Lockdown diary – 2020 – 120 – Busy, busy

So, it was the hairdresser’s appointment yesterday. This photograph is from last year, but the style remains the same. So good to see Ruby Rouge back in operation.

Also, coffee in the graveyard with a friend. We secured a bench for a change and on it there was a dropped hearing aid. Hope it’s now united with its owner. Rain stopped play, but we got through the important stuff. Zoom meeting of the badminton group where one or two fresh hairstyles were in evidence. Did some editing, but not much. DH helped out with hedge cutting at the croquet club and finished his tidying up after the stonemasons. One or two losses including a rather pretty yellow clematis. Inevitable in the circs.

Today might see the re-opening of the refurbished butcher’s round the corner. We’ve missed you.



Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 119 – Cover Reveal and Visiting

The tease is over and here’s the full cover for my first venture into writing a Pocket Novel for DC Thomson’s My Weekly label. After a lovely weekend at Drumkilbo House in Angus with friends last year, I had the urge to write about it. I often find place a strong motivator – not that I see spirits coming through walls, but atmosphere lingers on…

Anyway, relocated to Northumberland north of Newcastle and just outside the National Park, meet Maldington House and the lovely, if chastened, Rosalie.And the visiting? It’s electronic and it’s over on the blog of contemporary novelist, Anne Stormont. Anne is getting a new series of blogs underway and they’re about the Life in the Day of a Writer. Anne’s blog, Put it in Writing is here

And in the real world:  read Rev Helen’s reflections, lost at scrabble. DH lost at croquet. Ironing. Lots and lots of editing. Made excellent progress with Mohsin Hamid’s book – it’s very, very good.


Rosalie’s story will be in newsagents, Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, WH Smith’s (all ‘some’) from 23rd July. Or can be ordered from DCThomson’s shop:

The sun is shining,





And here’s the cover art for my new release with MuseItUp. Coming September 20th to the MuseItUp bookstore, amazon and other online retailers – Bella’s Betrothal is set in the Scottish capital, 1826.

That’s why the wondeful CK Volnek has incorporated Edinburgh Castle into the background.

Participants in the 2011 New Voices competition may recognise the opening line – “I trust, ma’am, you will not scream.”

Bella’s Betrothal is currently on 20% pre-order discount here: