Clear Your Shelf August

Another Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop!

August 20, 2014 / 4 comments

Back by popular demand, a giveaway hop where you get a paperback book from my bookshelf! Once again, Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Bookhounds are hosting the hop – see the bottom of the page for other participants.  I’m holding out for a prize going to EUROPE (defined as EU…

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Tuesday haiku – Clouds

August 19, 2014 / 4 comments

Cumulonimbus, Altostratus or Mare’s tails – There’s a lot about! We’ve had some very interesting clouds lately – I suspect what is called “Ex-hurricane Bertha” by our weather forecasters has something to do with it.  We’ve also had very changeable, but warm, weather – very pleasant summer weather in the UK, in fact. I took…

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On electronic devices – book blogger hop

August 18, 2014 / 2 comments

Another Monday on the Book Bloggers’ Hop led by Coffee Addicted Writer.  Each week we answer a set question and hop round to see what other people have said.  Leave a comment before you blog hop! This weeks’ question: What is your favorite electronic device to use to add posts and content to your blog?…

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Gregor the Overlander

Book Review|Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

August 16, 2014 / 1 comment

11 year-old Gregor is at home minding the baby – 2 year-old “Boots” – and his Grandma, since it’s summer in New York City, his Mom is at work, and his dad disappeared suddenly two years, seven months and a specified number of days ago.  A neighbour stops by to look after Grandma, so Gregor…

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Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Friday: Bad Parents

August 15, 2014 / 2 comments

I didnt think much of the prompt Chuck Wendig gave us this week, and I’m not sure I’m ready for really innovative new stories yet, so I’ve brought out the one I did for the 1st July, but instead posted my first postcard from Camp.  The prompt was to write a 1000 word story about…

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Book Blast: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram

August 14, 2014 / 1 comment

I’m a little late with the Book Blast for this title, but the giveaway is still live, so I hope Renee and Fiona don’t mind too much.  It’s one I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time, and I should have a review out in the autumn – possibly just in time to coincide…

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Book Blast | Young Knights of the Round Table – King’s Ransom

August 13, 2014 / 4 comments

Woo-hoo! Cheryl Carpinello has an amzing new cover for her great book which I reviewed last year.  It’s definitely a book you should be reading! About the Book Title: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Year published: April 17, 2013 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Number of…

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Tuesday haiku – Grouse

August 12, 2014 / 4 comments

The Glorious Twelfth! Start of the shooting season. Keep your heads down, chaps. If you’re a grouse, or other game bird, 12th August is a very bad day.  I don’t notice it much, but around my village it’s the 15th June that has people up at midnight waiting to cast a line into the river…

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On blog comments – book blogger hop

August 11, 2014 / 8 comments

Once again I’m taking part in the Book Bloggers’ Hop led by Coffee Addicted Writer.  Each week we answer a set question and hop round to see what other people have said.  Leave a comment before you blog hop! This weeks’ question: Do you have a pet peeve about when someone posts a comment on…

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Book Review | Matt Archer: Blade’s Edge | Kendra C Highley

August 9, 2014 / 5 comments

Oh, boy!  In Matt Archer: Monster Hunter, Matt discovers he is born to hunt monsters with the aid of a knife which seems to give him special powers.  Now Matt finds so much more about this knife – and most of it in the most dangerous locations you can imagine. Monsters are being found all…

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Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Friday – The Saint Stalls the Scum

August 8, 2014 / 6 comments

Back to Chuck Wendig‘s flash fiction challenge this week, and a Random Title Generator.  Chuck generated the titles for us, and in a change to my usual method, given I’ve been a bit busy this week, I wrote a story based on something a friend told me, and fitted it to the title, rather than…

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Blog tour: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L Clark

August 6, 2014 / 1 comment

Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister. When she turns to neighbor and…

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Tuesday Haiku – August

August 5, 2014 / 0 comments

Hot days of August: Everyone’s on holiday. Except you and me! I guess your kids may be on holiday, but parents never really have holidays while the kids are young, do they?  I live in a county that attracts tourism, so August is the month we don’t go to the seaside, although there are enough…

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On Bookcases – book blogger hop

August 4, 2014 / 0 comments

I thought I’d try something different for August, and make my Monday post part of the Book Blogger Hop organised by Coffee Addicted Writer.  Each week there is a different question posed, and bloggers answer it, and link up to form a blog hop.  So after you comment here, go and hop round one of…

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Ides of April

Book Review: The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis

August 2, 2014 / 6 comments

If you haven’t discovered Lindsey Davis’s delightful informer (which is what a private investigator is called in Ancient Rome) Marcus Didius Falco, then you’ve missed a treat.  I’ve read 14 out of the 20 she has written (I gather there’s a Falco companion, too) as well as another non-Falco story, and loved them all.  Now…

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Flash Fiction

Postcard from Camp (5) – The Legend of the Perihelix

August 1, 2014 / 5 comments

Dear All By the time you get to read this card, Camp Nano will be over for another year. The first draft of Big Pete and the Swede’s first full-length adventure is done :)  I don’t think the pacing is right, and this time I didn’t keep track properly of the timeline – who was…

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Beach Reads giveaway hop

July 31, 2014 / 48 comments

Yay!  I love giveaways!   This is another devised by Stuck in Books, and runs from 1st to 15th August.   My favourite Beach Reads In truth, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book on a beach.  My instant recollection is on holiday in Goa, lying on raised platforms with shades over them,…

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Tuesday Haiku – Viridian System 1

July 29, 2014 / 4 comments

Big Pete and the Swede – Stolen from their loves to find The Perihelix! I’m not sure that the female protagonists of the story should really be classed as their loves, but what do I know, they may surprise me yet. Some time last week, I realised that someone in the story would have to…

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July roundup – August preview

July 28, 2014 / 7 comments

Well, it’s been a busy month: I’ve managed to average two hours a day writing The Perihelix – which might be retitled the Parahelix before I’m done – despite about five days out doing other things. While I’ve been out at camp there’s been a Giveaway – the Couldn’t Put It Down Hop – which…

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Book Review: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires by Jeff Gunhus

July 26, 2014 / 15 comments

I’m not sure what kept me from reading the Jack Templar series, which starts with Monster Hunter, but I finally got into it with the offer of a free copy of Book 3, Lord of the Vampires, as part of a Book Review Blitz. I’d like to thank Mr Gunhus for making it perfectly possible…

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Postcard from Camp (4)

July 25, 2014 / 5 comments

Dear All By the time you read this, I should be at the 75% mark if I am going to finish the book by the end of the month.  I think I will, although at the start of the week, I wondered whether I had enough story to fill it.  Then I remembered that, well,…

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Tuesday haiku – July

July 22, 2014 / 1 comment

July’s troubled skies: Hailstorms, sun, heat and showers End in thunderstorms! We’ve just about had it all this month and we’re only three parts through. I had a few golf competitions over a five day period and went from being drenched in stair-rod rain (followed by thunder – play abandoned) to oppressively humid then the…

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On writing speed

July 21, 2014 / 6 comments

One of the blogs I follow is the Mad Reviewer, and I remember some time ago she discussed her reading speed.  Being a reviewer, she has to get through a lot of books – and she has the advantage of being trained to speed read – not to skip, but to read fast.  I can’t…

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Just Add Salt

Book Review | Just Add Salt by Jinx Schwartz

July 19, 2014 / 2 comments

This is a book I found through Twitter, probably on one of its free kindle days.  It looked like a mad-cap adventure thriller on a boat in Mexico – and that’s what it is! Hetta Coffey is a woman who seems to attract Trouble.  Fortunately she has enough friends to go through all her adventures…

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Postcard from Camp (3)

July 18, 2014 / 4 comments

Dear All The weather last weekend wasn’t conducive to spending much time out of doors, so I got on with the book, and made a huge amount of progress!  It always amazes me how things you put in by accident turn out to have an essential role in the plot – on this occasion something…

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