Category Archives: Books

The Diary of a Trainee In-Law

Over the last three years, both my children have wed. In experiencing these events I gather a lot of material which I, in part, fictionalised for this blog. I’ve now turned those posts into a novella, The Diary of a … Continue reading

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Pearl Barley and the Surge of the Spirits #fantasy #comedy

A lot of you, certainly those who’ve read some of my blog for a while, will know I developed a character for various prompts. Pearl Barely is a 20 something trainee exorcist working for one of several secular exorcism businesses. … Continue reading

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That Difficult Second Book… #series #sequels

In one of those coincidences that probably isn’t I read a review of The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman (he wrote it; the review is by KL Carey, here) as I was thinking about this post. KL enjoyed it … Continue reading

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Life Sentences #shortstories #anthology

I’m preparing another anthology of short fiction based on pieces I’ve written for this blog, competitions and guest posts. It’s time to decide on the cover. With the three previous anthologies, some part of my head appears on the cover. … Continue reading

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And Meanwhile…

… now we’re beyond the wedding I can turn my attention to publishing my next book, a contemporary magical mystery romance called The Art Of Spirit Capture It’s all edited, read and re-read and will hit your bookshelves on 17th … Continue reading

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Harry Spittle, Encore #amwriting

Time for a writerly update. Currently I have a novel and selection of short fiction with my editor, but even with the upcoming family nuptials, I’m still writing. In the last 10 months or so I’ve written two of three … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Ask… #bookreview #travel

I’ve not travelled much since hmm…. Forever it seems. I resort to watching frowny faced presenters in knitwear that even myopic aunts would baulk at giving as presents visit remote parts of Britain to live amongst refugees from parallel universes, … Continue reading

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A Career Of Highs And Lows #anthology #lifesentences #shortfiction

As I mentioned the other day, I’m progressing my next anthology of short fiction. As a tempter for you here is another of the selection that will be included and an offer on one of my other anthologies at the … Continue reading

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When I’m Cleaning Windows #shortstory #anthology #lifesentences #lifeinaflash

I’m currently in the final throes of preparing some of my short fiction for another anthology. I already have three such… Life in a Flash Life in a Conversation Life in a Grain of Sand This one will be called … Continue reading

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A Fear Of Flying #memories #books #deadfliesandsherrytrifle

🎶There was a lady who swallowed a fly🎶 I was a nervy child, not given to bravery in either the tree climbing or challenging authority departments. 🎶I don’t know why she swallowed the fly, perhaps she’ll die🎶 Credulous too, believing … Continue reading

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