Delighted to announce my publishing schedule for 2020. It’s an ambitious one with the following books in the pipeline.
Snow in August: Sam Smith Mystery Series Book 16
The Olive Tree: Roots: A Spanish Civil War Saga Book 1
Looking for Rosanna Mee: Sam Smith Mystery Series Book 17
The Olive Tree: Branches: A Spanish Civil War Saga Book 2
Another beautiful translation from Cristina. Available soon 🙂
Recently, I visited a series of caves in west Wales where I learned about the Red Lady of Paviland. The Red Lady of Paviland, pictured, is an Upper Paleolithic partial skeleton dyed in red ochre and buried in the Goat’s Hole Cave 33,000 years ago. William Buckland discovered the skeleton in 1823.
The Red Lady obtained her name because of the red ochre dye and jewellery found at the site. However, later analysis proved that ‘she’ was a man.
This incident will feature in Snow in August, out soon.
The joy of research is it will often lead you to items you were not originally looking for.
While looking for books to place on the Europe by Book website https://europebybook.com I discovered the story of Nancy Wake, a remarkable woman.
“Nancy Wake (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011) worked for the Pat O’Leary escape line and the Special Operations Executive in France during World War II.
After the fall of France to Nazi Germany in 1940, Wake became a courier for the Pat O’Leary escape network. As a member of the escape network, she helped Allied airmen evade capture by the Germans and escape to neutral Spain.
In 1943, when the Germans became aware of her, she escaped to Spain and codenamed “Helene,” joined the Special Operations Executive.”
I intend to learn more about Nancy Wake and use elements of her story in a novel I’m currently researching.
Struggling to find the right presents for your children this year? Here’s fun for all the family! The aim is to become a tax-dodging millionaire. If you fail, you lose!
In a recent study, Buckets, Trapnell and Paulhus sought to examine the dark personality traits of Internet trolls. The researchers explored trolling in 1,215 participants and compared this to the dark personality triad, which is the dark triad – narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy – plus sadism. They discovered that all forms of dark personality were significantly higher in individuals who troll with sadism the strongest factor.
So many good people do so many wonderful things. Our political leaders pale into insignificance in comparison.
As ever, thank you for your interest and support.