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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

book review · Books · Reading

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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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

Author interview · Books · Guest posts · Reading

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

book review · Books · Reading

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

26 Books Challenge 2017 · Books · Reading

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