This is my journey in books for 2017! Goodreads provides this nifty review of your reading year – last year they also made provision for sharing it to a blog with all their neat formatting. This year, one can share to Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, but not to a blog 😦 Consequently, it doesn’t look […]

Oops, did I say I’d written my last review of the year? I thought so, but hey, with free time over the holiday, I squeezed in this neat novella, and now I want to share it with you!   A Mayfair Christmas Carol: A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery Novella by Kassandra Lamb My rating: […]

Just squeezing one more review in before New Year, I thought this looked a little different to the usual diet of kick ass heroines, and I was right. The blending of the modern day setting with the old Celtic gods is well done, and setting the story in Dublin, Ireland, made for a fresh read. […]

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THE LAST JEDI Well, the good news is yes, I enjoyed it. Would I go see it again? Probably not. Unlike the original series, which I can still happily rewatch even now, years later, having seen them countless times, this newer batch just don’t grip me. The set piece, special effects-heavy battle scenes, both machine […]

So, continuing on up the Outer Hebrides from Eriskay, a single road runs the length of the island of South Uist. On the left (travelling north) the land is flat, with numerous small lochs and tons of ruins amongst the inhabited houses. On the right, ridges of hills, not quite mountains, many the sites of military […]

My epic fantasy novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN is featured this week on THE BOOKWORM LODGE HERE Would you like your book featured too?   Here is the introductory note from the lovely Alexandra, explaining about her site: Welcome to The Bookworm Lodge! The Bookworm Lodge was created by a true bookworm who was tired of […]

Originally posted on Fantasy Author's Handbook:
I’ve written about starting a novel or short story, and what you might need to know or do to get started writing or what elements readers will respond to in the first sentence, paragraph, or page, but I’ve written very little about endings beyond part of some musings…

I began this book some time ago, got diverted by pressure of work deadlines, and came back to it with absolutely no problems picking it up again right where I’d left off. This, I feel, is the mark of a good book – the characters, settings and plot so strong they can be instantly recalled […]

  Having woken to find the big ferry departed for the mainland, I checked the status of our smaller transport for the short 40 minute hop between islands. It still showed a warning of possible disruption due to the (still) strong winds, but we checked out of the hotel (they assured us there were plenty of […]