And it was true love.

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This week I thought I’d share just a few of the many reasons Bishan and Valor from The Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy belong together.

1. Poirot.

2. Pudding.

3. School boy bonding.

4. Pudding.

5. Friendship.

6. Patience, on both their parts for different reasons. Bishan is patient when Valor has a rare moment of spoilt pratness. And Valor is infinitely patient with all of the ways being autistic affects Bishan.

7. Opposites attract.

8. They were defeinitelymade for each other.

9. Laughter.

10. A mutual love of mytsery and intrigue.



This week I thought I’d share five different ways writing The Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy surprised me.

And boy, did it surprise me.

  1. Cinnamon. I won’t say how, or why. But…it was definitely an eye-opening bit of research on my part.
  2. The ending. As someone who doesn’t really outline, I rarely know what’s happening in the end. The person who ended up saving the day was a surprise for me.
  3. Valor’s family, specifically, his little sister.
  4. One death in particular in the first novella shocked me. I didn’t see it coming.
  5. Gnomes.

I can think of a few more, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

Next week, I’ll be back with another post on the series.

So Long Farewell.

(Ten points if the song is now stuck in your head. Sorry, not sorry.)

Saying goodbye to a book series is always bittersweet as an author…and as a reader. Saturday was a book release day for me. Haka Ever After came out and is the last of my Sin Bin series. I’m excited to move forward to new projects but heartbroken to leave my retired rugby lads behind.

It’s tricky, I think, to figure out where a series should end. There’s always a part of me that wonders about different characters whose story I didn’t tell. But then, my muse runs away toward a new shiny idea, and I don’t get a chance to be sad about ending my series.

I never intended to write The Sin Bin. In fact, I wasn’t supposed to write the story that inspired the series–After the Scrum. I had a completely different idea planned for NaNoWriMo 2015, but I made the mistake of watching a rugby match.

Big mistake.

Francis and Caddock sprung to life, giving me barely a week or two to prepare before November. And then, somehow, Graham decided his story wanted out in The Wanderer. Each tale led into the next.

It’s quite strange to look back on the series now. One of those moments where you can’t quite believe what you’ve accomplished. All those words on paper. It’s exhausting just to think about.

I’m proud of my rugby lads.

I’ll miss them.

But, I’m no to the next adventure.

If you’re a writer, do you find yourself missing a series when you’ve finished it?

Or as a reader, do you prefer to read a series or standalones?



A Wealth of Updates


A few tidbits of news to update you all with.

New Books:

Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming short story that I’ve written for an anthology being published by Hot Tree Publishing.

Blackbird Series

I’ve made significant progress with Lorcan, I believe it will be released sometime in September or October. I’m going to be releasing it individually as well as part of an anthology which will compromise the entire Blackbird series.

Lorcan’s story wraps up the Blackbird series quite nicely and leads me into the two series that I plan on working on next.   The Fallen Knights will be a series featuring Elaine and a mystery that she stumbles on while the Scottish Poachers is all about Ivy’s Uncle Roger and the family of Wildcat shifters living near to his farm.

More to come on both of these in the next coming months.  The first of the Scottish Poachers series will likely be the novel I focus on for NaNoWriMo this year.




There’s still time to check out the Paranormal Romance End of Summer Event with a big giveaway.


Authors to Check Out:

A few of my fellow authors with new or upcoming books you should check out:

Sheila Kell

Kate Austin

Casey Sheridan

L. Grubb

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