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Friday Flash Fiction | Happy

3 July, 2015 / 1 comment

This week we have a Random Song Title Jamboree.  Chuck Wendig set us the task to get a random song title from our music players and write a 1000 words story for it.  It’s not that random, since I’d just searched for it to download, but you can still have …. Happy “Because we’re happy,…

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Summer Wednesdays ⌗IWSG

1 July, 2015 / 3 comments

It’s summer, in case you hadn’t noticed.  I know many northern hemisphere folks tend to reduce their blogging, and since I’m at Camp this month, I’m going to join them.  This will probably be my last Wednesday post till September unless I throw in another ⌗IWSG and two ⌗Fi50 posts.  Challenge updates can wait.  I may even…

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Off to summer camp again!

29 June, 2015 / 0 comments

It’s that time of year again.  You may be preparing for your Independence Day celebrations, but I’m off to camp for July.  Camp NaNoWriMo, of course… Last year I wrote the first draft of The Perihelix – which didn’t have a name when I started it, it was just “the first book in the Viridian…

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Book Review | Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef

27 June, 2015 / 2 comments

I received a free ebook of Wind Catcher as part of a MDBR Book Review Blast.  I understood it was an upper MG fantasy, which is stretching what I think is appropriate, and I’d classify it as YA with a young protagonist.  From a European perspective I think it’s too violent for MG, and it’s heading…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Disappearing Act

26 June, 2015 / 4 comments

This week Chuck asked for ideas, and I suggested taking the last line of last week’s flash as the first in next week’s, but in a different genre.  The alternative would be to use the first line and write to it as a last line, which is what I’m doing today.  And to make it…

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Things I liked in this month’s books, plus challenge updates

24 June, 2015 / 8 comments

I usually highlight things on my kindle by accident.  I manage to look up words like ‘and’ and ‘black’ by accident too.  Of course when I want to highlight something or look something up (usually when the author is using it in a way I haven’t seen before) I can’t make it stop ‘turning the…

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Book Review | A Midsummer Night’s Steampunk by Scott Tarbet

22 June, 2015 / 6 comments

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream revisioned as a steampunk tale?  You must be kidding. That was roughly my reaction when I saw this as part of a steampunk/fantasy bundle from Storybundle.com, a wonderful way of getting great ebooks in a genre you like for a small price – one that you choose!  I’ve had a…

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Book Review | The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

20 June, 2015 / 8 comments

This Discworld novel by the late great Sir Terry Pratchett was selected as Book of the Month for May  by the Goodreads Great Middle Grade Reads Book.  I tried hard to finish it in the month, so you may have read my comments already. Maurice is a cat, and he associates with a clan of…

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Flash Fiction Friday | Sir Woebegone thinks and draws

19 June, 2015 / 8 comments

This week’s Chuck Wendig challenge was to include a dead body in the opening paragraph and keep it to 1000 words.  After that, anything goes.  I’ve been thinking for some time that Sir Woebegone needs an outing, so here he is. Sir Woebegone thinks and draws A lump of tin lay in the grass, flies…

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Fathers Day offer starts today

18 June, 2015 / 0 comments

I’m running a Kindle Countdown Deal  in time for Fathers Day (June 21st) – and taking it through to what would have been my father’s 100th birthday! From midnight 18th June to 24th June White Water Landings for Kindle will be on special promotion. On Amazon.co.uk,  the ebook will start at 99p (inc. VAT) – but after midday on the Sunday…

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#Fi50 for June 2015

17 June, 2015 / 6 comments

This month’s prompt from Bruce Gargoyle’s Fiction in 50 (words) challenge is… Exit, Stage Left so… Exit Stage, Left Situation: in a tree. We are not high enough up. The advice is to stand and face it, or even run towards it, making big noises. Camping was supposed to be fun. We didn’t have any…

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Are you on LibraryThing?

15 June, 2015 / 11 comments

I joined LibraryThing a while back as an alternative to Goodreads, probably not long after Goodreads got sold to Amazon.  I got it all set up, and occasionally copied a review over there, but I confess I haven’t done much with it recently. I did, however get a free ARC to read and review, which…

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Frankie Dupont 2 Lemon

Book Review| Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco by Julie Grasso

13 June, 2015 / 2 comments

Middle Grade readers rejoice!  There’s a new Frankie Dupont, kid-PI mystery in the shops!  If you read my review of Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor, you’ll know that these are fast, fun reads for youngsters from 8 upwards (and reluctant readers of any age). This time we’re heading towards the Lemon Festival,…

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Flash Fiction Friday | The Termagant’s Brains

12 June, 2015 / 3 comments

It’s a Random Title Jamboree this week… well, that’s what Chuck Wendig called it.  Roll two 20-sided dice, and combine the numbers on two lists to get the title.  So that’s what I did.  It’s exactly 1000 words this week.  I felt shorter was better. The Termagant’s Brains When you live in a small community, you…

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A Wonky Wednesday post

10 June, 2015 / 4 comments

I wanted to finish a book in order to review it inside the author’s launch timescale, but I got to the first page on the train and felt the need to rest… well, I had already finished two on that journey, so I think I can be forgiven.  I planned to read it as soon as…

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Rainy days or sunny days? – Book Blogger Hop

8 June, 2015 / 5 comments

You remember I used to join in the Book Blogger Hop occasionally?  This is a question I wanted to address at the end of March, but something else came up that HAD to be blogged about, so I postponed it to a rainy day, so to speak. The question is: Do you read more on…

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Jumping Genres in June – Giveaway Hop

6 June, 2015 / 31 comments

Yay!  At last, the giveaway you’ve been waiting for!  It seems ages since I last did a giveaway, and this one is thanks to Valerie at Stuckinbooks.com My usual genres – that I read or write – are MG, time travel, scifi, fantasy, classic children’s books, horse stories, mysteries, cosies, crime, steampunk…. or any mixture…

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Friday Flash Fiction | A Case for Inspector Zingaretti

5 June, 2015 / 4 comments

I’m away at a conference this week, but was encouraged to write a serial for the daily newsletter.  I went for four parts, knowing that the newsletter editors sometimes get squeezed for space, although the last part is longer than the others.  It’s not my best work, but doing something that would fit the theme…

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Humphrey & rosette

Quote and Question: Talent Seekers

3 June, 2015 / 8 comments

To celebrate the release of the Talent Seekers as a paperback, I thought you’d like to have a quote and question from it this month.  I’ll add any buying links I have for the paperback to this post as soon as I get them, but it’s still on Kindle and Smashwords! Humphrey’s library from The…

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I’m working too hard

1 June, 2015 / 11 comments

It’s the old story, isn’t it?  We work by day and write by night, and then we wonder why we’re so tired.  I started joking some time ago that I’m now a full-time publisher, and in my spare time I write the books.  But it does seem to be like that, and maybe if I…

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Book Review | Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

30 May, 2015 / 2 comments

This was a book club read, and coincidentally I was about four chapters in when I attended a talk on the Gothic genre with Sarah Waters and Sarah Perry as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival earlier this month.  I gave more details of that on Monday, but I was very glad to have read…

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Friday Flash Fiction | The Alien Among Us

29 May, 2015 / 10 comments

Chuck’s challenge this week was to go to Flickr where they have a random photos selection called ‘Interestingness‘.  It certainly is interesting – and lovely photos, too.  I was tempted to use the first on my random selection as my prompt, a picture of a narrow gauge steam train hauling logs and passenger coaches in lovely…

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Post A-to-Z Road Trip [2013] (1)

A2Z Roadtrip and Reading Challenge update

27 May, 2015 / 7 comments

As many of you know, after the A to Z April Blogging Challenge we are invited to go on a Road Trip during the rest of the year, visiting people we met, didn’t meet or would like to have met on the Challenge.  I’ve already had lots of visitors – Hi!! (waves excitedly) – and…

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NNF15 – a writing masterclass or two…

25 May, 2015 / 4 comments

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival finished yesterday, although the Open Studios events continue until June 4th.  Yet again a host of events across all artistic media were hosted, experienced, constructed, collaborated and enjoyed!  I got my act together early, and took part in three events, all hosted by Writers Centre Norwich, and supported by Waterstones….

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8 oclock is dead

Book Review | Your Eight O’clock is Dead by Kat Jorgensen

23 May, 2015 / 0 comments

This is a very funny book.  I got it from Smashwords (probably on special offer) some time ago, maybe even three years now, because I read the excerpt and thought “This sounds good”. It’s pretty much a cosy mystery, although Becca Reynolds is no Miss Marple.  She a ditzy air-head with a great imagination, and true…

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