Till They Dropped, by Sue Knight, Reviewed.

Fantasy? Science Fiction? Magical Realism? This book is all of these. But it’s also a thoughtful, imaginative, and ultimately terrifying cross genre piece that stirs both emotions and ideas. We’re plunged into an undefined land, except that it must be the so-called civilised world, in an undeclared time, which must be the future. What is …

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Red Desert – Point of No Return, by Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, Reviewed.

This is the first part of a four book series. I have a certain distrust of such books, if they fail to perform the function of a proper story in each volume. This one, it must be said, is marginal. The ending is ambiguous and designed to draw the reader to the next part, which …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #48

Offering help for writers and language learners, this series of posts is a resource for all word lovers. This week’s words: Eager, Definitely, All talk and no action, Gigil. Eager – Roget’s thesaurus lists these alternative words: willing, active, fervent, excited, and desiring. Under the sub-heading ‘willing’ are a further 71 replacements, including compliant, inclined, …

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1788, by David Hill, Reviewed.

This book was recommended to me by a friend in Australia; I doubt I’d have come across it otherwise. Full of detail on the personalities involved in setting up and running the first colony in Australia, the book chronicles events leading up to the decision to transport convicts from England, and describes life for those …

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Why I’m Pretty Crap at Marketing.

On Wednesday, I normally post a piece about progress on the current WIP. But we’re in a col there; War Over Dust is undergoing physical production to prepare for launch on 2nd September at the inimical Fantasticon 2017 in Hull, UK City of Culture. So, to fill the gap, I’m posting about my personal relationship …

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Naked Review: How to Get Book Reviews, by Gisela Hausmann, Reviewed.

I bought a copy of this book because I’d previously read/reviewed the author’s previous title, Naked Truths About Getting Book Reviews. This is an update of that book, but it’s also much more. If you’re an author in search of reviews, you really should give this book some time. I discovered aspects of review writing …

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I’d Like to Know: Why? #6. Excess Packaging.

This is the sixth in an intermittent series of posts asking sometimes awkward questions. Some topics are trivial, some serious, and others vital. I’d love you to join in any ensuing debate using the comments at the foot of the post. Enjoy! Recently, my wife’s laptop mouse decided to play up; the scroll wheel sent …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #47

Offering help for writers and language learners, this series of posts is a resource for all word lovers. This week’s words: Background, Aposiopesis, Almost, A clean slate Background – Roget’s thesaurus lists these alternative words: circumstance, concomitant, accompanying, distance, surroundings, rear, spectacle, knowledge, information, stage set, and ornamentation. Under the sub-heading ‘information’ are a further …

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Pilgrims of the Pool, by Linda Acaster, Reviewed.

The third book in the trilogy, and a fitting conclusion to a compelling story, Pilgrims of the Pool draws the threads together and weaves an ending that’s the only one possible. The book combines three strands, weaving them into a cohesive tale that takes the reader into different worlds. Nick Blaketon, in his continuing search …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

The time has come. The time is now! Here’s the cover for ‘War Over Dust’, the second in the Generation Mars series. Gabi Grubb’s cover graced book one, and she’s done it again with some fine work for this volume. I love it! To be ready for the launch on 2nd September, make sure you’ve …

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The Leftover, by Brooke Williams, Reviewed.

A virginal, shy, geeky, young woman falls for a broken-hearted medic on a TV reality show. This comedy romance is peppered with characters that are probably common to this televisual form of torture sold as entertainment. I don’t watch it; it’s not ‘real’ in any proper sense of the word, and generally brings out the …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #46

Offering help for writers and language learners, this series of posts is a resource for all word lovers. This week’s words: Weather, absolutely essential, Sesquipedalianism, Natsukashii ‘Weather’ belongs to an odd category of words known as contronyms. A contronym is a word that is its own antonym; a word that has two opposing meanings! This …

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Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

War Over Dust, the second in the Generation Mars series, has a cover! Gabi Grubb’s cover graced book one with some fine work, and she’s done it again with this volume. I’m over the Moon with it. Should I tease you with some clues, or give you the whole picture now? Difficult. I think I’ll …

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Dogsbody, by Karen Wolfe, Reviewed.

Cosy crime with dogs. Dogsbody is a Georgie Crane Comi-Crime novel by an author whose work I’ve always enjoyed. As usual, Karen Wolfe gives good value with plenty of laughs, a few deaths, and a romance that might or might not… For lovers of crime, this one will keep you turning the pages to find …

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Looking for the Best Word? Tip #45

Offering help for writers and language learners, this series of posts is a resource for all word lovers. This week’s words: Cage. Anaphora. Extremely. Cage – Roget’s thesaurus lists these alternative words: stable (n), compartment (n), receptacle (n), circumscribe (vb), enclosure (n), enclose (vb), break in (vb), imprison (vb), lock up (n). Under the subheading …

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