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Rook Review: The X-Variant by Rosemary Cole

I was really excited to receive a review copy of The X-Variant by Rosemary Cole from Xpresso Book Tours. Here’s how I got on. The Blurb This is a science fiction tale about a time-traveling girl and a zombie apocalypse. With her peaceful Utopian world crumbling and humanity’s very existence under threat, Kala must travel back in time to 2079—when …

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Author’s Twenty Questions

I recently came across an interview I did for Read Tuesday, a Black Friday-type event in the book world, a couple of years back. The Twenty Questions were really unusual and fun but they were lost when my website was changed so I thought I’d post again. Twenty Questions … Fire rages in your house. Everyone is safe, but you. You …

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Phoenix Rising, a YA junk punk novel by Bryony Pearce: Book Review

I’m coming in at the eleventh hour with my review for the March British Books Challenge. It took me a long time to read Phoenix Rising, partly because I got distracted cutting trees down in the garden. Was that the reason I had a hard time connecting with this book? Here’s what happened. Junk-punk Junk-punk. I didn’t even know such a …

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Book Haul, Stationery Love and battling with thorn trees

Excuses, excuse, excuses. Today’s post was going to be my review of Phoenix Rising by Bryony Pearce for the British Books Challenge. I’m really enjoying the book… but I haven’t finished, mainly due to spending two days battling with thorn trees in the garden. I’m pleased to report I won, but they did put up a good fight and I have a great collection of …

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Cheree Alsop’s Top 10 things you need to know about Writing: Daybreak Book tour

I’m really excited to be taking part in the Daybreak book tour. Daybreak is a YA science fiction action adventure by Cheree Alsop. It’s the first book in the ‘Girl from the Stars’ series. Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling full-time author who has published over 30 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She lives in Utah with her husband, …

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“It’s behind you…” or how panto rekindled my love of writing

The start of something. I’m hanging curtains when there’s a knock on the door. We’ve moved eighty miles and lived here for two days. I know no-one. Who on earth could it be? From the battered Land Rover parked across my driveway, I guess the man standing on my doorstep is the farmer at the top of our lane. He’s …

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Playlist for Sarah… and all human-alien hybrids far away from home

Playlist for Sarah… and all human-alien hybrids far away from home Music has always been a massive part of my life. I started playing the keyboard sat on my Grandma’s knee, have marched in Brass Bands, earned my living as a singer and still teach piano to whoever wants to learn. It’s no surprise that music plays a big part in …

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Instructions for a secondhand Heart by Tamsyn Murray. Book review.

Instructions for a secondhand heart Remember my search for a YA romance to read for Valentine’s Day? Miranda Dickinson suggested Instructions for a secondhand heart by Tamsyn Murray, so I checked it out. Thanks, Miranda. I’m very glad I did. The Cover I thought this was a great cover. You can’t tell from the picture, but the red heart is raised …

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I won a book! The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucy Lawrie

The Last Day I Saw Her. I was having a shitty day. I have a trapped nerve in my neck, the window blind in my bedroom jammed and I couldn’t open it, and someone hacked my website. Great! And then a book I won courtesy of Black and White Publishing and Jera’s Jamboree arrived in the post. The Last Day I …

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Help! I don’t have a romantic read for Valentine’s Day

A romantic read for Valentine’s Day. A romantic read for Valentine’s Day. That was my idea for February’s British Books Challenge 2017. So, I wanted a YA romance written by a UK author. You wouldn’t think that was too hard. Whilst a lot of the YA books I read have a romantic element in them, I wanted a bit more for Valentine’s …