This is another story based on those opening lines that were suggested a few weeks ago. I’m definitely getting into the Christmas spirit now. This story is just over 1000 words. Christmas Lights BANG! We sat in darkness. No lights on the Christmas tree, no television. “Oh dear!” Grandmother’s querulous voice said it all, really. […]
Don’t faint. I know it’s Thursday and I don’t often post on Thursday, but since I went into a bookshop for the first time this year I thought I’d comment on it. “First time this year?” I hear you say. “And you call yourself a writer?” Well, to be fair, I have absorbed a lot […]
Today I’m pleased to welcome Suzanne de Montigny with a giveaway celebrating the first in her unicorn series. I used to love unicorns, too. I haven’t thought about them for a long time. This book is now on my to-read list. First, this week’s haiku… When disaster strikes Dinosaurs and unicorns meet differing fates. About […]
December is a time for reviewing what went on in the year, so this month I’m going to do just that. I’m starting with a round up of my YA & MG Time Travel books read, since I have been very bad at linking back to the original challenge site. I think I only committed […]
Welcome to the fantastic 12 Authors of Christmas seasonal giveaway and blog tour! Our busy Book Elves are giving away a total of 30 prizes of books suitable for Middle Grade readers – age roughly 8 to 14 – although a lot of adults enjoy them too! Who are the Authors on tour? All these […]
Despite the title, the Snow Goose is not about winter. It always gives me the feel of winter, though, as it is set mainly in and around a disused lighthouse on the Essex marshes, a desolate place full of creeks and strangely filling and emptying muddy creeks, wild with frosts and wind and goose-honking. It’s […]
Chuck has decided to do a 200 word story that you work in a serial form with others for the next five weeks. I want to do Christmas or at least seasonal themed stories on my blog at this time, so I’ll pick up some of the ideas I parked earlier and visit some favourite […]
To save the planet You must learn to grow real food. Join the Seed Savers! I’m pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for S. Smith’s Heirloom – the third book in the Seed Savers series. I was very enthusiastic about the first book, saying “everyone should read this book”. You can read the […]
I’ve got so many goodies for you in December, I’m getting really excited about Christmas for once! From December 1st to 23rd we are having a humungous Giveaway and blog tour. The 12 Authors of Christmas have clubbed together to bring you 30 prizes of ebooks, and they are featuring interviews and reviews throughout the […]
This cleverly titled novel refers not only to the main setting, a lighthouse on a rocky island at the junction of the Southern and Indian Oceans, but also the tides of fate and destiny which chase decisions made for the best reasons. People’s lives are tossed hither and thither like the waves surrounding the island […]
This week we choose one opening line from those submitted last week and complete it. My second and third choices were: Bang. (garypo705) “Shetland ponies,” he grumbled, shaking his head. “Why did they always turn into Shetland ponies?” (Krud) Instead I chose the one by Caroline Arbelay, but corrected it slightly. I would like to […]
Small Fry Safari KidLit Readers Challenge 2014: Sign Up!. A great idea for a Reading Challenge next year… I’m in! How about you?
I think it’s number thirty-one. I’ve been popping them into other posts lately and not kept the sequential titling going. Sorry! Leaves, golden and bronze, Frost rimed and tossed in the wind. Soon they’ll all be gone.
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I love horse books. I’m sure I’ve told you that before. I hadn’t read any for a long while (other than re-reading the Jill books and Black Beauty) until I read Krista Breen’s Dakotaroo series, and I leapt straight back into the genre. So when I was a little less enthused by this book, I […]