Monthly Archives: March, 2015

How Do I Find A Good Book Editor? by guest author Gayle Gross

– Editing is a fine art. You want to choose someone with skill. – Relationship is important. You want someone you can relate to. – Experience with your topic and genre is crucial. – Someone who knows the current book market makes a difference. – A good editor is un-biased. Settling for one, two, or …

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Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs was born on 7 July 1948. I was delighted to meet her when she attended the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival. She is an American writer of incredibly successful and popular crime novels, as well as being a practicing forensic anthropologist  and academic. She is a busy woman dividing her work time between the Laboratoire …

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The Affair by Lee Child

I was on holiday at Cotillo Beach Hotel in El Cotillo on Fuerteventura when I read this book. That hotel is reviewed at https://hotelandrestaurantreviews.com/2013/04/11/cotillo-beach-…eventura-spain/. I had finished the two books that I had taken with me, so I borrowed this one from my husband. I enjoy the books Lee Child has written about his nomadic character, …

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Theodore Boone: Young Lawyer by John Grisham

When I picked up this book, I did not realise it was a young adult book. However, I read it anyway: although I am not the target audience, I quite enjoyed the book apparently, it is the first in a series about Theodore Boone. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer as it is titled in the USA (known …

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Mystery by Peter Straub

My friend  Sharon passed this book on to me when she had finished it. She highly recommended Mystery. I had not read anything by Peter Straub before, so I took the book on holiday with me to read while I was away at The Clube Humbria, Algarve, Portugal. The hotel is reviewed at https://hotelandrestaurantreviews.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/clube-humbria-algrave-portugal/‎. I have …

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Writing and Travel Boost Brain Power by guest author Rita Robinson

Writing and Travel Lead to Adventure Lightning flashed, thunder roared, and unrelenting rain bombarded our 21-foot RV as we crept along at about 20 miles per hour on I-40 near Nashville, Tennessee, USA. We could barely see the windshield wipers slapping across the front window, and finally took an off-ramp toward a crowded Flying J …

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Back From The Brink by Alistair Darling

I first became aware of Alistair Darling in the 1970s when I was reading law at the University of Edinburgh. Little did I know what great heights he would reach. He rose to be Chancellor of the Exchequer during the period the Gordon Brown was Prime Minister of the UK. Darling and Brown were not a match …

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These Walls That Bind Me by guest author Lauren Hammond

First off, I’d like to thank Val for having me on the blog today. Second, I’d like to begin this post with the synopsis of my latest novella, These Walls That Bind Me. Ruby Dixon has always believed that every girl has that one guy. You know… The one that she just can’t let go …

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A Storm In A Teacup by Lucy Cavendish

I did not realise this was the third book of a trilogy when I picked it up at my local library. It is about Samantha Smythe,  mother of four children, happily in a second marriage to John, but she resents the amount of time he spends at work. She stays at home looking after the children and living …

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Fever Of The Bone by Val McDermid

Val McDermid is one of my favourite authors from the UK. I have never met her, but her work speaks for itself. I have reviewed other books by her on this site: https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/beneath-the-bleeding-by-val-mcdermid/, https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/killing-the-shadows-by-val-mcdermid-3/. She is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven …

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