Good to meet you…author Heather Ashby

Good to meet you…author Heather Ashby

I’m delighted to welcome author Heather Ashby today. Heather is a US Navy veteran who taught school and raised a family while accompanying her Navy husband around the United States, Japan, and the Middle East. In gratitude for her Army son’s safe return from Afghanistan and Iraq, she now writes military romance novels, donating half … Continue reading

Good to meet you…author Sandy Carlson

Good to meet you…author Sandy Carlson

I’m very excited about to getting to know author Sandy Carlson today. Sandy is a teacher and author of children’s books, but – even more exciting than this! – Sandy’s website states: I have climbed mountains, swum in oceans, and run down sand dunes. I’ve outrun wildfires, hid in a basement from a tornado, cleaned debris … Continue reading

The anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner

The anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the battle of Fort McHenry, which was used in the ‘War of 1812′ (although this battle happened in 1814 – try not to get confused) to successfully defend Chesapeake Bay against a bombardment by the British Navy. I’m glad to report that, although there are wars in lots of other … Continue reading

The fabulous covers of Puffin Books

The fabulous covers of Puffin Books

I first wrote this post for my friend the brilliant J.Q. Roses’s blog. I’m reposting it today as an excuse to show some of the wonderful covers that Puffin books produce. In fact some of these covers have become so iconic that a collection of one hundred of them is available as a boxed set … Continue reading

Good to meet you…author Matthew Peters

Good to meet you…author Matthew Peters

We’ve been promised a heatwave here in Yorkshire, but it doesn’t appear to have arrived yet. Hard to believe the sun is going to shine at all, in fact. My garden is dripping wet, and the sky is a leaden grey. It’s a dismal day to welcome guests, but I’ve made Matthew Peters some hot … Continue reading

Literature inspired by the Yorkshire moors

Literature inspired by the Yorkshire moors

Earlier this week I listened to an Open Book programme on BBC Radio 4. It was an episode called Literary Landscapes: Ross Raisin and Yorkshire. The episode was billed as “a ramble through northern moorland and the works inspired by it”. Since this is exactly where I live, you can imagine how excited I was … Continue reading