Writer’s Wardrobe – Problem Solved!

Selkbag - in pink!
Selkbag – in pink!

‘What are you wearing?’

Those four words will never again have the same tone of innuendo for me, not if I can get my hands on one of these bad boys!  Let me set the scene:  I’m on the sofa, eating my favourite strawberry granola, cup of tea in hand, when I rather absently flick on the TV (hey it’s Sunday, it’s raining, what else am I gonna do?!).  ITV Weekend is on and they’re talking books, so I settle in.  Then, the obligatory gadget guy comes on and just at the end of the slot, he introduces us to what could be my future writing uniform – The Selkbag.

Described as a kind of onesie come sleeping bag, it gives all the warmth of a sleeping bag without the restriction.  Now I have always been quite vocal about the challenges of being a writer in Ireland’s inclement climate (Frostbitten), documenting the chills and shivers of writing in the DAMPEST CLIMATE IN THE WORLD!

‘Being a writer in Ireland is a bitterly cold job, especially in the west of Ireland, because it’s so bloody damp!  I’ve tried to come up with ingenious new ways to keep warm while I’m writing (aside from keeping the central heating on all day, which only results in me nodding off into a dry heat coma).  These involve sipping lots of hot drinks throughout the day, stepping my feet into an electric ‘bootie’ type setup (that’s bootie for boots, not the other bootie, that’d just be weird), wearing Fagan ‘fingerless’ gloves (which sometimes leaves me hankering to do a theatrical rendition of ‘Consider Yourself’).  I’ve also been known to wear ear muffs too and when all else fails, I just light the fire and snuggle up with my laptop on the living room floor.  Not very structured or comfortable, which are two very important elements when trying to write a novel.

I read once that Marian Keyes used to do a lot of her writing in bed – another victim of the damp Irish chill, no doubt.  So I tried that too, tucked up with me hot water bottle AND electric blanket – now there’s a recipe for disaster (and another newspaper headline – “Writer electrocuted in efforts to keep warm!”).  There should be some kind of government grant – a payment for climatically challenged writers to see them through the winter months.’

But all of this could be about to change.  I may have been too embarrassed to open my front door while wearing Fagan gloves, ear muffs, dressing gown and ugg boots, but with this pink boiler suit affair, why any writer would be proud to walk down to their local shops for more teabags.  Imagine what you could save on your heating bill?  The comfort in the knowledge that once you zip up your suit, you’re going to be warm, gloriously warm all day!  So bring on the Selkbag I say.  In fact, I think they should be handed out free to writers in a kind of survival pack.  With chocolate.  My only fear is that I might never want to come out of it!

My fingers thawed out just long enough to write these two novels, which you can buy here:
Sarah & Evan

The Wait Is Over!



Today is the day!  I’m celebrating the official release of my new novel, The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris  I am so excited to launch my second book.  This is a very big day for me as an author, and so to celebrate with all of my loyal readers, The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is available on Amazon today at the very special promotional price of $0.99!  So pick up your copy now 🙂

This is the magical tale of Edith Lane, who sets off to find her fortune in the beautiful city of Paris.  Fortune, however, is a fickle thing and Edith ends up working in a vintage bakery in the positively antique town of Compiègne.  Escaping heartache and singledom in Ireland, Edith discovers that the bakery on Rue De Paris is not exactly what it seems and that some ghosts from the past are harder to escape than others.  A heart-warming story that is sure to appeal to all of the senses, The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is a mouth-watering journey of love, liberty and la vie en rose.

Hope you all enjoy reading this quirky little story about a woman who set out on a journey to Paris, but found so much more…

*Cover Reveal* The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris

 Here it is folks – my new novel set for release on 9th June, 2014!



This is the magical tale of Edith Lane, who sets off to find her fortune in the beautiful city of Paris.  Fortune, however, is a fickle thing and Edith ends up working in a vintage bakery in the positively antique town of Compiègne.  Escaping heartache and singledom in Ireland, Edith discovers that the bakery on Rue De Paris is not exactly what it seems and that some ghosts from the past are harder to escape than others.  A heart-warming story that is sure to appeal to all of the senses, The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is a mouth-watering journey of love, liberty and la vie en rose.


Check out my author page on Amazon for updates!

Roll up for the literary tour!

Hello everyone,

I’ve been dying to write this post, so my inner tour guide can step out and show you the literary tour of The Cross Of Santiago!  This novel was inspired greatly by my surroundings – Galway city and county and in this first leg of the literary tour, I want to take you to where it all began.

In 1588, the Spanish Armada, the greatest naval fleet that ever was, decided to invade England in a holy war to overthrow the protestant Queen (why can’t we all get along?!)  Anyway, things didn’t work out as planned (you’ll have to read the book to find out why) and the fleet had to return home via Scotland and down the west coast of Ireland.  A raging storm caused many of the ships to wreck along the Irish coastline and it was these events that planted the seeds of a story in my mind.

Looking up the Irish Wrecks Online website, I discovered an Armada shipwreck recorded in 1588 in a small  bay called Ballinakill.  Ballinakill is in a beautifully scenic area of Connemara, not far from Tully village.  I have always loved taking my holidays in the wilds of Connemara, so I instantly went searching for a cottage to rent in the area, where I could do more research.  As luck or fate would have it, I found a cottage overlooking Ballinakill Bay, on the slopes of Tully mountain.


I instantly fell in love with the place and in my novel, this is the cottage belonging to Tori’s grandmother, where Xavier stays and explores the waters of Ballinakill Bay.  At the foot of the hill (if you can run the gauntlet of wild Connemara sheep!)  there is a small pier with a breath-taking view of the Twelve Bens mountains.  How could you not be inspired by this place?


The Falcon Blanco Mediano, an urca which was most likely used for transporting supplies to the bigger ships, wrecked upon the rocks of Freaghillaun Island (try saying that with your mouth full) and many of the survivors were helped by local clans.  The ship itself has disintegrated over time in the choppy currents of the Atlantic, but some believe there is still Armada treasure to be found, if you know the right place to look….  Below is a view of Freaghillaun Island from the mainland.


Click here to see a map of the area, if you would ever like to go there yourself and take part in The Cross Of Santiago literary tour!  Stay tuned for further stops on the tour, and don’t forget, there’s still time to enter the giveaway to win a free e-book here.

More Launch Day Shenanigans!

Ok, so I know I’m gonna sound like this guy listing the elements, but here’s a list of all the wonderful bloggers that will be hosting me and my book on Monday 16th September.  *sharp intake of breath*

Well there’s 











…And exhale!  Please join us for interviews, guest posts, reviews and a town hall raffle for a free copy of my book.  It’s not really in a town hall.  In the meantime, take it away Tom Lehrer!

Launch Day Preparations

Only six more sleeps till the launch of my novel ‘The Cross Of Santiago‘.  I think September is the perfect time to cosy up with a new book and if you’re looking for an engaging story that intertwines the lives of two couples in very different time periods through one mysterious heirloom, then this is the book for you!  

Okay, enough self promotion for today.  (But did I tell you that it’s set in Ireland and it’s really good?)  I’m preparing for my ‘Release Day Party’, as you do and to help me celebrate, I’m going on a 10-stop whirlwind blog tour with Enchanted Book Promotions on September 16th.  There will be interviews, guest posts and a give-away, so stay tuned for details on how to win a free copy of ‘The Cross Of Santiago‘.  There may even be fireworks, depending on the weather here in drizzly Galway, but there will definitely be panic, excitement and a few glasses of something bubbly.  Yes, you got it – sparkling water all round, no expense spared here 🙂  

It’s such a huge day for any author to see your work in print and available for readers to enjoy, but don’t forget, you can pre-order my book on Smashwords here.  Otherwise, it will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Sony and Kobo from the 16th.  In the meantime, I’m off to do my best version of the Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited! 






Smashwords Pre-Order

Fancy pre-ordering my exciting début novel?  Well now you can!  If you’re not tying yourself into the whole Kindle Select Program, you can go ahead and upload your book to Smashwords, weeks before your launch and make it available to pre-order.  I think this is a fantastic idea, because in the lead up to the launch of The Cross Of Santiago, people keep asking me where they can get my book, but I don’t have any link to give them.  This makes me look silly.

Me:  Hey, I’ve got a new book coming out.

Random Acquaintance:  Good for you Evie, where can I get a copy?

Me:  Well, it’s an e-book, so you can download it off Amazon.

RA:  Great, I’ll do it right now.

Me:  Um, well no, you see it hasn’t launched yet, so if you log on to Amazon, it eh… well it won’t be there yet.

RA:  Right, right.

Me:  But it will be in two weeks, I mean you could just keep checking my blog until then and I’ll give you the links??

RA:  Oh, here’s my bus, gotta go, I’ll call you though…

Gone.  You won’t get that opportunity back.  And you sound like you’re launching your novel in a makey-uppy land… far, far away.  But with Smashwords, you can upload everything weeks ahead of your actual launch, so people not only have a link to view your novel (with a cheeky sample to boot), but they can also pre-order it.  This could mean a head-start when it comes to your sales rankings and all that algorithm jazz, so for me it’s a no-brainer.  So publish pre-order books to Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, and according to Smashwords ” Accumulated sales during the pre-order period can cause your book to rise in the best-seller lists”.  Let me know your views.

To pre-order your copy of The Cross Of Santiago with Smashwords, click here.