On Character

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ― Helen Keller Like this:Like Loading…

A Little Wine Quote

“With wine in hand, one reaches the happy state – where men are wise, women beautiful; and even one’s children begin to look promising”. -Anon. Like this:Like Loading…

The Flying Pig

The Flying Pig Sometimes a writer comes along with a different sense of imagination than most. The author of this little poem is one. Genesis Cotterell is the author of ‘Aliens in Godzone,’ a story that when I read it, I felt came as close as any to inventing a new genre within a genre. When I […]

Writing For Fun

Writing For Fun by Amelie Rose Record your thoughts and dreams and turn a beginner’s writing project into a lifetime’s satisfying hobby. Okay, so you’re not planning on penning a world-rocking blockbuster of a novel, or fancy memoir – you just want to write down your thoughts and record events and incidents for your own pleasure and […]

Excerpt of Love Child by Amelie Rose

  EXCERPT of Love Child by Amelie Rose. Home and safety were just around the corner. Forget answers, all she wanted was to turn back the clock and escape this nightmare. With a sudden burst of energy she raced away from him but, as she reached the white picket gate and lifted the latch, long […]

Who’s Doing What…in Brambly Cott

To all my lovely Busypen followers… My latest book is a venture into the unknown for me – the cosy murder mystery genre – but I have had such fun writing it. However, as this is my first attempt in this genre, regardless of how much I enjoyed the process, I decided to put the first chapter here […]

Friends and Family

I was speaking to a writer friend the other day and she asked me this question – How do you get friends and family to recognize your writing? For a few moments I was stuck for an answer and then I realized why – I have been asking myself that same question for years. It does seem […]

Health Benefits of Humour, Romance, and a Positive Attitude

  Health Benefits of Humour, Romance, and a Positive Attitude,   We have all heard about the health benefits of love, laughter, and great attitude. Nothing beats a good old belly laugh to make us feel good, or a weepy romance novel with a happy ever after outcome to make us smile, or seeing someone […]

Book Reviews – How helpful are they?

Public reviews of books are seen by writers as the life’s blood of promotion, dictating how widely the books are likely to be read. Let’s face it – without reviews, all that readers have to go on, about the type of book they are contemplating buying, are the editor’s comment and a back cover blurb […]

More Books by My Bed

I’ve had a delicious feast of words lately and to crown it all off have just finished The Visitors by Sally Beauman. For SB fans this is an absolute must-read. It’s a work of art, beautifully penned with a story that spans several decades from 1923, leaping in time between England and Egypt with the […]

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