Thursday, 2 July 2015


Summer of the Eagles is now on a countdown price of only 99p on Amazon UK and 99c on Amazon US until Saturday!

Monday, 4 May 2015

New Editions of Tween Books

Now that the rights for Summer of the Eagles and The Jigsaw Puzzle have reverted to me, I've taken the opportunity to polish up both books a little and have republished them on Amazon. I've enjoyed going through them again and writers are always improving so it's a very good exercise!

I'm delighted that they are both now available again. Here are the details for anyone who likes adventure, mystery and a touch of fantasy!

Summer of the Eagles

When 13 year old Stephanie (Stevie) is orphaned and slightly lamed in a terrible accident, her life completely changes and her dreams of ever running for Scotland are over. Her Gran is soon no longer able to cope with Stevie’s moods, and sends her to an aunt on a Scottish island.

Although she gradually makes new friends and finds an interest in the bird sanctuary, Stevie is soon in danger from two bird poachers intent on harming the eagles. But who is the strange eagle-boy in the hills, who protects the eagles and helps Stevie to heal? And does he have anything to do with the painted rocks and legends on the island?

Review:  '...The action is well paced, the descriptions of the island vivid and the characters well delineated. Gradually, through Stevie's adventures on the island, we come to learn the secrets of the eagles. This is a novel that, once started, is difficult to put down. Although it is aimed at the tween market, it will appeal also to adults as they relive, through Stevie, the uncertainties of early adulthood. An ideal summer read.'

Available in e-book from Amazon UK and Amazon US and in print from FeedARead

The Jigsaw Puzzle

Twelve-year-old asthmatic Daniel stays with his bossy cousin, Amy, her mum, and two cats in the Scottish countryside during the Christmas holidays while his parents take a trip to sort out their problems. When Amy and Daniel make up an old jigsaw puzzle, the cottage and garden gradually change to resemble the Victorian cottage pictured on the box lid.

In between searching for the missing Title Deeds of the cottage to save it from land developers, they complete the jigsaw and find a strange rhyming puzzle hidden within the box. But what does it mean?
Daniel and Amy soon find out when they become trapped inside the Victorian jigsaw house. Will they solve the cryptic written puzzle and find their way back to the present before it’s too late to save themselves, the destruction of the woods, and their cottage?

Review: 'When 12 year old Daniel goes to stay with his Aunt and cousin Amy over the Christmas holidays he gets more than he bargained for. As he and Amy piece together an old jigsaw their surroundings begin to change, creating a larger puzzle for them to solve.

Daniel is a sensitively written character, with practical and straight-talking Amy a good contrast. I liked the creepy element of the jigsaw causing changes to the house and there was a good sense of panic when they become trapped in the past. Readers will have fun trying to figure out the rhyming puzzle.

I'd recommend this book for more of a middle-grade age group (9-12) and the characters are sure to appeal to both boys and girls!

Available in e-book from Amazon UK and Amazon US and the original is in print from FeedARead

Saturday, 4 April 2015

All Change

Although I don't keep this blog up to date at the moment, I thought I'd better mention the changes coming to Summer of the Eagles and The Jigsaw Puzzle, my two tween books.

The rights have now reverted to me and I'll be republishing them both soon, so watch this space!


Monday, 22 September 2014

Summer of the Eagles Special Offer

Just noticed the other day that Summer of the Eagles is now at the special offer bargain price of .99 cents on Amazon US or .77 pence on Amazon UK.

Although it's a tween adventure with a hint of fantasy, many adults are enjoying it too! Here's a reminder of the blurb.

Thirteen year old Stephanie (Stevie) loses her parents in a terrible accident, leaving her lame and her dreams of running for Scotland over. No longer able to cope with Stevie’s moods, Gran sends her to an aunt on a Scottish island.

Although Stevie gradually makes new friends and discovers an interest in the bird sanctuary, she soon falls into danger from two bird poachers intent on harming the eagles.

A strange boy in the hills helps Stevie to heal. But what does he have to do with the eagles and the painted rocks and legends of the island?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tween and YA Facebook Fun

MuseItUp – publisher of my tween books, Summer of the Eagles and The Jigsaw Puzzle, is hosting a We Love Tween/YA Books event on Facebook April 10 to 17. All tween and YA authors have been invited to participate.

Here’s the link if you’d like to join us!

Come and hear about the MuseItUp Tween/YA books – learn about the characters, enjoy some fun discussions and e-book giveaways, recipes, contests and so on.

Hope to see you there!


Friday, 28 March 2014

The Best Laid Plans

Well, my resolve to update this blog more regularly has come to nothing and I have to face the fact that I can't keep three blogs going any more. I'm going to leave this one in place as it has some good posts and author interviews on it, but I will only update it from now on if I hear of anything I can share from the children's writing world.

Meanwhile, my main blog, reading and writing, is updated at least once a week so you can find me over there if you are so inclined. I was at our annual Scottish Association of Writers weekend conference last week and the winning Under 7s story from that competition was one of the best we've heard. The whole room of adults was in stitches and I do hope the book gets published soon.

Happy reading,

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Book Choice: Stealing the Show

I read Stealing the Show by Ann Evans quite recently and I loved it all. One of the series of Little Tyke Murder Mysteries, this should appeal to middle grade readers. The author even allows the reader a chance to work out who committed the crime before revealing the answer to the mystery at the end of the book.



Emma and Lucy experience the chance of a lifetime. Emma has won a competition to spend the weekend with the hottest new boy-band around, Street Wise. She and her friend, Lucy, fly to France on the band's private jet, watching the concerts, going backstage. It all sounds brilliant, and it is. Until something deadly happens - and soon the girls are in danger.

Available from Amazon.