Friday, 20 December 2013

Frozen Heart

My latest Linford Romance is now out! Frozen Heart is a cinderella-themed sweet romance. Here's the back cover blurb:

Jenna has reached a low point in her life - she's lost her business, her home and her boyfriend. Reluctantly she goes to live with her stepfamily, where she's treated like Cinderella. Then she meets Gus, a handsome stranger with his own problems. When they fall in love it looks like Jenna will get her own fairytale happy-ever-after but there are troubles to overcome before Jenna and Gus can finally reach for a life and love together.

You can buy it on Amazon or other other on-line booksellers or request it at your local library.

I wish you happy reading, and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Jubliee Letter

My latest Linford Romance has arrived - I am really pleased with the artwork on the cover.
'The Jubilee Letter' was originally published by DC Thomson Pocket Novels to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - Maggie Seed, the Editor, was looking for a story set at the time of the new young Queen's Coronation but which also included the contemporary theme of the Diamond Jubilee.
The Jubilee Letter is all about a young woman called Avril Garnett, here's the back page blurb:
The letter had been lost in the post for fifty years. But for Avril it solved a mystery, which had unsettled her since the Queen's coronation - when she was young and in love...There had been two suitors to choose from: was Avril tempted by charming Jack or quiet Gordon? Both Jack and Gordon had secrets and it was only when Avril discovered what they were hiding that she had been able to choose a love to last a lifetime.

I had a lot of fun researching Glasgow of the 1950s - the music and fashions and the way the city looked. It was fascinating and the book itself was a delight to write, in fact it's my favourite of the seven pocket novels I've written.

Now it's been published as a Linford Romance and if you'd like to read it, you can request it in your local library. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Hey! Finally Summer is here - and it's wonderful to see the sun and feel its heat. As predicted, after a very late Spring here in the north, Summer came in like a lion.

We've had a real surge in Orange-tip butterflies courting and laying eggs on very late flowering Cuckoo Flower this year. Now Green-veined White butterflies are dominant, fluttering agitatedly everywhere. They can be distinguished from the very similar looking Small White butterfly (all of them, including the Large White, collectively known as Cabbage Whites) by the 'jizz' of its flight. The Small White is a lazier flier, not bothered too much while the Green-veined has places to go and people to meet...

Now you can look out for Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Ringlet amongst the flowering grasses. All of them rather dull in colour at first glance but have a closer look and marvel at their soft markings and pretty shades of grey, orange and brown.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Return to Barradale

My latest Linford Romance is now published - you can get it from Amazon or other online booksellers or request it at your local library:

Melody has sworn never to return to Barradale, the island where she'd grown up and been so unhappy. Now, living in Glasgow, she has forged a new life in the City for herself. But when the gorgeous Kieran Matthews turns up on her doortstep demanding she return with him to see her sick sister, she finds she cannot refuse. And for Melody, family secrets must be unravelled before Kieran's love can help resolve her past.
I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, 11 January 2013

January Wildlife

It is still cold, dark and damp up here in the north. It doesn't get light until about 8.20am which doesn't inspire me to get up in the mornings. However, the sight of a flock of 30 Waxwings did light up the day for me recently.
These beautiful birds are exotically coloured like little parrots. In severe winters they fly over from the Russian tundra and Scandinavia to the UK looking for berries to eat.
We only get to see them every second or third winter so it's a real treat to find them. In flight they look like a flock of starlings but once they settle on a tree their head crests give them away.
Look for them now because by the end of February they've gone, not to be found until December if we're lucky or two or three years hence if we're not.