New book title reveal!

Best news ever this week! Myself and the lovely Graham, my editor, have finished the final edits of the new book.

And now I can reveal its name!

The Jacobite’s Share is the latest Nina Esposito adventure and sees our heroine heading home to Scotland to search for a hidden Jacobite treasure as a would-be murderer is at large. The action takes place in and around Dundow Castle in Perthshire and features our favourite archaeologist, Nina, her lover Jay and a cast of new characters.

I am just working on formatting it just now – I literally just finished for the night – and will be getting back in touch with Mia, my book cover designer, to do the next cover. Cannot wait!

In other news, I have finally learned how to make proper tablet. Tablet, for my non Scottish readers, is a very sweet treat made from sugar, milk, butter and condensed milk. It’s incredibly good and very, very bad for you. Put it this way, there’s so much sugar in it, your teeth vibrate when you’re eating it! It’s delicious and can be a bit tricky to make, but I managed it!! Whoohoo!


Finally about to finish the biography of Miss Anne Lister. It’s not the book. I am really enjoying it. It’s been several nights of not reading because I’ve been too tired interlaced with evenings when I’ve been binge reading M C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series. They are quick reads and highly enjoyable. And funny. Next on my list is Elizabeth Gaskill’s Cranford.

This week has been very busy as I’ve been working on building my social media marketing business and formatting The Jacobite’s Share. I’ve really enjoyed networking and meeting other folk in small businesses. Have also signed up for a number of free training courses run by our local Business Gateway. Got a few coming up in the next couple of months, so that should be good.

Right, am finishing up now. Got a book on SEO optimisation to look at. Til next time.

Dawn xx

A window cleaner was all I needed

Please don’t drag me out of bed!

Today, I am writing this blog in amongst a flurry of barking and growling. Yes, it’s that time of the month again when the window cleaner comes around and cleans my house’s windows. The dogs, however, believe he is there purely to torment them through the glass (not the case, he just laughs at their barking and jumping). Anyway, this has been the most activity I have seen our pug, Bonya, do today. This morning, she was really lethargic and not wanting to get out of bed (well, more than usual, she never wants to get out of bed). I had to carry her out into the garden for a pee because she wouldn’t go herself. She also didn’t want to come on a walk, so I decided to leave her. I checked her paws and the rest of her to see if she was injured or sick in case that was what was putting her off her walk. Nope, she seemed okay. I took the other two out without her, a little concerned the pug may be sick.

Too tired to come down the stairs.

However, it is obvious, going by how enthusiastically she is barking at aforementioned window cleaner, that the little madam is just being lazy today. Sigh. Worry over!

So, how are you all today? Hope you are well and had a good week. My week has been busy, but the exciting news is that Dusting Down Alcudia is about to become available as an audiobook!! I’m not ready to release it yet, but watch this space for more information!!

Just putting the finishing touches to the second Nina Esposito book (the sequel to Dusting Down Alcudia) and am in the process of editing my murder mystery book. It’s all go here at Nelson Towers!

This week I have also been concentrating on drumming up business for my book formatting and editing business. With this ad…

I’ve also taken out some advertising in Writing Magazine, so am hoping to get some business out of it. If you are looking for a book editor or formatter, get in touch:

Other news and I finally finished my binge watching of Peaky Blinders. Was so sad that I finished it but looking forward to series 5. I’ve also been watching a really good documentary on the extraordinary Getrude Bell, a British explorer, traveller, writer and archaeologist. I have one of her books to read, but haven’t yet gotten round to it. The documentary is great. If you like history, particularly of the Middle East, then you’ll enjoy this. I always loved tales from the Middle East and the orient. Hers was a real live adventure.

I also finished my Terry Pratchett book. It was good, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t one of my favourites. Still, I will add it to the collection and re-read it at some point in the future. I now have the problem – and also great pleasure – of choosing a new book to read. Hmmm, that can be quite time consuming so I will leave that treat until after dinner tonight. Will it be another comedy? A romance? Something heavy? Not sure yet.

Right, enough of this procrastinating. I have the house to clean and washing to put on. Such is the exciting and thrilling life of a writer! 😉 Have a great week and I’ll speak to you soon. Til next time!

Dawn xxx