Story Samples at ?>

Story Samples at

I was recently browsing through the books at and realised that many of the stories I was looking at didn’t allow the reader to download samples . Now, I can see why authors might feel like not doing that for a short story — the recommended 20% may seem rather a large amount or for a free story, hey — it’s free! But not to do it for novels that the reader is going to have to pay for, seems…

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Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course ?>

Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course

I’m just back from a week long Editing Fiction course run by the Arvon Foundation. I had the pleasure of spending my time in an old country house in the beautiful Devon countryside. I wish I could say the sun shone every day but it didn’t. There was no internet access or WiFi, which drove some of the other people on the course crazy but I found it refreshing to have no distractions from the outside world. I really enjoyed…

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My fan fiction ?>

My fan fiction

I realise I’ve never mentioned that I write fan fiction. I like  to read fan fiction as well. Some of the stuff I’ve read has been really clever. I especially like fan fiction  “crossovers”, where the characters from two different TV shows or books come together in a story. I think I like crossovers so much because in a way, it’s like alternate history (which I also love) and I never feel guilty reading them because clearly the author would…

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My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction ?>

My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction

Here’s a list of my current favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction in no particular order. Assumptions and Actuality, L Meredith This is a parody and there are only four daughters. All the names of the characters have been changed. Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding. Probably the most famous Pride and Prejudice fiction novel and a perennial favourite of mine. Conceit and Concealment, Abigail Reynolds. This imagines Pride and Prejudice taking place in an England where Napoleon Bonaparte succeeded in conquering…

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“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined” ?>

“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined”

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is by Stephanie Meyer, just in case you were wondering. I thought it might be a parody when I picked the book up or even a version of Midnight Sun, the Twilight from Edward Cullen’s point of view that famously she started writing but stopped because the first few chapters got leaked, but no. It does what it says on the tin, it is Twilight reimagined.  She has taken the story and changed the gender of…

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Smashwords Read An Ebook Week ?>

Smashwords Read An Ebook Week

I’m participating in the ninth annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion, which kicks off on Sunday 5 March and runs to the end of day on 11 March 2017. Each year, tens of thousands of Smashwords authors, publishers and readers participate in this global ebook celebration which offers FREE and deep-discounted ebooks. Both my ebooks, The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories and Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round will be free during the promotion. I had the choice…

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A Meryton Medley ?>

A Meryton Medley

A Meryton Medley: Four Pride and Prejudice Novelettes is a book by Cassandra B Leigh. The title is not quite accurate, three are novelettes and one is a short story. I’m presuming that Cassandra B Leigh is a pen name. Cassandra was the name of Jane Austen’s sister and Leigh was an Austen family name. “What if” and paranormal stories are my favourite sub genres of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction. Three of the novellettes are of the “what if” sub genre. Her…

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The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories Paperback ?>

The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories Paperback

The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories paperback is now available! It can be found on or (or any of the Amazon stores). Sadly, Createspace doesn’t have as small a size in paperbacks as I would have liked but it still looks pretty good in my opinion. So, now readers have the option of buying it as a Kindle, in epub format on Smashwords or as a paperback on Amazon.  

Poundland and bargain fantasy books ?>

Poundland and bargain fantasy books

Poundland is surprisingly good for picking up the odd fantasy book bargain. I know it’s not the first place you’d usually think of for cheap  books but I have found quite a few decent fantasy books there, either in hardback or in large paperback format. The latest one I’ve found, which admittedly was not a fantasy book, was a small hardback of Joan Aitken’s Mansfield Revisited, a sequel to Mansfield Park. As I’m interested in sequels to classics, I couldn’t…

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