That Warm Feeling

I took half a dozen warm mince pies to my good friends Vittoria and Nino a couple of nights ago. It is the season of baking and we often exchange sweet treats. I enjoy Vittoria’s Italian dolce, and she enjoys my traditional British Christmas fare. We sat and talked for a while. She is very patient of my limited Italian, I’m getting better but slowly. During our conversation about my daughter and son-in-law’s upcoming Christmas visit, she got up and pulled my book “Princess Tess and her Mess” from her bookshelf. Tess of course is my daughter’s pup, and the furry four legged character in my book.

It made me happy and warm inside knowing my book is in their house. I don’t write to make money, but to share my stories. Knowing it is read and enjoyed in other countries makes me very happy.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097ND34BF Amazon US

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B097ND34BF Amazon UK

Also available in all countries Amazon services. Buy a copy for Christmas.

Halloween Camera

Richmond North Yorkshire:

Click click.

Click click.

“Where did that come from?”

A gnarled old hand reached out to the rock where a camera sat.

“Someone will be missing you. You look like an expensive little item.”

The camera case fell open. The old man looked into the lens, which reflected his face. Then he turned it around. The slideshow from the camera’s memory started to roll.

It showed a young man thrashing in the water. A leather strap coiled around his neck, writhing like a tentacle, pulling him down. His face was contorted in fear as he struggled to free himself. A beautiful young woman with big, sad eyes reached out to him from the riverbank. She tried to free him, but the strap moved like a snake across the water and wrapped itself around her arm, pulling her to her murky death. She disappeared leaving nothing but a ripple on the glassy surface. The couple was tied together for eternity.

The camera case snapped shut. The old man dropped it to the ground, his face contorted, as he began gasping for air. Clutching his chest, he doubled over in pain.

The heart attack killed him, and his death was captured in an evil memory for the next victim.

***

A camera hung over the back of a chair in a bar in Chatham, Kent. The barmaid saw it and looked around the bar to see if it had caught anyone else’s attention. No once was looking, so she reached over and grabbed it.

“This’ll bring a pretty penny,” she said to herself.

It was still in her car, next to her body at the railway crossing where she died. No one knew why the barriers didn’t go down.

Well, perhaps someone did. Click click, click…

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To read the full story click on one of the the links below to purchase my book Ghosts on the Sand and other Chilling Tales. Great Halloween reading for $0.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J3MLVNC (Amazon US)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07J3MLVNC (Amazon UK)

Buy the Book! :0)

I’m sitting at the breakfast bar/lunch/dinner table, (yes one table serves all in our house) and looking outside longingly. I’d love to go for a walk, but I can’t, because it’s raining cats and DOGS!
Which brings me back to my book. I am terrible at promoting myself, really bad. I love writing, and I’m about embark on another writing project. An amusing insight on retiring to Italy at the ripe old age of 63. There should be a few laughs to say the least. In the meantime, go to Amazon and buy my book. Princess Tess and her Mess is a story for all ages. It is an amusing tale about an old girl (me) taking care of a young pup, something I’d never done before. Everyone who bought my little story enjoyed reading it.
No crime, no violence, no suspense, just family, love and animals…what could make you feel better. Pull out your credit card and click on one of the links below.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097ND34BF (US)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B097ND34BF (UK)

Enjoy your day everyone. Pour yourself a glass of wine and relax with a good book…MINE!

Summer in Abruzzo

Parties, weddings, sunsets, food!

Making the most of summer in Abruzzo. It’s a whirlwind of fun!

Best Selling Author?

No! I’ll never be a best selling author.
Would I like to be?
Yes, but I write for pleasure, its my hobby.

I’ve written for therapy since I was a teenager, and it works, I’m still sane.
I self publish and promote my books as best as I can, but my sales never amount to enough to make a profit. If I make enough money to break even with the editing/book lay out fees, I’m happy.

Princess Tess and Her mess has been one of my favorite books to write. It didn’t wrestle with any inner daemons, it was just a book about a funny, curious pup. I’m working on a sequel. Will I finish it? Who knows?

I’m retired now and living in Italy, life is more relaxing, but I have a lot of exploring to do before I get too old. I also have a pretty busy social life for an old girl. Hopefully in between all of that I can find time to write.

If you have a couple of spare dollars, invest in my book, make me feel famous. It’s a fun story you can read to your children and grandkids, or if you’re an animal lover, read it yourself.

You can click on the link below, or on the book cover at the side of my blog.

Take care and stay safe.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097BVGKLG



Tess and the Treat Lady – A Shaggy Dog Story

Tess sat on the sofa watching and waiting. Jo and Christian, her people, had left her with Jo’s mum while they were on vacation. Jo’s mum was often referred to as The Treat Lady.
“Don’t give so many treats to Tess and Fendi”, Christian would say, “It’s not good for them to eat so many treats.”
Fendi, who was older than Tess, was staying with Christians’ parents for a couple of weeks.
Tess didn’t know how long her people would be gone, so she was watching the driveway, hoping they’d be back soon.

Here I am all alone with this human who doesn’t speak dog! She’s always busy, she’s forgotten about me already.

The Treat Lady had a real name, it was Sandra. “Hey Tess, cheer up, we’re going to have fun together.”

Fun, I not having any fun, I’m bored.

“Oh dear, you don’t look very happy at all, let me finish sorting out my bank account and then we can go for a walk.”

Did you say walk?


Tess leapt from the sofa, skidding on the wooden floor, and ran across to where Sandra was sitting.

Come on, walk, you said walk.

Sandra laughed as the champagne colored bundle of fluffiness pawed her leg. Tess’s turbo charged tail was wagging just as fast as it could and her little pink tongue hung out of her mouth. She was panting in anticipation.

Come on, you said walk, I heard you.

“I need to remember not to say that word. I needed a break anyway. Come on, we can walk for a while.”



Stories to Tell

I started writing again just over 10 years ago. Not really sure what sparked it. I hadn’t written since I was in my early (troubled teens).
Suddenly, when I hit my fifties, stories began flooding my brain and screaming to be let out.
The first story to emerge was “Guy at the Bar”, which brought back lovely memories of a small village in North Yorkshire called Brompton on Swale. Tears flowed as I wrote about my parents, how I miss them. If there really is an after life, they’ll be looking down at me and shaking their head and saying, “Our Sandra, a rebel to the end.”
Guy at the Bar wasn’t a best seller, but it piqued my interest and more stories followed. I recently re-wrote Guy at the Bar, and bundled it into a collection of short, slightly scary stories, called “Ghosts on the Sand and other chilling tales.” It’s still for sale on Amazon, along with my second book “Dead of July.”
Ghosts on the Sand Dead of July – Amazon
Now I’m retired and have a little more time on my hands so I’m writing again. I’ve just finished a Children’s book, inspired by my daughter’s pup Tess. I took care of Tess for a short time while my daughter and her husband vacationed in Japan. I never knew dogs could be so funny, or have so much character. I adjusted my mindset to write for children. I also had to think like a puppy. It was a blast to write. “Princess Tess and her Mess” will be published sometime this year.
The pictures above are my mum and dad. I never stop missing them. On the right is the King William IV, where Guy at the Bar came to life.
Writing makes me happy!

About Editing!

Yesterday I got my manuscript back from my editor. She has completed the first set of edits. For some reason I love reading through the stories again in edit mode. Not sure why. It gives me more pleasure with red lines and dots that it ever did when I read it prior to sending to her.
Maybe I’m reading the story in a different way.
Maybe subconsciously I’m happy it’s on its way to being finished.
Or maybe I’m just a freak, yes, I think thats more likely.
This book has been fun to write. I enjoy writing short stories, and this was surprisingly easy to pour from my brain onto the keyboard. Tess is a real living dog. She’s cute and funny, which coming from a “cat person” is a huge compliment. I hope to follow this first book with two more, and then what? Do I return to fantasy/thrillers? Or do I write another children’s series?
It remains to be seen!

Princess TessMess

My move to Italy slowed down my writing a little. Settling into a new routine took a while. Finally I’m there. As many of you know, writing isn’t something you can force yourself to do. It has to flow. As I re-read my book I realize I’ve rambled a little to much, it needs to be trimmed to 10,000 words or less, I’m currently over 11,000. Short stories have to be just that, short!
I’ve also changed the name. Originally it was “Queen Tess – a Short Shaggy Dog Story”, but after chatting to my daughter (Tess’s Human), I’ve decided the book will be called “Princess TessMess”.
This is a much better title. Tess is a bit of a mess and “Princess TessMess” is perfect for a children’s book.
Stay tuned, my work is progressing!
Writing will never make me rich, but it does make me happy!