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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 …

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Split Second – Book Review

Split Second – Book Review To kick off my British Books Challenge 2017, I picked up a copy of Split Second by London-born Sophie McKenzie. I read and enjoyed some of her earlier books and saw her speak at the Hay Festival a couple of years back so I was interested to read more of her work. The description of …

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My road to self-publishing part 2

Life in the fast lane Welcome back to my road to self-publishing part 2. Part 1 saw the fledgling manuscript of ShockWaves. my YA action-adventure, appraised by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. After several edits, they thought it was ready to fly. I opted to let Cornerstones submit for me. Yes, there would be a payment if the manuscript sold, and there was …

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British Book Challenge 2017

British Book Challenge 2017 I’ve done it! I know I said I wasn’t going to do any reading challenges this year but I’ve signed up. The British Book Challenge 2017 requires you to read and review just one book by a British author per month. UK authors tend not to get the same amount publicity that those in the US …

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My book habit is getting out of hand

My book habit is getting out of hand. Start 2017 as you mean to go on, eh? I feel my book habit is getting out of hand. I’m linking up with Tynga’s Reviews for her Stacking the Shelves feature but there’s stacking shelves, and there’s hoarding an insane amount of books I’m not sure I can get round to reading. …

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New cover for Ninetyfive percent Human

Happy New Year to you all, and Happy New Cover to me New hotness I’m really excited to start 2017 with a sparkling new cover for Ninety-five percent Human. In preparation for the release of the sequel later on this year and also to include the two short story prequels I’ve written, I’ve re-branded the whole series. Don’t they look pretty? …

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New editing pen

New editing pen Look what the postman brought! I had to share my new editing pen from the lovely Stephanie Dagg over at edit-my-book. Anyone spot the ‘editing’ mistake????? “Keep CLAM and get an editor” This pen has a lot of work to do in 2017. Bring on the New Year edits. Happy Christmas Eve everyone. I’m off to cook …

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My road to self-publishing. Part 1

The birth of the idea. Today is my book’s birthday. I pressed publish on ShockWaves on 12/12/12 (Yes, I’m a numbers freak and I thought that date was awesome). That makes it officially 4 years old. But ShockWaves had a long and difficult birth. Here’s the first part of the story that led to my self-publishing adventure. Back in 2006, …

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“The Killer Angel” and “Twisted Tales 2”

I’ve been stuck in the cover re-branding of the Ninetyfive percent Human series this week (more about that another time), so I’ve not done much reading …  OK, make that none. But I have added “The Killer Angel” and “Twisted Tales 2” to my Kindle for when I finally get on top of my to-do list. “The Killer Angel” Firstly, I …

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The Making of a Small Town Beauty King

The Making of a Small Town Beauty King. I was just browsing through Twitter and I came across “Who will be the prettiest girl in the shittiest town?” What a tagline! I had to find out more. Turns out it is a teaser for “The Making of a Small Town Beauty King” by Savy Leiser. I’d never heard of this book, …