Category Archives: new writing

JIGSAW ISLAND is live!

Finally, after a l-o-o-o-o-ong birth process, JIGSAW ISLAND is live. Ebook published today. Paperback out in July. On a holiday escape to the Greek islands, Annie Buchanan discovers what – and then who – is missing from her life… When … Continue reading

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JIGSAW ISLAND – COVER REVEAL

At last – here is the cover for JIGSAW ISLAND, my second novel, both a stand alone fiction and a sequel to TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS. To be published this month. Excited and relieved… On a holiday escape to the Greek … Continue reading

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Behind the holiday island: Leros as seen by Takis Varnas

Apart from the beauty of the island of Leros, Martyn and I return year after year because of the friends we have made there. We have known Takis Varnas and his family the longest. They have all helped me one … Continue reading

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Running away from it all

A friend of mine said recently – “It’s not too bad a time for writers – they can disappear into their own heads”. That’s true up to a point. I’m re-writing and tidying Jigsaw Island on the advice of my … Continue reading

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Berlin – a city with a conscience

From Winston Churchill’s speech UNITED STATES OF EUROPE September 19, 1946. University of Zurich Our constant aim must be to build and fortify the United Nations Organisation. Under and within that world concept we must re-create the European family in … Continue reading

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Getting literate…

Persuade a friend to pledge on UNBOUND.COM for a copy of JIGSAW ISLAND at Paperback or Super Patron Paperback (EARLY BIRD) levels and receive a free paperback of the prequel, TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS (TWR), yourself. Pledges at READ WITH A … Continue reading

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New edition of TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS

Good Evening – Kalispera – In anticipation of the publication of JIGSAW ISLAND, its prequel, TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS has been re-edited and re-released with updated publicity on Amazon – HERE. JIGSAW ISLAND is written as a standalone novel, but if … Continue reading

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Diana re-appears on Leros!

In 2002, Martyn and I went to Leros to celebrate his 50th birthday. As usual, we stayed at Studios Happiness and had fun with the Varnas family, Mixailis, Eytychia, Despina, Takis,  and micra – little – Eytychia (granddaughters being named … Continue reading

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It’s all about observation and empathy – sort of…

I won a course on marketing my book (in this case TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS) and the tutor commented on my first assignment that some of its appeal might be to single mothers. I hadn’t thought of that, even though the … Continue reading

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Ego on the way up

Personal friends will know I’ve had a catastrophic couple of months – so much so that it may be worth a fiction if the plot is less chaotic than mine. The good news is that my new novel, JIGSAW ISLAND, … Continue reading

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