Tuesday, 20 December 2011

So, where's your BAD Christmas sweater??? (we want pics)

Everydog's got a BAD Christmas sweater...
Right? Right???
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More Welsh Corgi dogs being all Christmasssy...

Gingerbread Corgis were her specialty (she made herself eat all the broken ones - only the perfect ones made it to the tree - it was sheer self-sacrifice)

He had Christmas wrapped up early (wish he'd come round here and wrap up mine!)

It was her favorite colour scheme (she's a very patriotic pup)

Essential winter kit (Life was so much more comfortable with a dry undercarriage.)

We all have a Bah, Humbug! person. (don't we???)
And we have to do that conciliatory little smile in the background and hope that smooths things over...

The best seasonal window(Move over Bambi, Santa's little helpers and snowflakes - bring on the bones!!!)

They were hoping for doggy bags(They hated waste...)

He was fond of cracker jokes 
(Yeah - what's yellow and dangerous???)

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Welsh Corgi dogs with Christmas on their minds

She thought the wreath looked better on her than on the door (and I think she's right)
He was counting the sleeps til Christmas

Oh, howly night! (I'm wondering about this one to publish as a Christmas card next year - what do you think?)

All for one

She did like a seasonal centrepiece (as long as someone else dealt with the thorny holly bits)
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Monday, 5 December 2011

...And a poo-dle in a pear tree...

(These are the correct words for this song - the original words.) (Yeah, they are. Honest. Yeah.)

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A poo-dle in a pear tree....

On the second day of Christmas...

On the third day of Christmas...




On the 12th day of Xmas
my true love sent 2 me
12 Dachshunds digging,
11 Pit Bulls peeing,
10 Labs a-leaping,
9 Dalmatians dancing,
8 Mutts a-moulting,
7 Spaniels swimming,
6 Greyhounds Gazing,
5 Gordon Setters,
4 Border Collies,
3 Fox Hounds,
2 Cute Corgis,
And a poo-dle in a pear tree! 


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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Penny Grubb, crime writer and ALCS Chair

Rosie and Monty are delighted to welcome Penny Grubb to their blog. They love reading crime novels (and the fact that Penny carries doc choc drops in her pocket is neither here nor there…)

Penny writes crime novels about a Private Investigator. It’s not that she writes what she knows, exactly, but she does write what she likes to read…

She is also Chair of the biggest writing-related organisation in the world - that is, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society - this means she has writers’ best interests at heart and works out what dosh they can get for secondary rights. (Which is pretty fab and also means writers can afford to give their dogs more bones.)

To get back to the books she writes, ‘The Doll Makers’ won the International Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger; and ‘Like False Money’ was nominated for the International John Creasey Dagger - both recognitions of the fabulousness of her work were, of course, accepted with becoming modesty.

Penny thoroughly researches the 21st century PI in order to provide the authenticity which is a trade mark of her novels.

Part of that research involves interviewing real people - real victims, real criminals…….

...and real law investigator type people, too, including forensic detectives and pathologists…

Being a novelist often results in reactions from these interviewees ranging from suspicion on the one paw, to camaraderie which often involves too much detail, and even offers of work!

It’s all valuable material to Penny, and you can find out how she’s used it in her three novels due to be released on November 12th in paperback. (Found in all good bookstores on- and off-line.)

They have fab covers:

Rosie reckons ‘The Dollmakers’ cover is dead scary…….
 Penny will be out there with her special pen signing books in WH Smith’s…
- and there's a 3 for £15 offer going on - yay!
The signings:

19 November WHS Books Beverley 9.30 to 11.30
19 November WHS Prospect Centre Hull 12.00 to 2.00
26 November WHS Coney Street York 12.00 to 2.00
26 November WHS Monks Cross Shopping Park York 2.30 to 4.30
3 December WHS Westborough Scarborough 12.00 to 2.00
10 December WHS Victoria Shopping Centre Harrogate 12.00 to 2.00
17 December to be confirmed, maybe nowhere

Rosie: It’s been very interesting finding out how you work, Penny! Come back soon. *don’t forget to refill the dog choc drop pocket, though*

Monty: It’s been lovely getting to know you, Penny. You can come back anytime - even if your dog choc drop pocket IS empty. No. Really. I mean it. Honest. I do. Yeah.

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Competition for signed paperback copy of novel, 'All His Own Hair'

My second novel - 'All His Own Hair' - is on Amazon for Kindle but I've discovered this fab person is running a competition for a signed copy of the (paperback) book.

The competition can be found here

The requirements are:

quote: "All you have to do is pop along to this Amazon page - and find the answer to this question ‘What is the name of Liz’s Border Collie?’

Then just email me at info@bridaldesignsweddingjewellery.co.uk with the answer to the question plus your name to enter. The winner will be drawn from all correct entries on the 14th November. Good Luck!"unquote

Even if you have a Kindle, this could be a Christmas present for someone who doesn't.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Greyhound in trilby - peony patch skulk - Miss Maddy Mouse - Siamese Masterfulness - inseparable corgis

She firmly believed there was a trilby for everyone

Skulking in the peony patch

Miss Maddy mouse in the pink

He was Master of the Universe

They were inseparable

Greyhound morning - Corgi topiary - Paparazzi boredom - Sarah Docbear's waiting room - patient Golden Retriever

Into the morning

Herding was in her blood, but topiary was in her soul

The paparazzi bored her

Ever more bears came for Sarah Docbear's treatment

He was waiting very patiently

Flower kitten - corgis sharing bath - cat amongst harebells - bears on a first date - beagle thinking in the petunias

Am trying to catch up with my blog postings - am sooooooo behind....

He had a lot to think about

First date awkwardbearness

The harebell stalk

Save water - bath with your pals (and - no - it's not bathe - it's 'bath' according to the original 60s - or was it 70s - slogan)

The flower kitten was on her best behaviour (for the time being, anyway)

Friday, 28 October 2011

Friday, 7 October 2011

Lesley Cookman, cosy crime writer extraordinaire, pays Monty and Rosie a visit on their blog!

Lesley Cookman:

First of all, thank you to Susan for allowing me on to her blog - a great honour.

Susan illustrated me (at least, that’s what I tell her):

However - although she has shown me as a slim, smoking, wine-drinking young thing with exquisite taste in scarves, writing with pen on paper in an attic - not ALL of that is quite true - no - I actually write directly onto a computer, more like this:

My heroine, Libby, lives in Steeple Martin where my books are set:
This map, especially created for me by Susan, appears in all the books and on my website.

Susan and I have been known to do joint book signings - here’s one at the Cotswold Bookstore with - from left to right: Susan Alison (map creator and co-signer of books) Gilli Allan (author of 'Torn' for Kindle), Adrian Magson (crime writer), Katie Fforde (romantic comedy writer and President of the Romantic Novelists' Association), her sister Jane Gordon-Cumming, and publisher Hazel Cushion of Accent Press (feisty, independent publishing):

Rosie: *snort-woof* Look - Susan’s taking a quick nap while all the lovely people are looking at the camera!

Monty: Quite right too! It’s the most noble of pastimes… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Lesley: My latest book is called Murder At The Manor and comes out on November 7th in paperback and for Kindle so it's in everyone's favorite format.

Murder at the Manor is the ninth in the Libby Sarjeant series, and features nearly all the regular characters, including Sidney, Libby’s grumpy silver tabby cat, and her friend Fran’s Balzac, a long haired black and white. The books are 'Cosy Mysteries', which means they’re more Rosemary and Thyme

than Spooks.

Libby and Fran are both former actors, and keep their association with the stage by being involved with the Oast Theatre in Steeple Martin.

It’s all very jolly and quite good fun - apart from the odd body - but I do try and keep the stories relevant to today, so have some very serious underlying themes.

I do hope fans of Susan’s art will like the books, and thank you once again, Susan, for all the pictures.

Rosie: *woof-cough* - actually, it's our blog! But, you’re very welcome, Lesley, and you can come back anytime. Well… for as long as you keep bringing the gravy-soaked biscuits, that is...

Monty: It’s been lovely getting to know you, Lesley. Am wide awake now and I’ll be sure to be there with my Kindle on November 7th ready to do the one-claw-clickety-click dance.

Yay for Lesley Cookman, cosy crime writer extraordinaire - Yayyyyy!!!!!!!!!!bark!!!!!!!!!