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Stories for summer

My latest story to be published on Alfie dog short story website is called ‘Sowing Seeds.’ Its about Walter, and how he tries to avoid the woman next door. She means well, but won’t leave him in peace to get on with his gardening. The story has been published before, but now it’s added to my growing collection on there.

A couple of photo’s to go with the story…

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If you’ve got children at home who’re a bit bored by now, tell them to settle down and listen to the story of Alex. He has a metal detector, and a dog. Together they get up to lots of fun during their stay in a cottage near Exmoor.

Summer Holidays

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The summer holiday story is suitable for 7 – 8 year olds, hope you and they enjoy reading it – it’s fiction, and part comedy part fairy tale, told in the voice of Alex. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself off to Exmoor and join in the fun.

Tales from Paradise PatchHere’s one for younger children. A collection of stories set in Grandma’s back garden. There are five stories in all, and they’re suitable for 4 – 7 year olds. It’s not as quiet as you might think on Grandma’s back yard.

Growing up in the 70’s is a collection of 4 stories, and mine’s one of them that won a competition to be published with black coffey. They wanted funny stories set in the 70’s. The reviews aren’t brilliant on there, but I think the reviewers were a bit harsh. And isn’t that cover funky?

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Now I’ve got a brand spanking new cover for my Redington collection, which will be published soon. I’ll wait until the whole thing is finished before revealing the smashing art work.

Award from Juliet.

Thank you Juliet for this award.  Now I need to tell you ten things about me, and link to six other blogs I like.  So, here’s my ten things.

1.  I love reading People’s Friend and hope to have a story published in there one day.

2.  I work in our shop on the estate with hubby Alan.  They’re due to be re-developed, knocked down and re-built.  There will be only three next time instead of the existing six.  We knew this when we went in there five years ago, so this will be our last year in the shop of inspirations.  I call it that because of the wide range of characters and stories we hear.  Ideal for me.

3.  Before the shop, I worked as a hypnotherapist for two years.  I had lots of clients, some lovely, some awful.  The worst one was……. oh no, confidential.  I’ll put it in the novel instead.

4.  I made curry for tea it was super-duper.  Here’s the ingredients. Oil in pan, shallots chopped, herbs, rosemary, thyme, sage, crushed corriander seed, grated carrots, chopped celery, parsley, chopped apple, green pepper sliced, green tomatoes, stir fry that with chunks of chicken; mine and Mom and Dad’s was made in a seperate pan and had quorn pieces.  Simmer with some water, add tomato sauce, magic mixture, which is (a heaped spoon of chutney made last year with brown sugar, vinegar chopped apple, tomatoes and peppers.)  Into that, if you’re still with me!! a knor stock cube, then sprinkle a touch of gravy granules.  In the meantime, boil up some rice with a dash of oil and an oxo cube in the water.  Add some mixed frozen veg to the rice to give a splash of colour.  When it’s cooked and drained (the rice) add some of the green giant corn with peppers from a tin.  So, there you have it.  Curry a la mode.  Forgot to say, add a good dash of curry powder:))

5.  I sat down to write my C.V.  Aren’t they the most stupid things ever.  By time I’d finished I was wondering, ‘who is this woman?  I must employ her myself.

6.  I entered a story to the ‘Leaving home for the first time’ Black coffey publishing website.  The same one who’re doing the growing up in the 70’s.  I’m on the long list of 11 from 45 so keeping fingers crossed.  It’s a work of fiction.  There’s a man in it with a cute bum. FICTION…..

7.  Today, I popped round to see Mom and Dad as they live round the corner.  It’s great to know that they’re only a walk away if they need me or vice versa.  Aren’t Mom and Dad’s great?  Dad told me a joke about a stage coach.  There was a man on top of the coach acting as a lookout.  The others were robbers, robbing everyone along the way.  They kept shouting to the man on top. ‘Can you see anyone.’ At one point he saw an Indian in the distance.  He shouted. ‘It’s o.k he’s only this big. (Inch high)  They kept robbing and looting and shouting to the man on top of the stage coach, anyone in sight? He said only the Indian he’s this big (three inch high) robbing, looting, ‘Anyone in sight? ‘Yes, the Indian’s this big, (normal height) The robbers shouted, ‘Well shoot him then.’  The lookout said, ‘I can’t I’ve known him since he was this big. (inch high)…

8.  The house next door is up for sale.  We don’t want new neighbours, we had a lovely lady and she went into a home.  When people come round to view, I get the lawn mower out, our son says he’s going to wear his boxers and shout over the fence with a beer can in hand.  Hubby says he’s going to go out at night and write SOLD across the sign.  Aren’t we awful…

9.  I love entering competitions.  I’ve sent my entry in to Choc- lit.   I’m covinced it’s the winning entry, I wouldn’t have sent it otherwise.

10.  Following on from 8, our neighbours on the others side… well…We had moved in before I happened to look over the hedge…Who did I see but my old maths teacher, and maths was one of my worst subjects at school.  I automatically nearly shouted out ten tens are a hundred, pythagoras is equal to the sum of the square root on both sides, but I said, ‘hello’ and went in instead.

Here are six blogs I like.  If you’ve had one before, leave it.  I think I have actually had one before, but It’s a nice colour isn’t it, and thank you Juliet for thinking of me.







Be inspired.

I’ve been tagged by Juliet Greenwood author of Eden’s Garden, which I was lucky enough to win a while ago.  It’s a brilliant book, and will review it when I’ve read it all.  Puts me in mind of Charles Dickens, with more romance.

So now I’m going to answer Juliet’s questions about my book!!! Well, that’ll teach me to go bragging about a contract.  It’s actually, (she says backtracking only a little bit) a story in a book, but it’s a contract nevertheless.

Remember a while ago I mentioned that Black Coffey Publishing wanted stories for Leaving home for the first time? well, the next book out, second in the series is, ‘Growing up in the 70’s’ I have a story accepted in there.  You’ll notice on the website that the editor Paul Coffey said there were over eighty entries, so wowee, not sure how many stories are in the book.  We get paid, da da da daaaah, how lovely.  It’s an e.book so, I love e.books now naturally.  So, keeping in the spirit I’ll answer Juliet’s questions, and pass on the award.

1. What is the name of your book?

Growing up in the 1970’s

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

The 70’s is a decade I love, so it was easy to write about that era.

3. In what genre would you classify your book?

All of the stories will be set in the 1970’s.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?

Anyone good-looking or glamorous of course.


5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.

The decade of the 1970’s

6. Is your book already published/represented?

Should be published next month.

7. How long did it take you to write your book?

My story took a week or two including editing and re-writing.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?

Remember that programme on t.v. with Amanda Holden and Brian Conolley?  I think Noddy Holder was in it as well.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

The editor was asking for humour, I love anything funny, especially Terry Pratchett  Not that this resembles Terry Pratchett’s writing in any way though.  I also enjoy anything written by Sue Townsend.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.

I just had to look up pique?  Something to make you bitter. Apart from that it’s published by Black Coffey, notice not coffee, I’m sure nothing would pique your interest in Growing up in the 1970’s.  Maybe if you weren’t part of that decade you’d be piqued…

Thank you Juliet for choosing me.  Now, I tag 5 people with 10 questions about their books.

Patsy Collins.  Escape to the Country.  I’ve read this, it’s brilliant, also I must thank you for blogging about Black Coffey in the first place Patsy.

Sarah Mallory.  The Dangerous Lord Darrington.  Lovely romantic reading.

Karen Clark  Great writer, with a book deal in process.

Rosemary Gemmell  Writer of great romances.  Also adventure.

Teresa Ashby.  One of my favourite short story writers, who now has books on kindle…

Here are my questions to the five lovely ladies above.

1.  What gave you the idea for your book?

2.  How long did it take to write overall?

3.  What kept you going when you were half way through?

4.  Are any of your characters based on real people, even though you have to say they aren’t?

5.  Did you ever wonder if you’d have the work published?

6.  When you’ve had one book published, do you feel under pressure with the next one?

7.  Would you write in a different genre next time, or do you always stick with what you know?

8.  Do you prefer writing a novel, or short stories?

9.  Do you use everyday happenings in your writing?

10.  If your book was to be on t.v. who would play the lead male and female roles?

Thanks Juliet for the award.  Look forward to hearing from Patsy, Sarah, Karen, Rosemary and Teresa.