Writing, Magical Friends and Other Tales

“You talk a lot about reading these days Nicole, but what about writing, what’s happening with your writing?”

This is one of the regular conversations that is on repeat in my head these days. I am constantly on my own case! This is usually how the conversation goes:

Me 1: “I need to write down my ideas before my brain explodes…. maybe I can jiggle a few things around tomorrow evening….”  Stares longingly from window…

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Top Reads for Valentines Day

Books are precious, just like love. You do not need a special day to tell or show someone you love them just like you don’t need a special day to read a book.

As an author who likes to put a bit of romance into whatever I write this is my fun take on books for every lovely day:

  1. Me before you – Jojo Moyes – If you still have not read this then you absolutely must! No, do not watch the film- read the book! It is full of so much joy and sadness. Have your hankies at the ready (do people still use hankies?) or your shirt sleeve or whatever and do not – I repeat do not be afraid to cry.
  2. Everything I know about love – Dolly Alderton – This is a funny and sometimes sad autobiography about the trials and tribulations of growing up. Dolly Alderton is a former Sunday Times dating columnist. She has been there, got the t.shirt, worn it with pride and then thrown it in the bin! It is a book about bad dates, moments of madness (we’ve all been there!), and how in spite of it all, we need to be accepting of who we are. I loved this book and related to it on many levels! A laugh out loud read. It shows you are not as alone as you may think!
  3. The keeper of lost things – Ruth Hogan – A beautifully written tale of love, loss, grief and what it means to be human.
  4. Love in the time of cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One of my all-time favourite books. It is a tale of love that has waited over fifty years. I sit envious of this authors ability to conjure up such beauty with his words. A book which is a must for everyone – there I’ve said it!
  5. Strictly between us – Jane Fallon – Who doesn’t like a light-hearted bit of chick lit? A fun, laugh out loud read. A great selection of flawed imperfect characters well written. This is a light read perfect with a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit!


Tuesday Spotlight …Casualty of Court by L.S. Fellows

Today I’d like to give a very warm welcome to friend and partner in fictional crime, author Lynne Fellows. Lynne and I have known each other a few years now and belong to the same writers group and online mystery writers collective known as Mystery Authors International – please pop by and see what we are all up to!

Lynne’s hotly anticipated ‘Casualty Of Court‘ is set for release on March 21st and I for one can’t wait. Lynne describes ‘Casualty of Court’ as offering an air of mystery, a whiff of Chick-lit and a dalliance with drama. It is billed as a cosy style saga with a hint of psychopath! I’m hooked already!

Here’s the blurb:

Four livesThree friendsTwo sidesOne verdict

Fern Mortimer wants her life back.
After five years recovering from a hit-and-run accident, the last thing she needed was a maniac trying to kill her.
Now, eight months after that attempt on her life, she returns to Portugal to face her nemesis in court.
Raven – her closest ally – offers support throughout. In return she wants a business partner.

Stefan Pereira, has no intention of languishing in prison any longer.
He’ll do whatever it takes to secure his freedom and complete his mission.
He wants Fern dead.

Nessa – his girlfriend – is at his side. She risks losing her best friends for the family she always wanted.

The trial pits them against each other.
Can Fern hold her nerve? She has a strong case, after all … and a witness.
Does that even matter, when Stefan has his father’s money, the face of an angel and an ability to lie convincingly in three languages?

Inevitably, someone will be the Casualty of Court.

‘Casualty of Court’ picks up where “The Fifth Wheel – A Prequel” ended, and introduces The Blackleaf Agency Series.

Not sure I can wait until March 21st!

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Fickle February and a Few Good Reads

February will see my loyalties scattered to the four winds, hence the title. I shall be reading, writing, party planning, dog walking, pregnancy managing (the dog, not me), working the day job, traveling, encouraging (the kids – exams… nuff said), and possibly making a few cakes! Sadly I have planned no holidays in February, I must be slipping! As you can see I will be busy!

Today has already been productive. And it’s not even 10 am. I have been to the beach and it was glorious. Yes, past tense. We had to make a run for it as the rain decided to make a guest appearance. I now sit, Cappuccino in hand secured behind the wheel of my car with a lovely view of sea mist. Was it worth the extra early start? In short, yes… if the dog’s happy then I’m happy, my house is simple like that! She is wet from surfing the waves and the car is filled with the smell of fragrant coffee and  ‘eau de woof’.

January came and went. We had buckets of rain, a plethora of mud and enough wind to take the wood from the trees – branches mainly, which are now nicely drying in my shed – kindling anyone?

On the plus side, I didn’t need to water the garden, I now have my very own mud bath (the envy of hippos everywhere), and enough wood to start as many fires as is practical. Continue reading “Fickle February and a Few Good Reads”