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The Rules

I am delighted to be able to introduce you to my latest book – The Rules. Sometimes the only way you can win is to put your own spin on the rules. For as long as he can remember, Cody has lived by the three rules his father insists they …

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Bajamawammers & Fartknockers

A few years ago a reader challenged me to fit the words “Bajamawammers” and “Fartknockers” into a future book. I’ve done it (go me) but cannot remember who the reader was and am therefore unable to acknowledge their contribution. If you were the person who set me the challenge please …

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Review of 2014

Last year Caroline Smailes wrote on her blog: “I have a jar, it sits on my desk. When a small moment makes me smile, I write it down on a piece of paper. I’ve managed to do this all year. I’ve written down every single moment of happy, I’ve folded …

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Tween Ambition

Our tween was given art homework which encouraged him to “produce a colourful and vibrant Christmas scene, presented in any way you like, out of any materials you have available”. Did our tween choose an easy and stress free option like drawing, painting or even making a collage? No, he did not. …

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Catch up time

Hello lovely readers, I think point form might work best for this update: I haven’t blogged for ages because  I have been distracted by designing  two reading programmes for local schools – one fiction based and one nonfiction – and you can find out more about these on my website …

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Growing Old (dis)Gracefully

Have you ever thought – “Been there, done that, and gone one better than you!”? If you have then the Growing Old (dis)Gracefully anthology is the place for you to share those experiences.  This is your chance to tell everyone who reads this anthology what you did, why you decided to do it …

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60+ Festival Event dates

I am please to announce that I will be doing two events at the Portsmouth 60+ Festival this year: 8th October 2-4pm – “Tweets, Tumbles, Hangouts and more – Getting to grips with online social networking.” Conference Room K, Floor 2, Portsmouth Civic Offices (click for a map) 15th October 2-4pm – …

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WIP Tour

I was invited by Claudia White (Aesop’s Secret, Key to Kashdun) to take part in the WIP tour. I am working on my next novel for adults and my next one for children so I am going to do a post here and one on my website for younger readers. …

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