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#FlashbackFriday | Zephyrs and Other Winds

29 July, 2016 / 7 comments

This story was originally written for the Z post of A to Z 2013.  As posts in the #flashbackfriday go, it’s probably received more reads than others, but as I come to the end of Camp Nano for another year, with Book 7 of the Princelings of the East series written, and Book 8, well…

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#Fi50 | Aged to Perfection

27 July, 2016 / 7 comments

If you haven’t found out about Bruce Gargoyle’s Fiction in 50 words yet, you’re missing out.  Whether you want to join in, or follow other people, just check his instruction post here. This month’s prompt is, as it often is, my title.  Here in 50 words I give you…. Aged to Perfection Her weekly tanning session…

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Postcard from Camp; 23rd July

25 July, 2016 / 2 comments

Dear All Ah! The heat!  Temperatures soared into the 90s at the start of the week, which I know is low for some of you, but for the UK, it’s roasting.  The guinea pigs and I put a lot of effort into staying cool, which for them involved a lot of sleeping in their runs…

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Book Review | The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

23 July, 2016 / 6 comments

I won a pre-publication paperback of this book as part of a goodie bag from the Writers’ Centre Norwich last October, along with the James Runcie mystery I’m reviewing next month.  There’s a short summary of each in the Clean Sweep Challenge.  I’m very grateful to that challenge for getting me to read some cracking books…

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Friday Character Interview; Willoughby the Narrator

22 July, 2016 / 2 comments

Willoughby finishes his story, and jumps off the platform called the fiddlesticks to rapturous applause.  Quite how he got so popular in such a short time nobody really knows, except he brought some new angles on old stories, and new stories to liven things up, and he’s brilliant at telling them, so his fame spread. …

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Postcard from Camp – 16th July

18 July, 2016 / 4 comments

Dear All What a week! I finished Willoughby the Narrator on Monday.  It was great, since on Sunday I when I finished writing, I realised what needed to happen to get to the end of the book, left myself a note and wrote the last chapters the next morning.  It finished at 54700 words, which is a…

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Book Review | Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens

16 July, 2016 / 5 comments

This was a free paperback from Penguin, the publishers, because Bruce Gargoyle won it!  They were only sending it to UK addresses, and Bruce very kindly nominated me to receive it. I’m glad he did. The Blurb The fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong [Wells and Wong…

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Friday Character Interview: Big Pete and the Swede

15 July, 2016 / 2 comments

This time travel stuff is weird, but tiring.  I arrive at the spacedock of Pleasant Valley, one of the synchronous third planets of the sun Viridium, without really knowing how, and satisfy myself I am some 800 years in my future.  Then I take the shuttle to Sunset Strip, where Big Pete is waiting for…

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Postcard from Camp; 9th July

11 July, 2016 / 4 comments

Dear all Well, I’ve been at Camp a week now, and it was a fun start, since I threw all my plans up in the air and started again.  Well, I didn’t throw out what I’d done of Willoughby’s story, but I’ve changed the overall plan – from two books to finish the series to…

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Book Review | Trina Bell’s Humming Summer by Silke Stein

9 July, 2016 / 4 comments

Silke Stein is a member of the Goodreads Great Middle Grade Reads group, and offered members this book to review.  I loved the blurb, and jumped at the chance. The Blurb Shooting ghost bears?! Twelve-year-old Trina Bell has finally had enough. Why should she spend another dull summer watching Great-Aunt Roswinda play lawn bowling, while her…

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Friday Character Interview: The Princelings of the East

8 July, 2016 / 6 comments

As promised last month, I have a series of interviews for you during July, and maybe August, while I’m away at Camp NaNoWriMo.  Here’s the first.  Picture above of me about twenty years ago (cough) sailing on the Horsey Cut, Norfolk Broads, UK. And at the end, Castle Marsh from across the marsh (by me)….

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#IWSG for July | Is it worth it?

6 July, 2016 / 9 comments

I’ve been seeing a number of the authors who have become friends over the last five years questioning whether it’s all worthwhile lately.  I know what they mean because I’ve been thinking that too. If you’ve been going some time you’ve probably been working your socks off, blogging, promoting, making yourself giddy on Facebook, Twitter…

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#QOTM | Your Favourite Book

4 July, 2016 / 11 comments

Another first Monday of the month, and I’d like to wish all my American friends a happy Independence Day.  It’s also another Question of the Month, posed by Michael D’Agostino of A Life Examined.  You can join in – just discuss the question by posting in the comments, and hop round other people’s blogs to see…

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Book Review | Smoke by Dan Vyleta

2 July, 2016 / 2 comments

I got a Net-Galley copy of this to review before its publication which is this coming Thursday, July 7th.  The blurb reads like it might be for older children, since the protagonists are boys in boarding school, but it’s not.  It’s definitely not for children. The Blurb ‘The laws of Smoke are complex. Not every…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | One Hell of a Job

1 July, 2016 / 5 comments

Chuck asked us to use one of five ‘seeds’ he gave us as prompts this week, and do 1500 words.  I deliberated on this.  I wondered whether my reluctance was due to all the political stresses recently, or the preparations for Camp Nano, or whether I’m really not a writer after all.  Then I remembered…

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Asteroid Day and Challenge update

30 June, 2016 / 6 comments

Asteroid Day is a global movement to increase knowledge and awareness of asteroids, and everything I know about it comes from the European Space Agency website.  There is detail here from the press announcement in February, and loads of activities are expected to take place at museums and establishments around the world. All sorts of scientists…

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Back to Camp NaNoWriMo

27 June, 2016 / 4 comments

Thursday sees the start of Camp NaNoWriMo again, and this year is the first time I’ve done two months of targeted writing, both the April and the July camps.  November is not a writing time for me – it’s editing or getting books out or promoting them for the Christmas market, or getting the blog…

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Double Review | The Snow Tourist by Charlie English & Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham

25 June, 2016 / 0 comments

These books take me back a year to my highly enjoyable weekend of Nature Writing, hosted by the incredible Mark Coker and the more reserved Patrick Barkham, as part of the Norwich & Norfolk Festival 2015.  Alas I did nothing so interesting this year, but you can read more about it in this post from…

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#Flashback Friday | The Legend of the Scarecrow Epidemic

24 June, 2016 / 24 comments

I find I rather enjoy these ‘legend’ stories although I do find them hard to start with.  This one is almost exactly three years old (it’s Flashback Friday, in case you hadn’t noticed – and do visited other flashbackers using the list at the bottom afterwards).  It’s 700 words, and I think only Rebecca saw…

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#Fi50 – The Only Certainty

22 June, 2016 / 4 comments

Our Fiction in 50 words prompt for June is The Only Certainty.  I seem to be stuck in asteroid mining mode at present.  If you’d like to join in on this very enjoyable meme, or see other people’s stories, check out The Bookshelf Gargoyle.  As usual, I’m a few days early. The Only Certainty The pirates boarded…

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Independent Booksellers week

20 June, 2016 / 2 comments

Yay!  It’s National Indie Booksellers week again in the UK and Ireland, and Indiebound has a huge lot of things on its website to do and read. I confess I missed this last year, but I’m glad I’m in time again this. What’s going on? There are events at Independent Booksellers all week, right through…

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Book Review | Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

18 June, 2016 / 3 comments

This is the first book I’ve got of my own accord through Net-Galley.  A few came that way as a result of blog tours, but I picked this one out of the Net-Galley list and I wasn’t disappointed.  It was one of my Clean Sweep Challenge reads. Dear Amy is a first novel by Helen…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Inspector Calls

17 June, 2016 / 3 comments

Today’s challenge from Chuck is to start with a stranger at the door and write 1000 words.  I fancied a little more Viridian System backstory – you may find referring to my world-building post on Ulric useful, but it’s not important. I’ve decided it has to be… The Inspector Calls “Bang.  Bang.  Bang.” The ponderous noise…

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A to Z Roadtrip 2016 – June

15 June, 2016 / 2 comments

Hi, and welcome to my first stop on the A to Z Road trip this year.  I’m aiming to post every second Wednesday of the month, or sometime near to the 15th of the month, whatever makes it easiest for me. This is an ongoing trip of my own making, supported by those wonderful A…

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Ask my characters some questions

13 June, 2016 / 6 comments

When I asked in the winter what posts you liked best, ‘Character interviews’ came up – and I haven’t done any of those for ages.  So I think I’d better solve that. I’m planning on posting these through July and August, while I’m at Camp Nano again 🙂 Who would you like me to interview?  Pick…

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