Loving Lee Library

Last week I gave a short talk at my local library in Lee-on-the-Solent. ‘Talk’ makes it sound a bit grand for what it was – I chatted and

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Moments of joy

My story, Moments Of Joy, is in the current issue of My Weekly. Isn’t the illustration lovely?

As you’ve probably worked out, the story involves someone blowing bubbles. It was inspired by a visit to York Minster. It was a sunny day and the streets were full of happy tourists enjoying the history and beauty of the city.

As I walked round I saw bubbles drifting down the road at about head height. They were very pretty, but such an odd contrast to all the stone buildings I looked around to make sure other people could

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Bargain Escape

My romantic novel Escape To The Country is on special offer at 99p this week. I’m hoping that a boost in sales, and maybe another nice review, will give me extra motivation for my current novel in progress, which is also set on a farm.

Read the reviews here.

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.

Escape To The Country is available in ebook and paperback forms. It can be read free if you have Kindle unlimited (along with all my other books) and is available from some libraries.

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From Story Idea To Reader by Rosemary J. Kind and Patsy Collins

A review of the audio version of From Story Idea To Reader – an accessible writing guide co-written by myself and Rosemary J Kind.

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From Story Idea to Reader cover art

I was asked to review a audible copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I agreed as it’s one my wishlist. I’ve read a lot of writing books over the years and own a few and this one definitely stood out from the rest.

Synopsis

“From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written 16 published books, and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They’ve both judged writing competitions and…

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Not lost in translation

I have a story in the 4th June issue of Scandinavian magazine Allers. It’s a reprint from when it appeared in Allas two years ago.

They’ve changed the title and I can’t read the language it’s printed in (Swedish? Norwegian?). Those things together with the fact I wrote it years ago, might have meant I had trouble identifying it. Thankfully there are enough details in the illustration to

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New addition to the family!

Yes, I do mean edition and not addition. The only new people I’ve brought into the world are story characters. I don’t know how many I’ve created but it’s definitely more than a thousand as I’ve written more stories than that and each of them has at least one character.

Family Feeling is my latest book release and it’s currently reduced to

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