Any requests for blog posts?

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:44 pm
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I've got two blog tours coming up over the next few months - Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour and Count the Shells. I'm already drafting blog posts, and wondered if any of you lovely peeps wanted me to cover particular stuff in one of them. Bits about writing, or these stories, or my characters, or anything? 

It is that time of year...

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:47 pm
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Yes, writing challenge time. I am working on a story. I have started it and made some decent progress. I even have a solid idea and know where it is going. It is going to be tragic and angsty. Oh joy. :P

I am going away this week so I want to get a good start on the story so I can get it done on time. So putting a little bit of pressure on myself.

Here is the word meter.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:48 pm

Thankful Sunday

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:23 pm
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I am thankful every single day for my hubby. He is the love of my life, my best friend, my sometimes caregiver, and all around good egg~!

Us a few years ago.
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Available for pre-order! The Cambridge boys are back, with a real conundrum to deal with.

“And hopefully by tomorrow we’ll be well rested, with our wits ready to tackle anything.”
“Indeed. The game, as Henry the fifth so memorably said before your ‘favourite’ detective stole the phrase, is afoot.”
Orlando, groaning at the reference to Holmes, whom he loathed, swatted his lover with a convenient newspaper, and turned his attention to the fire. Jonty, delighted at Orlando’s change of heart regarding the case, took out the cups and thermos to soak them overnight, and then headed for the stairs.
A case, a palpable case. And if they ended up finding Owens innocent, how impressive would that look?

Plenty more extracts at Rainbow Snippets FB group.

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Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop Mystery, #1)Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was our July cozy at Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club(facebook) and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, especially the special little twist at the end. Scarlett Parker moves to England to help her cousin run a hat shop they inherited from their grandmother, and murder and mayhem ensues. Viv, her cousin, is missing, she doesn't know how to make hats and a posh Lady is murdered wearing only a hat that Viv designed!

The characters are likable, and the story has a nice pace. I will actually read more of this series.

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Random is random

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:37 pm
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Two random videos from my playlist.

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Life in general

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:11 pm
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Or what I'm doing on my summer vacation...

Long time, no rl update. The reason is that my life is rather quiet, for the most part.

It's hot here... very hot, mid-90s and so humid that the air drips.

I spend my days playing games on Facebook, which I would leave but for my game addiction.

I also do quite a few things in the Babylon 5 fandom - an update every two weeks of fandom things like fics, art and newsishness, I mod and post at a rewatch group as well. we are over halfway through Season 4. If you're a fan, join us at either Lj or Dw. Our name is B5_revisited. Once a year, I mod a B5 fan celebration called Babylon 5 Love and we post B5 fics, art , metas... anything every day for a month, usually Feb because well, you know, love!

I am doing Sins this year (Or is it still Ardor in August?). I have the story in my head but not typed yet. Starting this week.

Signups for the Oeam Big bang close at the end of the month as well. We have several. I wish we'd get a big bunch but OEAM apparently doesn't reach far and I'm just not a Tumblr person... NO clue what one does there.

OEAM is still up and running - the self upload site that EVERYONE swore they wanted so they could post to... um, I post there and maybe one more person now and again. It's a lovely archive and I monitor it nearly every day. It doesn't show up right on Google and I can't fix it. After Tallulah, Elfscribe and Marius (and others as well) worked and worked and worked, my webhost sent me a note telling us that we were using too much band width and if we didn't cut it down, they were going to shut us down. We - well Tallulah - worked tirelessly to do all the things they suggested to no avail. SOOOO I got us a new webhost and we were never able to get the site uploaded there. We realized that we were not using what they said anyway. They were doing this in an attempt to get me to change to a $40+ a month site, which I refused to do. So as one of the fixes, we sort of got off the search engines. We are at - nothing more. That is us.

I'm still old and still mobility impaired. I work on gaming, fanning and I've taken up reading cozy mysteries and belong to a group at FB that discusses one a month. It's fun. I am trying to spend more time reading than I have in past years. I also have a new overlock sewing machine... brand new - not even out of the box yet. I have to learn how to use it now. There are lots of nice videos at Youtube (you can learn to do almost anything there). I ma making some little craftish sewing projects and hope to make a few clothes as well when I get the hang of this thing.

Larry works at home and is working lots of long hours so I'm on my own most of the time. Sometimes I think it would be nice if he had an office off the premises... but then again, he is here all the time and I kinda like that, too.

That's all I can think of... gotta grab a shower and then it'll be time for Chinese takeout and British mysteries on PBS - our Saturday night excitement. I do love my Midsomer Murders!

So what are all y'all up to this summer? (Really! I want to know!)

Charlie's latest newsletter

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:23 pm
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A real milestone for the Cochranes this week when our youngest girl graduated from University. I have to confess that tears were shed among the smiles. Don’t tempus blooming fugit?


The big news is that “Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour” is now available for pre-order,  with a release date of August 14th. At present, it’s only going to be out as an e-book as it’s novella length, but here’s a question: would any of you lovely lot be interested in a print version? Please let me know, as I’m gauging interest.

I keep being asked when the first eight Cambridge Fellows books will be available again, but at present I don’t have a definite date. Books 9 through 12 are still out, from Riptide, (you can buy all four at a discount) and book one is in audio version. And don’t forget there is a pile of free Jonty & Orlando stories (among others) at my website.

If you’re in the Sussex area, and you fancy coming and annoying me, I’ll be at the Meet the Authors event on the afternoon of August 9th, at the Selsey Centre. The Deadly Dames will also be appearing at a U3A event in Selsey later in the year. No comments about how that’s the right age range for us! We’re also putting our Damely feelers out for appearances in 2018. More news when we have it.

And finally, en route to the graduation, we stopped in Sidmouth. Stunning flowers!



Jul. 19th, 2017 04:52 pm

A new Cambridge Fellows story!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:42 pm
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I'm delighted to announce that Jonty and Orlando have started to talk to their official biographer (me) once more, having been annoyingly silent these past couple of years. And, in their loquacious manner, they've told me one entirely new story and are bending my ear with another. These will, I hope, be the start of a series of novella length mysteries.

The first Cambridge Fellows Mystery short is 'Lessons in Loving thy Murderous Neighbour' and it's available for pre-order now with an August 14th release date. I'll be blethering on about it between now and then but for the moment here's the blurb:

Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith like nothing more than being given a mystery to solve. But what happens when you have to defend your greatest enemy on a charge of murder?


What ho, Carruthers!

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:38 pm
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It was smooth sailing once they'd got past the smallpox.

Caped Crusaders

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:51 pm
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A female Doctor. So yesterday. *yawns* *is bored*

Drabble: Trust Me! (Docotr Who)

Jul. 17th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Title: Trust Me
Fandom: Doctor Who
Disclaimer: I do not own nor do I profit from these characters.
Rating: PG
Author: Alex (
Type: 100 word Drabble
Note: For the July
drabble Challenge
Summary: Sometimes things are not what they appear.



“That’s not the TARDIS!” Amy Pond shouted as they approached the shiny little camper.

“But we’re in America now,” the Doctor said. “They don’t travel around in blue Police boxes! They like something shinier, more snazzy!” He was wiggly with excitement as only this Doctor could be.

“Looks more like a sardine tin to me,” Rory chimed in.

The Doctor looked exasperated for a minute, then said, “Go on in with you! You’ll see!”

Slowly they opened the door and stepped inside…

The TARDIS! All bigger on the inside and everything.

“How?” Amy asked.

“Trust me, Amy. I’m the Doctor!”
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Title: The Madman on the Mountain
Fandom: LOTRP
Disclaimer: I do not own nor do I profit from these characters.
Rating: PG
Author: Alex (
Type: 100 word Drabble
Note: For the July Drabble Challenge
Summary: Bungee Jumping!



“Are you nuts?” Sean’s eyes blazed with fear and anger, his accent heavy as it often was when he was upset. “I’m not gonna kill myself fer a bit of a thrill!”

Viggo shrugged and began to put on the harness, not saying a word.

“I didn’t come to Switzerland to splatter myself all over the mountains,” Sean continued.

Viggo began to put the other harness on Sean, who continued to complain loudly, but did nothing to stop him. When all was done, Viggo took Sean’s hand, grinned at him and said one word.


“Hell no!”

They jumped together.


Jul. 17th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Need to update more often. Ummmm.

June SWG challenge fic is not yet finished but will be eventually. Have a strong urge to pick a song from the July/August challenge too, but fortunately I can't settle on just one. Life is very upside down and upsetting right now, but I will still get the new chapter of Flamingo to Red in a day or two -- yes I've been saying that for a while but I mean it now, cannot expect aspects of life to settle down just because I need a calm mind for writing. Need to get over that. Write out the angst the way I used to as a teenager (I can vaguely remember such a stage in my life, a long, long time ago --- and no, do not want those days back, thanks).

It's finally winter. Snow on the ground in Sutherland, rumours of a sprinkling of snow on the top of Table Mountain itself, snow on surrounding mountains. So yes, it's cold and we are Africa's children so we are huddled around our heaters, whimpering.

I swapped out my DW icons, I'll need to do that regularly. 15 slots, good grief. They don't let you buy more slots unless you have a paid account, which is kind of self defeating. Certainly not getting a paid account at this point. They cost more than LJ and I'm working with an exchange rate of $1 costing around R13, which makes $35 more than I'd be willing to pay for good antivirus protection.

My space bar is still jamming. The laptop is under warranty, which means I can't take it anywhere else, but they won't fix it under warranty as they'll call it wear and tear, so they'll come pick it up, take it away, fix it when they're good and ready and charge whatever they feel like on the day. I keep hoping one day I'll switch on and find it's just miraculously fixed itself. Might need to get my old laptop back from M though, purely to write with. It has a key missing but that's fine, I can type on it anyhow.

Grandmother section of the post under the cut --- grandchild dealing with A Situation. It was either this or one of the pictures where she looks like she's planning world domination - creepily focused eyes, dead serious face.
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Rainbow snippet - Awfully Glad

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Here's a snippet from Awfully Glad, which concerns what happens to a certain WWI concert party performer when he hangs up his girdle.

“Mr. Hines, isn’t it?”
“Sorry, I was miles away.” Sam came up from daydreams of men he’d known in khaki—and fancied seeing out of it—to find his new client, Browne, hovering.
“I hope you don’t do that when you’re tending my little flock of investments.” Browne smiled, dark eyes flashing.
“I promise I always have my mind entirely on the job when it’s supposed to be.” Sam indicated the empty chair at his table, manners taking precedence over the small voice in his head with its question about what Browne was doing here. “Will you join me?”
“Why not?” Browne parked himself, then beckoned a waiter over. “What are you having?”
“Another glass of claret, I think.” Food and the club would have to wait. “I’ve not seen you here before,” Sam added, once the order was in.
“No, not my usual stamping ground. My father used to come here a lot, which is why I avoided the place. No,” Browne added, rather hastily, “it wasn’t like that. We got on very well. Just both had our own lives to lead outside of home.”
“Quite. Very sensible.” Sam wondered what stories lay behind that arrangement.

Plenty more excerpts at the Rainbow Snippets group.

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Jul. 15th, 2017 10:53 pm
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If you're interested in the history of science, have three hours to kill, and haven't seen this 2009 BBC series, I'd recommend it. Chemistry, optics, algebra, astronomy... All that and a bit of travelogue although even in 2009 there was a limit to the places where one could travel safely.

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I struggle to accustom myself to social networking as it is now. I'm used to thinking that when I say 'you' I'm talking to three or four hundred people, not six or seven hardy souls (on a good day). If LJ is dismal, DW is worse. I haven't found a single community of any substance.
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