Friday, 6 March 2015

Frenzied excitement!

My heart is beating so hard and fast, I almost can't breathe!

What is the cause of this near hysteria? I shall tell you.

I have spent a whole year away from my beloved Owners series. There were other projects to do, other books which needed to be written, so I put aside the Owners for just a little while. It gave me time to recharge my batteries and to reflect on how I didn't want to be defined by this one series.

But now I have finished these other books, it's time to turn my attention back to where it all began.

The Owners, Volume VII : Hunter's Moon is about to begin. Hold on to your hats!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Author's note

I have just typed THE END, having finished the story Saving Grace.

As an author, every book I write matters to me, every story and every character resonates in some way, to a greater or lesser extent. But this particular story will also strike a chord with many of you, due to the fact that it is about a child's perception of her parent's failing marriage. 

Having been a step-child myself, I know how hard it can be. And also how wonderful. So I included a final word. Here it is :-

Author’s note.

This story is dedicated to my [step] father who raised me from the age of seven and treated me as if I were his own child.

Saving Grace was written for all you boys and girls who find that sometimes real life is hard and hurtful. It has been written with love and with hope. In many ways it has been written for the adults in your lives, as much as it has been for you.

The job of a step-parent is a tough one and has been vilified in many stories. But for every evil Queen in Snow-white, there are a hundred good men and women, doing a great job of parenting kids that aren’t their own. Likewise for every ‘wicked’ step-child who deliberately scuppers his/her parent’s new relationship, there are a thousand others who accept and value the new adult in their life.

I hope this book goes at least a little way towards helping children and adults find a sure footing in difficult times and situations.

Carmen Capuano.

Saving Grace will hopefully be available soon. Until then ...

Happy Reading!

Saving Grace

Sadly I am coming towards the end of Saving Grace. She has been a lovely character to write about - a little girl with profound problems and a deep heart.

The book was written for 10-12 year olds but like all my other works, I think adults will enjoy the honesty in it as much as children will.

Here is a little snippet from today's writing:-

It was lovely to see Millie again and Grace was thrilled when the camel seemed to recognise her, leaving her feed bag and coming over to nuzzle her big head into Grace’s shoulder.

“I missed you, lovely girl,” Grace told her, “but I’m so pleased you are happy and looked after.” She kissed the camel on its long nose. “And you should be proud of your daughter – Sirrie is just as sweet as you are Millie.”

Although Grace couldn’t be sure, she thought that Millie looked proud at the mention of her calf. She turned her head towards Sirrie and snorted loudly.

Grace laughed. “Yes Millie, I agree, you did a good job there.” She swallowed a lump in her throat and said the words that were so painful to utter. “I might not see you again. You, or Sirrie.” She tried to smile but couldn’t. “I will miss you all dreadfully, but if I stay I will miss the people I love in my own world.” She wiped at her eyes.

“And coming backwards and forwards between the two places is hurtful – too much time is skipped over…” she hesitated to explain the truth that there was a possibility that if she came back again it would be several Santerra years from now and perhaps by then there would be no Benito or Millie or…

“I have to get back to my own world. And I have to stay there because that is where I belong. But my heart will always love you.” She plonked another kiss on the camel and was only half surprised when a large tear plopped onto her shoulder. Millie was crying. Silently Grace buried her face in the camel’s warm neck and let her tears fall.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Exciting news!

I am very pleased to be able to inform you that the Bromsgrove Standard will begin serialising one of my books at the end of March!

Being a local newspaper with its ear to the ground, the Standard works harder than most national newspapers to deliver what its readers want - pertinent information and articles with a local flavour.

Some of you may have read my short story which appeared ahead of  Valentine's day a few weeks ago, but the story which will now be printed bears no relation to the previous one.

Storm Clouds is about what might happen if our current global weather extremes continue. It is a story about ordinary people who suddenly find themselves in extraordinary situations and how they strive for survival against the odds.

You will meet Jack Ryan [named after the famous Tom Clancy character by his father] who suddenly finds himself in charge of his nephew Dan, in a perilous situation. And you will meet Doctor Georgia Wade, who shelters her best friend's three children from the encroaching storms.

I hope you will love my characters as much as I do.

If you would like to get your story hit all in one go then follow this link

In the meantime - everlasting thanks to the Bromsgrove Standard and Happy Reading! x

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


13th August I will be conducting a talk and book signing at Lord Morton's Tea Rooms. Ticket price to include Pimms and canapés in the garden, main course, dessert, coffee and author talk. £14.95 Phone 01299851201 to book.