Who else got battered by the storms? We had our back fence ripped out of the ground and it's now lying in panels all over the lawn. Definitely an insurance job!
Not much other excitement going on in England, or with me. I'm in head down writing mode. So hopefully there should be another book finished in a couple of months. Also, catching up on all those pesky Indie Author tasks. Moving my mailing list provider, updating backmatter in my paperbacks, trying to learn how to do advertising!
The dog needs walking a lot, even if it's pouring with rain or the wind is pushing us down the road, but thankfully spring is just around the corner so hopefully I won't have to freeze doing it for much longer! Do any of you have a dog/dogs? I love pictures. Here's mine.
January has meant snow for many of you, however here in England it's just cold and grey! It's generally a miserable month, where we've all overspent at Christmas and have to be careful. However, did you get any giftcards or vouchers? I did, and yes, I bought books. So, go on then, which ones did you buy?
I can't write any more as I have a lot of reading to do. See you in Feb!
I hope 2022 is a magical year for you all, and far better than 2021!
The good news for me is that I finally got my latest story back from my editor. It's an exclusive for members of my reader group (you can join HERE if you're not a member and would like to be) and a short mystery for Morgana from The Cornish Witch Mystery Series. See image below.
Other than that, it's a bit of a relief to have Christmas successfully done, and to be able to get back to work very soon.
May your own year be productive and filled with great books! Love, Stella
The Mystery of the Latheborne Diamonds
Just in case you wanted something festive to tide you over until the next book releases in the Cornish Witch Mystery Series, I have written a seasonal novella in the series which is on Amazon now. Just click the image below!
Fall, or autumn as we say here in the UK, is my favourite time of the year. We get to put on our snuggly jumpers, made hot chocolate with cinnamon and curl up on the sofa with a good book.
It's also full moon tonight (Nov 19th), known as The Frost Moon - this is because winter is coming. This year, the Frost Moon features a partial Lunar Eclipse peaking at 4:04 a.m. Eastern. The entire eclipse event will last for over 3 hours.
Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
Well, cozy mystery lovers, what a few months it has been! Fires and floods around the world, and love in the time of Covid.
But I still escape with a good cozy mystery, and today I'm especially happy because my favourite author has a new book out... Okay, actually it's me and I'm not allowed to call myself my favourite author because that's just silly when there are SO many amazing books out there calling to me. But still, I'm super excited that today is the day that Buried at the Bookshop goes live on Amazon and I hope you are a little tiny bit too!
It's free to read with Kindle Unlimited, or you can buy it. Click on the picture below to go to the Amazon page.
Today I was thinking about village names, as many cozy mysteries take place in quinessential English villages, so I thought I'd share some of the more amusing place names from the West Country of England, where I live.
1. Splatt. This is my personal favourite and I really want to be able to say I live there, just for the comic value.
2. Tiddleywink. There are actually two Tiddleywinks, one in Somerset and one in Wiltshire.
3. Temple Cloud. Doesn't that sound romantic?
4. Nempnett Thrubwell. It's fun to say
5. Tinker's Bubble. Also Somerset (seems like all the best ones are)
6, 7, 8. Velvet Bottom (Somerset), Happy Bottom (Dorset), and Jolly's Bottom (Cornwall).
9. Westward Ho! Yes, it actually does have an exclamation mark and facebook keeps deleting people who live there as it thinks they are being rude.
10. Mudford Sock. Also Somerset, and also very silly.
11. And finally, the rudest one: Shitterton (The signpost as you enter the village had to be replaced by a heavy boulder as the original kept getting stolen!)
My goodness what a year it's been! Here in the UK we went into lockdown almost exactly one year ago, and now in March 2021 my children have finally returned to school and I can return to work (writing that is).
So, I have shooed them out the door, with packed lunches and school uniform on that is now a size too small, and got straight back to my desk. I'm starting straight away on book four in The Cornish Witch Mysteries, and once again Morgana will have a murder to solve. There's a haunted book shop, a new friend, and a return of old friends too.
It's a struggle to get going again, but I've been 'thinking' about the book the entire time I couldn't actually go and write it, so I hope that will pay off somehow! I'll let you know...
Hello lovely readers. It's been a few months...
I intended to write a blog post every month but, well, it's 2020! The year which kind of battered us all.
But despite the pandemic and the massive upheavals going on both globally and personally (if you want to know more you can always join my private reader group: click here) I have written a story in my Cornish Witch Series, which you can find in the absolutely brilliant anthology Hexes and Holly. It contains stories by some of the very best paranormal mystery writers and I'm thrilled to be included. They are, of course, all seasonal; Christmas rapidly approaches!
So, with very best holiday wishes to you, until next month, Stella