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Starting the New Year Off…

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! Where has the time gone? I’m still slightly shocked that it’s already mid Jan…at this rate we’ll be singing carols again in no time! Anyway, at the start of each new year I promise myself I will write more short stories for fun but life tends to get in the way (as always) and all my random story ideas get shelved for another year. So when I came across a flash fiction competition last week with a four day deadline (I work best under pressure), I decided to give it a go just to prove to myself that I can still conjure a complete tale in a few words. Suffice to say, I didn’t win (maybe I should have spent more than a couple of hours on it) but I kinda like the story I came up with so I thought I’d post it here. There was no theme (I actually wish there was!) but the word limit was 400 – 500. Hope you like it.

Refund – A Short Story 

“You can’t make me leave,” Jane bellowed at no one in particular. With her long dark fringe hanging over her eyes and her arms waving frantically in the air, it didn’t look like anyone would actually have the courage to try to move her.

When she was sure she had the full attention of her little audience, she pointed at the bag of chewy sweets she had dumped on the counter. “I was promised five hundred grams and this weighs four hundred and ninety-three.”

“But ma’am, it’s only a rough estimation. You can’t expect them to get it down to the last gram for every bag.”

“I don’t see any statement on the pack about estimations so I’d like my three and a half pence back or a full refund. I know my consumer rights.”

The rather young looking manager’s eyes darted around the store, making it quite obvious he wasn’t sure what her consumer rights were. He was probably wondering how long he could entertain her hysteria without scaring off other customers. She had been there less than five minutes and pretty much everyone had stopped what they were doing to focus on the unfolding debacle. Her glare wore him out in the end and he sighed, nodding at the checkout lady who handed Jane four one penny coins.

“I don’t have half a penny…” Continue reading


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

Happy New Year!

I couldn’t let today pass without wishing everyone a lovely New Year ahead. I also want to thank all of you who have supported me in 2012. Here’s hoping that 2013 is a bigger, better and brighter year for us all.

Much love,


Drum roll, cue 2012

It’s nearly here. 2012 – A year most of us approach with mixed expectations. On one hand, it is the year of the additional Diamond Jubilee bank holiday (thank you Your Majesty for living long enough to allow us get an extra day off work); and the year the Olympics hits London town (how much should we bet that the tube workers will threaten to strike right in the middle of it?). On the other hand it is a predicted year of contracted growth for the UK (some say it will be even worse than the first year of the recession but let’s not depress ourselves with that for now) and more importantly, the year the world is supposed to end (if you believe the Mayan calendar).

So what does any of this mean? As always, the events of the coming year will impact on people in different ways because we can’t be expected to all accept things in the same way. But notice how the good news I mentioned are not predictions but facts (we ARE going to get that bank holiday and the Olympics WILL come to London – unless something awful happens and ruins it all) and the bad news are all forecasts. Why should 2012 be seen as any worse than any other year? Continue reading