Wednesday, 31 May 2017


There are several definitions of the word family. It can be used to describe all the languages derived from the same earlier language, a group of objects distinguished by common features, and a group of related genera in an order or taxonomic collection (the daisy family, cat family etc).

The most common and familiar use though is for a group of people. That's the meaning I had in mind for my set of family themed short story collections. The latest* of these, Can't Choose Your Family, is available now. For this week, the kindle version is on sale for 99p (or 99c). Usual price will be £1.99 ($2.99)

In order to define family, my dictionary starts off by mentioning parents and their children, but families come in a huge variety of combinations. There may be one parent, or none. Perhaps it's step-parents, or grandparents who raise the children. Maybe there aren't any children. I feel that a family can be any group of people related by birth or marriage, or possibly even by circumstance.

No Family Secrets was the first. Does that make it a big sister to the second one?


  1. Family is also a good topic for my writing group ten minute word prompt. Thanks Patsy.

  2. The title prompts me to buy another of your books, Patsy - and at a bargain price too!

  3. I don't think I could have chosen a better family than the one I was born into.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  4. Great choice of title - everyone loves a family secret 😀


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