November 18, 2019

I loved visiting Carew Castle, near Tenby in West Wales, (I like visiting any castle, to be honest – and Wales has hundreds of them) so I took the opportunity to use it as a location in The Colour of Death. Not only was it the perfect atmospheric place to have in a sto...

November 12, 2019

I'm often asked where I get my ideas from and most of the time they develop from research I've been doing on another book.

Not so with The Colours series. I had an inkling I wanted to write about the ability to see auras, but I assumed this was going to stand on its own...

August 20, 2019

The Colour of Death - it's been a long time coming, but I'm relieved to say it's finally here!!

“Mad, bad and dangerous to know.”

Olivia Parr doesn’t believe her ability to see auras is a gift. It hasn’t exactly done her any favours. Quite the opposite, in fact. Having b...

January 28, 2019

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November 10, 2018

This is how the castle featured in Another Kind of Magic looks today.

Here are a couple of images of how the castle might have looked when it was built in the thirteenth century. 

If you want to read  more about the goings-on in the castle (mostly fictional, of course) t...

November 8, 2018

Belladonna can grow up to 6ft in height and the bell-shaped flowers are dull purple with green tinges and faintly scented, and is has shiny, black berries. Part of the nightshade family, along with potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, tobacco, and chili peppers, the common n...

November 6, 2018

William de Braose came from a long line of powerful Marcher Lords, whose families ruled the borderlands between Wales and England. He was born in Brecon, probably between 1197 and 1204. The Welsh, who detested him and his family name, called him Gwilym Ddu, Black Willi...

November 4, 2018

Llywelyn the Great, Llewelyn Fawr in Welsh, was a Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales and eventually ruler over most of Wales. 


Born in 1172, Llywelyn came to power in the classic way of Welsh princes bedevilled by the dividing rule of Welsh inheritance - he seized it fro...

November 2, 2018

Born in 1191, the illegitimate daughter of King John and a common-born woman named Clementina, it is thought that Joan spent her early years in Normandy. She was brought to England in 1203 prior to her marriage to the Welsh prince, Llewelyn the Great, in 1204.She was w...

October 8, 2018

Edward was born in sometime in 1003, to Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy, in Islip, Oxfordshire. He had one full brother, Alfred, and a sister, Godgifu, but also had a couple of half-brothers, Æthelred’s sons by a former wife.

During his childhood, England was...

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