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Review and Blog tour | Escape from the Past by Annette Oppenlander

5 September, 2015 / 0 comments

Escape From the Past: The Duke’s Wrath (YA Historical) When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he’s sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn’t realise that 1) he’s been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player; 2) he’s playing the ultimate history game, actually transporting him into the  past: anywhere…

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Flash Fiction Friday | A Perihelix Extract

4 September, 2015 / 0 comments

With everything that’s going on at the moment, I really can’t get my head around Chuck’s challenges.  I decided to give you another taster from near the start of The Perihelix, starring my asteroid miners, Big Pete and the Swede.  Funnily enough, it’s just over 1000 words – just the right length for a Friday…

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September Blues #IWSG

2 September, 2015 / 16 comments

Not only is it time for the Insecure Writers Support Group again, it’s time for me to sink into that depression known as September Blues. It creeps on through August:  my book needs editing…, my book needs a rewrite… , my book is rubbish… and before I know it I’m in complete melt-down.  This year it…

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Goodreads Giveaway for the Princelings of the East

1 September, 2015 / 5 comments

My Princelings series is now available as six paperback books, and to celebrate I’m giving away two copies of Book One as a Goodreads Giveaway. I did consider giving away one copy of each of the books, but I’m not sure how it would work, winning an intermediate one, especially in the trilogy.  I still…

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White Water Landings for Nook, Kobo and iPad

31 August, 2015 / 0 comments

Those of you who have been waiting for my father’s memoirs to come out for non-kindle ereaders can stop waiting! White Water Landings comes out 1st September, at Barnes & Noble, on Apple iBooks, online stores supplied by Kobo, and of course, the good old standby, Smashwords. The romance of pre-war air travel meets the romance of…

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Double Book Review: Rex Rising and In the Shadows of the Mosquito Constellation

29 August, 2015 / 4 comments

The trouble with not doing your book review straight after reading the book is that sometimes you don’t do it for months.  And that means sometimes you’ve forgotten what the book was about.  The up side of this, is that the memories that DO come back when you work on it, are likely to be…

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A Non-fiction flash Friday: The Radio Tree

28 August, 2015 / 2 comments

This isn’t really flash, it’s an excerpt.  In honour of the launch of White Water Landings on Tuesday for Nook, Kobo and iPad, (more details on Monday, including a special offer), I’m giving you a story from this memoir of a young man (my father) working for Imperial Airways in Africa in the 1930s, setting up the stations…

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August Challenge update

26 August, 2015 / 12 comments

Yes, it’s time for my Reading Challenge progress report again. My Goodreads Challenge tally is finally ahead of schedule, although it easily slips behind as soon as I have a long (400 page) book to read.  I don’t understand why I am behind my four-plus books a month target, yet I’m way ahead of books reviewed on…

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The Return of Noirwich

24 August, 2015 / 4 comments

The Norwich Festival of Crime Writing – or Noirwich – returns for another long weekend of talks, discussions and workshops in the beautiful settings of the UNESCO City of Literature – Norwich, Norfolk, UK.  The dates are 17th to 20th September, so only one month to go. You may remember I went to talks and…

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Double Book Review | Secrets of Black Water Creek and Frankie Dupont #3

22 August, 2015 / 8 comments

Two excellent adventures for boys and girls today. The Secrets of Black Water Creek, by R J Grant, has been sitting on my kindle for quite some time, as I got it free, probably in a Kindle giveaway.  I haven’t seen much in the way of promotion for it since then, but that doesn’t mean…

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Friday Flash Fiction | The Fire’s Shadow

21 August, 2015 / 2 comments

Another week with no prompt from Chuck, but he’s got a new book out and he’s away doing conventions and the like.  Maybe I should go to a convention some time.  Back to that random prompt list for July, then, for a 1000 word story title: The Fire’s Shadow Despite the log fire burning steadily…

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

20 August, 2015 / 26 comments

Thanks to Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, I’m clearing my bookshelf again. The Giveaway is open internationally, and the winner will have a choice of TWO of the following books – but I’m only shipping Wonderstruck within the UK because it’s a big book (with beautiful illustrations).  Enter via the rafflecopter below, which closes…

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⌗Fi50 for August – A Calculated Risk

19 August, 2015 / 0 comments

The prompt for this month’s fiction in fifty words came just as I was playing with the second book in the Viridian series.  If you’re keen to be a beta reader of the first book, The Perihelix, and I haven’t sent it to you yet, let me know immediately! Back to the plot, which is…

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Sign up for my Blog Tour

17 August, 2015 / 2 comments

I’m taking the Princelings of the East series on the road from September 22nd to 5th October 2015, with the help of the wonderful Tonya at My Family’s Heart. We’ll be scheduling posts for reviews, interviews (me and characters), and excerpts.  If you’ve already reviewed one book, you can go for any of the others.  My Family’s…

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Double Book Review | The Cuckoo’s Calling and See Delphi and Die

15 August, 2015 / 0 comments

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith I think one should read books without knowing the author’s little secrets, and when one of my bookclub tried to tell everyone who the author really was, I tried to stop her.  But then the paperbacks are handed out and there it is, right on the front of the…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Crystal and the seven miners

14 August, 2015 / 4 comments

It’s an X meets Y random title mash-up this week.  Once upon a time this gave me Paradisio, and look where that took me!  Chuck wants 2000 words, and I’ve come in at around 1950.  I drew Terminator meets Snow White, and I’ve added a touch of Downton Abbey and Weird.  Well, it’s certainly weird, and…

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Perseid meteors time

12 August, 2015 / 3 comments

In case you want to watch some more meteors, it’s the Perseid meteor shower this week, and you should get some good views from now till Friday, with the peak being tonight (early hours of 13th, UTC). This shower is because the Earth is passing through the trail of the comet Swift-Tuttle.  It’s usually a big…

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The BookElves are returning

10 August, 2015 / 6 comments

Just before I went to camp, I contacted the MG BookElves about plans for the coming winter holiday season, to see who would be interested in contributing to another Anthology.  I also gave them some updates on our sales figures (free sales included), which aren’t spectacular, but aren’t bad, either. The good news is that many…

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Double Book Review | Shadow of Camelot | Princess and Curdie

8 August, 2015 / 1 comment

The only things these books have in common is their target audience and their enjoyability! The Shadow of Camelot is the sixth in Wendy Leighton-Porter’s Shadows from the Past series, and is a historical time-travelling kidlit story.  It’s a Kid Lit Bog Hop, since it’s set in the wilds of Somerset, in about 600 AD….

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Friday Flash Fiction | Windows in the Serpents

7 August, 2015 / 4 comments

Back in July, Chuck gave us a link to a random title generator, which gave us six weird titles.  I chose this one, and started off with no clear idea of where it would end.  I love the way stories evolve.  The changes in tense are deliberate and there is method in my madness.  It’s…

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Have you found StoryBundle yet?

6 August, 2015 / 0 comments

Yesterday was Insecure Writers’ Support Group Day, which I clean forgot.  I apologise to all writers, insecure or otherwise, for being so out of synch with myself after finishing the final (well, beta) draft of The Perihelix, that I couldn’t remember what my blog schedule was. The Perihelix is a science fiction novel, of course,and…

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Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist

3 August, 2015 / 4 comments

It’s a bad time for environmentalists in the UK at present.  The new government chucked out just about everything we’ve been working on for the last fifteen years, and even when they do say policy is one thing e.g. protect the bees, the next week they pass exceptions to polluting chemicals laws to enable big…

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Book v Movie | The Hobbit

1 August, 2015 / 8 comments

I settled down to watch the Hobbit on tv one evening last month, having missed the cinema release of the first, and then realising that they’d made it into three (and wondering how).  As I watched it I had lots of thoughts, mostly culminating in the idea of comparing books and their films on here…

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Flash Friday Quote and Question

31 July, 2015 / 4 comments

My options for today’s flash fiction post were: do 1000 words on ‘why I write’ which is today’s challenge from Chuck Wendig; write 1000 words to one of the random titles that came up a couple of weeks back when I was busy at camp, or give you a quote from the start of Book…

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July Challenge update

29 July, 2015 / 5 comments

Of course, the big challenge for this month is to finish the revised draft of The Perihelix and get it to my editor.  Camp ends on Friday, so how am I doing on that? Well, I’ve finished.  I’ve won, in their parlance. And just for good measure I started writing the second in the Viridian System…

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