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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

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26 Books in 2017: Book 26 examples of excellence in self-publishing

The last book in the 26-books-in-52-weeks challenge has to be a self-published book. I’ve read many first-class self-published books, so as has been common throughout this challenge, I won’t be choosing just one. First of all in the interests of full disclosure – I myself am a self-published author – or to use more up-to-date… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017: Book 26 examples of excellence in self-publishing

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26 Books in 2017 Book 25: Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell @aonghasphadraig @LuathPress #books #amreading

Book 25 has to be a book that has won an award. No stipulation as to year or type of award has been given – so this is another broad category. For my own sanity – and yours – I decided to set my own somewhat narrower criterion. So I kept the choice to awards… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 25: Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell @aonghasphadraig @LuathPress #books #amreading

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Book Review: The Good Sister by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #bookreview

This is Maggie Christensen’s latest book and it’s her best yet. It’s romantic, heart-warming and completely charming. I loved spending time with this novel’s engaging characters and, even although the story was brought to a satisfying conclusion, I was also left wanting to know what would happen next in the lives of these lovely people.… Continue reading Book Review: The Good Sister by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #bookreview

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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

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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