Wednesday word of the week – cherubim.

cheruThe word cherubim simply means more than one cherub.

The photo is partially appropriate as it shows more than one of us, otherwise it could be said to illustrate whichever word is the antonym of cherubim. Rascals perhaps?

Wednesday word of the week – Bingo!

bingoBingo is a ‘gambling game using cards marked with numbers’. Do you play?

The word is sometimes also used as an exclamation in much the same way as ‘Eureka’ to mean ‘I’ve got it!’ Ever say that?

Culinary cozy mysteries

Did you know culinary cozy mysteries were a book genre? Neither did I until my newly released audio book reached No 2 in that category.

escapetothecountryaudiobookart-1I now have a few codes for review copies of the audible version of Escape To The Country. If you are registered with either or and are willing to review* the book after you’ve listened to it, please email me at patsycollins53 (at) 

*By review I mean leave a few words on the Audible/Amazon  website saying what you think of it. I’m not expecting an Eng. Lit style essay, although you could do that if you wanted to!

Reviews are really important to authors and I’m always really appreciative when readers take the time to leave one on Amazon or Goodreads for any of my books. Yes, even the ones which aren’t 5 stars!

If you don’t yet have an account with Audible but are thinking of trying it, this link should get you a free 30 day trial, complete with my book.

The audio version of Paint Me A Picture is close to completion and I’ll also have review copies to offer for those. They’ll be offered to my newsletter subscribers and on here.

An audible escape!

My first ever audiobook has been released!

Escape To The Country is now available as a paperback, ebook and through audible.

Here’s the blurb –

Leah is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Dumped by Adam, the man she planned to marry, she escapes to Aunt Jayne’s smallholding in the Kent village of Winkleigh Marsh. Heartbroken and homeless, she strives to clear her name and deal with her emotions.

Jayne treats Leah’s unhappiness with herbal remedies, cowslip wine and common sense in equal measure. In return Leah works hard for the delicious home-cooked meals they share. She wrestles with sheep, breaks nails and gets stuck in the mud – learning as much about herself as she does about farming. Soon Leah is happy milking cows, mucking out pigs and falling halfway in love with Duncan, a dishy tractor driver.

Back in London, steps are being taken to investigate what’s happened to the missing money. It looks as though the real embezzler must soon be unmasked and Leah will have to choose between resuming her old life or starting a new one.

That’s when her problems really start.

You can buy the book here. If you don’t already have audible, you can sign up for a free trial, including my book, here.

Coming soon…

EscapeToTheCountryAudiobookArtMy romantic novel, Escape To The Country has been narrated by actress Claire Storey and will be available soon as an audio book.

You may have heard Claire’s voice on BBC

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A little taste

Z50_0999I have another story in Swedish magazine, Allas. Sometimes it’s hard to work out which one they’ve used, and I have to translate some of the text to be sure.

This time I haven’t done that, as

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A Few Kind Words

I’m very happy to have a story in The People’s Friend Spring Special, which is out now. There are 19 other stories by a great selection of authors, making it a good value read.