Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Grandchildren and book news

We've been away for a few days, visiting children and grandchildren back in Kent.
We went out for a stroll in the countryside and I found these views, which reminds me that the South-East is not the built up area that you might have imagined it to be.






It'll be even prettier when the blossoms are out.

And of course, the grandchildren were as gorgeous as ever,





Thanks for all the chocolate, Elsa was asked (in Hotel Chocolat) what would be nice for a gift for us. Her reply; "one of everything in this shop!"

The full cover for my next novel has arrived, as you may have seen on my author website,
if not, here it is,



the book will be on sale in June, pre-orders should be possible from the first of the month, and I'll be offering the eBook at a special price to get things moving.

My 2016 Steampunk novel "The Rocks of Aserol" has been made into an audiobook and people have repeatedly asked me for a sequel, like this one I got yesterday.


Well the good news is that I have finished a sequel and it is presently in edit, I feel,under a little bit of pressure now, but hopefully I have managed to get another interesting tale, we will get reaction from my trusted team of beta readers and see.
Here's a rough idea  of what you can expect,


What has happened to Horis Strongman since we saw him last? The events in Aserol and beyond have changed him and given him adventures that he could never have imagined. His life is now completely different in every respect. He had travelled far and wide and seen more of his world than he ever would have thought.

But those who were against him have recovered and can still do him harm. Before he and his can be truly safe, he must face his foes again, and this time, the stakes are raised. But he will find that he has allies in the strangest places for this confrontation.


The story takes in foreign lands and new dangers as Horis fights for the freedom to live in peace.

The working title is "A new life in Ventis," and I hope to have it published for Xmas.

See you all soon!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Canonteign Falls, wordless

Canonteign Falls are near Bovey Tracey in Devon, we visited on a beautiful day.





















Monday, 3 April 2017

Vegetables three ways, and a new character.

 In my quest to eat more healthily, I've discovered new tastes, which are just as good as what I had been eating, but a lot healthier.
Firstly, I replaced pasta to accompany a bolognese with Aubergine, chopped and roasted in Olive Oil.






That was pretty good, then the next day, instead of potato chips with our fish, we had crinkle-cut Butternut squash chips.


Again roasted in the oven in a little Olive Oil.

There was enough Bolognese for a second meal, this time I cut Courgette in a spiralizer to make a sort of spaghetti.


And now I feel quite virtuous!

My next novel, "Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud CafĂ© will be out in June. 
The artist who created Andorra, Matthew Britten, has drawn Andorra in another pose for marketing purposes, and here she is.


Look out for her on Facebook and Twitter soon, meanwhile, you can still catch up on chapter one of the book HERE

And looking a bit further ahead, the sequel to my Steampunk adventure, "The Rocks of Aserol"will be finished very soon, with a prospective publication date of October 1st this year. Keep an eye out for more news and the first chance to read a sample soon.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Patience

I'm debating how to continue with my blog, I've been posting here for five years now and have noticed that I'm really just re-hashing all the things I've already said. View numbers have fallen drastically recently, at the same time as they are increasing on my author website.
Si I may post less here and more there, I will still post here but not as regularly as I have been in the past, thank you for sticking with me over the years. 

Please keep checking, when I do something different or original I will put it here, but just rehashing bread recipes and pictures of the cliffs seems a bit pointless.

As I said, my author website is very good reading, there are short stories and a lot of interesting stuff, why not have a look HERE.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I'm back!

Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of posts, I've been busy with the launch of  my latest Sci-fi novel, "Myra," 


Available at this link.

but now I'm on top of things (I think), I can return to bread making and posting here.

As you know, I make Cheese and Onion swirls using Wessex Mill Onion flour,


which is ready mixed with dried onion.

Well, I wanted to see if I could do a wholemeal version and spotted these essential ingredients at Totnes Good Food market recently. 40g in each pack by the way.


I made my dough as usual with 750g Wholemeal Flour, 480g water, 75g Olive Oil, 30g Semolina and 15g each of salt and dried yeast.

After a first rise,


I worked it into a flat shape in an oiled tray,


spread sweet pickle,


added grated cheese,



rolled it 



and cut it.



The rolls proved for 30 minutes,


and were baked for 20 at 240°C, turning once.





Yum!