Goodbye ... for now!

Hi Everyone,

Apologies to those who have enjoyed my rambles over the last year or so.

I´m afraid I am closing down this site; hopefully, I will be able to find a webhost which does not conceal hidden charges to shock the unwary, in which case, I´ll be back!!

Thanks for reading, and hope to see you shortly with another host very soon,


Still not bored!

Happy holidays to each and all. It's odd, but every time a Bank Holiday looms on the horizon, I seem to be busier than usual. Lack of planning? Entirely possible! Still that leads me quite neatly to today's subject.

Don’t you find it strange how perceptions vary? If you’ve read any of my meanderings, you’ll have gathered that we live in Spain, in the northern Costa Blanca to be precise. It’s not exactly a million miles away from the UK. Actually, less than a two hour flight will get you here. About the same time as many people commute each day! And not exactly a million miles away from civilization as we know it.

That being the case, isn’t it surprising what the reaction was from family, friends and colleagues when we told them about our impending move? To a person (to be politically correct, a rare event for me!) every single one said the same thing. “Ooh, you’ll be ever so bored. What on earth are you going to do all day?” Fair enough, I was leaving a fairly intense job, but I certainly was not going to miss the at least twice weekly commute from north Yorkshire to London. Nor was either my husband or I going to regret the doorstop greetings as he was returning from a work shift just as I was dashing out to the station, with a quick “See you tomorrow!” being the best we could manage.

I did tell people this. All it seemed to do was add fuel to the fire. “You’ll be back within a year.”  They said. Smugly. Oh, yes? This is now our twelfth year, and Brexit or no Brexit, we have no plans to return to the UK.

I think the main problem is that people looked at our move in terms of an extended holiday. Sorry, folks, it don’t work like that! Being retired here is exactly the same as it would be in England (apart from the glorious weather and relaxed lifestyle, of course). We have to shop. Clean the house. Cook the delicious food we have readily available. Go out occasionally. Keep the garden tidy. Walk the dog, and in my case, the two cats. And of course, in my case chain myself to the laptop for hours every day. Good job I’m a touch typist, as half the keys have worn away! In other words, everything that you would do in a normal day or week or month… Do I ask you what you’re going to do when you retire?  I do not. And if I did, wouldn’t you give me some strange looks? It’s exactly the same here, I promise!

Well, almost. The sun is up. The pool is warm enough for a quick dip. Once I’ve made the bed and put the washing on, I may pack husband and dog into the car (sorry cats, I draw the line at taking you) and go for a quick drink and stroll on the beach before lunch.

Serves you right for asking what I was going to do with myself! Oh, and here’s to the next twelve years …..



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I write "romance noire" novels; romance with a difference. So different, in fact, that this is the only place you will find it.  So, what is romance noire? It´s  Romance ... plus intrigue.  Romance ..... plus suspense.  Romance plus .... erotica.  Romance plus ... life. Romance with a twist in the tale.

Romance noire is bitter sweet; not just sweet. Life, not just fantasy.

Above all, my novels are written from the woman´s point of view. My women are strong characters; girls who have taken all life can throw at them, and survived. Women who have lived, and lived to tell the tale.  Women you know; the type of woman you are.

All the books in the romance noire series are historical fiction; why?  Simple. If you and I want to know what´s going on in the world around us, we just have to open a newspaper or watch TV. The past is a closed book. It is different. It is exciting and strange. But between us, we can open the pages of that closed book. See what it was really like. Make it live again.

Won´t you join me in the adventure of Romance Noire? I think you will find it rewarding !

I am also always delighted to review other author´s historical fiction books.  I will post an honest review on this site, which is public on Facebook.  Five stars maximum, but if I really cannot give more than two stars, I will always get in touch and give you the option of having your review published or not.