I remember the first time that one of my parents wasn’t equipped to handle modern technology. The good old copy/paste was something that eluded poor old Dad and stayed forever out in that exorable wilderness that consisted of everything he would never know. It didn’t matter about writing down the instructions. For some reason, the part of his brain that would once have interpreted it and memorized the process within seconds was full up. No doubt the bulging wisdom contained therein had a lot of facts not useful after the fifties, sixties, or seventies. But brains are odd c
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STRAWBERRIES AND SUFFERING
Well, at least they know the butler didn’t do it.
When Holly and Crystal Waterston cater for a wedding with a gigantic guest list, they think the worst thing that could happen is putting the strawberry halves on the wrong cupcake. Instead, a series of unfortunate events leave them trapped in a manor house with no phone, closed roads, and a butler who’s dropped down dead.
After their cupcakes are blamed for the sudden demise, Holly must unpick the tangled relationships of stranded wedding guests to clear the family bakery’s good name.
But with an attentive man flirting, a goth teen sloping around the venue, and an old woman intent on stealing the family recipes, Holly might have bitten off more than she can chew. If she can’t prove the identity of the true perpetrator, then the day might end with her sitting in the slammer rather than tucked up in a nice, warm bed.
BLOOD LIKE ICE (Misfits of Magic Book 2)
Norman is desperate to cure his main disability—being dead.
At thirteen years old, I became a vampire to save my teenage life. Within a few months, the government put me in shackles, and I spent every night working at the empire’s beck and call. Jumping out of the frying pan into the fire is my forte. And yet…
In the dungeons underneath the empire, I heard tales of a vampire who overturned the curse of my species. At the time, huddled in the dark, it seemed like an idle dream. But when the vampires revolted, I evaded recapture and set out to prove that dreams could become reality. So what if the only thing I’m armed with is my misfit friends and hope?
The soldier bots will hunt us to the ends of the earth to stop me getting within a mile of such a world-altering secret. But the ice-cold blood running through my veins is an advantage that no one in power ever truly thinks about. I’ve already died, you meatheads. Do you think I care if the empire kills me again?
- 27 Aug 2017
Back in March 2017, I was sitting on a plane feeling my ankles swell up like itchy inner tubes and watching a repeat of The Leftovers on the tiny wee personal screen. Although I loved the opening credits and music to series one of the Leftovers, this was series two with the starred outlines of people who have disappeared shown in poses with the people left behind. While waiting impatiently for Justin Theroux to push Patty into a well, I started thinking about an outline for a short story I’d committed to writing for an anthology. Wouldn’t it be great, I thou
- 24 May 2017
Back in the old days when I smoked, I used to tear off the end of the cigarettes in order to get my full-scale nicotine hit faster. It was no use dragging in a breath when they were full-length – the smoke would dissipate to almost nothing by the time it reached my lips. Although, every time I was asked, I laboriously pointed out the perfectly acceptable explanation for me doing so, people around me (usually also smoking) still used to give me funny looks. Of course, I could have fallen into step and smoked the damn things whole, but I’m stubborn and I would also m