If you do ever stay in Edinburgh I highly recommend a visit to the docks to take a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia – a fascinating insight into the queen’s beloved floating holiday home, decommissioned by the Labour government in 1997 with the refusal to replace her. She was in service from 1954 until […]

Edinburgh Castle – imposing, isn’t it? And once inside, you really get a sense of the large complex within the walls, not just the castle itself. And the impressive way it was built into and onto the very rock of the extinct volcano upon which it sits Once inside you really start to get a […]

I’ve been hanging onto this one for a while – since May, in fact, as there has been so much else going on, but I felt it was about time to start sharing my visit to this amazing city. I’m not, by nature, a city lover. Holidays, for me, are usually about getting out into […]

Back with yet another review – this one a recently released novel by fellow blogger Nicholas C. Rossis. Blurb A science fiction crime adventure with plenty of humour and romance A souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the Greek islands. Instead, she finds herself […]

I’m back again with another review (July/August are manic months at work, with lots of travelling which means lots of reading, not so much writing). This one is a different genre, in fact, it doesn’t really seem quite certain what genre it is, categorised on Amazon as ‘contemporary’, ‘friendship’, and ‘humour and satire’. It was gently […]

Book Details: Book Title: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Matt Dallmann Release date: July 2017 Tour dates: August 6 to 24, 2018 Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex) Book Description: Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to […]

Originally posted on Fantasy Author's Handbook:
Let’s take this week to go after a certain copy editing bugaboo that I have found extremely common in both fantasy and science fiction. It’s another of those seemingly impenetrable rules governing the proper use of an initial cap. An initial cap is when the first letter of…

I read this book back in March while having a bit of a hiatus from reviewing, so this is another catch up that deserved better from me – a totally breathless, excellent read. Book 2 is on my Kindle and #3 will be along shortly. Can’t wait!   Shoot the Messenger by Pippa DaCosta My […]

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
(https://pixabay.com) August 9 is National Book Lovers Day, and that makes it one of the best days of the year! This is a time to celebrate the people who read and love books–bibliophiles!  I am assuming if you are reading this post, that you are also…

With the huge number of novels available these days, it’s important to grab your readers’ attention immediately or they may never read past the sample pages Amazon offers. There’s lots of advice out there on writing those all-important opening lines – start with action, suggest something unusual, be controversial etc. – but I want to […]