The Month of Love

Today, being St. Valentine’s Day, how could I not write a blog about love?

My fiction writing is about love, in its various guises; ‘He is Not Worthy’ is about obsessive love and inappropriate love, where love wins out in the end. ‘Echoes of Drowning’ my 2nd novel, to be published in May is about enduring love, grief and love of family. And my 3rd novel is also about love – that of friendship, lost and found love.

Also, I wrote about my love story between my husband, in our autobiography, ‘Mixed Feelings’. 

So, as you can see, as for many of us, love is a hugely important part of our lives.

Inspire your heart with art

How does art affect you?

Do you value and appreciate it?

I’m not just talking visual art, but the many ways people create art; music, poetry, writing, sculpture, architecture even… whatever you find moves you with emotion.

Pieces of art, whether you are thinking about visual art, films, music, dance, or the art of writing, there are pieces that move us to tears, or cause us to burst into joyous laughter, or want to dance in response – and these are probably the pieces of art that stay with us forever.


I happened to notice that 8 January, 1940 was when rationing started in the UK.

When I was born in 1952, some foods were still rationed. Sugar, butter, cheese, margarine, cooking fat, bacon, meat and tea were all still rationed, and it wasn’t until two years later that the last food rationing ended. Obviously, as a two-year old, I was completely unaware.

After the second world war began in September 1939, the first commodity to be controlled was petrol. Then, in January 1940, bacon, butter, and sugar were also rationed. Gradually, meat, tea, jam, biscuits, breakfast cereals, cheese, eggs, lard, milk, canned and dried fruit were also rationed. Later as the war continued, other items were introduced, including clothes and even soap.

My world of TV and films in 2023

We both love going to the cinema, although we have gone less and less over recent years. We like to watch the big action films at the cinema, like Dune, but often we’ll wait for other movies to be on TV.

I can’t remember all of the films we’ve seen this year, but among them are:

‘John wick Chapter 4’; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3’; ‘Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning part one’; ‘The Creator’; ‘The Equalizer 3’ and ‘Puss in Boots’.  Apart from Puss in Boots, we loved the rest of them. We were both disappointed with it – it fell flat for us.

Interestingly, the only one of those films that wasn’t part of a series was ‘The Creator’ which we thoroughly enjoyed. It could have fallen into so many traps of the genre, but it had real depth.

My Favourite Reads 2023

I love reading, yet because I tend to read when I go to bed – I quite often doze off with the book in my hand. Because of this, I perhaps don’t get through as many books as some people do!

This year though I’ve read a good range of books including some by my old favourites.

Historic November Memories

Two historic anniversaries this month, both which impacted on me for different reasons.

The first event, because for the first time I saw my mother looking terrified, and the second, because it was a place I’d visited.

Cover stories –Unveiling tales within

I don’t know about, you I do look at book covers, and if they don’t appeal to me, I don’t even bother looking at the book!

So, obviously book covers are very important, and often the thing that people do themselves, rather than pay for a professional book designer.

Book covers should:

  1. Grab your attention – so potential readers look at your book as one for their TBR pile next to their bed. Looking at the cover do they want to invest time in reading that book?
  1. The image can be a number of things. A photograph, an illustration, geometric shapes, or just interesting colours.  The main things is the image should showcase the true spirit of your book.

      3.  The words on your cover should include; the title; the subtitle (if you have one), and the authors name.  The size of text is important, and there should be a hierarchy             to bring the words to the reader’s attention. So, the title should be larger than the subtitle.

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