Posted in Inspiration, Writing Journey

A Walk in the Meadow on a Summer’s Day

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Summer  has taken such a long time to reach us this year, nature seems to be playing a constant game of catch up. I’ve been waiting patiently for my oriental poppy to flower,finally on Saturday it did. 🙂 Now the sun has arrived the wild flowers are abundant in the countryside around my home. I took a walk with my daughter and our dog Jazz this lunchtime  to give us both a break from our computers and here are a few of the flowers we saw on the way. 🙂

orchids close up

The Marsh Orchids which are pictured grow in the country park close to our home.  I always escape to the country park and trails when I want inspiration or just need to work through an issue with a plot or character. Walking through meadows of wild flowers always makes me think of  the supernatural especially Fae.

orchids and daisies

Jazz needed to recover  when we got home 🙂

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We found the enchanted wood below near Curbar in the Peak District Derbyshire last Sunday.

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This water filled rock was found high up on Baslow edge. I couldn’t help but wonder what mystical worlds it concealed.

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Finally an inquisitive visitor I had whilst writing this post. This friendly bird visits us several times a day. 🙂

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What’s your favourite way to spend a summer’s day?


Posted in Book Review, New Books

5* Review ‘Once Upon A Twist’ Aimee Duffy and Michelle Smart


I have always loved fairy-tales. Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are given a modern interpretation by Michelle and Aimee which makes entertaining reading. Their independent heroines Ella and Red lead the way in this twenty-first century makeover of these ancient tales.

‘Glass Slippers and Combat Boots.’ Zombie like creatures invade the prince’s ball with predictably disastrous results. Only Ella has the guts and intelligence to save the kingdom from extinction. This story has everything you would expect from the living dead,plenty of gore and horror. This is skillfully tempered with  hot romance and dry humour. All I can say is poor ‘Scratchy’ As you can see I got very involved with the story.

‘Reunited with Red’ is full of suspense and danger. Aimee’s writing transports you to the dark wood with danger round every corner. The themes of this story are contemporary but they fit well with the original tale.Steamy love scenes and lots of fast paced action make this story well worth reading.

Wonder what they can do with ‘Snow White’?”””

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5* Review ‘Tempted by Trouble’ Susan Arden

Carolina never dreamed her cousin’s wedding would be so eventful for her!  After a hen night to remember Carolina and  Sam her cousin are almost late for Sam ‘s wedding. Carolina snatches a power nap to recover from the night’s excesses. Parked in the car park she becomes a voyeur.Later she realises she has just met her new boss ‘Matt’ in less than conventional circumstances. The two main characters are well-developed. Matt first appears arrogant but his life is full of conflict and you soon want to join ‘Team Matt’. . Carolina is intelligent and vulnerable. Her fascinating career is integral to the plot.You instantly warm to Carolina. Aside  from a unique plot and believable characters this book has steamy love scenes  which definitely make me want to visit Texas. No wonder the ranch is in trouble, when do they get time to work! This book is a fun and entertaining read, perfect for a summer afternoon.” title”Tempted by Trouble by Susan Arden”>Tempted by Trouble

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