Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Roland Yeomans, a dear blogging friend of mine and I suspect of many others also, is facing a challenge today. He is going under the knife. I believe skin cancer has raised its ugly head again.

So, I thought if Roland were to wake up with the mention of his brand new novel, HIBBS, THE CUB WITH NO CLUE - or perhaps even a few sales, it would bring a smile upon his face. He deserves it. The story sounds positively delightful and I for one shall be buying a copy. I hope you will also.
Mischief is Afoot
What if? Why not? Could it be? These are the eternal questions.
In a Time that could have been but wasn't, yet might still be, a young bear cub wanders a strange valley where all the myths of the world are very real … and very deadly. In this timeless fable, the small cub evokes the largest of themes - hope and belonging, desire and compassion - with the lightness of a moonbeam's touch. 

So, I shall end this post by wishing Roland, not only a speedy recovery, but numerous book sales! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A man, a dog named Spirit, and the open road ...

After losing his son Lance to cancer, Ara Gureghian, heartbroken and empty, rescued Spirit the dog. As they beetled down the open road in their motorcycle with Spirit nestled firmly in the sidecar (complete with goggles), they became best friends and partners in crime.

The video is only two and a half minutes long. You won't regret watching it. It's absolutely beautiful. 

If you love the song as much as I do, it's called Hard Road by Steve Azar

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

Deeply shocked and saddened to hear that Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead in his home this morning.

The NY Daily News reports the cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the coroner’s office in California.

While the 63-year-old’s publicist would not confirm it was a suicide, he issued a statement saying: “Robin Williams passed away this morning.
“He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.
“The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Investigators said that Williams was last seen alive at his home at approximately 10pm on Sunday.

If you have a loved one who suffers from depression, there's a lot to be gleaned from this blog post

My heart breaks. Depression sucks.

Thanks for the laughs. 

RIP Robin Williams. I hope you found Neverland.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's New Cover. What the ...?

Unless you've been living under a rock (and a very large rock at that), you would have seen the new cover by Penguin for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring a young doll-like girl in full make-up.

In my opinion, Penguin has given a classic children's book a highly inappropriate and overly-sexualised cover.  
One of the original book covers
Now I ask you, is it just me or is this positively paedophilic?

I suspect Roald Dahl would turn in his grave....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cover reveal for THE QUEST OF THE ARTISAN by Donna Hosie!

Donna Hosie is a hybrid YA author and full time geek. Part Potterhead, Ringer, Whovian and Sherlockian with sprinkles of Whedonite on top. If it's fantastical, she's in. Originally from England, Donna currently resides in Australia with her husband, three children, and a crazy Golden Retriever named Harry (after a certain boy wizard, of course)!


Six months ago, seventeen-year-old Rustin Hall thought he knew what he wanted. Then he travelled back in time with his best friend, Mila, to the world of Camelot, knights and magic, and everything changed.

Now Rustin is the artisan, and he knows his future because it's written in the past.

But Rustin's plan to build the first temple for the Gorian druids is cut down like the trees he talks to when the Round Table reveals the name of the newest knight of Camelot: a name that carves fear and unrest into the other knights. With Mila now in danger, Rustin, along with his friends, James and Jalaya, goes on a quest to find her before a new malevolent evil gets there first. A necromancer is building an army of the dead, and they are coming for Arthur's daughter.

Rustin will join forces with a young would-be knight called Galahad, as his quest takes him into the very heart of the Arthurian legends he grew up reading. A quest that could be the end of the artisan's life, not just in Logres, but for good.
Due for release 2015. Click here for Amazon

Also by Donna Hosie.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Taking a short break while I navigate the turbulent world of publishing.

I have always proclaimed that I would not 'self-publish'. I appreciate that it has opened up a whole new world for many, but not for me. I will continue to bang on the doors of literary agents until my knuckles bleed ... Well, saying that, I have only banged on two doors thus far, and for my effort I have received two rejections, 'Badges of Determination' a bruised ego, and a broken nail.
So, if I have any aspirations of seeing my books in print, (you know, that paper stuff that books used to be printed on?) it is time to stop procrastinating, roll up my sleeves, show some backbone, buy a large carton of band-aids, and practice what I bloody well preach ...  

After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

So, see you all in a few weeks. With any luck, not bleeding ... too much ...


Friday, June 27, 2014

Left to die for a bowl of what??

Firstly, I'd like to thank all those who commented on my last post (it meant a lot) - especially Martha from Plowing Through Life, whose act of kindness took my breath away. Click to view the post Martha so kindly dedicated to me.

Secondly, this many sharks (below) are finned PER HOUR and left to die. Yes, per hour. And for what? A bowl of SOUP ... 

Scroll down ... if you have the time.

(I apologise if the graphic does not fit in. But hey, I'm sure you get the gist).

Friday, June 20, 2014

RIP my beautiful little boy

In all the excitement of having rescued Muppet, I failed to mention (to those new to my blog) that we have in fact, two other dogs. And in any case, I wanted the posts to be about Muppet. Nothing more.

Yes, Muppet was fortunate enough to walk into a ready-made-family. Two adorable brothers of the same breed. Shih Tzu. But yesterday, one of them died. Our sweet little Barnie-Boy.

In twenty-four hours, Barnie-Boy went from a happy, healthy, bouncy little boy to a vomiting wreck unable to catch his breath.

His death, so the vet suggested, was indicative of having been poisoned. Whether something had been thrown over the fence, or he ate something whilst at the beach - we do not know.

If you are not an animal lover, I don't suspect you will understand that we are heartbroken. The fact that he had fur as apposed to skin, matters not to us. 

Last year, Barnie-Boy's big sister, Coco died. We would like to think that they have reunited in the Land where-the-living-is-not-allowed-to-tread, and that they are madly chasing butterflies amid a vast field of daisies. 

Until we meet again. RIP xxxx

RIP Coco. 29th May 2000 - 2nd February 2013

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Muppet update!

             For goodness sake go away. I'm trying to sleep!
It's been about 8 weeks since I (with the help of others) rescued Muppet from a puppy mill. He was a trembling little soul terrified of his own shadow ... Click to see my first post.

And now? I'm delighted to say that he is a boisterous little boy with a happy and playful nature. His love for me is immeasurable. Always at my side just like the shadow he was once so afraid of.

But of course, Muppet has a past that haunts him. And always will, I suspect.  Someone, (definitely male) has hurt him ... badly. I know this because whenever he sees a man - especially an older man - he completely losses control. Along with his nerve and his bowels. It is a horrible sight to see something so precious, so small and so helpless, be so so aftraid. I cannot imagine the horrors this little boy has gone through.

Nevertheless, Muppet now has a 'Forever Home' with me. Each day whilst out on his walks, he gets a little more brave. Not much. But a little. Baby steps after all ...

Oh, and Muppet's got a cyber-girlfriend.  Did I tell you? Typical man. Doesn't take them long ...

What a little cutie!
Hello? I'm not bad either, thank you very much!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Funny figures of speech (Paraprosdokians)

Paraprosdokians (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'.
11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head
and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure...

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now!   

Look out for my Muppet update next week!