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Short story: A Christmas Baby

We offer to you a Christmas short story, featuring Baby. You might have seen pictures of Baby before, if you follow us on social media. Our relationship with Baby was originally intended to be a short-term one, mainly for some

Posted in 2017, Writing

Comedy Influences – Heide

Fantasycon panel: what made you want to be funny? I was on a very lively panel at Fantasycon talking about Humour in Genre Fiction. It was lively because it was chaired by Donna Bond who whipped things along at a

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Baby’s guide to Fantasycon

Baby has now been to two Fantasycons and wanted to pass on some top tips for getting the most out of a convention. Here’s Baby’s guide to Fantasycon. Preparation Consult the programme. So many exciting things to see! Which events

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Fantasycon 2017 – Heide and Iain’s appearances

Fantasycon Fantasycon is in Peterborough this year, from 29th September to 1st October. If you’re thinking of coming along, it would be great to see you. It’s a friendly convention, and in spite of the name, you’ll find writers and

Posted in 2017, Events

Pirate community welcomes LGBT military personnel

Prominent members of the pirate community have encouraged LGBT individuals to join them. Captain Hector Barbossa declared that pirates have led the way for many years when it comes to diversity. “The scurvy cap’n of the free world complains about

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Disenchanted blog tour – Epiphany’s story

Disenchanted is now available to buy, and to celebrate, we’ve had a blog tour. We’ve reproduced the story fragments used on the blog tour here for your convenience; all six make an entire short story. The blog tour stops were the ones you

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Stokercon Diary: California Screaming

A trip to the US Heide went to Stokercon for two reasons. She wanted to meet people from the US genre scene. Writerly chit-chat with a new set of people is always great It was onboard the Queen Mary. The

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Goodreads giveaway for Disenchanted

Paperback giveaway Want to win a paperback copy of the brand new comedy from Heide and Iain? Here’s the description: Ella Hannaford has a small business to run, an overworked father to look after and a future stepmother who wants

Posted in 2017, Books, giveaway

Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday Celebrations

Winning a commission to write a new Adrian Mole story We’ve blogged before about visiting the Sue Townsend archive at the University of Leicester. When we saw the news that there were to be commissions for new Adrian Mole stories

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Fairy Tales relating to Spring

Spring time in fairy tales What do fairy tales have to say about spring time? Quite a lot, it seems. To celebrate the equinox, let’s take a look. DIY The familiar zeal for carrying out maintenance tasks on the home

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