Monthly Archives: June 2018

Southend Fringe Festival

Salad 2018Leigh-on-Sea, where I live, and its larger neighbour, Southend-on-Sea, is home to a large and lively community of artists and writers, who have banded together to form SWAN (Southend Writers and Artists Network).

This year, the Southend Fringe Festival will be taking place in July, and playing host to Southend Area Local Authors Day, affectionately known as SALAD. SALAD will take place on Saturday 7 July. The whole event is free and visitors will get the chance to browse many different genres of books and chat to authors. I’ll be there with copies of the updated version of The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book and my Eye Spy novels. Do come along if you are in the area.

Eye Spy paperback coverVenue: The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-ion-Sea, Essex.  10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a café and a nearby car park.

Later in the month, on Thursday 26 July, I will be at the Novel Coffee Shop, No. 98  London Road, Southend, from  7.00 – 8.00pm, together with authors Dee Gordon and Ann Duggans Robson, to chat about our books. This is a free event, but donations to Southend Mencap will be welcome.

Eye Spy II3And if you can’t make it to either of these events, there will be a chance to buy Eye Spy and Eye Spy II at a reduced price.

Paperbacks available from the Troubador webshop at £4.99 between 16 and 30 July. using code HB4.

Ebooks available from  at £1,99. between 14 and 27 July.


Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017

Eyespy2Cover_280317I’m thrilled to announce that Eye Spy II – Haunted was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017. For this award the books are judged by British schoolchildren, who awarded it a 5 star rating. Here are some of their comments:

‘Totally exciting. A bit scary in parts. I got the chiils reading it.’ Boy, aged 12

 ‘Packed full of ghost hunting. I loved the suspense. This author’s really good.’ Girl, aged 12

‘I liked the idea of kids trying to prove if ghosts are real. Also, I liked the pace of the story. Super fun!’ Girl, aged 11

‘The story was perfect for the children in my class. They liked the scary parts but also the mystery too. Well written with lots happening from the first page, I would see this book becoming very popular with teens and pre-teens.’ Teacher, aged 48

To Sum It Up: ‘A creep-fest of a mystery! A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Haunted is available in both paperback and ebook format from Waterstones, instore and online, and online from Amazon, Hive, and the Troubador bookshop.