Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Talk to Ladies Group.

Howdy. Last night, (Monday 28th January) I had the pleasure of giving a talk to the Business and Professional Women's Guild, aka Red Rose Ladies Social Group.What a nice lot of ladies they were! Having been told to expect between 12 and 20, imagine my surprise, as I watched nearer 50 roll in! It went really well, with a talk, and Q and A session, and I was told at the end, that they had never had such good interaction with a speaker before.
I read a short section from my first book, 'The Ghosts of Poynter' and you could hear a pin drop.One or two said they'd never read Westerns before, but would certainly give it a try now. Success!!! I was able to tell them about my getting the world wide large print rights for 'Ghosts', and the fact that the National Library of Wales, has two copies of both of my books in!
I enjoy public speaking, although my main enjoyment comes from teaching workshops. These ladies all have connections with other groups and organizations, and by the end of the night, they had all but cleaned me out of flyers and cards, so I'm hoping for more engagements to come from this.
I do have a couple of Library writing groups to attend this week also, but watch this space for what might come my way after this
See ya'all soon!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


Following on from my publishing my latest Western Romance  "SAINT OR SINNER"  on Kindle. 

Today, Wednesday 23/1/13, Robert Hale, who have published my other two 'regular' Westerns, in hard back format, sent me a letter saying they had managed to get the world wide, large print rights for my first book 'The Ghost Of Poynter"  Who's had the cream today then?
I'm hoping they will be able to get the same for the second one also now.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Kindle Book finally done!

Howdy All!.  Well, at last My promised Western Romance - 'SAINT OR SINNER?' is on Kindle.

It took me absolutely ages to sort out all the formatting and such, so if you do read it please forgive me, it's a first attempt. Any others I do will be done slightly differently. But what a palaver! When you have finished uploading the book, and it shows as being finally 'published' if you see a mistake and want to alter it, that also takes hours to do. But I couldn't get that to work, no way, so I'm sorry but the few mistakes which are there will have to stay.

So, if you do have a Kindle, please go and take a look. At least it's a fair bit cheaper than the Black Horse hard backs! And if you do read it, please tell me what you think, good or bad, won't you?

Thanks a lot friends. Catch you later!.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

New Year, New Book!

Hello again all.

Been a bit quiet here lately, due to old man being in hospital with pneumonia (again). As he's had two strokes, he has various problems with his health, and swallowing etc, so sometimes he gets chest infections, which can easily turn into other problems. I had to wait with him in the hospital for 11 hours whilst they sorted out a bad for him!!  11 hours! Can you believe it? I was just about ready for a bed next to him after that long on a hospital chair I can tell you! And because they were so short staffed, they'd had to bring in theatre staff to do the booking in of patients, and other work which, one of the theatre staff said she hadn't done for over 5 years! Chaos, complete and utter. That's the NHS for you. But hey, at least we have one, in other countries we'd have to pay through the nose for the treatment. (Which, because of that, would probably be better. Hey ho!)

Right, off the soapbox now! Not long now until I go to do my talks, and workshops, for the libraries and groups around here. Robert Hale are sending me some nice big publicity posters, with stands, to put on a table, so, as I used to be a window dresser, there should be some nice displays for people to look at when they tire of me yapping on!

Johnny Depp hasn't contacted me yet about starring in a film of my book! Never mind, there's time.

My third book will be on Kindle in the next few weeks. It's another Western, which was rejected by Hale, as not having enough 'action', but I've bumped up the Romance a fair bit. I finished designing the cover this week, and am now tidying up the last couple of chapters (for about the third time, I have three alternative endings, and can't decide which way to go). Once that's done, I will be putting it on. I will let you all know as soon as I start, and keep you posted on the progress and how easy (or hard) it is to do, especially for a non-techie like myself! And as soon as I can figure out how to bring my new cover pic into this blog I will post it for you all to see.
Oh. Well at least I've managed to add the picture to the side of the page, so please check it out. And while you are at it, why not come and join my page? It's free!

Bye for now, keep warm.
'Till next time. X