Short Stories: How Short and How Tight Should They Be?

I love getting my hands on Jan’s shorts, picking away the fluff, smoothing them out, making them nice and tight…

Jan Ruth

When someone says shorts what does it mean to you? I always used to prefer those continental jobs that the tennis players favour. But are they short trousers, or long shorts? These days, now that I am back to writing ‘shorts’ mean something totally different.

I’ve always written novel length stories, and I’m thinking now that my penchant for long trousers may have a subjective effect on all of this. I hate my legs in shorts! Does it explain why I find writing short stories so difficult? They are time capsules, a brief but intense insight into someones world. They still have to carry all the same criteria as a novel, but all the principles have to be honed to within an inch of their life, or hems, if you want to stay with the theme. The length can vary from ankle grazing continental style (almost a novella, but not…

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One Upon a Time … Janet and John had too much to drink

Drinking again…

In The Chair 2

I’m in the chair…

In The Chair

Share the chair…

Book Trailer for “Veronica” and pre-order updated.

get a taste of Veronica…

Veronica by Siobhan Diako

Advisory: sensuously erotic, this novella contains frequent scenes of explicit sex, sexual language, and the imaginative use of Murano glass

Excerpt and Paperback Cover Reveal


Veronica(Fragrant Courtesans Book one) by Siobhan Diako






“So sweet and delicious do I become, when I am in bed with a man who, I sense, loves and enjoys me, that the pleasure I bring exceeds all delight, so the knot of love, however tight it seemed before, is tied tighter still.”


Married at sixteen to an abusive husband, feisty Veronica Franco escapes his cruelty by taking the only option open to her. Soon, she’s feted as one of the most beautiful and sought-after courtesans in 16th Century Venice.
A talented seductress, she’s able to create desire in her patrons under her own terms, giving them her body but not her heart. She courts the cultural élite for fame and fortune, publishing her poems and letters, while battling tomaintain a balance between her sense of self-worth and the need…

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Guest author and editor: John Hudspith

Me again…

Get Writing!

Welcome, John Hudspith…


Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I live in the UK with my wife, Andrea and two lovely dogs, and writing is my living.

What books have you published?

Kimi’s Secret, a paranormal sci-fi fantasy and its sequel Kimi’s Fear.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

Yes, I set myself a challenge to create an original otherworld and an original storyline that would encompass all those things I loved when I was growing up: aliens, ghosts, time-travel and monsters under the bed; a story that could be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

What do you like about writing a story?

The creational challenge, coming up not only with something new but an enjoyable plot.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

The second book Kimi’s Fear takes off where the first book ends. Kimi finds herself accused of murder and…

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Self-Publishing: An Author’s Experiences

My lovely writer, Prue Batten shares her self-publishing experience…

Layered Pages

I’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Prue Batten to talk with me today about her experiences in Self-Publishing. Prue, when did you decide you were going to self-publish?

In 2008. Originally it was POD publication with a UK company funded by the UK Arts Council.

What has your experience been like along the way?

Truly excellent. The POD titles were professionally printed through Lightning Source and marketed via social media. Two years later I decided to take the books I had written at that time to e-book and signed with another independent agency. This agency marketed the books right across the globe. Within a year, however, I decided to take full control of my published works. My husband established an imprint called Darlington Press and my full list is published under that brand.

What are some of the challenges you have faced?

The first challenge is coming to terms…

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MY AFFAIR WITH JOHN HUDSPITH (And why I had to leave self-publishing)


Jan Ruth

I don’t regret a minute of being with John. Our imaginations have been virtually married for two years now. We’ve shared a lot of words and he knows more about my literary fantasies than my husband ever did. And people talk, don’t they? Not only about how good we were together but how would this relationship end? Would there be tears or jubilations? Well, as is usually the case, a little of both.

imageSo, poised on the brink of something new to begin in March 2015, this is an overview of my publishing journey so far, from its shaky start to its exciting, bitter-sweet finish. It’s also a final testimonial to my wonderful editor, John Hudspith.

Snakes and Ladders.

My self-publishing journey has been up and down, round the houses and back again. It’s a different experience for each and every author. Any perceived failure or success is dependent on…

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