Hemmie Martin – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Hemmie Martin to the blog. Hemmie is the author of  The Divine Pumpkin, Attic of the Mind, In the Light of Madness, Rightful Owner and Garlic and Gauloises. Her latest novel, What Happens After was published by Winter Goose Publishing on 8 March 2016. Hemmie answered a few of my…

Literary comfort food

There is nothing better than choosing a new book to read, settling down and soon finding yourself lost in the pages. There is the anticipation of a good story, the threat that the book won’t be for you and the potential that you will stumble across a new all time favourite. But sometimes a lot…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t have the…

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley – Review

Published by Simon and Schuster Publication date – 14 July 2016 Source – review copy “‘Intelligently written, finely observed and surprisingly moving, this is a book you’ll find hard to put down’ Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project Companions come in all shapes and sizes. Companionship lasts forever. Lily and the Octopus is a novel…

Rosy Thornton – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Rosy Thornton to the blog. Rosy is the author of The Tapestry of Love, More Than Love Letters, Ninepins and Hearts and Minds and her latest book, a collection of short stories entitled Sandlands, is published by Sandstone Press on 21 July 2016. Rosy kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell…

Before the Blog review – Truth or Dare? by Laura James

I thought it would be a good idea to put all of my reviews in one place. I’ve therefore created a Before the Blog review page where all of these reviews can be found. I will hopefully be able to say where it was first posted and when I read it. Title –  Truth or…

The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde – Review

Published by Arrow Publication date – 12 February 2015 Source – own copy “Country cottages, romance, humour and making dreams come true. The wonderfully romantic novel from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Recipe for Love, A French Affair and The Perfect Match. Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing…

Toppling the TBR pile – Orenda Books

Today’s cause for the imminent collapse of my precariously balanced wishlist is Orenda Books. They launched in 2015 with some terrific titles and it looks like they have some treats in store for the latter half of 2016 after the range of fabulous books they published in the first half of the year. You can…

Wrote for Luck by D J Taylor – review

Published by Galley Beggar Press Publication date – 22 January 2015 Source – review copy “Wrote For Luck ranges from North Norfolk to Chicago, from sordid old antique dealers to glamorous young writers, from glorious local gossips to frustrated academics.These stories abound with gleeful absurdity, waspish humour, and awkward, exquisitely English conversations. But they are also…