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Walworth Castle“Show your friend around the castle while I clear away the dishes.” Christine’s mum has said, “I’m sure you’d like to see it wouldn’t you sweetie.”

“Oh yes I would, is it really haunted?”

Christine and her mum looked at each other, “Och no, it’s a story to scare folks and attract visitors, no ghosts there.”

Christine led me out of the huge dining room and through several doors to the front entrance of the wee castle. It wasn’t huge like most castles, but a miniature version, maybe a quarter the size, but it was perfectly formed and beautiful. I gazed at the ornate ceilings that looked like upside down wedding beautifully iced.

It was cold in the castle, even in August.

“Why is it so cold?” I asked, but got no answer.

My friend Christine had disappeared.

“Christine!” I yelled, alarmed.

The door in front of me slammed shut. I turned and ran to the door at the opposite side of the room. I was scared, although I didn’t know why. It slammed shut too,  just before I got there. Grabbing the handle I tugged on it, willing it to open.

“Christine it’s not funny, let me out”

The temperature dropped quickly and I began to shiver. The sun blasted through the huge windows and I ran to them, hoping to get someone’s attention. The wooden shutters closed on their own. I was trapped in darkness.

The door behind me opened slowly, its ancient hinges groaning.

“Christine that wasn’t funny,” I said as I turned around.

Oh no, please, no!

I wanted to scream, but couldn’t muster up the energy. Terror sapped my strength as I backed slowly away from the green light that seeped through the door. The room was icy cold, my breath formed a cloud hovering in front my face.

The air was full of whispers!





Speeding up the Tale!



The older I get, the more urgent everything becomes. My passion (as well as travelling), is writing. The first book I published was a short story called ‘Girl on the Beach’. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. The genre was a little mixed, but I had a lot to learn….I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting there.

A couple of months ago I decided to re-write ‘Girl On The Beach’ and then re-launch it as a Young Adult book. Since making this decision, I’ve had visitors from England, a wedding and a very busy summer. In two days I’m attending a fiction writers conference and would love to share my book with some of the attendees, who knows, I may even get discovered……or maybe not.

I have ten pages to re-write! I can do it. Yes this blog is all about Travel Tales and Mishaps…..I’m simply speeding up the tale. Keep checking in, who knows, I may be a success story. I’d love you to join the celebration.

Dead of July, my first full length novel, is available on amazon. Check it out, read the reviews, support a hardworking old bird who is trying to live her dreams.


Easby Abbey – North Yorkshire

On August 13th 1977 I was married here, in Easby Abbey Church, North Yorkshire. My daughter was christened here too, in 1984. The Reverend Stegall (god rest his soul) performed both ceremonies. I was happy to take my daughter back to this lovely old church a couple of years ago. If I never see it again, I will remember it. It will always be in my heart. My home is here in Colorado, but I can’t forget my past, it made me who I am.



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My first novel is available as and eBook or paperback by clicking on the book cover. Learn more about me and where I came from, Easby Abbey just scratches the surface. 


First Day of the Month Anxiety

It happens every month. I check my book sales on Amazon and there is a big fat ZERO! Of course I fret that no one is ever going to buy another book. Its tough being self published. Marketing is certainly a challenge, but every sale means something to me so…….I’ll just be patient and wait for my first sale of February. It’ll happen.

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BorzigPlatz – Germany

My journey through life has taken me to many countries. I have crossed paths with interesting and exciting people. I have laughed, cried, loved, and been hurt. All of this makes us who we are.

Because I can’t paint that picture that says a thousand words, I write. I am thrilled and excited to announce that my first full length novel is now in print and can be bought on Amazon. The eBook won’t be available until next week, but for those of you who still like to turn pages, go to the links below.  Amazon UK   Amazon US

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And now I live in Colorado, a place where I can look back at everything I have done, and write about it.

Colorado - The place I call home.

Colorado – The place I call home.

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Good Morning Colorado



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Sometimes I just need to remind myself how lucky I am.

My home, the place that allows me to relax and write. Thanks to my tranquil surroundings, my first novel will be released in the fall.

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Crazy British Writer – a journey

I was a troubled teen. Life wasn’t the way I expected it to be. I quiet often felt lonely, different. My life was boring. How did I fix this? Like all teens, I experimented with things that weren’t good for me, but I don’t need to go into that. Eventually I found something that made me feel good, I started to write. Words flowed from my brain, filling hundreds of pages, maybe thousands eventually. I wrote stories and poems, some of which I shared with friends. A couple were published in teenage magazines. This was quite an accomplishment because there were no personal computers back then.

That was forty years ago. Now I am in my fifties and writing again. I started with a couple of short stories, which I published on Amazon. Good stories, but my inexperience showed and I have taken them down to re-edit.

I have finished my first novel, a paranormal thriller called ‘Dead of July’ and am very excited with the way it turned out. My editor, a lovely lady called Leslie Miller, has just given it back to me, and yes, I need to make a lot of changes, but they are good changes. They are changes that will make a good story into a ‘great story’. I am very excited.

In my mid-fifties, I have discovered my passion, writing. Watch out for my novel ‘Dead of July’, and remember, it’s never to late to start a new journey.

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I love to travel, take photographs and write. These are all hobbies, but writing is the hobby I am trying to turn into a career. I want my stories to both thrill and amuse. I love to write.

Today I took a day off work to attend a meeting of writers and listen to great writers talk about their journey. The day started with Guy Kawasaki. Wow, what an inspiration.



I could have listened to him talk all day, he energized me. I was on a high for quite some time after hearing him speak. I realized that my passion for writing isn’t just to make money. I want people to enjoy my books. If I can make money at the same time, so much the better.

AuthorU is an organization put together by Judith Briles, who is herself a great inspiration.




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If it weren’t for my husband, who read my first short story and put it on Amazon, and who also found Author U, my writing would still be a secret. Now I am on of those ‘crazy artsy fartsy’ people. I write, I blog, I tweet and I am having the time of my life.

My first novel ‘Dead of July’ Preview Dead of July will be released later this year. This book has been three years in the making and I am proud of it. Dead of July will be available as an e-book and paper back. I can’t wait to share it with you and I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

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Insipiration from Nature

How can I not be inspired when I wake up every morning and see this majestic sunrise. Colorado and the Rocky Mountains in all of their beauty would inspire the most unimaginative souls.

My dream has always been to write, and Colorado is helping me to live my dream.


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My surroundings inspire me to write. Since I was thirteen, I have put my thoughts, dreams and ambitions on paper. More stories have been tossed aside than I care to mention, simply because I never had the courage or confidence to show them to anyone. Now I am in my mid fifties and my stories are demanding to be heard, so after a couple of short stories (a practice run to test the water), I am ready to release my first novel. ‘Dead of July’. I am not afraid anymore. Check out the preview below. My novel will be released in July. I am extremely excited and hope it brings excitement to the life of anyone who reads it. Check out the preview below.

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