One of the things I want to do more of this year is get back to music. I’ve been a singer-songwriter, session vocalist (working with producers across the world) and band vocalist since I was 19, and music has always been a huge love of my life.
But in recent years music has taken a back seat to books and being Mum. While I still gig with my band The Peppermints (who you might know better as The Pinstripes from my third novel, It Started With a Kiss), I haven’t done much with my own songs.
I recorded an album About Time, in 2011 which I self-funded and I’m so proud of it, even if there are about seven boxes of CDs now gathering cobwebs in my shed! It was a dream to record my own music – followed by my book soundtrack EP that I wrote to accompany It Started With a Kiss, called Last First Kiss in 2012.
For a while I’ve had my music on Soundcloud (click the link to see all my tracks, which you can hear for free) and Bandcamp, together with my music page on Facebook. I’ve written a lot of new songs in the last twelve months, which I hope to record soon – updates when they happen!
I’m currently writing about a musician in my forthcoming novel, The Day We Meet Again – and it’s made me miss music more than ever. So, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and release a single! Why not, eh?
GIVE ME A REASON was originally on the album, and I love it.
You can hear it below – and it can be yours for only £1 – just click this Bandcamp link.
Enjoy! And if you like what you hear, leave a comment below xx
Posted in Exclusives, Life, music, Writing
Tagged Bandcamp, Chris Smith, Miranda Dickinson, music, new music, singer-songwriter, single, Soundcloud, writer
…it would need a stonkingly good trailer! I’ll reveal my perfect cast for my Christmas e-novella Christmas in St Ives in a few weeks, along with lots of other goodies – news coming soon! – but for now, here’s my very own book trailer that I made myself…
What’s the story of Christmas in St Ives? In this short trailer I hope to give you a little taster of what’s in store in the book. It’s my most festive story yet and I’ve packed it with all the things I adore about Christmas and the wonderful town of St Ives. It’s also a prequel to my ninth novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, (which is published on 14th June next year but is available for preorder now), so you’ll meet the characters from that book, plus get a sneaky-peek at the first chapter, a whole seven months early.
So sit back, relax, grab some popcorn or a cuppa and enjoy my Christmas in St Ives BOOK TRAILER! (Turn the sound up, too!) Enjoy! xx
Posted in Books, Exclusives, Features, Vlogs, Writing
Tagged Christmas in St Ives, Cornwall, Dan Phillipson, festive, Miranda Dickinson, music, novella, Pan Macmillan, romance, romcom, St Ives
I’m posting a photo (or set of photos) each day, telling you about the location and where you can expect to find it in Book 5! And even though my new book is waiting for its title, you can actually pre-order it here (Waterstones) and here (The Book Depository) – I know, how crazy is that?
Today, I’d like to introduce you to some of the amazing people we met on our trip…
This is Tony. He could be Kenny G’s cousin (but I don’t think he is). Tony was playing saxophone in the lovely Ghirardelli Square (more on this place soon). As with every other busker in the city, he had a great PA sound system! You might remember him from the most recent episode of my vlog (he was playing out at the end). Being a musician myself I was so impressed with the talent of the many street musicians we met – and also by the real regard local people have for music.
This is the very grumpy lady who sells hand-knitted hats by the Powell turntable at Fisherman’s Wharf. I don’t know her name, but I was fascinated by the way she could serve people and carry on knitting at the same time…
This guy is a comedy legend. He was playing to entertain the long line of people waiting for the cable cars at the Friedel Klussmann Memorial Turnaround at Fisherman’s Wharf. He had a great line in wry humour, thanking the people in the queue for ‘seeking out my exclusive gig’ and suggesting that the more one dollar bills people donated into his bucket, the faster he could make the cable cars arrive. His humour is the inspiration for Marty – a philosophising taxi driver and one of the regulars at Annie’s diner in Haight Ashbury (where Nell will volunteer to work during her San Francisco stay). Classic line: ‘My father always used to say something to me, and that thing I will share with you now: “Son,” he used to say, “wherever you go, there you are.” I like to live by that motto.’
This is Frank and his dog, Jaq (the ‘Q’ is very important, apparently). I met them at The Warming Hut at West Bluff, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, as Bob and I were enjoying a takeaway coffee in the sun, gazing out over the San Francisco Bay. To be precise, I met Jaq first when he trotted across the sea wall to say hello. As with everyone we met in San Francisco, they were very friendly and Frank told me how lucky we were to have a clear day. Dogs were everywhere in San Francisco, but especially here and Crissy Field park in the distance, where local people come to hang out, work out, enjoy BBQs and walk their dogs.
More coming tomorrow. Leave me a comment below! xx
Posted in Photos, San Francisco
Tagged book 5, buskers, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, hats, Miranda Dickinson, music, people, San Francisco, stalls
I can hardly believe Christmas is here! Bring on the mince pies, twinkle lights and The Muppet Christmas Carol!
And, of course, Christmas is a time for PRESSIES – so here are two especially for you! Thank you so much for all your love, support and friendship this year, for buying, reading and spreading the word about When I Fall in Love and for being brilliant!
So – pressie number one is a little something to bop around the Christmas tree to. Michael Bublé has one, so does James Taylor, (and the less said about Rod Stewart’s the better), so here’s my very own collection of Christmas tunes especially for you! (Click on the image below to go to the free download)
Pressie number 2 is a very special, magical story for the festive season. Find out what happens when one woman receives a surprise guest… (Click on the image below to read the story – you can download it free, too!)
Happy Christmas and look out for lots of exciting stuff coming soon! xx