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Book of the week – the hanging tree
30 November 2016

So after a long wait and much anticipation since the last instalment, this week I started listening to the audiobook of the adventures of Peter Grant, DCI, and the Rivers of London series of novels by Ben Aaronovitch - he's a genius, I have to say, and so is Kobna Holdbrook Smith's narration too - one of the best. It's the sixth outing and I've loved them all so far. This is a kind of a supernatural detective suspense adventure comedy story... lol ... and right up my street.

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

He's been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week . . .

One top amazon reviewer says -

'Through the series of novels Grant and the reader are introduced to a whole demi-monde of witches, Wizards, fairies, river goddesses, ghosts and goblins. The real joy of the books is that they are very funny. Aaronovitch gives Peter Grant a snarky, cynical voice, and gets a great deal of fun out of rubbing the two genres, detective and fantasy novels, off each other. The tone is a very knowing one, with frequent, and often sarcastic, references to other works of fantasy. The most frequent nods are to JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien. Early on in the Hanging Tree there is a comment about the Shard which made me snort with laughter and which means I will never look at that building in the same way again. There is even a sideways glance at Frank Herbert's Dune here'

get it on amazon here

Want to Self-publish but don't know where to start? @retreatsforYou in Sheepwash in Devon is holding a themed writing retreat on March 27th (and other dates) with help on hand to discuss the merits of, and how to, self publish to Amazon e-Book and perhaps Createspace for paperback. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website,, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes



My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.




HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.


Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Have a lovely week








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