Free Online Crime Writing Course

How to write crime fiction

Just thought I’d pass this along:

Free Webinar on how to write a crime novel presented by The Writers’ Academy at Penguin-Random House.  Thursday March 29.

It sounds interesting. 

Here’s more info:

Missing child

Have you seen this child?


Good morning everyone, please stop what you are doing and take a look at this picture. We have a missing child in Montreal, I don’t personally know the kid or the family but it touches me like if it was my own little brother or cousin. He is missing since Monday noon. So please, may we all share this picture and if anyone has informations about Ariel please contact 911 or the numbers on the picture. Thank you for sharing. The family needs our love and support. May God bring him back to his family and little sister 🙏🏾❤

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International Women’s Day – March 8th 2018 – #PressforProgress – Coffee Morning Next Thursday.

I am far from the first to reblog this article by Sally and it is with great pride and conviction that I do so. Thank you, Sally, for articulating so eloquently what needs to be said ❤ and what we all need to be aware of. We are all in this together.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Next Thursday I am inviting you to a virtual Coffee Morning in honour of International Women’s Dayon March 8th. I will be sharing some of the quotes of women and men that I admire; who have made a difference to our world in terms of empowerment or inspiration. I would love you to join me with your own favourite quote and also your views on the subject of gender equality.

I am sharing my thoughts today on two separate gender issues, the first being the #MeToo campaign which has been stripping the entertainment industry of its glitter recently… You may not agree with all my observations but that is part of the dialogue needed to create change.

The second is the bravery and commitment to change shown by women in Saudi Arabia to obtain the right to something most of us take for granted.

This year the theme of…

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Tasting Samples

All my bags are packed

I’m ready to go…

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Besides, a rather small carry on, I’m taking along these books with me. Although my list may seem ambitious (even crazy) – especially for a one week holiday – except for a couple books, the rest are samples which I downloaded from Amazon to my iPad. I’m eager to get into them as I’ve read fantastic reviews for all these books. 

The Secrets of Married WomenOur Little SecretThe Perfect neighboursDon't Stand so Close

The Wife Between UsThe Chalk ManAdriftJourney to Death.jpgBecause she loves meThe Woman in the Windowbook-cover-the-perfect-nanny-by-leila-slimani The Memory Watcher

The Perfect Roommate Depth of Lies e.c. Diskin do-not-wash-hands-in-plates



Sally Cronin’s What’s In a Name? Vol. 2

I like to read in bed to get drowsy. Short stories are gratifying in this way because they allow me to hold my eyes open long enough to reach the end of the story. However, in reading Sally’s stories I found her endings reeling me in for just one more story as I fought sleep.

What’s In a Name Vol. 2 contains 16 stories.  Sally Cronin writes honest fiction that reaches the depth of real life, yet her stories are like bubble bath in a warm tub.
It was D.J. Kaye’s post that got me to read Sally’s book:

Cronin’s writing has a way of taking us into the character’s emotions, evoking an emotion in us in return, be it angst, fear, passion or grief. 

The characters in these stories – fortune tellers, con artists, arrogant narcissists, lovers – display courage, revenge, disappointments, romance and sacrifice. Some of the stories are bittersweet, some with surprising endings, many imaginative and all with just enough to satisfy.

Like D.G. Kaye, my favourite story was also about two beloved Xenias -a tender love story among three generations set in a lovely Greek garden.

If you feel like a little luxury treat read this book  – maybe while soaking in a bath.



Visit Sally’ blog at





Do You Shop in Fripperies?



It’s interesting how the meaning of frippery has evolved from cast-off clothes to an elegant garment.

Definition of FRIPPERY (Merriam-Webster)
plural fripperies

1 obsolete
a : cast-off clothes
b archaic : a place where old clothes are sold
2 a : FINERY; also : an elegant or showy garment
b : something showy, frivolous, or nonessential
c : OSTENTATION; especially : something foolish or affectedly elegant

“To take my mind off Chand’s awful words, I google maternity clothing. I’ve never been a fashionista; one of the advantages of wearing a sari was not having to develop my own style. Still, I feel a twinge of guilt in abandoning it. I take a sip of coffee as I scroll down the screen and come upon a frippery that sells maternity clothes. It’s close to where Suzy lives and I feel like company.”  p. 9 in The Longest Nine months

 Available at Amazon

Do you shop in fripperies?


Annika Perry’s The Storyteller Speaks


I have been following Annika’s blog for some time now and am always eager to hear what she has to say. Whether she writes about her reflections on the extraordinary-ness of life; providing tips for writers; reviewing books; or writing about journeys taken, Annika writes with a sense of profoundness mixed in with whimsy. 
Such is also the case in her collection The Storyteller Speaks.


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Her descriptions shine. Take as example where, in Biding Her Time a young girl  “…smiled sweetly, shaking her head, her long pigtails waving apologetically, the red bows catching the sunlight.” Or her humorous side in Chillies in My Handbag where she “feel(s) the reassuring caress of soft leather – my red Hermes handbag. Subconsciously I bend over and stroke it, with a final pat on the side. My surrogate pet.”
Then there are her stories of death. In A Bouquet of White: “First when they were young its reality as remote as the planets they gazed upon, with the unflagging belief in their own invincibility.” And her most touching and loving piece in memory of her grandfather in Loss of a Patriarch – “A farewell hug to last a lifetime.”

Perry’s stories are emotional pieces. Moving and honest. Filled with love and beautiful imagination.

The Storyteller Speaks Available at:

Amazon UK

Amazon US