Farewell To My Friend

21 April 2013 On Friday I said goodbye to Bronson, my friend and companion.  I had forgotten how hard grief is, how heavy your heart feels in your chest, how every breath is slow and ponderous, and how the world feels harsh and intrusive in its very ordinariness. ...

On Tour with Transplanting Holly Oakwood

15 April 2013 I’m pleased to announce my first ever blog tour, for my first ever novel, Transplanting Holly Oakwood.  Organised by the lovely Samantha March of ChickLitPlus, the tour starts today and runs through until the 6th of May. Everyone who leaves a...

Love My Liebster

6 March 2013 The dynamic Donna Joy Usher has nominated me for the Liebster Award, a blog award that’s been doing the rounds for some years now.  Acceptance of the Award means you have to tell 11 random facts about yourself, answer a number of questions about yourself...

Can’t Buy Me Love

12 February 2013 Fine wines. Gold and diamonds.  Red roses. Swiss chocolates.  If you are the male of the species and you haven’t considered buying your partner one of the above, or a close variation, you might be in trouble with the woman in your life.   But...

A Kiwi Christmas Present

18 December 2012 After so many years in New Zealand, I still find Christmas a little, well, odd.  It’s not that the Christmas spirit isn’t alive and well here, but somehow spending Christmas on the beach still doesn’t feel quite right.  The idea of being wrapped up in...

Authors Tagging Authors

8 November 2012 I was thrilled to hear the news that the super-talented Donna Joy Usher has tagged me for the next big thing – Authors Tagging Authors.  Donna is the author of The Seven Steps to Closure, and a finalist in the Shirley You Jest! Book Awards....

Good Girls Go To Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere

21 August 2012 Phyllis Diller was to comedy was Helen Gurley Brown was to sex, and in one sad week the world’s lost both of them. Diller and Gurley Brown were pioneering women of the swinging sixties who spoke their minds – particularly about taboo subjects such as...

Men are from Mars, Women are from MasterCard

1 August 2012 It’s not news that men and women are from different planets, but do we actually know yet why women are obsessed with shopping and men are ambivalent? Theories abound about the psychology of shopping and experts agree on two facts.  The first is...

Beautiful Blogger. Who, me?

3 July 2012   Last Friday I spent most of the day chewing on the end of a pencil and wondering what  I could blog about next.  I’m new to all this, and despite the fact I can always find plenty to talk about (and it can be hard to shut me up) committing it...

Eighteen and the Standard Creepiness Rule

10 June 2012 My boss told me he was feeling tired, because he’d finished off last night with an eighteen year old.  I looked at him askance. He’s a nice guy and good looking in an understated sort of way, but an eighteen year old?  He’s forty for heaven’s sake.  What...

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