The beauty of the re-read

Is there anything quite so delicious as immersing yourself in a great book? Yes. Re-reading it. There are times I want to play it safe with my reading, to spend more time with much-loved familiar characters, and to enjoy the way the action plays out all over again. I know how it will end. I … Continue reading The beauty of the re-read

A New Look for Sofia Grey’s Website

The time has come,' the Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax — Of cabbages — and kings — ~ LEWIS CARROLL, The Walrus and the Carpenter   In this case, it was time for a makeover on my blog. I’m thrilled with how it looks now … Continue reading A New Look for Sofia Grey’s Website

25 New Loves for Valentine’s Day? And all of them FREE!

The Boy in the Sixth Form pt. 1 (aka My First Valentine)   One Valentine's Day stands out in my memory. I would have been fourteen, and had a HUGE crush on a boy at school. He was two years older than me, and at fourteen, that kinda age difference was crippling. He joined our … Continue reading 25 New Loves for Valentine’s Day? And all of them FREE!

Falling out of love

  “I don’t believe it,” I said. “How could you?” There was no response. I tried again. “You’re joking. Just messing around.” Nothing. “HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?” My iPhone sat there, looking innocent. All my contacts for the last two years or so… gone. Vanished. Poof! My list of recent calls was … Continue reading Falling out of love

* Closes the door on 2016 *

It doesn't seem almost a year since I woke up to the news that David Bowie had died. I never met him, or even saw him perform live, and yet I felt as saddened by his passing as I would an old friend. As a teenager, and in my early twenties, I had a number … Continue reading * Closes the door on 2016 *

5 post-quake behaviours

Living on an active fault line I’ve experienced a few earthquakes now, two of which were scary. I’m talking huddled-under-the-desk scared, with ten floors of offices above my head, while the building shook like a rattle in a toddler’s fist. Not fun. Most of them are gentle, varying from a slight jolt to a swaying … Continue reading 5 post-quake behaviours

Did the earth move for you? Hell, yes!

  Living in the shadow of The Big One   It’s weird to think that earthquakes have become part of our lives. It’s normal to keep food supplies and a pair of sturdy running shoes under my desk in the office, along with a list of friends in the town who I could go to, … Continue reading Did the earth move for you? Hell, yes!

Growing up in a Haunted House

#4 in the Spooky October series   Nope, that’s not code for something. I mean properly haunted. With a ghost.   Growing up, I was the youngest of three, and since my brother and sister were much older, I was more like an only child at home. I don’t remember much of the early manifestations, … Continue reading Growing up in a Haunted House

Six Haunted Scottish Castles

~ Spooky October #3 ~   According to The Scotsman Magazine (11 August 2014), the five most haunted castles in Scotland are: Meggernie Castle (Perthshire) Ethie Castle (nr Arbroath) Sanquhar Castle (Dumfries) Duntrune Castle (Argyll) Barcaldine Castle (Argyll) For more on these, read the article here: I mentioned six castles, but have only listed … Continue reading Six Haunted Scottish Castles

Why is romance writing seen as a joke?

  My close friends all know. My immediate family knows. Some of my workmates (past and present) also know. It’s not like I keep it a secret, so why don’t I make more of a fuss about it? My name is Sofia, and I write romantic fiction. There, I’ve said it.     Despite its … Continue reading Why is romance writing seen as a joke?