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A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

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The Witching

The Witching

And so to The Witchling. This is my most recent publication, and it follows on from ‘The Saddling.’

I am thinking about a part three and part four and making this a series of novels set in my imaginary village on Romney Marsh. The Saddling has a set of subtle themes: Winter solstice, the water element, self-discovery and family history. The Witchling also has subtle themes: Summer solstice, the fire element, self-acceptance and, again, family history. Saddling is about a willing sacrifice, The Witchling is about the burning of a witch. You don’t have to have read Saddling to follow the story, but it helps if you have.

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“The sins of our ancestors have committed us to the flames.”

Saddling is cursed and dying. The village will be lost unless someone burns at the stake on solstice morning. Six months after the life-changing events of The Saddling, Tom Carey must solve the witchling mystery and risk his life to save his lover.

Mystery and action combine in a sweltering thriller set on the Romney Marshes. The main characters return, you will meet new ones, but is William Blacklocks really dead? That’s just one of the mysteries to be solved as the story hits the parched ground running and doesn’t let up until the fire-pile is lit. The question is, who will burn to save Saddling?

low-resolution muck up“I have been waiting eagerly for the release of this book, having so enjoyed The Saddling. I read it in one sitting, ignoring other stuff I should have done. And I’m so glad I did. I was in the village by chapter 2, straight into the story, willing the characters to do as they should. A great read, it might even be better than The Saddling? You’ll have to read it to find out, but I think you won’t be disappointed!” Amazon review.

Symi Saturday Photos

Symi Saturday Photos

To give you a well-earned break from me going on about my books, today we return to our regular service, providing you with a set of photos taken on Symi over the past months. I will be back on Monday when the book talk will take us to darker places, mysteries and horror…

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Dancing in ‘Bulmas’

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A guest at Pacho’s

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Yialos in March

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The square in winter

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Kataractis

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High on a hill…

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Taking care of the stray cats

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At the Kastro

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Winter light

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Symi in winter

Remotely and Honestly

Remotely and Honestly

Apparently, one of my most endearing characters is the mysterious wonder-worker, Miss P. She made her first appearance in a book called ‘Remotely’, and later she is found in a novella, ‘Honestly.’ Actually, in timeline terms, Honestly comes first, but you can read them in either order. I am currently working on a new Miss P story, ‘Unforgivable’ or ‘Unforgivably’, I’ve not decided yet. I intended to have each Miss P title as an adverb. Tomorrow, I’m going to put up the first chapter of ‘Unforgivable’ for you to take a look at. I should mention that it is draft one and unedited/proofed, but I’m sure you can overlook that. Meanwhile, here’s the info on the other two Miss P stories.

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Britain’s newest and most pointless TV talent competition is coming to Middlestone-On-Sea. ‘So You Think We’re Remotely Interested?’ has taken Friday night viewers by storm as it streams live variety shows from remote, provincial theatres across Britain. The theatre with the most audience votes wins regeneration and revival, and lord knows, Middlestone-on-Sea needs both. The dying seaside backwater rests its hopes on the performance of two ex-best friends, gay Gary and straight Stag.

The visiting celebrity judge, the mysterious and timeless Miss P, knows that for all to be well, they must mend their broken friendship. But there is no success without trial. She magically swaps Gary and Stag into each other’s bodies. Secrets are learned, comedy ensues, and yet the community remains divided.

Rifts must be healed, differences accepted, and bodies swapped back before the season grand finale in four days’ time otherwise Middlestone will lose everything.

“A really laugh out loud kind of holiday book. I used to live in the area that the author did and can totally connect with his train of thoughts about people. This book is a really fun easy read, James Collins should turn this into a mini series …I am a great advocate of his books and look forward to the next one please….” Amazon review

You don’t have to wait any longer because here’s Honestly (Kindle only, but it is only $0.99)

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Having cured Shakespeare of writer’s block, Miss P finds herself in the 20th century attending to a similar problem in a small fishing village. The timeless and slightly magical Miss P knows that the only way to solve the problem is to cause a friendship, and the only way to do that is to cause the whole village to speak honestly. As you can imagine, comedy ensues.

“I read Honestly in one sitting whilst on the train from Newcastle to Halifax. The characters were well thought out and when they suddenly started to tell the truth their antics were hilarious. The vicar was my favourite and I would love to meet him. Also makes you think about how we treat people because we put them into compartments without seeing the individual. Am ready for my next James Collins novel.” Amazon review.

Well, it might take me a while, but ‘Unforgivably’ is taking shape. There’s a preview coming tomorrow.