Sunday, 9 December 2018

Pony Book Authors at Faversham Literary Festival 2019

I am looking forward to appearing at the 2019 Faversham Literary Festival with fellow pony book author Amanda Wills on Saturday 23 February at The Guildhall, from 3–3.45pm. We will talking about all things writing and ponies and it is a free event, although booking is required.

Find out more here:

Friday, 16 November 2018

Short story in Christmas issue of Your Cat magazine!

Today you will find my heartwarming short story Will it snow this Christmas? on pages 58-9 of Your Cat magazine!  I was so thrilled it is featured in their special December issue. 

Don't forget, if you love cats, you will enjoy my novel Coming Home - available from Amazon!  
I donate all royalties to the charity Cats Protection.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

NEW! Directory for horse loving readers!

Please check out this fantastic FREE new resource for horse lovers and those who love to read and write about horses. There will be a directory of books and authors plus regular updates and news!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Equine Authors Blog Guest Post: Talking print books, ebooks and series titles

You can find me guest blogging over at the brilliant Equine Authors Blog, talking about series titles - as an author, is it better to produce a series as separate print titles or one chunky omnibus?  
What do readers prefer?  Click below to read the article.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Win a free copy of The Spooky Pony Mystery!

DIARY DATE!  On Wednesday 31 October, for a limited period, you can WIN a copy of The Spooky Pony Mystery and other stories, my latest title for Halloween.  Watch this space for more information.........

Related post:

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

5 Star Review for The Spooky Pony Mystery

Really thrilled to read the first review of The Spooky Pony Mystery and other stories, which describes the book as "gripping," "a page-turning read," and "a great read for Halloween."

You can read the full review here:

The title is available in paperback for £5.99 and the e-book is just £1.99.
Six spine-tingling tales. Available in all Amazon markets.

Thanks to Amanda Wills for the use of this image

Sunday, 23 September 2018

A spooky read for Halloween!

My new title, The Spooky Pony Mystery and other stories is now available as an e-book and paperback!  A fun, spine-tingling read for a dark Halloween evening......

The Spooky Pony Mystery
The riding stables have a new arrival – but Sparky isn’t your usual pony and when strange and eerie things start happening, Thea determines to solve the mystery.

An enthralling novella for pony lovers

Midnight Riders
A dangerous midnight race over a haunted bridge has an unexpected and chilling outcome….

Sara’s Riding Jacket
A chance purchase in a junk shop may not be the bargain Sara expects – because it hides a macabre secret that could prove fatal at the local Horse Show.

The perfect birthday pony soon becomes an unwanted gift – but why has Andrew been warned about leaving her out in the rain?

Dark Magic
Cordelia is captivated by her beautiful black horse – and his history - but delving into the past unleashes ancient supernatural forces and a malevolent spirit hell bent on revenge.

Catching Moonlight
The dapple grey pony seems like every pony lover’s dream and Carrie is determined to win him over, however long it takes. But someone is watching her – are they friend or foe?

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Horse who Dreamed of Home in paperback!

More than 2 years after it appeared in the English language as a kindle book, I am delighted that The Horse who Dreamed of Home is finally out in paperback! A heartwarming read suitable for all ages, it has romance, drama and, of course, horses!

Just £5.99, it is available in all Amazon territories, but the UK link is here

And if you want to know the story behind the story, check out this post

Saturday, 15 September 2018

More horse and pony novels available in paperback!

More of my horse and pony titles are now available in paperback format, in addition to e-book format for kindle. You can find them all on Amazon.  If I say so myself, they really do look - and feel - rather nice!  I hope you agree.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

TRICK RIDERS now available in paperback!!!

YAY! Two years after it came out in e-book format, my equestrian vaulting adventure TRICK RIDERS is now available as a paperback!  You can buy from Amazonor if you would like a a signed copy with a special message as a gift, then just email me.  

Sunday, 24 June 2018

The changing writing workspace

Finding a place to write - a constantly changing problem which I wrote about in

In 2012 I was favouring laptop on lap on sofa - not good for my back. 

November 2012
Although there is a desk in the living room where the TV is, at times I needed to get away to a different room to be quiet and concentrate, so I rolled the chair into the junk room and stuck my lappie on a small fold up table. That worked to some extent at the time.

July 2014

But sitting down for any length of time is bad for the back and every other body part, so in 2015 I began to experiment with a standing desk.  Having researched ebay and seen how much they cost I improvised my own with a plastic stool on the desk and this became my favoured way of working.  Last year, however, after major surgery, I needed to sit again so the stool went and I sat at the desk once more but making sure (trying, anyway) to take plenty of breaks. 
June 2015

But I am restless again, seeking a new method - one that involves plenty of breaks, but in a clutter free space and a separate room. My very old laptop had to be pensioned off and I have a new, smaller and lighter lappie, easier to carry around, and one which can run off the battery (my old one only worked when plugged into the mains).

Editing in cafes works for now - printing off 300 words of a short story draft then writing in longhand to expand and revise.  Then back to laptop to update.  Then more edits. I enjoy editing.  I just have to find a working method for actually getting new words on the screen.  Without compromising my back and eyes.  Little and often, I suppose.  

Any suggestions for productive and comfortable working methods very welcome!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Footsteps and ideas

Well, I haven't left the house since the snow....but I took some images from inside, looking out.  Footsteps can be a great writing prompt.  Where will they lead? To inspiration, an intriguing story?  Or another dead end? Ideas are forming.....

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Snow in March - I should be writing!

The snow is laying thick outside so I should really be writing....instead, I am nursing another cold and sore throat and trying to keep warm.  My partner is braver than me, and went out for a run, taking some lovely images.  Maybe I should use these as inspiration to write some winter scenes!

image Roger Hyland

image Roger Hyland

image Roger Hyland

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Mystery of the Spooky Pony

My novel for 8-12 year olds - The Mystery of the Spooky Pony - is available in Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish from Stabenfeldt.  (but not yet in the English language).

It's a fun story set around Halloween with a supernatural element. And lots of ponies!

Monday, 5 February 2018

5 Star Review of Forever Horse Trilogy!

I was so thrilled to receive a lovely 5 star review on Amazon of my Forever Horse trilogy from the wonderful Pony Mad Book Lovers. It is a huge boost for an author to get such great feedback!  You can click to read the review here.