Have You Read …

Hi there! Since it’s been a while since I posted about my books, I thought I’d remind you they are available and tell you a bit about them, individually as well as collectively, in the hopes there might be one or two you’d like to read.

And please, don’t worry about being peppered with requests to ‘buy my books’. I have a very poor record when it comes to marketing and promoting them.

But, of course, I’d love if you did want to have them in your virtual library or on your bookshelves to read, as they are all available in both formats, kindle and paperback.

So far, all twelve of my published novels are set in Scotland, where I live, mostly in Edinburgh, where I don’t live – but do live close by, and also in other parts of Scotland, depending where any particular story takes me.

The first novel I’d like to talk about is the first of my novels to make it all the way through writing and rewriting, editing and reediting, to publication.

It’s called Family Matters and is about, surprise, surprise, a family who live in Edinburgh, and about how much family matters to the individual members of it, both the nuclear family and the extended one. It is a novel that deals with grief, loyalty, love and acceptance. Although it begins with a funeral and deals with its aftermath, this is a novel of hope and recovery as well as a putting of things to rights.

Sarah’s husband, Tom, disappeared without trace eleven years ago.
Now her son, David, has died. Tom appears at David’s funeral and tries to reestablish contact, which Sarah refuses but Kate, her daughter, accepts.
The growing closeness between Kate and her father worries Sarah because she believes that Tom is dishonest and unreliable.
Then Sarah finds David’s diary and follows the steps he took when he was searching for Tom.
It becomes a journey of self-discovery: what she uncovers forces Sarah to reassess her view of herself, her origins and her certainties.
A relationship novel, but also a detection novel with a difference, this story traces a woman’s drive to uncover and understand the truth about a family she thought she knew – her own.

Everything in this novel takes place in and near Edinburgh. It’s where the family live and work, and it’s where the action takes place. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, a city of interesting architecture, fascinating history, wonderful museums and art galleries, and great shops, but like any city, it has its less than savoury underbelly and its less than savoury inhabitants, as Sarah discovers during her search.

Family Matters is available on Amazon Kindle and as a Paperback here.

If you have read or choose to read it now, I’d really love if you would share your thoughts in the comments. I’ve never sought for my books to make me rich and famous, but I do love to share them in the hope they can entertain and even help their readers cope with life in general. My reward comes from the positive feedback they have generated over the years.

Thank you and Enjoy!

We Have Lift Off!

Okay! So I know I already had a victory dance for Flying Free when the Kindle edition became available, but this is it! This is the proper launch.

I have in my hands the BRAND NEW PAPERBACK EDITION of

FLYING FREE

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So, as well as being available to buy on Amazon Kindle

Flying Free is also now available as a paperback.

Ask me if I’m happy?

Such fun!

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What’s the book about?

Well, it’s not all ‘happy-clappy’ —  but, nor is it misery-lit. Far from it. It’s a novel filled with hope and positive energy.

 Flying Free is almost a contemporary novel, set in 1997, about someone who could be your neighbour, your friend, or even you.

~~~Perhaps you’ll recognise the situation~~~

Jayne has been hiding from her past. If fact, she thought she’d escaped from it when she and her mother ran away to Edinburgh when Jayne was a girl. She thought the past would stay in the past, but, twenty years later, when her friend, Tom, asks her to marry him, he unwittingly opens her personal Pandora’s Box, and now she can’t seem to close the lid on all that rushes out at her, whirling her into a cycle of self-sabotage.

~~~Been there, done that, do I hear you say?~~~

Unable to commit to a relationship, she pushes Tom away…along with everything else that’s important in her life.

~~~Why, oh why do we do that?~~~

There are things Jayne had chosen to forget. There are others she can’t remember even when she tries. What she does remember is fear. Feeling emotionally trapped by her past, she finds someone she can talk to, but, since trust is one of her major issues can she let this stranger help her?

Instead of slamming the lid shut on all that has been let loose, he helps her open it wider and makes her face her fears to allow her to begin the process of healing. When she feels ready to commit, will Tom still be waiting? She finds that, as in the fable, there is one last thing left in the Box. That thing is hope. 

This novel traces a woman’s struggle to become the woman she wants to be in order to marry the man she loves.

~~~Hands up if you’ve never struggled with things from your past.

You win first prize. Lucky you.~~~

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If you click on the link, you can hear me reading the first chapter of Flying Free.

I hope you enjoy both the reading and the novel.

Thank you.

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