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Shelfari is closing … so what?

8 February, 2016 / 4 comments

Shelfari is Amazon’s original reader platform – keep a list of your TBRs, share with others, comment, etc.  I don’t know whether Amazon bought it from someone else in the relatively distant past, but they have announced that on 16th March it will be closing, or merging with Goodreads.  Shelfari users can get files to…

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Book Review | A Quill Ladder by Jennifer Ellis

6 February, 2016 / 4 comments

The second in Jennifer Ellis’s mind-boggling Derivatives of Displacement series is a worthy successor to the first. Having discovered that the strange stones take them to the future… and that multiple futures exist, Abbey, her twin Caleb, older brother Simon and friend Mark (probably with Asperger’s, and the one I find myself most at home…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Sir Woebegone tweets

5 February, 2016 / 5 comments

I was hoping to use one of the other titles Chuck Wendig gave us the other week, but he’s come out with ‘fiction in the social media world’.  I’m wondering about a story in tweets, but I can barely get it past 250 words.  Well, short and tweet. Sir Woebegone tweets @sir_woebegone believe saw you…

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#HarryPotterBookNight – A Night of Spells

4 February, 2016 / 5 comments

Welcome, welcome, welcome, to the Harry Potter Book Night – Night of Spells! All over the country – and possibly the world – people of all ages are celebrating Potterdom – and, thanks to Bloomsbury, we have some amazing support for some fun and games here. All this helps to expose the fantastic new illustrated…

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#IWSG – On launching a new book

3 February, 2016 / 12 comments

If you have an agent and a publisher who handle all this stuff between them, and just tell you where and when to be places, or to approve some copy or to check your local paper, or whatever they do, pass on to the next in this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group posts. You may…

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Question of the Month – February

1 February, 2016 / 7 comments

When have you lost or found love? Frankly, it’s not a subject I wish to talk about on my blog, but it is the question of the month, devised for those xxxxxxx people who go doolally in the weeks leading up to February 14th each year.  As if February 14th wasn’t bad enough, they have to mooch…

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Book Review | The Camelot Kids, Part One by Ben Zackheim

30 January, 2016 / 4 comments

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Ben Zackheim’s Shirley Link series.  The Camelot Kids is the same but wholly different.  It’s a story of a bright teen character solving problems.  That’s about all Simon Sharp has in common with Shirley Link.  He is an orphan, picked on by everyone, pretty much friendless, and…

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Friday Flash Fiction | These Damned Insects

29 January, 2016 / 7 comments

Chuck gave us another listed of random-generated titles this week, and this caught my eye, but then I steered myself away from something to do with Big Pete and the Swede, and set it back into my ‘explorer group’.  I hope I didn’t kill off Carruthers in the past.  If I did, this must be…

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To Post or Not to Post… #atozchallenge

25 January, 2016 / 14 comments

… in the A to Z April Challenge – that is the question! I’ve done the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge for the last four years.  I was a minion to Damyanti the year before last – hard work, especially when I had a slow-loading internet system.  I enjoy it; I enjoy the…

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Book Review | Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

23 January, 2016 / 3 comments

subtitled: How to edit yourself into print One of the most helpful books I’ve read.  Distils each of the main issues into easily assimilated chapters, with good ‘before and after’ examples, checklists, and exercises. I suspect some editors could do with reading it too. That’s what I said for my Goodreads review.  So what did…

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Friday Flash Fiction | The Crow of Nine-World

22 January, 2016 / 4 comments

Chuck is back, working and active (he’s been working very hard).  He gave us a choice of ten titles he randomly generated for us, and I suspect I’ll use some of the others as the year goes on.  I managed a 1500 word story of it, although Chuck asked for 2000.  It’s hard to do…

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#Fi50 – Dredging up the past

20 January, 2016 / 4 comments

Welcome to a new year of the Bookshelf Gargoyle’s Fiction in 50 Challenge.  He’s got some cracking prompts set up for us already for the first half of this year, so if you feel like joining in, pop over to his website and get all the information. My first of the year then is… Dredging up…

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Review Policy | Mine and Amazon’s

18 January, 2016 / 5 comments

There’s a thing going on at Amazon, and I didn’t notice it till late November.  Amazon are taking down reviews that appear to be swaps, i.e. you review my book and I’ll review yours.  In some cases, they’ll even take the books down. The issues and problems are very well covered in this post (and…

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Book Review | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

16 January, 2016 / 7 comments

This is a potentially fascinating novel based around a truly magical circus.  There is real magic involved, not just smoke and mirrors.  The Night Circus appears without warning outside various cities and towns, runs through the night and at no other time, and is entirely in black and white.  It sounds intriguing. In Erin Morgenstern’s…

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Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

15 January, 2016 / 48 comments

Today is Flash Fiction Friday, but it’s also the start of the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop, sponsored by Bookhounds.  So enjoy the story (900 words) and then enter the giveaway, which ends on 26th January. Which books are you dreaming about this year? The Revenge of the Bookshelves The clock ticks slowly in the corner…

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What you like

11 January, 2016 / 4 comments

Last month I gave you a poll to find out what you liked (and by assumption, didn’t care for so much) on my blog.  You also left useful comments and feedback; thank you for your time and effort. The highest ranked item was… Book Reviews.  That’s good, because I think that’s a good thing for…

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Book Review and launch | Death by Trombone by Rebecca Douglass

9 January, 2016 / 2 comments

This new book by Rebecca Douglass is the second in her cosy mystery series featuring JJ McGregor and her friends and family on Pismawallops Island, a fictional place off the Washington or Oregon coast.  (I think) JJ and her friend Kitty run the PTA for the High School, which is why they are busy setting…

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Friday Flash Excerpt – Spending money

8 January, 2016 / 2 comments

I’ve been bound up with editing The Perihelix this week, and can’t even think of other topics for writing.  I spent two days reading the latest draft out loud (and recording it, although I don’t know that I need to listen back).  It does make a difference, reading aloud – and it also helps me…

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#IWSG | If in doubt, make a plan

6 January, 2016 / 9 comments

My first Insecure Writers Support Group post of 2016 wraps around my Goodreads Giveaway for the Traveler in Black and White.  I was hunting for a place to post the giveaway on the blog, and I thought, well, it’s part of my marketing plan for the books, so I could work it into a marketing…

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Question of the Month – January

4 January, 2016 / 16 comments

This is a new thing I found following up an IWSG person, and decided it would be a fun theme.  Each first Monday of the month we answer a question on our blogs…  see the list of participants at the end and join in if you’d like.  You can get all the details here. This…

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Book Review | Dining Out with the Ice Giants by Clare O’Beara

2 January, 2016 / 2 comments

This got onto my list because I read a Goodreads review by one of my friends, and thought I’d like it.  I certainly did! Two journalists on a futuristic magazine (zine) are always on the look-out for stories.  They are the number one asset of the zine, and known for cutting edge exposés as well as their…

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Friday Flash Fiction | Beware the Flesh-eating Zombies

1 January, 2016 / 9 comments

This little game cropped up on my Facebook page thanks to an  Australian friend, so I thought it would make a good flash fiction prompt.  Here’s my first 1000 words story of the year.  Happy New Year! Beware the Flesh-eating Zombies I smirked at the notice.  Didn’t all zombies eat flesh?  Maybe they just dripped…

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My Review of the Year

30 December, 2015 / 13 comments

Well, here we are, the end of another year.  I have come to the conclusion that the less you do, the faster they go, and this one has seemed quite a long one.  I must get out more, if it proves my theory.  How about a few numbers? 1 – new sport taken up (or at…

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Shelfies: My Year in Book Titles

28 December, 2015 / 2 comments

I’m very grateful to the BookShelf Gargoyle for once again giving me the opportunity to review my year in book titles.  I hope this is funny enough to help you over your seasonal party excesses You can copy and paste these prompts (as I did) and add suitable titles of books you’ve read….  just give…

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#Fi50 – Venturing Forth

23 December, 2015 / 4 comments

The last Fi50 of the year is due on December 27 with the theme Venturing Forth. This should really come out on Dec 26th, but you can have it now as it’s a seasonal story.  I seem to have a fixation on this carol, since I did a version for the Castle Marsh Narrathon last year! The Page’s Lament…

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