Thursday, September 26, 2013

Seaside Serenity

Hello, all! I nearly forgot to post today - I have to get my head around blogging on Thursdays.

I hope everyone is having a great week. You'll be happy to hear I am now on Draft 5 of The No-Kids Club and getting ever-closer to submitting it to my editor. Yay!

This time last Thursday, I was ensconced in lovely Broadstairs, a seaside town in the south of England. The weather was (mostly) co-operative, and we spent a lovely four days exploring the coast and tootling around the town.

Baby TR before christening his jumper with his lunch . . . several times.

Viking Bay in the early morning. 


The sun makes an appearance!

Bleak House - Dickens lived in Broadstairs for a bit and wrote some of his novels here.

I had to satisfy my door fetish.

A row of brightly painted beach huts in Stone Bay.

The famous white cliffs of the Kent coast.
And there you have it! My weekend getaway. It was fantastic, and I'll definitely be back!

Have a great weekend. I'll see you next week!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stormy Seas

Hello, all! Welcome to my new posting day -- Thursday! From here on in, I will be posting each week on Thursdays, except for any guest posts I have already scheduled.

And today, I'm thrilled to be taking part in Alex Cavanaugh's launch of CassaStorm. Comment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag.

As part of his launch, Alex invited everyone to ask him a question. I asked: Is there more than one Alex? How on earth do you manage to get everything done?

(Alex is a human blogging dynamo! Here is his answer.)

Talli, do you need to borrow my cloning machine?

Just me! I guess I just make certain things a priority and they get done no matter what. I just decide that I’m going to do it.

Here is more about his book:

By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse

Find CassaStorm:

Amazon -

 Learn more about Alex  here: 

Alex is one of the most supportive bloggers around, and I wish him the best of luck with his new novel!

And with that, I am off to Broadstairs on the ocean for a mini-break! Although the weather is definitely on the cool side, as long as the rain holds off, I'll be happy. I shall be back next Thursday with plenty of photos, including Baby TR's first glimpse of the sea. 

Have a great week!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Park Perks

Hope everyone had a great week!

The air feels more autumnal in London lately, but I can't complain. We had a stellar summer -- for the first time in years! With such good weather, the parks around us became our second home. And now that Baby TR is crawling (and into everything), we need the space to let him loose.

Early morning in Holland Park.

The Orangery and roses in Holland Park.

Baby TR contemplates his next move on the chess board.

In between park jaunts, The No-Kids Club is coming along! I'm now on Draft 4 and it's getting there. Slowly.

Swans on a rainy morning in Kensington Gardens.

Baby TR dips his toes in the Diana Memorial in Kensington Gardens. 

I'm sad to see Summer go, but autumn in London is wonderful, too.

Have a lovely week, everyone!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Handbag Highjinx

Happy Monday, everyone! If you're in North America, then I wish you a very restful Labo(u)r Day.

Today I am very pleased to welcome the very funny writer Lynda Renham, talking about her new book . . . and the contents of her handbag!

Take it away, Lynda. 

I am so excited to be on Talli Roland's blog that at first I could think of nothing to talk about, and then I realised it had to be handbags and Lady Gaga. What do the two have in common? Ah, read on to find out.

Harriet, the heroine in my new novel ‘The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties’ which is available now on Amazon by the way, has a great deal of trouble opening her bag at a very important moment. Harriet also owns a little pink Primark suitcase which she uses for a very dodgy deal. But, read the book and you can enjoy her adventure.  Bels, the heroine in ‘Croissants and Jam’ empties her bag at the airport when she loses her boarding pass and pulls out everything from a rented DVD to a pair of knickers. She later leaves it sitting in the airport and doesn’t realise until she is many miles away, that she no longer has it.

I’m not saying I do things like that, of course not *tiny embarrassed cough* But I do have very interesting things in my handbag and I can’t help wondering if your bag experiences match mine and Harriet’s.  In my handbag at the last look I had three notepads. Well, an author can never have enough, right? There is also an assortment of bills. Oh dear, I’d better check they’ve been paid. I imagine if they have been stuck in my handbag it is unlikely, right?

 My Blackberry and a bottle of Flexall coupled with Biofreeze and I think there is some Ralgex in there. Not that I’m a hypochondriac or anything. A pair of glasses with both arms missing. Go figure. I’m attached to them what else can I say? There is a crumpled cheesecake recipe, which I will make one day. A small bag full of an assortment of pills, for headaches, diarrhoea, migraine, irritable bowel and there are some anti-histamines. I stress I’m not a hypochondriac. That reminds me I must book an appointment to get that pain in my foot checked. 

There’s my purse, covered in doctor appointment stickers. Not that I’m a hypochondriac or anything. Have I already said that? Do you think I protest too much? This is great but I can’t work out which is the next appointment now. I really should remove some, except… they are well stuck and refuse to be removed.

Oh, here is the best thing. My Lady Gaga CD which goes everywhere, so if I have the opportunity to play it, then I will. I have three combs. As you can see one is never enough for me. I believe in excess rather than moderation. The shoulder strap for my handbag which I never use, but you just don’t know do you? Better safe than sorry. Three pens, see what I mean? 

Three tubes of 4orehead. One pair of knickers, as I’m not likely to need three of them at any one time am I? Finally a pair of earrings, a tampon and a tin of cat food.

Standard contents of a handbag, would you agree?  I’m sure you have far more fascinating things in yours. I’m glad I did that actually. It has confirmed I’m perfectly normal. Anyway must fly. I have a doctor’s appointment, not that I am a hypochondriac or anything.

Enjoy ‘The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties’ where handbags are mentioned- a bit. 

Thanks, Lynda! 

You can find Lynda on Facebook, Twitter, her website, and Amazon!

I don't think I could list the contents of my handbag even if I tried - each and every handbag I own operates like a black hole where things go in, never to be seen again. 

What's in your handbag (or man-bag)?