Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Last Call...

*Pshhhhhhttt! static crackle*

Good evening (or good morning!) lovelies. This is your Captain speaking.

This is the last call, I repeat, the last call, to enter my current book giveaway.

To be in with the chance of winning signed paperback copies of BOTH books in the 'Traveler' series simply click on the link and subscribe to my newsletter. The gate will close on the final stroke of January. (Let me know if you're having trouble and I'll enter your details myself.)

The lucky winner will be announced at the beginning of February. Thank you for flying Air Vadim. Good luck!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

In which my mind goes 'off piste'...

First came the 'Firenado.' Now we have 'Thundersnow' and 'Frostquakes'?

WTH? Sounds more like characters in an 'X-Men' film than weather!

*commence Hovis music* Back when I were a lass, we had proper weather terminology. Eee, them were the days! And we had proper weather presenters too. Smart young men who wore plaid shirts with kipper ties, some of 'em sporting a rakish hint of facial fuzz on their upper lips. Ah! Simple times. Happier days.

[For some reason, I seem to be channeling the spirit of a Yorkshire grandmother. No idea why. I just can't seem to stop myself!] :)

Eee! I remember when the weather forecast consisted of nothing more than Michael Fish pushing marshmallow cloud stickers around his magnetic board. Such a lovely lad(!). A true pioneer of the weather channel. He lived his life on the edge, see? Just him, a camera man, and a handful of magnetic symbols. Alright, sometimes those magnets fell off the map, but did he care? No! He was a professional. He thumped 'em back in place and carried on talking.

One thing's for sure, Michael Fish and the boys didn't have a symbol for Thunderquakesnow - or whatever it is they're calling it these days.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

My Heart's in the Highlands...

What's Burns Night without a wee dram and a verse or two? *clears throat*

"My Heart's In The Highlands

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, 
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; 
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, 
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North, 
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth ; 
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, 
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love. 

Farewell to the mountains, high-cover'd with snow, 
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below; 
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods, 
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods. 

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here, 
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; 
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, 
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go."

Robert Burns.


Ps: To all my Australian chums...

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Book words...

Hello. My name is Nicola, and I'm a 'Bibliomaniac'. Apparently!

Which of these words best describes you?

Monday, 19 January 2015


Hello all.

In case you didn't know, I'm currently running a giveaway. At the end of this month, one lucky reader will receive signed paperbacks of BOTH my books.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is click on over to my (temporary) website, sign up to receive my newsletter at the top of the page, and that's it. You're done! (I promise I'll never ill treat your email address, or bombard you with emails. The way I operate, you'll be lucky to get one email a month!)

My kids will pick the winner from my subscriber list at the end of the month. Good luck!

Writer at Work...

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

There's a new superhero in town...

... Forget Batman and Spiderman. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the amazing Unikittyfly! Go, my pretty! Fly free. Cover the world with your magical, glittery goodness! We could all use a little magic right now.

Have a great day!

Monday, 12 January 2015

Loving those bubbles!

Hey all!

Have you encountered Bublish yet? It's now officially one of my hot new (to me!) sites. Every week I get to post a snippet of my book, as well as an author commentary on the chosen passage. Inspirations, thoughts, that kind of thing. Here's a screen shot of my page:

Give it a try. I'd love to hear what you think!

Monday, 5 January 2015

The Lord of the Catnip...

Happy Monday, lovelies! :)

Anytime is the right time for a funny cat picture, right? Thanks for this one, Sharon. It's just purrrrrrrrfect. *groans* Sorry! Couldn't resist that one. Have a great day! :)

Which one's your favorite? I'm particularly fond of Gimli! :)

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Moonrise Update...

The Moonrise Bookblog girls have tweaked things around a bit You can now vote for books in just one category, which great for people like me who neglected their tbr pile last year! :)

Happy 2015. Let the games begin! :)

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