Thursday, 27 October 2011

Cold Revenge is Published on Kindle!



I am delighted to announce that my paranormal/horror 'Cold Revenge' has just been published by Etopia Press and is available for download on Kindle.

For no apparent reason, Nadine, Maggie, Gary, and Nick are invited to dinner at the lavish home of top fashion writer, Erin Dartford. But why has she invited them? Why doesn't she want her guests to mingle? And just what is it about the mysterious Erin that makes them want to run for their lives?

Little do they know that as they prepare to eat their first course, an evil as old as mankind is about to be unleashed. And revenge really is a dish best served cold...







Tuesday, 18 October 2011

'Cold Revenge' - My New Paranormal/Horror Novella



This is the stunning cover art for my new Horror/Novella, 'Cold Revenge', to be published by Etopia Press on October 28th.


Four couples are invited by leading fashion writer Erin Dartford to a dinner party at her luxuriously converted abbey. But this is no ordinary dinner party. And just who is their mysterious hostess anyway?

For four of them, their past lives are about to catch up with them - with horrific consequences. As for the rest...

You have heard the expression, 'Revenge is a dish best served cold'. Well, let us just say that this is one free dinner invitation they really should have refused.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Flower Child – An Interview with Sheila Deeth


Today I am delighted to be joined by versatile author, Sheila Deeth whose latest book, ‘Flower Child’ has recently been published. Here’s a litle information about it:


When Megan miscarries her first pregnancy it feels like the end of everything; instead it’s the start of a curious relationship between the grieving mother and an unborn child who hovers somewhere between ghost and angel. Angela, Megan’s “little angel,” has character and dreams all her own, friends who may or may not be real angels, and a little brother who brings hope to her mother’s world. But Angela’s dream-world has a secret and one day Angela might learn how to be real.

Catherine: Welcome Sheila and congratulations on your new book, ‘Flower Child’. Can you tell us a bit more about it and what inspired you to write it?

Sheila: The story’s about a mother whose first pregnancy ends in miscarraige, so to some extend it’s inspired by my own experience. The mother also shares my rather odd childhood misunderstanding about where babies come from. But apart from that, she’s not me and her story’s not mine.

Catherine:  ‘Flower Child’ is very different to your previous story ‘Black Widow’ which in turn is quite distinct from ‘Refracted’, your previous work. These days, it is very common to categorise writers by slotting them into a particular genre but your writing has taken you into all sorts of areas. Has this been a conscious decision or has it just happened?

Sheila:  I have a feeling most of my writing “just happens,” but I’d probably categorize my three Gypsy Shadow books as “spiritual speculative fiction.” They’re set in very different eras though—future, past and present. I never really know what I’m going to write when I sit down. I just type a sentence into the computer and see what characters pop up in my head.

Catherine: Your website (http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com/ ) is fascinating and contains a lot of information, links and your blog. You are also the author of ‘What..I.F.S. – Inspired by Faith and Science’ books. Can you tell us a little more about that?

Sheila:  I grew up Catholic but my mother’s Methodist, so faith has always been important to me but never been something I could take for granted. Plus I’m a mathematician, so science and logic are part of the way I think. Coming from an English Catholic background, I never even realized people of faith might think science was an enemy till we moved to the States. It seemed sad that some of my children’s friends were being taught not to ask questions of their beliefs. I imagined them going to college, being inspired, as I am, by science, and thinking they had to lose their faith to retain their integrity. I try to tell Bible stories in my IFS books from the point of view of real people, living in a real historical, scientific world, interacting with a God who just might be real too.

Catherine:  As a fellow Brit, but one who now lives in the States, is there anything you miss about the UK?

Sheila:  I miss my family, but Mum comes to see us every winter and brings Christmas with her. I miss real marmalade, real ginger beer, Christmas puddings and mince pies. (Some stores do carry them now but they sell out very quickly.)

Catherine:  As an experienced and versatile writer, what advice would you give to aspiring new authors?

Sheila:  Keep writing. Keep sending things out. Start small. And don’t be afraid to change things and throw things away.

Catherine: Now a fun question: If you were to host a TV chat show and could invite three famous people (living or dead) to interview, who would they be and what would you want to talk to them about?

Sheila:  Saint Paul. I’d love to know about his experience on the Damascus road.
Galileo, because he was inspired by faith and science and I’d love to shake his hand.
Madeleine l’Engle. I want to ask her all about her books and her amazing characterization of angels.

Catherine:  Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Sheila. What is coming next from you – and where can we find you?

Sheila:  I have a novel coming out next summer with Stonegarden.net. It’s called “Divide by Zero” and it’s a tapestry of small-town life with one unravelling thread that threatens to tear the place apart.

I’m working on another spiritual speculative story called Elijah’s Children, but I’ve no idea yet how long it will be. And I’m still planning to finish a children’s series about some magical children in the town of Hemlock Edge.

You can find out all about my books at http://sheiladeeth.weebly.com
or find me on my website and blog http://www.sheiladeeth.com,
plus I’ve got an aboutme page with links to all my other sites: http://about.me/sheiladeeth

Author Info.:

Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. Now living in the States with her husband and sons, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, telling stories, running a local writers' group, and meeting her neighbors’ dogs on the green.

Sheila describes herself as a Mongrel Christian Mathematician. Her short stories, book reviews and articles can be found in VoiceCatcher 4, Murder on the Wind, Poetic Monthly, Nights and Weekends, the Shine Journal and Joyful Online.

‘Flower Child’ is available from the publishers at:




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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Picnic With Beethoven and Falco

Zentralfriedhof, Vienna 

Falco
OK, I realize this may sound a little bizarre. "A day out in a cemetery? Are you kidding?”

But this isn’t just any cemetery. This is Zentralfriedhof in Vienna and it is one of the largest in the world with graves and memorials to some of the world’s finest writers, artists and musicians.

 If you have ever seen that final, long shot which brings Carol Reed’s film ‘The Third Man’ to a poignant close, you will remember that broad, tree-lined avenue through the cemetery.That was filmed in Zentralfriedhof. It is a fascinating place. One of around 50 cemeteries in Vienna, it is situated a little way out, in the district of Simmering but is well worth the trip and is easy to get to using Vienna's efficient public transport system.

With typical Viennese order, the graves of the great and good are laid out in groups. One of the highest accolades the city can give is the award of an ‘Ehrengrab’ (Honorary Grave) and the recipients are grouped so that if you wish to visit famous classical composers you will find them together, or if your preference is for Austrian Presidents post WWII, you’ll find them in the Präsidentengruft (Presidential Crypt).
Beethoven
Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss cluster together in Group 32a, while Falco (real name Johannes Hölzel. Remember ‘Rock Me Amadeus’?) has a highly distinctive memorial in Group 40.

Of course, Zentralfriedhof is also the final resting place of thousands of ordinary Viennese. In fact there are over 300,000 graves and 3.3 million interments. Its peaceful walkways and tranquil setting provide a place for quiet contemplation and solace.

Off the beaten track it may be, but it really is worth the journey and will provide a gentle and sensitive contrast with the bustle of the city streets.

Dr. Karl Lueger-Gedächtniskirche, Zentralfriedhof
Getting there: Main entrance (Tor 2), Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 , 1110 Vienna. The cemetery is served by trams (Strassenbahnen) 71 and 6, bus number 171 and the train (Schnellbahn) S7.