I’m just back from my first ever Bold Strokes event in Nottingham. What a weekend! After a delay getting there (due to a cancelled flight and subsequently four cities in a day to make it), I attended the ‘Meet and Speak’ at the Five Leaves Bookshop in the city. As soon as I was through the door I was greeted by a sea of friendly faces – Brey Willows and Robyn Nyx, Valden Bush, Carol Hutchinson, Isabelle Lonitz, Anna Larner and her wife, Jen Silver, Jane Fletcher and her lovely wife Joanie, Jody Klaire, Em and Ferb, Sam Skybourne, Lise Gold and her wife, Anne Holt and many more. After listening to some wonderful readings a few of us headed off to the Pitcher and Piano for drinks and chat. We sat outside in the warm night air until the early hours talking until we realised we had an event to get up for in the morning and headed off to our various hotels.
Saturday morning started with a welcome from the lovely Brey Willows. The room filled up quickly and we were treated to some fascinating panels – Challenging the Norms, Flowers and Wine, Playing with the universe, It’s a Writer’s Life and reading from the authors. I found hearing the authors read their own work made me want to buy more books. We were all able to mingle throughout the day and chat to the authors and get our book purchases signed. The After Party at the Pit and Pendulum nearby gave us a chance to socialise more. As we moved around the tables we all got to know some new people. The banter was fantastic.
Sunday brought some more panels, readings and a hilarious quiz. We all headed off to The New Foresters bar afterwards for a BBQ and lots of chat. Hours passed quickly as we met new people and old friends. The conversations brought us all together and made us realise just how much we all have in common. Getting to spend time together was energising and affirming – and I cannot wait for next year to do it all again.
I attended the book launch party for Wendy Hudson’s latest novel, ‘Meant to be Me’ in Glasgow last night. It was a night of books, beer and lesfic buddies. Wendy chatted about her book and signed copies for the queue of fans, family and friends who had come to toast the success of her new book. Fellow writer Wendy Temple, author of ‘Defensive Mindset’, had travelled from Edinburgh to join the party, and Trish L. Devoy had flown in from Dublin. Wendy’s lovely Mum Carol was on hand to help as was her partner Lynsey.
The launch was held at The Curler’s Rest, a popular pub/restaurant on Byres Road in the West End of Glasgow. As anyone who knows Wendy will be aware, she is an aficionado of craft beers and she made sure her guests were able to partake of some of her favourite beverages.
‘Meant to be Me’ is Wendy’s third novel and is set in the beautiful Scottish city of Inverness. It is a is a heart-thumping, nerve-jangling, suspense story that had me glued to the page. I loved it and highly recommend it. I was delighted to be able to get Wendy to sign my copy last night, and it has pride of place beside ‘Four Steps’ and “Mine to Keep’ on my bookshelf.
If there’s one universal truth about writers, it’s that we like to
share. When we
hear great writing advice, we share. If we read a book we like, we share. And,
when we come across a resource that has really helped us, yes that’s right…we
have heard of this book, or even own a copy, but it’s quite possible that you
didn’t realize it had a second edition. Up until a month ago, I didn’t either!
It was all kept a secret by the authors who were determined to “show, not
tell” their next new book through a mystery reveal. I helped with that,
and it was so much fun.
second edition is more than a new cover. It’s been been enhanced and expanded
to include 55
new entries and double the teaching material. Now we can go
even deeper when showing our characters’ emotions!
Anyway, if you want to look into it further, you
can read some of the reviews onGoodreads or find more information here.
Also, one more thing to share…a MEGA-OPPORTUNITY to win something amazing!
last month, I’ve been part of a Street Team for Angela and Becca at Writers
Helping Writers, who are launching their new writing book on February 19th.
Because they are known for showing, not telling, they decided it would be fun
to keep the thesaurus book’s topic a secret until the book cover reveal…WHICH
you writers know (and possibly use) the original Emotion Thesaurus.
It released in 2012 and became a must-have resource for many because it
contained lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations for 75
emotions, making the difficult task of showing character emotion on the page
people have asked Angela and Becca to add more emotions over the years that
they decided to create a second edition. It contains 55 NEW entries, bringing the total to 130 emotions.
is almost DOUBLE IN SIZE and there’s a lot more new content, so I recommend
checking it out. And you can. Right now.
This book is available for preorder, so you can find all the details about this new book’s contents by visiting Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes and Noble, or swinging by Writers Helping Writers. You can view the full list of emotions included in this new book, too.
One last thing…Angela & Becca have a special gift for writers HERE. If you like free education, stop by and check it out. (It’s only available for a limited time!)
This is the kind of book I will go back to again and again as I go through my writing process. Sandra Gerth gives us a step-by-step guide on how to realise our goals. She makes us see that it’s great to have dreams but to make them a reality we first have to decide on achievable goals and work on them.
I loved how she breaks everything down into achievable goals and made me be more specific about what I really want. And she makes the writer think about themselves, what is important and relevant to them. The task seems more manageable and realistic. Planning how to get that book written doesn’t seem such a daunting task . I can see me following a lot of the advice
She also gives plenty of advice on other books to read for further information and links to online resources that expand the subject. An excellent book I can highly recommend.
Irene Hossack’s ‘North of all Borders’ is an impressive collection. I came away affected by the truth of her poetry, by that which I recognised. She has the power to shock as well as make the reader feel a part of her reality. The collection is about one woman, her life and experiences. It is also about us all.
I loved the memories her poems evoked. Her love of Glasgow. And of words. She weaves these memories and the ordinariness of family, with the beauty around. ‘The Asylum Seekers’ is thoughtful and real. ‘My Father’s Mother and ‘Fairy Liquid’ jolted me out of my easy mood. She led me on only to hit me right in the gut. In ‘April’ she took my breath away. The emotion conveyed in that last line – wow!
I loved this collection of poetry and will read it again and again. I see something different, something new each time.
Kamal Ahmed has a wonderfully engaging and easy-going writing style and it is shown to great effect in ‘The Life and Times of a Very British Man. He weaves the story of his family and his upbringing with the story of post World War 2 changes to British society . He is the mixed-race son of an African father and British mother and his experience of Britain from the 1970s onwards was fascinating to me as I grew up at the same time with many of the same cultural highs and lows – but from a different background. As immigration begins to expand and people come from all over the world to settle in Britain he shows how it affected him as an individual and the wider community. I enjoyed reading about his family and how he saw himself fitting in or not with those around him. His perspective was enlightening and really made me think. Seeing events of the recent past from his point of view was an eye opener. An excellent account that kept me enthralled..
I was given this ARC to review.
‘The Mystery of Three Quarters’ is an interesting Poirot investigation that had me fooled until the reveal. Sophie Hannah has managed to successfully take on the mantle of Agatha Christie and weave an enjoyable tale that kept me guessing. When four people are sent letters accusing them of murder and supposedly from the great Belgian detective, Poirot feels compelled to investigate. He is joined by Inspector Catchpool and the chapters jump from a first person account from the policeman, to third person where more of the story is revealed. I found this a bit odd at first but in the end it did work. An enjoyable read.
Paris Adrift is the third novel in a breathtaking LGBT historical romance series, which can also be read as a standalone. If you like suspense, characters who tug at your heartstrings, and true-to-life portrayals of 1950s Paris, then you’ll love award-winning writer Vanda’s stunning new addition to the series.
I have enjoyed reading the Juliana Series so far and am so excited to find that Vanda has a new novel coming out soon. I can highly recommend this particular series as I love stories about LGBT history and Vanda has excelled herself with the Juliana series. Their story continues with the excitement of a trip to Paris but it’s never that simple.
“How will Alice tell Juliana she must do what she most fears—because if she doesn’t, something even worse will happen?
Paris-bound, 1955. Alice “Al” Huffman can’t wait to reach the City of Light. As soon as their ship arrives, Juliana’s singing career will get the spotlight it deserves.
Before the SS United States hits land, a stranger approaches Al with a Broadway contract for Juliana. But the offer comes with a threat that can destroy them both. If Al can’t find a way out, Juliana’s comeback will come crashing down around their heads.
As she hides the awful truth from Juliana, Al searches for an answer before another obstacle destroys their last chance for happiness…”
Paris Adrift is out now!
Buy ParisAdrift to set sail on a harrowing journey of love today!
This is a story that will stay with me. Dani, Alice and Joy are friends planning a trip to New York before careers take them in different directions. Alice’s sister Paige is foisted upon them and Dani seems more affected than the others by this. When Paige disappears they are all distraught but Dani can’t stop looking and dedicates her life to finding her.
‘The Amnesia Project’ is a fantastic dystopian romance with a story that has so many layers. I never knew who to trust or where it was going to go. I learned not to make assumptions when reading this novel. Barbara Winkes surprised me again and again.The reason for Paige’s disappearance was shocking but worryingly not at all unbelievable. Once you’ve read it you will know why.
Dani was tenacious and her loyalty to Paige never wavered. She found herself in peril, threatened and warned off but never gave up. Paige had an underlying strength and maturity that shone through. I liked her approach from the start and was with Dani all the way as she tried to find answers to where Paige had gone and why. I was very impressed with this book and give it 5 Stars.
I was given this ARC in return for an honest review.