Confessions of a Grammar Nazi

Confessions Of A Grammar Nazi

Grammar is a dirty word and I am a Grammar Nazi. There, I said it.I suffer from this affliction which is shared by many other writers. Apart from caffeine addiction, procrastination and thinking about plots while driving and missing my exit, that is. And under that umbrella I also place misspelling and erroneous punctuation. Repeat […]

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Fashion in Fiction

Fashion In Fiction – From Bodices To Bridget Jones

Fashion in fiction books and movies is a more widely studied topic than you might think.‘Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.’ Bill Cunningham. I love clothes. Love looking at them, buying them and wearing them.Especially when something I’ve bought feels comfortable and looks good. And if it was on sale, I’ve […]

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Health risks of being a writer

The Health Risks Of Being A Writer

Being a full-time write/author is great, but what about the health risks involved?Don’t let anyone tell you that writing isn’t a dangerous occupation. Just last week I came perilously close to stapling my manuscript to my thumb, and yesterday I dropped my dictionary on my foot.It’s a large dictionary and it was from a considerable […]

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Down the research rabbit hole

Down The Research Rabbit Hole

Most novels require some sort of research. If you’re writing a novel set in a different historical period, obviously you need to do a lot of research. But regardless of what genre of novel you’re writing, things come up that you need to investigate.Even with fantasy, although you can always just make everything up.How Do […]

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The Top Ten Books I Read in 2016. girl sitting on pile of books.

The Top Ten Books I Read In 2016

There’s only one thing I enjoy more than writing books (and sometimes more) and that’s reading them. I review a lot of the fiction books I read on Goodreads, an online book club where readers can post reviews of books and connect with other readers. I Also review non-fiction books here on this site as […]

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Five Life Lessons from Walking the Camino de Santiago

Since returning from my 775 kilometre trek across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, I’ve been asked several times, ‘Did you experience any spiritual enlightenment? Discover the meaning of life?’There seems to be a general assumption that even if I didn’t make the journey for spiritual reasons, I would have discovered some deep […]

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My mother's cookbook - recipes for nostalgia

My Mother’s Cookbook – Recipes For Nostalgia

This is the story about my mother’s cookbook.New 2019 Update before you start.I have started doing in-depth reviews of all my favourite books.Click here to see the fiction reviews Click here to see the non-fiction reviewsAnd now to continue the story.One of the things I love about historical fiction is being transported into another time and […]

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Confessions of a Book Nerd. artoon character with glasses reading a book.

Confessions of a Book Nerd

I’ve been a book nerd ever since I learnt to read. Even before I learnt to read, as my mother read to me from the time I was six months old, so it’s all her fault. As a child, my favourite activity was to curl up on the couch with my head in a book, while […]

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Badass women - why they're more fun. woman with gun

Badass Women – Why They’re More Fun

Who doesn’t love red-blooded, shoot from the hip badass women? One who’ll entice you with sweet words and bedroom eyes, only to pull a gun on you as soon as you succumb to her charms. Men love them because there’s something so sexy about a woman who takes control into her own hands.And women love them […]

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Three Reasons to Love Noir

Three Reasons To Love Noir

Why do I love noir?If you’ve been following my blog for a while or read some of my books, you’ll be wondering why I made that statement. You’ll be thinking: But she writes comedy and crime!’ Or even, ‘What is noir?’ Well, I’ll soon explain my three reasons to love noir. But first. Noir is French for […]

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