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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.

The Primrose Door has been entered into a competition

I opened a Createspace account in order to turn my kindle edition into a paperback but while I was struggling with the formatting I received an email from Createspace about the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

I have entered my novel and on February 13th I will discover whether or not it has be put forward to round two. It is one of ten thousand so I am not pinning my hopes on its being put through, but as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

I have four reviews on Amazon so far, three of them very good and one saying the reader would have liked to know more about the main characters and what happens to them so while I am waiting I shall be busy writing the sequel. Those of my family and friends who have read it, or are still reading it, have given me very positive feedback and I know that I have judged the market that I am aiming the book fairly correctly. All I need to do now is tap into that market!

Happy and Healthy New Year to you all

After all this wind and rain it was wonderful to wake up to sunshine this morning


The Primrose Door

The Primrose Door

Thank you Alison Shore for my new book cover