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Daughters of the Lake is a contemporary tale of love,betrayal and regret, set amidst Swiss mountains and lakes. Madalena summons her family to celebrate her hotel’s fortieth anniversary, unaware that they are living with devastating secrets. As time passes, tensions rise, and the evening of the celebration turns into a nightmare. Is this the end for the family as they know it?

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What reviewers are saying about Daughters of the Lake:

An absorbing and gratifying psychological drama of family relationships

An intelligent and compelling read

One of the best books I’ve read this year


Olivia is recovering from a traumatic event five years earlier, when she is summoned to the bedside of her dying aunt, Dorothy. Shortly afterwards, she learns that her aunt has left her a large sum of money. She also receives a letter with a startling revelation. From Morocco to London to the south of France, this is the story of one woman’s journey to make her life whole again.

Chergui’s Child is available on kindle and paperback versions from Amazon:

What reviewers are saying about Chergui’s Child:

Heart wrenching international story

Emotionally engrossing story

Excellent storytelling – captivating

This one is a winner


This is the journal of Bakhtin, a Russian cat who comes to Edinburgh to study for a Masters in Creative Writing at the renowned Fritzonian Institute. He struggles with the large amount of literary theory on the course, as do fellow students, guinea pig, Henry, miniature schnauzer, Fleur, and bulldog, Cindy.

Bakhtin shares a flat with twin brother cats, Saussure and Notsaussure, and an ambitious white mouse, Neville.


The Bakhtin Chronicles is available on kindle from Amazon:

What reviewers are saying about Bakhtin

If you enjoy humour (with just a dash of satire, or maybe a bit more than a dash), if you can imagine animals trying to make sense of literary theory, the miracle of communication between Russia and Edinburgh using pieces of rusty pipe then this could be the book for you.

Brilliant, witty story that I read all in one sitting! Fabulous protagonist and very cleverly written. Highly recommend The Bakhtin Chronicles if you’re looking for a funny and also intellectually stimulating read!

This satirical novel on Academia is uniquely narrated by a Russian cat called Bakhtin. His observances about literary theorists are filled with candour and humour. The epistolary style mimicking Russian English adds to the appeal of a very clever cat. With an ensemble cast of animal characters the author has created a tale that is witty and droll and must be read.


Editing can seem a daunting task. You might be aware of many aspects of your work which require changing, from structural flaws to weak sentences or a characterisation that doesn’t quite work.

Words’Worth – A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Serious Editing describes a systematic yet manageable technique for editing your work. It involves hard work but guarantees an improved text. Furthermore, you will be able to personalise it, and update the technique to make it relevant and useful to each piece of work. While the guide is tailored to fiction, parts of it will also be helpful in strengthening non-fiction writing.


Words’Worth: A Fiction Writer’s Guide to Serious Editing is available from Amazon:

What reviewers are saying about Words’Worth

This compact and concise handbook should be a godsend for any writer looking at a finished manuscript and wondering what to do next…. Jane Riddell is a professional editor and everyone should take her advice to heart.

…..There are many books on editing but they can be too in depth and confusing, giving more information than you actually need. You won’t get bogged down with this one. Jane Riddell’s clear lists and explanation of the editing process is great for beginners and a quick refresher for those more experienced.

…. I’m taking it around to all my writer’s groups and classes and recommending it.

This straightforward, concise, book contains so much in an accessible way. As a community education and online creative writing tutor, I find it invaluable. It incorporates all the information/explanations I give my students (and myself) all the time, but in a far more coherent way. It should become an excellent resource for both beginners and more advanced writers.

Jane Riddell’s guide offers for fiction writing what Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” provides for general writing…. elements of good writing, advocating using a balanced approach…

… For self-publishers who do not employ an editor before sharing their work with the public, the advice in this book is particularly important to help make it as professional as possible.

This is not a book to be read and put on a shelf. It’s the one at your elbow as you power through what you believe is IT–the final run-through before your novel steps out of the wings and onto the stage.


When Rachel Thornton visits friends, Doug and Diana, in Florence, a horrifying event results in meeting Tommaso Bentivegna, a leather designer from Naples.  

A whirlwind romance follows and she agrees to marry him, despite the concerns of her friends. As Rachel’s honeymoon in Positano draws to a close,  Tommaso asks her to stay on in Italy rather than settle in Edinburgh which he’d agreed to do.  High on love and reluctant to sour their relationship, she agrees. Positano is beautiful and she is determined to succeed in her marriage.  

All too quickly, however, she discovers there is more to her husband’s life than he’s revealed.  The novel is set in Italy and India.

       Predicted release:  May 2018