Saturday, 24 August 2013


Free! Free! Free!
This weekend for five glorious days, BRING ME SUNSHINE is FREE on Amazon UK and US. As regular readers of my blog will know, I am not totally in love with having to promote and publicise my own work. So in order to maximise takers on this undoubtedly magnificent FREE offer, I paid for a bit of promo.

But something went wrong - and I'm not going to name names here - but let's just say that apart from a little bit of successful publicity, the rest just didn't happen. I've spoken to the people involved and they were very sorry and I'm getting a refund and all that, but I still have a book on FREE for 5 days, and that is my total FREE allowance for the quarter.

I wanted to cry, when I realised that not one promo experience had gone pear-shaped, but two.

So what did I do? Well, I went on jolly old facebook, asked for help, and WOW! I got it. Individuals, Kindle Users Group and Free Promo pages all rallied round. And then the folks on Twitter did the same.

So this post is just to say a big THANK YOU to all those lovely writers and writery types who rally round. I love you!

You make the world a better place...

(Oh, and did I mention that BRING ME SUNSHINE was FREE until August 27th?)

Saturday, 10 August 2013


I was out walking the dogs, when I met a woman who had a spaniel. Cute thing. Really naughty, but lovely. And she told me a story. It was something real that had happened to her family - and involved the spaniel. It was the loveliest story, or should I say it had the loveliest outcome. From a totally sad and messed up beginning, it had its own little arc; a beginning, middle, dramatic climax, and a really satisfying ending.

And I knew at the time, it was a gift. A kind of instant story - just add characters and leave to set.

I’m not going to tell you the story - at least, not yet - because, I did what any self respecting writer would do; I wrapped that story up in a golden blanket and tucked it safely into some darkened recess of my right brain.

Several weeks have passed - it might even be months - and all the while that story has been evolving, growing, maturing. I’ve met more dog walkers and more dogs, some of whom have helped to feed my little golden bundle with scraps of their own life events. And I’ve spent lots of spare hours reading and researching, making sure I’ve got my facts straight. And each day, my excitement about this story is a little bit more than the last.

But this week, I could resist no longer. The time had come to make a plan, write my first words, and be woken in the night by its cries. I am in love.  

And whilst this is definitely not going to be just a regurgitation of the spaniel woman’s story, and whilst I know there is still much work ahead of me, I wouldn’t be writing it without her timely intervention in my life. 

Where do you get your inspiration?