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Welcome to my website, and this, my first blog post. As I write the sky is grey and heavy, everything outside is saturated, the rain has stopped for a moment. Molly, my beautiful Bichon Frise, is asleep at my feet, and I know when she wakes up I will have to take her for a walk, irrespective of whether or not the rain returns. What should I do in the meantime? How should I fill this quiet moment? I have a long to do list. I should be writing, or editing, or reading, or cleaning (!), … and I should be making plans for our new home! There it goes – once again my heart skips a beat.
Being a fairly pragmatic person (for the best part), I find it surprising that I have always been nervous of change. I like what I know, I like what I have, but then I always have. In the fifty plus years I’ve been on this earth, my life like most others has seen nothing but change. A new school, a first date, walking through the door of my new job, getting married, having children, being promoted, being made redundant, and gulp … publishing my first novel. With the exception of only a few years, something which affects my everyday life will change on a fairly regular basis. Everything changes, it must. Yet, when change knocks at my door, even change for the better, change which I welcome, I still feel nervous.
So, here I am, spring has been and gone, summer is trying to settle in, and a large board outside my house announces it’s sold! On top of that, I am also supposed to be working on a website – I know I should have one, I should also write a regular blog – but will I get it right? The nerves are back.Deep breath … and move forward. And do you know what? When I look back on all the changes in my life, most of them have been for the best.
Sometimes that ‘best’ is not immediately, but discovered in the fullness of time, I admit I simply couldn’t see it at the time, and I know I should embrace it. Change is coming whether I want it or not, so I may as well throw open my arms and pull it close. Help point it in the direction I’d prefer, mould it into the life I want to live, and take it as a challenge, not the huge obstacle I tend to imagine was coming my way.
If you are reading this, it means the website is up and running and this is my first blog post. It may now be that summer is on its way out, and I may be living in this house or a new one. But without a shadow of a doubt, change has happened, and I survived it again. I’m still sitting here communicating with people. Some of those people are my nearest and dearest, others are cyber friends from Facebook and Twitter, and some will be readers who have taken the time and effort to contact me. Whoever you are, and however you happen to be reading this, I hope you too embrace the changes that face you, even if it is only to lessen the impact you think they may have, or indeed have had. A lovely lady once told me that I should do something that frightens me every now and again. Firstly, because I should challenge my fears, and secondly, because the exhilaration once done, would remind me I’m still alive and capable of things I never thought possible. I took her advice in the past and published Misplaced Loyalty, and here I am a couple of years later with a website. Who’d have thought? Not I.
I am now going to embrace this house move, and build a new home somewhere or other, then settle back down to get on with life, probably with my fingers crossed that the next change is still some way off.
I’m delighted to advise that Tin Soldiers the forth in the Meredith & Hodge series is now available as an ebook on the link below.
Also excited to confirm that Misplaced Loyalty is available in print via Createspace and the others will follow shortly.
And now back to writing………..
I hope you are all getting ready for a wonderful weekend
To celebrate the release of The Wrong Shoes
#3 in the Meredith & Hodge series: MISPLACED LOYALTY #1 in the series is FREE 3-5 AUG.
Misplaced LoyaltyThe Wrong Shoes
I am delighted to announce that the third in the Meredith & Hodge crime series, The Wrong Shoes, is now available.
A big thank you to Stephanie Dagg, Susan Haughton & Jo Cooksley for their help.
Working on something a little different now – The Cuban Conundrum – still a mystery though – can’t seem to avoid that!
Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
The Wrong Shoes
The following is an Amazon review on the Meredith & Hodge series by Susan Haughton. When I receive this sort of feed back, it really does make me work even harder not to disappoint with future efforts. I previously believed that a good review may make one relax a little, as it indicated that you had managed to get it right. With me it has the opposite effect. Whilst I am of course delighted to receive such kind words, I’m now even more determined not to let readers down. Thanks Susan.
Review: As a personal choice, I usually prefer books that are relatively lengthy and meaty in content, as well as rich in character development. I like to say they are “densely written,” meaning there is a lot of great content and are not books you can race through in a sitting or two. Both Misplaced Loyalty and Ill Conceived delivered in spades on that score.
The character development for me was absolutely top notch; I have rich visuals (in my head, of course) of the characters and feel as if I know them intimately. I absolutely love both Patsy and Meredith; both are well defined characters with strong personalities and I am chomping at the bit to read the next instalment to see how things continue to develop with them. Many of the supporting characters are also appealing and have their own distinct personalities and quirks.
I feel as if I am right in the middle of the action with them.
In addition to the excellent character development, the plots in both books (Misplaced Loyalty and Ill Conceived) kept my interest – these are the kinds of books you eagerly anticipate picking up whenever you can steal a few minutes to read.
A fan of Martha Grimes, these books remind me of her Richard Jury series, which I thoroughly enjoy. From me, that’s high praise.
So kudos to this author who has brought Hodge and Meredith to my life and given me a series I can read for years. I eagerly anticipate the next instalment as well as all of those to surely follow.
I have recently had the pleasure of being interviewed with Mandy Eve-Barnett click this link to her blog and take a peep.