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Rebuilding my Viridian Series follower list

29 August, 2016 / 1 comment

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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Camp NaNoWriMo Round-up

8 August, 2016 / 1 comment

Yes, I finished camp and got back last week, but I was too busy with the Question of the Month and the Beach Reads Giveaway to update you then. As you know from my postcards, the target was to finish Book 7 and start book 8 in the Princelings series, which at the start of…

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Book Review | Carter and the Curious Maze by Philippa Dowding

6 August, 2016 / 4 comments

I received this book from Net-Galley and the publishers on 28th July, just before its publication on August 6th, so I’ve rushed to get this into a timely review for you by bumping another review to September! Carter and the Curious Maze Philippa Dowding The Blurb The fair is dull, dull, dull, and nothing interesting…

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Friday Character Interview; Zito

5 August, 2016 / 4 comments

In our final character review of this summer, I get to talk to Zito, the fixer of just about anything, who I sort of modelled on Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.  But then I used that in the Paradisio flash fiction that kicked this whole thing off. It’s about 1500 words. Zito Zito has booked a…

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#IWSG | Dealing with Writer’s Block

3 August, 2016 / 12 comments

I was asked a question on Goodreads the other day, and in answering it, I scrolled through the other answers I’d given.  I updated what I was writing now, but looking at the answer to “How do you deal with writer’s block?” I thought of so much more to say. What I answered then.. and…

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Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop and Question of the Month

1 August, 2016 / 95 comments

If I was going to be lying on a beach this year, which of my TBR list would I take with me? That got me thinking – what are the criteria for a good beach read? These are also Questions of the Month, posed by Michael D’Agostino of A Life Examined.  See what others are saying! My…

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Double Book Review | ‘Up Up and Away’ and ‘Karmack’

30 July, 2016 / 2 comments

These were two middle grade books I read during my Clean Sweep Challenge in May, and they couldn’t be more different. Up, Up, and Away: Advice and Adventures from the Future Authors and Astronauts of Farnsworth Aerospace The lengthy title incorporates the actual authors of this anthology of writings of sixth grade pupils from the…

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#FlashbackFriday | Zephyrs and Other Winds

29 July, 2016 / 10 comments

This story was originally written for the Z post of A to Z 2013.  As posts in the #flashbackfriday go, it’s probably received more reads than others, but as I come to the end of Camp Nano for another year, with Book 7 of the Princelings of the East series written, and Book 8, well…

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#Fi50 | Aged to Perfection

27 July, 2016 / 7 comments

If you haven’t found out about Bruce Gargoyle’s Fiction in 50 words yet, you’re missing out.  Whether you want to join in, or follow other people, just check his instruction post here. This month’s prompt is, as it often is, my title.  Here in 50 words I give you…. Aged to Perfection Her weekly tanning session…

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Postcard from Camp; 23rd July

25 July, 2016 / 2 comments

Dear All Ah! The heat!  Temperatures soared into the 90s at the start of the week, which I know is low for some of you, but for the UK, it’s roasting.  The guinea pigs and I put a lot of effort into staying cool, which for them involved a lot of sleeping in their runs…

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Book Review | The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

23 July, 2016 / 6 comments

I won a pre-publication paperback of this book as part of a goodie bag from the Writers’ Centre Norwich last October, along with the James Runcie mystery I’m reviewing next month.  There’s a short summary of each in the Clean Sweep Challenge.  I’m very grateful to that challenge for getting me to read some cracking books…

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Friday Character Interview; Willoughby the Narrator

22 July, 2016 / 2 comments

Willoughby finishes his story, and jumps off the platform called the fiddlesticks to rapturous applause.  Quite how he got so popular in such a short time nobody really knows, except he brought some new angles on old stories, and new stories to liven things up, and he’s brilliant at telling them, so his fame spread. …

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Postcard from Camp – 16th July

18 July, 2016 / 4 comments

Dear All What a week! I finished Willoughby the Narrator on Monday.  It was great, since on Sunday I when I finished writing, I realised what needed to happen to get to the end of the book, left myself a note and wrote the last chapters the next morning.  It finished at 54700 words, which is a…

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Book Review | Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens

16 July, 2016 / 8 comments

This was a free paperback from Penguin, the publishers, because Bruce Gargoyle won it!  They were only sending it to UK addresses, and Bruce very kindly nominated me to receive it. I’m glad he did. The Blurb The fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong [Wells and Wong…

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Friday Character Interview: Big Pete and the Swede

15 July, 2016 / 2 comments

This time travel stuff is weird, but tiring.  I arrive at the spacedock of Pleasant Valley, one of the synchronous third planets of the sun Viridium, without really knowing how, and satisfy myself I am some 800 years in my future.  Then I take the shuttle to Sunset Strip, where Big Pete is waiting for…

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Postcard from Camp; 9th July

11 July, 2016 / 4 comments

Dear all Well, I’ve been at Camp a week now, and it was a fun start, since I threw all my plans up in the air and started again.  Well, I didn’t throw out what I’d done of Willoughby’s story, but I’ve changed the overall plan – from two books to finish the series to…

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