Monthly Archives: April 2013

Elizabeth Hull (aka C.N. Lesley), Formidable Woman

The Weeping Willow


It’s just been one of those weeks, where everything I’ve touched seems to break!  Apart from a long week at work, breaking the work bus then breaking half the things at home today, I was starting to get a little paranoid and frustrated with myself.  

So I sat down today and decided to write out my frustrations with another short story.  It’s a fantasy and perhaps a little on the dark side, but it certainly suits my mood today.  And having written, my mood is just about back to its usual cheerful self.  So take a look if you dare, at The Weeping Willow.  I hope you all enjoy. 

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School Violence and My Novel, Chameleon

Susan Finlay Writes

In the U.S. we hear about school shootings, threats, bullying, and lockdowns almost on a weekly basis, it seems. The problems occur not only in high schools, but also elementary schools, middle schools, and universities. Three of the most well-known cases are the December, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the April, 2007, shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institutes and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia, and the April, 1999, shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

According to a survey of students aged 12-18 conducted by the CDC in 2011, 5.4 percent of students reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife, club) to school on one or more days during the 30 days before the survey. If that’s not scary enough, in 2009, 7 percent of teachers reported that they have been threatened with injury or physically attacked by a student from their school. Between…

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Celabrating The Green Man

Celabrating The Green Man.

via Celabrating The Green Man.


Another lovely post from the excellent crime novelist Lynn Clayton …with some brilliant photos !

Greenwood Tree Cover Reveal

Here it is in all its glory, the cover to Greenwood Tree, available to pre-order from Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones and of course the publishers themselves (links below).

The background story :

‘Well, what do all mysteries have?’ said Aunt Isobel. ‘Money, mistresses, and murder.’

1783 – and Lichfield society is enthralled by the arrival of dashing ex-officer Orville; he charms his way into the salons, grand houses and even a great inheritance from extrovert Sir Morton.

1927 – and detective writer Julia Warren returns to her home in Lichfield to work on her next novel. Initially she hopes to find plot material from the past and set it in the present. Aunt Isobel, while making preparations for the annual midsummer ball, has managed to root out an old journal from 1783 which might prove a source of inspiration. Once Julia starts reading her ancestor’s journal she becomes absorbed in solving the mystery surrounding officer Orville. Detective fever takes over, and she moves from reality to legend as events from the past seem set to re-enact themselves in the present, and she finds herself unravelling more than just the one mystery. Who was Orville? Who was the agent, Oddman, set to spy on him? And who is helpful Mr Grenall ?

Pagan gods don’t walk away just because you stop looking at them. The Gronny Patch sleeps. Perhaps it dreams. Or perhaps not …

A complex, multi-layered story unlike any other, full of whimsy, horror, and mystery, shifting between the centuries and from source to source, until all the threads are finally drawn together by the imperturbable Miss Warren.

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Mrs Glass: More tea, Mrs Rawnsley?

Mrs Glass: More tea, Mrs Rawnsley?

Author links :

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Meet the Author: Simon Swift

Susan Finlay Writes



I’d like to introduce to you the eighth interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. He is Simon Swift.

Question: Hi, Simon! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?

Answer: I have always been a writer. My earliest memories contain the writing of stories. As a child, I had dreams of being a film star, a spy or an author. It was clear that of the three, writing was my real passion, and dreams aside I was never going be cut out to be the next James Bond or Marlon Brando! Every opportunity I got, I would write whether it be stories, poems, reviews and I am sure, quite a lot of nonsense along the way.

For a while, life took over and writing took a back seat to playing the doting husband and father, kicking a football…

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‘Women’s World’ With Robin Miller. Tonight’s Guest, Shea Kelly

Neat & original; don’t miss it ! #cyberpunk #books

Happy Birthday, Absent Woman.

Marlene Lee

April 8, 2013

Today my first novel is being released by Holland House Books.  I’m launched as a published writer.

Literally and figuratively, today is my birthday.

I was born a certain number of years ago.  The Absent Woman is born today.

As a matter of fact, The Absent Woman is about birth days.  Wisely or unwisely, Virginia Johnstone, protagonist, has chosen rebirth.

She begins the book as a woman absent to herself and ends it, present.

Will she have to become present over and over again?

Yes.  Every day.

Will she want to choose absence once she has chosen presence?


Happy Birthday,  Absent Woman!


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Review of Children’s Book ‘Errol Come Home’

Susan Finlay Writes

I’ve just read a cute children’s book called ‘Errol Come Home’, written by Harvey Rooster and illustrated by Jacoba Dorothy. It will be published in 2013 by Black Feline Publishing, Copyright 2012 Simon Swift.

I was immediately hooked by the story because it’s told from the point of view of the adorable cat, Errol. As a cat lover myself, I was also pleased that the cat looks exactly like one of my own cats. He’s black, shiny, and has green eyes. Errol leads a pampered life with his two adult humans. They shower him with love and affection, and with tuna and milk. He’s a very happy boy—until his humans bring home two children to live with them. Errol’s confused. He doesn’t know who these little people are, or what they’re doing in his home. Suddenly, Errol isn’t the center of attention. His life is changing. Even his food is…

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