Medieval Rumpy-Pumpy… The Video

Medieval Rumpy-Pumpy… The Video

Check out Humphrey to the Rescue from the Porter Girl blog.

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

The chapter from which this excerpt originates is titled ‘Humphrey To The Rescue’, but regular readers will recognise it from previous post, Medieval Rumpy-Pumpy. This isn’t the whole chapter, as I know you are really only interested in the filthy bits. You naughty, naughty readers, you.

PorterGirl – The Vanishing Lord

Humphrey To The Rescue

Wearing a disguise hastily thrown together from the contents of the College lost property box, Deputy Head Porter and sidekick Hugh from the Unlikely Law Association are searching the rival Hawkins College for a suspicious character. Unfortunately, during their endeavours they are mistaken for visiting lecturers and Deputy Head Porter finds herself in the unenviable position of having to give a lecture in medieval French…

PorterGirl – The Vanishing Lord coming June 2017!

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#BookReview The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett @BeckettSimon @TransworldBooks

Check out the book, The Restless Dead, by Simon Beckett, via the Quiet Knitter blog

The Quiet Knitter



‘Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn’t naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body’s buoyancy until it floats again.
And the dead will literally rise . . . ‘

Once one of the country’s most respected forensics experts, Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain professional – and personal – future. So when he gets a call from Essex police, he’s eager for the chance to assist them.

A badly decomposed body has been…

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What’s stopping you?

Here is an inspirational post from Libby Sommer on what might be stopping you in your writing endeavors.

Libby Sommer, Author

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How many wonderful ideas have we had in our lives that never became anything more than ideas?  What stopped them from becoming reality?  Probably lack of drive, or fear, or both.

If the idea of writing a story, writing a memoir, or writing a blog lights a spark within you, sets off a signal, causes you to drool—or fills you with unspeakable anxiety—then you are ready to write.  What is holding you back is not lack of drive, but fear.  Unadulterated, stark fear.

  • Fear of what?
  • Fear of being unable to write well and being criticized by others?
  • Fear of being unable to stay on track long enough to get to an ending?
  • Fear that you just don’t have what it takes to maintain focus to tell a good story?

Research into the way the brain operates has revealed that there are two sides to the brain, left and right. …

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How To Handle Attention Seeking Minor Characters #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

How To Handle Attention Seeking Minor Characters #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

Check out this great post from the Blonde Write More blog on how to handle attention-seeking minor characters.


If you have never rolled your eyes at a minor character, who has ideas above their station, and then found yourself shouting, through your laptop screen,“will you stop being such an attention grabbing minor character!” - you haven’t lived!

Some minor characters are born into your story knowing they are never going to be centre stage and make it their fictional life ambition to change this. So frustrating!

If you let things get out of hand with one of these minor characters, before long, you will be changing the direction of your entire book to suit THEM! Just watch out for those filthy looks and death stares from your main characters.

There’s nothing worse than trying to write a scene and being distracted by some diva of a minor character who believes you made a big mistake when main character roles were handed out.


I feel so strongly about…

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Descendants by Rae Else

Check out this review of the book, Descendants, by Rae Else, from Rachel Poli’s blog.

Rachel Poli

Descendants by Rae Else | Book ReviewTitle: Descendants (Arete series book 1)
Author: Rae Else
April 12, 2017, by Smashwords
Genre: Young adult urban fantasy
How I got the book: I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for honest review


There are lots of stories about the children of gods. But what about those cursed by the gods, and their descendants…

El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation known as the Order.

Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world that she never knew existed; one full of Arete: beings who possess extraordinary powers like hers.

Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from Ancient Greece. They claim their inheritance does not come…

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Meet Guest Author Edeana Malcolm…

Meet Guest Author Edeana Malcolm…

Check out this post from Guest Author Edeana Malcolm from The Story Reading Ape Blog

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In 2006, I finally listened to that inner voice telling me to do what I’d always wanted to do– write novels. Then there was the question of what to write about. While I was busy with another hobby of mine, genealogy, it came to me. My family history contained many stories that needed to be shared, so that’s where I started.

Fortunately for me, I love to do the historical research involved. What I love even more is filling in the details that make the story come alive. And there’s no one living to tell you that you got those details wrong. Another great thing about historical fiction is it’s not time sensitive. The stories never go out of date. History is always there– a great pool ready for you to jump in. And for the reader, it is much like fantasy– an unfamiliar world to escape into.

So, I…

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