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Book Review: Madness Lies by Helen Forbes @foreva48 @ThunderPointLtd #bookreview

Top notch crime fiction – a gripping and satisfying read This is the second book in the DI Joe Galbraith series. Having enjoyed the first one, Shadow on the Hill, very much, I had high expectations for this new one. I wasn’t disappointed. If anything Madness Lies is even better than its predecessor. And I… Continue reading Book Review: Madness Lies by Helen Forbes @foreva48 @ThunderPointLtd #bookreview

26 Books Challenge 2017 · Books · Reading

26 Books in 2017 Book 23 – A book by someone younger than me

Book number 23 in the 26-books-in-52-weeks challenge has to be a book written by someone younger than me. So that’s a huge field to choose from. I’d guess most current authors are probably younger than me. Spoiled for choice doesn’t begin to cover it. In the end I decided to go for three of my… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 23 – A book by someone younger than me

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Book Review: Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #bookreview #MondayBlogs

A midwinter tale where light battles to overcome the dark, exquisite storytelling… This is a wonderful and moving novel. The main character, Catherine, is a damaged, vulnerable but endearing character. Forced out of her home after a devastating flood hits her town, she is left adrift in a literal and metaphorical limbo. Catherine hopes that… Continue reading Book Review: Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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26 Books in 2017 Book 22: A Memoir or Journal

Book number 22 in the 26-books-in-52-weeks challenge has to be a memoir or journal. I enjoy reading books which come into this category. I like that they tend to follow a particular theme or a specific period of time in the author’s life. This makes them less dry than straight forward biography or autobiography. For… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 22: A Memoir or Journal

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Book Review: The Angel in the Stone by R L McKinney @BexMcKinney @sandstonepress #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Beautifully told story of grief, trauma and healing The Angel in the Stone is a life-affirming, beautifully told story where the themes are of love, acceptance and healing are woven into the fabric. Dealing as it does with bereavement, dementia and sexual assault a prospective reader of this novel might think they were in for… Continue reading Book Review: The Angel in the Stone by R L McKinney @BexMcKinney @sandstonepress #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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26 Books in 2017 Book 21: A Book That Will Improve A Specific Area Of Your Life

This, for me, has been the trickiest choice so far in the 26 Books Challenge. Reading in general is a life-enhancing, life–improving activity as far as I’m concerned. Life in general is improved by books The reading of books has the potential to educate, inform and guide. And besides that, and perhaps even more importantly,… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 21: A Book That Will Improve A Specific Area Of Your Life

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Book Review: Champagne For Breakfast by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #MondayBlogs #BookReview

  My Review: I suspected I’d enjoy this book as I’ve liked earlier books by this author. And I was right. I enjoyed Champagne for Breakfast very much. I usually gauge how much a book has got me hooked by how late I stay up reading it. This one was took me into ridiculously late… Continue reading Book Review: Champagne For Breakfast by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #MondayBlogs #BookReview

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26 Books in 2017 Book 20: A Book That Has Been Translated

The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson. Unlike most of the other books in this challenge, number 20 was an easy choice and came to mind immediately. Originally written in Swedish and subsequently translated into English (the language in which I read them), this dark, psychological, crime thriller trilogy ranks amongst my most favourite ever reads.… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 20: A Book That Has Been Translated

Reflecting · Writing

Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections

Listening, Linking and Learning Writing can be a lonely job.There are times when it can feel as if your only friends are your imaginary ones. Most of us work alone. There are no colleagues to chat to over coffee or to share lunch breaks with. There’s nobody on hand to help if you hit a… Continue reading Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections