Terry Pratchett, the Witcher and a Dog Who Used to be a Familiar

So I’ve been on a bit of a fantasy ride recently. I am decidedly fed up with the real world: the news is nothing but bad news, it’s January so I’m skint and the weather has been bleurgh this week. Anyway, fantasy always cheers me up, I’ve always loved fantasy, so I’ve started back re-reading all the Harry Potter books AND, more importantly, I’m reading Rob Wilkins’ biography of Terry Pratchett, which I’m just loving cos it’s funny and heart-warming, and being such a huge fan of Terry I feel that reading this book let’s me have a little peek into his life. I am still gutted the great man is no longer with us. His books are amazing; so clever, so funny.

If you hadn’t heard already, I’m also writing another fantasy book. I started my authorly career with fantasy novels for children – Darkisle, Darkisle: Resurrection and Darkisle: the Final Battle – and I’m writing another one (this time for adults) right now entitled Loch Ness. You can imagine what creatures appear in that one! I’m about halfway through writing that and loving it. I had forgotten how much I love writing fantasy. It’s making me think I should stick to it in the future. Although, I will keep adding to the Sisters of Sin catalogue and I’d like to do more Nina Esposito books. It’s just finding the time! My plans this year are (if I don’t have to go find a job that is, bills sky rocketing as they are) to write Loch Ness, to do another book for Sisters of Sin, to do a book for another assassins’ series and to write three books of a new steampunk/fantasy series I have in mind. That’s six books! Yikes! Is it doable? I think it is if I continue prioritising the writing.

So, anyway, how are you all? Hope you’re well. What’s been happening in your world? Let’s see, I had my parents over at the weekend. We drank wine, ate haggis (Burns Night was last week) and raised a glass to my uncle who died recently. I’ll not go into too much other than to say he was a lovely man and we’ll miss him.

I watched the entire series of Atlantic Crossing, a series about the Norwegian royal family during World War 2. It was superb. Thoroughly enjoyed it. If you know me, you’ll know it’s not just fantasy I’m into, but history as well and I love the WWII era. Still blows my mind that that war only finished 25 years before I was born. When you watch it on tv or read about it, it seems like it was eons ago, but this was the period when my grandparents were all young. My parents were born just after it ended. Mad.

I have taken the plunge and bought the first two Witcher books. Being into fantasy (in case you didn’t already know!), I figured it would be a good time to see what all the fuss is about. I’m hoping I enjoy them. I think I will. I quite liked the series. I also picked up (all secondhand from World of Books – yay for online secondhand book stores) The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow. Looking forward to that. And, being somewhat obsessed with Terry Pratchett, his A Slip of the Keyboard. I’m going to be busy reading over the next few weeks!

Casper

As I write, I am currently being silently harassed by my Yorkie, Casper. He does this by sitting nearby staring at me with his beady little brown eyes until I break or give in to his demands. He wants to go out for a walk, but it’s so wet and nasty outside he’s going to have to wait until the weather clears a little. I can feel those eyes boring into me even now. He must have been a witch or her familiar in another life because he is really good at the ‘boring’ eye stuff. I know fine that once we go out into aforementioned maelstrom, his ears will go down, his tail will be swiftly tucked between his legs and he’ll want to back home. Casper is a fair weather dog. He does NOT like getting wet. Millie, however, being half Jack Russell, will go out in any weather and loves the water.  She’s disappeared. I hope she’s not upstairs trying to break into my son’s room again. Hmmm.

Right, I shall love you and leave you. I have words to write, a newsletter (please sign up I have loads of things to tell you about include free books) to write and my uni course to study. Till next time,

Dawn xxx

Love and Other Kerfuffles

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Roosevelt and Me

Gosh it’s cold today! Four degrees Centigrade (around 7.5 Fahrenheit) today, but colder this morning when this picture was taken. I was out with the dogs and I’ll share some more pics soon.

So, how are you all? Hope you’re well. Looking forward to Christmas? I put up most of my decorations the other day, got tired (cos still at the tail end of a nasty cold bug) and thought I’d finish up on Monday morning. Well, I was so busy yesterday, I didn’t finish, but that’s okay, it’s getting done today.

I’m back to full speed for writing and am currently writing a Paranormal Romance Mystery book set in an alternative Victorian Scotland. Envy came out last month and I’m taking a break from the Sisters of Sin books for a couple of months. I have one I want to write next year. I’ve also got another book to write for a different series  – that’s out next year – and I’ve signed up for a Paranormal Romance series for 2024. So, busy, busy busy.

The River Clyde this morning.

My Christmas preparations are being done in between writing, in between doing my social media business and my degree course. I have just about bought everything I need for presents, I just need to wrap them. I’m also going to start writing my Christmas cards today. They need to be out this week if they have a hope in hell of getting to people. The Royal Mail delivery service has been appalling recently. It’s not surprising considering the strikes.

Millie and Casper out on our walk this morning.

TV – I’ve been watching a really interesting series on Theodore Roosevelt on Sky History. I don’t know a lot about the man, except he was President and the incident with the bear cub, and this is a really good programme. Really enjoying it.

Also started watching Wednesday on Netflix. I thought it was okay. I need to watch more of it.  Also started watching 1899. That’s good so far. Lots of questions raised and intrigues.  I don’t know why I’m not swept up in it like everyone else who watches it has been, but it’s maybe just a slow grower for me.

Right, that’s me for now. I have a book to write and some uni to do. Til next time

Dawn xxx

Telly addicted dog

The moody Clyde…an image I took of a moody River Clyde last week

Hello, how are you? Hope you’re all well. Sorry I’ve not been around lately. I’ve had the Dreaded Lurgy aka a really bad cold that’s been doing the rounds here in Central Scotland. My poor son brought it into the house and, just when I thought I had managed to skip it, it whammied me from the side. He was off school with it for most of last week and is a lot better now. I got it a few days later. Anyway, today I’m feeling better and starting to get back into doing stuff.

Because I’ve been almost housebound over the last week to ten days, I haven’t been doing anything much other than watching tv and reading.  Over the weekend, when the cold was reaching its crescendo, I binge-watched The Hobbit trilogy again. I love fantasy and love those films. I’ve been watching Gavin and Stacey again. I tried the US version of Ghosts. Watched three episodes and gave up on it. Not a patch on the UK one, I’m afraid. It just felt flat compared to the original.

The River Clyde, different day, nicer weather.

I finished reading Denise Mina’s excellent Rizzio. It’s about the night Mary, Queen of Scots’ secretary, David Rizzio, is brutally murdered. It’s full of darkness and tension, and there is the ‘will they, won’t they’ as to whether the perpetrators will also kill the pregnant Queen. It’s superb. I recommend it. If you love history, if you love tales of bloodthirsty murders, this is the book for you.

 

Casper watching my daughter’s ipad.

Right, I’m going to finish up now. Still not 100%, so finishing while I’m winning. That last image is of my Yorkie, Casper watching guinea pigs on my daughter’s i-pad. He’s obsessed with it. He has his favourite videos and harasses her until she puts in on for him. He also enjoys dancing fruit, small parrots (not cockatoos – they frighten him) and some K Pop bands. It’s like living with a telly addicted toddler.

Til next time.

Dawn xx

She’s out!

 

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Now available!!

Envy loves her life as an assassin working for the Sisters of Sin…until her ex, Adam, shows up begging her for help.

Someone’s forcing children into slavery on African cocoa plantations.

Pretending to be a couple, Envy and Adam fly out to the Ivory Coast to investigate.

What they find sickens even her … and now she’s armed and angry.

Enemies to lovers. Action and adventure. Fake relationship. Steamy Sex. Envy has it all.

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Envy, Bony and Why The Beach Bum is So Bad

Hi, how’s everyone? Hope you’re all well!! So exciting news! Envy comes out in three days’ time” THREE DAYS!! Woohoo. It’s another of the Sisters of Sin series, it’s romantic suspense (available as a paperback and romantic suspense Kindle book) and what I would describe as action adventure. The heroine is Izzy Starr, an assassin, who is given a job by her ex to see is an international chocolate company is indeed using child slavery on its African plantations.

Heres the blurb:

Envy loves her life as an assassin working for the Sisters of Sin…until her ex, Adam, shows up begging her for help.

Someone’s forcing children into slavery on African cocoa plantations.

Pretending to be a couple, Envy and Adam fly out to the Ivory Coast to investigate.

What they find sickens even her…and now she’s armed and very, very angry.

Enemies to lovers. Action and adventure. Fake relationship. Steamy Sex. Envy has it all.

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HALLOWEEN PARTY

Okay, so what else has been happening a Nelson Towers? Me and the kids were at a Halloween party on Saturday night at our next-door neighbours’ house. It was a fab party. I was originally going to go as Cruella de Vil. I’d bought the costume last year, but it came too late, so I brought it out Saturday afternoon only to find the damn thing doens’t fit me. Despite ordering a size up from my normal curvy self, this was waaaaaay too skinny fit for me. Sigh. Way to go costume makers! You’ve made a plump woman feel even fatter! Anyway, I dug out last year’s costume (a black stretchy dress) and wore that instead. I back-combed my hair (big mistake, took me ages to brush it on Sunday morning!) and donned black shoes. It was a fab night. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture of myself taken.

Our beloved Bonya, gone but not forgotten.

BONYA

The night had a tinge of sadness over it however. We had to have our beloved pug, Bonya, put down a few weeks ago. She was old and had various health issues, so it was the best thing to do for her. We were all devastated, and I couldn’t sleep properly for about a week afterwards. Apart from her farting, she was a terrible snorer, and my bedroom was just too quiet. Anyway, Bonya always came with us to any party our neighbours were having (and they have loads) and became known as Party Pug. This was our first party without the wee soul. She was missed. She will, however, never be forgotten…mainly for her lovely personality, her cuddly-ness and her farts that could clear a room. She was an amazing animal, and we were so lucky to have had her in our lives.

BOOKS

Right, on to happier things. So, my mum gave me a book, The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley, and I desperately want to like it. But it’s boring me to tears. It’s dragging on and on and I just don’t want to finish it. My mum really enjoyed this book and its sequels, but I’m going to have to give it back. I feel like I’m wasting my time on it. Sorry Lucinda Riley.

I am reading Robin Sharma’s The 5am Club, which, while the storyline is a bit cheesy in places, does have some good solid advice to give to people who want to improve their productivity and their lives in general. While I won’t be getting up at 5am, I am trying to get up earlier. I am very productive anyway, but I’m looking to add more hours to my day. I can’t do it after dinner (6pm-ish) as I’m just too tired by then, but maybe getting up at 6am instead of 7am is doable. I’ll let you know how I get on.

TELLY

Right, so there are some amazing programmes on tv right now and I’ll briefly take you through what I’ve been watching.

Firstly, I re-watched Carnival Row on Prime because it’s just so amazing. If you like fantasy and history, this is the series for you. It stars Cara Delevigne and Orlando Bloom, and is just amazing. I cannot wait for the second series!

Secondly, everyone’s been talking about The Empress on Netflix. It’s about the life of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and is excellent. It’s stunningly shot as well.

Thirdly, Walter Presents Agatha Christie’s HJerson (I watched in on More Four) is a superb Swedish crime drama based around a tv producer and an ex cop. Hjerson is the main character of Ariadne Oliver, the writer in the Poiro books. Anyway, this is a modern look at that character and what he might get up to. It’s clever, it’s funny and I just loved it.

Fourthly, again Walter Presents, Astrid: Murder in Paris is about a woman with autism who helps Parisian police investigate murders. It’s quirky and clever, and very very enjoyable.

Fifthly, (and I haven’t just been watching telly all day, promise), I watched The House of the Dragon. It was a bit of a drag at first. I stuck with it, though, as I’m such a huge Game of Thrones fan, and thank God it did heat up towards the end.

And finally, my current obsession thanks to a recommendation by my sister, Vicky, and that is The Tudors.  Oh my God, this series is so GOOOOOOOOD. Okay, not 100% accurate (the history lover in me has winced a few times at story lines that weren’t correct), but very addictive. I’m on season two right now.

A BIG RASPBERRY

Things I would not recommend are: The Beach Bum starring Mathew Macconaughey. It’s dire. I watched half of it hoping it would get better. It did not. I didn’t like the characters and the storyline dragged. A big raspberry from me!

WRITING LIFE

I’ve signed up to do another anthology, which is due out in February next year. I’ll let you know more nearer the time.

I’m also about to embark on writing a new fantasy book for adults. It’s set in Victorian Scotland. More on that later.

Right, I need to say adieu just now. I am away to the dentist to get a filling replaced. It fell out two-and-a-half years ago in the midst of the pandemic and this is me just getting it replaced now.  My dentist has only just reopened to non-urgent patients.

Okay, that’s me off now. Till next time.

Dawnxxx