Archive for January 2015

Flash Fic – Coming home in the dympsy

Jan 31st, 2015 | By

By Elen Sentier Snow dusted the high hills. It pulled me. I grabbed my staff, boots and a parker and went out. It was the first snow of the winter, crackling, sparkling, shimmering in the sunlight, it crunched under my feet. The track led straight out from the cottage door, straight out across the moor,

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Win with Mercedes Rochelle

Jan 30th, 2015 | By

All you have to do is hop over to Goodreads and click ‘enter to win’ and you’re in with a chance of getting a free copy of Mercedes Rochelle’s action laden historical novel, Heir to a Prophecy. The contest runs until the 28th February 2015. Shakespeare’s Witches tell Banquo, “Thou Shalt ‘Get Kings Though Thou Be

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Featured book – The Ground Catches Everything

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Pregnant with Bobby Hartwig’s child, Thai nurse Silliporn tracks him down in Alabama, where, after surviving a jump from a bridge in Bangkok, Bobby’s back home taking care of stroke-victim Harold Suggs and falling in love with his gorgeous granddaughter Bee. As Silliporn finds unexpected love, as Harold learns to walk again, and as Bee

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Flash Fic – Moving On

Jan 28th, 2015 | By

‘What’s this used for?’ he asks. ‘It’s an all purpose space,’ I venture and he makes a note on his Ipad. How can I tell him it’s my favourite part of the house because it’s sunny and modern, and not Victorian like the rest. We built it, I want to explain, but he’s not impressed.

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Writing in the canny valley

Jan 26th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown One of the curious bits of advice thrown at authors is ‘write what you know’. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand it drives me nuts when people write epic fantasy battles without the least idea of any kind of military tactics. Why, in the Lord of the Rings films,

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Flash fic – Don’t Forget Your Change

Jan 24th, 2015 | By
Photo of author Elizabeth Hopkinson

The fairies were quick back then. Nowadays, you see urban fairies going through the bins with the foxes. Some people even put food out for them. Back in the mid-eighties, they had only just begun to venture into the suburbs. I only left him in the Co-op for five minutes. I’d felt grown-up, pushing my

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If words were art

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown Swap ‘painting’ for ‘books’ and many of the things people say about books and writing suddenly start to look a bit absurd. Writing as an art form or as a professional craft takes as much skill as any other art form you might care to think about. Most of us can wriggle

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Flash Fic – Tithe of the Wastelands

Jan 20th, 2015 | By

By Colleen Douglas After leaving his servant Achmed with the caravan travelling to Altar Summit, Natat the Sorcerer was dying of thirst, he had wandered into the great desert searching for a nameless city of antediluvian kings and swiftly became lost in that endless waste. His supplies and camel had disappeared in a sandstorm nearly

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Shanti Wins!

Jan 18th, 2015 | By

 The London Book Festival describes its annual competition as ‘honouring the best of international publishing’. The books submitted are judged by a panel of industry experts, who are particularly looking at the excellence of the writing and the passion of the author. The 2014 winner in the Young Adult category, was Shanti and the Magic

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Author voices

Jan 16th, 2015 | By

By Nimue Brown I spend a fair bit of my life being an author, but far more of it as a reader. I read a lot of older fiction and one of the reasons for this is that I love the voices of less contemporary authors. I love the adjectives and adverbs, the shockingly wonderfully

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