Monthly Archives: May, 2018

My Writing and Me by guest author Katharine Johnson

I am delighted that one of my favourite authors, Katharine Johnson, has made time to visit my blog today to discuss her writing journey and the novels she has had published. Thank you so much for your time, Katharine, over to you! I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. I …

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Chasing the Case by Joan Livingston

It is always lovely to come across a new author whose work you enjoy, so when I recently bought Chasing the Case by Joan Livingston, I knew it was a crime thriller, my favourite genre, but I was not familiar with this author’s work. However, I was not disappointed, Chasing the Case is an excellent …

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Songs of Innocence by guest author Anne Coates

I am thrilled that Anne Coates has made time to visit my blog today. Anne’s fabulous new crime thriller Songs of Innocence was published just this week. Her novels are set in Southwark in one of my favourite world cities, London, England so it is a particular pleasure to have her here to discuss the …

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40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

I was given the book, 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson as a birthday gift by a friend. I enjoy the form of the sonnet and this modern collection is exquisite. Don Paterson is regarded as one of the most skilled formal poets writing in English today. He has won an intimidating array of Forward Prizes including …

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Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

The most recent book of the month in my book group. It is an interesting novel, set in the USA in the 1930s. It is based on the true story of a young woman whose husband, a medical doctor, went to Mexico to recover from his drug habit, leaving his wife lonely and vulnerable. In …

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One Hot Summer by Kat French

I picked up One Hot Summer by Kat French when it was sold as excess stock by my local library. This novel falls squarely within the Chick-Lit category and it is great fun: indeed quite steamy in parts! The main protagonist, Alice, separated from her actor husband, Brad, after he cheated with his co-star, Felicity. …

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My Writing Journey by guest author, Maggie Cobbett

Please welcome my friend and fellow Swanicker, Maggie Cobbett to the blog today. Thank you for joining me today, Maggie. Over to you! I’ve come quite a long way since my first published piece, an article in the Audio-Visual Language Journal about teaching German across the ability range. Winning a free place at The Writers’ …

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Ninja School Mum by Lizzie Chantree

Have you ever picked up a book, not expecting too much from it, but finishing it delighted that you read it? This is how I felt about Ninja School Mum. I will put my cards on the table, I bouthg it because I consider the author, Lizzie Chantree to be a friend. However, as is …

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Character development throughout my crime fiction novels by guest author Emma Salisbury

I am delighted that one of my favourite crime writers, Emma Salisbury, has chosen to visit my blog on the publication day of her most recent novel, Absent. Emma draws such believable characters, particularly in DS Kevin Coupland and DC Alex Moreton, that they bring her stories to life readily. Thank you for sharing some insight on …

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Absent by Emma Salisbury

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