Book Review | Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

1 November, 2014 / 0 comments

Ben lives alone at Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, and has dreams of wolves, running with him, chasing him, but somehow he’s not terrified by them. He doesn’t really live alone, but he’s had to move in with his Aunt, Uncle and cousins since his mother died, and he never had a father.  They try to be…

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Books I’m Grateful I’ve Read – giveaway hop

31 October, 2014 / 5 comments

Welcome to Books I’m Grateful I’ve Read, a  giveaway hop from Stuck in Books It’s a funny thing – what is it about a book that makes you grateful you’ve read it?  Some personal enrichment?  A feeling that you understand the character and maybe it helps you understand yourself – or spurs you on to…

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Halloween Flash Fiction: Revenge of the Greenfly

31 October, 2014 / 4 comments

Yes, it’s Halloween, in case you hadn’t noticed.  This week Chuck Wendig picked out the frenzy surrounding Ebola, and asked us to freak people out with disease. “1000 words of flash fiction. It should be horror. It should feature disease as an axis of that horror.That’s it.” This is more dystopian than horror, but I…

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Excerpt: Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

30 October, 2014 / 2 comments

I’ve already enjoyed a taste of Cheryl Carpinello’s excellent writing for older children with the first adventure of the Young Knights of the Round Table.  Now she’s nipped back to ancient Egypt for a tale inspired by a holiday there.  Well, modern Egypt, not ancient Egypt!  I’m looking forward to reading it. Sons of the…

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Tuesday Read – Princelings and the Pirates

28 October, 2014 / 2 comments

This is the second of my posts in the lead up to Read Tuesday (9th December) – an excerpt from each of my books.  There will be special offers available for Read Tuesday itself – see details at the end of the excerpt. I’m doing them in sequence, choosing an excerpt I like.  We started…

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A Book Elves Anthology?

27 October, 2014 / 13 comments

A few weeks ago I got in touch with the authors who’d ganged together last December to put together a Christmas-linked giveaway.  We styled ourselves the Book Elves, since we all wrote for middle grade audiences (although some of us have equally as many adult readers).  I’d been wondering what to do this December, and…

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Blog Tour and Book Review: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves

25 October, 2014 / 3 comments

This is part of a Blog Tour hosted by I Am A Reader, but I was delighted to get a chance to read and review the fourth book in the Jack Templar, Monster Hunter series anyway.  You can read my review of the third book here, and note this series tends more towards YA than…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Spammerpunk Horror

24 October, 2014 / 5 comments

Two observations: one, that I could have saved my Finale of Half a Clue to this week and two: this challenge might be well suited to next week, i.e. Halloween.  I just hope Chuck’s got something better for us to post then. Chuck Wendig complains he gets spam emails with weird horror overtones.  So he’s…

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Book Reviews | Falco Series Double Bill

23 October, 2014 / 2 comments

I first met Marcus Didius Falco in Britain in AD 70.  Well, I think he started in Rome, and then he came to Britain and uncovered some dastardly goings-on in the silver mines, thus bringing himself to the welcome attention of the Emperor.  He also met a Senator’s daughter, Helena Justina, who was such a…

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Tuesday Read – Princelings of the East

21 October, 2014 / 11 comments

I thought it would be fun to lead up to Read Tuesday (9th December) with an excerpt from each of my books – which will have special offers available from the date of the excerpt through to Read Tuesday itself. I’m going to be predictable and do them in sequence, choosing an excerpt I like…

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Bookish Review of the Year 2014 so far…

20 October, 2014 / 2 comments

Thanks to Bruce Gargoyle, I’m picking up a lovely idea… a review of the year by completing a set of sentences with books read so far this year!  I hope you enjoy them (they won’t be as funny as Bruce’s). Titles are linked to my reviews except for Secret Life of Bees and Wonderstruck which…

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Book Review and Blog Tour | The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals

18 October, 2014 / 10 comments

Celebrating Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge are celebrating the release of their second book, The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals, by hosting their very own “Book Blasty Tour”. Thank you for taking the time to visit this special stop along their tour and be sure to enter the giveaway! About…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Much Ado About Nutting

17 October, 2014 / 7 comments

“It is apple season, people. And with apple season comes a chance to sample a world of weird apples.”  Thus spake Chuck Wendig, giving us a list of uncommon apples from North Star Orchards in PA: “include the names of three of said apples in your story.” I love heritage apples, and of course I decided to…

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Half A Clue – Finale

16 October, 2014 / 10 comments

It started with a Flash Fiction challenge – to write 500 words of a story that would be finished the next week by someone else.  Then someone changed the rules and the next part was the middle part…  and Rebecca Douglass did that.  Then we tossed it backwards and forward for another couple of weeks….

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Book Blast: Halitor the Hero by Rebecca M Douglass

15 October, 2014 / 9 comments

I’m delighted to present to you Halitor the Hero, a new book by Rebecca M Douglass, now available to pre-order from Amazon, and due out at the end of November. A Fair Maiden who breaks all the rules. A would-be Hero who fails by the book. It’ll be a fantasy adventure like you never saw……

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The Last Haiku

14 October, 2014 / 4 comments

It’s the last Tuesday Haiku – for a while, at any rate.  I enjoy them, but I thought I’d take a break. The Tuesday Haiku I hope you enjoyed each one Since May of last year. As it happens, there’s something I want to do leading up to Read Tuesday – an event I mentioned…

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The Further Trials of Technology

13 October, 2014 / 9 comments

I made plenty of excuses for getting behind with things a couple of Mondays ago, now I have the further adventures of getting nothing done to explore with you! The wifi hub is working. The computer seems to be a little slower than I expected.  I have done various things to help speed it up. …

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Book Review | The Shadow of the Pyramid by Wendy Leighton-Porter

11 October, 2014 / 9 comments

If you haven’t started reading the Shadows from the Past series, I really think you’re missing out. It starts with the Shadow of Atlantis, and we meet Jemima and Joe, twins who have come to live with their Uncle Richard, an archaeologist, because their parents have mysteriously disappeared.  Everyone is trying to help the twins…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Traveller’s Return

10 October, 2014 / 10 comments

The challenge from Chuck Wendig this week is to use one of the middle lines we gave him last week to produce a 1000 word story. I’ve chosen Jason Heitkamper’s: The rats have really taken over and, while the house feels more empty than it did ten years go, I can still see the ghosts…

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Book Reviews | Montalbano series double bill

9 October, 2014 / 4 comments

Saturday nights on the UK’s BBC4 TV channel were improved immeasurably when they started showing the Inspector Montalbano series of crime dramas, with subtitles. From the dark, really dark, noir of Swedish and Danish crimes across the Bridge and elsewhere, we were treated to the light and heat of Sicily – even in winter.  The…

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Tuesday haiku – Moon

7 October, 2014 / 8 comments

The sleeper awakes: The full moon hangs low in the sky, And shines in her face. The full moon is indeed hanging low in the northern sky at present – it is at its lowest (from the northern hemisphere) part of its irregular orbit.  It’s all to do with the angle its orbit makes with…

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Work in Progress Blog Tour

6 October, 2014 / 2 comments

I was honoured to be tagged by Rebecca Douglass to take part in the Work In Progress Blog Tour. The rules go like this:  Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you (see above). Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your…

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Book Review: A Friend Like Annabel by Alan Davidson

4 October, 2014 / 8 comments

Annabel is friendly, caring, witty, full of energy and ideas, and occasionally talks her way into trouble.  She sounds a lot like I’d like to be! Kate tells all about the things Annabel gets up to, Kate being the loyal friend with a little more perspective on life, but a secret desire to be just…

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Flash Fiction Friday – Half A Clue part 3

3 October, 2014 / 6 comments

Chuck wants us to post a middle sentence, no more than 100 words, as this week’s challenge.  Then next week we write the story round it. There are over 200 entries by now, but I’m not inspired… I stole one from a previous story. Since no-one seems to have finished my Cluedo story, I thought…

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Tuesday haiku – not for arachnophobes!

30 September, 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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