Book Review | Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

30 May, 2015 / 1 comment

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.  More details of that on Monday, but I was very glad to have read a little…

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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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A2Z Roadtrip and Reading Challenge update

27 May, 2015 / 6 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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Blackwater Carr

Friday flash non-fiction

22 May, 2015 / 4 comments

Yes, you read that right.  Chuck’s flash fiction challenge was a car chase.  I can’t think of anything more boring to write about, although I can think of a couple of car chases in movies I enjoyed – Bullitt, The Blues Brothers (and The French Connection although I wouldn’t call that one enjoyable, as in,…

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#Fi50 for May 2015

20 May, 2015 / 8 comments

This month’s prompt from Bruce Gargoyle’s Fiction in 50 challenge is…  Contradiction in Terms I must admit I had a lot of difficulty with this.  You could call it lack of inspiration, or poor appreciation of figures of speech, or whatever… but eventually I came up with this, not really fiction, but inspired by my nature writing…

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Please vote for White Water Landings on

18 May, 2015 / 6 comments

It’s an unashamed ‘vote for me’ request to start the week. Following Cheryl Carpinello’s example (well, I went and voted for Sons of the Sphinx on the cover wars a couple of weeks back)  I discovered that AuthorShout invites anyone to submit their cover for this fun event to pass one’s time – voting for…

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Book Review | Dark Currents (Emperor’s Edge 2) by Lindsay Buroker

16 May, 2015 / 3 comments

I don’t know whether I told you how much I loved Lindsay Buroker’s Flash Gold series.  I know I told you I liked the first in her Emperor’s Edge series a lot.  A whole lot.  I love it, even more than Flash Gold! Dark Currents is the second in the series, and we continue to…

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Subgenre mash-up

Flash Fiction Friday | Land of the Free

15 May, 2015 / 4 comments

This week, Chuck Wendig‘s Challenge is a sub-genre mash-up of 1500 words.  He gives us a list of 20 sub-genres, and tells us to roll two random numbers… and mine are 5 and 11, which gives me Comic Fantasy and Weird West.  Oh yeah! Or should that be Yee-hah!  I hope you enjoy it. Land of the Free “And I…

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Book Review | King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court

13 May, 2015 / 4 comments

I’m delighted to be part of a blog tour organised by Kathy at I Am A Reader for this great book!  Most of the books offered there are too romancy or too paranormal YA, or otherwise not my preference, but this one seemed just right – quirky, time-travelling, and feisty with an interesting twist.  Remember…

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White Water Landings – out today!

11 May, 2015 / 13 comments

It seems like months in the making, and it was all going really smoothly until I started trying to publish the hardcover, then it all went wrong.  But, this is launch day, and the book my father didn’t want to write, but dictated anyway, has finally been published. Didn’t want to write?  Well, this is how…

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distant seas

Book Review | Distant Seas by Bud Sparhawk

9 May, 2015 / 2 comments

This was a free book I applied for as part of the Library Thing first reviews, and the first one I’ve ever received from them.  It was a good choice, as it matched up to the description, which is something that often puts me off! Louella is a professional sailor – single-handed round-the-world races being the…

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Book Blast: Starchild series by Vacen Taylor

8 May, 2015 / 2 comments

Yes, I have blasted this series in the past, but not only have they been released with new covers (as have my Princelings books) but there is also a new book out, Book 3: The Healing Stone. Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade science fiction…

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Friday Flash Fiction: Familiar Territory

8 May, 2015 / 4 comments

As you know, I usually follow the prompt generated by Chuck Wendig, but I didn’t fancy his idea for today.  Instead I bring you something like a cross between Ill met in Lankhmar and Floodland.  It’s set in a future Norfolk and I might develop it further.  I had this dream… let’s see whether I’ve remembered…

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May the ⌗IWSG be with you!

6 May, 2015 / 6 comments

I know – It’s not May the fourth, but I jumped out of last month’s Insecure Writers’ Support Group post and am sadly lacking in inspiration for this one.  Except…. … I’ve discovered it’s much easier talking about a memoir than it is talking about fiction.  Alongside last month’s A to Z I was setting…

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Reflections on A to Z 2015

4 May, 2015 / 28 comments

May the 4th be with you! Another A to Z is over, and I’m exhausted, as usual.  I haven’t done as many visits to other blogs as I’d like, and despite all my good intentions I didn’t finish my last three blog posts (W,X & Y) until April 20th.  Plenty of time, but… I enjoyed…

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Children’s Book Week USA/Canada

2 May, 2015 / 3 comments

On Monday it’s the start of Children’s Book Week in the US, and it starts today, Saturday, in Canada.  As always, people, schools, libraries and publishers are helping to promote children’s literature.  The UK will be doing it at the end of June, and Australia in August! I don’t know when I first started reading, but I’m…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Communication Breakdown

1 May, 2015 / 6 comments

It’s May 1st, and life is back to normal after the April A to Z Challenge.  Chuck Wendig gave us two lists from which to make up an X meets Y inspired story.  I drew 2 and 15 (35) making: Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the Matrix.  Hmmm.  Lots of contemporary culture there.  I’m weak…

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30 April, 2015 / 14 comments

We’re here.  Zed.  Big ZEE.  The Z-most post of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge for 2015.  And my theme of Natural Phenomena is blown wide open by… Zooniverse If you’ve enjoyed my trip around some fascinating natural phenomena – on Earth, in the Solar System, or even in the wider universe, then…

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Yellowstone National Park at northeast entrance;Jim Peaco:February 2006

Yellowstone National Park & Reading Challenge Update

29 April, 2015 / 11 comments

I’ve had a really good go at finding some natural phenomenon beginning with Y that would fit both my A to Z theme and my Local Heroes Reading Challenge.  I failed. Yellowstone National Park is not local to me, but it is full of natural phenomena.  It is famous for its geysers, of course, but…

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28 April, 2015 / 19 comments

From water to rock again, and this time foreign rock which is how Xenolith translates. I must admit, when I first thought of using xenolith for my X post, I was thinking of those strange boulders that are found miles away from where any rock like them forms part of the landscape.  Many of those have been…

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interference waves


27 April, 2015 / 16 comments

I can’t remember just at what point in my studies around 1998-2005 I discovered what a truly amazing thing WATER is. And we just take it for granted. Water is unlike nearly every other substance.  Consider: It can dissolve or dilute nearly everything, and one way or another you can get water back again. It…

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Voyager – and Mr Planemaker

25 April, 2015 / 9 comments

OK, Voyager is not a natural phenomenon.  But it IS phenomenal, and it does fit with my earth sciences theme – because Voyager has left the solar system and gone where no man has gone before.  Well, it did that ages ago, but then came Star Trek – The Motion picture, and when I started…

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Flash Fiction Friday – Upwelling

24 April, 2015 / 6 comments

The last Flash Fiction of this year’s A to Z, and I’m trying to build it around the natural phenomenon that brings so much life to our planet, the amazing ocean currents that give us Upwelling. When I studied oceanography for a year, I think the thing that gave me most fun was ocean circulation….

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