Wednesday word of the week – Triboluminescence

Triboluminescence is the emission of light from something when it’s scratched, rubbed, crushed etc. Obviously the thing or substance in question has to be Triboluminescent for this to work.

I’ve carelessly misplaced my magic lamp and therefore can’t demonstrate, but here’s a picture of a light house. That emits light when someone presses the on switch.

Seven Days

Seven Days is a new women’s magazine which launched this week and has one of my stories in the very first issue.

I’m very pleased with the illustration – and the mention of my novel, Escape to the Country.

Wednesday word of the week – succulent

food_1822Succulent 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.

Wednesday word of the week – Schadenfreude

duckSchadenfreude 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?)

Criminal Intent

perf5.000x8.000.inddMy 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.

Magical lights

Once, while walking one evening, I noticed some strange lights. Later they appeared in one of my stories – as things I’ve noticed often do. The story is currently available to read on the My Weekly website.

Wednesday word of the week – Antidisestablishmentarianism

foxSo 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.

Wednesday word of the week – adumbrate

4shadowsThis week’s word is adumbrate. It means to foreshadow or to indicate faintly. I must try to add some adumbration to my next novel.
What? I think if you look carefully at the picture you’ll find it faintly indicates four shadows …

It’s coming!

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.