Local Businesses

IMG_0236Where would I be without the help of local businesses in getting my books out into the world?

Thanks to Ron Donaldson and his team at Holdings of Yarmouth; to Kathryn, Shaun and Ade and all at The Wheatsheaf; to John and Claire at The Bugle and to Philippe Blot at Off The Rails. All of these local businesses help to keep Her Parents’ Daughter and, most recently, A Set of Lies in people’s minds – residents and visitors alike – when selling books is not really their main function!

Thank you all – you are great!


Press Coverage

You can never get enough press coverage for new books. How many are published every day? How many can get noticed? How many get bought? How many find their way onto television or film screens? Probably one in several million (unless of course you are already well known then you’ll sell and be snapped up by a film or television production company even if what you’ve written is utter rubbish).

Thanks, to www.islandecho.co.uk for doing your bit to help to get A Set of Lies (which is not utter rubbish) noticed!

A Set Of Lies Island EchoSee the article properly at http://www.islandecho.co.uk/news/yarmouth-author-publishes-new-historical-novel .

Many thanks also to Holdings of Yarmouth and The Wheatsheaf Inn (also in Yarmouth) for stocking (and doing their best to sell) A Set of Lies and Her Parents’ Daughter.

What happened next ….

IMG_0218As arguments hit the national press about who, or what action, actually won the Battle of Waterloo (undoubtedly the coalition of forces led by Wellington but not necessarily Wellington himself) I press the case for looking at what happened after the defeated Napoleon surrendered to the English.

After all, here he is, standing proud in his uniform, in a garden on the Isle of Wight.


From little acorns….

IMG_0203Two years ago I picked up an acorn from the drive and, just to see what happened, pushed it into some compost in a pot. Two years later it’s doing really well having survived a second winter.

Perhaps the little acorns (of my readership) will grow as well, as A Set Of Lies hits the on-line bookshops. (Proper bookshops will be able to get it soon…)


IMG_0205Now A Set of Lies is available it is time to set about the marketing and that means photographs….

The Lodger helped as I set up the books but he found the waiting around a little tiring. Napoleon Bonaparte was also a bit of a pain as he kept falling off the pile of books and, unfortunately, has chipped a bit from his bicorne hat. (You can just make him out standing back on top of the stack.)

One of the resultant photos will (hopefully) soon appear in the Isle of Wight County Press.


quackLast Saturday was the annual Yarmouth duck race on the Yar.

Whether it had anything to do with that, or the great weather, I don’t know but yesterday morning a Mummy Duck and her brood of seven or eight ducklings were spotted waddling across the bottom of our garden. (I couldn’t count them as they kept falling over and running round in circles.)

To get to us they must have walked at least a mile along a busy(ish) road – and crossed it – so all credit to Mummy Duck for getting them this far.

I have no idea where they were going but I hope it wasn’t too far and that they have all reached wherever it was safely.