New blog relaunch #giveaway

If you haven’t signed up for the new blog yet, get over there and do it now!  The giveaway ends midnight, Valentine’s Day: Of course, you can still follow it later… you’ll just miss the giveaway. Other things you’ve missed by not getting your notification: My Friend Suhana Book Blast Especially for your Valentine […]

Dragon Defender Blog tour and review

First off, an apology to J A Blackburn and Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews for being late with this post – and in a different place than expected. About the Book Title: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1) Author: J.A. Blackburn Publication Date: October 19, 2013 Publisher: Pip & Grey Number of pages: […]

New Year’s Eve Haiku

Parties and fireworks – People celebrate worldwide. It’s Jenny’s birthday! Dedicated to all my friends and family who have birthdays between 15th December and 8th January and who get a raw deal, year in and year out.  Jenny confessed to me that she didn’t realise until she was about eleven that everyone wasn’t celebrating her […]

Three Detectives of Christmas

Well, I hope you had a happy Christmas or whatever you celebrate at this time of year.  As I read three detective stories during December,  Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Voice of the Violin and A Great Deliverance, I thought I’d compare the three sleuths for your enjoyment. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot needs no introduction, surely.  Most […]

Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

At the start of the year I had a number of classic books by Charles Dickens on my to read list.  I eventually took them off, but put A Christmas Carol back on to celebrate Christmas in the most traditional of ways.  It’s not as if everyone doesn’t know the story.  The numerous movies and […]

#MGBookElves – an Interview with Paul R Hewlett

Welcome to the fantastic 12 Authors of Christmas seasonal giveaway and blog tour! Today I am interviewing the author of Lionel’s Grand Adventure series – Paul R Hewlett (wild applause)!  I’ve reviewed the second book Lionel Turns The Other Cheek and the third one Lionel’s Christmas Adventure – soon I’ll get back to the first one, […]

My best Classic Kids book reads of the year

In January I discovered the Pre-1960 Classic Childrens Book Challenge.  Like other challenges I didn’t do very well on linking back to the originator and telling what I’d been up to, but the originator didn’t seem to remember to do that herself, either.  So I just kept reading them, tryng for one a month.  Funnily […]

Book Review: Flea’s Five Christmases #2 – the Rudolph Challenge

Last year I read the first of Flea’s five Christmases by Kevin George, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I wonder whether I’ll be completing the set in 2016?! This book starts with a hugely exciting disclosure of how Jack Frost came to be Santa’s enemy.  It’s a great bit of writing, full of pace, inventiveness and […]