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Reading Aloud from Beast-Laid Plans

Reading chapter three of ‘Beast-Laid Plans’, and the risks of upsetting women of a certain age, especially where there are dragons involved …

We are one day away from the launch of Beast-Laid Plans, lovely people. One day. The monster hunters are assembling. The dragons are gathering. The baked goods are multiplying. And the Beast is … beasting. Or something.

Which means that, instead of our usual book chat video, I wanted to read a little of Beaufort’s newest adventure out to you. As we’ve already had chapter one and chapter two up on the blog (in print, which is a better choice than my dodgy reading skills, to be honest), it only made sense to do chapter three, no?

And, as it happened, that was an excellent decision, as the birds were very helpful in providing a soundtrack for Miriam’s garden musings (the cars not so much).

So shall I get out of the way and let you watch me having the sudden realisation of just how much of myself I put into Miriam?

I think so.

Happy watching, lovely people!

I also mention, amid my ramblings, that I won’t be in NZ when this blog goes up. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m apparently cramming all the travel I missed out on over the past couple of years into a couple of months, and am kicking off the post-Tonga portion of the trips with a quick visit to Australia for my mum’s birthday.

Which is on Friday, and therefore why launch day had to be Thursday, if you were wondering. It wasn’t an entirely arbitrary decision …

Anyhow. If you would like to see some photos of the Tonga trip, you can find them on the Facebook page here, or join the Toot Hansell Auxiliary for more travel photos to come!

But if you are here for the books rather than the photos, there’s still time to get your pre-orders in for the ebook of Beast-Laid Plans! It’s available at all your favourite retailers, and if you order it now it will fly to your ereader like the most magical of Beasts as soon as it goes live. Paperbacks are also available – ask your friendly local indie store to order it for you using the ISBN 978-0-473-64871-8, or use the same link to find your favourite online stockist.

And now over to you, lovely people. Have you ever suddenly looked up from a book and thought, oh no. It’s me! Let me know which character it was below!

A dragon is missing.
A Beast stalks the Dales.
And the hunters are coming …

DI Adams’ missing person is a human, not a dragon. But the trails of both lead straight to the village of Eldmere, where glimpses of a mysterious Beast have drawn the attention of the nation’s monster hunters.
And where, of course, the Toot Hansell Women’s Institute and the Cloverly dragons are in hot pursuit of Gilbert. They’re not letting a valley full of weekend Yeti hunters and Nessie-loving cryptozoologists stand between them and the young dragon.
But nothing is as simple as it seems. Something strange is happening in Eldmere, and the dragons, the Beast, and the ladies of the Women’s Institute are right at the heart of it. As are the hunters, some of whom are more serious – and more dangerous – than DI Adams ever imagined.
She’s in a race to find Gilbert before the hunters do, because someone out there doesn’t just want to see a dragon. They want to finish them.
There’s more than dragon secrets at stake in Yorkshire this summer …

Beast-Laid Plans, Beaufort Scales, book excerpts, book video, chapter three, cosy mystery, cozy mystery

  1. Carolyn says:

    I fear I might be a bit Alice as I do like a plan but at heart I’d really rather be a dragon

    1. Kim says:

      I would like to be more Alice – I could do with *some* organisation in my life …!

  2. Eileen says:

    Oh dear I think I am turning into Alice a little bit every day!!

    1. Kim says:

      I would not say no to being a bit more Alice!


    I’m definitely Miriam and proud of it 🙂

    1. Carolyn says:

      Well done – can I come and sit by your Aga and eat scones?

      1. MARIE CORDALIS says:

        I would love that!

        1. Carolyn says:

          Thank you

      2. As long as Jasmine isn’t making the scones, I’ll be whomever I need to be to sit by an Aga and eat scones….

        1. Carolyn says:

          I think we can trust Marie to be a real Miriam and not a Jasmine.

    2. Kim says:

      Being a Miriam is a most wonderful thing ❤️

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