the Brain
·         Carole Bellacera – 3 April – – Musings and News
·         Randy Mixter – 4 April – Writing for Fun and Profit
·         Joe Massingham – 5 April – Joe’s Blog
·         Catherine McGuire – 6 April – Cathy McGuire – Writing and Art
·         Ransom Noble – 7 April – Ransom Noble – Writer
Rules for Entry
·         Comment on the announcement post on the Sleeping Cat Books blog ( between 1 April 2012 and 30 April 2012.
·         Be sure to use a valid email address when you post so that we may contact the winner. (This email address will not appear on your comment when you post it.)
·         One entry per person. You may comment more than once, but your name and email address will only be entered for the first comment.
·         The winner will be chosen at random on 1 May 2012 from all of the unique commenters on the post linked above. The winner's first name will be announced on the Sleeping Cat Books blog that day.
·         In the event that we are unable to contact the winner by 7 May, a second name will be chosen at random and announced on that day.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Invites For Frogs

   It's been a funny few weeks, sometimes rather surreal. I was invited to a book launch for Short Stack, the book of short stories I contributed to, published by For Books' Sake and Pulp Press. You'll find mine on page 72 by the by. Anyhow, they are having a launch party for the actual, hold in your hand, look at it and grin, copy and it's going to be in London towards the end of March.

   I can't go, to be honest I wouldn't have been able to go even if it had been a few miles down the road... I would have looked like I had come in fancy dress. My story is about the reanimation of corpses and that's roughly what I look like past about nine at night, my eyes dry up and go red and my joints etc have just about given up by then too. But I would have so loved to have gone, mixing with my fellow authors and the other people from the literary world... and probably saying something stupid or doing something dull. They asked if I wanted to read my story at the do... um, yes if you provide a large bucket of water, a packet of sugar free sweets and allow me a good hour to do it in... either that or I'm going to sound like a frog with a bad cold.

   I've got a new novellette coming out soon, On The Edge is a prose book this time, still Fantasy/SciFi and still darn good of course, and this time it'll be coming out in a paperback version as well, for all you people who don't have an e-reader. Greyhart Press are also going to be releasing Legends as a paperback which will be great because the artwork is so wonderful it deserves a wider audience and a better platform.

   Watch this space for a post about the launch of a poetry anthology called The Storm is Coming, published by Sleeping Cat Books, which I've contributed to. They are going to supply the blog so I don't have to think too hard, all I have to do is copy and paste which is a blessing at the moment. I've hardly written anything for a week or more, the energy to lift the pen just hasn't been there and my mind has had it's proverbial tumble weeds rolling around in it... probably with Vivaldi's Four Seasons playing as well while everything is put on hold. I haven't even been reading much which is almost unheard of.

That's it for now folks... watch this space.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Sorry I've been AWOL for so long, life keeps getting in the way of what I really want to do... which is write. Having a young child, and one who needs me to be there for him even if it's just to drive the car, means I'm bound by motherly duties which are, by their very nature, fixed to set times of the day. You can't get breakfast at three in the afternoon, for example, and the schools take a dim view of 'My child won't be in today because I've had this great idea for the next chapter and have to get it down on paper'.

Then there was Christmas which takes up a huge chunk of time even if you do order most of it over the internet. My husband is great and does most of the cooking and washing up when he's at home and does it all over the Christmas period but I still have all the presents to buy, even two for myself this year. And when you have a family the size of a small state, a son born on Boxing Day and a grown up child who still insists on having a stocking, it works out to be quite a lot of things to organise.

So writing has taken a back seat, not that I haven't done any but blogging and everything non-novel has been dropped until now. One of the presents I got was an Italian leather journal which I started my new novel in and I've written 130 pages so far, not bad considering. Considering what? Considering my hands don't like the cold so they give out on me or refuse to work at all. I've had the odd day when my brain has given out on me and the journal has remained unopened on the bed next to me.

Now, I'm going to try harder to get things done... I've said that before though so don't hold your breath!