Book Review | Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

10 December, 2016 / 2 comments

This went on my TBR list as soon as I heard of it, and I picked up a library copy the same day I picked up the Screaming Staircase (which I’m reviewing first Saturday in January).  I wasn’t disappointed! The Blurb Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The SuperClaus Catastrophe

9 December, 2016 / 6 comments

Searching for inspiration for today, I found August’s Subgenre Mashup list and picked Superhero Heist as a possibility for a Christmas themed story. Raccoons feature again – they seem to get everywhere.  It’s 1300 words, and I hope you enjoy it. The SuperClaus Catastrophe Nicky leant on his elbows, nose pressed up against the window…

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#IWSG December – the five year question

7 December, 2016 / 10 comments

Welcome to December’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.  If you haven’t joined in yet, why not?  It’s a way of sharing the ups and downs of our writing lives with others who know what they went through, and can appreciate your pain, sorrow, joy, or exultation! Sign up here. I always forget to note that there…

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How many series are you reading? (and #QOTM)

5 December, 2016 / 10 comments

I was starting to spot reading challenges for next year, thinking I ought to do a non-fiction one to make me read a book I’ve had for years, which I deliberately put at number 5 in my list for this year and still haven’t read (it’s now at number 11).  I came across another called ‘Finishing…

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Book Review | Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse by Lars Guignard

3 December, 2016 / 3 comments

This is the second in the Zoe & Zak series, which I have as a box set of the first three books, having read the third one first Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple, and the first one a few weeks ago, Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard.  Click the titles to read…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Ten-Speed Bike

2 December, 2016 / 1 comment

Inspired by a quote from Charles Schultz of Peanuts fame: “Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”  It’s 2000 words and I hope you enjoy it. The Ten-speed Bike Adam rubbed the condensation off the shop window and peered in.  It was still there.  Red and white frame,…

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Book Launch | The Problem with Peggy by Rebecca Douglass

28 November, 2016 / 4 comments

Hold onto your hats, there’s another book in The Ninja Librarian series just hit the shelves!  Yippee! In the unlikely event that you don’t remember, I’ve been raving about The Ninja Librarian ever since he first came to Skunk Corners – in 2013, if he arrived just before I reviewed him.  Then we Return(ed) to…

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Book Tour | The Invasive Species by Frankie Bow

26 November, 2016 / 3 comments

Welcome to this Great Escapes Book Tour for the 4th in the Molly Barda series of cosy mysteries set in Hawaii.  You may remember I reviewed book 2, The Cursed Canoe, in June.  This time there’s also a Rafflecopter Giveaway as part of the tour, so make sure you get down to the bottom to…

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#Flashback Friday | The Empress and the Peanut

25 November, 2016 / 5 comments

Yes, it’s time for Michael d’Agostino’s Flashback Friday again.  Last Friday of the month sees a number of us finding posts we think deserve another outing.  This month I’m going one step further back than Sir Woebegone and the Dragon, which I repeated in August, because I did a #Fi50 inspired by this one, the…

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#Fi50 – An Offer You Can’t Refuse

23 November, 2016 / 8 comments

November’s Fiction in Fifty Words (Fi50) feature takes the theme of ‘an offer you can’t refuse’. I was passing the time on the US Election night, catching up with the blog, avoiding even more bad news from this side of the Pond, trying not to think about the disasters about to happen in my world….

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Launching on Friday – The Princelings Box Set!

21 November, 2016 / 6 comments

Yes, I know it’s Black Friday and all that, but it suited my purposes to bring out the first box set of the Princelings of the East series, Books 1 – 3. This volume combines the existing three ebooks of the trilogy into one humungous download – three books for the price of one and a…

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Book Review | Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

19 November, 2016 / 6 comments

The Blurb Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Lure of Blackpool

18 November, 2016 / 5 comments

I’m not sure whether ballroom dancing has the same international reputation as it does in the UK, but this story was brought on by watching Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars in the US, I think) which goes to Blackpool this weekend.  My other main influence for the story comes from Ralph McTell’s song, ‘Doreen…

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Teachers and Books Make A Difference

16 November, 2016 / 11 comments

This blog tour is the brainchild of Toi Thomas and started yesterday. This is a blog tour with a twist. Each participant gets to post the answers to 10 questions about books and teachers. This is a great opportunity to promote a book and/or praise a teacher and have a little fun. Plus, everyone is…

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What do you think of Instagram?

14 November, 2016 / 19 comments

I know I should be active on social media.  As an author, the best way to get people to see your books is to be out there, saying hello and mixing with the crowd, rather than spending money spamming people with ‘buy my book’. So I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and I even have…

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Book Review | Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker

12 November, 2016 / 2 comments

The Blurb They have her daughter. She will stop at nothing to get her back. When system-wide civil war broke out, fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko left her family and accepted a commission in the Alliance Army to battle the empire’s tyranny. Four years later, the empire has been toppled, but chaos and anarchy now…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Second Mouse Costs Lives

11 November, 2016 / 5 comments

Since it’s Armistice Day, I suppose I ought to do something a little more, well, serious, or atmospheric, than usual.  I searched for a title from the idiomatic.com generator, which is a brilliant and surreal mash up of idioms, and found this, to give you around 850 words. The Second Mouse Costs Lives Trench 79…

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Question of the Month: Your first kiss? #QOTM

7 November, 2016 / 10 comments

Oo-er!  The Question of the Month for November is: “When was your first kiss?” Now, I can’t remember whether it was Mick B, David A or a boy I liked at Kindergarten, but I have lots of clear recollections about David A, which I’m not going to tell you about at all! So I thought I’d…

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Book Review | The Vanished Knight by M. Gerrick

5 November, 2016 / 2 comments

I won this book during the Realms-Faire last year, and read it in the summer.  Sorry to have taken so long to get around to the review, but here it is now. The Vanished Knight (The War of Six Crowns #1) by M Gerrick Blurb The entity living inside Callan’s soul orphaned her at age…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | Party Animal

4 November, 2016 / 7 comments

Today’s flash is all the fault of Momdude, who has a blog We Love the Stars Too Fondly.  If you want to know where I got this idea, check his post here.  I’m still not back in the flow of story-writing, but I hope you like it, all 750 words of it. Party Animal The…

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#IWSG | Not the NaNoWriMo post

2 November, 2016 / 11 comments

Welcome to this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group post.  You can join in by signing up at insecurewriterssupportgroup.com where you’ll also find the long list of people to visit each month.  I tend to visit all my ‘follow’ blogs and at least ten new ones each month, although I don’t always make it.  There is also…

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Happy Halloween

31 October, 2016 / 4 comments

I’m sure I had a nice ‘Happy Halloween’ graphic to post on here, but here are some things you can do today if you don’t really want to go Trick or Treating. Do the Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, sponsored by Bookhounds, and available here.  It’s the last day, so get moving if you want to…

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Book Reviews | The Phantom Tollbooth and Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard

29 October, 2016 / 5 comments

A double review today, two Middle Grade books, very different in style, which is an interesting thought about the difference between current expectations and those of the 1960s, which are, after all, fifty years ago. The Phantom Tollbooth By Norton Juster Blurb In this classic children’s tale, Milo sets off through the tollbooth he finds…

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#Flashback Friday | Halloween Special – Revenge of the Greenfly

28 October, 2016 / 18 comments

It’s Flashback Friday again, and this one comes from 2014.  I find it increasingly difficult to find posts for Friday flashback flash fiction – I suppose two years ago seems so ‘new’ to me! But before we do that, you remember earlier this month Chuck Wendig’s challenge was to write part of a story and…

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Things are sent to try us

24 October, 2016 / 16 comments

Did I tell you about the morning in August when I woke up and thought I could hear it raining? Yeah, I know, I’m in the UK, so what’s odd about that?  Well, we hadn’t had rain for weeks and none was forecast.  Norfolk is a very dry county.  Unless it’s coming in off the…

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