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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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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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An Evil Mind by Chris Carter

My local library was selling some discontinued books in aid of Macmillan Cancer Nurses and the novels by author Chris Carter had been recommended to me. So, when I noticed that one of the books for sale was An Evil Mind by Chris Carter, I decided to buy it to take on holiday. Carter is …

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey reveiwed by guest author Brenie Gourley

Kenneth Elton “Ken” Kesey was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. He was born on 17 September 1935 at La Junta, Colorado, USA and died on 10 November 2001 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. His most famous …

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The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

I cannot remember the last time I read a book that I could not put down before I read The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. It is superb. It is so hard to believe that this was a debut novel, but it was. I have read other novels by Erin Kelly, The Ties That Bind …

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Poems by Maya Angelou

It was my friend Maureen who introduced me to Maya Angelou’s poetry when she gave me a copy of her book, Poems, some years ago. I am surprised to see that I have not yet reviewed the book, because it is one of my constant companions.  Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil …

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The Dark Horizon by Simon Hall

Now, I have a difficulty reviewing The Dark Horizon by Simon Hall and it is this: He is the man mentoring the draft of my first novel. I will meet up with him at the Swanwick Writer’s Summer School later this year for his advice. Should my review of Simon’s novel be gentler than usual. Life …

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Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs

I was so excited when I had an opportunity to meet Kathy Reichs when she visited Scotland and took part in the Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Festival in 2014. On that occasion she spoke about when she had travelled to Afghanistan with some other authors to spend time with the serving troops. I bought Bones …

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The Leper’s Companions by Julia Blackburn

For me, The Leper’s Companions by Julia Blackburn had two things going for it: It is short and the print is large. I read it because it was book of the month for my book group. Under no other circumstances would this book have entered my consciousness, although it was shortlisted for an Orange Booker Prize. …

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to …

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