In Which I Have Been Remiss, A Liebster Award

Liebster AwardDear Lady Fury, I’m sorry I took so long to respond to your lovely Liebster Award…since you were kind enough to steal acquire it from Shehanne for me.

When I received it I was delighted at the though of a Lobster Award also, but we’ll come back to that one.

Now there’s all sorts of rules involved – so I have to link back to the person that awarded it (check), then answer 10 questions set from that blog (to follow) and then set my own questions and nominate bloggers to answer them.  Hmm, well we’ll see about that one as the awards fairy has been kind lately.

So questions first:

1. Which fictional character would you most fancy having a fling with and why?

Um, there’s probably quite a few actually…Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books, Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (of course) though maybe he wouldn’t do flings, and let’s face it I wouldn’t pick Flint – I don’t steal from my friends m’dear!

2. You’ve been shipwrecked on a desert island, what man ..sorry book can’t you be without?

Much as I love so, so many books – the one I reach for when I need cheering up is almost always Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer.  I wouldn’t want THAT man though, he’s far too much trouble.

3. What inspires you? Places or people?

Both!  As well as objects, rooms etc…

4. What little tome are you working on right now?

I have two WIPs, same as usual in the last few questions I’ve done on the blog lately!

5. Who would you like to see in the movie version?

David Gandy for the hero if he can act  😉 not sure on the heroine yet.

6. In your own books do you have a favourite character and why?

The hero I was just referring too.  I find him so compelling he’s off and doing the talking (and what ever else he’s up to) without any help from me.

7. What do you think is the best book movie?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

8. Roughly how long does it take you to write a book?

I haven’t finished one yet, so really how long is a piece of string?

9. Favorite food?

I love to try food from different countries/cultures – but when it’s all going wrong chocolate never disappoints.

10. Any bits in your book you are embarrassed to show your family?

Ha, now that would be telling…

Now as a result of this I have not one but two Jolly Lobster Awards from Lady F and the lovely Incy Black.  Answers to these to follow after some book reviews.  Thanks ladies!

I’ll see about questions/nominations later on.

Published: My Article in the Latest Leopard Magazine!

Some exciting news here – I’ve just had my first article published in The Leopard Magazine.

Entitled ‘The Curious Case of the Colonel’s Missing Legs’ you can find it in the latest edition, which is March 2014.

Needless to say, it’s an historical article – and it’s about Charles Mackenzie Fraser of Castle Fraser’s experience of being wounded among some other intriguing things.

Let me know if you’ve read it and what you think.  You can also email me about the legs in question via this blog if you wish.

Sapphire in the Snow – An Update

Some of you may remember a review I did last year on a historical novel I loved many years ago, Sapphire in the Snow by Carol Townend.

A quick update – Carol has now revised and reissued it with a shiny new cover as an ebook along with Shattered Vows, another novel I really enjoyed.  I’m looking forward to Leaves on the Wind appearing – I see this could be as early as April!

Links to buy in the UK for the reissues are:

Sapphire in the Snow

Shattered Vows

The Stone Rose

Needless to say, I’ve already got my copy!

My Fictional World

My Fictional World


Having been invited to look at Jocelyn’s post at The Reading Residence, I thought it would be fun to add my own answers to what is my fictional world.  So here they are.

What were your favourite reads from your childhood?

Mostly anything by Enid Blyton especially her Mallory Towers, St. Claire’s and Famous Five series and I was also encouraged to read Tolkein’s The Hobbit by my brother when I was eight.

There are always those books that defined your teen reads and stay with you – what were yours?

Actually, I wouldn’t say so.  I graduated to reading adult level books when I was about eleven, so I don’t define my reading that way particularly.  I do remember reading the Sweet Valley High books and enjoying those but then I discovered more meaty sagas like Catherine Cookson!  At the same time my Aunt had also introduced me to the books of Georgette Heyer.

Who are your favourite authors currently?

Oh that’s a tough one as they constantly change and grow.  I love the work of Nora Roberts, Abby Green, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Marguerite Kaye, Louise Allen and many, many more.  It depends on what genre I’m reading currently too.

Which 3 genres do you gravitate towards most often?

Historical, Romance and Thrillers.

Can you choose your top titles from each of those genres?

Historical: The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman, Romance: Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer and Thriller: The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver.  Again, I could name so many books and so many genres.

And your least favourite genres?

I don’t really have any I actively dislike, but on balance I probably read less Fantasy novels.

Of the many, many fictional and fantastical worlds, where would you most like to visit?

Pemberly from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Come on, who wouldn’t?!

Everyone loves a villain, right?! Who would make your favourites list?

The Marquis of Vidal for a fun and thrilling villain!  See Devil’s Cub…

Share the books that have had you sobbing?

Only one – ever – An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer.  The Battle of Waterloo, ’nuff said.

And let’s end on a high! Which books leave a smile on your face, and maybe elicit a few laughs?!

Not a series I read much, but recommended by a friend I distinctly remember snorting with laughter reading one of the Argeneau Vampires series by Lynsay Sands, Single White Vampire – and the cod piece incident!  Go and read it for yourself, lol!

Awesome Blog Content Award

Awesome Blog Award

A big belated thank you to the lovely Lindsay J. Pryor for nominating me for an Awesome Blog Content Award.  I have been very remiss  not posting about this, sorry!

The rules: post the logo, link back to he/she who nominated, provide an A-Z guide to your soul and then nominate forward.

– You know I don’t nominate forward right?  Ok then…

I’m not sure this is entirely soul-like, but I’ll have a go.


A is for me actually!  Handy since we’re talking about me…

B is for books.  Any of them – they are the stuff of life for me.

C is for chocolate, necessary at times downright sinful at others – oh well.

D is for devilment.  I do have a rather wicked sense of humour.

E is for Essex, the home of my ancestors – the history of which is also dear to me.

F is for finery.  I love costume, jewellery and accessories of many eras.  Part of my art I suppose.

G is for genealogist – another of my many beloved roles.

H is for History of Art and History, my twin passions which tie into many parts of my life.

I is for irritating.  I can have a short fuse, and dislike people who hurt others for no reason.

J is for junket.  Anywhere fun you care to say – charging through fields looking for ruins, up and down stairs at castles, films at the cinema etc.  Things I wish I had more time to do.

K is for kismet – what you do to others will come back to you.

L is for Leopard and my first article!  Watch this space…

M is for music, something that I’ve always had a gift for and constantly listen to.

N is for no.  I never used to use it enough, now I’ve learned to and to tune others out when needed.

O is for original.  Yes sirree, that’s me and proud!

P is for my pets.  I’ve always had lots of them – cats, dogs, rats and guinea pigs are a few current ones.

Q is for quiet.  I like my space and am often accused of being too quiet.

R is for rock concerts – my favourite kinds – see also M.

S is for study.  As a student as well as holding a job and attempting to write it can be hard, but is so important to me.

T is for travel, part of my soul belongs to other countries and special places in the world.

U is for uncomfortable.  Don’t put me on the spot please.

V is for vilify.  I try, but don’t always succeed to see the best in everything.

W is for writer, aspiring one mind you.

Y is for yellow and orange the colour of the sun.  I wish I saw it more.

Z is for zillions.  I don’t wish I had them but sometimes they’re useful – I do appreciate ambition and dreams and the ability to grab hold of them and achieve them!  I certainly have zillions of dreams!