Friday, 25 July 2014

Stranded in the Seychelles Countdown deal

Bev and Carol have been friends since university, spending a memorable study break in France (‘One Summer in France’), followed by six months working in London as Playboy croupiers (‘Bunny on a Bike’).  Now, in their latest adventure, they meet up as they both hit thirty and decide to leave the normality of Milton Keynes behind and jet off to the Seychelles to teach English and Maths.

Based on the author’s real life experiences, with the emphasis on fun once again, Stranded in the Seychelles gives an authentic taste of life in a politically unstable country, where giant spiders and poisonous centipedes hide in every nook and cranny, and where the journey to work begins with an early morning bus ride and ends on a WWII landing craft.

Bev and Carol learn a great deal about the country, its people and its culture, approaching every new challenge with their usual joie de vivre.

For the next few days, you can download Stranded in the Seychelles for just 99p!  Just click on a direct link to Amazon to read the first chapters::

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Monday, 21 July 2014

My French Life is a lighthearted look at, you guessed it, living in France.


The bakers' (100 short yards from my door), is intent on staying open, in the face of enormous supermarket competition.  Yesterday, a man-sized blackboard, perched intrusively on the cobbled step just outside the entrance, announced the latest cunning offer:

3 cormillonnes achetées 1 offerte!

I slipped past, greeting my warmly dressed fellow customers, noting their various reactions to my shorts and tee-shirt, taking their scepticism of my suspect pronunciation on the chin, and prepared to ask for two of these crusty, grainy, wholesome baguettes.  How was it that I ended up coming out with four?  Outside the shop, having wished everyone a pleasant day, I wondered whether I had finally lost my marbles, and, more usefully, whether I had any butter in the house.

On the way back home, I re-enacted the conversation, deciding that the baker's wife, with her Alan Sugar eyes, was to blame for the bready bulge under my arm.  Never mind, I would freeze two and  bake them (inevitably to a crisp) when required, in the blast furnace that passes for my oven. Smoke rose alluringly in my worn-out imagination.

The baker is laughing - ha!  Sales are up - early retirement beckons.  

But what of his gullible, stodged-up customer?

Easy.  Next day, I send my husband, who is immune to special offers.  He comes back with the requisite number of baguettes, plus a selection of cakes and pastries.

Doh, and doughnuts! 

'Four baguettes!'

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Free download. Limited time offer.

On 18th and 19th July you can download my short story 'Angels' FREE.  Why?  Because I'd love you to sample my writing and see what you think.

It's here: Go to book

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

My latest read: 'The Secret History' by Donna Tartt

American college students doing drugs, studying Greek and committing murder.  Donna Tartt lures us into a world where the normal limits of college life disappear and something closer to supernatural anarchy takes over.  There are half-revealed scenes of ritual horror, betrayals of trust, free love for some, tantalising frustrations for others. 
The narrator, Richard Pappin, endures the agony and the ecstasy of becoming a member of an elite Greek class at Hampden College, Vermont, led by Julian Morrow, a brilliant and enigmatic professor, who remains mostly in the shadows and, despite his almost incestuous attachment to his exceptionally gifted students, is only partially aware of their extra curricular obsessions. 
Richard is granted entry to this elite group and begins to find out how Bunny, Francis, Henry, Camilla and Charles tick, although there is always the notion that secrets are being withheld from him.  We, too feel that we are honorary members of the group, only permitted to look through the blinds, as it were.  The result of such a fragmented view is that, in addition to constantly having to second guess what will happen (which we expect to do in any good mystery), we find ourselves fretting, worrying what these dysfunctional characters will do next to put themselves more deeply in the mire. 
At times, it was almost like reading something by Enid Blyton.  'The Secret Seven', grown up and with pathological tendencies.  Friendship has never been quite so stressful, or downright dangerous.
I did enjoy this book immensely, but there was something so destructive woven into the fabric of the writing, that when I got to the final page and saw the full-page photograph of the author, I actually shuddered.  Here was Henry, just as I had imagined him, but in female form. 
Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a seriously disturbing murder mystery with more than a pinch of pure madness.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Weekend Reading

For dark, psychological drama, with a strong female protagonist, you could download a free sample of 'My Grandfather's Eyes'. 

Feeling like something lighter?  Why not try 'One Summer in France'?  Bev and Carol will make you laugh, bringing back memories buried so deeply that you've probably forgotten what it was like to be young and carefree (if you're as old as I am...).

All my books are clickable on the icons to the right of this post.

Happy Friday.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Wet flowers.  Wet lawn.  Bad weather in France this week has been a bonus.  No lounging about for me, working on my tan.  I've been hard at work, as usual, writing.

On the back burner - my short story collection.  Waiting for bits of feedback and then I'll get back to them.  Problem is, there are always some that I feel more happy with than others.  Resist the temptation to publish too soon, Ms Spicer.  And how many short stories make a satisfying collection?  Don't want to short change my readers.  I have nine.  I like the idea of an odd number.  There are three others ready to go, but these are more murder mysteries and I'm reluctant to put them with 'Strings, and other disturbing tales', which tends towards the bizarre and the chilling, in terms of genre.

In the meantime - fully involved and struggling (in a wonderful way) with my new characters in my new book.  No proper title yet.  Just about at the stage where all my balls are in the air, so to speak, and I'm plotting and re-plotting where they might fall.  Always happens at around 30,000 words. Jack is key.  He's got to be balanced perfectly to intrigue and infuriate.  Maurice is elaborate and ambiguous, a real mind-bender.  Vera, a story teller, and one of my favourites, takes the reins, travelling into a past so beautiful and full of promise.  Jess.  Now, Jess is the one who will deliver a bit of a twist, I suspect, although at this stage I couldn't say for sure what she might decide to do.

Exciting stuff.

If you liked 'My Grandfather's Eyes' or 'A Good Day for Jumping' I think you will love this latest offering when, eventually, it is ready for your scrutiny. 

And to finish, I remain, as always, infinitely grateful for your comments and reviews, whether in depth commentaries or simple assessments. 

So, another 500 words before lunch and then, if it stops raining, some plotting and planting in the garden. 

Happy days. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

 Special deals on my books 10th - 15th April

I'm offering some free and discounted deals on most of my books.  Why?  Because I hope you will download and enjoy them, perhaps leave a review and maybe recommend one to a friend. 

Ebooks are always going to be cheaper than paperbacks, but I'm committed to getting all my work into print this year so that those readers who do like to turn the pages will still be able to enjoy my writing and pass books on to their friends.  

In the pipeline?  A new book of disturbing short stories.  Very nearly ready for publication, so be prepared for a whole new genre.  Some of you may know that I'm very interested in astronomy and all the physics that goes with it, so, if you like a bit of science fiction, you might enjoy the title story 'Strings'.  It's a bit of a shocker.

In the meantime, please help yourself to some bargain reading.  There are plenty of reviews on Amazon if you would like to do a bit of investigation first.  Simply use the direct links to Amazon in the right-hand margin of this blog page to any of my books that take your fancy.

Bon appetit!

One Summer in France: two girls in a tent (a Bev and Carol adventure)                   FREE
Bunny on a Bike: Playboy croupiers in 80s London (a Bev and Carol adventure)       99p
Stranded in the Seychelles: teachers in paradise (a Bev and Carol adventure)         £1.99
My Grandfather's Eyes: psychological drama/suspense                                          FREE
The Undertaker's Son: mystery and suspense in France                                          99p
A Good Day for Jumping: mystery and suspense in Crete                                       £1.99