Archive for July 2015

Featured book: Gift

Jul 31st, 2015 | By

Looking for something totally different in a children’s book? Try this title from Our Street which was highly commended by the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Childrens Book Awards. Chipo encounters witchdoctors, snakes, crocodiles and demons in a fast-paced adventure as she searches for her lost identity. Chipo finds herself in rural Zimbabwe with no memory of

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Ten things to do if you love an author

Jul 29th, 2015 | By

If you love an author who is alive and writing, here’s what you can do to help them continue being authors so you can read more of their books in the years to come. Buy some of their stuff. Even if they give a lot of things away for free, even if you found a

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Writing about fiction

Jul 27th, 2015 | By

Books about books can be curious things, and fall into a number of categories. Over at Compass Books we have a whole array of books about writing books, which are decidedly helpful for anyone thinking about getting started. Books are a big part of the intellectual life of any given culture. Sometimes looking back over

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Flouting genre rules

Jul 25th, 2015 | By

Genres can seem like solid facts in the book world, but of course they aren’t. Meanings change over time. Subgenres grow up, and melt away. Go back to Shakespeare and a comedy simply meant there was more chance any given character would be married, rather than dead by the end. ‘Romance’ used to mean ‘fanciful’

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Featured book – Unconditional

Jul 23rd, 2015 | By

Unconditional is a YA romance published by Lodestone A boy like Joe, fresh out of prison and ‘from the wrong side of town’, is out of bounds…especially for straight ‘A’ grade college student Ashley, but she can’t seem to keep away. He’s the one that she wants, and she wants him to be her ‘first’…but

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Summer Reading – Intelligent Designing

Jul 21st, 2015 | By

What we do for fun these days is a long way from what our recent ancestors got up to for giggles. But then, we don’t need freakshows, we have daytime television and reality TV shows to provide all we could possibly want in terms of human weirdness and misery. Still, if you’re looking for some

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Coming soon – 600ppm

Jul 19th, 2015 | By

It’s 2051. Global warming has flooded eastern U.S. coastal cities. The West is a waterless desert. Refugees migrate northward. Food and water are tightly rationed amid endless war. When Jeff Claymarker’s friend is wrongly convicted of murder, the only clue to the truth comes from a stash of flash drives belonging to Jeff’s late uncle,

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Why write reviews?

Jul 17th, 2015 | By

You aren’t famous, you don’t have many blog followers, or that big a goodreads network, and you’d just be one voice among many on the big sellers sites. What possible odds can it make if you review a book? The answer is, far more than you think. With books, it’s not about big advertising budgets

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Summer reading – Transforming Pandora

Jul 15th, 2015 | By
Transforming Pandora book cover

This charming novel blends romance with spirituality. Carolyn Mathews’ story of love, loss, and spiritual transformation is a moving romance novel that balances both themes to create a delightful, insightful read. Mathews is a talented writer, adroitly balancing the emotional and spiritual themes that drive this multi-layered metaphysical romance. A rich cast of characters supplement

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Summer reading – The Emancipation of B

Jul 13th, 2015 | By

The Emancipation of B takes you into an unexpected enclosed world. In order to find out what it is and why he’s there, you just have to keep reading! It’s short and light to carry, but most of all it’s unputdownable. The perfect holiday read!   He must have dozed off. B jerked upright in his

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