Thursday, 8 February 2018

Hello Winter My Old Friend....

View from my office window

You've come to talk to me again.... as the Simon and Garfunkel song does not go!

However, the sound of silence of our snowscape does remind me of the song.

After several months of grey skies, with mostly rain and more rain, it's nice to see the snow back again .... though best admired from a window seat!

And all the more conducive to plod on with writing the latest novel, now titled The Seagull Song.

Friday, 8 December 2017

How to Brighten up a Wintery Morning

Some nice news to brighten this cold and wintry morning in rural France: Rosie Amber Book Review Team has nominated two of my novels: The Silent Kookaburra and Blood Rose Angel, for their 2017 Favourite Book Award. 

If anyone has read and enjoyed either of the books, I would appreciate your vote if you feel so inclined. Thank you so much! 

Voting here on Rosie Amber's Blog.

Thursday, 19 October 2017


In many countries, October is breast cancer awareness month, helping to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment, as well as palliative care, of this illness.

As many of you know, this October, I'm celebrating one year since my diagnosis in October, 2016. Yes, I'm celebrating the awareness of my own mortality. Celebrating the fact that I was lucky I had a treatable form, and lucky to live in a country where treatment is not only free, but top-class. Celebrating life. Celebrating being a better person (I hope!).

With many thanks to fellow author, Patricia Sands, for featuring my breast cancer journey (and a few free books!) on her blog today.

Friday, 6 October 2017

#Promo Publication Price: The Bone Angel Trilogy #Boxset

Well, after almost a year's break from writing, due to some "challenging" medical issues, I've finally published my three French historical fiction novels as: The Bone Angel Trilogy Boxset.

Three standalone stories exploring the tragedies and triumphs of a French village family of midwife-healers during the French Revolution (Spirit of Lost Angels), WW2 Nazi-occupied France (Wolfsangel) and the 1348 Black Plague (Blood Rose Angel).

If you're looking for an early Kindle Xmas gift for a bookie friend/family member, The Bone Angel Trilogy boxset is available now, on Amazon for a limited PROMO price of $5.99.

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 If you're into more ancient Historical Fiction or intelligent crime fiction, check out my Triskele Books' colleagues boxsets HERE!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Au Revoir Summer

You can feel it in the morning and the evening, that small nip in the air; that turn of season. You can see it in the sun, already slinking away. You can feel it in the light, that ochre, autumn shade, gentler on the eye. And after sweltering in France's heatwave for the last 3 months, I can't say I'm sorry to say bye bye to summer.

Crazy, mad, charming Naples
And his pizzas weren't too bad either!

 In hindsight, Italy seemed a ridiculous destination for an August holiday, with temperatures hovering near the 40s most days! Despite the wonder of Pompeii and Herculanum, the mad charm of Naples, the yummy pizzas, the ancient rural beauty of Sienna and Pérugia, my next trip to Italy will be in the dead of winter.

Wash day

Dietary staples
So, all frivolity aside, it's time for me to get back to work and write another book, another 70s Aussie psycho drama, working title: Swimming with Seagulls. Watch this space!

And to welcome in the new season, here's a special autumn song by Ben Rector:

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Silent Kookaburra on @aussieradioshow !

Many thanks to fellow Australian, and ex-pat, Neill Bartlett for this nostalgic interview on The Aussie Radio Show about The Silent Kookaburra and Aussie life (around minute 16 - 40.00).

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Happy #Bastille Day #FrenchRevolution

Happy Bastille Day!
This Thursday, 14th July, France celebrates the storming of the Bastille on 14th July, 1789, an important event in Paris during the revolution that had begun two days beforehand. Celebrations are held all over the country, and it is a public holiday.

And the rural village at the foot of the Monts du Lyonnais in which I live will celebrate with a party, and fireworks to round everything off.

Storming of the Bastille

To celebrate this epic event, I'm running a limited time FREE offer of my novel, Spirit of Lost Angels, part of which takes place during the French Revolution.

Extract from Chapter 39 of Spirit of Lost Angels…

More and more people massed around the burning fortress, smoke flapping into the grim sky like a hero’s flag. Whole families streamed onto the streets. They brought their children, their dogs, to see the fiery spectacle.

I watched Aurore, caught up in the dancing, chanting revellers, and still I could not entice her away from that bloody, triumphant scene. I was about to leave on my own when I heard, amidst the din, a voice calling.

‘Come, Rubie.’

I spun around, wondering whoever was addressing me. My eyes scanned the knot of unfamiliar faces, but besides Aurore, I knew nobody. I heard the voice again. ‘Rubie.’

Whoever would be calling me? Still I recognised no one, then I glimpsed the face of a young girl wearing a scarlet dress, and my hand flew across my mouth.

She was some distance away, but I could make out the cinnamon-coloured curls. My own ten-year old face. I could have sworn too, she was wearing a necklace––a small angel carving perhaps, threaded onto a strip of leather. I felt giddy, and held Aurore’s arm to stop myself fainting.

The girl had turned from me and was vanishing into the crowd. I started pushing people aside, stepping on feet, shoving my way through the throng.

‘Rubie, Rubie, wait. Wait! Don’t leave me again!’ I thought I would burst with desire, with hope, and with the fear I wouldn’t reach her.

Like the river in a summer drought, the girl receded from me, further and further. Then she was gone.

Get your FREE copy of Spirit of Lost Angels here