Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A Year and a Day

The e version of my novel A Year and a Day is on special offer all this week. Instead of £1.99 or $2.99 it's available for 99c /99c

Stella knows visiting a fortune teller is a stupid idea. It's just one more daft thing her best friend Daphne persuades her into. Orphaned Stella doesn't believe a word of the fortune teller's claims the family she longs for and a tall, dark handsome man are coming her way. The gypsy produces a letter, to be read in a year's time, which will prove the predictions true. 

Stella knows Daphne's fortune will be a self fulfilling prophesy. She's happy to encourage the part about Daffers working in an Italian Restaurant owned by the delicious Luigi. She's less keen on Daphne's attempts to manipulate both their lives to fit the promised fortunes. This starts with an attempt to pair up Stella and her boss 

Yes, Luigi introduces her to truffles, names cocktails after her and serenades her on the river. And yes, he only uses 'would you like dessert?' as a rhetorical question, but she isn't going to fall in love just because some gypsy said so. 

At least John, Daphne's incredibly annoying brother, is so unlike anyone's romantic hero image that Daphne's no longer trying to push him and Stella back together. So irritated is she, by her friend's determination to make their fortunes come true, Stella's even nice to John. Well nice-ish. That includes sharing her chocolate and dressing as a schoolgirl. 

When Daphne suffers a horrible accident, Stella changes her mind about the gypsy's promise which included a threat to her friend's safety. The only way to save Daphne, as foretold, seems to be to make the whole thing come true. That means stopping herself falling in love with the wrong man. Difficult, but that's the only way they'll both be healthy, happy and best of friends at the end of 'A Year and a Day.'

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Relationship Goals

The hashtag #RelatinshipGoals is the theme of this competition from Elle. The prizes are monogrammed manuscript books. (Should I know what they are?)

My relationship goal is for Gary and me to stay this happy.

Thanks to Carol, for the info on this competition.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Irish connection

Creative Writing Ink run a monthly, free to enter writing completion, with a small prize.

They're based in Ireland, which is where I took this photo.

Admittedly it isn't much of a connection, but the picture might make a good story prompt. (The ghostly silhouette is Gary - double points if you work him in too)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Consign either means to deliver something to someone (or arrange for that to be done) or to put a person or object in a place in order to be rid of them. Eg the editor consigned the manuscript to the return envelope.

A consignment is a group of items which are to be, or have been, consigned.

Con sign is a cheating or misleading sign which doesn't live up to what's written on it. Eg those which say 'up to half price sale' when in reality it's the discount which will be up to 50%, not the sale price.

Monday, 24 August 2015


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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Just the tip

Thanks to Sharon Boothroyd of Kishboo magazine for sending me the link to this competition fron Online Writing tips.

You have between 2,000 and 5,000 words to play with and until February for inspiration to strike, International entries are welcomed and there's no theme - so there's no excuse for not having a go. The rest of the site looks interesting too.

Talking of interesting sites, don't forget to read the latest issue of Kishboo (it's free online) and perhaps even think about submitting something for the next issue.
A review of one of my books perhaps ;-)

My writing tip - pointy end of the pen to the paper (or fingertips on keyboard) and get on with it.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

And the winner is ...

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my competition to win some Rhodia notebooks. I enjoyed reading them and seeing the wide range of styles and the original takes on the theme. Well done!

Picking a winner was a really tough decision! Actually so tough, I had to ask Brian, the nice man from Rhodia, to help me. He said, "Those were awsome to read." He picked his personal favourites, adding, "They were all really well written though."

So there are actually three winners. Here they are (in order of entry)

She’d scrawled in the notebook, 'If you're reading this I’m dead and the monster is loose in the house. I can only offer you what I have learned. It can disappear from sight but try as it might it cannot hold its own breath.'

The pages of the notebook fluttered. 

*By Jo Styles (Rona J Frith)*

The notebook was placed in front of me. I turned over the page; a clean sheet, a new leaf. She told me to write down everything I could remember.

My pen hovered; I hesitated. Tomorrow I would try again.

*by Maggie Storer*

Curiously, I approach the notebook laying open on the park bench.
The exposed pages burble scrawls, sketches, quotes, potential…a myriad of styles.
A large inked arrow points towards a space at the bottom.  
I read, ‘Inspire me.’
Can I? I deliberate; then pen rumours briskly over soft paper.
*by Lexi Walker*


Could the winners please email me - patsycollins53 (at) yahoo.com - the UK address to which you'd like your notebooks sent. The nice man at Rhodia has asked me to give him your emails too, so they can confirm you get your prizes. If you'd rather I didn't do that then just let me know.