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Tuesday haiku – July

July 22, 2014 / 0 comments

July’s troubled skies: Hailstorms, sun, heat and showers End in thunderstorms! We’ve just about had it all this month and we’re only three parts through. I had a few golf competitions over a five day period and went from being drenched in stair-rod rain (followed by thunder – play abandoned) to oppressively humid then the…

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On writing speed

July 21, 2014 / 6 comments

One of the blogs I follow is the Mad Reviewer, and I remember some time ago she discussed her reading speed.  Being a reviewer, she has to get through a lot of books – and she has the advantage of being trained to speed read – not to skip, but to read fast.  I can’t…

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Book Review | Just Add Salt by Jinx Schwartz

July 19, 2014 / 2 comments

This is a book I found through Twitter, probably on one of its free kindle days.  It looked like a mad-cap adventure thriller on a boat in Mexico – and that’s what it is! Hetta Coffey is a woman who seems to attract Trouble.  Fortunately she has enough friends to go through all her adventures…

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Postcard from Camp (3)

July 18, 2014 / 4 comments

Dear All The weather last weekend wasn’t conducive to spending much time out of doors, so I got on with the book, and made a huge amount of progress!  It always amazes me how things you put in by accident turn out to have an essential role in the plot – on this occasion something…

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Matt Archer: Redemption

July 16, 2014 / 0 comments

I was too late to sign up for the giveaway for this book blast hosted by I Am A Reader, but I see no reason why I can’t reblog the details here, since the giveaway is still current. I’m a great fan of Kendra Highley, even if I am behind with the series: you can…

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Tuesday Haiku – the Open

July 15, 2014 / 2 comments

Four days of torture: Seventy-two holes of golf. It’s just The Open! The Open Golf Championship is the big event of the year for UK golfers, and of course, since the sport started here, it’s the only Open Championship that matters.  Occasionally we even have a Brit win – and if not a Brit, any…

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Six months in already

July 14, 2014 / 7 comments

In case you hadn’t noticed, we reached the end of June two weeks ago. I promised myself a review of the year so far, so here are the statistics, remembering that I moved and relaunched this blog at the start of the year, set the first Princeling book free in May (with Amazon price-matching on…

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Book Review: Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions by Aldo Fynn

July 12, 2014 / 1 comment

This is part of a Book Review Blast hosted by MotherDaughterBookReviews, and I was lucky enough to receive both the first and second ebooks free for review.  My review of Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer is here.  Now for the second in the series. I finished the previous review saying I thought Prince…

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Postcard from Camp (2)

July 11, 2014 / 4 comments

Dear all We had a wet weekend, so no campfire on Saturday night, but we enjoyed some nice days anyway and I got out to play sport on Wednesday and Thursday.  One of our cabin-mates was taken ill and ended up in hospital at the end of last week, but she’s been sent home and…

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Norwich Crimewriting Festival

July 10, 2014 / 3 comments

This looks like something I should get involved with! A New Crime Writing Festival in Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature 10 – 14 September 2014 A deadly new festival of crime writing is coming to No(i)rwich this September in an exciting collaboration between the Crime Writers’ Association, the University of East Anglia, Waterstones and Writers’ Centre Norwich. Noirwich…

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Bravo Victor – Last chance of a FREE copy

July 9, 2014 / 4 comments

Bravo Victor is the sixth in The Princelings of the East series, and stars Victor, keeper of the Inn of the Seventh Happiness, a much-loved character in four of the previous books. On Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th July, from midnight to midnight PST (California time; 8am Wed to 8 am Friday UK time), Bravo…

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Tuesday Haiku – Wimbledon

July 8, 2014 / 4 comments

Wimbledon’s over; Green lawns and strawberries gone – Djokovic the champ! I was spoiled for choice on my haiku subjects in the last few weeks.  The UK tennis highlight is over, and a new champ crowned to fit my haiku.  Murray won last year, of course – the first Brit to do so for 77…

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Just Couldn’t Put It Down Giveaway Hop

July 7, 2014 / 2 comments

If you read my review on Saturday, you’ll understand why I just had to join in the “Just Couldn’t Put It Down” July Giveaway Hop from Stuck In Books. Not surprisingly I am giving away a copy of Fizz & Peppers at the Bottom of the World by M.G.King, and since Rebecca Douglass also found…

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Book Review: Fizz & Peppers at the Bottom of the World by M G King

July 5, 2014 / 8 comments

It’s madness. It’s magnificent madness. It’s the most magnificent boomsnickery trollsnuffery madness I’ve ever read. It’s totally clear that if I read the blurb for this book when I first got it (and Amazon tells me I got it on 28 Mar 2013, so probably on a free day) I had certainly forgotten it by…

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Postcard from Camp (1)

July 4, 2014 / 0 comments

Dear all I arrived safely and met some of the others.  There are lots of us in the cabin this year, mostly ‘older’ writers which is what I wanted.  Some haven’t done much yet, and most seem to have a very low word count target – I think I’m the only one aiming for a…

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Book Blast: Starchild Series by Vacen Taylor

July 3, 2014 / 4 comments

I’m pleased to be part of Mother Daughter Book Review’s book blast for the Starchild series by Vacen Taylor.  I’ve not read either of these, but the buzz about them is excellent, and the blurb is promising.  If you read either of them, do let me know what you think. There’s a $25 giveaway at…

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Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L Clark

July 2, 2014 / 2 comments

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister. When she turns to neighbour and only friend James Riley for help,…

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Tuesday Haiku – Camp NaNo

July 1, 2014 / 4 comments

July has arrived, So I’m writing a book at Camp NaNoWriMo!   Yes, I’m off to camp today.  I’ve packed my backpack and remembered my swimming things; I’m looking forward to canoeing on the lake, singing songs round the campfire, and eating scorched marshmallows. If anyone reading this has been to the Union League Boys…

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Independent Booksellers Week (UK)

June 30, 2014 / 6 comments

It was Love Reading 4 Kids who alerted me to Independent Booksellers Week.  I usually manage to jump in on various US book celebrations, but it was one of my new year’s resolutions to become more involved with the UK book scene, and so far I’ve done very little. Do you have an independent bookseller…

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Book Review: Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer by Aldo Fynn

June 28, 2014 / 4 comments

As part of a new promotion from Mother Daughter Book Reviews I received free ecopies of Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer as well as the focus of the promotion, Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions, which I’ll be reviewing in two weeks time. There’s a $50 giveaway to enter on the Book…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Ghostgum Creek

June 27, 2014 / 3 comments

It’s a Subgenre Mash-up this week – my favourite!  Chuck Wendig gave us a list of 20 genres, we throw a 20 sided die twice.  I got 18 & 1 = Noir Haunted House! Sounds fun… and at least I understand what they both are! This week’s is longer than usual – 2000 words.  I…

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Tuesday Haiku – Midsummer

June 24, 2014 / 3 comments

On Midsummer’s Day, Druids greet the Stonehenge dawn. Let’s all celebrate! Actually, I apologise: the druids do their stuff on the longest day – June 21st – and not Midsummer.  I’ve never known a satisfactory explanation for Midsummer not being the summer solstice, unless it was that the ancients got it wrong, or switching calendars…

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On reading a series

June 23, 2014 / 17 comments

Is reading a series in progress different from reading a completed series? I have to thank Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews for the inspiration for this post.  She told me: I’m working my way through Harry Potter at the moment. …  They came out when I was in Grad School and I had absolutely…

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Book Review: StrikeStone by Stella Atrium

June 21, 2014 / 2 comments

The blurb for StrikeStone, Stella Atrium’s Book 3 of the Dolvia saga reads: Brianna Miller returns to the savannah on Dolvia after a 12 year absence. Along the way, she collects a clutch of young trainees who will manage wormhole commerce after their initiation with the tribeswomen. When she disembarks, Brianna discovers the tribes are…

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Friday Flash Fiction: Twelve-Mile Limit

June 20, 2014 / 5 comments

A list of cocktails from Chuck Wendig to use as our title. Not necessarily a story about the cocktail, just use the title. I threw 8 & 9 – either Twelve-Mile Limit or Bird of Paradise. 1500 words. Twelve-Mile Limit sounds like it could be something involving Pete and the Swede. So I wrote another…

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