Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived?

Friends who followed the Blog Hop a couple of years ago will have met my writing friend Alison Morton. Alison's created a gripping alternative thriller world, where her 21st century Praetorian heroines survive kidnapping, betrayal and a vicious nemesis while using their Roman toughness and determination to save their beloved country. Unfortunately, their love lives … Continue reading Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived?

Last month I didn’t know what a Blog Hop was…

...and now I'm about to be in one. Ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment and edification, this coming Thursday a varied group of writers will be presenting a round of blog posts entitled: Goodness knows what will be on offer as to the best of my knowledge, hardly anyone knows what anyone else has chosen … Continue reading Last month I didn’t know what a Blog Hop was…

CONVOY – Caroline Davies tells stories from the Second World War

I have to admit that poetry makes me nervous. I approach it with caution, afraid of revealing yet again that I just haven’t got what it takes to appreciate this sort of thing. But when Caroline Davies passed some of her poems about the Malta convoys around our writers’ group, even I could see that … Continue reading CONVOY – Caroline Davies tells stories from the Second World War

Bring up the Bodies – and do pay attention, please

Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell novels seem to divide readers into those who think they're absolutely wonderful and those who... don't. As a member of the former camp I'm delighted that she's won the Booker again. I have to admit, though, that I've never actually "read" either WOLF HALL or BRING UP THE BODIES. Instead I've … Continue reading Bring up the Bodies – and do pay attention, please

One for the Brits, one for everyone…

Two good things to pass on today. Good news for those of us in the UK - Jane Finnis's first Aurelia Marcella novel finally launches here next month. It's been available as an import from the US for some time, but it's finally got its very own British edition with a new title (Shadows in … Continue reading One for the Brits, one for everyone…