20th February

I am thrilled to say that Fortune’s Wheel has received a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award.



3rd February

I am delighted to have received a review from Discovering Diamonds
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16th January

I am quite pleased about this… This article, which I wrote as background to Fortune’s Wheel, has been published this month in our local free journal, the Meon Valley Forum, a really good quality publication. I was particularly pleased that the editor didn’t demur at adding my contact and buy links – bless him!



9th December

What excitement! Last Friday, I was invited on to BBC Radio Solent’s Drivetime programme to chat to presenter Sam Fraser (@samwessexgirl) about Fortune’s Wheel! Actually it was great fun, despite my initial nerves… So, in case you missed it and are dying to hear my few minutes of radio stardom, here it is:

6th to 17th December
Come and meet a host of wonderful supporting characters from the novels of twelve different authors (including me!). The characters you will be meeting will be one of those who might get Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, rather than Best Actor. Helen thought it was high time that some of these supporting cast characters had a chance to step out of the shadows of novels and have a turn in the limelight. What a great idea!


Saturday 3rd December 2pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Portsmouth
Book launch party for Fortune’s Wheel

I was delighted that so many friends came along to Blackwell’s Bookshop in Portsmouth on Saturday to share the launch of my new book Fortune’s Wheel. I had a wonderful afternoon, and it was a terrific boost for both my confidence and my book!

Thank you to my “writing buddy” of many years, Diana Bretherick (historical crime writer of City of Devils and The Devil’s Daughters), who helped make the event such a success by “interviewing” me about my writing journey.

Thank you too to Rebecca Smith (novelist, former official writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum  in Chawton, writer of Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas and The Jane Austen Writers’ Club, AND my wonderful PhD supervisor at Southampton University).

So, Diana set me going with a question and I was off, hand gestures at the ready!

And more hand gestures… I wonder what I was saying?

A reading…”Peter’s beloved little body was lying still, his slender legs awry, a trickle of blood oozing from his head, carving a bright red shiny trail through the floor’s dusty coating.” Not a dry eye in the house!

And what a thrill it is to be signing your very own published book! Fabulous…


Thursday 24th November 6.30pm
University of Portsmouth, Eldon building
Femmes Fatales: For November’s Portsmouth Writers Hub meeting, five female authors talk about he dark themes in their work, why they chose them and how they write: Cal Moriarty (The Killing of Bobbi Lomax), Steph Broadribb (Deep Down Dead), V.H. Leslie (Bodies of Water), Carolyn Hughes (Fortune’s Wheel). Panel moderated by Diana Bretherick (City of Devils and The Devil’s Daughters).