Have I mentioned lately ...


Have I mentioned lately that I write books? Well, I got this lovely mug for Christmas and I have a fifth manuscript ready for publication, so I thought the time was right to give it a mention! Read the full article for more details and Happy New Year.

'Broken Cups' is OUT NOW


My fourth novel, 'Broken Cups' is now available in both paperback and ebook format. Read the full article for more information.

The beginning of a new adventure


So, the sun has finally gone down on the 'Voice from the Past' trilogy and a new saga is about to begin. My new book, 'Broken Cups' is due for publication this autumn.

Exploring Oxford


Being a massive fan of the television series Morse and Lewis, based on the novels by Colin Dexter, I set off recently to explore the city where the dramas are set.

Browsing in Waterstones


Whilst I still read a lot of ebooks on my Kindle, I definitely prefer the printed version and love browsing in bookshops. I get a great feeling of elation when I spot one of my own titles on the shelves!! Thank you Waterstones Belfast for your continued support.

The downside of self-publishing ...


I love having the control over my writing that self-publishing gives me. But there is a downside ... 

A Woman's Wisdom


I want to thank Ali, also known (on Twitter) as Bodicia, for the wonderful support she has recently given me in helping to publicise my books. Read on to find out more.

Another poem by yours truly ...


My life has changed a lot since I retired from my job as a teacher. Whilst I did acquire some skills in aspects of business and marketing, especially during the last three years of my career when I acted up as principal of the school, I have found that I needed to further develop these skills in order to promote my chosen new activity of writing and publishing. My inspiration for writing this poem has come from my involvement with a Twitter network which has gained me scores of friends and has turned the whole process into a fun activity.

I've written a poem!


Yes, I know I'm a novelist and not a poet, but I was inspired to write this short poem when I discovered that one of my books is currently listed in the Northern Ireland Libraries catalogue. It started me thinking about the old days when a visit to the library was one of my very favourite activities. Read on to access my poem. I hope you enjoy it.

'Self-publishing' with a 'Publisher'!


People must get a little bit confused when I proudly describe myself as a self-published author and then talk about my publisher. This surely appears to be a contradiction in terms. So let me explain...

In praise of bloggers...or not?


I hate the word 'blog'. What does it even mean? Read on for my interpretation.

Blood is Thicker


The 'Voice from the Past' trilogy will soon be complete with the publication of my third novel, Blood is Thicker. Read on for more information about my recent reading and writing activities...



Just want to say a big thank you to all who have helped me get the word out about my books. Read the full article for details.

No Alibis


You can now buy a copy of both my novels straight from the shelves at NO ALIBIS BOOKSTORE in Botanic Avenue Belfast.  This lovely, traditional, independent bookshop in the heart of the university area has been aptly described as 'a gem amongst gems' and I very much appreciate the support of the owner, David Torrans.  Thank you!

Radio Interview with Siobhan McGarry on Downtown Radio's Big Sunday Show


Many thanks to Siobhan McGarry for inviting me to talk about my books on her Big Sunday Show on Downtown Radio at the weekend. If you visit my Facebook page you can see a photograph of the occasion and you can also access a link to a rerun of the show if you missed it.

Please note also;

*ebook is now available from most ebook suppliers including Kindle

*paperback will soon be on the shelves in Waterstones (Belfast Branch)

Out now! In The Greater Scheme Of Things


I can hardly believe it. I am now the published author of two novels! ...and half-way through the writing the third!! Loving my hobby - it can be quite addictive but in a good way.

In the Greater Scheme of Things is out now. You can buy it direct from the publisher, Matador at Troubador Publishing Ltd or from Alternatively you can ask for it at any UK bookstore and they will order it for you. The ebook is also coming very soon. Happy reading! All feedback very welcome.

A new year, a new book!


My new novel, In the Greater Scheme of Things, a sequel to A Voice from the Past, is due for publication by Matador Books on 28th June.  Read the full article for more information about this and for an update on my previous posts.

Last chance! You still have time to solve my Maths puzzle and win a prize.


To be in with a chance of winning a copy of A VOICE FROM THE PAST just add up all the ROMAN NUMERALS used in this statement about the book:


Five winners will be chosen at random from all correct answers received on or before 15th December. Just click on the 'Contact' link above to email me your answer.

Good luck. 

By the way, the book has got nothing to do with the Romans!! This is just a bit of fun because I love completing and compiling puzzles and brainteasers. It is a contemporary story. Nor is it written in rhyme!!!

 ps If you found this by way of twitter or facebook, I would really appreciate any follows, retweets, likes etc. Thanks!

Second Chance to Win!! To celebrate the fact that production has just started on my second novel, I am now offering a second chance to win my first.


If you scroll down through previous news items, you will see how the answer to my last puzzle, 2659, was derived. Very obscure, I know!!! But it's easy this time because you just follow exactly the same instructions so read on and have a go at my new brainteaser. You could win a copy of 'A Voice from the Past'. Five entrants will be chosen at random from all correct answers received on or before 15th December.

The solution explained! The answer to my recent brainteaser is 2659. Read on to find out how this total was calculated. Sorry, there were no winners!


The maths puzzle posted on 16th November has drawn a blank with regard to correct answers! It was based on Roman numerals, hence the reference to ROMAN times and the rhyme about their use on some watches and clocks. All you had to do was pick out all the letters which could be converted into Roman numerals and add them together. Read the full article for a more detailed explanation.

Need a clue? You still have a full week to solve my puzzle and email me your answer.


Have another look at the puzzle posted on 16th. These little rhymes might help you work it out. You could win a copy of my first novel, 'A Voice from the Past'. Give it to someone for Christmas if you already have it yourself.

Clue 1: They're sometimes used on watches and clocks - you have to think outside the box.

Clue 2: Since ROMAN times a logical mind is a sure-fire way an answer to find.

Clue 3: If indeed you're still confused, just ADD the NUMBERS that are used!

Got it? Sorry, I know it's obscure! Once a teacher, always a teacher, I suppose. I like to make people think!

Now here's an extra clue. The two main characters are Charlotte and Neal. Charlotte is worth 150 points and Neal 50.

Don't forget to email me your answer before next Saturday and please spread the word to all your friends so they can have a go too!

Competition time! Try this challenge for a chance to win a copy of 'A Voice from the Past'.


As well as writing, a favourite hobby of mine is doing puzzles like Sudokus, Codewords and other brainteasers so I have devised this puzzle of my own and have five copies of my book to give away as prizes. The winners will be chosen at random from all correct answers received on or before 30th November. If you already have my book, use it as a Christmas present for a friend! Here is the puzzle:

If A VOICE FROM THE PAST is worth 1106 points and the equivalent score for the forthcoming sequel, IN THE GREATER SCHEME OF THINGS, is 1102, how many points should be awarded to 'A ROMANTIC NOVEL WITH AN AURA OF MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE'?

Email your answer to

Over 18s only.

Good luck!


Very happy with my first reviews!


I was very excited when I checked my book's entry on Amazon recently and found that people I don't even know have rated it as a five star read! this is very encouraging.

My Experience of Self-Publishing by Heather MacQuarrie, author of A Voice from the Past


During the past year I have finished writing my first novel, A Voice from the Past, and have had it published.  With the encouragement and support of family and friends I have enjoyed many new and exciting experiences in connection with this. I now have my own website and have learnt to use social media to communicate with people across the globe. I have to say that, taking everything into account, I am very glad I decided to go down the self-publishing route. It has been a good year.

A Voice from the Past released today and on sale in Waterstones bookstore in Belfast


Publication day at last! A Voice from the Past is now on general release. You can buy a copy direct from Waterstones bookstore in Fountain Street, Belfast or order it from any other book shop in the UK or Ireland.  The book is also available by mail order from Amazon and from the Matador bookshop at Troubador.

A dream come true!


I really have written a book! It wasn't just a dream! I have a copy in my hands at last. My books have arrived from the printers and they look fabulous. The colours in the design on the front look exactly as they did on the screen and the text has been printed on lovely white paper. That's the sort of thing I notice now when I look at a book.

Kindle version of A Voice from the Past out now


With just over two weeks to go before the paperback is released, those of you who prefer to read electronically can download A Voice from the Past now.  It is available on Amazon Kindle and also from most other ebook suppliers.

Cover design for A Voice from the Past has just been released


One of the things I really like about self-publishing is the total control I have over the decisions that will affect the look of the final product.  When Matador sent me their initial idea for the cover design, I liked it but with reservations.  The background colour wasn't quite right but they do not pass anything for publication until the author is 100% happy about it. They took my comments on board and I think they have done a great job.  The agreed cover for A Voice from the Past now looks striking and is bright and colourful.  You can see it on their website or on Amazon, where the book is now available for pre-orders!

I have an ISBN and a publication date.


With an official ISBN number, I am beginning to feel like a real author!  The publication date has been set for 1st July and an entry has already been posted on the Troubador/Matador website.  Things are hotting up and getting quite exciting. Look out for A Voice from the Past, ISBN 9781783060047

The final draft of my first novel, A Voice from the Past, is now complete.


After several redrafts and edits, I have finally let someone see the story I have been writing.  Two friends have read it and both have said they really enjoyed it.  They have encouraged me to go ahead and publish it.  I have been considering various ways of doing this and, in the end, I have decided to self-publish with Matador.  

My first novel is coming soon...


I always wanted to write a book, a romantic novel with a bit of mystery and intrigue.  I started one years ago but as a full-time teacher, wife and mother, I never really had the time to see it through to completion.  Now, having retired from teaching, I am really enjoying my new hobby.  I have written a book in my favourite genre and I am looking into ways to get it published.

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