‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

  As above, my Gothic Historical darkly comic tale of a family curse 'The Vilainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns' is free on Amazon today, 5 September, and tomorrow. It features the eponymous wild, fortune hunting viscount, a sensible but warm hearted heroine, a family curse and of course, a  haunted castle with … Continue reading ‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

Messieurs Gilles and Georges, Gentlemen of the Road, in Brentford

For a while after their fellow highwyaman Tom's shooting by a patrol of soldiers, Emile (known as Monsieur Gilles) and Georges lie low.  They have been dividing life between Emile's town house, where Georges is Emile's valet  and life in Brentford, where they are equals and stay with  the jovial rascal Mr Kit and his … Continue reading Messieurs Gilles and Georges, Gentlemen of the Road, in Brentford

Rules Writers Must Not Break and What Do J S Bach, Margaret Mitchell, Zane Grey and Louis L’amour Have in Common?

There’s a few things I’ve been wanting to say as part of some post, but I can’t think of any suitable one, so I’ll just mix them together in a miscellaneous post about market trends and rejections. The first thing is a story to encourage those who are trying to create something special, and meet … Continue reading Rules Writers Must Not Break and What Do J S Bach, Margaret Mitchell, Zane Grey and Louis L’amour Have in Common?

Another Uncharitable (Though Hopefully Entertaining) Post : Those Ten Female Counterparts to Those Ten Most Annoying Heroes

Having posted about the Ten Most Annoying Heroes from popular books by deceased authors, it only seems fair to post about the Ten Most Annoying Heroines. The problem here, as I said on that earlier post, was that I generally found these female leads provoking because the woman tended to lose most of her separate … Continue reading Another Uncharitable (Though Hopefully Entertaining) Post : Those Ten Female Counterparts to Those Ten Most Annoying Heroes

The Ten Most Annoying Heroes in Popular Novels

In my last blog post, I wrote about that piece of 1950’s pulp fiction, Eddison Marshall’s ‘The Viking’ and how I annoying found that hero. Then I remembered my Seven Most Annoying Heroes post, which I wrote back in the New Year of 2015. I realised that Ogier the Dane being, as far as I … Continue reading The Ten Most Annoying Heroes in Popular Novels

Ten Classic Ghost Stories

While writing some ghost stories myself, I have been re-reading some of the ones I came across years ago by way of inspiration. I found most of these in collections on my parents’ bookshelves. I’ve no doubt that some of them came as part of job lots from auctions, which my mother used to fill … Continue reading Ten Classic Ghost Stories

Re-reading ‘A Phantom Lover’ (or ‘Oke of Okehurst’ by Vernon Lee

    This is actually the third time I've read this, which has to be a compliment to the author. A fellow writer mentioned it not long ago, and the whole concept of a woman being infatuated with a ghost, and that made me eager to re-read it. I first read it in my early … Continue reading Re-reading ‘A Phantom Lover’ (or ‘Oke of Okehurst’ by Vernon Lee

Review of Rhoda Broughton’s ‘The Game and the Candle’: A Romantic Novel With An Unhappy For Now Ending

These days, it is a firm convention of romantic novels that there must be a happy ending – otherwise, it confounds reader expectations. While some writers and readers hold out that a ‘happy for now’ is sufficient – ie, it is left up to the reader to decide whether the new found happiness between hero … Continue reading Review of Rhoda Broughton’s ‘The Game and the Candle’: A Romantic Novel With An Unhappy For Now Ending

Review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: Vivid Atmoshere: A Shame About the Male Lead…

The atmosphere and the descriptions of the scenery were really good. The idea was original. It was well plotted overall. Generally, the characterisation is cleverly done. I also liked the heroine, who shows herself as generally brave and having integrity. I also liked the fact that the story was about ordinary people - well, they're … Continue reading Review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: Vivid Atmoshere: A Shame About the Male Lead…

An Acronym for Remembering the Essential Points for Writing a Page Turner

< I made up an acronym while writing, to remind me of some essential points to remember when trying to write a page turner. FLASH. No; not as in a flasher. Actually, I suppose conjuring up an a mental image of one of those old school perverts would be as good a way to entertain … Continue reading An Acronym for Remembering the Essential Points for Writing a Page Turner