Another Christmas…

…has come and gone, hotly followed by the New Year festivities. So here we go again, Christmas cards put away and the [minimal] decorations carefully stored until the next time. Hopefully, the endless attempts of seemingly increasingly desperate retailers, continually telling us (or is that actually pleading with us?) to celebrate the event by buying this or thatContinue reading “Another Christmas…”

Time flies…

…when you’re having fun – or so the saying goes. I was more than just a little surprised this week to find that my first novel (the third is due for release in the next few days) was released upon an unexpecting and largely indifferent literary world a little more than a year ago. TruthContinue reading “Time flies…”

Celebration…

…can take many forms. Birthdays, weddings and graduations are the obvious choices, but there are also other occasions to celebrate. On the one hand, for example, the life of a departed and much-missed loved one, passing your driver’s licence test or getting into that new item of clothing without cutting off the oxygen supply; onContinue reading “Celebration…”

What does change…

…mean to you? How do you view the difference between change and improvement?Are you someone who accepts the inevitability of change, or are you someone who blanches at the thought of changing something that is well-known and rather comfortably understood for something that is often one great, confusing mystery – when does change not become anContinue reading “What does change…”

When is an Improvement…

  …not an improvement ? Quite possibly when the new version seems to be inferior to the older one. I refer to the miraculous world of IT or Information Technology or, to put it in plainspeak, computers. Although a firm believer in the old Chinese proverb about the reed that does not bend in the wind snappingContinue reading “When is an Improvement…”

Do you believe in…

…circles or, put more specifically, in the concept that things are circular in occurrence – sicut erat in principio sort of thing? Yesterday certainly was. This is the week of the London Book Fair [LBF], an international gathering of the book industry at the huge Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London and, as The BookContinue reading “Do you believe in…”

Right now the days are…

…just not long enough to get through everything! You know the feeling – no sooner have you started working than it’s the end of the day with a lot still to do. Just back from a very pleasant and successful promotional trip to Lucca. I felt it would be a good idea to stay inContinue reading “Right now the days are…”

Luigi di Capezzani-Batelli …

… seems to have been persuaded to do his bit to promote his mother’s first book, even if it was a little unexpected, to judge from his reaction. http://youtu.be/386ASm3t10Q As he’s the Senior State Pathologist in Lucca, I’ll leave it to your imagination to work out just exactly what the “case” he is expecting could beContinue reading “Luigi di Capezzani-Batelli …”

Rain, rain go away…

…if only ! Still, despite the gloom of an excessively unsettled and wet winter, the new year has sprinted off to an energetic start with two new titles lined up for publication during 2014. The second title in the JOURNEYS OF RUPERT WINFIELD series is scheduled for release early in the second half of theContinue reading “Rain, rain go away…”

Only Another Eleven Days…

… before the Contessa di Capezzani-Batelli appears in hardback. She’s been getting to know people in e-book form for the past couple of weeks, but 28th November is her big day – not to mention the Angels of her Chamber Opera Group of Lucca, who will be on the shelves alongside her. This is whatContinue reading “Only Another Eleven Days…”