Exciting news about the Sisters of Sin and Christmas telly

Good morning from dreich and overcast Scotland. And no the pictures used in this post are not recent ones taken from the lovely scenery around about me. Unfortunately, we’ve not had any snow yet. 🙁  I love the snow. However, we’ve had a bit of rain and there was a smattering of snow on the hills overlooking Port Glasgow. Anyway, to assuage my desire for snow I’ve decided to enhance this post with pictures of it that were taken in Scotland.

Firstly, the exciting news. The Sisters of Sin books are in production and the first one is due out at the beginning of June. Woohooooo!!! I know I’ve been talking about this for two years now, but we’re ready to go. We have a core group and we’ve recently invited two guest authors to join us. I cannot wait to get this series out. Watch this space for more details!

So, how was your Christmas? Hope you had a good one. As the rest of my family were away doing other things, it was just me and my two kids, three dogs and four chickens for Christmas this year.  I spent the day watching crappy movies on telly, flicking through the numerous books I got and eating chocolate and we had stuffed chicken and veg for dinner. I much prefer chicken to turkey which is why we had that. Turkey is okay, but I much prefer the taste and texture of chicken. We had chocolate log for afters. Was a nice, quiet kind of day. On Boxing Day we just had buffet type nibbles for dinner. Easy peasy.

I’ve just realised I haven’t posted anything for quite some time and, to be honest, the reason for that is partially because I have nothing to tell you. I’ve been working and because of Covid I had to cancel several nights out I had planned. This included an ABBA tribute act, a lunch with my besties and a night out at the Barrowlands to see Goodbye Mr Mackenzie on their 30th anniversary tour.  I was not happy, I can tell you. However, I felt in the circumstances (ie the Omicron variant is running rife in Scotland) it was the best thing to do. It’s meant we couldn’t enjoy our Christmas break as much as we’d like. I had also planned to take the kids out to dinner in Glasgow. We love going to see the Christmas lights and then getting something to eat.  Sigh. Never mind. Surely this bloody pandemic will be over soon!! They say the Omicron variant isn’t as dangerous, but what it is doing is forcing people in key jobs to take ten days off work which in turn is putting pressure on the health service, police, supermarkets, their supply chains and public transport. We were already seeing the effects of the variant on public transport before Christmas. Anyway, all these events I had to cancel will be rearranged…that’s a promise!

On to books. I’ve been reading Ali Smith’s Hotel World (superb book) and Edmund Blunden’s Undertones of War (also excellent) as part of my OU course. I’d never normally read either, but this course has opened up a whole new avenue of writing for me. Ali Smith is a brilliant writer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Hotel World. Blunden’s Undertones of War is also good, but, and maybe it’s just me being tired when I read it in bed at night, I’m having to reread the odd passage or paragraph to ensure I get the full meaning of what he’s saying.  The first read often leads me to go: what? What’s he saying here and who’s he talking about? So, I have to reread it and sometimes I get the meaning and other times I don’t so I read on. I think it might be the language and the text tends to jump about from scene to scene to scene. Anyway, I’m still enjoying it. I’d better get it finished because I’m supposed to have done that by now!

What else has been happening? Have you been watching A Very British Scandal? Watched the first one last night and was hooked.  The Duke of Argyll’s behaviour towards Margaret is really nasty, but then she’s not really a nice character either.  It’s highly addictive watching. Going to watch the next one today.

We’ve been watching all the Harry Potter films and are now halfway through the first Deathly Hallows. Such great books and really enjoyable films. My daughter is a huge fan, so talks all the way through which is annoying. However, I’m still enjoying it. As a Terry Pratchett fan, of course, I watched the Hogfather. Love that version. Mark Warren as Mr Teatime is superbly creepy.  I’ve also recorded a few Christmas films to watch, including Elf and Scrooge (the musical), although I am hankering for a bit of Muppets Christmas Carol so may dig that out the Christmas DVDs box this afternoon.

Right, I must love you and leave you. I have a couple of thousand words to write for my second book in the Sisters of Sin series, my first one having been completed already, and I have to catch up on my uni coursework which has been sadly neglected recently.

Until next time!

Dawn xxx

Walking funny and getting ready for Christmas


I’ve been walking about as if I’ve poohed my pants! Last Sunday, I bent over to push the button to put the dishwasher on and my back went into spasm. I’ve been in pain ever since and can’t walk totally upright nor do anything above the speed of ‘very elderly lady’. So I’m thinking if the back pain is still there at the weekend, I’ll have to treat it with chocolate and maybe some wine. There’s nothing else for it! It’s medicinal!

How have you been this week? Shout out to my friend Dawn who reads this! How are you Dawn?? When we get together we are Dawn-in-stereo. Anyway, hope you’ve had a good week. My week has been pretty much dictated by my bad back. I haven’t really been doing anything exciting. I could make something up like I went to a Christmas ball and wore a huge ballgown and everyone gasped when I entered the room (cos I was so stunning, natch!!)…but nothing even remotely as exciting happened this week. Sigh. I am just looking forward to next week when the kids stop school and I stop work and we can have a long lie and a jammies morning.

I did have a good day today. I met my friends Tracy and Jane for brunch and Riverhill Courtyard in Helensburgh (a very nice restaurant by the way!). We ate a lovely meal and chatted and wished Tracy well on her up-and-coming trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.


Good luck missus! Have a great trip when it comes and try not to fall off!!  Also take plenty of pics so I can live vicariously through your adventures! Feel I should also give Jane a shout out cos she’s not climbing Kilimanjaro, but is a lovely person too! Note to other friends who have not been mentioned, but are equally important to me: you are lovely too! Right, guilt trip now over…

Christmas films viewed since my last post:

  • Nativity! (currently on the telly…the boy’s fave Christmas film)
  • The Grinch (another favourite of the boy’s)
  • Home Alone 2 (this and the first one are major favourites in this house!!)
  • and the wonderful Elf

We also watched Into the Woods, which was just okay. I wouldn’t watch it again. I thought it was a bit…well long and just alright.

Books I’ve been reading since my last post:

  • just the one, the very lovely The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


I’ve never read this book before. I don’t know why,  it’s a beautiful book. I am loving it. Recommended reading even if you are, like me, a few years past childhood!

Right, am going to go and make myself a cuppa and eat some chocolate (what? it’s medicinal!!). Til next time!

Dawn xxxx

PS I will have an announcement to make very soon…it’s about this…