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Our new kitten – 19th April, 2013

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Our new kitten – 19th April, 2013

What is it about kittens that make them so cute? We have a new one – a Tonkinese – and she is adorable. Unfortunately , our twelve year old Siamese is not of the same mindset as us. She can’t stand the new addition but the funny thing is watching the tiny kitten chase the big old Siamese around the house. If the lovely Ferdy would just stand up the little minx then they might become friends. But the little Tonk is starting to love her sense of power…  and it’s going to her head, I can tell! Here’s a pic of her sitting on my daughter’s lap while she reads Enid Blyton – and old...

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29th May, 2012

Posted on May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Okay have been a bit slack with blog lately. Mostly because last week was wracked with nerves over having submitted book three to my editor. Fortunately she has come back to me and edits aren’t that major! I can barely believe it!  I completely rewrote book two – twice! – and to be told that this novel is in really good shape (or some such) was really validating! Toward the end of a book it is really hard to see the forest for the trees and I’m so happy right now! So I have promised to do revisions this week. Eeck! Am pushing myself a little but to have book three done ahead of schedule when we will be moving house next month was too tempting. And I work better to a deadline. I fluff around way too much without one. Though that will certainly have to change because to write a really good book it needs time to mature before being polished. At least mine do. But I had an epiphany this week about how Presents novels are all about the emotional risks the characters take with each other – more than the specific plot points! You’d think I’d know that already but in fact on some level I know I have been writing blind and learning the process as I go along. Which makes it really pleasurable and really scary at the same time.  Gosh, if any of my kids told me they wanted be a writer I’d have to make sure they were mentally stable first because this business is like a roller coaster ride for the emotions!  But as much as it is such hard work it also brings a smile to my face more than any other job I’ve ever had. So maybe I’m just an emotion-driven freak!! I think my surfer boy husband would agree to that… Lol. AND once this novel is in I’ll dress up this site a bit more. Learn how to use my new Smartphone so that I can download pics from it and do a bit more. Like connect the website to my facebook page which I usually write on once a day! So much to...

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I”ve been “memed”!

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized

The inimitable Trish Morey has tagged me to play along with something I’ve never heard of before. The aim of this meme is to go to page 77 of my current wip (God, why am I not up to that already!!!), or my last work, then go to line 7 and quote the next 7 lines of the book. Since I seem to have been busily slack lately I’ll use His Last Chance at Redemption due out in August this year.  As I don’t have the book in hand yet I’m quoting from the Adobe  version – so apolgies if these lines don’t correspond later on. And it’s dialogue heavy so I added the last two lines so it made sense! ‘Is this your first time in Athens, then?’ she asked, shading her eyes against the sun as she looked up at him. ‘I come here to work, not play.’ He glanced at Ty and then back. ‘Is he heavy?’ ‘No.’ ‘Good. Danny will give you a tour of Proteus and see to anything that you need.’ ‘Oh, what will you be doing?’ Her question caught Leo off guard and he didn’t know if it was the heat of the sun, or her annoying serenity, or the fact he’d just spent the better part of an hour pressed up against her in a stifling taxi, but his patience was shot. ‘If I wanted to answer to someone, Miss Somers, I’d have a wife.’                                                                                                    ********************************** My lucky seven are: Anne Gracie Melanie Milburne Leah Ashton Caitlin Crewes Sarah Morgan Lucy King Fiona...

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