Swath or Swathe?

Have you ever read the word swath and wondered if it should be swathe?

Swath is a noun and refers to a path made by mowing or cutting, as with a scythe or similar instrument, but it’s often used in literature in a more figurative sense to indicate something that is like a path left by such actions or something that could be thought of as similar to a bandage, belt or strip. It can also mean the ridge or line of mown or scythed grass.

Swathe is a verb, meaning to wrap, bind or swaddle with narrow bands of some type of material. It can also mean to enfold or envelop. Although swathe is a verb, it is sometimes used as a noun and then it means a bandage, wrapping or strip of linen.

A bit confusing, I know, but if you stick to using swath as a noun and swathe as a verb you won’t go wrong.


The man cut a swath through the field of rye.

Swathe the wound with strips of linen.

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Pretty Little Things by Jillianne Hoffman

Pretty Little Things coverJillianne Hoffman is said to be the next Patricia Cornwall, Kathy Reichs or Karin Slaughter, and in my opinion she has earned that accolade. I found her book, Pretty Little Things, a ripping good read.

The book starts with us in the living room of a pervert listening to a religious program on TV. He is an artist and an artiste, gathering pretty little girls for his macabre collection.

Next we switch to the bedroom of Lainey Emerson, a troubled thirteen-year-old who has posed for an online photo that makes her look fifteen, where she agrees via an online site to meet up with a boy she knows only as ElCapitan.

Special agent Bobby Dees is called in to look for Lainey when she goes missing. His job is particularly poignant for him because his own daughter, Katy, has been listed as a runaway for the best part of a year.

Matters are complicated by a has-been TV reporter, who receives from the abductor, nicknamed Picasso by the press, paintings of the murdered victims, horribly mutilated and tortured, and he seeks to revive his flagging career through exclusives on the kidnapping cases.

As each new clue is revealed, the tempo hots up, and we are taken into the mind and torture chambers of the pervert, as well as the life of Bobby Dees and his wife Lu-ann as they struggle to adjust to the possibility that this creature has their beloved Katy too.

You won’t expect the ending, and the pace and timing of each new scene will keep you riveted. A thoroughly recommended read.

Available at Amazon: http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonPrettyLittleThings

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Check Out These Amazon Bestsellers

This is an exciting line-up of books on my to-read list. Check them out and let me know what you think.

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The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

With the release of the movie by the same title, it’s not surprising that this book has reached the bestseller lists. Can’t wait to read it.




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Hard Choices – Hillary Rodham Clinton

Love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton has had a profound effect on the policies of the USA, using her position as First Lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, and later her status as United States Secretary of State and U.S. Senator.  It should be an absorbing read.




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Written In My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon

This is the eighth in the Outlander series and is set against the turbulent background of North American history from June 1778 onwards.




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Mr Mercedes – Stephen King

This latest Stephen King novel promises to be just as heart-stopping as his previous reads. Hold on to your seat! It’s bound to be a thrilling ride.





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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angleou (autobiography)

With the sad passing of this renowned poet, I think many of us would like to know more about her inspiring life.





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If I Stay – Gayle Foreman

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says.




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All for Socks by Adam Vickerstaff

front_coverAll for Socks by Adam Vickerstaff taps into the heart of every child’s fears: what lurks in that dark space beneath the bed? As Thomas lies in bed listening to his mother’s phone conversation with his beloved but estranged father, he sees the last of his socks disappearing under his bed. Knowing that the missing socks will only cause more problems with his mother, he decides to take action. Despite his fear of the unknown, he ventures under the bed, into that deepest, darkest recess of his fears, where a whole world of adventure awaits him. Together with his best friend, Teddy, he sets out to recapture his socks from the Sock Herders and, as it turns out, also save the world from a terrifying fate.

This imaginative and enthralling story is wonderfully illustrated, bringing the creatures in Adam and Thomas’ minds vividly to life.

All for Socks is the first in a series and can be bought from

Amazon UK via http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonAllfor Socks

or Amazon USA via http://www.authorsally.net/AllforSocks

For more information, check out Adam’s web site


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Self-Editing Your Novel is here!

Exciting news is that Self-Editing Your Novel is now available on Amazon! It gives many useful tips on how to self-edit fiction, including how to cut down on word count if your novel is a bit long. Follow the step-by-step guidelines to learn how to eliminate common errors and make your work really shine.

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http://www.authorsally.net/Self-Editing Your Novel


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Chameleon – suspense, excitement, romance, all rolled into one!



Chameleon was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010. Set in Africa, this family saga encompasses all the intrigue and mystery of that sun-drenched continent.

What readers have to say:

Kathy Stewart writes with empathy born of love of the vast and often troubled land of South Africa. Its history from 1914 to post World War II is seen through the lives of an English family struggling to run a general store in an isolated region, and the Africans whose lives are changed by the conflicts raging around them. It is a powerful story of loss, secrets and betrayal, and ultimately the endurance and healing power of love. It’s a darn good story ~ Sandy Curtis, author of six crime novels

Set in the historic background of South Africa, shadowed by the brutality of a war fuelled by racial tension, Chameleon’s characters act out their conflicted twisted lives. The reader is drawn inexorably into the characters’ motivations as the book charges to an unforeseen denouement. This debut book explores complex characters in a raw way. It’s an absorbing read. ~ Anne Herron


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Betty Bee’s Garden Adventure available now!

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Betty Bee throws caution to the winds – literally – when she decides to stay out in a storm to collect pollen for her hive. This wonderfully illustrated book shows in a series of delightful colour pictures just what became of Betty Bee!

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