Wednesday, 30 January 2013

That was quick!


How exciting, Little White Lies and Butterflies is now showing on Amazon!

Yes, there's still a little while to go before the publication date, but if you pre-order now from the UK you get the price guarantee:

And on Amazon US you can sign up to be notified once it's available:

Hope you like the cover and blurb; this book was certainly a lot of fun to write.

Happy reading, everyone and as always, thanks in advance for your support x

Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

What a compliment!

The lovely Catherine Green has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Catherine is the author of the Redcliffe novels - dark fantasy, horror and paranormal stories and you can check her books out here

Thanks, Catherine.

So, here are the rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
And here goes:
  1. It's long been my dream to live in France.  Of course, dreams do come true, which is why I've decided to try and learn French this year - in preparation for the day this becomes a reality.
  2. I'm a housework freak. Oh yes, I do like to keep a nice, clean and tidy home, although sometimes probably to excess. So imagine my horror when today I decide that for once I'm going to let things slide, only for surprise visitors to go and turn up... Naturally, a patio full drying laundry, washing up in the sink, work out on every available surface, bathroom towel discarded on the floor (need I go on?) isn't exactly the best environment in which to receive guests! So yes, everyone, guess what I was doing the second they finally upped and left?
  3. I once spent about nine months living in Northern Sweden and despite temperatures getting as low as -36, I absolutely loved it. Anyone else ever had the pleasure of experiencing the hairs in their nostrils freezing?
  4. Memory foam matresses make me sea sick... Don't ask me why, but when looking for a new bed I once sat on one and within seconds I came over all nauseous. As I hadn't been drinking at the time, I'm putting this down to the fact that I'm simply one of life's delicates - living proof that images can most definitely be deceiving.
  5. My biggest 'blonde' moment was when my other half and I were watching the start of the Oscars ceremony on TV one year. All the stars were arriving on the red carpet looking as glamorous as ever and from his position inside the building, one of the hosts announced it was 'Limo Gridlock' down there. Well I'd never heard of this particular actor so obviously needed clarification... that's when I turned to Robert and innocently asked "Who's Limo Gridlock?"
  6. Most people seem to think I'm as mad as a hatter and reading some of the things on this list, I'm beginning to see why!
  7. I'm currently keeping the biggest secret no individual should ever have to keep!

So, if you now want to check out my nominations to find out if these gorgeous people are as balmy and/or inspirational as I am... here they are:


So that's it. Can't wait to read all about Jo, Donna, Kate, Nicky and Marilyn... and please feel free, readers, to reveal something about yourselves, too x

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A poet in the making?

It doesn't happen very often, but every now and then my other half, Robert, does something romantic. Like the time he didn't just make me a plate of chips, but a plate where each chip had been individually and paintstakingly cut into a love heart... I know, must have taken him hours!

Then there are the occasions when he's written me poetry. Oh yes, I've had a few poems over the years, all for my eyes only on account of his embarrassment, of course. Although he did read one of his verses out to those in attendance when we renewed our wedding vows a few years ago.

Anyways, the other day he asked me if I'd read another one of his poems, except this time it wasn't written with me in mind; he just wanted to know what I thought about it. Obviously as an author I know the last person able to give objective feedback is a family member, so with his permission I wondered if you'd all do the honours on my behalf?

A poem by Robert Tullett
Finally, he's fast to sleep
Of no distraction was my weep
I'll bathe my arm, I'll cover my bruise,
I'll clean my face that he abused
I can no longer dance this song
Just having to simply play along
Then after making sure it's calm
I'll gently wake our broken kids
I now invoke my strongest charm
So not to raise immense alarm
I reassure to stem their fear
And wipe away their frightened tear.
The light once far and often dim
Now screaming out and well within

Down the landing, to the stair
Scared to death we pass the lair
Relieved, we hear a drunken snore
 Memory of a bully's roar
Tears now streaming down my face
Gulping hard & quickning pace
Its time to leave this bad, mad, place
That screams of utter, sheer, disgrace 

Please cry quietly, little ones
I promise soon we shall be gone
Into the darkest cold of night
We huddle close to beat the fright
We grip, we cling, we feel its sting
Hearts now loud and echoing
And so to safety, so to light
 eradicating all our plight
 It did I fear take all my might
But now at least, we can sleep tight!

Personally, I like it. I think it's powerful. But despite having had poetry published I have to say I'm no expert. Which is where I'm hoping you'll all come in. 
So, guys, what do you think? Could Robert be a poet in the making? x