Author Archive: Val Penny

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

I discovered the works of Karin Slaughter through a recommendation from a Facebook book group. The Kept Woman is the most recent novel by her that I have read. I do think Slaughter is a brilliant surname for a crime writer. Karin Slaughter is an American crime writer, whose first novel Blindsighted became an international …

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The Year of No Rules by Rose McClelland

I have just finished reading The Year of No Rules by Rose McClelland. The book was recommended to me by a friend, so, although it is not my favourite crime genre, I decided to give it a try. The book fall into the ‘women’s fiction’ genre. This novel has such an excellent title, who wouldn’t …

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Eeny Meeny by M.J.Arlidge

I always enjoy coming across new authors, particularly those who write crime thrillers, my favourite genre. The books of MJ Arlidge were recommended to me by my fellow members of a book group on Facebook. Matthew Arlidge is an English author of crime novels starring DI Helen Grace. He has also worked in television for the …

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Val Penny on Writing

I am delighted to be with my friend Nina Romano on her blog today. We share a love of reading and writing: this is a powerful link. I believe that to be a good writer you must first develop a love of reading and stories and telling stories. I remember when my younger sister and …

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Pompeii by Robert Harris

Several books by Robert Harris have been recommended to me, and The Fear Index is reviewed on this site: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2017/07/20/the-fear-index-by-robert-harris/ . However, I the first read Pompeii when it was book of the month in our local book group. Robert Harris is a British author and previous journalist and BBC television reporter. Pompeii was originally published by …

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The Last Plantagenet? by guest author Jennifer C. Wilson

It is a great pleasure to welcome my friend, Jennifer C. Wilson to my blog today, to talk about her most recent publication, the novella, The Last Plantagenet?. It is available to purchase from Amazon. Hi Val, and thanks so much for inviting me along to your blog today. I cannot believe it’s been a …

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‘The Emporium’ a short story by guest author Andrew Roberts

Today I am delighted that my friend Andrew Roberts is visiting my blog to share his short story, ‘The Emporium’. Andy is an accountant by profession and a writer by choice. We share a love of telling stories and attending Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. We both very much hope you enjoy this tale. The Emporium …

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Sunday Sojourn with Val Penny by guest author Jennifer C. Wilson

Last year at Swanwick, I was excited, but nervous. Would I make friends, would I fit in, would I enjoy it at all after years of wanting to go? Within minutes of arriving at Derby station, I met Val Penny, who took me under her wing, and looked after me that week, introducing me to …

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Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

Very rarely have I read a book in one sitting. It happened with The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. I reviewed that at https://bookreviewstoday.info/2016/10/11/the-poison-tree-by-erin-kelly/. I still tease Erin that she owes me a night’s sleep! Recently, my husband and I went on holiday and I took a book with me was by a new author to …

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Writing Historical Romantic Fiction by guest author John Jackson

My friend John Jackson joins me today to answer the question: What are you doing Here? (A mere Male in a woman’s world) This is a question I ask myself from time to time. Luckily, the answer comes back the same every time. “Having fun!” I have never had a typical male “look-down-the-nose” type of attitude …

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