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The Message of Blood

The Message of Blood

I started work on The Message of Blood, book 8 of the Thomas Berrington series, in the last week and already the first draft is 11% complete. There’s a lot of work still to do, but I have a scheduled ...
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Self Publishing in Retirement

Self Publishing in Retirement

While I was attending the London Book Fair I got chatting with internet advertising guru Mark Dawson, and he asked if I would do a quick interview to tell my story of how I discovered FB Advertising. I said of ...
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The Fortunate Dead: Chapter 1 - WIP

The Fortunate Dead: Chapter 1 – WIP

For those interested I thought you might like to read Chapter 1 of the forthcoming Book 6 in the Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries. This is a first draft only, so might change a little in the finished book. CHAPTER ONE ...
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The joy of Campo living in Spain

The joy of Campo living in Spain

We are the proud owners of a house in Spain. I know, it’s tough, but someone has to stand up and say Brexit might be Brexit but some of us still believe in Europe. But this is not meant to ...
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Why Andalusia - Part 2

Why Andalusia – Part 2

So the question is: Exactly why did I start writing about Andalusia, and Moorish Spain in particular? I introduced this in part 1 of this post, but didn’t give any reasons why. Here they are. Some years ago, probably around ...
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London Book Fair

London Book Fair

Between April 10th to the 12th the London Book Fair will be running in Earl’s Court, west London. I have visited before a few years ago, but this year I am attending on two days. On one of those I ...
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Hawksbury Upton Literary Festival

Hawksbury Upton Literary Festival

For the first time in three years I am actually in the country for the fantastic Hawksbury Upton Literary Festival, and will be speaking on a panel at 1pm on Six ways to be a writer.
This LitFest is small, ...
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New Covers

New Covers

I liked my old covers, I really did. But something about them wasn’t quite right. They didn’t say “Historical” enough–and after all, writing books set in Moorish Spain in the 1480s should say historical, shouldn’t it. So I commissioned a ...
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Ghost Train

Ghost Train

I was seventeen before I spent my first Christmas apart from family—and I shouldn’t have been there, in more ways than one. Fairbourne sits in the curve of Wales where it meets the Irish Sea. It’s a small place, and lately ...
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IndieBRAG Christmas Blog Hop

I’m honoured to be invited to take part in this year’s IndieBRAG Christmas Blog Hop. Both of my books in the Thomas Berrington series are fortunate enough to have been awarded an IndieBRAG Medallion. My own contribution will appear here ...
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Positively Indie

Positively Indie

My kids will tell you my opinion on self-belief. I admit I might have been a little too successful teaching them that lesson—but if you can do something, even better if you can do it well, why hide the ...
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A writer’s year (2013)

Earlier today I watched Joanna Penn on Sky News talking about making a change in your career, and she said something profound that really struck me. What she said was: “Think back to what you wanted to be when you ...
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