Monthly Archives: December, 2016

The Water’s Lovely by Ruth Rendell

The most recent book of the month for my book group was The Water’s Lovely by Ruth Rendell. The author, Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also wrote under the pseudonym, Barbara Vine was an acclaimed English crime writer, known for her many psychological thrillers and murder mysteries and above all for Inspector Wexford. Although …

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No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub by Virginia Ironside

This book was on the list for our book group recently and, with the amusing title, we were looking forward to reading No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub by Virginia Ironside. Many of our members were familiar with the columns she writes in newspapers too.  No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub is …

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10 ways to break through writer’s block instantly by guest author Maja

This article first appeared in Business in Rhyme published on 26 December 2016 at https://businessinrhyme.com/2016/12/26/10-ways-to-break-through-writers-block-instantly/. Writer’s block: a detrimental feeling that many of us encounter at least once in our writing life when you simply can’t pull yourself together and produce some satisfying work – at least in your own eyes. You feel lack of inspiration, …

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The Balance of Guilt by Simon Hall

The Balance of Guilt is a brilliant title! This is also a well paced and clever crime novel by Simon Hall. I would expect no less! Another of Simon’s novels, The Dark Horizon is also reviewed on this site at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2016/06/03/the-dark-horizon-by-simon-hall/. In The Balance of Guilt TV reporter, Dan Gloves becomes embroiled in a mystery, notwithstanding that he …

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Cross and Burn by Val McDermid

As a writer I am in awe of both the quality and quantity of Val McDermid’s novels. As a reader I revel in both. Several of her books including Torment of Others and The Skeleton Road are reviewed on this site: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/05/16/torment-of-others-by-val-mcdermid/ and https://bookreviewstoday.info/2016/07/09/the-skeleton-road-by-val-mcdermid/. I bought Cross and Burn the last time I met Val …

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Editing – Mediorce Book -vs-Best-Seller by guest author L.K.Kelley

This article by L K Kelley was published on 19 June 2019 and first appeared in https://whitewolfprophecy.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/editing-mediocre-book-vs-best-seller/. Reading has always been my very favorite thing to do all my life.  But, since e-books have appeared, the book world of books has exploded, and competition is everywhere! Everyone writes today. That’s easy to see based on the …

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Dark Side of the Moon by Les Wood

When a publisher I know sent me a copy of a couple of his company’s recently published books to review, I was very pleased. The first novel that I read was the debut novel by Les Wood, Dark Side of the Moon. Les is a Scot who lives in Barrhead and previously won the Canongate …

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The Trouble with Mattie by Mary A.Berger

I first read a novel by Mary A. Berger, The Message, last year and reviewed it here https://bookreviewstoday.info/2015/11/30/the-message-by-mary-a-berger/ . When the most recent edition of her first novel came out, I was pleased to receive a copy. I enjoy Mary’s style of writing. The Trouble with Mattie is actually the first book in her series, …

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Structure by guest author Allison Symes

This article was first published on 24 Novermber 2016 at http://allisonsymes-thisworldandothers.weebly.com/blog—creating-worlds/structure. I used to be frightened of the thought of story structure.  It seemed too formal, too technical etc.  I’ve found it helpful to think of it as the “edit where I check the story makes sense”, which I appreciate is something of a mouthful! But …

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