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A bitingly good short story for Halloween! Available for Amazon Kindle & PC

A bitingly good short story for Halloween!
Available for Amazon Kindle & PC

I’m sure most readers of this blog know by now my new Kindle short story, A MATTER OF TASTE has just been published on Amazon which is appropriately Halloween!

To celebrate this momentous occasion I thought it would be fun to run a seasonal quiz. In fact the Fright Night Challenge consists of two quizzes.

How Psychic Are You is a short, fun quiz which asks you to predict which picture has been pre-selected. It is designed to act as a warm up for the more brain bending …

Fangs For The Memory! This quiz is much longer and tests your knowledge of folklore, books, films and your word bending skills by throwing in a few cryptic anagrams!

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Lady Pamela’s Kiss – Ale With A Bite & It’s Free!

Lady Pamela’s Kiss Real Ale brewed in Sue Kendrick’s micro brewery to celebrate the launch of A Matter Of Taste!

Lady Pamela’s Kiss Real Ale brewed in Sue Kendrick’s micro brewery to celebrate the launch of A Matter Of Taste!

You will have to hurry though as this real ale tipple is the latest brew from my micro-brewery and is a definite limited edition!
Just 40 bottles are available which I’m giving away to launch my latest Kindle short story, A Matter Of Taste.
This is being published at Halloween by Amazon and features a rather tasty aristocrat called Lady Pamela, Julian, a young man with a vivid imagination and too much time on his hands, a deserted airport control tower and a mysterious red balloon appearing out of a Halloween storm!
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Folky Pickled Beans

Pickled beans ready in two weeks!

Pickled beans ready in two weeks!

One of the best things about folk clubs is you never quite know what you might pick up during a rousing chorus of John Barley Corn or a top tapping session of Winster Gallop. Granted it might be ‘flu or a dose of the trots or it could be a super recipe for pickled runner beans which is what I came back with from a recent visit to one of our local clubs.
Thanks to Shelagh Bentham of Shepshed storytelling club our huge glut of runner beans are now going into jars instead of turning out in force at every evening meal for the past month!

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Beetroot & Horseraddish Chutney

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Beetroot & Horseraddish Chutney long gone now, but simply delicious at the time!

I discovered beetroot and horseraddish chutney last year when I stumbled upon a fantastic farm shop just outside Axminster.  I was actually doing a River Cottage, ‘pig in a day’ course, but that’s another story!
The farm shop was in the village where we were staying and had a huge selection of locally made pickles and chutneys including this unusual combination which I can assure you is absolutely delicious!
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The Healing Hand Of Nature

A wonderful display of bluebells growing where once there was pit spoil and desolation

A wonderful display of bluebells growing where once there was pit spoil and desolation

It lies on the edge of the Coleorton valley, 30 acres or so of  woodland surrounding a green hill that can be seen from far away. A quiet and pleasant spot that is just one of several such sites reclaimed from old colliery workings and forming part of the National Forest.
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Conversations With Annie

annieandgrandma2Looking after small children is hard work, but there can be unexpected rewards. My little granddaughter was about three years old when this conversation took place and grandma er … just a bit older than her teeth.

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Kindle Direct Publishing Free Promos Are They Worth It?

amazonFor those that don’t know, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform allows you to join its Select programme which basically means you agree NOT to sell your ebook anywhere else and in return are given the privilege of giving it away FREE for up to five days over a three month period.
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Create Your Own Kindle eBook Cover

coverLOWreghalfsizeYou may have heard the old adage which says you should never a judge a book by its cover, but the publishing world knows that Old Adage is wrong!

Readers do judge books by their covers. Until they dip inside, the cover is the only information they have to go on and if you don’t grab them with an enticing frontage they will quickly move on!

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Keep Write On To The Final Stop!

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The team of writers who took part in Ashby Arts Festival ‘s Novelettathon.

The killing tree

A novel written in just one day
by a team of arts festival writers!

It’s amazing how many writers you talk to who admit that they have at least one unfinished novel in their drawer.  I currently have three, but I’m well on the way to finishing them after being forced into an arts festival project which called for a novel to be written in a day.
This is how it came about.  Knowing that most novel writers never get beyond chapter three before their initial burst of creative enthusiasm fizzles out like a damp match I hit upon the idea of organizing a novelettathon which involved writing a novel in a day.  This formed part of the literary events at my local arts festival who were delighted with the idea as they realized that this would be something the press would get excited about and which would generate some free publicity. Continue reading

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A Plate Of British Stew …

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Beefy British White stew made with
an assortment of root vegetables

Wouldn’t do us any harm!  According to the  song, Nelson’s Blood, it’s Irish stew, but I can’t have that since I’m a breeder of British White cattle.  In my emphatically biased opinion, there is no better beef on the planet and probably the universe if the boffins were ever to prove the existence of parallel universes!  I will further add that beef from any of our native breeds is the creme de la creme of beef and here’s why.
Almost all native and rare breed cattle are naturally reared on little more than grass, hay or silage.  They are allowed to mature in their own time, typically between 30 – 36 months and when butchered, the meat is hung for between 2 and 3 weeks or even longer.

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British White cow with twin calves and a visiting playmate!

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Typical ingredients of a hearty, winter stew

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