Plot Your Way Back from an Unruly Idea

By Kristin Durfee, @KristinDurfee Part of The How They Do It Series JH: Finding the plot in your idea can sometimes send you so far off track you lose the idea. Kristin Durfee shares tips on wrangling an idea back on track. Kristin Durfee is the author of The Four Corners Trilogy (Black Opal Books), MASS (Orange … Read more

Courage, Resolve, and the Writer’s Life

My father and mother planted me in the middle of the dense woods in the Adirondack foothills. My childhood was spent staring up into maples, birches, oaks, firs, and even some plucky apple trees that had scrambled onto our land from nearby orchards. I grew up believing that trees embodied wisdom and that likewise, leaves … Read more

When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz Publisher: Jove Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Rating: 4 stars Reviewed by Fern When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her stepsister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. Beautiful, brilliant, and reckless, … Read more

Signs We Don’t See by Carrie Beamer

Signs We Don’t See by Carrie Beamer Publisher: Evernight Publishing Genre: Young Adult (14 – 18 y.o.), Romance, Historical Rating: 4 Stars Reviewed by Astilbe Etta Litali has grown accustom to the superstitious behavior that comes along with being in an Italian family. But when her dad begins to spend his nights stealing signs from … Read more

Land Of Enchantment by Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga

Land Of Enchantment by Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga Publisher: Tygerseye Publishing Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ Rating: 4 stars Reviewed by Fern What if you had to leave everything behind to find your way home? Opposites definitely attract, but can an east coast kid on the run and a southwest rodeo cowboy learn to … Read more

Why are so few women mountain biking?

Women’s only cycling and triathlon camps are becoming increasingly popular, but one area where the gender bias is particularly apparent is mountain biking. It’s a common assumption that more men than women ride MTB, but is this really the case? We’ve dug a little deeper to see what the data shows… Firstly, popular media tend to … Read more

Cycling Holiday: A Long Weekend in Palma, Mallorca

A cycling holiday in Mallorca should be on the bucket list of any discerning cyclist. It has earned a reputation as one of the destinations for cyclists keen to escape the northern European winter. Its capital, Palma, offers plenty for the long-weekender, providing easy access to the island’s two-wheeled delights and enough off-the-bike entertainment for … Read more

When To Replace a Bicycle Chain

For most people, replacing a bicycle chain is a lot like getting the boiler serviced; you don’t bother until it’s too late and then it ends up costing far more than it should have. This isn’t to pass judgement, as I put myself firmly in that camp, too. Sure, you may not care about performance, … Read more

Cobbled Classics Sportive Survival Guide

The cobbled classics cycling season has just arrived which means (in my opinion) the most exciting races of the year. The Spring classics test riders to their absolute limits, racing on the toughest terrain and against the most challenging conditions of the calendar, all to be the rider with the honour of lifting a cobblestone above … Read more

Get into… track cycling

The feeling as you drop in from the banking and hit the cote d’azur just perfectly to storm down the finish straight is one like no other. Sure, there are all sorts of rushes you can get on two wheels, but few come close to this one in terms of absolute, unadulterated speed and (hopefully) … Read more

How pilates could make you better cyclist

You might think it’s just for yummy mummies looking for a perkier bum or an easy armchair exercise for elderly people, but the reality is that Pilates is the perfect cross-training secret that you’ll be wishing you tried sooner. The century-old practice, originally named “Contrology” is formed around six main principles: Breath Concentration Centring Control … Read more

Your Guide to Cycling with your Period

Cycling is usually the last thing on our minds when PMS strikes. But sometimes there is no better feeling than getting out on your trusty bicycle and putting some distance between you and the hustle and bustle of the world. Whether you ride as a means of transportation, as a form of exercise, or perhaps … Read more

Sports Bra For Cycling, Buying Guide

What to consider when buying a sports bra for cycling Finding the right sports bra for cycling can be a minefield…boobs, breasts, lady lumps whatever you choose to call them, breasts can be quite cumbersome for cyclists. A well-fitting sports bra can revolutionise your ride by offering adequate support, comfort and confidence. Whereas an ill-fitting … Read more

What are the fastest road bike tyres?

Choosing the right tyres could be the difference between first and second, getting a PB or getting a puncture on your ride. Deciding on which rubber to go for is tricky with all the choice, the wild claims and fancy marketing, how do you know which tyres are the fastest?  We spoke (pun intended) to … Read more