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Book of the Week this week is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  by Mark Haddon and well-deserved it is too. It's an award winner, and has spawned an award winning play, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott. The production won 7 Olivier Awards including Best Play in 2013. See it if you can, at the Gielgud if you like unusual theatre, and go here if you want to read my theatre review on my QVC blog just out.

But the book earns this week's Book of the Week slot, not that I've read it, but based on the outstanding play. Go here to get it on Amazon. It has over 1000 5* reviews too - really highly rated. See what you think. It's bound to be a film at some stage too, I reckon! Or an adaptation for the small screen!

Outlander on amazon - finally!

Talking of TV adaptations, Jamie Fraser in the form of Sam Heughan hits our web screens this week (Thursday 26th) as Outlander finally becomes available via Amazon Prime. All eight of the first series' shows will be available to binge-watch this fiery Highlander as he meets time-traveller Clare from the 1940s, when she passes through a circle of stones to arrive in the 1700s. I have loved each of the epic books, the latest one I'm on is Book 6, 'A Breath of Snow and Ashes' which is over fifty seven HOURS long. yes, fifty seven. Can't wait to watch it - and do let me know if you've enjoyed it too!

Meeting Diana

Also my writing group pal, dear friend Litty came with me to see Diana Gabaldon the author, talk at the Oxford Literary Festival on Sunday and get a signed book after. I do like collecting signed books from my fave authors and from fellow writing colleagues and friends. It was a funny chat - she says if you want to be a successful writer - 

1. Read

2. Write

3. Don't Stop.

She wrote her first epic - I mean epic - novel when she was holding down two full time jobs and had children aged 6, 5 and 3. So don't give me excuses about not having time, she says - make time to write. And get it done. Speaks volumes as to why this lady is a number 1 New york Times Bestseller and award winner. I love the narration too, as I've said before - this series has taken many of my 'Book of the Week' slots over the past eighteen months since I first started reading/listening. Thoroughly recommended.


Other News

Still time to book to come to Chez Castillon to a workshop I'm attending, with fab author Julie Cohen, click here for more.



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.


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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 since 14th March.

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

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, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is here Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)


OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.