Viewpoint: the joy of work wear if you can spend £110 on a pair of pop socks.

It’s always interesting to hear how other authors work: where they write; what they have on their desks (or kitchen tables); the time of day that’s best for them to be creative; and what they wear.

Now to be honest, it’s the ‘what they wear’ that interests me the most today. Sorry to be so shallow, but I know from talking to other people who work from home, we’re not the sort for a full row of pearls and stilettos while we’re sitting in front of our computers bashing out the odd 5,000 words. Continue reading

Review: Make a date with Morgen Bailey’s laugh-out-loud rom-com The Serial Dater’s Shopping List


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Just the thought of dating a different man every night of the week is exhausting.

But local newspaper journalist Izzy MacFarlane, heroine of Morgen Bailey’s aptly titled The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, reckons lining up a new date ever night for the next 31 days, and writing about it, is better than trying to find something new to say about yo-yo dieting – which is the assignment tough-guy editor William has handed out to her pal Donna.

So, Izzy sets up a profile on but, before she dips a toe into the murky waters of internet dating, she lays out some ground rules – her shopping list. Continue reading

Review: Character-driven finale to Bell and Teddington trilogy by GB Williams



Former detective sergeant Charlie Bell has come a long way since he was first locked up for the murder of Phillip Mansel-Jones, a ‘scumbag of the worse degree’.

Now a free man, he’s attempting to re-build his life, but in Locked Down, the third and final instalment in the Bell and Teddington trilogy by GB Williams, he’s finding it easier to make enemies than to make friends.

Even the woman he loves, prison officer Ariadne Teddington, wants nothing to do with him. Continue reading

Review: Take a trip down James L. Weaver’s Blackbird Road and enjoy a thrilling character-driven ride


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What happens when you read a book that’s so good, you can’t find the words to adequately describe how much you enjoyed it?

You procrastinate – and six months down the line, you still haven’t posted a review.

Which is daft!

Because all I really need to say about Blackbird Road, the third novel in James L. Weaver’s Jake Caldwell series, is that it’s a cracking thriller with great characters.

And I LOVED it. Continue reading

Read an extract: Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe


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Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

We’ve a delicious extract for you to read from Helen J Rolfe’s heart-warming festive romance, Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin.

Here’s what the blurb has to say about the book:

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City.

What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react.

All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track. Continue reading

Review: Anita Waller’s Murder Undeniable proves an undeniable hit


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What happens when the good man you married isn’t all he seems to be?

In fact, he’s much, much worse than Katerina Rowe, a church deacon in the historic plague village of Eyam, could ever imagine.

And the tension is palpable as Kat slowly realises her life is built on a lie and Leon, the husband she adores, is a crook and a scoundrel.

But is he also a murderer?

Murder Undeniable is a promising start to a new crime fiction series from prolific Sheffield-based writer Anita Waller. Continue reading

Review: Hope and Christmas Spirit galore in Susan Buchanan’s seasonal story


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Everyone needs the right mix of Hope and Christmas Spirit and the mysterious Natalie Hope has both in abundance.

She’s a woman on a mission: every December she has just 24 days to make sure four unhappy people have a Christmas to remember.

This year she’s landed in the small town of Winstanton, twenty miles north of Glasgow, and, in next to no time, she’s working her magic: re-uniting families, bringing lovers together and generally stirring things up.

It’s all a bit clichéd but who cares? Continue reading

Review: Staying On – feel good story about a three-quarter-life crisis by Kev King author CM Taylor


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Hopefully CM Taylor won’t take this the wrong way, but I thought the author of Staying On must be a woman.

Partly, this was because the family-orientated thrust of the story seemed a feminine rather than a masculine theme and partly too, because in the opening pages, the authorial voice seemed to be female rather than male – don’t ask me to analyse why, that’s just the way I read it.

But the clincher was that the exploration of the inner lives of the main protagonists was…well, it’s what women writers do. Continue reading