Deja Vu Blogfest 2014 – today for one day only!

19 December, 2014 / 11 comments

Welcome to the Deja Vu Blogfest 2014, organised by D L Hammons and Nicole Zoltack. Here I have the opportunity to give another outing to one of my best posts of the year, one I think deserves more attention – or at least one that new readers might like as much as my existing readers. …

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Christmas haiku

16 December, 2014 / 9 comments

Whether sun or snow Bedecks your halls, I send you Seasons Greetings all! Have a very happy holiday season, check out the Deja Vu Friday post, come back for the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop on Sunday, and enjoy your Christmas or other festive meal.  I’ll be dropping in here from time to time, but otherwise…

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Heading into the Yuletide festivities

15 December, 2014 / 4 comments

The winter solstice is at the end of this week.  In the Princelings world that means the Yuletide festival is upon us…starting on the 20th with the Solstice speeches and dinner.  It lasts through to the 31st December (Green Willow Day) with a variety of feasts, fairs, a narrathon, a ceilidh or party, and the…

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Book Review | WhipEye by Geoffrey Saign

13 December, 2014 / 13 comments

The Blurb Samantha and her neighbor, Jake, have no idea that Samantha’s best friend, a parrot named Charlie, is a thousand years old. Charlie is also at the center of a secret battle between magical creatures and an ancient, evil man. When Charlie asks Samantha and Jake to protect him, they are chased by monsters…

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Friday Flash Fiction – The Yule Log of Doom

12 December, 2014 / 8 comments

Oh, dear. Chuck’s given us holiday horror, 2000 words.  You know I don’t do horror.  Elves and strings of tinsel and food and flying things going dark, dark, dark, he suggested (I paraphrase).  After reading Real Santa I’m slightly more in the mood but … well, I suppose I could give it a go. Not…

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Best of 2014 – review, giveaway and blog hop

11 December, 2014 / 2 comments

As usual, I’m doing a review of my books that I read in 2014, and highlighting the best of the best.  Unusually, I’m also doing a giveaway with your choice of my final selection as the prize.  This is a Giveaway hop, courtesy of BookHounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, so make…

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Blog Tour – Hotwire by Cindy Hogan

10 December, 2014 / 2 comments

I’m moving into racier territory with this blog tour, but although it’s for older teens and YA – and adults – it looked fun and not too schmaltzy or violent… and judging from the excerpt below, my instincts were right.  In fact, I’ve added it to my To Read list!  See what you think… Hotwire…

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9 December, 2014 / 5 comments

From Chris McMullen (reblogged from It’s like a Black Friday sale – for books! The first step toward finding amazing book deals is to browse the Read Tuesday catalog (see below). Don’t worry: You won’t make purchases at Read Tuesday. You buy books at major retailers, like Amazon and Smashwords, as usual. Read Tuesday…

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Tomorrow is Read Tuesday!

8 December, 2014 / 0 comments

If you don’t know about Read Tuesday by now, you must have missed all my excerpts in the lead up to it, and all the offers and coupons codes I’ve been listing! Ok, if you don’t know about Read Tuesday – it’s tomorrow 9th December 2014 it’s a huge Black Friday type of event, but…

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Book Review & Giveaway | A Guinea Pig Nativity

6 December, 2014 / 9 comments

A Guinea Pig Nativity is a small hardcover book with a proper Christian nativity story accompanied by carefully staged photographs of scenes accompanying each page. This is a delightful take on a classic nativity story.  I was a little worried that it would be a ‘dumbed down’ or simplified version of the birth of Jesus,…

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Friday Flash Fiction – What Friends Are For

5 December, 2014 / 2 comments

I didn’t understand this week’s Chuck Challenge, so I reverted to a task Rebecca set me in November – take five things she listed and include them in a story.  It’s 1001 words.  I decided you wanted every one of them.  The five things are at the end so you can guess on the way,…

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Guest post on the Story Reading Ape

4 December, 2014 / 3 comments

Today I’m guesting on The Story Reading Ape – do go over and visit, follow and give them your support! I’m talking about how I got started and that sort of thing.

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Local Heroes Reading Challenge 2015

3 December, 2014 / 3 comments

Today I’m launching a new READING CHALLENGE for 2015.  It’s open to young readers and adults alike, although I trust my adult readers will restrain themselves from adding totally unsuitable books for children in their posts (although I will be asking you to give the genre and any age warnings). The challenge is this: to…

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Read Tuesday – one week to go!

2 December, 2014 / 1 comment

I hope you’ve been enjoying the excerpts from my books that I’ve had in this spot for the last six weeks.  At the end of each excerpt there was a coupon code for a 50% discount on the books from Smashwords.  These are listed below if you missed them, or forgot to go and get…

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Christmas on the blog and websites

1 December, 2014 / 5 comments

I wasn’t planning to do anything special on the blog this December, but of course opportunities crop up, and ideas are presented, and I’m a sucker for joining in with a good idea. So on here, I’m joining up with a lot of other ventures, starting with a Giveaway launching today on the Princelings website,…

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Book Review | Halitor the Hero by Rebecca M Douglass

29 November, 2014 / 4 comments

First off, I have to declare that I received an ARC from Rebecca Douglass for my honest review of this book. I also made some comments on it which I believe she incorporated into the final version.  I also have to declare a common interest in the work of our illustrator, Danielle English, who does…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Split Second

28 November, 2014 / 4 comments

I got this idea talking to some work colleagues at a meeting at the beginning of the month.  Thank you, Axel, Joanne and Kristin! We were talking about autonomous electric vehicles or AEVs.  It gave me the basic dilemma in this story, and even the title, which I shared with Rebecca Douglass when we seemed…

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Book Blast ~ The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru by Sharon Skretting

26 November, 2014 / 1 comment

As you’ve probably realised, I have a penchant for sailing ships, and bygone transport methods in general.  I haven’t read this book, and I hope the plot is fairly original, the depiction of Peru accurate, and that it’s full of adventure!  The colour of the cover is one of my favourites, so that’s a good…

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Tuesday Read – Bravo Victor

25 November, 2014 / 0 comments

In my gallop through extracts from my books leading up to Read Tuesday, we have reached the most recently published one, Bravo Victor, number 6 in the Princelings series.  Next week I have an exclusive for you, a discussion of various themes that will affect the final book(s) of the series.  I’ll also be revealing…

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IAN Giveaway 2014

Another Two Kindle Fires to Giveaway #IAN

24 November, 2014 / 1 comment

Two Kindle Fires, an HD6 and an HDX, are being given away by the Independent Author Network (which I’m very pleased to belong to). The Kindle Fires will be loaded with 100s of ebooks from the Independent Authors in the network (including me) – you’ll find all the details here! To enter, please send an…

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Thud of Philae landing on comet

23 November, 2014 / 5 comments

An astounding post on, not only of the sound of Philae landing, but a composite picture of its landing places and final resting place. Thud of Philae landing on comet Take 2 seconds to listen to a sound made 311 million miles away.

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Book Review & Giveaway | BookElves Anthology Vol. 1

22 November, 2014 / 13 comments

Seven stories, seven situations threatening the festivities. Will the holidays be a disaster? Will families be left out in the cold? Will there be tears before bedtime, or will there be happy endings all round? The MG BookElves group brings you its first anthology of tales to enjoy during the holiday season: Reliable Clooney Dockins…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Bella and the Ayrshires

21 November, 2014 / 3 comments

Chuck gave us a proper challenge using some ridiculous stock photographs this week. I decided to use the one above. It’s from and you probably wouldn’t like any bar one of the rest.  I might use that other one another time! Bella and the Ayrshires Molly and Bella gazed over the wire fence at…

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Tuesday Read – The Talent Seekers

18 November, 2014 / 2 comments

We’re at the fifth week in my lead-up to the great READ TUESDAY, just three weeks away now.  Keep checking that website for information and ideas. This week the excerpt is from The Talent Seekers, and we discover a lot more about paranormal aspects of life in the princelings world.  The story is set in…

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On selectivity in blogging – Book Bloggers Hop

17 November, 2014 / 8 comments

Once again it’s time to answer a question raised through the Book Bloggers Hop courtesy of Coffee Addicted Writer.  This week: As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog? The…

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