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Book Review: Selkie – Julia Lund (YA Fiction)

The simple title of Julia Lund’s well-crafted “Selkie” may fall strangely on non-U.K. ears, but the legends that it draws on are as old as the peoples that returned to the wind-swept coasts of Scotland in the wake of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Field Beyond Time (Lesley Hayes)

In her first career, Lesley Hayes was a professional writer, and in her second, a psychotherapist. The result, upon her return to fiction writing, is an elegant style informed by insights into the human condition that most authors would be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Darkly Wood (Max Power; Fantasy)

Darkly Wood is an evil place, one to be avoided at all costs, and never to be ventured into under any circumstances. Except in print, in which case your curiosity will be very well rewarded indeed. It’s imaginative and well-written, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Skin Cage (Nico Laeser; Fiction)

Nico Laeser’s Skin Cage is a provocative read that begins as one type of story and then, all of a sudden when you’re not looking, crosses effortlessly into another that you (or at least I) did not see coming. It’s … Continue reading

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Review: Paul Ruddocks Very Entertaining Short Story Collection, “Not What you Thought?”

Once upon a time – and a very long time it was – the short story was a well-respected form of literary fiction as well as an essential thread in the warp and woof of everyday life. Whether we’re speaking … Continue reading

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Creating Effective Character Descriptions

Effective character descriptions do more than provide a visual image of a character’s appearance. They can also take the reader into the mind of the person they have just met, provide the first hint of their destiny, or perhaps a … Continue reading

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An Interview with Ian Probert, Author of “Johnny Nothing”

It’s my pleasure this week to share an interview with career journalist, “hybrid” author, and most recently, illustrator Ian Probert. Ian’s latest genre (ad)venture is Johnny Nothing, a sly, riotously funny book written ostensibly for children that parents will want … Continue reading

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