Lucky is Reading #flash #giveaway #hop

6 March, 2015 / 24 comments

It’s Friday, and that’s Flash Fiction Day.  But I decided to go one better, and do a story for you that incorporated the title of a new blog hop, hosted by Stuck in Books, on the theme of luck.  After you’ve read it (it’s only c500 words today) there’s a rafflecopter to win a book…

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Book Blast – Raising Sleeping Stones

5 March, 2015 / 2 comments

Today (as I warned you yesterday) is World Book Day.  When I saw the promotion for Raising Sleeping Stones I thought: what a great idea to celebrate today – since this is much more than an ebook, and offers a chance to look at a ‘future’ book.  See what you think. This is a Book…

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Tomorrow is World Book Day 2015 #IWSG

4 March, 2015 / 6 comments

According to Writers & Artists (a UK organisation), tomorrow is World Book Day, when “people across the globe will celebrate authors, illustrators and – most importantly – beautiful books.” This is a great and important event.  I just find it confusing that World Book Night is in April, Read An EBook week is this week…

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Read An E-Book Week 2015

2 March, 2015 / 4 comments

Firstly, if you had a note about ‘On being your own accountant’ that will appear next Monday.  Smashwords were incredibly late kicking off Read an EBook Week this year, and I was only able to enter my books for it this morning! What is Read an EBook Week?    Well, it is a global initiative to…

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Book Review | Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

28 February, 2015 / 6 comments

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be hosting a Book Blast for the third and final book in the “Adventures of Caramel Cardamom” middle grade science fiction trilogy by Julie Anne Grasso: “Stellarcadia”.  Scroll down for a Giveaway! My review This third book in the Caramel Cardamom series starts as Caramel and her friends…

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Friday Flash Fiction: Spaghettification

27 February, 2015 / 4 comments

I’m inspired to do something on spaghettification as a Pete and the Swede story. Had to hunt for the last one, and realised it’s on the Viridian website. It’s all because of the BBC science programme The Sky At Night for February 2015.  It’s a real term, and the story’s around the 970 word mark. …

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Local Heroes Reading Challenge February Update

25 February, 2015 / 2 comments

This is my second Challenge update, and I’ve read another book towards my Local Heroes target of 6 – the Uncommon Reader. Well, some of the action took place in my county, and that’s all that counts! If you’ve already signed up, leave a message in the comments on how you’re doing.  If you haven’t…

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The Third Twin by C J Omololu

24 February, 2015 / 6 comments

I read the blurb for this and thought, “oh, yeah, another twin book” and read on and thought “oh YEAH!”  I hope it works for you too!  I have a note that the book is free for some days this week, so click on this Amazon link and check before you buy (you may need…

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Self-hosted WordPress: what I’ve learnt in my first year

23 February, 2015 / 24 comments

Moving onto, the self-hosted platform for WordPress, was one of the best things I’ve done with my blog, although I’ve sometimes wondered whether I should have stayed on the free version, The decision was made in autumn 2013 when added adverts to your posts unless you paid a premium for them not…

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Book Review and Blog Tour : The Search for the Stone of Excalibur

21 February, 2015 / 7 comments

About the Book Title: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 2) | Author: Fiona Ingram | Publication Date: October 6, 2014 | Publisher: The Educational Publisher / Biblio Publishing | Pages: 376 | Recommended Ages: 10+ Summary: A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and…

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Friday Fiction: Victor’s story

20 February, 2015 / 6 comments

I’m cheating this week; I’m too busy with the new book to write a flash fiction, and anyway it’s Victor’s birthday, or would have been (his seventh), so I’d have featured him in something new.  Seven is pretty much the equivalent of 100 in guinea pig terms, so it’s hardly surprising he’s not here now. …

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#Fi50 for February 2015

18 February, 2015 / 5 comments

This month’s prompt from Bruce Gargoyle’s Fiction in 50 challenge is… Sincerely Yours.  Amazingly, I wrote it in 51 words, which didn’t take a lot of editing! In response to your request for a refund for faulty goods, the answer is no. The 5-pt text at the end of your guarantee tells you that. Do…

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White Water Landings – Cover Reveal

16 February, 2015 / 17 comments

I’m really excited to be revealing the cover of a new book today, one that has been in gestation since the 1990s, when a journalist told my father that he ought to write his stories of his life in Africa in a book. “I thought about it for a while, and turned it over in…

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Valentine’s Day Book Preview

14 February, 2015 / 2 comments

White Water Landings, by J M Pett and Geoffrey Pett This book isn’t out yet, in fact, the cover reveal and publication information will be out on Monday.  But it’s Valentine’s Day, and I couldn’t resist giving you a preview of the love story inside the memoirs of the Imperial Airways Flying Boat Service in…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Unlucky for Some, Part 1

13 February, 2015 / 2 comments

I have rebelled against Chuck’s four part tale to be worked with others over the next four weeks (unless he changes the rules). Instead we have a two-parter for today and next month, both 1000 words long. I’ll fill in some random titles or ‘Must include’ stories in the weeks in between. Unlucky for some…

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An interview by Kai Strand

11 February, 2015 / 6 comments

Today I’m being interviewed by Kai Strand on her blog Strands of Thought.  Kai is a children’s author, and blogs fiction for children and teens.  That sounds just the right place for me. She’s asked me some interesting questions, like who do I admire and what books do I recommend everyone should read… and some…

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On scheduling posts

9 February, 2015 / 11 comments

Seven weeks from Wednesday, the April A to Z Challenge will start.  If you haven’t signed up yet, all the details and sign-up list are here.  Do it, you’ll enjoy it! The key to that enjoyment is scheduling your posts in advance.  So here we are, halfway between the start of the year and the…

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Book Review (of sorts) | The Talent Seekers by (cough) Jemima Pett

7 February, 2015 / 4 comments

I’m getting terribly behind in my reading. There are some reasons for this – I had a review lined up of Wendy Leighton-Porter’s fifth book, Shadow of the Volcano, but realised it fits perfectly into my A to Z Challenge for P in April. You’ll see why later.  Then I didn’t get through as many…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Merlin the Marvellous

6 February, 2015 / 4 comments

My (second) favourite – a randomly generated subgenre mash-up.  The only trouble with these is I often don’t understand the sub-genres.  I did well to draw Arthurian Fantasy and Artificial Intelligence, since I more or less know what those are about.  This week we are challenged to write 2000 words in said genres.  I cropped…

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Oh dear, I got it wrong – #IWSG

4 February, 2015 / 19 comments

You see, I demonstrate my insecurity by realising that I didn’t do my first post on the Insecure Writers’ Support Group (IWSG) properly.  I failed to introduce myself (and I was late adding the link). I hate introducing myself.  It’s one of the things many authors struggle with – the ‘hello’ bit.  I see fantastic…

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On writing real places

2 February, 2015 / 4 comments

Inaccuracy. It’s something that really irritates me.  It distracts from my enjoyment of a book, and it could influence my review.  I’m not sure whether it should, or not as much as it does.  But I’m sure that authors who set parts of their book in the real world could really get help to make…

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Book Review | Shirley Link and the Treasure Chest by Ben Zackheim

31 January, 2015 / 8 comments

If you’ve read my reviews of the previous Shirley link books: SL and the  Safe Case and SL and the Hot Comic (which I reviewed on Goodreads, but seem to have missed on here), you’ll know I really enjoy this series by Ben Zackheim.  That Ben is a fellow Bookelf came later, so there’s really…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Guilt in Greyscale

30 January, 2015 / 4 comments

This week’s flash challenge from Chuck Wendig was an ‘include these things’ one.  Three things, chosen at random, from three lists.  I’ll tell you what they were at the end.  One is only there in passing, one is… well, you’ll see!  I found this week’s writing process fascinating, since I only realised halfway through exactly…

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Local Heroes Reading Challenge January Update

28 January, 2015 / 5 comments

This is my first Challenge update, and I’ve read one book towards my Local Heroes target of 6.  That was Never Let Me Go, which I reviewed a week or so ago, and as I said there, it may be listed as Norfolk, but only part of the action took place there.  It still counts!…

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Websites on screens, tablets and phones

26 January, 2015 / 13 comments

I finally got a Smartphone.  Three months later I’ve ventured into using Twitter on it, and then I started checking my websites. This blog doesn’t display too badly, although you had to scroll though quite a lot of menu stuff to get to the posts (I’m working on this as you may have noticed). The…

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