Book Review | The Headmaster’s Cave by D S Allen

28 November, 2015 / 0 comments

This is a Book Review Blitz from Mother Daughter Book Reviews, and I confess it took my eye because I know a D.S. Allen.  This is the sort of book he would write if he wrote books.  As far as I know, he doesn’t, and this is an entirely different D.S. Allen, who I don’t…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Titan is all the rage

27 November, 2015 / 1 comment

This goes back to a Chuck Challenge when we gave titles for others to use.  This one’s from someone called Thanosrules.  Thanks! If you want to read more about Titan, I found the Wikipedia entry very inspiring. I think I had some influence from Bud Sparhawk’s Jupiter and sailing story, which I reviewed earlier in the year….

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#Fi50 – An Unexpected Arrival – and reading challenge round-up

25 November, 2015 / 6 comments

This is my #Fi50 – Fiction in Fifty Words – for November, with the prompt as the title. It’s a Viridian System snippet of Dolores’ backstory, which will make little sense if you haven’t read any of Big Pete and the Swede’s adventures before. You could always try the Viridian System Sampler to catch up! Check out Bruce…

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A Christmas Fair

23 November, 2015 / 4 comments

I thought you’d like to see my effort at a book stall the other day – the Christmas Fair at our village hall. It was my first real public appearance, so I had to put most of the promotional material together.  I keep thinking about those pop-up (or roller) banners, and each time I think…

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Book Review | Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

21 November, 2015 / 1 comment

We picked this as our bookclub read because we wanted to have something more on the ‘classic’ line.  I have always thought I’d read it in my teens or early twenties, and vaguely remembered Mary Yellan arriving at Jamaica Inn and finding it full of smugglers.  I even look out for the Jamaica Inn when…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Should Have Known Better

20 November, 2015 / 1 comment

A Random Song Title Challenge from Chuck Wendig. 1000 words.  I always have trouble with these… until I found  This is a song by Sufjan Stevens, apparently. It’s a long time since I used my boxcar scenario, which in turn developed from an exercise I did in my Creative Writing course, which seems a…

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Book Blast and Review | Keeper by S. Smith

18 November, 2015 / 2 comments

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for “Keeper”, the 4th book in the Seed Savers middle grade dystopian book series by S. Smith. Are you suffering from deja vu?  No, yesterday was the blog tour for Treasure, book 1 in the Seed Savers series.  I got horribly confused and…

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Review and Blog Tour | Treasure by S. Smith

17 November, 2015 / 5 comments

This is part of a tour from I Am A Reader, and updates my review of 2013.  Stop by tomorrow for my review of the latest book in this exceptional series. Treasure by S. Smith It’s 2077. There’s no apocalypse, but some things are different. Things like the weather, the internet, and food. In twelve-year-old…

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Book Covers – working with Gimp

16 November, 2015 / 8 comments

I hope most of you have admired my book covers.  They are mostly down to my wonderful illustrator, Danielle English, with a varying degree of inspirational input from me. I think it was my second or third blog post where I realised I would have to have covers for my books, and they’d have to…

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Book Review and Tour | Claws for Alarm by T C LoTempio

14 November, 2015 / 0 comments

Today I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for book 2 in the Nick and Nora cosy mystery series by T C LoTempio, organised by Inspired Kathy at I Am A Reader.  Enjoy my review and enter the giveaway! Claws for Alarm by T.C. LoTempio Since inheriting her mother’s sandwich shop, Nora Charles…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Unlucky for Some (part 3)

13 November, 2015 / 4 comments

If you weren’t paying attention earlier in the year, you might like to go back and read Unlucky for Some, parts 1 and 2 (I did link the first to the second to help you!). This 1000 word flash completes what has been a really bad day for Joanne Barclay, so far…. Unlucky for Some (part 3)…

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BookElves Anthology Vol. 2 – Launch Day

12 November, 2015 / 4 comments

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the second volume of the “BookElves Anthology” featuring some of your favourite middle grade authors. Now available – just in time for the holiday season! And since it’s launch day, I’m jumping on her bandwagon and posting all her details! About the…

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Cover Reveal and special offer | Death by Trombone by Rebecca M Douglass

11 November, 2015 / 4 comments

Well, if it isn’t a new book by one of my favourite people!  Read on for a special offer on the first in her cosy mystery series too! Death By Trombone (Pismawallops PTA Murder #2), By Rebecca M. Douglass School dances, final exams, and dead bodies. School’s almost out at Pismawallops High! Expected publication Jan….

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M Pax’s Realms Faire starts today

9 November, 2015 / 5 comments

I signed up for this a couple of months back, not entirely sure of what I was letting myself in for. There is an organiser, M Pax, and a number of people who are hosting a tournament of on-line games (see link for list), and I’ve signed up for the House of Dueling Bards, where Cassandra Webb…

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Book Review | Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

7 November, 2015 / 3 comments

Artemis Fowl is the son of Lord Fowl who has disappeared, believed dead, and his wife who is currently occupying the attic and in a mental state approaching dementia.  Artemis is 12 years old, and a criminal mastermind.  He has got hold of something that enables him to translate fairy script, and thus he has learnt…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Thinking is bad for you

6 November, 2015 / 4 comments

No prompt from Chuck.  I feel like setting up a challenge myself, but I don’t want to tread on his toes, and I don’t have the following!  Driving home the other day I thought of doing those ‘five things to include’ stories, and spotted a man with a walking stick, thought of a budgerigar, and then thought…

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#IWSG The Ups and Downs of an Insecure Writer

4 November, 2015 / 8 comments

I think writing a book is the easy bit. Then comes editing. And re-editing after your editor has been through your carefully edited version. And then you have getting it ready for publication, which turns out more complicated than you think, after you did the easy way the first time, but now you want it neater, with…

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PonyFest15 – Big Pete and the Swede

3 November, 2015 / 11 comments

Oh, I saw this on Patricia Lynne’s site and I couldn’t stop laughing.  Then I realised I just had time to join in myself.  And after a traumatic time in the dentist’s chair yesterday, with everything else that’s been going on recently, I thought it was about time I lightened up. PonyFest is the invention…

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Book Blast | Through the Shimmer of Time by Jennifer Jensen

3 November, 2015 / 0 comments

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the middle grade time-travel thriller “Through the Shimmer of Time” by Jennifer Jensen (November 2 to 4, 2015). Grab an e-copy from Amazon for only 99 cents, November 2 to 4 and for $1.99, November 6 and 7, 2015 (regular price $3.99)….

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Giveaways, trolls, and spelling mistakes

2 November, 2015 / 11 comments

The trials and tribulation of writing for an international audience… or being a writer in a non-US country, maybe?  I don’t know.  I’m sure it’s true that the world of internet reading is dominated by the US consumer, but it can put a non-US person in a difficult position.  We do have different perspectives on…

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Books I’m Grateful I’ve Read Giveaway Hop

1 November, 2015 / 27 comments

I love the way this Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books turns up in November, just as I’m starting to think about a review of the books I’ve read this year, and plans for next. So, what am I grateful I’ve read this year? The first thing that sprang to mind was the K’Barthan Trilogy….

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Trick or Treat Book Blog Hop

31 October, 2015 / 6 comments

For the Trick or Treat Book Blog Hop, I’m giving away all of my ebooks for ONE DAY ONLY, i.e. until midnight Pacific time tonight (about 8am tomorrow in the UK). If you go to my Smashwords page, you’ll find them all there listed – and some of them are permafree: The Princelings of the East (book 1…

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Friday Flash Fiction and Trick or Treat Giveaway preview

30 October, 2015 / 3 comments

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s Halloween tomorrow.  But if you’re in Australia it might be Halloween already, so I’m giving you a quick link at the bottom to my Halloween Trick or Treat Earlybirds posts.  For everyone else, the main event is tomorrow! For my flash fiction today, I’m using a prompt of a picture…

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Reading Challenge October Round-Up

28 October, 2015 / 0 comments

My Goodreads Challenge tally is 2 books ahead of schedule, at 52 out of 60.  I’m going to make it. Even more exciting, at the end of last month my Goodreads ‘Books read’ list passed 500!!  Unfortunately, during this month, my TBR list went over 400 for the first time.  Joy. This month I have read: Looking for Trouble (K’Barthan…

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BookElves Anthology Volume 2 – Pre-order and Guess the line!

26 October, 2015 / 6 comments

The BookElves Anthology Volume 2 will launch on November 12th – but pre-orders are now open for early birds wishing to catch the worm! The second BookElves Anthology, features stories by Cheryl Carpinello, Rebecca Douglass, Wendy Leighton-Porter, SW Lothian, Annaliese Matheron, Jemima Pett and Ben Zackheim. Guess the Line Below you will find the seven opening…

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