fullsizeoutput_2aca

I travelled up to Rochester yesterday for this event, it involved the dreaded M20 with lane closures preparing for Brexit. We have put up with this and road works for weeks and it really does put you off travelling. There was also some disruption to a train line so I couldn’t even do that. Then I had to put oil in the car, have you seen how many different types of oil there are? I have to say Halfords were very nice and sorted which one, I did ask if he would put it in the car but he said that would cost £5 and as I had to buy the biggest thing of oil as that was the only one they had that was right for my car, I just thought no I can do this myself! How do you get the top off? Talk about tight, so then a man on a bike helped to unscrew, he did say it was very tight. So how do you know how much to put in? The dip stick was staying on the same point, I even looked under the car to see if it was coming back out somewhere! I just guessed in the end and crossed my fingers, which were all covered in oil and I was in a dress all ready to travel to Rochester. No wipes or anything in the car so it was black surface wipes and make do.

CAN I LEAVE NOW?

I have to say I do love going to Rochester as I lived there for a while as a teenager, I even walked past the newsagents where I did my paper round from. A lot has changed but it is still a wonderful place to visit as you have the cathedral and the castle also many Dickens events during the year.

HUGUENOT MUSEUM

This was where I was heading for the crime writing event, I do wish they had put on the tickets that it was upstairs above the Visitor Information Centre as then I would have saved my legs a bit. This event was on the top floor but there was a lift so all good. I only had tickets for two events at 1.30 and 5pm so what to do? You could only go into the room for your event. I had a coffee in the cafe but there was nowhere to mingle with other visitors or guests so I sat and read a book. That was a bit disappointing as it is nice to chat with the many friends you have in the book world.

The first event had the panel consisting of Guy Fraser-Sampson, I have reviewed many of his books that are set in Hampstead, London, you can read them here. Vicky Newham who lives in Whitstable her book Turn a Blind Eye which was very good and Linda Regan who I had not met before so I bought one of her books, SOHO KILLER.

fullsizeoutput_2adc

They were talking about how they plan or not also the different ways of overcoming a block, I did like Guys answer…..a gin and tonic!

While I was waiting for this to start I found Lisa Cutts and had a chat with her and she introduced me to Karen Irvine, who wrote one of the best books I have ever read called A Killing Sin and the best bit is that it was her first book, so definitely someone to keep an eye on.

I also asked her to come to the author event that I am arranging in November and she said yes! So happy about this as she has some fans here in Folkestone already.

The last panel of the day was the one I was waiting for as I know Lisa, I have read all her books the reviews and news are here. I have been talking to Gina Kirkham and Elizabeth Haynes for ages so I really wanted to put the name with the face. Gina is so lovely and is just like her character in her books, Mavis, I have read Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and it was brilliant, read the review here.  I am looking forward to reading the next one.

Elizabeth I got to know through Lisa as it was her book that made Lisa want to start writing, my review is here.  A great supporter of NaNoWriMo so I am hoping she will get to come to one of my writing group events. I have another of Elizabeth’s books on my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. I think I need to do fewer reviews and read some on my TBR list.

IMG_0669

I love the way Lisa is touching her ear like the pictures in the background lol. This was a great panel to listen to, in fact, I could just ask them questions all day long. So much knowledge and experience between these three lovely ladies who I class as my friends.

I had better mention Mathew who is Gina’s, Karen’s and Guy’s publisher, another great person from the book world, they really are all so nice. He did tell me to get an agent for what I have written so that is my next job.

That was the Rochester Literature Festival all over for another year, not sure how they will top this for guests next year as they were all amazing.

Follow:

PUBLISHED BY HQ 5th  SEPTEMBER 2019

fullsizeoutput_2a99

Daisy and Simon’s marriage is great, isn’t it?

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three.

And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes – Daisy’s used to it, she knows he’s letting off steam. Until one night at a party, things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies Lies Lies Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets.

Praise for Lies Lies Lies:

‘Gripping, moving and elegantly written’ Marian Keyes

‘Brilliant, moving and deeply satisfying, Parks is the queen of the domestic dark side’ Veronica Henry

‘Completely addictive… superbly drawn. Fabulous’  Ruth Jones

‘An utterly gripping, dark, addictive read, with characters so real, and an emotional punch so hard it left me a little winded. A brilliant page-turner!’ Alice Feeney

‘Compelling and suspenseful’ Catherine Isaac

‘I devoured Lies, Lies, Lies… so engaging, well written. It is one of those rare books that earn the title, unputdownable’ Sally Hepworth

‘Brilliantly twisty and makes for a thrilling, unputdownable read but is also so insightful about human nature: her characters, with all their flaws and secrets, are utterly real. A triumph’ Lucy Foley

‘The gripping, visceral portrait of the disintegration of a marriage takes the “didn’t-see-that-coming” plot twist to new heights ****’ Heat

‘A gripping and unpredictable read hiding some deliciously dark secrets and lies’ OK

‘A sharply crafted tale … the ultimate read for fans of domestic noir’ Woman’s Weekly

‘I’m not going to lie! Adele Parks takes you straight into the heart of her characters. Her twists about human nature form the icing on the cake’ Jane Corry

‘BOOM! What a book! Layers and layers of intrigue and characters I want to spend a lifetime with. Loved it’ Suzy K Quinn

 

img_2422I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and when my first novel – Playing Away – was published the Evening Standard identified me as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’, which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and I’ve published 19 novels, and I’m thrilled to say that they’ve all hit the bestseller lists. I’ve sold over 3.5 million books in the UK alone and I’ve been translated into 26 different languages. I have written 17 contemporary novels and 2 historical ones, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, which are set during and after WW1. My latest novels, Lies Lies Lies, I Invited Her In, The Image of You and The Stranger in My Home are twisty, domestic noirs. I like to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity.

I passionately believe that reading is a basic right. I’m a proud Ambassador of The National Literacy Trust and a The Reading Agency, charities that are devoted to encouraging emerging adult readers and children who are becoming passionate about books.

During my career, I’ve lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now I live happily in Surrey with my husband, teenage son and cat.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I loved this and it’s not my first Adele Parks books and certainly won’t be the last. Adele really is a remarkable author that churns them out often. Each one different but they all keep you turning those pages. An idealistic family that hides the truth, very common but this goes that bit more. I loved it.

img_2423-1

LINK TO BUY:

AMAZON

AUTHOR LINKS:

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

FACEBOOK

WEBSITE

Image 23-04-2018 at 22.09

Follow:

So is that still a thing, the cougar? I have never really understood it and never wanted to be thought of as a cougar. I think it sounds nicer to be able to say you have a toyboy, which I have had in the past. I am not sure why but so many men age so much quicker than women, I am guessing it has something to do with the job they do especially if it involves manual work outside. Also, men never used to look after their skin very well, at least the younger generation is changing that as they get older. So in years to come, we may have handsome healthy old men but I wonder what they would be called……Tiger, it makes you think that what a ridiculous name it really is cougar dating!

cougar

It’s not like the cougar is a handsome animal either, mighty sharp teeth they have amongst other things. Nothing at all to resemble an older woman who goes out with a younger man.

Women take care of themselves and want to be with a man who is fit and this just happens to be younger men. They have so much vitality and energy so are always great to go out with. It is no longer looked at as not right when you see an older woman with a younger man as let’s face it who wouldn’t want a good looking young bloke by their side.

Young men like a woman with a bit of experience so it is a win-win situation. The dating world of cougars has never been so popular and what a choice we have now, it’s like going to a supermarket where you just look up and down the rows until you find one you like.

img_4564My Cougar Dates have ranged in years but I think the best one is a couple that I know, she is 72, double his age……..But they have been together over twelve years and are such a busy, happy couple, I must admit she does only look about 50 but it goes to show that it does work for many couples. I married a bloke who was twelve years older than me at 17 and he is the only person I ever went out with who was older, after that it was always younger! I think the younger ones are also more in tune with stuff nowadays plus they always have interesting things to talk about. They can also really dance good, not sure when that happened but I know old boys cannot dance like they can.

img_2343.png

So have you signed up to find the man of your dreams? These dating sites are great so get yourself on there, take some pics and they will be queuing to take you out and show you a good time. Always let someone know where you are meeting them and who they are and try to do it in a busy place, we all need to stay safe girls.

Happy cougar dating!

img_4446.png

Follow:

WRITE BY THE SEA WRITING GROUP

BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

fullsizeoutput_2a9b

What a super write up on the book festival website. I am so looking forward to this and am in the process of doing the posters advertising the many authors that are taking part. At last count, I had twenty-one but still waiting to hear from many.

There will also be spot prizes during the afternoon where you will have the opportunity to win books and prizes.

Watch this space for more news.

Follow:

PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS ON 3rd OCTOBER 2019

img_2928

You love me. But do you really know me?

The addictive, darkly compelling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood.

A perfect childhood
You were the golden girl. The apple of your parents’ eyes. My beautiful, clever wife.

A perfect marriage
I would do anything for you. But some things about me must stay hidden.

A perfect liar
One summer afternoon, it all begins to unravel. Because I’m not the only one with terrible secrets to hide.

And when the truth comes out, it seems we both have blood on our hands…

img_2422Cass Green’s debut adult novel The Woman Next Door was a No.1 e-book bestseller and her second, In A Cottage, In A Wood was a Sunday Times top ten and USA Today bestseller. Don’t You Cry was her third standalone thriller. She is also an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks were recommended on Radio 4’s Open Book programme and Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches crime fiction at City University and children’s fiction for Writers and Artist’s Yearbook.

img_2423-1

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was good and unexpected, I like that in a book where you can’t predict what is going to happen! I wanted to just keep reading as it was good. Twists and turns and then a surprise at the end that I was not expecting.

LINK TO BUY:

AMAZON

AUTHOR LINKS:

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

Image 23-04-2018 at 22.09

 

Follow:

PUBLISHED BY ARIA ON 5th SEPTEMBER 2019

W3Da4DPW

He wasn’t always a killer. At first, he just wanted to talk.

D.C. Charlie Stafford has an odd case on her hands. And it may be her toughest one yet.

A burglar who isn’t interested in valuables, the subject of Operation Greystream is a strange but smooth operator. In the dead of the night, gloved and masked, he visits the elderly. He doesn’t hurt them and, if they beg, he won’t take anything of real value. All he wants is a conversation… and they’re powerless to refuse him.

But then 87-year-old Florence Briarly is found by her friend, cold to the touch and neatly, too neatly, tucked into bed. And Charlie realises this case has taken a sinister, urgent turn. Now, this stealthy burglar has had a taste of murder, it’s only a matter of time until he craves it again…

img_2422

Sarah Flint is the author of the best-selling ‘DC Charlotte Stafford’ series, her first novel ‘Mummy’s Favourite’ having reached the top ten on Amazon UK, Australia and Canada. Her books are now available throughout Europe.

Sarah has been based in South London all her life and served 35 years in the Metropolitan Police, working in pro-active roles dealing with serious violent crime and the victims and perpetrators of such violence. She retired 18 months ago and now writes full time. Her books are based in the area in which she worked and have been described as ‘gritty and authentic.’

She was inspired to write at the age of 43 by her older sister and she has never looked back. Now living with her partner in Berkshire, she has three grown-up daughters but regularly returns to her old stomping ground to refresh her memories and get inspiration for new stories.

Her book titles so far are; ‘Mummy’s Favourite’ – August 2016, ‘The Trophy Taker’ – April 2017 and ‘Liar Liar’ – December 2017. Her fourth book ‘Broken Dolls’ is due to be published in August 2018 and promises to be both hard-hitting and surprising.
She has recently signed up to a further 3 books with her publishers Aria.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I wish I had read all of the books in this series as they do seem good mild crime stories which are good after reading the gory crime books. These can be read as a stand-alone or in any order so that is good. The characters all fit well together with the pace being slower than a hectic gory crime story. I even guessed some parts, well it tells you actually who did it but there are still some surprises. I like the way this author writes as it is slower and nicer than many current crime books.

img_2423-1

LINK TO BUY:

AMAZON

AUTHOR SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

RRs5iPJu

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

WEBSITE

Image 23-04-2018 at 22.09

Happy reading

Follow:

BRIGHTON

A few days away always refreshes you and when going with a friend you know you are guaranteed a good time and that is certainly what we had last week. I do love Brighton so sitting here looking out to sea in the sunshine, yes it was lovely and sunny.  We had a drink and jacket potato while we rested our legs, not that we did that much walking.

IMG_0626.jpg

Considering we were in the prime position for the beachfront bars this was very good value, jacket potato £5 and a cider £2.50 You cannot complain about that. We visited a few shops in the high street and then after another break which involved a cocktail (Pornstar) we went to the famous lanes and walked around. I liked this outside area of the pub with the plants and the twinkling lights, very effective.

The Ivy restaurant in London is very popular with stars so I was surprised to see one in Brighton, how have I never noticed this before? That flower display was amazing, definitely encouraging people to have a pic done and pop in for a drink. I loved the way the windows were made to look old but even though they were small you could still open them. A lot of money has obviously gone into renovating this lovely building.

 

We then decided to chill out with a gin in Weatherspoons, these pubs are in every town and the place to go for value prices. We both had a pink gin fizz, delicious, the strawberries taste great after being soaked in gin. I then had a Bubblegin, OMG it is the best I have ever tasted, I will be buying the ingredients when I get home so I can make it myself. I have checked out where I can get them for good prices.

So a very good few days, we also checked out Rottingdean, relaxed, watched films and talked about a load of rubbish after a few glasses of wine. All just what you need to recharge your batteries ready for the Autumn. Thank you Lynda x.

We stayed at Lynda’s friend’s house which is in Peacehaven just outside Brighton, I loved the squirrel that appears to live in the garden, he was looking in the window to see what was going on.

IMG_0621

IMG_0624

Where do you go for short breaks?

Follow:

WINTER DATING

log-fire

There is nothing better than sitting on a soft cosy sofa in front of a blazing log fire while watching the snowfall like fairy flakes through the window. That just oozes romance from every angle and it’s what you can get in Fife, Scotland. I think I want to go there just for the Fife Dating and the romance, it all sounds so relaxed. We do many things in the summer and people get a bit stuck in the winter but many walks are so beautiful to go on and let’s not forget that the snowball fights are such fun and free. I often look at the photos of past winters and the fun we have had. Have you got a favourite place or time that you always remember?

I often take a bus ride to somewhere different just to see the views and the amazing scenery that we often take for granted. Autumn, we have many different colours as the trees and shrubs change for this time of the year. My children used to love collecting the different colours and shapes of leaves and then make them into pictures when we get home. One winter I had a wall covered in their pictures, a very cheap wallpaper lol. Not forgetting the hot chocolate with the marshmallows, you have to have marshmallows as it’s the law and so delicious.

IMG_0553

Have you ever spelt out I love you with leaves, then press it and frame it with a picture of you both. What a way to remember your dates. Dating can be so much fun if you just relax and enjoy it, they call these first dates the honeymoon period and you can see why as everything you do together is a first time and exciting.

Fife Singles certainly know how to enjoy themselves and we still have so many more things to do, let’s not forget window shopping, I love that part in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn. Now that is something we can all do, work out which ring you would like!

DSCF3811.jpg

If you are into Winter sports then this is the place to be, a bit of snowboarding or skiing is another leisure activity that many indulge in. Stay wrapped up and warm or is that the best bit, making the other person all warm and loved at the end of your date!

Many things to do in the winter with it all being just as much fun. For me it’s the blazing log fire, a super soft sofa with the fluffiest throw and socks then a great film or even some really old black and white films, you also have to guess the year they were made, no cheating though and reading the box.  Popcorn and drinking chocolate are also essential accompaniments.

What would your ideal date be in the winter?

Follow:

PUBLISHED BY CRÈME DE LA CRIME

fullsizeoutput_2a97

SIMON BRETT

When an author event at the local library ends in murder, Jude finds herself a suspect in the waspishly witty new Fethering mystery.

Having been booked to give a talk at Fethering Library, successful author Burton St Clair invites his old friend Jude to come along. Although they haven?t met for twenty years, Jude is not surprised to find that St Clair hasn?t changed, with his towering ego and somewhat shaky relationship with the truth. What Jude hadn’t been suspecting however was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death.

More worrying, from Jude’s point of view, is the fact that the investigating police officers seem to be convinced that she herself was responsible for the crime. With the evidence stacking up against her, Jude enlists the help of her neighbour Carole not just to solve the murder but to prevent herself from being arrested for committing it.

img_2422Simon Brett is a prolific British writer of whodunnits.

He is the son of a Chartered Surveyor and was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he got a first-class honours degree in English.

He then joined the BBC as a trainee and worked for BBC Radio and London Weekend Television, where his work included ‘Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘Frank Muir Goes Into …’.

After his spells with the media, he began devoting most of his time to writing from the late 1970s and is well known for his various series of crime novels.

He is married with three children and lives in Burpham, near Arundel, West Sussex, England. He is the current president of the Detection Club.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This is a mild crime novel from a series of about 18 and it is the sort of book that my Nan would have loved. The setting of a library is great as they are so lovely and very ‘writerly’ You can pick this up and get straight back into it with no trouble. The characters match the book so very well so it all just flows really well.

img_2423-1

LINK TO BUY:

AMAZON

AUTHOR LINKS:

WEBSITE  61907568_10219227728834135_3578298796607537152_o.jpg

Image 23-04-2018 at 22.09

Follow:

fullsizeoutput_2a48

I do love these little gems but why can’t I ever think of them?

I thought I would give you a bit of an update about what has been going on. The summer was great as I saw a lot of the family especially the grandchildren. I had some time in the camper which I really enjoyed and have decided to keep it now as I was going to sell it. Jodie likes it and we are going over to France later in the year with Alfie. The twins turned three, where have the last three years gone, they are all growing up so quickly now.

fullsizeoutput_2a77.jpeg

This blog has been a bit of a nightmare as had so many problems with it. They came out with a new WordPress version which was a bit like building squares on top of each other for the different things you put on your blog. I tried it and it appeared to mess so many settings up. Some people got emailed thirteen copies of the same post, I was really sorry about that. Then pictures would not upload. I was about to give up but I changed everything back to how it was using the original version and it has all been great since then. What a relief.

Also, Facebook decided to shut down my Karen’s World because it is not my name! I lost over 4,000 followers so all my stats went right down. It really made me feel like giving up and I didn’t do anything for a while. There is no actual way of getting hold of anyone at Facebook you just have to leave a message that I am sure no one reads. I have now got a new page here so if you have lost me then do please add me again to this one.

IMG_0007

Have you seen any of these 50p I have been looking for them as they are all to do with writing so I wanted to save them? I think someone must have them all lol as I cannot find any of them. They are really cute though.

fullsizeoutput_2a40

My other news is that I wrote a memoir about my daughter’s accident that happened years ago. It’s almost 12,000 words and I decided to send it to two publishers to see what they thought. Well both of them have replied after a few weeks and said that they are interested in publishing but, oh yes there is always a but isn’t there? They want me to contribute so I am now thinking that maybe I should send it to some other publishers who might also want to publish it themselves. I have to admit I got very excited but I am still feeling good and I think that maybe it will get published. So, watch this space for more news.

IMG_0481

Thought that was appropriate as I have a few books to read at the moment. Have you read any good books over the summer? I have my top three for the year picked out already and they are so good that I don’t think anything will beat them.

Bye for now

Follow:
%d bloggers like this:

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close

Close Me
Looking for Something?
Search:
Post Categories: