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A bit early but…Goodbye 2013!

This is my last post for the year. It’s been a busy, busy one and I’m grateful to everyone who has stuck with me through it all. Two books released this year, a blog tour, cover reveal, lots of giveaways, a couple of book cover revamps. And let’s not forget, lots of random posts about the craziness in my head. I hope I’ve succeeded in keeping you all marginally entertained. I thought I should end the year on a high, so here’s the revamped cover for The Other Slipper, which I put out last week. Hope you like it. Merry Christmas everyone and have a fabulous New Year!

The Other Slipper cover


The One About Christmas (+ Short Story 13)

Alas, the season of joy and goodwill is upon us. In October when shop stereos start to churn out carols and festive lights are turned on in high streets, it always feels like the fateful day is eons away and we are in no danger of being caught out. I’m amongst the head shakers who frown at smiling shop assistants that are forced to wear Santa hats two months to December. I always want to yell “It’s not even Advent yet!” but bite my tongue and walk on, wondering what the hell I’m supposed to dream up as presents for my friends and family this year.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and all its wonders but the over commercialisation of it has finally started to get to me. Before I digress and descend to a rant about the real meaning of Christmas, I’ll take a deep breath and point out that this is not why I’m writing this post. This is supposed to be a happy post.  I wasn’t going to blog about Christmas at all but as I walked home yesterday, I was overcome with an overwhelming need to burst out in song as I walked past a group of carollers in a shopping mall and once again as I walked past an elderly man playing “Jingle Bells” on a trumpet outside the station. I felt a need to share something (anything!) and as a writer, one way I can do this is to mark the occasion with a festive-esque short story.  So, this is Merry Christmas from me to all my readers out there. I hope you all have a lovely time whatever you do.

The Christmas Present

“What is this?”

“It’s a cat.”

“I know it’s a cat. Why are you giving me a cat?”

“Because it’s Christmas.”

“Lisa, a word please.”

Diane dragged her sister to the kitchen and glared at her without saying a word.

“What?” Lisa made no attempt to hide the smirk on her face.

“A cat? Are you trying to tell me something? Have I finally crossed into cat lady realm?”

“She really wanted to get you a cat and I couldn’t say no to a seven year old who thinks her aunt needs company, especially at Christmas. I suggested we get you a bracelet or something like that but she wouldn’t have any of it.”

“Lisa…” Continue reading