Living Planet Index Report in Pictures

When will we realize there are too many people on this planet to co-exist with all the other species who share it with us?


Global wildlife populations will decline by 67% by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to reduce human impact on species and ecosystems, warns the biennial Living Planet Index report from WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and ZSL (Zoological Society of London). From elephants to eels, here are some of the wildlife populations most affected by human activity.


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Day 2 and I must admit I am cheating a little here as I resorted to my book of famous quotations.

Today’s quote comes from a heroine of mine whose wit was legendary, if more than a little acerbic. And yes, I guess the following is a little cruel, but you can’t help but giggle. If only one had the repartee to be funny all the time.

It’s by Dorothy (Rothschild) Parker – now if I’d known what her middle name before now, I’d had comprehended she had less to worry about than most of us – think of all those endorsements on her books – BookBub would have snapped up all her submissions in an instant!

On being told of the death of President Calvin Coolidge her reply was

“How can they tell?”

A simple four words. Impressive.




If the fairy gave me three wishes, then one would be to have my name in a book of famous quotations: remembered and repeated long after I am gone.

for the first quote today, one I never forget:

Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains.

Thank you Sharon Brownlie for nominating me. Check out Sharon’s books

especially Betrayal

which is a really great read – about a young girl who fell through the cracks and evemn though her behavious was reprehensible, she had good cause for her anger.








Now, if you are on my mailing list (just drop me an email and I’ll add your name – sorry, but I don’t know how to put a button on here) and you will find out what is going on behind the scenes. It’s very serious and I am very worried indeed, so it might be a good idea to sign up and find out about the legal action I am now involved in through no fault of my own.

But here I just want to share with you the beginning of my new book which is on pre-order until Thursday when it is launched and will be free on KU and $2.99 to buy.

Here is the link which I’m hoping you will click (one can but hope).


And, if you’re not sure if you’ll like it, here is the opening, read by my editor / actress and film maker Gabi Plumm.

You will have to click on this link as well.

If you’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Amie yet, she was once a timid little housewife, who went to live in Africa and her story is told in Amie an African Adventure. She gets into trouble with an army colonel and then civil war breaks out.

In book 2 she goes off in search of the child she’d fostered and meets up with an international terrorist organization in Amie and the Child of Africa.

In book 3, she gets herself into even more trouble and … I don’t want to spoil it.


Can I ask you all to please share? Would be really, really grateful.


I was going to post this in a blog, but thought more people might see it here. As it’s All Saints Day I want to thank so many people who have been such a help to me through social media. Primarily, in alphabetical order: –
Tom Benson who set up my web page for me all those months, possibly years ago. I’m going to try and upgrade it soon when I’ve learned a little more. But Tom, that address is on all my promotional pens and I think a lot of people have visited it. Thank you for your patience with a techie idiot.
Sarah Jane Butfield who always steps in at the last minute and does a great job in helping with promos. She has contacts all over the place.
Mike Cavanagh who replied to my sad post when I couldn’t share one of my radio interviews as I didn’t have the URL link and then offered to make a video up for me. Soon I hope to get it posted on uTube. Thank you Mike for your patience and all your hard work.
Here is the link so you can see what a great job he did. Ah, anmother techie problem, I can’t find a link for it. Mike! help!
Julie Haigh who is a whizz on Goodreads and makes sure my books are up there and in other useful places. She’s always ready to lend a hand.
To Gabi Plumm the best editor of all and who then recorded extracts from all my Amie books I could use in promos, such amazing talent. She’s off to America with her award winning films and I wish her all the best.
To all my beta readers I appreaciate the time you took checking out the problems and typos.
There are a host more people I’m connected with and my sincere thanks for buying, reading and reviews the books I scribble. – Maybe I will do a cut and paste into a blog, so even more people see this. Thank you everyone.

#Author Do you need a push for your campaign or promotion? Try Headtalk

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Hi all:

If you recall, a few weeks back I wrote about the advantages of joining in multi-author promotional campaigns (read the post here) and one of them was the fact that you could learn from other authors.

Today, thanks to another multi-author event I’m taking part in (an audiobook giveaway for Thanksgiving), I’ve discovered something called HeadTalker. It seems to work in a similar way to Thunderclap (although I’ve never used Thunderclap), the idea being that you can set up a campaign, and ask other people to provide you support, via sharing on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn, although they can choose to share everywhere or only on some of them). You have to choose a goal, a number of people who has to offer their support, and if you reach that number, then on a set name and time, your message (the campaign…

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Sadly I waved goodbye to the ellies, counting my fingers and toes in the car on the way down the hill to make sure I wasn’t a missing a bit. (Yes, I know elephants are vegetarian). We’d heard some horrific stories about the bad treatment some of them had suffered at the hands of their owners and one poor beast was hobbling around on three legs after stepping on a landmine. I was, however, only suffering from a sore toe. I’d watched the handlers smashing those large watermelons on the ground before feeding them to the elephants. That looks easy I thought what fun, and tried it as well – result, a bruised foot. I guess it takes practice and some spare feet.

We returned to our very posh hotel in Chiang Mai through the rush hour traffic which was quite horrendous

and the largest suite we’d stayed in for a long time. We could have hired a courier to pass messages from one end to the other. Don’t you just love the condoms on offer?

Just across the road we investigated this market with all kinds of interesting food on sale.

But wimpishly, we saw an Irish tavern and treated ourselves to some very European steak and potatoes, which was a change from the rice and vegetable diet more typical of the Far East.

Some beautiful, tall women came and greeted us, gorgeously dressed. I could have kicked myself later when DGH explained (in rather pompous tones I thought) they were examples of the transvestites who are common in the city. I didn’t take pictures! They hovered for a while and perhaps they were hoping to earn a few dollars by posing for the diners. I think we were the only diners there who weren’t local residents.

Now William probably didn’t notice the industrial revolution. He was too busy in his palace siring 10 illegitimate children. He attempted to sire at least 1 legitimate heir, but that didn’t work out too well. Mind, by the time he became king at the age of 64, he was probably getting a bit past it. Two of his children born on the wrong side of the blanket had died. He had them all with his mistress an actress (still a rather scandalous occupation in those days) Dorothea Jordan (born Dora Bland) with whom he lived with for twenty years.


I get a hint here that he wasn’t terribly fond of his wife. To begin with it was an arranged marriage to begat an heir, and even before the union William had written to his eldest son, “She is doomed, poor dear innocent young creature, to be my wife.”


I think she must have been quite easy going to accept the marriage – it came with a hefty sum of money from parliament but since William was 27 years older than her, Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen spent many happy hours in Marks and Spencers spending most of it. On good days she popped into Harrods, especially at sale time.

Have a great week, a safe Halloween and don’t forget my new book comes out on Thursday the 3rd in the Amie series – Stolen Future, which is on pre-order right now.  But another blog about that nearer the time.


My guest blog at Helen Hollick’s amazing blog

Another great book from Christoph fischer


Here is my guest blog, published at Helen Hollick’s

Was surviving WWII Luck for some?

“Luck” .. in “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”

my Tuesday Talk Guest, Christoph Fischer
Fiction about any war is rarely a light-hearted enterprise. Although there are many publications on the subject out there, I was amazed at the new angles and perspectives I discovered during my research for the project. Especially a war as big as World War II, with such a long duration and with so many theatres, makes it hard to think of the endless number of private misfortunes and life-altering events and new circumstances.
It is easy to forget about the smaller ‘players’ in the political arena and the people whose lives don’t fit into the broad categories of sufferers we know about. Was surviving the war really “luck” for some? For many countries in the east of Europe the ‘liberation’ by…

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How to Network Your Blog: 10/25/16

If anyone would re-blog my latest post about my new release, I would be over the moon!! I think I’m connected to everyone on the list above.

Dream Big, Dream Often


Here’s how to network your blog. The work is done for you, all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others.  The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

(click How to Network Your Blog to view yesterday’s post)

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Ann Cavitt Fisher

Moore To Say

Insane Roots

Lucky Otter’s Haven

Rendezvous En New York

Peace from Panic

Getting Fit for Forty

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Being Lydia

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