Flash Fiction

Friday Flash Fiction: Centenary

27 March, 2015 / 4 comments

Just when I had enough time for a big one, Chuck Wendig throws a curved ball and says “100 words, any subject, genre, whatever.”  Or words to that effect.  One hundred. OK. Centenary 2069 “Ready?” Gail Collins-Ito checked with the landing module. “Ready!” “Cleared for evac.” Aldrina Chernyov unsealed the hatch; the ladder unfolded. Her…

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Local Heroes Reading Challenge March Update

25 March, 2015 / 4 comments

This is my third Challenge update, and I haven’t read any new books towards my Local Heroes target of 6.  In fact I didn’t do much reading this month – until my holiday – except of the manuscript of my Dad’s memoirs, White Water Landings, which I’ve been preparing for paperback, hardback and ebook release on 11th…

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10 things I learnt in the Arctic

24 March, 2015 / 10 comments

As you may know, I went to see the eclipse last week – to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle (78 deg N 15 deg E).  Svalbard is a group of islands, including Spitsbergen, that is now independent but used to be part of Norway (and still uses the kroner). It was cold.  The warmest…

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A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal Blogfest

23 March, 2015 / 40 comments

Greetings, one and all, welcome, welcome! Here we are for the great and amazing Theme Reveal Blogfest, where hundreds of people unleash their plans for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  And this year my theme is… Natural Phenomena I’d like to make that jump about and dance at you, but frankly, I haven’t…

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The Uncommon Reader

Book Review | The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

21 March, 2015 / 4 comments

To me, Alan Bennett is a ‘proper writer’.  The sort you could expect to find on reading lists for literary appreciation, advanced critique courses, and MAs in Fine Arts.  Or is it Liberal Arts, I never was quite sure which is which. Fortunately, thanks to the brilliant “Talking Heads” which translated so well to television,…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Equinox on Ice

20 March, 2015 / 7 comments

It’s the spring equinox, and I’m off travelling.  Chuck’s challenge of the week is a randomly generated cocktail, and I think an Equinox on Ice would do well for that, although, I won’t get to link it on his blog (unless some kind soul does it for me?).  This is what I think my trip will…

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop

19 March, 2015 / 3 comments

My favourite time of year – spring. Well, I also like summer, autumn and winter, provided it’s not too wet. Anyway, the time is right for another Spring Cleaning (Clear your Shelf) Giveaway hop, courtesy of I Am A Reader. This year, one lucky reader anywhere in the world will get a choice of ONE of…

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#Fi50 for March 2015

18 March, 2015 / 4 comments

This month’s prompt from Bruce Gargoyle’s Fiction in 50 challenge is… A Kernel of Truth Telling her what he thought of her dress was a bad idea. The row that followed was audible two blocks away. Yet his mother had instilled in him the absolute need to be honest with himself and everyone he loved. And that, in…

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Childrens/Teen Book of 2015 – voting opens tomorrow

16 March, 2015 / 2 comments

We’re starting to ramp up for Children’s Book Week (USA & Canada), which this year runs 4th to 10th May 2015.  Most of the effort goes in that week itself, and I’ll be doing some special offers on my books to help the cause of literacy and love of reading. You can sign up to…

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Book Review | The Emperor’s Edge (Book 1) by Lindsay Buroker

14 March, 2015 / 7 comments

One of the disadvantages of getting the first three books of the Emperor’s Edge series in a collection is that it doesn’t count as a book read towards my Goodreads total yet!  I got this set of three as part of a Fantasy bundle from StoryBundle.com.  I don’t know why I didn’t buy it sooner…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Unlucky for Some, Part 2

13 March, 2015 / 5 comments

Chuck Wendig returned to giving us prompts this week, and asked us to include on of a list of sentences.  Bonus if we included two.  Of course I’ve included two, in fact they are repeated (and they’re pretty obvious).  I’ve probably cheated, though, as well as gone over the word count – it’s 1168 today….

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Quote & Question from Lost City

11 March, 2015 / 6 comments

I did this in January, grabbed an excerpt from one of the books and set you a question.  Since I did Princelings of the East in January, and just posted an excerpt from Pirates in February, I thought I’d skip to Lost City for this month’s question. Quote: The flying machine was losing height and…

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On being your own accountant

9 March, 2015 / 2 comments

This is something I sometimes think about, being an indie author.  If you haven’t published any books, you don’t have any income from them, so you don’t need to worry about the tax implications.  But if you have, then either you need a person to do your accounting for you, or you do it yourself….

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Book Review | Reversal by Jennifer Ellis

7 March, 2015 / 6 comments

There’s an apocalypse, it’s seriously weird, not to say bizarre, and there’s a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field causing serious disruption, not to say chaos, to civilisation as we know it.  An Apocalypse Weird entitled Reversal, then.  Not a children’s book.  It’s part of a series on the theme of apocalypse in the genre…

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Lucky is Reading #flash #giveaway #hop

6 March, 2015 / 116 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 / 8 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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The Uncommon Reader

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 WordPress.org, 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, WordPress.com. The decision was made in autumn 2013 when WordPress.com 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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