Saturday, 28 February 2015

Diva Discussions Book Club: Love Notes

Diva Discussions Book Club: Love Notes: Love Notes are something sweet and adorable that you leave for your other half. Well, okay, they can be funny too. We didn't wa...

(Check it out. There's a note from Vadim to Martha in there somewhere!)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Gate Is About To Close...

Hello lovelies! How's the week treating you so far?

Here's a quick reminder that the gate for the February book giveaway is about to close. If you fancy the chance of winning signed paperbacks of BOTH 'Traveler' books, please subscribe to my newsletter.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Castle mania...

Here's a castle I've visited/driven past on numerous occasions. 

                        

S'funny, but even after all these years, whenever I see a picture of this place I can hear this line in my head: "I am Connor McCloud of the Clan McCloud, and I am immortal."

Name that film, and the castle! Too easy. :)



Herbal magic...

If you’re interested in herbal medicine, you might be interested in some of the research I’ve been doing for book three.

 Nicholas Culpeper was a 17th century herbalist who went on to write the famous book, "The English Physician, or Herball."  I have to say, it contains some really fascinating stuff. Take ‘Lady’s Mantle’ for instance. Here’s what Nicholas had to say about this innocent little plant:

 “...Venus claims the herb as her own. Lady's Mantle is very proper for those wounds that have inflammations, and is very effectual to stay bleeding, vomitings, fluxes of all sorts, bruises by falls or otherwise, and helps ruptures; and such women as have large breasts, causing them to grow less and hard, being both drank and outwardly applied; the distilled water drank for 20 days together helps conception, and to retain the birth; if the women do sometimes also sit in a bath made of the decoction of the herb. It is one of the most singular wound herbs that is, and therefore highly prized and praised by the Germans, who use it in all wounds inward and outward, to drink a decoction thereof, and wash the wounds therewith, or dip tents therein, and put them into the wounds, which wonderfully dries up all humidity of the sores, and abates inflammations therein. It quickly heals all green wounds, not suffering any corruption to remain behind, and cures all old sores, though fistulous and hollow...”



The botanical name for Lady's Mantle is "Alchemilla", which comes from the Arabic 'alkemelych' => alchemist, bestowed by olden writers because of the wonder-working powers of the plant.

There. So now you know.  Okay, time's up. Back to the dungeon I go. #am writing

Sunday, 22 February 2015

I need a castle fix...

Here's one of the loveliest castles I've yet to visit, Corfe castle.


If these are just the castle ruins, can you imagine how amazing it must have been back in days of yore? Wow! Wish I had a time machine.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Horrible Heroes...

Hey lovelies.

Ever since the launch of the latest FSOG film (no comment!) I've been thinking a lot about heroes, specifically those I've disliked.

For example, I simply loathe Heathcliff of 'Wuthering Heights' fame. To this day, although I've read the book several times, I CANNOT understand why he remains such a popular character. Okay, so he's tall, dark, and handsome but he's also, imo, a damaged and abusive thug.

Please tell me I'm not alone here. Are there any heroes that you dislike with a passion, even though the rest of the world swoons over them? (Let's be nice. No need to name names if it'll cause hurt. I'm pretty safe with my choice, I think!)

Oh look! There's another red flag.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

We're halfway through February already?

Blood and sand! (That's Erde-speak for 'oh heck', btw.) It doesn't seem a minute since Christmas, does it?

Have you subscribed to my newsletter yet? Don't forget, I'll be doing another draw at the end of this month, so if you fancy winning paperbacks of BOTH my books, you'd best get your skates on, my lovelies.

[I solemnly promise that I won't share your details or bombard your mailbox with YELL-sell stuff/pictures of scantily-clad chaps/ images of phallic-shaped fruits/vegetables like the one below! Not now. Not ever.]



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

We have another winner!

Congratulations to Miranda Biemans, the lucky winner of my recent Goodreads giveaway. A signed copy of 'Hemlock' is now winging its way down under, all the way to your house.

Apparently, 1614 people entered that giveaway. Wow!

If you prefer considerably shorter odds and fancy the chance of winning signed copies of BOTH my books - Hemlock AND Wolfsbane - click on this link, scroll down to the bottom of the message, and sign up to receive my newsletter.

I don't care where you live. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE, wherever you call home!

Oh, and I promise not to bombard you with emails. If I do, feel free to put me in the stocks and slap me about the head with a wet cod. Deal?

Okay. Then get yourself signed up because I'll be picking another winner during the first week of March. Hop to it, my lovelies. More giveaways are a-coming!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

23 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LOVE OUTLANDER!

Wow! What a great start to my weekend. If you click on the link you'll see my boy 'Hemlock' listed among the great and worthy.

What an honor. Thank you to all at +POPSUGAR Entertainment

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Did someone say 'FREE'?

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!!!

Take a look at that price... go on. Look!



Yes, that's right. :) To celebrate its liberation from KU, 'Hemlock' is now $/£0.00 at all of these outlets! If anyone wants to give Amazon a nudge and tell them to price match, feel free to do so!

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Have a great day! Toodle pip. :)

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Have you heard the news?

'Hemlock' and 'Wolfsbane' are now - or soon will be! - available just about everywhere, in both e-book and paperback format. Yay!


And the winner is...

 Click on the link to discover the winner of my 'Tales of a Traveler' book giveaway!




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