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Thea

Meet Thea from Sleepless

Meet Thea… Meet twenty-seven-year-old Thea Mackenzie. She would smile but that would take up too much of her energy – and energy is precious. You see, Thea is exhausted. A lifetime of insomnia has brought her to her knees. An hour of sleep each night is starting to take its… Read More
comforts

Christmas Comforts: Helen Monks Takhar

Continuing in our Christmas Comforts series, we have an absolute classic for today’s post. Helen Monks Takhar, author of Precious You, explains why A Christmas Carol brings her comfort at Christmas.   Helen Monks Takhar’s Christmas Comfort Read: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens There’s something of the Victorian about my… Read More
Christmas

The Depiction Of Christmas by Caroline Flynn

To get you in the Christmas spirit, we have a lovely treat! Caroline Flynn, author of The Winter Berry House, has written a short story. Set in Port Landon, read on to feel of warm and festive… The Depiction of Christmas: A Port Landon Short Story… Read More
NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is Over…Now What? With Karin Nordin

November has ended, and with it so has NaNoWriMo. If you’re trying to work out what to do next, don’t worry. Karin Nordin, author of Where Ravens Roost, is here to help. Read on to hear her reflections on November, NaNoWriMo, and advice on what to do… Read More
Jessica Ryn Christmas Comforts

Christmas Comforts: Mick Finlay + M.J. Hollows

Today’s Christmas Comforts blog post brings together two cosy crime recommendations from two of our authors! This week features Mick Finlay, author of the Arrowood series, and M.J. Hollows, author of The German Nurse. Scroll down to get some CRACKING crime recommendations, perfect for these dark winter nights…   Mick Finlay… Read More

Christmas Comforts: Jessica Ryn

Welcome to our Christmas Comforts blog series! In the run up to the festive season, we asked our authors to share with us what they love to read at this time of year. So over the next few weeks, we will be sharing their best wintry recommendations. Do keep checking… Read More
Historical

Tessa Harris on Writing Historical Fiction

As we come to the end of NaNoWriMo, you may be thinking of a new project or tips to help with the one you’re currently writing. Tessa Harris, author of Beneath a Starless Sky, is here to help! Here is her masterclass in writing historical fiction.   Writing… Read More
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Why I Write Mysteries with Faith Martin

Writing often means experimenting. Authors like to challenge themselves by writing outside their comfort zone. Continuing in our NaNoWriMo series Faith Martin, author of the Ryder and Loveday series, is here talking about why she decided to turn to writing mysteries. Why I Write Mysteries Many people have asked me… Read More
doughnuts

Lockdown Comforts: Sourdough Doughnuts

What is one thing EVERYONE made in the first lockdown? Sourdough. Today’s lockdown comfort is in homage to that quintessential lockdown comfort, by making the recipe easier and turning it into a delicious treat: DOUGHNUTS. Here is Gizzi Erskine’s truly scrumptious Sourdough Doughnuts with White Chocolate Custard and Sour Cherry… Read More
Police

Jane Bettany on Writing Police Procedurals

This NaNoWriMo, we’ve loved sharing author tips to help you with your writing. Any police procedural writers will be please to know it’s their turn! Jane Bettany, author of In Cold Blood, is on the blog today sharing her top six tips for writing police procedurals. Writing Police… Read More
The German Nurse

Finding Inspiration with M J Hollows

As we hit the half way point of November, we’re also half way through NaNoWriMo. Are you still looking for inspiration to drive your novel? Is there one scene you need help creating? M. J. Hollows, author of The German Nurse, tells us how he found… Read More
Sleep

Can’t sleep? Here are 10 reasons why

Are you struggling to sleep at the moment? Struggling to work out why? You’re not alone. Insomnia is a big kicker for a lot of people at the moment and it’s often hard to work out the cause. Louise Mumford, author of Sleepless, is here to… Read More