Category Writing

Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner #murdermystery #bookreview

Here’s one of those from May (during my post op recovery period) that I forgot to review: Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Anne Clenconner is in a unique position to write this book. The central character, Lady Vee, is a thinly veiled version of herself, drawing on her […]

Lady in Waiting, by Anne Glenconner #Autobiography #Memoir #BookReview

Having read ‘A Murder On Mustique’ (and goodness! I must get around to reviewing that one!), which is a murder mystery peopled by characters only thinly veiled from the real inhabitants of the island, including Anne Glenconner herself – I was intrigued to find out more about the real woman behind this charmingly-written book. To […]

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton #BookReview #CosyMystery

Another of the books I read while lazing around, recovering from hip surgery. Sometimes a cosy mystery that doesn’t challenge the mind can be just the thing! Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having started a different cosy and given up within 2 pages, annoyed by the amateurish writing, I […]

SORA’S QUEST by T.L. Shreffler #BookReview #EpicFantasy

Another of the many books I read while laid up following my recent hip replacement – which, by the way is going very well. I’m now 3 months post op and aside from pulling a muscle (too enthusiastic with my PT exercises, surprise, surprise), it’s pretty much fixed. 4 months is the magic number for […]

FOOL’S ASSASSIN by Robin Hobb #fantasy #BookReview

Blurb ‘Fantasy as it ought to be written’ George R.R. Martin Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters in a brand new series. Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to […]

Want to edit a large PDF for free? Here’s how…

Last year, I updated the cover of my first book to match subsequent volumes. It went from this….to this: Matchy, matchy… I happily uploaded my new cover to Amazon KDP print and ordered a handful of author copies. When they arrived, I realised that I also needed to update the cover designer attribution on my […]

#BookReview THE RAVEN AND THE DOVE by Kaitlyn Davis #epicfantasy #YAfantasy

Just a review this week – life has taken a sideways slip so I’m taking the chance to catch up by posting a review from one of the many books I read earlier this year. The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis My rating: 4 of 5 stars Described as an ‘epic fantasy retelling […]

4 Ways #Writers Can Identify and Connect With Their Online Audience #Blogging

On the theme of helping newer writers enter the busy and often confusing world of authorship, this week I have a guest post for you about blogging. In my personal experience, blogging is one of the best ways to connect with other authors and potential readers. After hearing that keeping a blog was such an […]

3 ways to make your book more attractive to readers #marketing

This post is for the writer who has made the decision to try self-publishing their novel, but hasn’t yet taken the plunge. Many people are put off at this stage by the figures – I looked it up and discovered the startling figure of 48.5 million books for sale on Amazon. So how on earth […]

Traditional #publishing v Indie (Independent)

I know this is an old topic, but as the world changes, so too do these type of perennial discussions. I joined (yet another) Facebook group a while ago – THE WRITER’S FORUM – and was gobsmacked to discover the level of ignorance about the publishing industry amongst new writers. I guess I’ve been at […]