The Island of the Mist and Halloween

I love this time of year.  I mean really love it.  Autumn is my favourite season.  The scents in the air, the crispness of the atmosphere, the utter array of vibrant colour.  Autumn is simply packed with that last burst of life.

Which contrasts completely with the festival of Halloween, which is all about death and the dead, ancestors, connecting with family, or laughing death in the face, for some people.  I love Halloween because it is all about creativity, about getting dressed up, losing a little inhibition and having fun.  Plus, I am a chocoholic, so that’s always a bonus 😀

my second book in the Kingslayer series has a definite Halloween-y feel to it.  With haunted castles, ghost stories, Sidhe and vampire-like creatures, to name a few ‘ingredients’.  I want to leave a wee excerpt here just for Halloween xxx

‘Neil could feel his son’s panic and knew something was very wrong. He called Dave’s name and all the girls turned to him, their dark hair floating behind them. Each one had blood dripping from her mouth and their heads were tilted at odd angles. Both Charlie and Neil saw that their nails were more claw than fingernail, and their teeth were straight out of a vampire film.

‘You have got to be kidding me!’ Charlie’s jaw dropped. Neil’s did too and an inhuman sound came out from deep inside his chest. He threw his head back and screamed at the sky. The sound could have shattered bone and the girls all wailed in pain, covering their ears.’

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So, November is almost here and I will be trying my hand at the annual NaNoWriMo – or National November Writing Month.  Its pretty simple.  Write a novel in one month.  Facebook Page.

I have an inkling of what to write but the thought of getting up to 50,000 is a daunting.  The most I have written before is a little over 40,000.  I will give it my best shot though.  This story will be an historical/fantasy.  If I decide to do that one.

On another note, I have set up a Facebook Group & Page called Threadbare.  Threadbare is  campaign to get people gathering recycled clothing/blankets or knitting, sewing or crocheting them for homeless people and those living in fuel poverty this winter.  The aim is to try to keep as many people warm this winter as possible.  We are not a charity but we are working with many charities, from Age UK to Mental Heath charities, those for the disabled and homeless. Please feel free to join in and share.

And when it comes, happy Halloween.

On the Eve of the Scottish Independence Referendum

Alyson Dunlop's Blog

10671211_908360105858271_2638490872699865571_n George Square, Glasgow, 17th September 2014. Over 2000 supporters of Independence for Scotland joined together in solidarity.

It’s the eve of the Scottish Independence Referendum September 2014. I want to write down everything I am feeling and thinking right now. This is a historic moment in world history and I am part of it! Never have I been so proud to be a Scot. I have spent months researching and educating people on social media about how important this referendum is to the future of our country.

This afternoon I went along to George Square. Despite what newspaper propaganda would have you believe, there were thousands of people. We filled the entire square, spilling out onto the pavements and across the other sides of each surrounding road.

I’m usually a bit uncomfortable in crowds, but after a few minutes of walking round, taking pictures and talking to a friend I…

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Author Spotlight: Rachel A. Brune

A great spotlight. I love this blog!

Welcome To My Worlds

Rachel A. BruneIntroducing urban fantasy author Rachel A. Brune (don’t miss the giveaway link at the bottom of the post, to win a signed paperback copy of Cold Run!)

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

When I learn something, I like to learn it all the way. I love reading, so I write. I like baking so I learned how to make bread from scratch. I like knitting, so I am learning how to spin. I enjoy German and Russian literature, so am learning the languages. All these random hobbies come in handy when I sit down to write a new project.2. When did you start writing, and why?
My mom has a story I wrote in Kindergarten about Santa Claus and a pie.  I think the jolly old saint got it in the face… I’ve always had an interest in writing, both creative and journalism. After college, I…

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Does every writer have these?

This is funny because its so true 😀

Mel Cusick-Jones

A funny list that made me smile, mainly as I have several of these in exactly the numbers specified 🙂

Do you have any of these? Or can you guess which of them I have?

Found at:


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Cross-media promotions & Life

Hi folks,

Trying to blog a bit more regularly just now and also trying to promote this blog, my face book page and my twitter page. If you would like to ‘like’ my facebook page, please feel free to do so here:
and this is my twitter page:
My facebook page is especially neglected. I am hooping to get 100 likes soon. I have almost 900 followers on twitter but the facebook page is severely falling behind. Will try to keep up with posts on both accounts, and blog here much more regularly as well. All part of the joys of motherhood 😀

Has anyone ever taken an MOOC course before? I have just started a couple and love them. I am on both Futurelearn and Coursera. Learning not only kick-starts my brain but it also seems to help with writer’s block and seems to free up the creative channels as well. I currently have lots of ideas for my final book in the Kingslayer trilogy (which I did start a long time ago but became blocked), more ideas for the second book of the as yet unnamed adult book (follow-up to The Wolf, the Witch and the Coffin), and another few ideas for another story altogether, which I shall not divulge as of yet.

One of the things I love about writing fiction, and especially fantasy/urban fantasy, is the fact that you are, for the most part, unconstrained in where you go, what you do and who you take along with you for the ride. It can be as dark or brilliant as you want it to be, as psychological or as fluffy as you fancy. There are few rules. As long as the reader can follow you and it makes a semblance of sense to them, you can do as you like (although having basic grammar/spelling etc is helpful).

So, with a few more courses under my belt and a spring in my step, the urge to write is very much upon me. My only constraint at the moment is time. I adore my son more than anything and am so happy to have him in my life. No ifs/ands/ors/buts. This is my time constraint. Once I have fallen into a regular pattern with Noah, then I can set about writing my masterpieces (can you hear the sarcasm in my ‘voice’?). At the moment we are still in the colic and now teething phases (he’s 4 1/2 months old), so establishing a routine has been hard to say the least. I am hopeful that this will happen in the next few months (and I can practically hear some mothers sniggering away at my optimism but I do try to be optimistic) 😀

My intention is to keep you up to date with what is going on maybe throw an extract your way, if I ever get to write one, and generally keep writing.

Noah, aka Son of Krypton (he spent a day on a UV bed while in hospital after birth and had a superman pose to boot) will still be a baby, I am determined, when I get another book out in print – now there’s optimism 😀
N xx

More recommendations

Been doing a lot of reading recently, esp in the YA field.  here are a few recommendations for you.  Hope you like them:

More to be added anon 😀

Busy, busy, busy! And Book recommendations!

So, I’ve been trying to get this final book in the Kingslayer series and I’ve actually started to write it, as well as having several trips into the big city (Glasgow) and dealing with the usual stuff that life throws at you.

Because of that I’m afraid that my blog here has fallen a little by the way side but no more, I hope to be writing here more regularly.

As I have not been on here for a while, I have a few book recommendations for you, a catch up if you like.


and finally:

Please note that first link doesn’t show book cover but is indeed a separate book!
Happy reading!

Procrastination and Mutual Support

Another day of avoiding the task of beginning a book.  It is always the worst part of writing for me.  Getting something (other than notes) down on paper/computer screen.  Like most people, I use other things as distractions, be it spending hours on the computer, reading (which is really research anyway, honest :o)), watching the play of light on the water and hills across from the house or watching (daytime tv) repeats of Murder She Wrote, with the indelible Angela Lansbury!  Anything is better than staring at a blank screen.  In this case, its the third and final instalment of the Kingslayer series.  I know where I want the story to go but just thinking about how I want it to begin is driving me nuts!

So it is that I come to ponder the whole aspect of supporting other indie writers.  Someone on the Goodreads site mentioned swapping links and I thought this was a great idea.  As indie writers I feel that rather than being competition we are colleagues.  We should be looking out for one another.  And so I would like to share a few links to some of my favourite bloggers.  If you haven’t already found them then please take a look.  Some of the content is not for children, please take note of that.  Most are fine but if you are a parent, please look yourself first and then pass on to your kids if you think they are suitable.  I really hope you enjoy them x

Chris the Story Reading Ape

The Accidental Cootchie Mama

Welcome to my Worlds

How I Exiled my Inner Bitch

Aoife Marie Sheidan

Library of Erana

Alyson Dunlop

Scottish Pilgrim vs the World

Sho’ Nuff Sistuh’s Guide to Organic Gardening

The last 2 are not about writing or books but generally good blogs.  I think this is more than enough just now.  I hope you get the chance to look at some of them and hope you like them.

Take care 😀

Free Promotion and Book Recommendation

Hi folks,

2 thinkgs to discuss today.  The first is that my book The Stone in the Sword is on free promotion tomorrow for 1 day only (6th June).  If you haven’t yet purchased it, please feel free to:

UK: The Stone in the Sword

US: The Stone in the Sword

Please note it is available from all Amazon pages in many languages.

My second topic is the weekly book recommendation and this week I am recommending a book that is not yet available.  It is most definitely on y to read list and looks simply delectable:

The Deceiver by Jessica Keefe, Link to Goodreads page

It really sounds excellent!  I look forward to this, Jessica Keefe 😀

Hoping that you are all enjoying a wonderful day and that its sunny and lovely where you are xx