Saturday, 12 April 2014

Twelve of the Best


I know from the title of this post that you are all gong to think I have twelve wonderful things to tell you - well I am sorry to say, I haven't. I can't think of a single wonderful thing that has happened to me since I last posted here. (Apart from Divorcees.Biz doing well on Amazon in my spring sale)

Twelve of the Best: A Collection of Light-hearted Short Stories

However, what I have got to say is that I have a new book out on Kindle.  Not so much a book, but an anthology of short stories, which were all published some years ago in women's magazines in the UK.
The title of the anthology is Twelve of the Best  and is available from Amazon.

The stories are quite short and are all very light-hearted, something to brighten even the dullest of days for everyone. If this works out okay and you are all smiling after reading the stories, I will produce another anthology as I have plenty of short stories to go around. :-)

As I mentioned above, rather briefly, Divorcees.Biz together with Only Twelve Days is in my spring sale at the moment. If you have missed it, then head over to Amazon and download your copy before it is too late. As usual, the links are in the titles.

About two weeks ago my outdoor clothes whirly snapped in the wind with all my washing pegged to the lines. Can you imagine it? We were out at the time, so a neighbour very kindly gathered up my washing and took it indoors. Anyway, I have a brand new one out there now, but not without a great deal of help from my neighbour and a man who comes to do some handiwork for us. The new spear had to be cemented into the ground and then I had to wait a few days for it to set/harden, whatever it is cement does,  before I could use it. However, it is up and running again now, so hopefully this one will last for a good number of years.

Our nephew, Christopher, is doing well.. Now that he has found his feet, he is wanting to pull himself up all the time. I believe he is keeping his mum and dad very busy!

I think that is all for the moment, but if you have any comments, I would be delighted to hear from you,


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Night I Couldn't Sleep!

Have you ever spent the night trying to get to sleep but find your mind is far too busy?

That is exactly what happened to me the other night. Despite feeling quite tired when I went to bed, the moment I got under the duvet, my mind woke up and suddenly everything and nothing began running through it. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't switch it off.

I wouldn't care if I was thinking about something constructive. Something that was going to make the world a better place. Or even when I was going to get back to the novel I am so desperately trying to put together. Which, incidentally, isn't going well at all. I have got all these characters in a situation and I have no idea what to do with them next....  But there I go again, I am rambling off onto something else.

No! I couldn't focus on anything like that. All I could think about were the stars and the planets hurtling around our solar system. This could have been brought on by a programme I saw on Channel Four a short while ago. The programme was live from the space station and it was focussed on the earth for 90 minutes so we were all able to take a look.

On the other hand it might have been because we organised a star somewhere in the Universe to be named after our nephew, Christopher Swithenbank Dobson. How about that? Somewhere up there in the Andromeda section, a little star has been registered as Christopher Swithenbank Dobson. But whatever the reason, my head was buzzing with thoughts of other planets and whether or not they were inhabited.

I know the 'experts' tell us that the planets nearer to us do not have life on them. They say the lack of atmosphere and no water means these other worlds couldn't support life. But you know, I'm not convinced about that.  The way I see it, we humans here on earth are built the way we are because of our atmosphere and water. Not the other way around.

What I mean is, if we had been born on another planet without these things our bodies would have been built differently - we wouldn't have needed water and air to survive. ---- we would need whatever else the planet had. But then what do I know?

And there's another thing I have a bee in my bonnet about. I understand that NASA has sent out some kind of information about our planet to any passing Alien.  But what Alien in their right mind would want to come here to our world? If they simply took a look at how we treat each other on this planet it would surely put them off from stopping by to say hello. And if I am right, and they are built differently to us, then that's another reason to shoot past earth as quickly as they can. Look at how the different species get treated here. The cruelty to animals on this earth is really terrible.

Anyway all this was running through my mind so I couldn't get to sleep.  Hopefully, now I have got it all oot of my system I will sleep like a log tonight.

Hope I haven't dampened your day, but if I have, then try a glass of wine, which is what I should have done when I couldn't sleep.  Now why didn't I think of that earlier???


Monday, 17 March 2014

Very Quiet!

What do you tell folks when you have absolutely nothing to say?

That is my problem at the moment. I profess to write a blog and I really do try to keep it going, but it seems that when I sit down to write something I find I really haven't any news at all.

The thing about it that is so unnerving, is that I never used to be like that at all. There was a time when people couldn't shut me up. (My husband will probably confirm that if you ask him.)  I could talk the hind leg off a donkey and still have plenty to say. But now, as the years are moving along, I find I'm not really doing much so can't pass on any news at all. (Interesting or otherwise)

Nevertheless, I have one piece of news today. We went to see our gorgeous nephew, Christopher on Sunday. He is nine months old now and what a little cutie he is. He was smiling and happy all the time we were there.
I have added a little photo of him here so you can see what I mean about the smiling part. It was so lovely seeing him again as the time is passing so quickly and I don't want to miss out on any part of it. Though I think he might be walking the next time I see him as he was really trying to get on his feet yesterday.

We had the outside of our house cleaned this week. Yes, you read that right. A man came and washed all the outside walls with suds and then a hose. So it looking all nice and clean for the summer. The problem now is that I should really set about spring cleaning the inside, but at the moment I can't seem to drum up any enthusiasm. No doubt I will get my head around it at some point, but not yet!

Another person called on the same day to replant the little trees we have in pots. We decided that it would be better if they were in the ground as they get dry during the summer months and need me to water them so often. I think they will have a better chance at surviving now they are in the ground. That's what I told them, anyway.  The same man also propped up another tree, which had fallen over in the recent winds. This is the second time he has had to do this, so I do hope it will survive as the birds nest in there during the spring.

Well for someone who had nothing to say, I have certainly rabbited on a bit.  I hope you are all still with me at this point.

I think that is all for the moment, so I will bid you all a farewell and pour myself a drink! It must be about the right time now.   Is there ever a wrong time?

Have a great day,


Friday, 21 February 2014


When I sat down to write this post, I thought of a few things that had happened to me over the last few days that might you smile.  However, now that I have opened up the blog, I can't think of a single thing. Everything I wanted to say has just disappeared from my mind.

I have to say this is not the first time this has happened; and there are times when I wonder whether I should be worried about this sudden affliction. But then I snap out of such thoughts and go off to do something else.

Perhaps that's what I should do now before I bore you all to pieces.  But you see, I'm hoping that if I sit here long enough, I'll suddenly remember what it was I wanted to tell you in the first place. Though by that time, you will all have drifted off to another site or fallen asleep  :-)

Something I did do on Wednesday, was to go to Newcastle with my friend. As usual, we had a good few hours looking around the shops before meeting up for lunch and a glass of wine.  As you are all dying to know what I bought, I'll tell you. I ended up with two pairs of tights, a pair of shoes and.......  a bread bin!
Yes, you read that right, a bread bin. I travelled 70 miles each way on the bus to buy a bread bin. However, it looks rather nice standing on my worktop in the kitchen so it was well worth it.

I was at the Dr's on Tuesday. I was having a strange mole thing, removed from my chest. (I call it a mole, the Dr gave it another name, which I have totally forgotten)  Anyway, what ever it is, isn't cancerous, so that's good news. I ended up having two stitches, which have to remain in place until next Tuesday. Thankfully it all went very smoothly and I didn't faint or anything. :-)

Well think I will have to close now, as I really can't remember what on earth it was I wanted to talk about.  If it comes back to me I'll add a PS

Have a great day,


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

My Website Problems!!

I am in the middle of trying to get my website sorted/brought up to date!!  If you recall, I couldn't get a photo of my latest novel to appear permanently on the right hand side of my blog (and still can't) so you can imagine the problems I am having to get my website into some sort of order.

When I say, I, I really mean my husband, who set the whole thing up for me many moons ago. But now, everything seems to have changed without anyone notifying us, so we are in a fix!

Anyway in the meantime, I thought I would post my three novels here until I can get something else to work.

So here we go, I'm sure there must be something for everyone, so why not take a look? Especially as you are here now  :-)

The first novel I had published was The Trojan Project. a spine-chilling action adventure thriller, set in the Cheviot Hills in North East England

Next came Divorcees.Biz, a novel of fun and romance. Set in London, it tells the story of how four, thirty-something divorced ladies decide to set up an online dating agency for divorcees.

Finally there is Only Twelve Days, a heart-warming, feel-good romance set in 1979. A time before mobile phones and computers had taken over the business world. (Oh yes, these gadgets haven't been here since time began, even if you think they have.) :-)

Thank you for your time, everyone. Let me know your thoughts!!

As I am off to Newcastle tomorrow, I hope to get back to you with a little more news.

Have a great day,


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Only Twelve Days --- Problems!!


  A Heart-warming romance

 Available from Amazon

For the last two days I have tried to add a picture of Only Twelve Days to the left hand side of the page. The idea was that it would stay there permanently together with a blurb about the story- or at least until I wrote another novel, which could be in 2017 at the rate I am going.

However, nothing I did seemed to work, so I have added the photo here in the hope that someone will see it.  I had to do it this way or sit here fuming.  I can't stand it when something suddenly doesn't work. I have never had any problems before. I have simply pressed a few buttons and hey presto! the image has been exactly where I want it to be,  But not this time. Of course I blame Windows. It seems to be since I got this new laptop with the brand new all singing and all dancing Windows 8 that this trouble loomed up from nowhere just to get me down. 

Why on earth can't they leave things alone. Windows XP was brilliant. It worked great and I had no problems at all. In fact everyone I spoke to was absolutely delighted with it. So why change it? But no! They had to bring out Widows 7 and now Windows 8. 

Perhaps that was the problem. Everyone found they could work their PCs perfectly, so the powers that be decided that it must be time to change the whole system.

So like I said, the book cover is shown above. The back cover blurb can be found on the left hand side of the page..... Oh yes! That went up there like a dream, it's only the picture that I am having the problem with.

Anyway, enough of my rant.  I only hope that now I have finally got Only Twelve Days up here you will at least check it out.  The links are in the title, cute eh?  :-)

Take care everyone and have a great day,


Monday, 10 February 2014

A Great Deal of This and That

It has been a while since I lasted posted here. How the time flies . Where does it go? And, more to the point, does it have to go so quickly?  I have even had a birthday since I was last here and that was at least two weeks ago!

We didn't do anything special on my actual birthday day, as my husband had a hospital appointment. Though I have to say the Borders General Hospital has become a home from home these past months   :-)  We did have a coffee and a Kit Kat from the cafe on the ground floor as a sort of celebration, so I suppose all was not lost. The cafe is run by the WRVS and everyone is so friendly.

However the following day our friends treated us both to afternoon tea at the Roxburgh Hotel, which I have to say was very scrumptious!! There were finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and the most delicious cakes, all very nicely presented to us around an open fire in the drawing room. I have made a note that we must go back there again.

Apart from that, I haven't done anything at all. The weather hasn't been too good for getting out and about, though I have to say it hasn't been as bad here as it has in the Somerset area. It must be really dreadful for the people who have lost their homes. I only hope the water levels drop soon and they can get back to some resemblance of order. However I doubt anything will ever be the same again for them.

A little more help from the Government wouldn't come amiss. Though now that the River Thames is beginning to rise, I guess they start to do something!

Meanwhile Kelso town centre is still in turmoil due to the 'improvements'. Can you believe it? This has been going on for about a year now and I understand that it won't be finished until the summer. True, some lovely paving stones have been laid and I agree that they look good - very neat and clean --- but did it really have to take so long?? Next on the list is a face lift for the shop fronts, so now I suppose we have have scaffolding all over the place; very probably making a mess of all the brand new pavement. So will it all begin again? Will we have men sloshing water all over the place to clean up the mess made from the shop face lifts only to have to clean the shop fronts again.  Oh my goodness it could go on and on. I could still be writing about all this in two years time!!

You know, I think that if a woman had been in charge of Kelso's face lift, it would have been done and dusted months ago! Did I hear a groan from some of my male readers??

On Sunday, we are going to a meeting in the Tait Hall. It seems the Conservatives have changed the way they select a candidate for Westminster. We are all being given the chance to hear what each person has to say and then we can vote for the person we think would be best for the job. How about that then?? At least we will get a chance to voice our opinion and not have someone thrown at us from above.

And now a couple of snippets about my novels.

1)  My book, Divorcees.Biz is being featured on Wednesday February 12th 2014 at eBookSoda, a new readers' site where they'll send you ebook recommendations tailored to your taste. You might want to take a peek, Well I hope you do.....

2)  Only Twelve Days is being displayed on Fat Fairy Fantastic at the moment. I would be grateful if tou would stop by and add a LIKE by pressing the button on the left hand side of the page. The In-depth review  shown is written by Fran Lewis in the USA and can also be found on Amazon

And now I think I have run out of bits and pieces to tell you and am in need of a glass of wine.  Writing is very dry work :-)

Have a great day,


Friday, 24 January 2014

Quick Update

I have to call this a quick update as I really don't anything to tell you. Yes are a few things I should be doing, but somehow I can't really work up any enthusiasm.

Have you ever felt like that? Stupid question! Of course you have. Everyone must go through that sort of phase once in a while. But it passes and then everything gets back to normal. Well that is how it is supposed to work. The only thing is, I seem to be stuck in this lack of enthusiasm mode and can't get out of it.

I should be working on my sequel to Divorcees.Biz, a fun romance...  I could be thinking about writing a sequel to Only Twelve Days, a heart-warming love story...  I could also add a few words to the sequel of The Trojan Project an action-packed thriller, which, incidentally, was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2008... But no! I just can't get my head around any of it.

I did go off to Newcastle with my friend on Wednesday. That was great, but then I do get enthusiastic when it comes to a trip to Newcastle, But I can't do that every day! It's a 140 mile round trip!

So what do you all do when you feel like this? I would love to hear what you do to get through it.

On a brighter note, it's my birthday next week. Did I say on a brighter note?  I think I might have got that wrong.  I'm not sure what is so bright about being one year older, especially as the years are creeping up on me at an alarming rate. I have never known the years to pass so quickly as they are doing now. It doesn't seem fourteen years ago that we crossed into the 21st century. When we were told it was possible that aeroplanes were going to fall out of the sky as computers across the world crashed. Thankfully none of that happened.  I have just read that back and am amazed at how my mind wandered fro my birthday to planes falling from the sky!!

I do hope I have something more exciting to blog about when I write my next post.

Meanwhile, I would love to hear from you all,