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Friday Flash Fiction – Split Second

28 November, 2014 / 1 comment

I got this idea talking to some work colleagues at a meeting at the beginning of the month.  Thank you, Axel, Joanne and Kristin! We were talking about autonomous electric vehicles or AEVs.  It gave me the basic dilemma in this story, and even the title, which I shared with Rebecca Douglass when we seemed…

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Book Blast ~ The Ultimate Treasure Quest I: The Jewel of Peru by Sharon Skretting

26 November, 2014 / 1 comment

As you’ve probably realised, I have a penchant for sailing ships, and bygone transport methods in general.  I haven’t read this book, and I hope the plot is fairly original, the depiction of Peru accurate, and that it’s full of adventure!  The colour of the cover is one of my favourites, so that’s a good…

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Tuesday Read – Bravo Victor

25 November, 2014 / 0 comments

In my gallop through extracts from my books leading up to Read Tuesday, we have reached the most recently published one, Bravo Victor, number 6 in the Princelings series.  Next week I have an exclusive for you, a discussion of various themes that will affect the final book(s) of the series.  I’ll also be revealing…

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IAN Giveaway 2014

Another Two Kindle Fires to Giveaway #IAN

24 November, 2014 / 1 comment

Two Kindle Fires, an HD6 and an HDX, are being given away by the Independent Author Network (which I’m very pleased to belong to). The Kindle Fires will be loaded with 100s of ebooks from the Independent Authors in the network (including me) – you’ll find all the details here! To enter, please send an…

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Thud of Philae landing on comet

23 November, 2014 / 5 comments

An astounding post on earthsky.org, not only of the sound of Philae landing, but a composite picture of its landing places and final resting place. Thud of Philae landing on comet Take 2 seconds to listen to a sound made 311 million miles away.

BookElves Anthology Volume 1 by Jemima Pett

Book Review & Giveaway | BookElves Anthology Vol. 1

22 November, 2014 / 10 comments

Seven stories, seven situations threatening the festivities. Will the holidays be a disaster? Will families be left out in the cold? Will there be tears before bedtime, or will there be happy endings all round? The MG BookElves group brings you its first anthology of tales to enjoy during the holiday season: Reliable Clooney Dockins…

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Friday Flash Fiction – Bella and the Ayrshires

21 November, 2014 / 3 comments

Chuck gave us a proper challenge using some ridiculous stock photographs this week. I decided to use the one above. It’s from buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico and you probably wouldn’t like any bar one of the rest.  I might use that other one another time! Bella and the Ayrshires Molly and Bella gazed over the wire fence at…

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Tuesday Read – The Talent Seekers

18 November, 2014 / 2 comments

We’re at the fifth week in my lead-up to the great READ TUESDAY, just three weeks away now.  Keep checking that website for information and ideas. This week the excerpt is from The Talent Seekers, and we discover a lot more about paranormal aspects of life in the princelings world.  The story is set in…

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On selectivity in blogging – Book Bloggers Hop

17 November, 2014 / 8 comments

Once again it’s time to answer a question raised through the Book Bloggers Hop courtesy of Coffee Addicted Writer.  This week: As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog? The…

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Science Fiction – no, Science Fact!

16 November, 2014 / 3 comments

If you read science fiction, or even if you don’t, you may be interested in real space and astronomy stuff. I’ve been hooked on Paul Willett’s (aka momdude) blog since I discovered him doing Chuck’s flash fiction challenge. Special this coming week is his visit to the NASA Armstrong Research Centre. Follow the blog, follow…

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Few Are Chosen

Book Review: Few Are Chosen (K’Barthan series #1) by M T McGuire

15 November, 2014 / 6 comments

I got this book earlier in the year, but it was not until I heard the author talking about her work I remembered what had attracted me to it (apart from the price).    It’s wacky, it’s scifi and it’s a trilogy in four books. The Pan of Hamgee is useless at most things, and what’s…

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Getting to Know You Blog Hop and Giveaway

15 November, 2014 / 29 comments

This is different – it’s a blog hop just to get to know other bloggers, and outside my usual circle of friends, thanks to Bruce Gargoyle who introduced it to me.  Cuddlebuggery is borderline rude in my parlance, but I reckon it’s probably fine in Strine.  I don’t even know yet whether Kat Kennedy at…

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Friday Flash Fiction – The Moon was a Witness

14 November, 2014 / 1 comment

Chuck did give us the challenge of a three sentence story today, but I chose to go with another of Rebecca’s titles, The Moon was a Witness.  With thanks to my friend Diana whose response to a facebook comment inspired this tale. The Moon was a Witness “Are we all set? Come on then.” Dylan…

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Book Blast and Giveaway: The Earthkeepers by Shaun Underhill

13 November, 2014 / 1 comment

I’m delighted to be involved in another Book Blast from I am a Reader, especially when you read the description below!  This looks like a lovely book, especially for the winter season.  And I identify with anyone who eats a stack of pancakes, whether American-style, English-style, crepes, blinis, tortillas or any others. The Earthkeepers by…

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Holiday Adventure Quest Book Blast

12 November, 2014 / 1 comment

This Book Blast is brought to you courtesy of Adventure Quest Books. Answer the hero’s call to adventure and enjoy more tales, legends and myths from the ancient and medieval worlds for MG and YA readers. About the Books The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram Title: The Search for the Stone…

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Tuesday Read – The Traveler in Black and White

11 November, 2014 / 1 comment

Today is the fourth excerpt leading up to Read Tuesday, and we’ve completed the trilogy, starring Fred, George and Kira in a sequence that took us from the time tunnel to the introduction of a revolutionary new source of energy.  The rest of the series sees us through the changes in society that accompany or…

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Holiday Giveaway – Kindle Fire Kids Edition

10 November, 2014 / 0 comments