It’s definitely a coincidence, but nonetheless quite apt.
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THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER series,
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The final novel in THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER series is out at last, slightly later than originally intended, but my somewhat unusual excuse is that I’ve only just returned from the trenches. No, I haven’t been at war, just trying to make some order of the chaos that is Great Ground Farm.
First there was the comparatively small job of digging a trench to plumb in the loo…
Then there was the trench for the “Great Wall of GGF”…
Then there was the small matter of landscaping the garden…
Not content with that, I then set about trying to find the water main in order to lay on water to the stables…
Before I’d recovered from that, the new electricity main and water pipe for the workshop needed yet another trench…
And the spring in the paddock needed to be rerouted to the water troughs for the alpacas…
By which time, planning had been approved to build the house…
And then there was the little matter of digging trenches for the rainwater drainage…
And then another trench for the foundations of the steps…
And yet another trench had to be dug (this time for the loo in the fleece workshop)…
And finally (I hope) a very long trench to take mains water down to the top alpaca paddocks, which involved getting out the dowsing rods to find the original pipe….
It would be fair to say that I was all trenched out and more than content to be ensconced at my desk in the Book Shed for a while to finish THE SKIPPERESS’S TALE…
So if anyone needs a cure for writer’s block, one option is to dig a trench or two!
PUBLICATION DATE 21st February 2017
This means THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER tetralogy is now complete…
Even though I put my MacBook down for a while to go on an extensive camel ride on Christmas Day, I picked it up again as soon as I’d got off to continue with putting the finishing touches to an extensive rewrite of the first Amelia Wilde novel (which I thought I’d finished in July, but such is the nature of the creative process).
Anyway, it’s really finished now – retitled RING OF DECEIT and the four following stories are underway, provisional titles being
2) ILLUSION OF MURDER (which might still be called SLAUGHTER IN THE COTSWOLDS)
3) PREMEDITATION IN PARIS
4) MASSACRE IN MARRAKECH
5) MURDER IN MONTE CARLO
Any guesses which one I was researching on the camel in the Moroccan desert?!
Back to RING OF DECEIT, I thought this photo really gives a flavour of Amelia Wilde’s talents. Of course, it isn’t Amelia as she’s a figment of my imagination – it’s actually my good friend Amanda Sandow.
Personally, I’ll stick to riding camels…
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“The knowledge that someone believes in your ability to accomplish something is usually a catalyst to that achievement; a combination of encouragement, incentive and imbuement of duty, it invariably acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
My fictional ‘Lord George Wilde’s Circus’ (© Drew Thomas 2014) took shape at a pace that makes it seem that it was there anyway and that I just had to find it.
‘Lord’ George Wilde (deceased) b.1893 = Wilhelmina b.1894
‘Lord’ George Wilde b. 1924 = Mary (nee Tapley) b.1948
‘Lord’ George Wilde Jnr. b. 1972 = Amelia (Mel) Wilde b.1973
‘Lord’ Georgie b.1995 & ‘Lady’ Sarah b. 1997
‘THE SHOCKING SINS OF THE MOTHER-IN-LAW’ (Amelia Wilde 1) is now complete.
Future titles in the series:
DICING WITH DEATH AT GOD’S ACRES (Amelia Wilde 2)
PREMEDITATED PRANKS IN PARIS (Amelia Wilde 3)
MALICIOUS MURDER AT MONTE CARLO (Amelia Wilde 4)
CELEBRITY SLAUGHTER IN THE COTSWOLDS (Amelia Wilde 5)
Second in a series of four novels inspired by a Gallup poll completed in 2009 showing that 700 million people worldwide thought that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence and wanted to move permanently to another country.
Diana De Gonia is the doyenne of Palazzo Botigliani in Valletta, Malta, as the British-born widow of the last Baron di Migarro. She opens it to the public on a daily basis, but is beset with problems, both financial and personal, as she fights to keep the grand house and its collection of artefacts safe from financial ruin and claims from pretenders to her late husband’s title.
Bound by a promise to her late husband to keep the place intact for his long-lost son and heir, she can’t help feeling trapped and desperate until evidence that the heir exists gives her hope of escape.
Assisted by a devoted Bulgarian sidekick and an enthusiastically destructive Maltese cleaner, she meets constant opposition from government officials, the bank, her late husband’s relatives and the weather, which alternates between extreme heat and torrential rain. Angry that the love of her life was taken from her, she soldiers on with her daily battle, but is unable to avoid yearning for life in the pub in England in which she spent her formative years. This yearning is made all the more poignant by the fact that, although the pub was bought by her husband years earlier as an investment, it must now be sold to finance essential repairs at the palazzo.
Diana travels to England to finalise the sale of the pub and to investigate the man who claims to be her late husband’s son and heir. Will the heir apparent prove to be genuine and, if he is, will he want to be saddled with the responsibility? If he does, will the irony that the pub has to be sold be too much for her to bear?
First in a series of four novels inspired by a Gallup poll completed in 2009 showing that 700 million people worldwide wanted to move permanently to another country.
Peter Roper, who runs a hairdressing salon in the Midlands, collects miniature portraits to alleviate his feelings of mediocrity. Although he has worked in the same village for almost all of his thirty-nine years with a dictatorial mother who will entertain no mention of his absent father, he has never felt that he belonged. Always plagued with remorse for having handled his love life very badly in the past, the two problems currently overriding this are a suspicion that he caused his mother’s sudden death and confirmation that a planned high speed railway will obliterate the historic monument he calls home.
Further turmoil follows when, in the process of organising his mother’s funeral, he discovers that he is not who he thought he was. To knock him further off balance, the visit of an enigmatic stranger to the salon points him in the direction of an aristocratic heritage.
Lured to a Mediterranean island by possibilities beyond his wildest dreams, Peter is exhilarated by his first experience of foreign travel and thinks he may have found his true destiny until he suddenly finds himself in grave danger. Has his dissatisfaction with life and search for pastures new led to an early demise?