10 Facts about River

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An introduction to River from my upcoming cosy mystery, Poisoned Primrose

1. He can eat his weight in dumplings.

2. He’s 26 going on 67.

3. He’s Motts’s cousin on her dad’s side.

4. His dad’s nickname is Tomato–no one ever explains why.

5. His mum is Chinese.

6. He was named because of his mum’s deep love for River Phoenix.

7. Lives in Looe.

8. He is incredibly protective of his cousin.

9. Treats Motts more like a sister than a cousin.

10. He self-identifies as a Hufflepuff.

Motts Daily Routine.

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In Poisoned Primrose, Motts has a fairly set routine for her day. I thought it would be fun to share with you.  She’s does occasionally deviate from her routines but not frequently.

It’s usually friends or family who force a change.

Morning

  • Splash face with water
  • Walk Cactus (her cat)
  • Feed both her cat and her turtle
  • Breakfast (usually tea + toast)
  • Check email

Noon

  • Make + deliver/ship flowers
  • Lunch: Fish + Chips most days or a sandwich at her friends bakery
  • Another walk in the garden with Cactus

Evening

  • Relax watching YouTube vids (she doesn’t watch TV/movies)
  • Dinner: omelette + cheddar toast
  • Sitting by the fire, snuggled up with Cactus

 

Excerpt: Poisoned Primrose

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Excerpt

Lemon curd on buttered toast soothed a multitude of problems. Motts had made three slices to get her through the morning. She hadn’t quite recovered despite spending an entire day alone in the cottage.

Although needing more time to recover, Motts had several early meetings. Vina had helped her connect with a few shop owners in Polperro. She hoped to convince them to consider commissioning some of her paper flower arrangements.

Motts stared mournfully into her empty mug. “Can I take a sick day?”

Meow.

She ran her fingers gently over Cactus’s head, rubbing behind his ears. “Is that a yes or a no? Or do you not want to be left behind?”

I could have another piece of toast.

Procrastinating won’t erase your need to meet Marnie and Peggie.

It helped Motts that she knew both women. She’d met them several times on the Mottley family holidays to Polperro. They were lovely people who’d make her feel welcome and comfortable.

And yet, her anxiety refused to settle.

She had a lifetime of experience forcing herself to get through dealing with the world. Her autistic diagnosis had come late—in her mid-thirties. She’d felt relief at having answers, yet in some ways, even four years on, she continued to struggle to adjust to the paradigm shift.

Changing out of her comfy pyjamas into jeans and a long-sleeved flannel shirt, Motts stood in front of the full-length mirror on the back of the bedroom door. You can do this. Origami flowers are your bread and butter. Talk about the paper arrangements—you don’t need to make small talk.

Motts redid the buttons on her shirt. “I’m Motts.”

You don’t have to introduce yourself. You’ve met them before. They know your name.

 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/31oK3cb
All links: https://books2read.com/motts1

 

Book Review: Poisoned Primrose

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“This is a great start to a new series set in Cornwall and I couldn’t be more pleased with the location along the sea. The author does a fabulous job with our autistic and asexual protagonist, making her genuine and authentic. I am impress and am looking forward to more in this series.”

~ Cindy A., 4 Stars

 

What have I learned?

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What I learned while writing Poisoned Primrose?

1. To love writing again.  And that was a doozy.

2. How to effectively use an outline as a pantser.

3. The importance of falling in love with your characters.

4. Finding that one character who fires up your soul to tell their story.

5. To keep notes on every detail of a character and the people around them for a book series.

 

Excerpt: Poisoned Primrose

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Excerpt

Lemon curd on buttered toast soothed a multitude of problems. Motts had made three slices to get her through the morning. She hadn’t quite recovered despite spending an entire day alone in the cottage.

Although needing more time to recover, Motts had several early meetings. Vina had helped her connect with a few shop owners in Polperro. She hoped to convince them to consider commissioning some of her paper flower arrangements.

Motts stared mournfully into her empty mug. “Can I take a sick day?”

Meow.

She ran her fingers gently over Cactus’s head, rubbing behind his ears. “Is that a yes or a no? Or do you not want to be left behind?”

I could have another piece of toast.

Procrastinating won’t erase your need to meet Marnie and Peggie.

It helped Motts that she knew both women. She’d met them several times on the Mottley family holidays to Polperro. They were lovely people who’d make her feel welcome and comfortable.

And yet, her anxiety refused to settle.

She had a lifetime of experience forcing herself to get through dealing with the world. Her autistic diagnosis had come late—in her mid-thirties. She’d felt relief at having answers, yet in some ways, even four years on, she continued to struggle to adjust to the paradigm shift.

Changing out of her comfy pyjamas into jeans and a long-sleeved flannel shirt, Motts stood in front of the full-length mirror on the back of the bedroom door. You can do this. Origami flowers are your bread and butter. Talk about the paper arrangements—you don’t need to make small talk.

Motts redid the buttons on her shirt. “I’m Motts.”

You don’t have to introduce yourself. You’ve met them before. They know your name.

 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/31oK3cb
All links: https://books2read.com/motts1

 

Book Review: Poisoned Primrose

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“”Motts” is awkward and amazing. I love how she is always communicating with her pets. It’s quite heartwarming. The book is well written and the plot is good. It made me laugh and smile in some parts.
I enjoyed this quick, light and engrossing read. Definitely recommend it.”

~ Wayward Bibliophile, GoodReads 5 Stars