Author Archive: Val Penny

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Although Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-known authors, I had not read any of her books before. She has published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian’s Story and The Secret River …

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Mapping the Scenes of a Chapter by guest author Mason Bushell

I am delighted to have my friend and fellow author, Mason Bushell visit my blog today to share her experience of mapping the scenes of chapters in her writing. Thank you so much for visiting, Mason and for sharing your writing tips with me and my readers today. To have a balanced well written story …

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The Blood Road by Stuart MacBride

The Blood Road is the twelfth book in the Logan McRae detective series set in Aberdeenshire by Stuart MacBride, but it is the first book that have read by this author. I did see him make an appearance with Caro Ramsey at an event at Bloody Scotland in Stirling a few years ago. But he …

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The 5 Questions of Writing by guest author Raven McAllan, also writing as Katy Lilley

Today, I am thrilled to have my friend Raven McAllen discuss her writing habits on the blog today. Thank you for joining me, Raven. I am so happy to learn all about your writing life. 1) When do you write? I’m an early riser and often get up to write before anyone else in the …

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Pieces Of Her by Karin Slaughter

Every now and again, I go on a book buying spree. Recently I did an Amazon Search and found books by favourite authors and authors I feel I should have read that were being offered for bargain prices. One of the books I bought was the stand-alone by Karin Slaughter, Pieces of Her. It had …

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5 Questions of Writing by Harry Hunter

I am pleased to be joined today by my friend, the British author, Harry Hunter. Harry Hunter is the pen name of a retired academic who lives with his wife (and cat) at West Kilbride on the Ayrshire coast. His ‘signature’ writing style is the rhyming acrostic, and you can read many of these on …

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The 5 Questions of Writing by guest author Louis K Lowy

It is a great pleasure to have the noted American author, Louis K Lowy, share his writing habits with us on the blog today. Louis has three published novels, Die Laughing, Pedal and To Dream (Anatomy of a Humachine #1). All of these have received critical acclaim. I am grateful to Louis for taking time …

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The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay

The Twenty-Three is the last book in Linwood Barclay’s Promise Falls Trilogy and I really wanted to like it. I wanted to like it because the author is a great guy and I have enjoyed his books previously. Also I wanted to like it, because it always makes the review easier – and I enjoyed …

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Assassin by Day and Catalyst by Night by guest author, Tessa Robertson

We are really in luck today! Best-selling author Tessa Robertson has agreed to share excerpts from two of her novels, the best-selling book, Assassin by Day and also her new novel, Catalyst by Night. Thank you so much for this great treat, Tessa. Blurb Assassin By Daymybook.to/assassinday What would you do if the mystery to your …

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The 5 Questions of Writing by guest author Lynne Hallett

Good friends are always precious. However, when you are an author, the job can be rather solitary by nature, therefore the importance of friendship is amplified. It is therefore a special treat to have my good friend and fellow Swanwicker, Lynne Hallett, visit the blog today to discuss her writing habits. When I started writing …

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