Friday, 24 December 2010
FESTIVE GREETINGS, HURRAH AND PROMISES
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
EXCITING WRITING COMPETITION!
The courses are organised by Lois and Bill Breckon - who do much to nurture talent and creativity - and to this end they are running a brand-new writing competition.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Christmas....and a new book!
(CHEERY CHRISTMAS LOGO!)
Monday, 6 December 2010
TWO TYPES OF PIANO
And here's the Christmas tree in the dining room. Quel view!
Monday, 29 November 2010
It was a fabulous wedding - with people of all ages having fun and my enduring memory of the day is one of laughter.
Regular readers of this blog may remember that I also made a cake for Lucetta's mother's wedding (what a lot of apostrophes!) almost a year ago. No-one can say they aren't a romantic family!
And here I am with not only an extravagent confection of feathers on my head.....
Friday, 26 November 2010
MORE CHRISTMAS IRRESISTIBILITY
It took some time before I could be persuaded to remove my coat because the temperature outside was ARCTIC! But the restaurant helpfully provides soft, tweedy blankets which you can snuggle up in. We ended wrapping them around our waists, sarong-style and staging an imprompu fashion show (thanks to the diners on the next table for applauding!).
Monday, 22 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
And here I am in a shot which made feel feel as if I was taking part in a rural cookery programme!
Fresh air, simple physical work and al fresco lunches (in November!) made me feel deliciously relaxed.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
ALL FALL DOWN
Dan sent me this amazing photo of autumn in all her glory, taken close to where he lives, in Chicago (or is it near Chicago, Dan?).
Thursday, 28 October 2010
TEN MILLION, AND COUNTING.....
Saturday, 23 October 2010
I'm absolutely THRILLED that one of the aspiring authors I was mentoring for the New Voices competition has made it through to the final four. And commiserations to those who didn't make the cut - the standard was unbelievably high and I hope that each and every one of you will complete your manuscript and send it in.
Good luck to you all - and Carrie - you're brilliant!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
SHAMEFUL SECRET, SHOTGUN WEDDING
It's a great cover and I think it's a great book (well, I would, wouldn't I?).
Have you bought it? Read it?
Friday, 15 October 2010
The other day I had lunch at one of my favourite restaurants in London.
You'd never find it - not unless you knew it was there.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
NEW VOICES SECOND CHAPTER
Saturday, 9 October 2010
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
And wonder which is your favourite speech or quote from Shakespeare....
Friday, 1 October 2010
Thursday, 30 September 2010
BRAND NEW COVER!
It's about a gorgeous international playboy called Giancarlo Vellutini and Cassie, a naive girl from Cornwall who takes a Christmas vacation job in a glittering London department store. Sparks really fly when this most unlikely of couples meet.
Friday, 24 September 2010
BACK FROM CORNWALL
I have a book out next month called SHAMEFUL SECRET, SHOTGUN WEDDING - some of which is set in this part of Cornwall. Perhaps I should make it a trilogy...
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
LUCKY AT CARDS?
Thursday, 9 September 2010
I'm blogging over at iheartspresents today - so please come over and add your thoughts.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
You SPHINX so?
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
More from Fuerteventura....and breakfast
Thursday, 26 August 2010
ATMOSPHERE AND ITALIA
I think I've come up with a new plot for my next book - but will definitely garner some information while I'm over there.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
THE SANDS OF TIME
Just back from holidaying with my daughter in glorious Fuertevenura.
Thursday, 12 August 2010
You can see why they say....
Thanks, Dan - for sending this picture-perfect shot. Can you tell us where exactly it is so that I can fix the location in my mind (and perhaps use it sometime!). Does anybody live nearby? Are there shops? Roads? Trains?
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
NOTORIOUS! Talking about the past....
Well, actually - it's a re-issue of two titles I wrote back in 2004.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
MY FIRST EVER AUDIO BOOK!
Monday, 2 August 2010
REFLECTION AND ENDINGS
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Here I am with my cousin Gerald - with whom I shared many a happy (!) game of Monopoly when I was growing up.
And here's the dining hall where we ate the delicious wedding breakfast and I kept looking up, expecting to see banks of floating candles or magical happenings occurring around the portraits, because it was just like being on the set of a Harry Potter film.....
Friday, 23 July 2010
A Folly and EXCITING NEWS!
Here are some pretty flowers (aka "exquisite herbaceous borders")
This is the surreal house - minus a roof!
And this is what they call a Herm
Are you still with me? Do you like the Herm?