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On following comments – book blogger hop

September 1, 2014 / 0 comments

My last regular post in the Book Blogger Hop, courtesy of Coffee Addicted Writer – but I’ll be dipping in and out occasionally when the question interests me.  This week: Do you request notifications of new replies when you post a comment on a blog post? Mostly I don’t unless the post involves me directly,…

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Book Review: Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor

August 30, 2014 / 1 comment

Frankie Dupont has a letter in his pocket.  It may tell him the result of his PI exam.  He so wants to be a PI like his dad.  But Dad is away and his cousin Kat has gone missing.  Who can step in to help the inept Inspector Cluesome solve the mystery? This is an…

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Friday Flash Fiction – A Piece of the Action

August 29, 2014 / 6 comments

Our challenge this week is to do a 1000-word story (beginning, middle and end) that is all action!  “Standard action movie fare” was how it was described.  I decided this was a job for our less-than-superhero, Sir Woebegone, who we first discovered being totally inept in The Empress and the Peanut. This is probably a…

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A Flower for Tina

August 27, 2014 / 6 comments

I was very sad to hear that after many months of health struggles, Tina Downey passed away Saturday, August 23rd. I hadn’t known Tina long, but she was a stalwart of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  When I took up the offer of a guest post once a month, Tina was there to…

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Tuesday haiku – planets

August 26, 2014 / 3 comments

A sight before dawn: Venus, Jupiter and Moon All close together! After what is called a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in mid August – when objects appear to be very close together in the sky even though they are millions of miles apart, we were treated to the sight of the two planets plus…

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On replying to comments – book blogger hop

August 25, 2014 / 6 comments

This week’s question on the Book Blogger Hop, courtesy of Coffee Addicted Writer is: Do you reply to comments on your blog or do you figure folks won’t be stopping back to read your reply so you don’t bother? As regular readers know, I generally try to respond to comments, even if it’s just to…

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Book Review: The Shadow of the Trojan Horse by Wendy Leighton Porter

August 23, 2014 / 2 comments

This is the third in the Shadows from the Past series, and I think it’s the best to date.  Jemima and Joe have lost their parents because they got stuck on the wrong side of a time travel gateway without the key to get back.  Jemima has the key now, and she, Joe, their next…

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Friday Flash Fiction: Auburn Moon, Vermilion Tides

August 22, 2014 / 7 comments

Chuck’s flash fiction prompt this week required that we include a colour from his list in our titles.  Being a glutton for punishment I picked two at random (thank you, my random number selector).  I don’t seem ready to let go of the Viridian System at the moment.  This belongs well before the novel I’ve…

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Book Blast: Karmack by J C Whyte

August 21, 2014 / 1 comment

I’ve had a copy of Karmack for nearly a year now, and I know it’s getting closer to the top of my to-read list.  I’m really looking forward to it – and you’ll see why from the description below! Karmack Title: Karmack | Author: J.C. Whyte | Publication Date: June 6, 2013 | Publisher: Muse…

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Clear Your Shelf August

Another Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop!

August 20, 2014 / 10 comments

Back by popular demand, a giveaway hop where you get a paperback book from my bookshelf! Once again, Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Bookhounds are hosting the hop – see the bottom of the page for other participants.  I’m holding out for a prize going to EUROPE (defined as EU…

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Tuesday haiku – Clouds

August 19, 2014 / 5 comments

Cumulonimbus, Altostratus or Mare’s tails – There’s a lot about! We’ve had some very interesting clouds lately – I suspect what is called “Ex-hurricane Bertha” by our weather forecasters has something to do with it.  We’ve also had very changeable, but warm, weather – very pleasant summer weather in the UK, in fact. I took…

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On electronic devices – book blogger hop

August 18, 2014 / 4 comments

Another Monday on the Book Bloggers’ Hop led by Coffee Addicted Writer.  Each week we answer a set question and hop round to see what other people have said.  Leave a comment before you blog hop! This weeks’ question: What is your favorite electronic device to use to add posts and content to your blog?…

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Book Review|Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

August 16, 2014 / 1 comment

11 year-old Gregor is at home minding the baby – 2 year-old “Boots” – and his Grandma, since it’s summer in New York City, his Mom is at work, and his dad disappeared suddenly two years, seven months and a specified number of days ago.  A neighbour stops by to look after Grandma, so Gregor…

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Flash Fiction Friday: Bad Parents

August 15, 2014 / 3 comments

I didnt think much of the prompt Chuck Wendig gave us this week, and I’m not sure I’m ready for really innovative new stories yet, so I’ve brought out the one I did for the 1st July, but instead posted my first postcard from Camp.  The prompt was to write a 1000 word story about…

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Book Blast: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram

August 14, 2014 / 2 comments

I’m a little late with the Book Blast for this title, but the giveaway is still live, so I hope Renee and Fiona don’t mind too much.  It’s one I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time, and I should have a review out in the autumn – possibly just in time to coincide…

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Book Blast | Young Knights of the Round Table – King’s Ransom

August 13, 2014 / 4 comments

Woo-hoo! Cheryl Carpinello has an amzing new cover for her great book which I reviewed last year.  It’s definitely a book you should be reading! About the Book Title: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Year published: April 17, 2013 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Number of…

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Tuesday haiku – Grouse

August 12, 2014 / 4 comments

The Glorious Twelfth! Start of the shooting season. Keep your heads down, chaps. If you’re a grouse, or other game bird, 12th August is a very bad day.  I don’t notice it much, but around my village it’s the 15th June that has people up at midnight waiting to cast a line into the river…

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On blog comments – book blogger hop

August 11, 2014 / 8 comments

Once again I’m taking part in the Book Bloggers’ Hop led by Coffee Addicted Writer.  Each week we answer a set question and hop round to see what other people have said.  Leave a comment before you blog hop! This weeks’ question: Do you have a pet peeve about when someone posts a comment on…

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Book Review | Matt Archer: Blade’s Edge | Kendra C Highley

August 9, 2014 / 5 comments

Oh, boy!  In Matt Archer: Monster Hunter, Matt discovers he is born to hunt monsters with the aid of a knife which seems to give him special powers.  Now Matt finds so much more about this knife – and most of it in the most dangerous locations you can imagine. Monsters are being found all…

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Flash Fiction Friday – The Saint Stalls the Scum

August 8, 2014 / 6 comments

Back to Chuck Wendig‘s flash fiction challenge this week, and a Random Title Generator.  Chuck generated the titles for us, and in a change to my usual method, given I’ve been a bit busy this week, I wrote a story based on something a friend told me, and fitted it to the title, rather than…

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Blog tour: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L Clark

August 6, 2014 / 1 comment

Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark 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 neighbor and…

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Tuesday Haiku – August

August 5, 2014 / 0 comments

Hot days of August: Everyone’s on holiday. Except you and me! I guess your kids may be on holiday, but parents never really have holidays while the kids are young, do they?  I live in a county that attracts tourism, so August is the month we don’t go to the seaside, although there are enough…

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On Bookcases – book blogger hop

August 4, 2014 / 0 comments

I thought I’d try something different for August, and make my Monday post part of the Book Blogger Hop organised by Coffee Addicted Writer.  Each week there is a different question posed, and bloggers answer it, and link up to form a blog hop.  So after you comment here, go and hop round one of…

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Book Review: The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis

August 2, 2014 / 6 comments

If you haven’t discovered Lindsey Davis’s delightful informer (which is what a private investigator is called in Ancient Rome) Marcus Didius Falco, then you’ve missed a treat.  I’ve read 14 out of the 20 she has written (I gather there’s a Falco companion, too) as well as another non-Falco story, and loved them all.  Now…

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Postcard from Camp (5) – The Legend of the Perihelix

August 1, 2014 / 5 comments

Dear All By the time you get to read this card, Camp Nano will be over for another year. The first draft of Big Pete and the Swede’s first full-length adventure is done :)  I don’t think the pacing is right, and this time I didn’t keep track properly of the timeline – who was…

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