Susan Buchanan. Book launch week, celebrations.

Congratulations to author, Susan Buchanan, on the launch of her beautiful new book! We are lucky enough to have an excerpt from the novel, here today, as well as some reviews of the book, so enjoy every minute and we wish Susan a fantastic launch week.

‘Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks.’

Thirty-eight-year-old Louisa has a loving husband, three wonderful kids, a faithful dog, a supportive family and a gorgeous house near Glasgow. What more could she want?


Louisa would like, just once, to get to the end of her never-ending to-do list. With her husband Ronnie working offshore, she is demented trying to cope with everything on her own: the after-school clubs, the homework, the appointments … the constant disasters. And if he dismisses her workload one more time, she may well throttle him.

Juggling running her own wedding stationery business with family life is taking its toll, and the only reason Louisa is still sane is because of her best friends and her sisters.

Fed up with only talking to Ronnie about household bills and incompetent tradesmen, when a handsome stranger pays her some attention on her birthday weekend away, she is flattered, but will she give in to temptation? And will she ever get to the end of her to-do list?

A feel-good, heart-warming story of family and friendship. Ideal for fans of Fiona Gibson.

‘This fresh, well-paced story will have you groaning in sympathy as things go from bad to worse.’ Book Escapes BabsW67

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Just One Day – Winter excerpt

Recap – Louisa’s hosting New Year’s Day lunch for her extended family, whilst her husband is away working on his oil rig.

‘So where to next?’ I ask as I crimp the edges of the pastry around the pie dish then use the remaining pieces to make leaves.

‘The Arctic.’

‘The Arctic? I thought Mum was a sun-worshipper.’

‘She is, usually, but she watched some documentary about the unexploited Russian Arctic and how it’s renowned for its “abundance” of polar bears–’ I roll my eyes at this ‘–and she’s intent on going now.’

My poor dad. I wonder how much, if any, say he had in this. I know he prefers sailing round the Med. And he last spoke to me about wanting to visit Jura, Mull, Luing and Shuna. He would have preferred a tour of the Hebrides on a luxury ship looking for seals, although I imagine they have seals in Russian waters too.

Dad takes Hugo’s sandwich through to him, and immediately I hear Aria moan that she wants one too. OK, it has been a while since breakfast. They were up far earlier than Genevieve. I pop the pie in the oven and am about to open the fridge to make some more sandwiches when the doorbell goes again. Honestly, Piccadilly Circus must be quieter than here. The clock shows it’s only twelve thirty. No one was meant to be here until one.

I walk into the hall only for Aria to accost me. ‘Mummy, I want a ham sandwich too,’ she whines.

‘In a minute, poppet.’ I disentangle her limbs from mine and get to the door as Hugo shouts, ‘It’s Uncle Rhys. I can see his car. Uncle Rhys, Uncle Rhys!’

I open the door and don’t even get ‘Happy New Year’ out before Hugo jumps up on Rhys and Rhys ruffles his hair and makes a fuss of him, setting his glasses askew as he does so. Hugo feigns indignation whilst Sandra chuckles. I beckon her inside, where Aria emulates her brother and makes a big deal of her aunt’s arrival.

‘Mummy, Aunt Sandra’s earrings have a number one on them.’

‘That’s because today is the first, sweetheart,’ Sandra says. ‘And the first is the same as one.’

‘Sandra, can I take your coat?’ I ask.

She undoes her coat and I see just how huge her stomach is.

‘Wow! I can’t believe how much more pregnant you look than last time.’ I avoid saying ‘bigger’. People can be so sensitive, although it never bothered me when I was pregnant.

Sandra grins. ‘I know. Although I suppose I am seven and a half months pregnant.’

‘Really? Where has the time gone?’

‘That’s what I was saying. There’ll be no peace soon,’ my brother-in-law chips in.

‘Hi, Rhys.’ I grin. Rhys and I have always got on well. He’s like a little brother to me.

‘Hi, sis.’ He leans in to give me a peck and then hugs me. ‘Happy New Year.’

Prize giveaway competition!

Hi everyone. I’m really excited to have a brand new book launching soon. I’m now running a prize giveaway, which will run for two weeks. I will be holding a separate prize giveaway just for my newsletter subscribers. You are welcome to enter both competitions of you are a subscriber. You can sign up for my newsletter on the front page of this website.

The book is about a 41 year old woman, called Olivia, who is fed up with feeling like she’s invisible to the outside world. She is a cyber specialist who has fallen on hard times and decides to grab her life back from the edge of oblivion and make the world ‘see’ her again. The story is full of intrigue, romance and second chances at love and friendship.

The woman who felt invisible. Book Launch Giveaway.

The woman who felt invisible:

The giveaway starts on the 15/11/21 – 29/11/21

Full terms and conditions of the competition are on the competitions page of this site. To enter just follow me on one of my social media pages and share the competition posts or this blog page, tagging two book loving friends.

I can’t wait to send the prizes to my winners!

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Claire Buss. Top Author Of The Week.

Today’s Top Author is Claire Buss! Clare is a talented author and marketer, who is always offering to help other authors and share her knowledge.  If you haven’t read, Write On magazine, yet, look it up. It’s full of brilliant author and writing news. Click this link to find out more.

Claire Buss is an award-winning multi-genre author and poet. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of marketing and administrative roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and expert procrastinator Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 with her debut novel, The Gaia Effect, setting her writing career in motion. Since then, Claire has published seventeen novels and poetry collections and had her short fiction published in six anthologies. The Gaia Effect won the Uncaged Book Reviews Raven Award for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel in 2017 and the first book in her humorous fantasy series, The Rose Thief, won in 2019. Working with Pen to Print, Claire delivers regular Book Surgeries offering marketing help and advice to new and established authors. In 2019 Claire was part of the original team involved in creating and establishing Write On! Magazine and continues to support, work and promote the magazine in her role as Deputy Editor, a different kind of Lois who champions new writers and helps them share their creativity. Claire continues to write passionately and is hopelessly addicted to cake.

You can follow her on Twitter @grashopper2407, and visit her website for more information about Claire and her writing. All her books are available in eBook and paperback on Amazon at

The Silk Thief, a humorous fantasy novel, Roshaven book 2

The Blurb:

Fourteen, heir to the Empire of Roshaven, must find a new name before Theo, Lord of neighbouring Fidelia, brings his schemes to fruition. 

Not only has he stolen Roshaven’s trade, but he plans to make Fourteen his own and take her empire in the bargain.

Her protector, Ned Spinks, is plagued with supernatural nightmares whilst his assistant, Jenni the sprite, has lost her magic.

Somehow they must figure out how to thwart Theo’s dastardly plan before it’s too late for his city and her empire.

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NEW BOOK ALERT. So excited by this. Grab your copy today. 

Out on 12th November. The Bone Thief, Roshaven book 3 and it’s currently only 99p pre-order today!

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Me signing the Sea Witch Shanty:


The Spice Ghosts have descended on Roshaven accusing Jenni of stealing their sacred bones and are threatening to destroy the city if they are not returned but Jenni the sprite has no idea what they’re talking about.

With the help of her boss, Chief Thief-Catcher Ned Spinks, Jenni promises to find and return them however the skeletal trail leads them into the dark and dangerous waters of the dread Sea Witch.

Ned is out of his depth and frantically treading water while Jenni must fight to avoid becoming catch of the day.

Elly Redding. Top Author Of The Week.

I can’t wait for you all to meet this week’s top author! Elly Redding writes addictive reads that you simply can’t put down. She is a big part of the writing community and I’m always very excited to find out she has a new novel publishing soon.

From Elly:

Thanks so much, Lizzie, for having me on your blog. Where has this year gone? For me, it’s been busy following up on the publication of my earlier novel, ‘In Too Deep’, while writing the next in my series of second chance romances, ‘Entangled’. Both novels are set against the rolling hills of Devon and the frantic pace of London, and I really hope to have the latest book ready for publication early next year.

In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself, and why I love writing second chance romances.


It all started some years ago now, when I was a teenager and had just finished reading ‘Gone With The Wind’. 1024 pages and no happy ending? I was desperate. Something had to be done. And before I knew it, I’d rewritten those final pages half a dozen times in my head. I was a fledgling author, full of enthusiasm, but lacking in about everything else.

It was only after the birth of my first child that I decided to start writing in earnest. So there I’d be, sitting on a sofa, thinking of all the things I should be doing, while my daughter took a very long time to feed, when it suddenly dawned on me there was one thing I could do, and so I penned (quite literally) ‘The Trials of Barney and the Hopeless Detective.’ I received such lovely rejections, that I began to wonder if there might, just might, one day, be a chance of success.

Winding on a decade or two, whizzing past the time when I had a London agent for my screenplays (so exciting), to the day when I decided I would write a novel for grownups. A story with romance at its heart. After all, isn’t that what makes the world go around? Our boundless capacity to love? Added to the fact that I’ve been hooked on the romantic element of any story since, well, forever, whether it is Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in ‘You’ve got Mail’ or Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Proposal’.

And what could be better than a story that gives our protagonists a second chance to make it work – a second chance romance? ‘True Colours’ was drafted, then redrafted, and then reworked again. I worked with a brilliant editor and was absolutely thrilled when I won The New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. It also gave me the push I needed to get it published.

And then, of course, once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. I’ve always loved suspense stories too. So my second novel, ‘In Too Deep’ adds a touch of mystery as well to the plot, with a legacy of secrets just waiting to be discovered, as Isy sets out to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.

One little lie.  A guilty secret.  And the man she mustn’t love…

It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.  

Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.

But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?’

I do hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance to have their dreams come true?


Author Bio:

Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award ‘Words for the Wounded’. Her latest novel, ‘In Too Deep’, has received a B.R.A.G Medallion, together with a Chill with Book Reader’s Award.

Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves.

Elly is a member of The Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you. She can be found @ellyredding on Twitter, Elly Redding Author on Facebook and Elly Redding on Instagram.

Her website is


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Chris and Lizzie’s Book Marketing Adventure!

From Lizzie:

Hi everyone. It’s that time each month when I meet fellow author, Christine Penhall and we go on a book marketing adventure! We take book marketing very seriously, but it also has to involve coffee, food, sometimes dancing and a lot of fun. This month, Chris took me on a scavenger hunt around Chelmsford, which saw us climbing over fences to examine ancient bridges, rushing outside pubs (with information plaques) and looking longingly inside, squeezing into tiny old streets with Chris practically standing on my shoulders to read one sign and finally walking around some breathtaking gardens and discovering a secret boat dock in the middle of town!

We did of course do some work too (after breakfast). We talked about TikTok and the huge ready and writer community there, about running a seminar together about writing romance books and got some great book launch ideas for my upcoming book release, The woman who felt invisible. The book is about a 41 year old woman called Olivia, who is fed up of being ignored by everyone and decides to make the world ‘see’ her again.

Chris is writing a new book and so am I, so we often end up chatting about how we write, where we write and who inspires us. Having a writerly friend to meet up with, chat about books and have some adventures with, is a lot of fun. We both love spontaneity, so every meeting ends up with something different to what we planned. This time we found a rose adorned swing seat that was placed to connect local people on social media, by sharing photos on it with the #. We also found time to visit a beautiful big bookshop and try out some Tiptree jam. Win, win!

From Chris: 

When I meet up with my friend and fellow author, Lizzie Chantree we often have an idea of what we want to talk about. What actually happens is that we veer off in all sorts of different directions both verbally and when we are actually physically moving around! Personally, I have come to realise that writing is like that, at least for me, anyway. My characters take on a mind of their own, which means the plots sort of go with them and evolve in ways I don’t expect.

On our most recent catch up we decided to meet in a cafe (or cafes I should say) in Chelmsford, and I suggested we do a sort of Scavenger Hunt which would lead us to various blue plaques in the city centre. That’s because unless you know them well, places like Chelmsford aren’t renowned for their history or their architecture particularly. There are also a lot of cafes which of course is hugely important to myself
and Lizzie.

So, we started off at one cafe for brunch, an impromptu debut appearance by myself on Tik Tok – Lizzie’s. She also gave me a quick lesson so I’m on it too now. Hurrah! Then we went off on the Scavenge Hunt…you can download it from the Chelmsford City website….without giving too much away, there are more than you would probably expect. Also, our scavenger hunt took in a couple of book shops, and of, course, John Lewis, plus another coffee, and an amble along the river to see a block of flats which has a kind of tiny marina – my lockdown find from my urban ambles around Chelmsford City Centre. These weren’t part of the scavenger hunt per se – just interesting detours, just like our conversations, our walks, our characters and our plots etc etc…

We also of course, talked about writing, and the possibility of running some seminars together next year. Then we had another coffee…

Writing is just like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get….no wait, I’ve heard that before….and it wasn’t about writing. Although it could be. I’ve written three books – 2 set in Portugal, one set in Wales – and I’m writing another one based in Lagos in the Algarve. These are places I know well, and because I’m not in any of them all the time, the experiences I have whilst I’m visiting are very vivid, and the scenery, soundscape and smells very evocative, which makes it easy for me to write about them. However, there is plenty around me here that also feeds into my writing – just because it’s under my nose, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t inspire me. It’s just more subtle. But it’s there.

Georgia Hill. Top Author Of The Week.

It’s my pleasure to showcase the work of the wonderful, Georgia Hill today. She has written a really interesting and informative post for us all, about writer’s block. When Georgia is trying to avoid writing, she likes to walk her dogs on the beach, enjoys a pint of cider in her local and is obsessed by Strictly Come Dancing. She’s also a complete museum geek and loves folklore, history, and a really spooky story.


Hi everyone. Huge thanks to Lizzie for having me on!

I was going to blog about the new book, but the publication date has been pushed forward to next spring. I thought, instead, I’d share what a difficult journey this one had to the page. It’s quite possibly the first time I’ve experienced writer’s block and I hope it’s the last!

The last book published was an idea I’d had knocking around for ages. Inspired by a man modelling jumpers in a John Lewis ad (inspiration strikes in the strangest of places) and how it felt standing under three chestnut trees which grew opposite my childhood home. I’ve an appalling memory but can distinctly recall standing beneath these mighty trees, looking up and listening to the wind rustle through. Add in a dash of Doris Day, old movies and gardening, and Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs was born. It’s a Calamity Jane update and for research I re-watched the film. I soon realised modern readers wouldn’t accept how Wild Bill treated Calamity Jane, so I took elements from the film and had great fun referencing them in some plot elements and names. Keen fans will spot them but the book itself developed its own life very quickly. It was a dream to write, it simply fell onto the page, possibly because there’s a lot of me in Janey. I also love writing a villain and this book has a corker!

I wish I could say the same about the book I’ve just finished. But no. Much to the amusement of my Zoom writing pals who have ‘lived’ with me trying to write it, the new book has, quite frankly (and look away if you’re of a delicate constitution) been a complete bugger to write. So much so, the working title is The Buggery Book That Refuses to be Written. It’s set in Berecombe, my favourite fictional seaside town, features characters which have appeared in other Berecombe books and is a romance. It should have been straightforward.

Except it wasn’t.

It’s been one of those books I’ve had to force myself, with gritted teeth, to plonk down in front of the computer and tear the words from my bleeding soul. I’ve no idea why it’s been so difficult to write. I love the idea. I love the characters.

What’s been the problem? Lockdown certainly had an effect. So much empty time. So much worry! Eventually I started writing again. Having a deadline focused the mind and I’ve just sent it off to my editor. But honestly, words grudgingly trickled out, with me wondering if I can do this writing malarkey anymore.

I’m not sure if what I’ve experienced is writer’s block, or whether some books are just trickier to write than others! Either way, the struggle was real. So, what did I do to try to get writing again?

  • I chose a different place to write. It was refreshing to write with a new view.
  • I used something different with which to write. I went back to the laptop and sat on the bed for a few days (see above). You could try using pen and paper, a different font on the computer, anything which re-stimulates the writing muscles and breaks the negative associations surrounding your usual method.
  • I forced myself to write something, I’ve always found that, as I write, more ideas flow and knotty plot problems unknot. Writing really is a muscle, you have to keep doing it to keep on doing it.
  • Related to the previous point, I started writing something else – but beware, this can be procrastination by creation and the new shiny project can seem ever more alluring.
  • I forced myself to switch off from worrying about not writing. A long bath or a dog walk in the fresh air always provides good thinking time.
  • I made sure my writing space was comfortable and remembered to drink lots of water. Set a timer if you need to, to get up and stretch and pour a drink. Sometimes though, the only thing that worked was chocolate. 500 words = 1 Malteser. Or Revel. Or chocolate digestive!
  • I switched off social media.
  • When things got really desperate, I took a break and read some good books. Writing doesn’t often leave much reading time and it was a great way to rejuvenate the writing juices. Every writer needs to read widely and often.
  • I reminded myself to not underestimate how hard it can be to write a book, even and maybe especially one, which is considered easy reading.
  • I leaned on my support network of trusted confidantes. Only other writers appreciate and understand the struggle and can offer useful advice.
  • I didn’t give up!

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, try all or some of the above and see if it works. I really hope it does. And, if you have any tips which have helped you break your writer’s block, let me know. Wish me luck with the editing on this one. I hope Buggery has a more acceptable title when it comes out next spring!


Georgia x


Blurb for Janey Trelawney:

Janey’s life becomes more disaster movie than romcom when the ruthless Becca steams in to manage Cheney House. Her job as head gardener in peril and her self-confidence in tatters, Janey must fight back. Finding an ally in Will, who’s more Clark Kent than Superman, it’s up to them to save the day while owner Clare is away having her Shirley Valentine moment. It doesn’t help that everyone is in love with the wrong people!


Georgia Hill writes warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community. There’s always a dog. It’s usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, she has had much experience. Her books are firmly rooted in small seaside towns similar to the one she lives in, and she loves history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.

As a child she had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair from the bottom. As an adult her invisible friends inhabit her head and refuse to leave until she commits them to paper. Readers of her books can escape into a cosy world of words and, no matter what challenges her characters face they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.


Twitter: @georgiawrites

Facebook: georgiahillauthor

Instagram: georgiahill5681


The woman who felt invisible.

Hello everyone. How are you? I’d usually be posting and promoting another author on a Thursday, but last night I decided on the date for my next book launch. It’s the 23rd November 2021. I had a chat with a few friends last night and decided on the date. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants, kind of gal! That now means that I’m frantically trying to find blog hosts, as I haven’t left time to book a blog tour and to plan a launch day.

The weird thing is that I decided last night on the date and had kept one blog post free on a Thursday for the whole year… this one! Which means I’m able to post about it today. Thinking about it though, it would have been smarter to have kept a blog space nearer my actual launch date! Lol:)

Back to my new book. It’s called The woman who felt invisible and is about a 41 year old computer expert who is working in a pen cupboard as the stationery supervisor for an IT company and looking after two internet famous delinquent dogs. Her father has recently passed away and she’s lost her way after being fired from two consecutive jobs. The story is about her grabbing back her self-confidence, jumping headfirst into a new love and finding an exciting best friend, who changes her life forever.

Pre-order your copy today! 

Richard Dee. Publication Day post!

Happy publication day to author, Richard Dee! It’s my pleasure to shout out about Richard’s new book today, on his launch day! 

Everyone said that they were monsters. Then they asked for my help.


Behave, or the Syk’m will come and take you away.

That was the threat hanging over my childhood, the terrifying punishment that made us all obedient.

As children, we were told that the Syk’m watched over us.  Should we misbehave, they could do unimaginable things.

Because we were young and knew no better, the mere mention of their name was enough to control us. We went to bed, minded our manners, stopped our shouting. Although the Syk’m were mythical creatures, never seen, we all believed in their power over us.

Now that I’m older and wiser, I thought that I had outgrown the unseen terrors of my childhood. I thought that I no longer believed in the power of the Syk’m.

Then the day came when I discovered that the Syk’m were real. The day they found me. Their message was clear. Despite everything I had imagined, they needed my help.

It was the day I discovered that they were not the monsters we had all believed them to be. There were others in the universe.

How the story was devised and written.

It all started with a memory, my grandmother used to tell me that if I was bad, a creature that she called the bogeyman would come and take me away. It scared me when I was younger, because of the way she said it and the threat that it implied. Whether it improved my behaviour is another matter.

Anyhow, fast forward to a couple of years ago, when my wife and I were talking about aspects of our childhood. I mentioned the bogeyman and we laughed about the effect things like that had on children. And how we grew out of such fears as we got older and learned more about the world.

Then I had a thought. What if the bogeyman was real, what might happen if you met one? What would be the truth behind the stories, the basis of the legend?

My mind went into overdrive, perhaps the bogeymen were members of an alien race, watching us and occasionally taking someone for research? Maybe they had been more active in years past, hence the old tales. It could be that they had since turned their minds to other things and had decided to leave us alone. If that were true, then how, and for what reason, might the first new contact in ages develop?

I realised that there were enough possibilities in that paragraph alone to build a story.

The Syk’m grew from that premise. I decided to write it as a sword and sorcery fantasy adventure, given the origins of the tale in folklore. I thought it would be the most fitting genre for it. I invented a world, Skander, with a medieval society. These were the people who would be held in thrall to their own version of the bogeyman, who they called the Syk’m. The story would concern what happened when the people of Skander finally learned the truth.

I made some brief notes and let the story stew in my mind. The whole story came to me, just in time to be my project for NaNoWriMo 2020. I wrote most of it in November 2020 and sent it off to my editor, as well as a few trusted friends. I got positive feedback and completed the final version in April 2021.

As a writer of Sci-fi and Steampunk, building the world was fairly straightforward. Incorporating magic and primitive technology was a bit more of a challenge. I had to forgo all the usual tricks and the freedom that writing about the future gives you, go right back to basics. The aim was to make it as plausible and integrated a society as I could. A place like our history suggests, yet not ours

Apart from the action and adventure that such a tale demands, I also wanted to examine the emotional aspects of meeting people whose existence had only ever been hinted at and feared. I thought that it would be fun to explore the relationships that might develop between the two races, the similarities and differences that such an event might expose.

Beta readers comments,

I loved it. The characters are amazing and the plot just flows.          Channing Schneider

Everything I love about High Fantasy.                                               Dixie Messing

Richard Dee has crafted a fantastical fantasy filled with fun, adventure and danger all in equal measure.                                                                                      Steven Smith


A short excerpt,

She passed the last stalls and turned off the street into a narrow alley between two high brick buildings. I stepped after her into the gloom. I had no thoughts of a trick, or possible danger, I just wanted to find out who she was, why she had looked at me in that way.

As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I saw her, no more than ten paces ahead. She had stopped, her back to me. Suddenly, it looked as if she was encased in a glowing cloak of rainbow colours. It was a trick worthy of the best entertainments at Kauron’s palace. Perhaps she was a theasp, an illusioneer, or should that be illusioness?

Hearing my footsteps behind her she turned and looked back. I couldn’t see her expression, just a flash of bright teeth as she stepped sideways, into the wall. It accepted her, she was gone.

What I had just witnessed was impossible. I ran to where she had been and looked at the bricks. They carried a faint glow of rainbows. Gently I reached out to touch them and watched in disbelief as my hand vanished deep into what should have been a solid wall.

How had she done that?

I knew of magic, of the tricks worked in the market. I’d seen the disappearing coins found behind the ear and watched as people or objects appeared to vanish. But I also knew that it was not real and that there was always an explanation. Yet this was beyond my mind to explain. I quickly removed my hand, lest the bricks should change their state and trap me. Then, as if poking a wound to see if it still hurt, I pushed my hand forward again, once more it vanished.

One small step was all it would take to follow her. I didn’t hesitate, had no thoughts of right or wrong. Where was I going, how would I return? It never crossed my mind. Taking a deep breath, I stepped forward.


Published on October 15th 2021, you can find The Syk’m for yourself at

or on Goodreads at

About Richard.

I’m Richard Dee and I normally write Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures. I also chronicle the exploits of Andorra Pett, a reluctant amateur detective for the space age.

I spent forty years at sea, firstly as a ship’s officer, then as a Thames River pilot, taking vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and Tower Bridge.

In retirement, I set up an organic bakery and then, from out of the blue, I started writing. You can read about my writing journey at

The Syk’m is my seventeenth novel and my first in the Fantasy genre.

You can find me at  where you can read more about me and my worlds. There is also the opportunity to join my newsletter and get a free novella, the prequel to one of my series. I’m on Facebook at


Pam Lecky. Happy Publication Day!

It gives me great pleasure to share news about Pam Lecky’s new book today. Happy publication day, Pam! Pam is an Irish historical fiction author with Avon Books UK/Harper Collins. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, The Crime Writers’ Association, and the Society of Authors. She is represented by Thérèse Coen, at the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency, London. Pam has a particular love of the late Victorian era/early 20th Century.

In November 2020, Pam signed with Avon Books UK/Harper Collins in a two-book deal. The first book in the historical thriller series, Her Secret War, will be published on 14th October 2021; the sequel in 2022.

Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was awarded the B.R.A.G Medallion; shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016; and longlisted for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award.

Her short stories are available in an anthology, entitled Past Imperfect, which was published in April 2018.

June 2019, saw the release of the first book in the Lucy Lawrence Mystery series, No Stone Unturned, a fast-paced Victorian mystery/crime, set in London and Yorkshire which was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion. The sequel, Footprints in the Sand, set in Egypt, was released in March 2020. She is currently working on the third book in the series, The Art of Deception, which will be published in late 2021.


Published by: Avon Books UK/Harper Collins

Release date: 14th October 2021


A life-changing moment

May 1941: German bombs drop on Dublin taking Sarah Gillespie’s family and home. Days later, the man she loves leaves Ireland to enlist.

A heart-breaking choice

With nothing to keep her in Ireland and a burning desire to help the war effort, Sarah seeks refuge with relatives in England. But before long, her father’s dark past threatens to catch up with her.

A dangerous mission

Sarah is asked to prove her loyalty to Britain through a special mission. Her courage could save lives. But it could also come at the cost of her own…

A gripping story that explores a deadly tangle of love and espionage in war-torn Britain, perfect for fans of Pam Jenoff, Kate Quinn and Kate Furnivall.

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Sian Turner. Top Author Of The Week.

Today’s guest is Sian Turner. Sian wrote her first novel in 2012 after leaving her job as a secondary school Teaching Assistant/Individual Needs Assistant. Her debut novel was an historical fiction story about the experiences of a young girl growing up in Wales during the 1940’s and training as a nanny in the 1950’s. The story was inspired by the early life of her mother, who died in 2007. After completing the first draft, Sian joined her local writers’ group and, spent months polishing the story before taking the plunge into the scary world of indie publishing – then decided to write a sequel.

Her next move was a complete change of genre: She was inspired to write a contemporary book with psychological and supernatural elements, which she named ‘Splitting Infinities’. This was the story that enabled her to discover what was to become her niche – although it took her a while to discover that there was a genre for this called ‘magical realism’. She now writes almost exclusively in that genre and has added several more novels to her portfolio (‘Vibes’, ‘A Shadow’s Voice’, ‘Finding the Falling Man’, ‘Sweet Erin’ and , a short story collection called ‘A World of Impossibilities’). Sian’s current work-in-progress is about a ‘bargain hunter’ who finds an object in an antique shop that has unusual powers which take him on fantastic adventures (not giving too much away).

She works as a volunteer at her local RSPCA cat re-homing centre. Sian lives with her husband and cats Gucci and Wizard in East Sussex, and has a daughter who works in theatre.


Erin is struggling. There are problems at school, and at home her work-obsessed parents rarely seem to notice her at all. Then an extraordinary app introduces Erin to a girl named Carys and the pair begin an inexplicable – in fact utterly impossible – friendship.
While both girls are struggling to face their own demons, Carys makes an astonishing announcement which brings a new dimension to the girls’ already unique friendship. Will Carys help Erin find the fresh start she desperately needs, and can Erin help Carys restore her crumbling relationship with her father?
Sweet Erin is Sian Turner’s fifth novel in the genre of magical realism. It’s about hopelessness and hope, endings and new beginnings and about enemies, friends and family; a book for anyone who has ever been eleven years old.


“This is an author who knows how to grab her audience and hold them there until the very last. With a fine array of characters – all so different and yet so ordinary, this is a very cleverly written novel.” (GraceJReviewLady)

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