Monthly Archives: June 2013

Going on holiday

For all you people who are waiting with bated breath for my next dosage of wisdom and witticism (hey, I can dream, right?), please note that I am going on holiday tomorrow. As I like my holidays primitive, this means I will be incommunicado for the next two weeks.

It’s probably just as well, because I’m getting a tad obsessed with my book sales. Yes, I’m actually selling books now! Only a few per day, but that’s way more than I was selling before, so I’m all excited about it! Bizarrely enough though, they’re virtually all on Amazon UK. I have no idea why, but I honest to god wish there was some way of finding out.

This is another reason why it’s probably best if I’m forced to step away from it for a few weeks.

Still, I have been proven right in my predictions! I’m selling books (though again, strangely enough it’s The Ritual I’m mostly selling), I’ve had my first two-star review (which basically boils down to ‘too much sex (and you didn’t warn me about it)’), and I’ve even sold books in Germany!

Anyway, for people who are afraid they won’t get their Shire Romance fix (again, I can dream), I have provided Silk Screen Views with enough drafts to keep them going until I come back. Until then, see you on the flipside.

Oh, and burglars: don’t even think about it. My parents are looking after the house (and the cats).


A Shire Romance – Part Nine

Missed the start? All installments can be found here.

Or go back to part eight.

This was first posted on Silk Screen Views.


Tamsyn stared after Frodo for a few moments, then turned and met Perry’s eyes. They showed amusement and fondness, and that hint of admiration that told her she’d surprised him again.

“I’ve got one question for you,” he said.

“Go on.”

“If you could have done that any time I grabbed and kissed you, then why didn’t you?”

She looked him up and down, then grinned. “Why would I have wanted to?”

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Review: Suldrun’s Garden – Jack Vance

  • Title: Suldrun’s Garden
  • Author: Jack Vance
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Why: Because I adore Jack Vance and I’d never yet got round to reading his Lyonesse series.
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of ten contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him. Casmir coldly confines her to the overgrown garden that she loves to frequent, and it is here that meets her love and her tragedy unfolds. Political intrigue, magic, war, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a brilliantly realized fabled land.

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Free promotion – the aftermath

Let me start by saying thank you very much to everyone who reblogged my free promotion post. I know I’ve made a number of extra ‘sales’ though that, and I appreciate it very much.

As I write this, it is about 8 hours since the promo finished, and I thought it might be interesting to give some feedback, statistics and general musings on how it went. Hopefully it’ll be of use to others planning to do the same.

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A Shire Romance – Part Eight

Missed the start? All installments can be found here.

Or go back to part seven

This was first posted on Silk Screen Views.


Tamsyn woke up because someone was politely but persistently tugging at her sleeve, and opened her eyes to the sight of angelic little Adalgrim watching her with intent, serious eyes. As soon as he saw that she was awake he let go, and she smiled at him.

“Good morning, Adda.”

“Good morning, Tamsyn,” the boy replied. “Uncle Perry sent me to wake you up.”

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FREE – The Ritual for Kindle from 12 to 16 June

Cover 1Managed to sort out my issues, so the free Amazon promotion is going ahead! My first novel, The Ritual, is now available for FREE from all Amazon websites, and will remain free all the way up to Sunday 16 June.

You can find it here on the US site, or if you’re in the UK (like me) you can find it here. For all other Amazon sites you can simply delete the .com or in the sites above and replace it with your country’s suffix.

I would love it if people would pass on the word by reblogging this post. My book is a blend of Fantasy, Adventure and Romance, and I have actually been surprised at how well it’s been received even by people who wouldn’t normally read this genre.

If you do not own a Kindle, you can still enter the paperback giveaway I have going on Goodreads. This is open until 12 July, and I have 10 paperback copies up for grabs.


Review: The Ill-Made Mute – Cecilia Dart-Thornton

  • Title: The Ill-Made Mute
  • Author: Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Why: Recommended by a friend.
  • Rating: 3.5 Stars

Description: In a world where creatures of legend haunt the lands of men, and to be caught outside after dark means almost certain death, the inhabitants of Isse Tower are amazed when a mute, starving foundling is discovered outside their gates. With no recollection of her name or past, the girl soon realizes that her only hope of happiness lies in distant Caermalor, where a wise woman might be able to restore her memories.

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