A Sensible Woman now on Kindle

It’s available at a special pre-order price until 7th February! The paperback version will be available soon! If you’ve read White Cranes Dancing or The Swan Widow, you’ll recognise a couple of the characters in A Sensible Woman (both human & feline!).

Order now!

Coming soon..

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My fifth novel, A Sensible Woman, is due out soon! Watch this space for updates on the publication date.

It is set in one of South West Scotland’s prettiest small towns, and it takes forward the story of Fergus Learmonth, whom readers have already met in White Cranes Dancing. Suffice to say, Fergus finds true lurv at last!

Balvaig again – and the MacKenzies

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Several readers have told me they’d find a family tree of the MacKenzies of Balvaig (the family very much at the centre of both White Cranes Dancing  and The Swan Widow) useful.

I have now added one – accessed by a link from the Balvaig Trilogy page.

You can reach the family tree directly here.

By Heart available in paperback

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The new novel’s now available on Amazon in a paperback version, and will be in independent bookshops around the end of this month.

Don’t know about you, but no matter how much I love the convenience of ebooks, nothing beats the feel of a traditional book in the hand!!

Many thanks to Leigh Anne Aston for formatting the interior, and to Jessica Bell for the cover design. Thanks also to my editor, Helen Sedgwick, and my amazing beta reader Lin White, who also formatted the Kindle version.

New book out!

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My fourth novel – BY HEART – is now available on Amazon Kindle. 

It will soon be available in paperback also.

Romance with a dark twist, and a tragedy which leads to redemption for the main character – and her family.

The Undercover Soundtrack – Roz Morris

Someone recommended this to me, because I’d been posting on FB re the fact I always have a ‘signature’ piece of music for a novel, as well as making up a fresh playlist for each one.

My Memories of a Future Life

‘Music, the language of souls’

Once a week I host a writer who uses music as part of their creative process – perhaps to open a secret channel to understand a character, populate a mysterious place, or explore the depths in a pivotal moment. This week it’s my turn, and I’m talking about the music behind My Memories of a Future Life . And below you have a chance to win a very special version of the print edition….

Soundtrack by Grieg, Beethoven, Michael Nyman, Bill Nelson, Daryl Runswick, Joe Jackson, Meredith Monk, Seal, Handel, Massive Attack, Emeli Sande, George Michael

Begin, like my narrator Carol, lying on a floor trying to think of nothing. Her brain’s like a searching radio, snatching music out of the smallest sound, or the footsteps of the yoga teacher walking around her.

That’s me…

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Swan Fever

At least one of the main characters in each of my novels is obsessed by swans – our resident, native Mute Swans rather than anything more exotic. Their obsession mirrors my own. One of my earliest memories – I must have been three or four at the time –  is seeing a swan fly into power lines and break its neck, while I was out walking with my mother close to Glasgow’s River Kelvin (in those days, the river was so polluted you could smell it from quite a distance away). A passer-by who clearly knew how to handle swans retrieved the bird from the roadway where it had fallen, but there was nothing he could do for it. I’ve never forgotten the incident, and it’s left me with a passion for these serene, graceful birds.

Close to where we live now there’s a disused millpond; it’s badly silted up, but it’s regularly visited turn about by a pair of adult Mute Swans (they built a nest last year, but didn’t breed) and another pair which seems to breed very prolifically (seven cygnets in 2013, four last year), but which only brings the family to the mill-pond once the cygnets are well-grown.

The sad news is that, in the last few days a single adult swan has turned up. There’s no way of knowing if it’s from one of the usual pairs, because as far as I’ve seen, none of them is ringed. Although it’s a myth that swans mate for life and never split up (see this excellent website: http://www.northwestswanstudy.org.uk ), I can’t help feeling anxious as to why this one’s on his/her own.

According to the RSPB website, flying into power lines is still one of the most common causes of premature death in Mute Swans, now that lead poisoning courtesy of anglers has declined drastically. The British Trust for Ornithology has some fascinating statistics about these birds: the oldest recorded swan reached the age of 28, although a more typical life-span is ten years. There are over 6,000 pairs in the UK, and their numbers have been increasing since the use of lead fishing weights was banned. (See http://blx1.bto.org/birdfacts/results/bob1520.htm#demography). For an interesting  – if somewhat depressing – study of swans in a typical built-up area, read this: http://www.berksbirds.co.uk/articles/muteswanmortality.asp.

I just hope that our resident single swan finds a pal quickly – he/she (it’s difficult to tell the sexes apart, specially when there’s only one – the male is a little larger) has a handful of mallard ducks for company, but I’m sure it’s not the same.