2 December 2017

Book Review-The Girl Under The Olive Tree

I’ve read several books by Ms Fleming and have enjoyed them all. The Girl Under The Olive Tree does not disappoint.

Set on the island of Crete during both 1941 and 2001 it is the story of Penelope Georgiou who travels back to the island to face the ghosts that have haunted her since her time there as a nurse during WWII.

With historical facts and descriptions of the island and the events that took place during the war masterfully blended with fictional characters, it is a powerful depiction of life for the Cretans during the German occupation and is a testament to their courage.

The reader will be transported back and forth between the past and the present. The dark days of the war and the hardships of the fictional characters blended seamlessly with the Crete of today with its picturesque villages, craggy mountains and ancient treasures as the questions Penelope has asked herself for the last sixty years are finally answered.

24 November 2017

NEW RELEASE - Fitzjohn Mystery - Book 7


“The Claremont”, an outdated, run-down apartment building, is thrown into turmoil when its latest and most celebrated resident, Crispin Fairchild, conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is found murdered.

His eccentric neighbours and members of the orchestra appear saddened by his death but are they? Is one of them his killer? These are questions Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn asks himself when he takes on the case and unearths not only the innermost secrets of those who knew Crispin, but the enigma that surrounds him.

Available for Pre-order on Amazon


31 August 2017

A Fitzjohn Mystery - FREE

FREE September 1 - 5

It was an accepted fact that Beatrice Maybrick of the Maybrick Literary Agency accidentally fell to her death.
 Or did she. Esme Timmons thinks not.

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15 July 2017

Scammers Break The Kindle Store

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.

The Kindle Store is officially broken.
This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.

Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.
I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.

Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the problem wasn’t quite as bad as I was making out, and that this stuff never hits the charts and remains largely invisible to customers.

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24 April 2017

WRITING TIP #1 – Focus

I’ve found that when writing a novel, it helps if I plan what I’m going to focus on the following day. It might be to work on a particular scene or chapter. Alternatively, it could be a piece of troubling dialogue or adding a red herring or twist to the story. Whatever I choose I know that when I sit down at my keyboard the next morning, I have a specific purpose in mind.

What happens if I don’t do this? I find my mind is bombarded by choice and I start to procrastinate. This leads to avoiding the issue and finding other things to occupy myself such as sending an email, spending time on social media, going for a walk etc., and before I know where I am, the day is over. So, plan ahead and shove procrastination out the door!

What do you do to focus?