Meet my pets

Having grown up with dogs, I never considered getting a cat. But when someone in my family said they knew of a kitten who needed rescuing, I didn’t hesitate.

Joey joined my husband and I at 10 weeks old and he was our first pet together as newlyweds. He’s now 13 and he’s been an amazing first pet. He taught us how crazy cats are! He understands the word ‘sit!’ and will sit for his dinner, he wakes us up at 4am every morning in summer because he’s itching to get outside into the garden, and he can sleep for 20 hours straight if no one opens a food wrapper! He was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism so he’s now on daily medication which, thankfully, he takes well. He’s a very greedy cat and will eat everyone else’s leftovers no matter what brand or type of food so nothing goes to waste in our house!

When Joey was 4 years old we heard of another kitten who needed rescuing, and so Sookie (we named her after Sookie Stackhouse from the True Blood series) came to live with us at around 10 weeks old. Between you and me, she’s my favourite because she has so much personality. She sleeps on my desk every day as I write and she’s very lazy. She’s not interested in being outside unless we’re out there and it’s sunny. Like Joey, she also loves her food and gains weight easily, especially as she has one of those pouches that hangs low under her belly and jiggles as she runs. She wakes us up with her midnight zoomies around the house (because she sleeps all day she’s a night owl!). Although she’s very loving it’s all on her terms; we can only touch her if she’s in the mood and she dislikes her younger brother! Not in an aggressive way, she just won’t let him near her and throws him daggers with her well-rehearsed look of contempt! Which leads me nicely to Teddy-bear.

We rescued Teddy when Joey was 10 and Sookie was 6 and he has turned our lives upside down! He’s half Maine Coon and he’s got so much more energy than the other two. He literally never stops wanting to play. And if we don’t play with him, he’ll chase Joey or Sookie to try to get them to play with him. He’s not aggressive at all, he just needs a lot of attention. Perhaps because he was rejected by his mother as a kitten and is the only surviving kitten from the litter. He was very small when he came to live with us. He’s very attached to me and although he’s not much of a lap cat, every night at midnight he comes to find me in bed, lies across my chest and rubs his face across mine continuously whilst purring for ten minutes straight. Then he goes off to sleep on my feet, next to the other two.

I probably love my cats a little too much because I added them into one of my crime novels (Won’t You Save Me), as the pets of my forensic technician. But readers loved it!

I can’t imagine not having a cat on my desk as I write. They really are the best companions and someone to talk to during the lonely long hours of writing a novel.

Until next time! x

2020 end of year review

I hope you all had a relaxing, peaceful Christmas. Like most people my plans were scuppered by you-know-what, so my husband and I were alone over the whole period. It will be a quiet New Year also as I’m too tired to stay up until midnight these days! To be honest I’ve only ever enjoyed one New Year’s Eve and that was on a plane over the Atlantic Ocean coming home from getting married alone in New York. The pilot held a countdown and the whole plane was served champagne. Understandably, nothing since has ever lived up to that!

With the year drawing to a close I always like to write an end of year review to show how far I’ve come and to reassure myself I haven’t wasted too much time! It’s safe to say 2020 has been my most productive writing year yet. Not only because I’ve stayed home all year and haven’t had any holidays or breaks away or even been to many shops, but also because I’ve had so many ideas for books and I’m finding that the more I write, the more I want to write.

So this is what I’ve been up to in 2020:

✔️ Had one book published in ebook and audiobook (Won’t You Save Me – Dean Matheson book 3).

✔️ Changed publisher (to Bookouture).

✔️ Signed a two-book contract for my new Detective Madison Harper series at a time when I’d only written book 1 in the series.

✔️ Written two full length novels (books 2 and 3 in the series).

✔️ Re-written and edited books 1 and 2 in the series ready for publication in Jan and Feb 2021.

✔️ Outlined books 4 and 5 in the series.

✔️ Written various articles and short stories.

✔️ Documented my life and reactions to the pandemic on video camera, from the minute the virus reached the UK.

Anything else…

✔️ Oh, and I survived a global pandemic. It’s no wonder I’m feeling a little exhausted!

For 2021 I’m looking forward to the publication of books 1 and 2, and to finishing books 3 and 4 completely. Obviously, I’m looking forward to the end of the pandemic, like everyone else, but there’s much else to be hopeful for. I’m really looking forward to my garden springing into life from March onwards, as it was a real source of comfort this year. I’m already planning which vegetables and plants I’ll be growing in my potting shed while my cats keep me company on the cold, frosty last days of winter. And who knows, perhaps by the end of summer we might be allowed to travel again, even if only within our own countries.

All that’s left to say is – to anyone who has read one of my books this year, or who interacts with me on social media; thank you for keeping me going and motivating me with your kind words. I appreciate your book reviews, support, cat memes and friendship.

Here’s hoping we have a healthy New Year and a better 2021 with no more ‘unprecedented’ moments.

Take care,

Wendy x

My books

Bargain alert!

Just taking a breather from writing my latest crime thriller to let you know that all three of my Dean Matheson books are currently on sale on Kobo and Amazon, meaning you can grab the whole series for just £3.97!

I’m not sure how long this offer lasts so be quick! Here are the universal Amazon links for full blurbs and reviews:

Book 1 viewbook.at/WhoCaresIfThey

Book 2 viewbook.at/WhereTheSnowBl

Book 3 viewbook.at/WontYouSaveMe

Enjoy!

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Sale – 99p/99¢

Won’t You Save Me (Book 3 in the Dean Matheson Series) is currently on sale for just 99p/99¢ on Amazon and Kobo!

Buy links below but here’s the blurb:

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

Available to purchase on all digital platforms including:

Amazon (universal URL)

Kobo

 

Won’t You Save Me By Wendy Dranfield #Book Review by Reading Through The Pain

An unknown girl is found dumped near the church, she is horrifyingly beaten. Then a child goes missing, plus they find another gruesome murder scene in a flat above the diner. Dean Matheson is back in his hometown, hoping for a fresh start. He has now become a detective with his new partner, Detective Eva Woods…

via Won’t You Save Me By Wendy Dranfield #Book Review #CrimeFiction #Crimeseries #DeanMatheson @WendyDranfield @RubyFiction — Reading Through The Pain

It’s Publication Day!

It’s Publication day for book 3 in my Dean Matheson crime series: Won’t You Save Me.

This is my fourth publication day and does it get any less exciting as the books go on? Well, a little, if I’m honest. It’s hard enough to get family/friends to care about your first publication day, never mind your fourth, so there’s no fuss or celebrations this time.

This is where social media comes in. My Twitter and FB friends will make a fuss, RT my posts and make me feel special. It’s so lovely and encouraging to hear from readers of the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, who are eagerly awaiting this release. I still can’t believe anyone out there even reads my books, let alone enjoys them!

So, Won’t You Save Me sees Dean back home in Maple Valley, which was really fun to write as we get to see all the old characters from Who Cares if They Die. I missed Frankie (from Frankie’s Diner) so much and he provides some much-needed comic relief in what is otherwise quite a dark book. It tackles child sexual exploitation as well as how people wear masks to hide their true motivations. I know from experience that we sometimes have to place our trust in those we are meant to turn to for help but they can be the ones who let us down the most. There’s also a shocking revelation in this book that will change things forever and now I have to write book 4 to see how that turns out! Oh, plus, as well as Rocky the wannabe police dog, this book contains cats. What can I say, I’m an animal lover and I have 3 cats so they sometimes end up in my books!

I have to give a special thanks to Zoé from Zooloo’s Book Diary who is helping me celebrate publication week on her blog, and to all the bloggers who have shared her posts. Thanks also to Jo Lambert (fellow author) for sharing my publication day links. Jo’s current book can be found here and it’s the first in a new series, with books 2 and 3 on the way soon. At the time of writing this it’s on offer for just 99p but not for much longer so grab yourself a bargain!

And of course I have to thank my publishing team at Ruby Fiction for the opportunity of sharing my characters with the world. My books are a little (okay, a LOT!) darker than what they usually publish so taking me on was a bit of a risk! Hopefully I don’t have them shaking their heads in despair at my creepy plots and messed-up criminals!

Thank you to everyone who’s ever bought/borrowed/read one of my books. Whether you loved them or hated them, at least you gave me a try. It sounds like I’m retiring but I’m not! There is still plenty more to come from me and if you’re interested in my latest release, see below for the blurb and buy links. I really hope you enjoy it. Now I’m going to have a sneaky glass of wine to celebrate publication day with the cats…

Won’t You Save Me is now available on all digital platforms and the audiobook will follow shortly.

Blurb:

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

Buy links:

Amazon

Kobo

Apple books

GooglePlay

Nook

Book 1 – Who Cares if They Die

Book 2 – Where the Snow Bleeds

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