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Spring has, er bounced

Yep, its officially Spring here in the northern hemisphere, days are longer than nights, the temperatures are rising - well maybe and the land has shaken off winters cloak, except for the left over snow drifts and last nights frost of course.

By happy coincidence - I think, todays Gaby chapter, Awkward Feeling, has a somewhat wintry element!

Last gasp of winter

Well I suppose it is technically still winter until Wednesday so this weekends snow shouldn't be such a surprise but even so, 15cm (6") of the white stuff is as much as any of the winter's previous deposits and despite the warnings plenty of peeps have been caught out - again!

I did get to ride yesterday but arrived home encased in ice and snow - the bike too was looking like it'd been to the Arctic rather than Sherwood Forest! But hey ho, Spring is in the air.


is mounting here in Yorkshire as #1's first born, erm, approaches being born!

Had a good visit Sunday to deliver the nursery furniture, all the expectant grandparents either have (Yorkshire crew) or will be (southern lot) visiting this week before mum finishes work at Easter.

Okay, i'll admit to being a bit distracted with both baby and my new kitchen but I will get down to some serious writing tomorrow, honest.

A little warmer

yes after the last week's cold and snow this week has turned to slightly less obscene weather! Having said that, my ride yesterday in the Peak District (bit of a misnomer as there are only a couple of actual 'peaks') did include negotiating a few snow drifts although there was a lot of localised flooding too - at least the ambient temperature was above 0c!

I will be cracking on with the writing this week, the plan is to have another Gabysode and possibly the new Nena out before Easter - well providing RL doesn't get in the way!

Wipe Out!

Yup, much like most of the UK, Bell acres has had its share of snow this week, its still white outside although there is a bit of a thaw going on today. Net result is no bike rides for a week, which wouldn't be so bad if my muse hadn't decided to go for a vacation at the same time!

Hey ho.

Anyway you do get a new Gaby chapter today, Strange Reunion so there's something to cheer.

Crossed Out

is the new Gaby chapter from the wild and snowy North! So if you want to catch up with things Bond, click right here!

As you might have guessed, the 'Beast from the East' has arrived in my neck of the woods, cold wind with copious supplies of white stuff riding in on its back - about 4-5" so far with more forecast over the next five days.

Hopefully there will be more from me next month but that depends on the weather!

Gaby again

Hello there!
Romance isn't dead - well it looks like Gab is checking out that idea in this weeks, thrill a second instalment of Gaby - Sweet Sixteen!

Having a funny old week, not just as I'm approaching a minor milestone birthday but buying nursery furniture at the same time! Kids, who'd have 'em?

That's it for today

Better Late or Better Avoidance!

Well its been a better second part of the week - a couple of short bike rides (80km and 135km!) and slightly better weather - well its got above 0c a few times even if I still feel a bit out of sorts.

The next Gaby chapter, Filmed, is now up for reading and i'll get cracking on the next instalments this week in the prelude to Gab's birthday next Sunday.

In the meantime, here's an extract from Avoidance 2 just to get the juices going!

Colds Suck!

and heave and splutter and are THE PITS! Yes as you may have guessed, I'm still laid low with the cold / virus thing, Lemsip is my friend and doing anything remotely strenuous is out. So no riding still - not that the arctic temperatures, snow and rain have exactly encouraged outdoor activity! But hey ho, it can only get better right? More concerned about my dad who's got a dose of the same but what can you do?

Now I've got that off my chest, (but unfortunately not the cold) we can get down to business!

first new release for 2018

So, after much scratching at the words and debating direction I've completed the first segment of Gaby Book 22, working title of which is Avoidance.

Gaby book 22.1 cover.JPG

For the impatient, part one is released today in the usual formats, all I can say now is I hope you enjoy it! Of course I'm happy to get your thoughts and comments so please tell me what you think.

Frohes Weihnachten

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From a very cold, bright and yes, in places white Austria!

Indeed as I stand here outside the basilica in Rankweil i'm looking out to the snow clad Swiss slopes on the west of the Rhein valley, the sun glinting off the white edges - a fine place and view to contemplate the events of the last year - there are certainly worst places to be.

So anyway, holiday greetings to one and all, back in 2018 with more blockbusters for your delectation and delight!

Gruss Gut

Feedback, reviews and scribbling

It's snowing outside and I had some time to spare so I checked out some of the reviews on Amazon for my works.

Overall they are pretty positive, a couple clearly don't get my intent with plot lines but hey ho, you can't please everyone all of the time....

One thing that certainly did come through though was some enthusiasm for the various stories to continue. Easier said than done of course, i'd love to continue all the series in a never ending output but let's face it, that's a lot of effort and there are other things going on in my life besides writing!


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