Books to Movies Giveaway Hop

7 October, 2015 / 0 comments

I’m posting early because of the UK’s National Poetry day tomorrow. Welcome to the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop, hosted by Mary from Bookhounds & Kathy from  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. This hop features books that have been made into movies or TV shows. It’s sometimes hard to tell which way round the book/movie movie/book…

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#IWSG – Versatile writing

6 October, 2015 / 6 comments

It’s time for the Insecure Writers’ Support Group again, and I’m a day early because I had to post tomorrow’s post a day early, because Thursday is National Poetry Day.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I’d like to thank everyone who left a message on last month’s IWSG when I talked about…

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Books and buying power

5 October, 2015 / 15 comments

I read a wonderful post on pricing books, thanks to the Kid Lit Blog Hop last month.  Julie Stroebel Barichello’s post ‘Thoughts on pricing children’s chapter books” explored what she did with her allowance when she was a kid, and the limitations of what she could buy with it when looking for books. The trouble…

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Double Book Review | Betrayal of Trust and Death in a Dacron Sail

3 October, 2015 / 5 comments

I’m still catching up with my book reviews, and these were read before starting the Tackle TBR, although to be fair, neither had been on my TBR for long.  Noelle Granger’s Death in Dacron Sail had been on the list since she released it earlier this year, but it was never far down, and Betrayal…

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Friday Flash Fiction – The Shipping List

2 October, 2015 / 9 comments

Last week we gave Chuck Wendig a title (mine was Weather Permitting).  This week we write up to 2000 words (in my case 1900) on a title of our choice from the hundreds submitted.  I listed six interesting ones, and went with this one from a challengee with the username Sodmikail.  I was tempted to…

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Goodreads Giveaway for the Princelings and the Pirates

1 October, 2015 / 4 comments

As you know, my Princelings series is now available as six paperback books, and I’ve just given away two copies of Book One as a Goodreads Giveaway. Now it’s the turn of the Princelings and the Pirates, but I’m only giving one copy away this time, since the winner might not have read the first book already! Goodreads Book…

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Reading Challenge Round-up #LocalHeroes

30 September, 2015 / 3 comments

With the end of the Tackle TBR on Monday, I imagine you don’t need my Reading Challenge progress report this month. Oh?  You do? My Goodreads Challenge tally is 4 books ahead of schedule, at 48 out of 60.  I think I’m going to make it. This month I have read: One Man No Plan (and may even finish Looking…

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#TackleTBR round-up – the end

28 September, 2015 / 12 comments

Well, it was a sort of failure in tackling my TBR since, as mentioned in my Noirwich post, I got eight more books that weren’t on my list already at the Norwich Crime Writing Festival last weekend, and then I picked up a Storybundle of 16 new ebooks for $20.  So, five down, but 24…

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Have a sleepless night!

27 September, 2015 / 4 comments

Tonight – or even tomorrow from about 2 am, UK folks will be enjoying the start of a big night up – to watch the first total lunar eclipse we’ve had since 2008. The key times: Moon enters umbra (the shadow of the earth falls on it) at 2.07 BST Totality 03.11 to 04.23 BST…

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Book Reviews and #TackleTBR update – day 13

26 September, 2015 / 2 comments

Only one more day to go in the Tackle your TBR Readathon for this year.  On Monday I’ll do a final round-up post, including the winners of my Challenge (see Wednesday’s post). I’ve been a bit distracted this week by the illness of one of my guinea pigs, so haven’t got through the latest in…

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Exclusive Extract from Princelings Book 7!

25 September, 2015 / 3 comments

The Flash Fiction challenge this week was to come up with a title – which we’ll obviously be writing something for next week.  So, in honour of my blog tour, and to give you an absolute exclusive, here is a 2,000 word extract from the start of Book 7 in the Princelings saga, working title…

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Flash #Fi50 Friday – Life of the Party

24 September, 2015 / 4 comments

Our Fiction in 50 words this month arrives on Thursday, simply because I have other posts in the way, and with all the reading I’m doing, I think a quickie is in order today. Life of the Party The drinks flowed; people chattered, laughed, sloshed wine on the carpet.  The kitchen crush risked burns on the…

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Autumn starts today – a Challenge to all #TackleTBR participants

23 September, 2015 / 25 comments

Today I’m challenging all people tackling their ‘to read’ list through the #TackleTBR Readathon to come up with some books related to the four seasons. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it is to find one book with each of the seasons in each title – not A Man for All Seasons, but one for…

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Starts today – my Princelings of the East Blog Tour with My Family’s Heart

22 September, 2015 / 4 comments

We’re off!  I hope you’ll visit the nice people who are hosting me these two weeks, and leave comments and/or likes on their posts. 22nd September Here is what I read blog: interview and book feature Christy’s Cozy Corners excerpt the Hellvis Compendium  excerpt Bella’s Blog excerpt and review of Princelings of the East, and a second post reviewing…

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Noirwich – the reveal

21 September, 2015 / 9 comments

I’ve spent the last four days engrossed in the crime writing festival that is Noirwich – book readings, author interviews, workshops and more in the wonderful City of Literature that is Norwich, UK. Headlines Packed house for Lee Child at sponsors Jarrolds Andy McNab gets out of engagement by headbutting his windscreen en route (we…

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Book Reviews and #TackleTBR update day 6

19 September, 2015 / 3 comments

This is my second update for my Tackle TBR challenge, and I thought I might as well give you some mini-reviews as well.  This is a bit scary, because usually I do my review posts well in advance, then I don’t have to worry about getting the post up to date before it comes out overnight….

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Friday Flash Fiction | Surviving the Sleeve

18 September, 2015 / 1 comment

Chuck‘s back, although seemingly exhausted! Our challenge this week is a piece of space opera… nominally in honour of a new Star Wars film.  1000 words.  Well, I could have an ‘incident’ with the Federation and the Imperium… set post-Perihelix.  purists will complain this doesn’t have a proper ending.  It’s a cliffhanger, in fact Surviving the…

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Review & tour | The Challenge by Kim Headlee

17 September, 2015 / 2 comments

This Book Tour is organised by My Family’s Heart, who are organising my tour next week.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end – prizes both international and US. The Challenge SERIES – The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee GENRE – Historical Fantasy w/Romantic Elements PUBLICATION DATE – 7/14/2015 LENGTH (Pages/#…

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Blog Tour | Pan by K R Thompson

16 September, 2015 / 0 comments

Welcome to a fascinating series and its author today.  I was sorry I couldn’t fit in a review of this book, although it’s only a short story, so maybe I should.  But Ms Thompson did stop by to give me an interview, which I hope you’ll enjoy.  First, the book’s details – you’ll see why…

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#TackleTBR update day 2

15 September, 2015 / 3 comments

My progress report for  the Tackle TBR Challenge Week 1 What I read today: Rounding the Mark (Montalbano #7) Number of pages read: 50% (approx. 180) Today’s finished books: n/a Total number of finished books: n/a Titles of finished books: n/a

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Starts Today – Tackle TBR Readathon #TackleTBR

14 September, 2015 / 13 comments

The Tackle your TBR Read-a-thon is the brainchild of Tressa at Wishful Endings.  She knows how easy it is to get behind with your reading pile, and this event each September helps us focus and catch up before the year ends. All you have to do is sign up for the Challenge by 23rd Sept, [this…

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Double Book Review | Stardust and The Wrong Stuff

12 September, 2015 / 3 comments

These both qualify for entries in The BookShelf Gargoyle’s Oddity Odyssey, for me, at any rate.  They are united in their alternative realities and bickering.  Lots of bickering!  They both really good reads, though. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman I’m not sure that I should be critical of a Neil Gaiman book, but it’s definitely odd….

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Friday Flash Fiction | Daucus Carota Gigantica

11 September, 2015 / 2 comments

I was going to pick out another of the random title prompts from a few weeks back, but I looked at my calendar to check the date, and saw a picture of my guinea pig, Kevin, with a huge carrot from my friend Mo’s garden last year.  It was a good prompt!  The piece is…

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A Viridian System Sampler – pre-order now!

9 September, 2015 / 2 comments

With The Perihelix coming out in January, I’ve been working on a little teaser for you – a set of eight short stories (all previously published on this blog) which map the development of the Viridian System and the characters within it – especially Big Pete and the Swede, of course! From Paradisio the action…

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How do you choose your next book?

7 September, 2015 / 8 comments

I had a small window in my time away from the computer the other day, and thought, I know, I’ll pick up a book.  I had three listed on my panel at the side (I’d finished a crime mystery the day before), I checked my To Read list a few times, and …  I didn’t…

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