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.