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Here is the latest book of the week, I chose it because at the Crimefest this week (see below) I was most impressed with the way author J S Law spoke about Tenacity, a novel set on a submarine, and an exciting new hero. J S Law was sooo funny too - the craic between him and ex-copper Matt Johnson had me laughing with tears in my eyes at one point. And moreover, the plot sounds intriguing.

It is definitely a fabulous sounding story. At crime fest this week, I went to lots of debates about different topics of crime writing, many of the panels were authors. Therefore I have a little list of great new books for me to read on audiobook.

James S Law works in the military, and was on a submarine. Hence this story. Matt Johnson's Wicked Game is also a brilliant sounding book which I will also get when it appears in audiobook which I gather is soon.

Tenacity – book of the week

The first in a naval series from debut author J. S. Law. 

When a man commits suicide on a submarine, Lieutenant Danielle Lewis is sent to investigate; she couldn't be more out of place. 

Suicide must be investigated. Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine only days after his wife's brutal murder. Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the navy's finest special branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacity to determine if there's a link. Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival. 

Justice must be served, but with a possible killer onboard the pressure is rising, and her time is running out....

Go here to get it on audiobook on Amazon.



This is the annal festival of crime writers, crime readers, and crime writing tips. 

Held in the Marriot hotel in Bristol, it spans three nights, dozens of panels on different aspects of crime writing, and a couple of big events like a gala dinner. It's rather nice being amongst a different dynamic other than romance. And having just gone to my romantic novelist Association summer party on the Thursday night, it was nice to immerse myself in something completely different for the next few days.

I go with my friend Litty, who is a writing pal from my very first workshop in Tuscany in 2009. She is doing an MA in crime writing at city University, so there were lots of her colleagues there too. I had a lovely time and enjoyed it. There were lots of her colleagues there too and some great Meet the Author talks.

Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus stories detective series was very entertaining Saturday lunchtime. I will definitely look at his novels having had a good response on Facebook when I mentioned it.


Apart from that I will be looking out for many of the authors and getting some of their work.

More about Crimefest next year, here.

Other news –

-          Scrivener – how to write a book – fast If you’ve not heard about it, there’s a programme which really helps a lot of people work their way around the complicated structure of their novel – it’s called Scrivener. I’ve got it and am intending to learn how to use it. They do courses – click here to find out more, I case it helps you get your book done faster.

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. 




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