Return of the P.I

Your leading man or lady in any murder mystery, it can be a variety of personas and characters and with differing job roles but there is nothing more safe to a reader than having a private investigator leading the story (especially perhaps a troubled one).

Adult mystery writer Katy Munger’s P.I Casey Jones is back in “Fire and the rain” with quite a challenging journey ahead of her. One which takes to more than just a mysterious drama to investigate but also encounters with a few ex boyfriends too and other life troubles – Neither is anything she hasn’t faced before. So if like the author you missed your favorite P.I from before shes back in a new installment in “Fire and Rain”

Obsession with the mysterious

As a genre we truly love a little mystery and perhaps the grislier the better – UFO’s and all but a bit of crime drama well there are book shop shelves and TV channels with a focus on this theme.

We enjoy the drama of some deed that has been committed that is immoral and/or criminal and the need to find the resolution, the who instigated the wrong doing and why such a thing should have occurred.

Lise McClendon adds a female perspective to the before mentioned style of story. Women have some big challenges to deal with and these can possibly be something of having made bad choices and decisions and this fuels an extra complexity to Lise’s work.

Her current story sees her character in France where everything can not be seen as petite by any means – big drama, big romance, big issues and an even bigger crime.

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Spotlight tour – Bolt from the blue and fire and rain.

Today we are going to champion two great new books from two wonderful Authors as we participate in an IReads book tour.

The theme for this is the genre of murder mystery, intrigue and a little romance too, well why not?

Join me all day as we look at Lise McClendon’s mysterious and romantic novel of intrigue “A bolt from the blue”  and also Katy Munger’s “Fire and rain” detective stories .

If you have been suffering from the lack of detective and murder mysteries available and are now suffering from withdrawal then these two books will have you hooked and addicted to the intrigue again and will have you back on the “Detective” wagon.

If you would like to get your fix of murder mystery and what a Private Investigator gets up to, then follow the authors and their work on social media – #fire&rain and #ABoltFromTheBlue!

Let your suspicions decide “Who done it ?” and have you admitting “I never saw that coming!” begin.

More later….







Guest spot

Recently I was given the opportunity to guest on a popular blog by Esther Chilton and I wanted to know more…………

Esther has always loved words and writing, but she started out working with figures in a bank. She was on an accelerated training programme and studying banking exams, which meant she didn’t have time for writing so it wasn’t long before it was a thing of the past – or so Esther thought. Her love affair with writing ignited again when she had a serious injury to her back. It meant she could no longer carry out her job working in the bank and it led her back to writing, which has now become a daily part of her life.

She has now been working as a freelance writer for nearly twenty years, regularly writing articles and short stories for magazines and newspapers such as Freelance Market News, Writers’ Forum, Writing Magazine, The Guardian, Best of British, The Cat, and The People’s Friend to name a few.  

Winner of Writing Magazine, Writers’ News and several other writing competitions and awards, Esther has also had the privilege of judging writing competitions.

As well as working as a freelance writer, she has branched out into the exciting world of copywriting, providing copy for sales letters, brochures, leaflets, web pages, slogans and e-mails.

Esther loves writing but equally she enjoys helping others, which she achieves in her role as a tutor for The Writers Bureau. She feels like a proud parent when one of her students has a piece of writing published. Some of them have gone on to become published authors and have achieved great success.

In addition to tutoring Esther works as a freelance copyeditor offering an editing, guidance and advice service for authors and writers. She has edited novels, non-fiction books, articles and short stories. You can find out more about it here:


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Many thanks for all her help with all the writers she has assisted and wish her well with her future projects and successful students.


So there is something quite serious about writing, creative or otherwise. Sometimes there needs to be an investment of time – sitting there writing, tapping at keys on the computer possibly researching topics for your genre.

There should however be some sort of reward, a benefit, usually a congratulations of some sort. Perhaps a standing ovation! Publication being the end result for most writers. 

However for the learning curves and the before mentioned investment of time and good will, curricular or otherwise there’s the good old fashioned classic – the certificate. That A4 sheet that tells you well done whilst having been time stamped and autographed from a trusted source. It’s the one thing you will never put in the recycling bin. They can have pride of place on the fridge next to the adorably abstract kids art or presented professionally in a portfolio.

So for the love of hard work we collect our reward and show off at suitable (and perhaps less suitable) times. Think CV’s and cover letters that lead to interviews for placements or jobs.

So for the past year or two with much time spent either cosy nights in with the laptop or early mornings before I go to work I have been catching up with some e-learning and well there’s the new fan-dangled things called digital certificates now don’t you know.?

Well done me.



Educational staycation

So I have an end of year plan that involves cashing in a small savings scheme and use it to at least to pay towards a week at a driving school / intense course.

 The fore and against this method of learning to drive has been converesd and noted but it wins out because I can focus on the task at hand without consulting my normal diary, work diary and writing diary. Isolation from the before mentioned activities would also be an amazing help.

However that’s in the future. The current need for intensity is some home schooling. A thousand and one skills gap to fill, some just need the proof of a functioning skillset I do have.

So a week off and I have already reviewed previously logged in courses that need finishing plus the ones I have shown interest in (but certainly not started yet). Plus there’s the diploma too.

So this week’s educational program is to finish the lessons a third, a quarter and three quarters done with the mission  being to complete as much as humanly possible in seven days. Yes, maths is definitely one of my focus points.

So back to school I go, with the occasional visit to the coffee shop or restaurant or pub for a quick break. xxx

To Yacht or not?

We all know about price comparison sites. These adverts want us to believe that this will be the most important decision we will have to make today, this week, this month or perhaps our entire lifetime. It isn’t though is it?

 Hasn’t there always been bigger life decisions? We make decisions about our persuasion, gender specificity and a whole host of moments where we arrive at a conclusion you probably knew you would always make.

 There’s also the do I take the job? Do I get Married because divorce stats are through the roof so we believe. Vegetarianism or veganism?  To forgive and forget? What about social, anthropological and religious factors and upbringings and the consequences?

 There are so many questions on what should be done and what’s best. Sometimes we worry about little things. After some recent research, trawling the travel agents and glossing over holiday brochures I am just grateful that at this moment in time the only decision I have to think about right now is not only what vacation destination to choose but whether I should Yacht or not? Life can’t be that bad if this is the biggest decision I need to make. After recent challenge I am most grateful for this minor indecision.

Successfully avoiding all sailing puns in this post.

 Bon voyage. Xx