Free and bargain reads

I’ve just set up a Facebook group called ‘Free And Bargain Reads’.

It’s for readers to find free books to read, discuss, and recommend to others. For writers it offers the chance to promote their free books and special offers.

If you’d like to join, click here.

Spooctacular news!

I have a new collection of short stories out today! Slightly Spooky Stories IV contains 24 not too scary tales, which are just right for some fangtastic hallowe’en reading.

Ghosts, sixth sense and things not of this world aren’t always scary, though they can be. Some help or warn, frighten or comfort those who perceive them. Others are here for their own purposes, waiting for a chance to move on. We might see, hear or feel them, perhaps they’ll only reach us through our subconscious.

Are ghosts memories and echoes of the past, contacts from another time and place, or figments of our imagination? Whether you believe in them or not, ghosts, spirits and mysterious spooking happenings all provide stories. This collection contains 24 of them.

Get it here.

A few little things

Since my last post, a publisher nominated me for the pushcart prize, I’ve had stories published in Allas, Hemmets, My Weekly, two in The People’s Friend specials (and had another accepted) won a writing competition, and created another short story collection. Slightly Spooky Stories IV will be released on 21st October. The ebook is available to pre order now, and a paperback will follow soon.

Sometimes it feels as though I do nothing but brag when I talk about my writing here, or on social media – but then if I’m not proud of any success what would be the point in writing, editing and submitting?

And anyway, I don’t just brag – sometimes you get a sales pitch too!

Ghosts, sixth sense and things not of this world aren’t always scary, though they can be. Some help or warn, frighten or comfort those who perceive them. Others are here for their own purposes, waiting for a chance to move on. We might see, hear or feel them, perhaps they’ll only reach us through our subconscious.

Are ghosts memories and echoes of the past, contacts from another time and place, or figments of our imagination? Whether you believe in them or not, ghosts, spirits and mysterious spooking happenings all provide stories. This collection contains 24 of them.

That’s quite enough about me for now! If you’d like to try submitting stories to magazines, or entering free writing competitions yourself, then you may find my writers’ blog useful.

Getting ahead of myself

I planned to release a couple more short story collections this autumn and early winter. Realising I might be busy then, I thought I’d better make a start now. The ebook version of Coffee & Cake, which will be released in early December (as a paperback and ebook) is already on ‘pre order’.

Here’s the blurb – We eat and drink for more than mere survival. Food comforts and reassures, connects us with others. A mug of coffee wakes us up in the morning. A cup of tea can

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Making Your Mind Up

I’ve just discovered that I had a story in last week’s issue of My Weekly. I did know it was going to be published, just not exactly when.

The story is called ‘Making Your Mind Up’. I confess

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Woman’s Way guidelines

I’m gradually building up a database of guidelines and other information useful to those who write for women’s magazines – which can all be found under the ‘Woman’s Magazine’ tab on this site. For even more information on the subject, visit the Womagwriter blog.

Here are the latest guidelines for Woman’s Way,

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