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The Genre Conundrum Part 2: Romantic Expectations #amwriting

  As I said in my last post I find the genre thing for novel classification rather tricky. As a writer, I don’t want to mislead prospective readers by getting the labelling wrong. But I also want to make sure my books appeal to and reach my target readership when they’re browsing the shelves in… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum Part 2: Romantic Expectations #amwriting

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The Genre Conundrum in Fiction: Categories and Keywords

Part 1 of 3 As the publication date for my next novel draws ever closer, my thoughts are now turning to how to ensure it catches the eye of prospective readers both online and in book shops. An attractive cover and an engaging back-cover summary will of course be essential – and by working with… Continue reading The Genre Conundrum in Fiction: Categories and Keywords

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An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

What a great story! This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. It was one of those books where you want to get to the end to see how it all plays out, but you also don’t want it to end because you know you’re going to miss it. From the… Continue reading An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas @OlgaWojtas #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

Entertaining, eventful, erudite This debut novel by Olga Wojtas is impossible to confine within one genre as it both kicks against and embraces quite a few of them. It is part crime, part comedy, but there are also elements of thriller, fantasy and sci-fi along with historical and romantic. All I can suggest is a… Continue reading Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas @OlgaWojtas #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell @ aonghasphadraig #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

Insightful, magical, truthful writing Memory and Straw is yet another wonderful book from Angus Peter Campbell. It’s magical and it’s beguiling and it’s a book to be savoured as you read.   Back Cover Description: A face is nothing without its history. Gavin and Emma live in Manhattan. She’s a musician. He works in Artificial… Continue reading Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell @ aonghasphadraig #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Bad Apples by JJ Marsh @JJMarsh1 #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

A satisfying, delightful, engaging read Regular readers of my book reviews will know I’m a big fan of crime writer JJ Marsh. So my expectations were high when I came to read Bad Apples, the sixth and final book in the DI Beatrice Stubbs series. My high expectations were more than met but I was… Continue reading Bad Apples by JJ Marsh @JJMarsh1 #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity by Trish Nicholson @TrishaNicholson #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

This is a beautiful book, both in its words and in its presentation. The cover is gorgeous in look and feel and the text more than lives up to the promise of the cover. Back Cover Summary:  An entertaining cultural history and a highly original take on the power of stories in societies past and… Continue reading A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity by Trish Nicholson @TrishaNicholson #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber @1chriswebber #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

An entertaining, interesting and satisfying read As promised in my previous post where I interviewed author, Christine Webber, here is my review of her new novel It’s Who We Are. From the back cover: Five friends in their fifties find themselves dealing with unforeseen upheaval as they uncover long-hidden and devastating family secrets. Meanwhile, the… Continue reading It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber @1chriswebber #bookreview #MondayBlogs #amreading

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Author Interview: Christine Webber @1chriswebber #amreading #MondayBlogs

I’m delighted to welcome author Christine Webber to the blog today to talk about her new contemporary novel It’s Who We Are, and about her writing in general. I read and very much enjoyed her previous novel Who’d Have Thought It? and I reviewed it here. And I will be posting a review of the… Continue reading Author Interview: Christine Webber @1chriswebber #amreading #MondayBlogs

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No Resolutions but Good Intentions: Writing, Reading and Reflecting in 2018

In spite of the time of year this is not a post about resolutions. I think the other 3Rs that this blog is based on ­- Writing, Reading and Reflecting are quite sufficient. However, I do want to share with you some of my ongoing plans and intentions for the blog and my writing in… Continue reading No Resolutions but Good Intentions: Writing, Reading and Reflecting in 2018