Mind, Body and Rosie – free download

My first book, ‘Mind, Body and Rosie’ has been a little neglected lately – so here’s an offer. It will be free to download from Amazon May 5th to May 9th, so if you’d like to find out how Rosie and Guy first met, here’s your chance. Click the link on the right. dreamstime_l_39223118doctor

A little confusion – but great posts!

Sorry no notice about the free download – Kindle (I swear it wasn’t me) got the dates wrong – red face here. But FB loved my posts – of course I really wanted them to download my book. Still, the second post did the trick. This is the photo – caption : What has this blue moth to do with a murder in an English village?


Readers love your reviews

I haven’t posted for a while because we’ve just returned from Portugal, and there’s so much to catch up on, but ‘Death at Brambles’ will be free to download on Sunday and Monday if you know anyone who is interested – there’ll be a post with a link on Sunday. If you’ve read ‘Brambles’ and enjoyed it, please consider writing a review on Amazon or goodreads, because other people do like to hear your views when they’re making up their minds whether it’s for them – and thanks to those who have.


Reading for pleasure

Being an author isn’t just about writing books, it’s about getting people to read them! It’s no secret it’s hard for people like me to promote our books, because we just haven’t got the resources or the contacts to compete with the publishing houses. Fortunately, I don’t write to make money – I just enjoy the feeling my books may have brought some one pleasure.  I studied literature at university, but sometime in midlife I got tired of reading so-called ‘good books’. I think this was partly because, as a child living in a remote part of the country, I learnt about life from books.  When I got older and had more experience – more than I wanted, in some cases! – I didn’t need to read other people’s views on life.  There are exceptions, of course, but mainly I wanted reading to be fun. (I read other types of books besides novels, and that’s different). If my books help people to pass an enjoyable few hours, I  will be very happy!

Children’s World Book Day

A message from my local library in Lagos tells me that 2nd April is International Children’s Book Day, although last week my facebook page was full of the happy faces of small relations in the UK dressed in a variety of colourful costumes – I’m not sure why the two countries have different dates! But I also had comments from harassed mums frantically searching Sainsbury’s for costumes the evening before. It looked fun, but I hope this doesn’t mean that children whose parents haven’t got the money or maybe the  the interest to produce these wonderful outfits, aren’t missing out. I have sympathy with children who struggle to learn to read – I was always in the bottom group for reading in my infant school.  In those days, parents weren’t expected to help their children, and libraries wouldn’t lend books until you had learned to read!  We didn’t have much money, but my mother bought books and helped me to learn. More important, she inspired me by telling me the stories of the classic books she had read at school.It certainly worked – I still have my first copy of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ – I had it for Christmas when I was nine!  A good illustration of the importance of ‘reading readiness’, rather than forcing children to read too early.