Thursday 19 December 2013

Penny Plain comes to Accent Press!

I am delighted to announce that my Penny Plain Mystery novellas have found a home with Accent Press.

These are the expanded versions of the People's Friend serials, but all in one place on your Kindle, without the need to wait for a week between chapters to see what happens next.

The first of the four stories is out now. It is called The Jigsaw Puzzle and is sparked off by the discovery of a strange jigsaw puzzle in Penny's late mother's cupboard.

The cover of the e-book has been taken from part of the real jigsaw puzzle that I really found when clearing out my own late mother's cupboard.

(The rest of the real story is far more mundane than the story I invented for Penny!)

Monday 16 December 2013

Penny Plain - the final episiode

The final part of Penny Plain for Christmas is out this week, featuring a heroic charge through the snow, a nativity with provisos, a real baby birth in a church and a happy-ever-after. Now how could anyone resist that?

Happy Christmas reading!

Sunday 8 December 2013

Penny Plain 4 - part three

Part Three of Penny Plain: The Christmas Present is in the current issue of People's Friend. Items are still going missing, the mystery of the WW2 wedding photo deepens - and Leo's son arrives to spend Christmas in Salthaven.

Only a couple of days until the final episode is out!

Monday 2 December 2013

Penny Plain 4 - part 2

Sorry - blogging late again. You only have a couple of days to buy Part 2 of Penny & Leo's Christmas serial before the new issue comes out on Wednesday.

Go on, you know you want to. It's not often that you find boats, petty theft, Nativities and car boot sales all appearing in the same story.

Sunday 24 November 2013

Penny Plain for Christmas!

The fourth Penny Plain serial starts this week in People's Friend and - as the illustration below shows - it is a Christmassy one!

You need to be quick, though, as Part two will be out on Wednesday/Thursday!

Monday 11 November 2013

Written on the Wind is live!

It's finally here. The longer version of Written on the Wind is up on Kindle.

It is set on the North Yorks moors,

it contains a mysterious gardener and an ancient grove of trees

and mobiles

and gingerbread


Saturday 12 October 2013

Coming soon...

I have been reminded today that I haven't posted anything new for a while, so I'm sharing my brand-new cover for an expanded version of Written on the Wind.

The cover is by the very talented Jane Dixon-Smith. I really love it.

This was originally a Woman's Weekly serial, but I'm going to be publishing it as a mystery novella on Kindle very soon. Watch this space.

Monday 26 August 2013

Low Tide

It's a slow, sleepy bank holiday today, so here is a slow, sleepy poem. Enjoy...


Low Tide by Jan Jones

River flats, mud flats,
Curving haze-shimmer all along the horizon
Slender silver loops of creek
Otherworld solitary

Boats leaning on the river banks
Making slow, crazy-angled love,
mattress half on bunk, half up wall
distant trees feathering the hatch space
endless sky through dangle-curtained windows.

Late afternoon eddy of water
pushing in from the sea
covering the shining mud
sliding the world inexorably upright
returning us to civilisation

Saturday 22 June 2013

Penny's back!

The first part of the third Penny Plain serial starts this week in People's Friend magazine. In this mystery, we are introduced to Penny's son Noel, whose girlfriend Caitlin is having trouble with graffiti at her family brewery.

Various characters from previous serials make an appearance, along with a few new ones.

Hope you enjoy!

(People's Friend issue dated June 22nd 2013)

Wednesday 12 June 2013

On being a jobbing writer

It isn't easy being a writer. Not my sort of writer, anyway. Without contracts or security, but still with an aching need to write, to entertain, to tell stories that readers want to read.

On with the motley by Jan Jones

Doing makework
Hopping from project to project
My whole life spent in the remaindered aisle
eyes darting from shelf to shelf for the

Motley, always motley

A scrap of beauty here
A half-elegant phrase there
Buried in the rush for a temporary high
I long for a year’s space
To cloak myself in a world of my own fashioning
To explore leisurely
Spending a day finding just the right word
Knowing my characters down to the base of the iceberg

But the car needs petrol
The children need MP3 players
So it’s on with the motley and smile
And pare the ease of sleep to the bone.


Thursday 30 May 2013

Visiting with Cupid

Yes, yes, I know. I'm hardly here, and then I go off visiting. Today I am over at Holly Hepburn's blog putting in my order for Cupid's arrow. Although having read her splendid book, Cupidity, I'm a little worried about him having time for me...

Wednesday 17 April 2013

I Was A Rat!

Wow, that was an experience! I'm just back from watching an adaptation of Philip Pullman's I Was A Rat at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds - and I'm worn out! The cast were extraordinarily good - all of them playing multiple parts with impeccable timing and zero time to change.

The boy Roger - played by Fox Jackson-Keen who I wasn't in the least surprised to learn once played Billy Elliot - was fabulous. He had me aching with laughter one minute and all scrunched up ready to cry the next. I think the whole theatre breathed a sigh of relief when things came good for him at the end.

The colours, the lighting, the energy, the masks, the sheer cleverness - it was a fast-paced kaleidoscope of a production with some pertinant messages about society - and very well worth seeing indeed.

(But if you aren't keen on circuses - especially clown faces - you might want to choose that scene to nip out for a comfort break. Don't say I didn't warn you.)

I'm now drinking tea and returning to the real world. And reflecting.

[The show is on until Saturday 20th April, then off on its travels around the country. ]

Friday 1 March 2013

Fairlights - the final episode


The fourth and final part of Fairlights is out now, in which the Fairlight once more comes into its own.

Before it can do so, however, Sorcha has to face every single one of her nightmares. And even then, it may not be quite enough to avert tragedy.

Happy reading...

Thursday 21 February 2013

Fairlights - part three...

Third part of Fairlights is in this week's issue of Woman's Weekly.

 In this episode, we find out some of what happened in the space where Sorcha's memory has gone missing. She also finds a set of accounts of the Fairlight (the beacon on top of the pele tower) which raise more questions than they solve.

Only one more episode to go now.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Popped out for a chat

I'm not here today, I've popped out for a chat with a splendid group of ladies known as The Romaniacs.

Do come on over and find out what they asked me.

I'm told there will be tea...

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Fairlights - part two

Today's Woman's Weekly contains the second part of Fairlights (I know! Where did the week go?).

In this episode it becomes apparent that something is very, very wrong with Sorcha's memory.

Warning: contains open spiral staircase

Thursday 7 February 2013


My new serial starts today in Woman's Weekly (12th February issue). It is set in a house on a cliff above a fishing village.

Sorcha Ravell's family has lived at Fairlights for generations - now Sorcha is moving back to turn it into a boutique hotel.

But when she gets there, all is not quite as she remembers...

My thanks go to artist Jane Human who has created Fairlights exactly as I imagined it. I was just SO thrilled when I opened my copy this morning and saw the artwork for the first time.

Monday 14 January 2013

'Fairlights' teaser

Where does the time go? I've been struggling with a cold, but even so...

This is just a small teaser for next month's serial, to start in Woman's Weekly in the February 12th issue. It is the gatehouse at Roche Abbey and through that (mercifully locked) door is the most terrifying spiral staircase I've ever seen.

You can find out how I wove it into Fairlights next month...

Tuesday 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Today I am over at the Historical and Regency Romance blog talking about Christmas reading material.

Wishing you all the very best of everything in 2013!