Five Facts About Aurelia Miele

Many thanks to Angela Barton who passed the “five facts” baton to me. What’s this? Well, writers are sharing five facts about a character from their work in progress. These aren’t necessarily facts you’d learn from the book but may form part of the back story which, as the creators, only the authors know about. You can read about Angela’s five facts here. And here are mine from The Knife Thrower’s Assistant. My main character is Aurelia Miele who lives in a southern Italian village. The story begins just before WW2 when Aurelia is 12 years old. She has a scar on her foot from when her mother dropped a knife on it when she was only three years old. Aurelia loves to pick olives from the trees surrounding the village and...

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Ailsa Abraham tells us about her new novel ALCHEMY

As part of the celebrations for the launch of her new novel Alchemy, it is my great pleasure to welcome Ailsa Abraham to my blog today. Hi, Annette. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to strut my stuff about my latest release. It’s very kind. Here are some thoughts on the seemingly endless gestation period for this one. There is some very good advice around for beginner novelists. One of them is “Start your novel with a bang! Hook the reader from the very first sentence.” That is exactly what I did when writing Shaman’s Drum. It dived straight into the action, referring to past history along the way but concentrating on the adventure at hand. Yes, well, great advice if the newbie novelist is writing a stand-alone work. It’s not so...

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Today, I’d like to welcome Nancy Jardine to my blog. Nancy is celebrating the launch of her new book, After Whorl: Bran Reborn.  Below she shares with us what her new book is about and where you might be able to purchase a copy. Ravaged by war …AD 71. After the battle at Whorl, Brennus of Garrigill is irrevocably changed. Returning to Marske, Ineda finds her grandmother dead, though Brennus is not. Snared by a Roman patrol, they are marched to Witton where he is forced to labour for the Roman IX Legion. Embracing his new identity as Bran, Brennus vows to avert Roman occupation of northernmost Brigantia. Ineda becomes his doughty spying accomplice, though sometimes she’s too impetuous. Trading with the Romans lends excellent opportunities for information...

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Inferno by Dan Brown

Dan Brown gets an awful lot of stick, doesn’t he? After The Lost Symbol, I was one of the grumblers, complaining that he couldn’t write for toffee and that he wasted no opportunity to show us how clever he was and how much research he did. I vowed never to read another Dan Brown book. Then I discovered that his new book was based on Dante’s Inferno and set in Florence, my holiday destination this year. Well, I kind of had to read it, didn’t I? And I’m so glad I did. Inferno is the fourth book to feature symbologist Robert Langdon and opens with our hero waking up in a hospital room with no recollection of how he got there.  Langdon is soon under attack from assassins unknown and, with the help of the young doctor who was attending to him, he begins on a race...

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No Such Thing As A Free Book

I have over a hundred books in my Kindle cloud. Probably more than two hundred. I don’t know the exact number but trust me when I say there are lots. And I’ve paid for only a fraction of these. Before you go getting your knickers in a twist, I came by each and every one by legitimate means: because I review them on my blog I have many books sent to me by authors and I have around 30 digital ARCs from NetGalley which have been read and reviewed, or are in the queue to be so. But by far, the greatest number of titles on my Kindle have been free and I have read very few of them. From today, I’m not going to download any more free books and once I tell you why, I hope that you’ll join me. The rationale behind giving one’s work away for free is to get noticed. Sell...

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