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Tuesday haiku – not for arachnophobes!

September 30, 2014 / 8 comments

So many spiders Catching flies in my garden. Get out of my hair! Yes, it’s that time of year when I can’t go out in the garden without breaking up the happy homes of many different types of garden spider.  Fortunately we don’t have any poisonous ones here in the UK – except for the…

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On not getting things done

September 29, 2014 / 7 comments

Have you noticed it’s the end of September already? In theory, I should now be sitting with a completed and published book of my dad’s memoirs and have set up the new paperbacks for the Princelings series.  Those were the tasks for August and September. After finishing the Perihelix first draft in July, I was…

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The Ifs by J. D. Pooker

Book Review: The Ifs by J D Pooker

September 27, 2014 / 5 comments

Strange things are happening in the world belonging to Landon and Broden – two very ordinary brothers in a very ordinary world.  It’s not the continual bickering between them, that erupts into fights and scuffles – especially for the control of the remote.  It’s not even the play fighting and changes of side in the…

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Flash Fiction Friday – Act Three

September 26, 2014 / 9 comments

The last two weeks have seen one story, then the continuation of one written by someone else, and so this week, we have my completion of two other author’s work from previous weeks.  Blame Chuck Wendig who sets these challenges for us.  I’ll add links to the completions of those earlier stories when I see…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2014

Tuesday haiku – #TackleTBR Readathon Round-up

September 23, 2014 / 4 comments

Readathon round-up: I tackled six great sequels And loved ev’ry one! Technically I didn’t succeed with my Readathon challenge, since by midnight on Sunday I had only completed 60% of my sixth book.  I claim two barriers – my kindle needed charging when I was ready to read it on Sunday, and the weekend was…

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Watch out for Read Tuesday

September 22, 2014 / 6 comments

Read Tuesday is on Tuesday 9th December 2014 It’s a Black Friday type of sales event, but just for books. It will be a great opportunity to buy and gift books at amazing sales prices. It will also be a great marketing opportunity for authors and publishers. I came across this event a little while…

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Book Review: Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N A Granger

September 20, 2014 / 5 comments

This is not really a cosy mystery, although it starts out that way, but Rhe Brewster, our heroine, turns into a police consultant, so I suppose it could be police procedural after all.  What it definitely is, is a well-toned and robust crime mystery with plenty of personal endangerment that makes the reader say “don’t…

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Flash Fiction Friday – Act Two

September 19, 2014 / 11 comments

Well, Chuck pulled a fast one on us, and made last week’s first half only the first third! So this will be the second third of a story, the first part of which was written by someone else. I think Rebecca is doing mine from last week. I’m picking up from Paul J Willett aka…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2014

Second Thursday Update – #TackleTBR Readathon

September 18, 2014 / 2 comments

Readathon Progress Report Day 11 Books finished: 4 Currently reading: The Scent of the Night (Montalbano #6) by Andrea Camilleri I couldn’t remember what was next on the list to read after I’d settled in my garden chair to read yesterday afternoon, and I thought another Montalbano was a good idea.  Well, at least I…

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Tuesday haiku – Noirwich

September 16, 2014 / 4 comments

I went to Noirwich A crime writing festival. Thrills, spills and bodies! Noirwich was indeed an excellent festival, organised by UEA, Writers Centre Norwich, and Waterstones, with some wonderful sponsors as well.  I enjoyed the readings by newer writers at Waterstones on Wednesday, had a great reading and discussion by Sophie Hannah on Thursday, and…

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On re-reading books – Book blogger hop

September 15, 2014 / 6 comments

I hope you enjoyed it when I did this hop through August.  I thought I’d pick and choose a few further questions whenever I think they’re interesting – but all of October is related to Halloween, which is really not my thing!  It’s not big in the UK (or wasn’t until the supermarkets realised what…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2014

Sunday Update – #TackleTBR Readathon

September 14, 2014 / 1 comment

Readathon Progress Report Day 7 Books finished: 3 Currently reading: Seed Savers 3 – Heirloom by S Smith Books completed in the Readathon: Excursion to Tindari (Montalbano #5) by Andrea Camilleri The Accusers (Falco #15) by Lindsey Davis The Shadow of the Pyramid (Shadows from the Past #4) by Wendy Leighton-Porter Read more about the…

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Book Review: Seed Savers – Lily by S Smith

September 13, 2014 / 4 comments

After my rave review of last year for Seed Savers: Treasure, the first in the series, you might ask, why did I take so long to read this?  The answer was quite simply too many other books getting in the way.  After reviewing the two different Monster Hunter books earlier in the summer, I decided…

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Flash Fiction

Friday Flash Fiction – Half a Story

September 12, 2014 / 11 comments

This week Chuck Wendig has challenged us to write 500 words of a story – an unfinished story. Then, next week, someone else will finish it. I hope someone wants to finish this one – it’s the sort of thing that I wake up with when I’ve had a long day and finish with an…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2014

Thursday update – #TackleTBR Readathon

September 11, 2014 / 2 comments

Readathon Progress Report Day 4 Books finished: 2 Currently reading: The Shadow of the Pyramid (Shadows from the Past #4) by Wendy Leighton-Porter Books completed in the Readathon: Excursion to Tindari (Montalbano #5) by Andrea Camilleri The Accusers (Falco #15) by Lindsey Davis Read more about the Readathon here and sign up till Sept 17.

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Tuesday haiku – giveaways

September 9, 2014 / 6 comments

Giveaways abound. “Enter to win cash or books.” Have you had enough? I like to run a giveaway about once a month, but of course there are also giveaways attached to book promotions.  As I negotiated my way round them last week I wondered… have I got too many of them?  Do the same people…

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A Little Book News

September 8, 2014 / 4 comments

I was reading Chuck Wendig’s post about self-promotion, and how you should present yourself and your books as the best version of yourself that you can.  I realised that anyone reading my blog recently probably wouldn’t know that I write books, since I haven’t talked about them much lately.  Of course much of that was…

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Book Review | The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

September 6, 2014 / 7 comments

I have every sympathy with anyone facing a ‘celebration’ they do not wish to celebrate, and who climbs out of the (ground floor) bedroom window to escape from it.  Like Water For Elephants, the protagonist is an elderly man in an old people’s home where he does not wish to be.  His spirit is unbowed,…

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Friday Flash Fiction: The Reaper’s Coil

September 5, 2014 / 3 comments

My favourite treat once more – a randomly combined title, picking two words from a list provided by Chuck Wendig.  I got Reaper’s Coil, and it took me about three minutes to get some strands of an idea, two more days to put some more ideas and twists into it, and the time of writing…

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Drawing out the Dragons

Drawing out the Dragons – A Special Offer

September 4, 2014 / 0 comments

I read a blog post on Emblazon about this great offer – first ten days of September and then another in October.  This book is valuable for anyone who has internal demons – or dragons – or is confused about their life choices, but especially for tweens and early teenagers. Coppervale internationalDrawing out the Dragons…

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September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway

September 3, 2014 / 4 comments

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. This giveaway is to thank all of us who have been posting book blasts and book reviews as part of promotions over the summer.  All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below – what could be simpler? Of…

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Tuesday haiku – Foraging

September 2, 2014 / 5 comments

Season of ripe fruit; Gather berries from hedgerows And make tasty jam! Yes, it’s blackberrying time of year.  I noticed the sloes were ready last weekend, and some of the wild brambles have ripe fruit – escaped cultivars are big and juicy this year.  The combination of warm days and wet nights have worked wonders…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2014

Tackle your TBR Read-a-thon

September 1, 2014 / 7 comments

I love the things you find when you start hopping around other people’s blogs.  I thought this was a great idea, and starting next week, I’m going to be joining in with a TBR Readathon, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. Here’s the info from Tressa’s site. READ-A-THON INFORMATION The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon begins…

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On following comments – book blogger hop

September 1, 2014 / 2 comments

My last regular post in the Book Blogger Hop, courtesy of Coffee Addicted Writer – but I’ll be dipping in and out occasionally when the question interests me.  This week: Do you request notifications of new replies when you post a comment on a blog post? Mostly I don’t unless the post involves me directly,…

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Book Review: Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor

August 30, 2014 / 8 comments

Frankie Dupont has a letter in his pocket.  It may tell him the result of his PI exam.  He so wants to be a PI like his dad.  But Dad is away and his cousin Kat has gone missing.  Who can step in to help the inept Inspector Cluesome solve the mystery? This is an…

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