#MGBookElves – a fireside chat

In a cosy room at Castle Marsh, Fred and George are relaxing after a nice meal with their guests, Max the Tonkinese cat from the Shadows of the Past series and Stanley the labrador dog and Katrina von Cat from the Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets.  Fred tells all here.  After the conversation […]

Book Review: Lionel’s Christmas Adventure by Paul R Hewlett

However heroic I would like to think myself, I think I’m really much more Lionel than I like to admit.  Lionel has grand ideas, but he is not very good at executing them.  He’s not really very good at anything much, although he does have the advantage of a lucky Three-Toed Pot-Bellied Waupum’s foot.  It […]

Flash Fiction Friday: Christmas Lights

This is another story based on those opening lines that were suggested a few weeks ago.  I’m definitely getting into the Christmas spirit now.  This story is just over 1000 words. Christmas Lights BANG! We sat in darkness.  No lights on the Christmas tree, no television. “Oh dear!”  Grandmother’s querulous voice said it all, really. […]

I went into a bookshop yesterday

Don’t faint.  I know it’s Thursday and I don’t often post on Thursday, but since I went into a bookshop for the first time this year I thought I’d comment on it. “First time this year?”  I hear you say.  “And you call yourself a writer?” Well, to be fair, I have absorbed a lot […]

Shadow of the Unicorn Book Blast and Haiku

Today I’m pleased to welcome Suzanne de Montigny with a giveaway celebrating the first in her unicorn series.  I used to love unicorns, too.  I haven’t thought about them for a long time.  This book is now on my to-read list.  First, this week’s haiku… When disaster strikes Dinosaurs and unicorns meet differing fates. About […]

#MGBookElves: 12 Authors of Christmas – Great ebook Giveaway

Welcome to the fantastic 12 Authors of Christmas seasonal giveaway and blog tour! Our busy Book Elves are giving away a total of 30 prizes of books suitable for Middle Grade readers – age roughly 8 to 14 – although a lot of adults enjoy them too! Who are the Authors on tour? All these […]

Book Review: The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

Despite the title, the Snow Goose is not about winter.  It always gives me the feel of winter, though, as it is set mainly in and around a disused lighthouse on the Essex marshes, a desolate place full of creeks and strangely filling and emptying muddy creeks, wild with frosts and wind and goose-honking.  It’s […]

On the blog and website this Christmas

I’ve got so many goodies for you in December, I’m getting really excited about Christmas for once! From December 1st to 23rd we are having a humungous Giveaway and blog tour.  The 12 Authors of Christmas have clubbed together to bring you 30 prizes of ebooks, and they are featuring interviews and reviews throughout the […]

Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

This cleverly titled novel refers not only to the main setting, a lighthouse on a rocky island at the junction of the Southern and Indian Oceans, but also the tides of fate and destiny which chase decisions made for the best reasons.  People’s lives are tossed hither and thither like the waves surrounding the island […]

Friday Flash Fiction: Last Tangent in Paris

This week we choose one opening line from those submitted last week and complete it.  My second and third choices were: Bang. (garypo705) “Shetland ponies,” he grumbled, shaking his head. “Why did they always turn into Shetland ponies?” (Krud) Instead I chose the one by  Caroline Arbelay, but corrected it slightly.  I would like to […]