Monthly Archives: July, 2018

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

The kind of books that Cecelia Aherne writes are much gentler than those I am normally drawn to. However, as my library were giving away books for free, I could not resist picking up One Hundred Names published in 2012.  One Hundred Names has quite a slow start. We meet the main protagonist, Kitty and …

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The Brotherhood by Jo Fenton

I recently discovered an author new to me, Jo Fenton, whose novel, The Brotherhood I really enjoyed. Jo Fenton’s debut novel, The Brotherhood was published by Crooked Cat Books and is a gripping psychological thriller. It tells the story of Melissa who, when face with the sudden death of her parents, joins a secretive religious sect …

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A Life-Changing Experience by guest author Lynne Hallett

‘Writing makes my soul sing,’ says Lynne Hallett, author of nine books for children. Today I am thrilled to have my friend from Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, Lynne Hallett who shares her writing journey with me. Thank you for joining me, Lynne. When I was little I never dreamed of being a writer. I wanted …

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Death of a Doxy by Chris Longmuir

It was when I was at a gathering of readers and writers and bloggers that I was lucky enough to win a copy of Death of a Doxy by Chris Longmuir. The author is a delightful lady and excellent company, so it was with a great deal of excitement that I began reading her novel. …

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My Writing and Me by Guest Author Allison Symes

My friend and fellow author and Swanwicker, Allison Symes is making a welcome return to my blog today to explain her own writing journey. Thank you so much for making time to do that, Allison. Aliison’s first book, From Light to Dark and Back Again, is reviewed on this site: bookreviewstoday.info/2017/03/22/from-light-to-dark-and-back-again-by-allison-symes/. My flash fiction and …

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Oil Legends of the Rockies by John Barton with Jean Torkelson

My reading went slightly off piste this week when I read the non-fiction book Oil Legends of the Rockies: The Remarkable 60-Year Quest for Oil, Power, and Money in Denver and the Rocky Mountain West by John Barton with Jean Torkelson recommended to me by my old high school friend, John M King IV. Oil Legends of the …

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Path to Success and HellCorp by guest author Jonathan Whitelaw

I am glad to have the author of the successful new novel, Hell Corp, Jonathan Whitelaw, visit my blog today to discuss the influences on his writing throughout his life. Reading and writing fiction has always been a daily part of my life. My mother tells a story every Christmas how she was encouraged by …

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Outsiders by Jeremy Mills

I rarely read science fiction before my friend and fellow author, Louis K Lowy gave me an opportunity to read his intriguing novel To Dream – Anatomy of a Humachine reviewed here: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2017/02/24/to-dream-anatomy-of-a-humachine-by-louis-k-lowy/. I very much enjoyed that novel so when Outsiders by Jeremy Mills was book of the month at my book group, I was interested …

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From English Language to Zany Fiction by guest author Geoff Parkes

I am thrilled to have my fellow writer and friend from Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, Geoff Parkes, joining me on my blog today to share his writing journey. Thank you, Geoff. My writing journey began by accident 30 years ago. I was lying in hospital after an operation on my vocal cords, unable to speak. …

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Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham

I very much enjoy Mark Billingham novels. It is no surprise to me his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His debut novel, Sleepyhead was chosen by …

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