Saving my Sanity!

I am indebted to my brother Clive for saving my sanity this month.  How, you ask? Good question. You probably know already that I have written more than the average number of novels. 33 of them in my Templar series, I’ve a Hundred Years War trilogy, a Bloody Mary series, plus several collections, novellas and … Continue reading

Astrohaus Freewrite – Hipsters’ Bait or Worthy Device?

As readers of this blog will know, I’m an enthusiastic user of any form of technology that might help me work, whether by saving time or making me more efficient. In recent years I have tried returning to a slower, happier age by writing my books by hand. I have attempted to use typewriters, I … Continue reading

The King Of Thieves by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
1325 and danger is lurking everywhere. Sir Hugh Despenser, the power behind the throne of Edward II, has found a way to get even with his enemies, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock, by striking at their very homes. But Baldwin and Simon…

Astrohaus Freewrite – Two Weeks In!

Okay, this is about the half way stage. Almost two weeks ago, Astrohaus were generous enough to let me have a Freewrite to test and review. When I first received it, I was very happy, mainly because it looked good and felt delightful to type on (if you want the original review, it’s here). So … Continue reading

Review: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER, by Martin Edwards, published by Harper Collins 2015

Review: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER, by Martin Edwards, published by Harper Collins 2015 ISBN: 978 0 00810596 9 I regularly get copies of books to review. In fact, rather too many. I currently seem to have a bit of a glut – probably because I’ve fallen behind with a lot of work recently and … Continue reading

Time For An Old-Fashioned Computer – The Freewrite from Astrohaus

Today I am writing on a new device. It is a machine that has polarised opinions. I have read that it is “the Ultimate” word processor, that it is a waste of money, that it is “impractical and overpriced”, an example of how “not to do software”, that it is the best writing environment for … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

It’s now a week and two days since I picked up our puppy. When I was a youngster, my parents always had a lot of dogs. When I say a lot, I mean a pack. We had four or five all the time while I was at home. I think my mother counted once and … Continue reading

Not All Keyboards Are Equal!

I am in the middle of an edit just now. I do not need distractions. I do not need disturbances. No, I need time to sit and concentrate on the flow of this story. But I’ve just received something. The nice man from the delivery service came and handed me a heavy parcel. Not a … Continue reading

A MURDER TOO SOON: A Jack Blackjack Tudor Mystery by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on Books, Books and More Books!:
Jack Blackjack is ordered to eliminate a spy in Princess Elizabeth’s household in this engaging Tudor mystery.  June, 1554. Former cutpurse and now professional assassin Jack Blackjack has deep misgivings about his latest assignment. He has been despatched to the Palace of Woodstock, where Queen Mary’s half-sister…

Keyboards and Tools of the Trade

It is a rare thing nowadays to find a specialist company that is, in the mind of the general population, taking a retrograde step but which serves a specialist market. I was mentioning to my wife recently that I thought I needed a new keyboard. ’Oh, another gimmick,’ she said – somewhat unsympathetically, I have … Continue reading