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Book Reviews | The One Dollar Horse and The Legacy

24 September, 2016 / 2 comments

I’m running way behind with my reviews, so it looks like there might be doubles all the way through to the end of the year!  This week I have two children’s books, particularly for horse lovers, although many children and adults will probably enjoy them. The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St. John The Blurb: Fifteen year…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Car Park Murders

23 September, 2016 / 8 comments

This was the piece I put forward for the Noirwich short story competition, the results of which were announced on Sunday.  Apparently they had over 150 entries and mine wasn’t in the shortlisted four.  The winner got to read out her piece, which seemed very erudite.  The only requirements were that it should feature somewhere in…

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#Fi50 – Signs and Wonders

21 September, 2016 / 2 comments

These 50 word stories come around so quickly, surely it isn’t a whole month since the last one?  And you realise there are only three more to come this year?  Frightening. Don’t forget to visit the Bookshelf Gargoyle for more – and to get the prompt to do your own! Signs and Wonders “Darling, I…

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Post A-to-Z Road Trip [2016]

A2Z Roadtrip – goodbye

19 September, 2016 / 16 comments

I have come to the conclusion that I am a complete wannabe at blog visiting, because however much I think I should visit and comment and like posts, I don’t.  I know it’s the key to making more friends and them knowing more about my world, but I’m so busy doing what I do that working down the…

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Book Review | Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie

17 September, 2016 / 4 comments

Although I read this book during the Clean Sweep Readathon in May, I’m delighted to post the review today on the anniversary of receiving it in a swag bag from Writers’ Centre Norwich as part of the Noirwich Crime Festival.  I’m there all this weekend, with tonight’s feature being Sophie Hannah in conversation with Denise…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | Farewell, My Lovelies

16 September, 2016 / 6 comments

With apologies to Raymond Chandler for mangling his title, today’s offering is an inspiration devised by Chuck Wendig to retell an iconic scene in a different genre. I’d read his brief, and thought about a Casablanca-Western variant, but then I got sidetracked into something else, still on a western theme.  I’m not sure the title fits any…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2016

#Tackle TBR Readathon Challenge

14 September, 2016 / 12 comments

Welcome, everybody, to my Challenge for the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon 2016. First off, I’m going to explain about my series, then I’ll set you a Challenge, and then there’s the giveaway. The Princelings of the East by Jemima Pett A ten-book MG/crossover Fantasy/Scifi series (6 published, 2 scheduled, 2 outlined) The Princelings of the East was…

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Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie and Sophie Hannah

12 September, 2016 / 6 comments

Welcome to the Great Escapes Book Tour for Closed Casket (released 6th Sept), the second Hercule Poirot novel written by Sophie Hannah. I was lucky enough to attend a writers’ evening with Sophie last year, or was it the year before, at the spring N&N festival or Norwich’s Festival of Crime – Noirwich; this year’s event is…

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Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2016

TBR Read-a-Thon 12th-26th September

11 September, 2016 / 7 comments

Once again, Wishful Endings is hosting the Tackle your TBR Read-a-thon, starting tomorrow and ending on Sept 26th. I’m doing my start-up post early, since I’ve got something special for you tomorrow, but I’ve got another special something on Wednesday, when I open my Readathon Challenge and Giveaway. What is a Read-a-thon, I hear you…

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Book Review | The Eskimo Solution by Pascal Garnier

10 September, 2016 / 3 comments

This was a Net-galley book I received at the end of Camp Nano, and it will be published this coming Tuesday. The Blurb A children’s writer rents a house on the Normandy coast where he plans to write his first crime novel. There, away from his love life, his editor and his friends, he’ll be free…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | Too Much of a Good Thing

9 September, 2016 / 6 comments

Chuck’s given us a (somewhat rude) D&D character generator for this week’s challenge.  I loved the last one I did – all the way back in January 2015 (What’s your poison). This time it’s a.. resentful human bard from a sleepy harbour town who has a huge debt to pay back Okay….  how about getting him…

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#IWSG – Reading and Writing

7 September, 2016 / 9 comments

This is my Insecure Writers’ Support Group post for September.  There is often a question prompt from the hosts, but as usual, I’m writing it ahead of time when there’s something on my mind I think would help other writers.  You can check the full list and join in yourself here. Writers write and readers read…

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I’m Guesting with the Story Reading Ape #TSRA & #QOTM

5 September, 2016 / 10 comments

From now until Christmas, I’ll be doing a guest post at the Story Reading Ape every second Sunday of the month. 11th SEPTEMBER: Using the Seasons in Writing (and keeping track of time in your story) 9th OCTOBER: Working with Other Authors (since there’s a BookElves Anthology Vol 1 giveaway in October) 13th NOVEMBER: Doing a Goodreads…

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Book Reviews | When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and Magyk by Angie Sage

3 September, 2016 / 4 comments

These were Great Middle Grade Reads books of the month for June, and July/August.  The first was nominated as a potential ‘future classic’, and which it may be, but I’m not sure, and the second was nominated as a series read… and will doubtless have me reading more. When You Reach Me Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | Fair Exchange is Wasted on the Young

2 September, 2016 / 6 comments

Back to work, and Chuck Wendig gave us a fascinating link to click this week to obtain a mashed up idiom.  See what I mean at The Idiomatic I got a couple of goodies, including “Every picture is the soul of wit” and “An apple a day is never done” but chose this one.  It’s just under 1000…

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Rebuilding my Viridian Series follower list

29 August, 2016 / 2 comments

Those of you who signed up to follow the Viridian Series website by newsletter have heard nothing from me for ages, not even about the withdrawal of the Perihelix. That’s because my newsletter system went wrong and lost all my follower email addresses. It took me a while to address the problem, then a while…

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Book Review | Elly’s Ghost by John R Kess

27 August, 2016 / 0 comments

I got this book on my kindle a long time ago – maybe in November 2013, which is when it got onto my To Read list.  I apologise to the author for taking so long to get around to it.  But it was worth the wait! The Blurb Jay Tessier returns home from Afghanistan yearning for…

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#FlashbackFriday | Sir Woebegone and the Dragon

26 August, 2016 / 10 comments

It seems to be a long time since I last wrote a Sir Woebegone story. In fact the last one was in February.  He’s another who started as a minor character, this time The Empress and the Peanut, and then took on a life of his own.  So as part of Flashback Friday, I’m giving…

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#Fi50 for August

24 August, 2016 / 4 comments

Once more into a micro-flash fiction story, 50 words to a prompt from the maestro Bruce Gargoyle.  Why don’t you join in at The Bookshelf Gargoyle?  This month… The Squeaky Wheel Life was hard for Ron ‘the Cat’ Regis.  Since the gang got caught he’d sold the Jag, then the Audi, and finally the beat-up…

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The Olympics are over, now back to work

22 August, 2016 / 7 comments

Every four years, everything comes to a halt for two weeks while I watch the Olympics. It may happen in your household too. In mine it often took the form of taking two weeks off work, moving onto the appropriate time zone, scheduling meals at approximations to my morning, noon and night, and working out how…

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Book Review | The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock

20 August, 2016 / 2 comments

It took me a while to remember why I picked up this book, whether it was something I saw on Goodreads or in the library – but I certainly got the paperback from my library.  Then I remembered it was one of the books selected for this summer’s Brave New Reads event – one of about…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Green Green Grass of Svalbard

19 August, 2016 / 3 comments

I’m a little late with this sub-genre mash-up that Chuck Wendig gave us at the beginning of the month.  But it took time to leave my Princelings books behind and find some new inspiration.  The genres I got from Chuck’s list were Cli-fi (climate change fiction) and Musical.  Eventually I came up with this piece…

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Writing the sequel is hard

15 August, 2016 / 5 comments

I had nothing in mind to write for today until I skimmed this post on Chuck Wendig’s site (take care if you’re allergic to swearing, since Chuck doesn’t hold back).  It’s a guest post, though, so should not be too upsetting. Except if you’re writing the first of your planned series.  Or the fourth in…

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Book Review |The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

13 August, 2016 / 3 comments

This was a book of the Month in the Goodreads Space Opera group, and I think it’s the first of their books I’ve read since I joined.  I’m so pleased I did, as you’ll see below!  I borrowed this book from my library mobile service. The Blurb Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Fatal Decision

12 August, 2016 / 6 comments

Chuck gave us a genre mash-up this week, and I got Cli-fi Musical, which sounded like my two favourite things.  It may be post-Nano Blues, or the Olympics, but Thursday night came and I still hadn’t got a clue.  So I’m pulling out the short story I did for Ely Writers Day  earlier in the year….

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