Showing posts from December, 2013

2013 - my year of writing dangerously

What a strange year. Five book launches, two short stories, four video competitions and a whole lot of travelling.

Here's a review of the past 12 crazy months.

Happy New Year to family, friends and acquaintances old and new, and thanks to Crooked Cat Publishing, MuseItUp Publishing, Bluewood Publishing and SmashWords.

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By Pamela Kelt

Anecdotal value from Pamela Kelt

Newsroom mystery book bargain. Tomorrow's Anecdote for just 77p on

Just another day in the the newsroom? Hardly.

Voting for Ice Trekker in video contest

My teen fantasy adventure Ice Trekker is in the You Gotta Read Reviews Video Contest this December. It's video entry #2 - currently on page two.

Voting will be between today, December 21 and December 27. Here's a guide if you're new to the process.

Start by clicking on 'Video contest'.

Find the vote button and scroll down to see Ice Trekker at #2.

Check the box.

Go to the bottom of the list and click 'Vote'.

That's it! Thanks.

By Pamela Kelt

Tomorrow's Anecdote - on the road

Thanks to Crooked Cat Publishing, my first novel is now on its first outing.

Find out more here:

It's been popping up all over the place. Here's what to look for ...

Just another day in the the newsroom? 


October 1987. Clare Forester is an overworked and under-appreciated features subeditor on a provincial paper in Somerset. She spends her time cheerfully ranting about her teenage daughter, the reclusive lodger, her spiteful mother, the Thatcher government, new technology, grubby journalists, petty union officials, her charming ex – and just about anything else that crosses her path.

If things aren’t turbulent enough, on the night of Thursday, October 15th, the Great Storm sweeps across Britain, cutting a swathe of destruction across the country.

Things turn chaotic. Pushed to breaking point, Clare finally snaps and loses her temper with gale-force fury – with disastrous results.

As she cont…

Quick, Quick, Sloe

Cocktail recipes are everywhere, including supermarkets (keen to make a buck by selling you posh licquor). I picked up a leaflet from our local Waitrose and found a sloe gin cocktail called Blackthorn ripe for adaptation.

When seeking inspiration, I often walk the dogs in our nearby spinney, which this year has been abundant with hedgerow gems, none more so than sloe berries. So, this autumn, I made a batch of my own sloe gin. (Recipe for this to follow.)
So, here’s my version, using my own brew. Admittedly, my gin was a bit pale, but the flavour is great. I suspect I used slightly unripe berries in my eagerness.
1 measure sloe gin 2 measure martini rosso dash of Angostura bitters twist of lemon
Mix over ice and serve.
Try it with cranberry bitters for a festive twist. Confession - I reused the glog-infused lemon peel for the garnish. Soz.
By Pamela Kelt

Eat Your Peas! Speaking to the middle grade reader

Concluding the series of articles to celebrate the launch of The Cloud Pearl, here's fellow MuseItUp Publishing Kai Strand with some excellent points about tuning into your audience.

Welcome, Kai. Over to you:

Eat Your Peas!Speaking to the Middle Grade Reader

Voice in children’s literature is crucial. It’s a safe bet to say that if the narrator sounds like a parent, your book probably won’t be read by more than your friends and family.

Lost orchid - for real

Orchid fans are buzzing with the news that one of the world’s rarest orchids has been rediscovered after 175 years.

Richard Bateman and Paula Rudall, from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, found the green-flowered plant on a wind-swept mountain ridge they compared to a scene from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World.

At first the team had focused on two kinds of butterfly-orchids, but by using morphology and DNA sequences, they were able to distinguish between the widespread short-spurred butterfly-orchid and the rarer narrow-lipped butterfly-orchid. It was only when the team surveyed an orchid population on top of a volcanic ridge on the central island of Sao Jorge that they made a surprising discovery: a third species.

On their return from the island of Sao Jorge in the Portuguese Azores to Britain the scientists realised that another botanist had first seen the orchid 175 years ago – but had never realised what he had discovered.

Legendary liqueurs

So many cocktails require a mix of lemon juice and a dash of Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec.
These orange liqueurs used to be a Christmas treat for the ‘ladies’ in the household. (My grandmother particularly liked Grand Marnier. A neighbour of hers always used to call it Grand Mariner and the name’s stuck.)
But they’re costly to bung in a cocktail. Even the poorer cousin, Triple Sec, is well over a tenner for a small bottle.

I’m currently working on The Golden Bell, book two of the Legends of the Liria series. It’s set in a Morenija, an Mediterranean-style city by the sea, famous for its citronelles, mystic orange trees that grow in every square.

So, when it comes to making a cocktail to celebrate its completion, I began to rummage for some unfussy orange liqueur recipes. To my delight, I found a fabulous website by a chap called Gunther dedicated to all manner of home-made liqueurs, and adapted one of the recipes. It’s simplicity itself, once you’ve mastered the knack of removing…

Gothic inspiration

Guy’s Cliffe house is the epitome of the Gothic. Crumbling towers, croaking jackdaws, a rushing weir.

One late summer’s day, I found myself walking the dogs round Guy’s Cliffe, a Warwickshire beauty spot by the River Avon, not far from home.

The Lost Orchid set to bloom

I've just heard the delightful news that Paulette Rea of Bluewood Publishing will be the editor for The Lost Orchid.

It's a tale of botanical shenanigans set in the 1880s when orchid fever was at its height.

The story set in and around Kenilworth. Expect photos!