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Review: Murder Most Unladylike

Murder Most Unladylike: A Wells & Wong Mystery – Robin Stevens Thoroughly enjoyed this witty, light-but-not-lightweight middle-grade murder mystery set in a 1930s girl’s boarding school in England. Right from the start the first-person telling through the eyes of Hazel … Continue reading

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Review: The Vanishing Trick

The Vanishing Trick – Jenni Spangler A great story with an appealing magic core and a strong premise that I can see easily becoming a film, and probably doing very well with its target of middle-grade (8 and up) readers. … Continue reading

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About this blog

Hello and welcome! You’ll find quite a few things on this blog, all to do with books and writing as I’m a writer. BOOK REVIEWS are here. (I’m also on Goodreads, where I review books as well, so please follow … Continue reading

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Review: Monstrous Devices

Review: Monstrous Devices – Damien Love When Alex’s grandfather sends him an old robot out of the blue, the mysterious writing of his English essay while he’s asleep is just the start. Whisked off to Paris and Prague by his … Continue reading

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Calling authors with new books

Launching your new book is a huge challenge at the best of times, never mind now. If you’re an author who’s just had or are about to have a book published, I’d like to invite you to consider an interview … Continue reading

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The Keeper of the Stones

Imagine starting to write a book in 1987. Finishing it in 1995. Having interest from publishers, but not getting a bite. Imagine it sitting on various hard drives until more than 20 years later, you open the file, rewrite it … Continue reading

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Sponsoring the next great children’s author?

By Roz Kay Authors who write for children have such a special place in my heart. I still have a few books from my childhood in the 1960s. As Stig Abell reveals in this tweet, the stories you loved as … Continue reading

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A balm for anyone battered by our post-truth culture: Chris Buckley

Guest post by poet Chris Buckley, whose chapbook BLUING is available from Finishing Line Press. Nostalgia, though a potent marketing force, is deadly in art. It transforms rich, emotional imagery into one-dimensional kitsch. So much poetry is devoted to nostalgia, … Continue reading

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How to avoid rejection (some of the time)

By Roz DeKett Note that I haven’t titled this ‘How to have your stories accepted’ – if only I had that formula. However, in the past couple of years (between working on a novel) I’ve written three short stories and … Continue reading

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From war to poetry: Patrick Howse

Guest post from Patrick Howse Patrick Howse began writing the poems in his collection, Shadow Cast By Mountains, while covering the Iraq War for the BBC. War plays a central part in the book, but he is reluctant to describe himself … Continue reading

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