CHAS and cutting off dreads!

CHAS is the only Children’s Hospice Association in Scotland and they do some wonderful work with babies and children who have life-shortening conditions.  They are a very worthwhile cause.  Here is their page if you would like to read more about them: http://www.chas.org.uk/

My husband is cutting off his dreads.  He has spent 6 years growing them and is cutting them off to raise money for this wonderful cause.  We are asking anyone and everyone to pop anything they can spare onto his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Brian-MacLennan

We are asking for any amount, as we are aware this is a hard time of year financially speaking for most of us.  Even £1 donations will make a huge difference.  If you are looking to fund a charity or a charity event, please consider this wonderful organisation, and also this event.

Thank you xx

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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NaNoWriMo

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

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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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