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What about this freebie audiobook from brilliant writer Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Peter Grant Rivers of London series.

Firstly, I absolutely love his writing and have read all of the Rivers of London series of novels. With the supernatural theme, PC Peter Grant explores the spooky goings on in and around London, but it is the performance of narrator Kobna Holbrook Smith that really gets me every time. His voice is amazing, his narration is brilliant, his comic timing is superb, they could not be a better narrator for Ben's clever writing. A Rare Book of Cunning Device is an Audible exclusive, a short story that is currently free, a good 29 minutes of entertainment if you've not come across anything like this before, and a taster as to what to expect if you then want to go to buy the series starting with book 1 rivers of London. Get it now.

Free from Amazon here

Book of the Week – Camino Island by John Grisham. Not one of his most taxing offerings, and a book that reads exactly like watching a film. But a pleasant way to spend my hours in the car nonetheless. A heist in the world of collectables world goes wrong, and we get to know an undercover rare books dealer whose front is a successful bookshop on Camino Island. The dilemma faced by a young girl involved in assisting the enquiry, is what keeps the story going. Not one of his finest but worth a read if you have audible credits that have not cost full whack. To be honest I think John Grisham seems to have changed his style, in the last few books I have read. Maybe using ghostwriters or helpers to take his writing in a different direction, otherwise it's as if the prose is purely describing what would be seen if it was made into a film, which let's face it most of his stuff has been! So who can blame him? I will probably keep buying John Grishams but mainly because with my audible credits I only pay about £3.70 per credit, making it cheaper than many Kindle books.

Amazon says –

"All trails became dead ends. Tips that had at first seemed urgent now faded away. The waiting game began. Whoever had the manuscripts would want money, and a lot of it. They would surface eventually, but where and when, and how much would they want?

The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless), the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watch list.

A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts.."

Get it from Amazon here

Other news –


New dates for writing retreats with yoga and healthy menu. Since the August week is completely booked, I have arranged to more later in the year with local yoga instructor Jenny down from They will be on September 18 and October 16. £440 from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga, and a healthy menu. Do get in touch as soon as possible. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other news - 

  • RFY July dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 7th August and 4th September have spaces. (Mon to Fri ) More here. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night stay 28th August - one space left

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website,, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes



My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.




HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.


Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.

What a lovely first week off, using up some annual leave to spend some time down in Devon. Before I went, I put on the Gatineau product of the month, the Defilift mask - and after about 20 minutes this happened!~ Good job I live alone, haha! it felt nice after tho. We don't sell anything like that down in the village shop, as lots of Facebookers noted when they watched this video i took this week!

village store - a look behind the scenes

And I also found something that tickled me when I was out and about this week - 

Funny Moment in a car park in Torrington...


Did a lot of driving this week too, and listened to two tales on audiobook...

Book of the Week is Camino Island by John Grisham, and also there's a free audible exclusive short story from the brilliant Ben Aaronovitch, read by the outstanding Kobna holdbrook Smith - can you tell they are my faves? go here for more.

Medical Detection Dogs update - do find out more about the latest media appearances from these clever canines and their owners, and Dr Claire Guest, the founder who has now discovered they can help with early detection of Parkinson's disease too. Fabulous. More here including the link to buy the £5 raffle tickets that may win you a prize worth over £400! Enter before Aug 13th.

Other news –

Brand new dates for Retreats For You –

– Two new yoga retreat dates – September 18 and October 16,
– Two new edited work guided workshops and 4 night retreats with Sara Sarre from , Monday March 19 and September 10, 2018

Last minute spaces available for edited workshop on August 28, one more place left with Jane Watson

Three places left on September 4 with other writers.

email us for more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This week's QVC blog is worth a view - it's got the first of my two part 'tourist in devon' blog - with pics from Rosemoor and a trip out on the electric bike! go here to see it once it's up Friday afternoon.

We've got a lot of work to do over the weekend at the retreat - but hopefully I'll get some downtime as well and go see Dunkirk at the movies! 

Have a great week!





ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 2nd October can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had over 6500 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here



Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!


for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 


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