Showing posts from February, 2011

Leaving London

In response to those who have asked why I shall be offline for a while, and that's quite a few, this is for all of you - It's because my husband and I have had a stressful couple of years – make that five, but finally things appear to be falling into place and we hope to make more time for ourselves in future. Why does that sentence make me feel really, really ancient?

Anyway, to facilitate this change of lifestyle, we are moving to the country - I was totally against it at first – I love the River Thames, having the High Street five minutes’ walk away and being a forty minute train journey to London. OK so West London isn’t perfect, the pavements and roads haven’t been repaired for years [and this is in an area where 4 bedroom houses sell for £1.5 million!] The recession has left every sixth shop front empty,  and as for the traffic! - it can take forty minutes to travel two miles, plus every street has cars parked nose to tail on both sides.

To get through, you have to chall…

Sultana by Lisa Yarde

In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultan’s nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj’s lives.

All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now. A precocious child and the unwitting pawn of her family, she soon learns how her marriage may determine her future and the fate of Granada. Her husband Faraj has his own qualms about their union. At a young age, he witnessed the deaths of his parents and discovered how affluence and power offers little protection against indomitable enemies. Guilt and fears plague him. Determined to carve his own destiny, Faraj struggles to regain his lost inheritance and avenge his murdered family.

Throughout the rugged frontiers of southern Spain, the burgeoning Christian kingdoms in the north and the desert states of North Africa, Fatima and Fa…

Who Won't Make NYT Bestseller List

This was sent to me by a friend who is embarking on self publishing and has reported on the furore of e-book versus paperback pricing.

Amanda Hocking consistently writes bestselling books available on Kindle, that currently hold positions in the top 50 of e-books selling on Amazon. To date she's sold 185K of her last eight books since April of last year. She's just 26 and is self-published, so won't make the NYT Bestselling list.

Not familiar with Ms Hocking's work, I went to her blog and must say her covers are amazing and even though I don't read her genre, the blurbs looked interesting.

She's quite an inspiration with an impressive list of titles under her belt and even more impressive sales - but she's 26, so it's obligatory that I hate her!!

And If You Aren't Scared Enough Already

And here's one I cribbed from my son's FB page - the government's new website,, which crashed in it's first day of launch after receiving four and a half million hits in an hour, identifies the full extent of violent street crime anywhere in the UK.

You type in your postcode and to bring up a page showing the full extent of crime in your street. The Daily Mash's  lighthearted take on this latest PR stunt by the UK coalition are as follows:

To make it easy to scare you, the maps will feature guns, old fashioned cartoon bombs, big scary knives and men in turbans, as well as pinpointing millions of suspected kiddie-fiddlers using the Facebook logo.

Home secretary Theresa May said: "Unfortunately danger is everywhere. I am amazed you're still alive. Well done."

"These maps will show that even if there is not a horrible crime in your street, something incredibly disturbing will have happened within five minutes walk.

"But it's o…

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