Succulent is a brilliantly descriptive word, I think. Doesn’t it sound just like biting into a ripe, juicy strawberry freshly picked and still warm from the afternoon sun?
It can also refer to moisture filled plants – the ones that look like shaved cacti.
Schadenfreude is my husband‘s favourite word. (Does anyone else have a favourite word?) It’s German really, but the English like to acquire foreign words and make them our own by pronouncing them incorrectly.
It means to take pleasure from someone else’s misfortune. I don’t do that (unless the person particularly deserves their horrible fate) but sometimes, even as I’m doing my best to help, I think ‘that would make a good story’. (Does anyone else do that?)
My latest book, a collection of 24 short stories all with a crime theme is out today. It costs £6.99 ($8.99) for the paperback, which can be ordered through bookshops and libraries as well as Amazon. It will usually be £1.99 ($2.99) for the ebook, but for the next few days it’s 77p (99c).
Here’s the blurb –
There are a huge variety of crimes, committed for many different reasons. Those which seem justified or are at least understandable. Others for which there can be no possible excuse. Some crimes are calculated and deliberate, others unplanned or even accidental. More still are planned but don’t happen.
There are also multiple ways for the criminal to be caught out or made to pay for what they’ve done. The police, an amateur detective or even their victim might bring them to justice. And sometimes what at first appears to be a crime is revealed to be nothing of the sort.
Criminals, victims and those wrongly suspected all have a story to tell. This book contains 24 of them.
So how’s that for the word of the week? It’s one of those words that makes my head hurt if I try to explain it, so I’m not going to bother. I think it may contain a double negative.
I’m rather proud of the fact that I once managed to work antidisestablishmentarianism into a story. (There was also a fox. And a jam sandwich.) As I’ve done that already your challenge is to casually drop it into a conversation. Please report back when you have, I’d love to know how it went.
It’s been a while since I published a novel, but there’s one on the way now. Acting Like A Killer is a romantic murder mystery and it will be released on 28th November. The usual price for the ebook will be £2.99 ($3.99) but it’s currently on ‘pre order’ for £1.99 ($2.99). There will be a paperback available too, which can be bought from Amazon, or ordered from your local bookshop or library.