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Sandpapering roses…

Happy New Year! I’ve spent the break enjoying the NZ summer, which aside from one tropical storm has been lovely and sunny. We’ve had family round for celebrations and unfortunately had a bit of an issue with a rose bush next to our drive. It’s a rambler and has lovely flowers and it smells divine. …

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I’m taking a break for a couple of weeks but I just want to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. I’ll be back in 2018. Meanwhile, let’s all eat, drink and be merry!

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I am officially a kitset junkie

I realize this may sound a tad tacky but I just don’t care. I am officially a kitset junkie! I get such a sense of satisfaction from putting together IKEA kitset furniture, which is actually really difficult to find in NZ as we don’t have a store here.  I am in the midst of a …

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A big thank you to book reviewers!

I just want to say a big thank you to all the readers who leave reviews on the books they have read. It means so much. I have had some wonderful reviews over the last few weeks and it couldn’t have come at a better time as I have been struggling with my next book. …

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I am a terrible procrastinator. I am meant to be doing nanowrimo – national novel writing month. I figured it would be a good time to get 50,000 words of a first draft done. So here we are halfway through November and I have not 25,000 words, not even 10,000 words. No, I have 7,000. …

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Scilly Isles sunset

Fight or flight vs the relaxation response

Hello Well, this is *slightly* off topic but it is what I am currently pondering and I think it is worth writing a short post about. So I write suspense and mystery and a big part of that is angst, fear, anxiety – all emotions I deal with every day thanks to being an overly …

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Happy Halloween

I don’t have much to say this week – just cracking up at this most appropriate image. Have a happy holiday!

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gothic romance

Gothic romance

So – how would you define gothic romance? I would categorize Ebb Tide as a military romance with gothic elements but the primary category it is sitting in on Amazon right now is gothic and I am a bit concerned readers may be expecting something different. A quick review of the books currently listed in …

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Robert Goddard Fault Line Book Cover

A good mystery – Robert Goddard, Fault Line

I’ve discovered a new mystery author this week by pure coincidence. I’ve been hunting up stories set in Cornwall for inspiration and I thought I would try this one out. It is a tad old fashioned (it switches between a murder/suicide that occurred in the 60s and the present) but I love it. A very …

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