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Tuesday Read – Princelings of the East

October 21, 2014 / 3 comments

I thought it would be fun to lead up to Read Tuesday (9th December) with an excerpt from each of my books – which will have special offers available from the date of the excerpt through to Read Tuesday itself. I’m going to be predictable and do them in sequence, choosing an excerpt I like…

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Bookish Review of the Year 2014 so far…

October 20, 2014 / 2 comments

Thanks to Bruce Gargoyle, I’m picking up a lovely idea… a review of the year by completing a set of sentences with books read so far this year!  I hope you enjoy them (they won’t be as funny as Bruce’s). Titles are linked to my reviews except for Secret Life of Bees and Wonderstruck which…

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Book Review and Blog Tour | The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals

October 18, 2014 / 9 comments

Celebrating Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge are celebrating the release of their second book, The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals, by hosting their very own “Book Blasty Tour”. Thank you for taking the time to visit this special stop along their tour and be sure to enter the giveaway! About…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Much Ado About Nutting

October 17, 2014 / 7 comments

“It is apple season, people. And with apple season comes a chance to sample a world of weird apples.”  Thus spake Chuck Wendig, giving us a list of uncommon apples from North Star Orchards in PA: “include the names of three of said apples in your story.” I love heritage apples, and of course I decided to…

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Half A Clue – Finale

October 16, 2014 / 9 comments

It started with a Flash Fiction challenge – to write 500 words of a story that would be finished the next week by someone else.  Then someone changed the rules and the next part was the middle part…  and Rebecca Douglass did that.  Then we tossed it backwards and forward for another couple of weeks….

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Book Blast: Halitor the Hero by Rebecca M Douglass

October 15, 2014 / 8 comments

I’m delighted to present to you Halitor the Hero, a new book by Rebecca M Douglass, now available to pre-order from Amazon, and due out at the end of November. A Fair Maiden who breaks all the rules. A would-be Hero who fails by the book. It’ll be a fantasy adventure like you never saw……

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The Last Haiku

October 14, 2014 / 4 comments

It’s the last Tuesday Haiku – for a while, at any rate.  I enjoy them, but I thought I’d take a break. The Tuesday Haiku I hope you enjoyed each one Since May of last year. As it happens, there’s something I want to do leading up to Read Tuesday – an event I mentioned…

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The Further Trials of Technology

October 13, 2014 / 8 comments

I made plenty of excuses for getting behind with things a couple of Mondays ago, now I have the further adventures of getting nothing done to explore with you! The wifi hub is working. The computer seems to be a little slower than I expected.  I have done various things to help speed it up. …

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Book Review | The Shadow of the Pyramid by Wendy Leighton-Porter

October 11, 2014 / 7 comments

If you haven’t started reading the Shadows from the Past series, I really think you’re missing out. It starts with the Shadow of Atlantis, and we meet Jemima and Joe, twins who have come to live with their Uncle Richard, an archaeologist, because their parents have mysteriously disappeared.  Everyone is trying to help the twins…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Traveller’s Return

October 10, 2014 / 10 comments

The challenge from Chuck Wendig this week is to use one of the middle lines we gave him last week to produce a 1000 word story. I’ve chosen Jason Heitkamper’s: The rats have really taken over and, while the house feels more empty than it did ten years go, I can still see the ghosts…

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Book Reviews | Montalbano series double bill

October 9, 2014 / 4 comments

Saturday nights on the UK’s BBC4 TV channel were improved immeasurably when they started showing the Inspector Montalbano series of crime dramas, with subtitles. From the dark, really dark, noir of Swedish and Danish crimes across the Bridge and elsewhere, we were treated to the light and heat of Sicily – even in winter.  The…

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Tuesday haiku – Moon

October 7, 2014 / 8 comments

The sleeper awakes: The full moon hangs low in the sky, And shines in her face. The full moon is indeed hanging low in the northern sky at present – it is at its lowest (from the northern hemisphere) part of its irregular orbit.  It’s all to do with the angle its orbit makes with…

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Work in Progress Blog Tour

October 6, 2014 / 2 comments

I was honoured to be tagged by Rebecca Douglass to take part in the Work In Progress Blog Tour. The rules go like this:  Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you (see above). Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your…

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Book Review: A Friend Like Annabel by Alan Davidson

October 4, 2014 / 8 comments

Annabel is friendly, caring, witty, full of energy and ideas, and occasionally talks her way into trouble.  She sounds a lot like I’d like to be! Kate tells all about the things Annabel gets up to, Kate being the loyal friend with a little more perspective on life, but a secret desire to be just…

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Flash Fiction Friday – Half A Clue part 3

October 3, 2014 / 6 comments

Chuck wants us to post a middle sentence, no more than 100 words, as this week’s challenge.  Then next week we write the story round it. There are over 200 entries by now, but I’m not inspired… I stole one from a previous story. Since no-one seems to have finished my Cluedo story, I thought…

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Tuesday haiku – not for arachnophobes!

September 30, 2014 / 8 comments

So many spiders Catching flies in my garden. Get out of my hair! Yes, it’s that time of year when I can’t go out in the garden without breaking up the happy homes of many different types of garden spider.  Fortunately we don’t have any poisonous ones here in the UK – except for the…

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On not getting things done

September 29, 2014 / 8 comments

Have you noticed it’s the end of September already? In theory, I should now be sitting with a completed and published book of my dad’s memoirs and have set up the new paperbacks for the Princelings series.  Those were the tasks for August and September. After finishing the Perihelix first draft in July, I was…

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The Ifs by J. D. Pooker

Book Review: The Ifs by J D Pooker

September 27, 2014 / 5 comments

Strange things are happening in the world belonging to Landon and Broden – two very ordinary brothers in a very ordinary world.  It’s not the continual bickering between them, that erupts into fights and scuffles – especially for the control of the remote.  It’s not even the play fighting and changes of side in the…

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Flash Fiction Friday – Act Three

September 26, 2014 / 9 comments

The last two weeks have seen one story, then the continuation of one written by someone else, and so this week, we have my completion of two other author’s work from previous weeks.  Blame Chuck Wendig who sets these challenges for us.  I’ll add links to the completions of those earlier stories when I see…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2014

Tuesday haiku – #TackleTBR Readathon Round-up

September 23, 2014 / 4 comments

Readathon round-up: I tackled six great sequels And loved ev’ry one! Technically I didn’t succeed with my Readathon challenge, since by midnight on Sunday I had only completed 60% of my sixth book.  I claim two barriers – my kindle needed charging when I was ready to read it on Sunday, and the weekend was…

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Watch out for Read Tuesday

September 22, 2014 / 6 comments

Read Tuesday is on Tuesday 9th December 2014 It’s a Black Friday type of sales event, but just for books. It will be a great opportunity to buy and gift books at amazing sales prices. It will also be a great marketing opportunity for authors and publishers. I came across this event a little while…

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Book Review: Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N A Granger

September 20, 2014 / 5 comments

This is not really a cosy mystery, although it starts out that way, but Rhe Brewster, our heroine, turns into a police consultant, so I suppose it could be police procedural after all.  What it definitely is, is a well-toned and robust crime mystery with plenty of personal endangerment that makes the reader say “don’t…

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Flash Fiction Friday – Act Two

September 19, 2014 / 11 comments

Well, Chuck pulled a fast one on us, and made last week’s first half only the first third! So this will be the second third of a story, the first part of which was written by someone else. I think Rebecca is doing mine from last week. I’m picking up from Paul J Willett aka…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2014

Second Thursday Update – #TackleTBR Readathon

September 18, 2014 / 2 comments

Readathon Progress Report Day 11 Books finished: 4 Currently reading: The Scent of the Night (Montalbano #6) by Andrea Camilleri I couldn’t remember what was next on the list to read after I’d settled in my garden chair to read yesterday afternoon, and I thought another Montalbano was a good idea.  Well, at least I…

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Tuesday haiku – Noirwich

September 16, 2014 / 4 comments

I went to Noirwich A crime writing festival. Thrills, spills and bodies! Noirwich was indeed an excellent festival, organised by UEA, Writers Centre Norwich, and Waterstones, with some wonderful sponsors as well.  I enjoyed the readings by newer writers at Waterstones on Wednesday, had a great reading and discussion by Sophie Hannah on Thursday, and…

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