Thank you ladies.

Thank you ladies.

A good evening was had by all, when I joined the ladies of the recently formed Shirebrook Library Book Club on Friday November 24th.

Organised by Amy and hosted by Gwenda, the event was a huge success with much fun and light-hearted discussion in relation to my own personal journey from writer to published author.

My latest novel ‘Love, Secrets and Absolution’ we discussed in relation to, how I felt inspired to write a novel that incorporated an important aspect of our local history; the Miners’ strike. While at the same time, raising awareness of children’s mental health issues.

A number of interesting questions were raised, in relation to my own experience of the publication process. We discussed the value of honest book reviews, as this is the purpose of the book club meetings.

I pointed out, that sometimes an author takes a risk when developing an unusual concept within the story, such as I did when I introduced Alfie before he was born. I explained that I felt, it was a risk worth taking, in order for the reader, to understand the nature/nurture debate between Alfie’s parents.

The evening ended with book signings and a plan to return next year, when my collection of Poems, ‘Chameleon Days’ is due to be published by ‘The Globeflower Agency’.

The Blue Planet Two.

The Blue Planet Two.

Wow! I am utterly speechless after finally watching The Blue Planet two on catch up television. All I can say, is thank goodness for the catch-up technology that has enabled me to watch this amazing natural history production.

This is surely a wonderful example of the most extraordinary photography I have ever seen.

Four years in the making by the BBC, produced by James Honeyborne and narrated by the renowned naturalist, David Attenborough. This documentary provides a new understanding of life beneath the waves.

I watched in awe as a Sperm Whale mother and her young calf, head deep into the abyss to hunt. To see the young calf constantly touching its mother for reassurance as they go deeper and deeper was utterly compelling.

The filming techniques that made this and other shots possible is incredible. Observing these creatures in their natural environment was magical, reinforced by the clarity of the sound effects, it was literally mind-blowing.

Who would have thought that fish could use tools to help them break into a shell to release the food inside? The level of intelligence of some of the creatures was mesmerising in terms of the ways they have developed survival skills.

Thank you and well done to everyone involved in the production of this truly amazing documentary.

The Inner Wheel Club of Warsop.

It was my honour and privilege to attend the ‘Inner Wheel Club’ Christmas Market-coffee morning, yesterday, November 16th, which was held at ‘The John Fretwell Centre, Mansfield.

The Inner Wheel Club of Warsop, have appointed Autism East Midlands as their official charity of the year. The members of the Inner Wheel Club, host a series of events to raise money/donations and promote the awareness of, Autism East Midlands services.’
The president, Helen Tomlinson in a recent post, sincerely reported her heartfelt reasons for choosing this worthy charity.

‘I have chosen Autism East Midlands as my charity for I hold this cause close to my heart. Many people close to me have been affected by the challenges of Autism and the whole spectrum.
The support that is given by Autism East Midlands to so many families is one that should never be taken likely and I look forward to being able to support them during my year as president.’

My latest book ‘Love Secrets and Absolution’ published by The Globeflower Agency, raises the awareness of Asperger’s, which is part of the autistic spectrum.

Throughout the story, the reader can begin to understand how it might feel to have a mind that is not neurotypical. Told from the point of view of ‘Alfie’ the main protagonist, the story follows his life from just before he is born until he is a teenager. Essentially, this is a coming of age story with a difference.

Although risky on my part. I have introduced Alfie, just before he is born in order to allow the reader to have an insight into his young mind. This allows the reader to consider the nature /nurture debate, which is raised by his father Paul, who at first believes that it is his wife Grace who is reinforcing Alfie’s behaviour.
Please take a look at the story and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. I am always interested to read honest and open reviews about my work.
Thank you.

Pure unadulterated happiness


Today after the many months of typing away at my laptop and researching on the internet, I finally have my second novel Love, Secrets, and Absolution in my hands.

As you can see, from the huge grin on my face, this was a moment worth waiting for. Let’s face it, life is a gift to be enjoyed and every now and again, we are rewarded with the most wonderful and fulfilling feeling of pure happiness.

I have not reached this moment without the help of other people, therefore, I would like to offer a huge and heartfelt thanks to, Anna-Lisa, the founder of The Globeflower Agency Ltd, who has published my novel under their imprint Globeflower Books.

From the very beginning, she has believed in my writing and has worked tirelessly on developing the novel. If you are seeking a publisher, I highly recommend The Globeflower Agency. 

Murder on the Orient Express.

How could my husband and I, possibly miss going to the cinema to watch the much-acclaimed film Murder on the Orient Express? The screenplay was written by Michael Green and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

As you have probably gathered by now, having posted previous film reviews to my Blog, we enjoy a night out at the cinema together. Surprisingly, my husband took no persuading, despite the fact that he is not a fan of the ‘whodunit’ productions.

Truth be known, I have never read an Agatha Christie book. Admittedly, I have watched her work dramatized on TV and film and always feel that I am somehow mixed up in a game of Cluedo. That said, she does create interesting characters, even though Hercule Poirot has a ridiculous moustache.

This famous detective, played by Kenneth Branagh, describes himself as ‘probably the greatest detective in the world’. He was sporting the most absurd upward and curled moustache in this 2017 production and I had an overwhelming urge to snip the ends off.

That said, this all-star production about a murder that takes place in the first-class compartment of the Orient Express, on its journey through Europe is fascinating. It boasts a large number of well-known stars including,  Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Derek Jacobi, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Olivia Coleman, and others.

Due to the many characters involved, all of which had small parts to play (with the exception of Hercule Poirot) there was very little dialogue going on. I recommend that you pay close attention or you may miss the clues. I was impressed with Michelle Pfeiffer, who played Mrs Hubbard, she was well cast for the role. Although Johnny Depp as Rachett gave a convincing performance, his role was short lived.

The plot was full of intrigue, with everyone suspecting each other, consequently, they had the strangest of expressions on their faces as they all acted innocently. ‘What me, no I was in the library with Colonel Mustard’.

I recommend that you watch this film and try to search for the clues, somewhat like the detective in the TV drama Death in Paradise starring Kris Marshal as D.I. Humphries.

Look out, look out, Jack Frost is about.

Look out, look out, Jack Frost is about.

I awoke this morning to the first frost of the season, covering my garden. What a beautiful and magical sight to behold. It is only two days ago since I spoke to my five-year-old grandson, about Jack Frost. We were walking to school and as always I used the opportunity to teach him about nature. It was a nice sunny day, despite being at the end of October, however, I guessed it wouldn’t be too long before the first frost of the season, spread its glistening beauty around us, like a fine lace blanket.

During our conversation, Leo enquired as to who Jack Frost was? I vaguely remembered seeing images of this mythological character in my poetry and story books as a child. So I explained in the best way possible, how as a child I imagined him to be a pretend person made of frost and ice who was responsible for the fine coating of frost that shimmered in the morning light.

As we walked on, I recited the following poem, which as a child, fascinated me and fed my imagination.

Jack Frost
By C.E. Pike

Look out! Look out!
Jack Frost is about!|
He’s after our fingers and toes;
And all through the night,
The gay little sprite
Is working where nobody knows.
He’ll climb each tree,
So nimble is he,
His silvery powder he’ll shake.
To windows, he’ll creep
And while we’re asleep
Such wonderful pictures he’ll make.
Across the grass
He’ll merrily pass,
And change all its greenness to white.
Then home he will go
And laugh ho, ho ho!
What fun I have had in the night.

So my friends, snuggle tightly under your blankets and duvets. Grab a good book and savour this wonderful autumn season. For me, it is a time of inspiration, so please excuse me, I’m off to write a poem.

Thank you to all my fans

Thank you to all of my followers.

I send a huge and heartfelt thank you, to all of my followers who have supported me on my publication day November 1st.

I spent the day with my publisher, Anna-Lisa, the Director of The Globeflower Agency, celebrating our first venture together. I enjoyed interacting with all of my family and friends and all of you book lovers out there, who very kindly joined us in the celebrations.

Love, Secrets, and Absolution is published under the imprint of Globeflower Books is available as a paperback and e-book from Amazon.

Check out The Globeflower Agency website to purchase Love, Secrets, and Absolution merchandise, a nice stocking filler along with the book.


It’s the final countdown.

It’s the final countdown.
I am getting so excited about the publication of my second novel, ‘Love, Secrets and Absolution’ published by ‘The Globeflower Agency and available from Amazon. How far can a mother’s love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his? Deceit, betrayal, love and addiction. Will anyone find absolution?

Please join me in the final countdown. Publication date. November 1st.

Fun at Foxton Locks.

Finally, Michael and I have done our first extended sail on ‘Speckled Hen’ our canal boat or otherwise known by myself as our ‘cottage on the water’.  You are probably wondering what this woman is talking about. ‘Extended sail’? I refer to the fact that normally if we take the boat out for a week, basically it is 3.5 days sailing in one direction, then the return journey of 3.5 days back to our beautiful moorings at ‘Mercia Marina in Willington.

I regress. Having completed my second novel, Love, Secrets and Absolution. We decided the time was right to spend three weeks away from home. A special time together, before the winter draws near.

My publisher ‘The Globeflower Agency’ continues with the task of marketing my book and doing a tremendous job. Thereby, giving me the opportunity to once again head for the keyboards of my laptop computer and write a future novel. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I use the tranquillity of our boat, to concentrate on my writing.   So here we are at the top of Foxton locks ready to take the boat down two staircases of five chambers. The magnificent volunteer lock keepers are ready to assist my husband to open and close every gate as I drive the boat down the steep incline of the countryside. It is an amazing sight to see and attracts many visitors, young and old. The youngsters, in particular, are fascinated to see how the locks are manually operated and are delighted to help push open the heavy lock gates.

Along our journey, the evidence of autumn being well and truly established was all around us. The roof of our boat covered in a multitude of leaves of all shades from green, red, yellow and russet. Along the route, we are privileged to see back gardens as they slope towards the canal. It is true that an Englishman’s home is his castle, for we have seen many beautiful gardens.

I am surprised to see lots of apple trees, the boughs bending full of fruit. Fruit that is falling to the ground to go rotten. Actually, it saddens me think of the waste and how many hungry people would be glad of the richness of this fruit. It reminds me of a poem I wrote, due to be published in my collection of poems. ‘Chameleon days’ also published by ‘The Globeflower Agency’ and available on Amazon, as is Love, secrets and absolution’.

Both books available on Amazon.