The reason I’m asking -I’m on vacation in Lagos, Algarve. The place is a dream – golden beaches, a glittery teal sea, tangerine cliffs, white houses covered in the famous indigo tiles – and then there was a Portuguese water dog walking in the street. All black, all curly, and cute white paws. A whiff of barbequed sardines in my nose, I was thinking “What if?” What do you think? Let me know, if this sort of thing is worth writing about. Photo by Tim…Continue Reading “Would you read a paranormal romance featuring a Selkie and a Were-Portuguese Water Dog??”

You know you’re in trouble when your grandmother is a tree. Summers in the Fields of Bliss is a charming story filled with an amazing cast of (paranormal) types, none of which fits the mold. Vampire – check. But not your average blood-thirsty nightwalker. Fairies- check. But not your average cute fluttery beauties. Trolls, witches, and gods galore (the latter is a royal pain in the patootie). The author basically took her hometown, inserted her love for the place in the story, and then proceeded…Continue Reading “Book Review – Summers in the Fields of Bliss by Elisabeth Comiskey”

The global information war is raging, and it’s getting really hard to separate truth from lie. However, with a few basic tricks, there is a way through the web of deceit. Foremost, it’s important to take every piece of information with a pinch of salt. Facts can be interpreted in different ways. That is legitimate. Facts can be faked. That’s not legitimate, but unfortunately very common. The key approach to steering clear of info traps is 1 – Never rely on one source for your…Continue Reading “How fake to do you take your news?”

Since this is probably the busiest period in the year, I’ll be very brief. I wish everybody happy celebrations – and don’t forget to secure your reading matter for the holidays!! To ensure you can buy more books, Literary Wanderlust has come up with a great Christmas Sale, and that also includes my debut novel “In My Attic”. Here’s a link to their bookstore Books | Literary Wanderlust. But, of course, my novel is also available here: https://www.amazon.com/Attic-Magical-Misfits-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B085KPYKPT. Enjoy your break, wishing you a very…Continue Reading “Merry Christmas”

Book 2 in the Kea Wright Mysteries, this one works quite well as a standalone. I’m the living proof; I never read the first. It’s called “Cold Flood” and features a volcano erupting under an ice cap together a sneaky killer causing accidents on icy mountain slopes. As Mysteries go, that’s certainly an original idea, and I get the impression the author’s USP is knowledge about intriguing biological, geographical, and other scientific wonders he aptly presents to the readers. For me, that works. Minor gripe…Continue Reading “Fiction Review – The Meerkat Murders by R.J. Corgan”

Compiling on Scrivener for me has always been a bit of a nightmare. The new Version 3 promised a much improved experience, so I upgraded. What can I say? The nightmare got worse? Hey, that describes the experience more or less accurately. The help function didn’t help much since it kept telling me how easy everything now was. Duh. For IT savvy peeps, perhaps. But all I want to do is WRITE, EDIT and PUBLISH. I already have to maintain a website, conduct marketing campaigns…Continue Reading “How to compile with Scrivener 3”

My debut novel, “In My Attic”, first in the Magical Misfits series, has achieved a first place in the “Mystery and Mayhem Category” of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBA).Every year, CIB looks for the best books featuring “mystery and mayhem,” amateur sleuthing, light suspense, travel mystery, classic mystery, British cozy, not-so-cozy, hobby sleuths, senior sleuths, or historical mystery, perhaps with a touch of romance or humor. The novels in first place have advanced to the Premier Level of Achievement in the 2020 CIBAs. Find…Continue Reading “In My Attic wins first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards!”

Get ready for the Blissfield Literary Festival and the “March is Reading Month” – and especially 2 March. March 2: Lina Hansen Lina Hansen, a Germany-based author of paranormal cozy mysteries set in the UK and published with Denver-based indie press, Literary Wanderlust, talks about the challenges of cross-continental writing and publishing. She’ll explain her motivations for writing witch cozies and take you on a tour to the amazing village of Avebury, Wiltshire, UK, the setting for her Magical Misfits series. Hansen will also read…Continue Reading “Author Event – March is Reading Month”

Start the new year with some great witch cozy mysteries! “In My Attic – A Magical Misfits Cozy Mystery” is just one of a full set of great stories to help you slip into 2021. More great news to come – this year, the sequel to “In My Attic” will come out. Aaand – I’m working on another series. But one witch at a time. Let’s start with those we already have. Just click on the link to get more information https://books.bookfunnel.com/cozynewyear/6e2gcq35w6