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#Amazon amalgamates US & UK reviews?

This week, while checking something on my Amazon UK book page for THE PRINCE’S MAN, I got a shock. Instead of the 49 reviews it’s had for some time now, suddenly it was showing 77! I know it’s selling steadily, but that’s a lot of new reviews all of a sudden, and I was eager […]

When #science follows science fiction: living robots created #SF

I just found this on my news feed and wanted to share it: another example of science creating what SF authors have speculated about for decades, even if not quite the same in the detail. Scientists claim to have created ‘living robots’ using stem cells from frog embryos. These ‘xenobots’ are able to move around, […]

#BookReview – THE ARCHANGEL by Elicia Hyder #paranormal #supernatural

I’m busy writing (yay!) the next in my Caledonian Sprite series, so today I’m going to share my last review of 2019, a new novella in the Soul Summoner series I have been so enjoying. You can find my other reviews of books in this series here, suffice it to say this supernatural/paranormal series has […]

Farewell to the year from hell, looking forward to #livingthedream

Traditionally this is the time of year when bloggers do a round up of the previous year. I wasn’t going to join the masses, but I changed my mind, as this has been a momentous year in my life – awful, but life-changing as a result. Whilst 2019 began hopefully, with the successful release of […]

Merry Christmas 2019 #funnies #FatherChristmas

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
This year, the wee one is old enough to understand Santa Claus. I explained that people believe that Santa flies through the world on Christmas Eve, comes through the chimneys, and delivers toys to all the children. Being her mom’s daughter (Electra’s an economist by training), Natalie’s first reaction…

Merry Christmas everybody! #Funnies

I’m about to enjoy my first Christmas in my own home in the Highlands, so just a quick post today. Enjoy!  

Customer service rants!

A little departure today from the usual topics of either books or Scotland. Today, I am going to have a rant about the deplorable state of customer services – and I know it isn’t just in this country, because my friend Debby in Canada (yes, really – another Debby who spells her name this way) […]

Rememberance

Remembrance Day this year, for me, is particularly poignant, bringing back memories of my parents, now both at rest. My father spent his youth in the army during WW2, largely as a motorcycle dispatch rider, who sometimes found himself behind enemy lines. I am so grateful he survived. He had good times as well, spending […]

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Sunday Interview – Deborah Jay with an extract from The Prince’s Man – Book One of The Five Kingdoms Series

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Please welcome my guest today, author Deborah Jay who will also be sharing an excerpt from The Prince‚Äôs Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series which is also on offer at 99p/99c this weekend. Firstly a brief introduction to Deborah… Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures…

Celebrating the life of an amazing woman – my Mum

My beloved Mum passed away last week at the amazing age of 99 – what a life she had, and what changes she witnessed over the best part of a century. Going through all the old photographs, I’ve found it fascinating to trace the influences on my character and life choices, so for any who […]