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2014 did not go quite as I’d hoped for: after the start of May, the day job expanded so much that I had no time or energy for my own writing, not even in November for NaNoWriMo! I still have the four ‘Just Woman’ stories waiting for a final revision and uploading to Amazon. Then there is a question of whether I should take down some of my books that are currently on Amazon and repackage them, as Kimball’s Kiss and Gray Matters are looking a bit tired three years on (and how many modern printed books remain in print for over three years?) Meanwhile, my friend’s ‘Rheged’ series is expanding: her latest exciting addition is The Sun Goddess and the Moon God, another unputdownable adventure story set in 6th-century Britain. But her day job is also very demanding in time and energy, and her stories haven’t got beyond the beta-reader (me). So there is lots going on at this desk at the start of 2015; I hope that this year things will move off the desk and into the wider world!

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…is the title of my friend’s latest Rheged book: another exciting tale set in 5th-century northern Britain, with abduction, murder, mystery and an exciting chase to capture the villain before he murders again. Meanwhile, I haven’t done any of my own writing since March; my day-job leaves me completely brain-dead. But there are times when a writer has to take a rest from writing and read, so that’s what I’ve been doing.

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It’s because I’m too tired to write, or I need to put together a cover picture (… hmm: pictures of 1924 fashions wanted, please!) or because I’m reading. At the moment I’m beta-reading my friend’s book The Theft of Samthan, set in the kingdom of Rheged in the fifth century. She’s blended together history, imagination, her knowledge of local geography and a mystery-plot to make a relaxing story that keeps me reading.

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