20200425 – 5th weekend in lockdown

This weekend is the 5th weekend in lockdown.

I am back to preparing my second book to be formatted into a Paperback. When the pandemic lockdown started, and all the Festivals were cancelled, like many folks, I just lost the will to write. I am now making progress on the work needed to be done and in planning my work for the rest of the year.

I finished “Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar” by Olga Wojtas earlier this week. I got halfway through by reading a chapter or two each evening and then had to binge read the second half in one sitting. Definitely a lockdown read. I will be purchasing the second book by Olga Wojtas, “Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Vampire Menace” when I can get to a bookseller. I want it in paperback rather than the digital version.

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This is Princes Street, Edinburgh in the lockdown




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20200105 – New Year Resolutions

I’m not into new year resolutions, they tend to get broken shortly after they are made. So instead here are my writing goals for 2020.

1. Get the first draft of book 4 finished by the start of April.

2. Write the first draft of book 5 by the end of the year.

3. Get book 2 and 3 into paperback by May.

I will have to see if I achieve these goals before setting any more for this year.

If you have set yourself any new year resolutions or any other goals for this year, I wish you luck in achieving them.


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20191204 -It is now instore

I was notified this morning by email from amazon that my paperback is now on sale, it will take up to 7 days for all the keywords, details and links to my other books to be made. However, I have managed to get it on the store in time for dark fantasy readers to either give it or receive it as a Christmas gift. If you already have it or it’s not your thing or the person you are looking for is not into Dark fantasy, I suggest having a look through The Books I am Reading blog posts. I recommend any and all those books as Christmas presents.


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20191201 – Books I am Reading

Back in September of this year, I read “What You Pay For” in a week, a great read.



Claire Askew won the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2019 for “All The Hidden Truths”. Congratulations.


“In a House of Lies” is the second of my Edinburgh International Book Festival book reads.



Started reading Kursk The Last Mission. I’m not usually one for reading books based on actual events.



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20190902 – Books I am Reading

In my last post on ‘Books I am Reading’ I said I was bringing ‘The Priory of The Orange Tree’ to the top of my reading pile. Well I read it on my iPad mini, all 800 or so pages. I loved it so much I had to buy the hardback so that I could get it signed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month.


By the end of the first week of the Edinburgh International Book Festival I had already overspent on my budget for the entire Festival. All the books in the photo below were signed by the authors, it is going to take me a while to read them all.



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20190831 – Edinburgh International Book Festival

A great night was had by one and all at the The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers event at the Unbound event in the Spiegeltent on the 23rd of August 2019. It was standing room only for many at the event and a queue formed outside waiting for people to leave so they could get in. The band consists of the crime writers, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Luca Veste, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid. The band plays crime themed cover songs and they also played Glastonbury this year.



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20190810 to 26 – Edinburgh International Book Festival

The first Saturday, the temperature hit 21c and the crowds were out in force. In the bookshop were holding their parents hands and queuing up to get them to pay for all the books they wanted. In the corners the children were reading their new books. What a pleasure seeing children and adults reading books instead of staring at their phones.










The wickerman being built in the photo below was a representation of an astronaut from the moon landing 50 years ago this year.


The last night of the Edinburgh International Book Festival is also the last night of the Edinburgh International International Festival and that festival comes to a close with the fireworks Concert with over 400,000 fireworks lighting up the Castle and surroundings.







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20190602 – Bookmarks

My bookmarks have arrived in plenty time for the Cymera book festival next weekend. I will be at a table in the Creator’s hall on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4pm on 8th and 9th of June. I hope to see you there.



Scotland’s first SciFi, Fantasy and Horror Book festival.

Will be held on 7th to the 9th June 2019 at The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ.

More information can be found on the festival website –


Twitter: @CymeraF

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20190525 – Proof Copy

The proof copy of my 1st book has arrived by UPS and all I want to do is yell out “Squeeeee” I am so excited. The books have now been ordered for the Cymera Book Festival and I will be sitting with another author at a table in the Creator’s Hall on 8th & 9th June in Edinburgh from 10am until 4pm. Come along have a chat, pick up a bookmark and maybe buy a book.  Two years after coming out in digital, book one is in paperback.


Scotland’s first SciFi, Fantasy and Horror Book festival.

Will be held on 7th to the 9th June 2019 at The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ.

More information can be found on the festival website –


Twitter: @CymeraF

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