Women as heroines - speculation?

Diana, goddess of the hunt, Capitoline Museum

All fictional characters are, er, fictional. We borrow, mine, or lift characteristics from Real Life, but unless we want to get sued, the finally moulded form is a construct. We can gender mirror (I love using that expression – also made up), we can speculate, we can […]

Why is CARINA (just) a novella?

Good question! I’ll try and explain…

We’re still in Roma Nova, the remnant of the Roman Empire that has toughed it out into the modern age. It’s an alternative 21st century with many aspects exactly the same as in our own timeline, but some are very very different; Praetorian Guards for one. They guard the […]

RETALIO is awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion!

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You see the subject line at the top of the email: “BRAG Medallion Award” You gnaw your nails.

You read the first line of the email: ‘We have completed the review process for your book “RETALIO” Oh, gods on Olympus! You gnaw your nails down to the […]

RETALIO wins a 'Chill with a Book' Readers' Award

The most fearsome reviewers of your book are readers.

They are the ones who shell out their money and, more importantly, devote their precious reading hours to consuming your writing. And if they like your offering and give it a review, they have connected with and appreciated the random thoughts and wierdnesses that inhabit […]

INSURRECTIO – Book of the Month!

Against stiff competition INSURRECTIO has been selected as Book of the Month by the ‘Chill With a Book’ Readers’ Award. The silver badge goes rather well with the silver font on the book cover!

More seriously, I’m very pleased about this particular award as it’s one judged by readers.

Here are a few of the […]

Awards - do they mean anything?

When I began writing novels, I knew the value of recognition in the form of awards, prizes and third party endorsements; I’d owned and run a small business for over fifteen years and been very involved in the PR side of things.

Recognition – the public acknowledgement of your ability, achievement, merits or services […]