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Christmas Market in Scaer on December 3rd 2016

I will be there to promote my book, I will sign copies of the paperback, dedicating them if anyone would like to buy one as a Christmas present. Father Christmas will be visiting in the afternoon! I wonder whether he will be buying?

We will also be selling some of Sue Parkin’s lovely Gingercake Jewellery


How Important are the Minutiae?

noun – the small, precise, or trivial details of something.
So, how important in everyday life are these details?  I have been criticised for my attention to detail in the past, particularly in my working life in meetings where I have been invited to put forward any concerns with regard to a new system being introduced which would affect the way in which my team would carry out their day to day tasks. Caught in the middle, by a team feeling it unfair that I’ve been sent to Paris to attend such a meeting (oh, the excitement of a meeting in Paris, they thought – the reality being a dull meeting room with the blinds closed after a short minibus ride there) and the European colleagues who were unconcerned by my worries and, naturally more concerned about how these changes would effect their side of things. Hmm,  I had no intention of mentioning Brexit, but, my goodness, unless time is taken on both sides to attend to the minutiae there will be one almighty muddle far worse than a badly implemented computer system!
I digress, but my point is that my book, The Primrose Door, does discuss the small details. It isn’t a thriller, my talents don’t yet lend themselves to my writing a thriller though I do love to read them, but it is a story of a family coping with an event that shocks them all. Throughout, they have to continue with life – work, school, shopping, eating seeing friends and family, all the things that one needs to do in order to carry on living as ‘normal’ a life as possible.

Bonjour à tous mes amis de Roudouallec.

Bonjour à tous mes amis de Roudouallec.
Je m’appelle Lorna Cooke. Alan et moi avons rénové une maison à Kerzellec à partir de 1996.
Petit à petit, tous les habitants du village sont devenus nos amis.
Nous nous sommes établis définitivement en Bretagne en 2006.
Les travaux terminés, j’ai pris plaisir à écrire un roman.
“Primrose door” existe en anglais mais je voudrais bien le traduire en français. Quelqu’un pourrait peut-être m’aider dans cette tâche?


The paperback edition of The Primrose Door is now available

Here it is, a real book!

Here it is, a real book! It can be ordered from Amazon

You can take a look inside if you would like to. I have had great fun writing it and I hope you enjoy reading it. There are a few nice reviews on Amazon from people who have read the kindle version, which is also available from Amazon (

Now I can, hopefully, continue writing the sequel. I had originally planned to start the sequel five years on from where this book finishes, but I have had complaints from friends who have read it who want to know what happens next! I feel very honoured that some readers feel that the characters have taken on a life of their own; it certainly feels that way to me when I write about them. So, I have ‘shelved’ the original sequel for now and am writing a new one that begins five months after The Primrose Door ends. All will be revealed in good time.

Book Sales and statistics

The Primrose Door is doing well now as a kindle edition. We have prepared the paperback version and ordered a copy to proof read – I am very excited! I love my kindle and it is great for travelling but I still love real books and I think it will reach a wider audience once the paperback is available

The Primrose Door

Will be available very soon as a paperback.

I survived the goat sitting without losing any goats, but a few did escape and had to be rounded up! Baby goats are expected very soon – there was one unexpected one born just before I began caring for them, but luckily for me none arrived while I was in charge. They kept me so busy that I didn’t write much more of my sequel, neither did I have a chance to write much here on my blog!

Goat Sitting!

Well, I did it last year and will be doing it again. I used to know nothing about goats but I am a quick learner. While I was at my friend’s mini smallholding, holding the fort as it were last time, I finished my novel; The Primrose Door. I am intending not only to progress further with the sequel when I am there but also to regale you all with tales of mischievous goats, Shetland pony, peacocks, various poultry and a gorgeous dog. Last time I was there it was winter; I am going this coming Thursday for ten days or so and I am hoping for better weather.