Friday, 25 January 2019

The Beaten Track - January 2019

January has flown by with a mixed bag of weather, as expected for Northern England at this time of year. It is a month for reflection, planning ahead then several false starts at getting back into the swing of things. I'm currently balanced on that see-saw of bursts of high activity versus daily routines. It may be time to step off and find another way of finding equilibrium.
The daily news is disturbing. Social media is disturbing. People are becoming more disturbed. As a writer of disturbing stories there is plenty out there to inspire a dark tale but sometimes it is wiser to ignore the playground of screaming kids and find that one area where silence leads me to an even darker truth.
Misty view from my garden Jan 2019

Living in such a picturesque place helps. Living high up helps. The petty cares of petty individuals, the daily news, melts away.

Fog gathers around my garden Jan2019

January appealed to my dark side but I'm now looking ahead with a vengeance. We had snow this week. It lasted for one day and was quite beautiful to look at as it nestled on the tops of the surrounding moors but I soon tired of it. Looking at it through a window then walking in it are two different experiences, particularly when it is just a spattering and ices over. My garden however, is an oasis. Sheltered enough for a micro-climate. I had this to look at while the snow was still clinging to the hills around me.
First crocus of the year
My pink helebores flower Jan til Sept

My white helebores flower from Dec

They remind me that Spring is next, my favourite time of the year. No matter what the daily news tells us, no matter how mad people get about the slightest thing, no matter how society de-evolves, I only have to look out my window or take a walk down the road and look around me to see the things that endure. Will you remember today's news in a months time? Will you care what latest celebrity puts their foot in it because they dare to have an opinion? No. Will you remember that walk you took in icy snow and descending fog? Yes. You will remember the sound your shoes made when they made contact with the ice. You will remember the uncertainty of placing your feet firmly. You will recall the dampness of the fog and how it muffles reality around you. Strange shapes disguise the familiar.

On a lighter note....I have a new family companion. Meet Woody who is just seven months old. He has only been with us for a few weeks but it seems that he has been here forever.
Woody the Wonder Dog

Woody likes his walks and so do I. We pass houses where dogs sit on window ledges or on blankets covering the tops of settees and look out but never get a walk. Woody experienced snow for the first time this week. He couldn't understand why his paws were making holes in the snow so he stared into one for a long time before attacking it. Speed-boating around the garden forced snow up onto the tip of his nose and when he became cross-eyed he fell over. I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere.

Todmorden Park last Sunday

Todmorden Park

Last Sunday, before the snow, we visited Todmorden. Not only does it have a good flea-market and book stall, it also has a wonderful park and Woody loved it. Even in Winter it looks good.

All the recent walking, the extremes of weather then coming home to a warm house and frothy coffee have made my January a memorable month. My plans for the year ahead are now set. I've dusted off my laptop, opened a new notebook, made lists of all the ideas to come to me during the month and my new novel awaits completion. New ideas will take it into a new direction. I hope your January has been as eye-opening as mine.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Another Happy Reader

Review from Amazon US

It's always great to end the year on a good note so thank you to the US reader who took the time to post a great review of my thriller Crushing Curiosity on Amazon and Goodreads.

I wish all my readers (old and new) a very Happy New Year! 😊🙌

Friday, 28 December 2018

Paperback / Kindle only £1.22. US Kindle $1.54

Are you fed-up with TV over the festive/New Year period? Then dare you live the day of a killer and his next victim?

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In this extraordinary thriller a man with an unnatural obsession yearns for a perfect victim but a chance encounter then challenges his patience, perspective and strict lifestyle. Misunderstandings transform a deadly relationship between two unique characters while they both face danger neither suspect.
This disconcerting story will provoke your emotions as the killer's personality is revealed and his victim's true plight is uncovered.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

FREE KINDLES from 22nd to 26th December 2018 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The first 2 books of my saga are now FREE on Kindle from 22nd until 26th December 2018. If you have bought a Kindle or other reading device for your loved ones this Christmas then why not download my free books on their device as an extra gift.

These are the GIFS that keep on giving.



The Devil Books Saga of Triumph over Adversity can be read in any order and as a stand-alone cautionary tales

When ten-year-old Cory Farris causes a stir at a funeral, his behavior is misinterpreted and sparks a cascade of events that change the lives of everyone he meets. In spite of his naivety and awkward manner, he finds that as he matures, people are drawn to his quiet ways and he shares their ordeals, all except one, an old enemy who has shown only hostility. A menacing young man of the cloth loses his faith in humanity - until that is, he is drawn to the place where Cory and his new allies will witness his ultimate and satirical battle with the devil. Cory will soon discover that an old enemy's cry for help can also be misinterpreted. People are not what they seem but redemption and change can be found in the strangest of places.

As a small bistro is plagued by a string of mysterious deaths and a redeemed man of the cloth continues his quest to find his place in the world, Cory once again finds himself surrounded by peculiar people with hidden agendas. In the midst of it all, a beautiful but troubled young woman ignites the passions of everyone she meets then disappears. A mystery unravels as Cory navigates his way through intrigue, scandal and death.

In this extraordinary thriller a man with an unnatural obsession is in pursuit of his perfect victim. A chance encounter with a young woman then challenges his patience, perspective and strict lifestyle. Misunderstandings transform the relationship between two unique characters while they both face danger neither suspect. This disconcerting story will provoke your emotions as the killer’s personality is revealed and his victim’s plight is uncovered.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Beaten Track - December 18

It is one of my favourite times of year when I get to visit some of the Christmas markets just a short drive away from my home. I finished my Xmas shopping yesterday and I can finally say that I am just getting into the festive mood. Family comes first at this time of year and so I will down my pen until the new year (or try to!). This is easier said than done.
Gordon Riggs Xmas Market 2018

The first market I went to was at a local garden centre just at the Yorkshire/Lancashire border. It was only a small affair. I loved the vintage truck on display.

Brighouse Market
The second Xmas market was at Brighouse, one of my favourite places. The street markets are always good here. I was surprised to discover this chap there. The sound effects and dinosaur body movements were impressive.

Halifax Piece Hall Xmas Marktet
The third market was at Halifax, the town where I found my inspiration for writing my third book, Crushing Curiosity. I must admit I was very disappointed with the Xmas market. There were only 30 stalls and mostly offering hot food and drinks at high prices. The newly renovated Piece Hall could have been home to a much better market.

View from my Littleborough kitchen window
I always enjoy coming home after a day of browsing the markets. This photo was taken from my kitchen window while I enjoyed a mug of hot tea. I just love the sky at this time of year and, living so high up, I can look down at all the twinkling lights. As the houses in the distance decorate for Xmas this view will change to include neon blues and twinkling cyan.
The biggest surprise this year was a new addition to my family. Meet Woody. He is almost six months old and a bundle of love and mischief. I can't wait for our Christmas morning walk.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

So Enthralled, a reader missed their train station stop.

The first reviews of the Devil Books saga of triumph over adversity are on Amazon.

Devil May Care
"An excellent read; very enthralling."

"Complex and thought provoking."

"The story focuses on the lives of prime characters, unfolding a rich tapestry of each, with unique personalities."

"An engrossing piece of contemporary fiction; the author manages to captivate the reader making this a book you just don't want to put down. I can highly recommend this book."

Link to Devil May Care

Devil's Pursuits
"This is the second book in the author's trilogy, furthering the first to new levels. It continues the theme of the heroes from the first whilst introducing new characters with strange behaviours, tense relationships and sinister and intriguing undertones."

"Skilfully portrayed and enriched with dark humour."

"I was so enthralled with how event were unfolding, whilst reading on the train, I inadvertently missed my stop by 2 stations!"

Link to Devil's Pursuits on Amazon