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Seven weeks to go …





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Yes, it’s me. The world’s worst blogger. Despite all my good intentions, I never seem to find time to write anything (apart from my books). And the black hole that is social media – Facebook and Twitter – sucks me in relentlessly every day.

The good news is that I’ve finished The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two. It’s off for proofreading and publication date is set for March 21. A bunch of lovely book bloggers have already signed up to spread the word (and hopefully post some nice reviews).

Speaking of reviews, I’ve been doing a lot more of them myself. Since becoming – ahem – an author, I now appreciate how much they mean to writers. So my plan is to share some of them with you.

I’m starting with ‘A Part of Me and You’ by the lovely Emma Heatherington. I say lovely, because we have had some nice exchanges on Twitter. I read her previous book, ‘The Legacy of Lucy Harte’, through book club some time ago and really enjoyed it. But, be warned, they both require tissues at hand! Click on the link here:  A Part of Me and You

If you haven’t yet read The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One, you can click on the link here The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One to check it out. And please, please leave a review if you can. Have a great weekend!





A laugh-out-loud tale of love, lies and second chances …

‘Just the sort of book to relax with on holiday … funny and moving.’

‘A must have.  Feel as if I know the characters.’

‘Surprising and hilarious … a perfect read.’

Make sure you grab a copy now and join the Amazon reviewers above who loved A Clean Sweep. And please let me know what you think by commenting here or on my Facebook page. Get on board now for a rollercoaster read that will make you giggle, cringe and cry and is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. Thank you!

PS Hoping this shows up correctly this time. Technology is not my best friend LOL



Still writing, still reading.

February already and working on the final part of my Hattie Hastings trilogy. Hoping to complete it by mid-March, just ahead of publication of Part Two. After that, I have an idea for a stand-alone novel which will be completely different.

In the past week I’ve been lucky to receive a few books via Netgalley for review purposes. Reading is a distraction from writing, but you learn so much about the craft by taking on board other authors’ work.

My latest review is for The Wife: Part Four by M L Roberts. I was particularly intrigued to see how splitting a story into four parts would work, as many readers dislike cliffhanger endings (which I used in the Hattie trilogy). I enjoyed the series, and felt the gamble paid off. You can read it by clicking here The Wife: Part Four

Chat again soon!

Merry Christmas from The Cowies

Greetings, all

It’s two weeks until Christmas, and I’ve just decorated the tree. Boney M’s ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ playing in the background, the rain hammering down outside (we did have snow, more to come) and I’m starting to feel a little festive.

I won’t bore you to death with a blow-by-blow account of our year. Suffice to say, we’re all well and looking forward to being together as a family very soon. Euan (still gainfully employed in Edinburgh) and Callum (working and developing his music in Liverpool) arrive on December 20. As usual, we’ll spend Christmas Day at the Montreux Palace, and see in the New Year with a group of friends.

Bill continues to work and travel with Ikea, and I’m working on the second part of my novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings. I’m loving the whole writing malarkey, and still get a thrill seeing my books on Amazon.

I hope you’ve had a good 2017 and that you’ll drop me a line here if you have a moment. One of my New Year resolutions is to improve my website and blog. I’ve been saying that for two years now!

Health and happiness for 2018.

Bill Senior, Euan, Callum & a very proud mum & dad at Callum’s graduation from LIPA, Liverpool in the summer.

Audrey, Bill, Euan & Callum xxxx

Kathryn McMaster: Author in the Spotlight @TrueCrimeNovels

Just thought I’d share this interview with Kathryn, who has been a huge support in recent months as I continue my writing journey. Reading her latest now, and it’s very good!

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Kathryn McMaster

I’m very pleased to welcome Kathryn McMaster who is answering my Author in the Spotlight questions today. Kathryn’s latest book Blackmail, Sex and Lies tells the fascinating true story of Madeleine Black in Victorian Glasgow. More about that below. You can order a copy of the book online here.

Thanks for joining me Kathryn. First of all, would you tell me a little about yourself?

I was born an only child to elderly parents. However, my mother was an avid reader who spent hours reading to me and buying me a large collection of books, many of which I still have. My father was not a reader. He thumbed through gardening magazines, but never gardened, and pored over home decorating magazines, but never decorated. The only books he would read were of true crime. It was those that I found and read late at night with the aid a…

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A special story about a special boy (and an amazing mum)

This is not my usual book blog, but this is something I really wanted to share. It’s the story of a young family – Charlie, Mark and their twin boys, Harry and Oliver  – and it is a very special story. You see, shortly after they were born, doctors revealed that, while Oliver was perfectly healthy, his brother was not. He had an extremely rare condition which left his parents reeling and unable to see a way ahead. Any of us who have had children worry endlessly, whether they are two or twenty-two. Are they eating well, not drinking too much, performing adequately at school? Minor ailments are dealt with, more major ones borne with fortitude and the support of family and friends. But what if, as you lay in your hospital bed, you were presented with the unimaginable? How would you cope? How could you possibly move forward, when everything you’d dreamed of was shattered into a million pieces?

This is a story of – I hesitate to use the word ‘courage’ – strength and determination in the face of unfathomable adversity. But it is not my story to tell. Over to you, Charlie.


I’m in Linda’s book bag!

So thrilled to share a new guest post I was asked to do to promote A Clean Sweep. It’s been shared on Twitter by a lot of people and feedback has been wonderful for my fragile ego!

Please take a look and sign up to Linda’s site. I think she’s one of the best in the UK book blogging business.

A Woman of A Certain Age: A Guest Post by Audrey Davis, Author of A Clean Sweep

It’s concert time again!

Greetings from a rather cool and soggy Switzerland. Yes, it’s September and the shorts and flip-flops have been swapped for jeans and boots.

A couple of chapters away from completing my latest, but won’t get much done over the weekend as … it’s Robbie Williams time! Yes, we’re off to singalonga Robbie in Zurich tomorrow night. We saw him a couple of years ago and he was the ultimate showman, performing all his hits and whipping the crowd into a frenzy. The support act is Erasure who I also love. A bit of a blast from the past, but you can’t beat a touch of nostalgia for the 80s.

Hope a lovely weekend lies ahead for you all. Be back with you very soon.