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  • HISTORICAL: Euphoria – Lily King

    HISTORICAL: Euphoria – Lily King

    From My Bookshelf by Lynn Willoughby: Euphoria ~ Lily King This one deals with a love triangle for three anthropologists in the jungles of New Guinea. Having read about Margaret Mead for years, there is no doubt that Nell in this book is based heavily on this wonderful woman. It is the 1930s and Andrew […]

  • Choosing Baby’s Name

    Choosing Baby’s Name

    A baby has been born and the parents cannot decide upon a name. Neither can the author. Choosing a name for a new baby is often difficult and the considerations to be taken into account are often as unique as the tiny new person. Family tradition or outrageously original, which names will go with the […]

  • …Authors… you are your WURK… your WURK is you…

    …Authors… you are your WURK… your WURK is you…

    …here’s a wee reflective piece, targeted mainly for my Author pals, but many of our dear and invaluable readerships will no doubt understand it, too… one of the weirdest things to grasp as a new scribbler is the sum’time-elusive ‘Author’s Voice’… that quality which seeps into and exudes from yer writing… identifying the Writer by […]

  • POLITICAL: Us Conductors – Sean Michaels

    POLITICAL: Us Conductors – Sean Michaels

    From My Bookshelf by Lynn Willoughby: Us Conductors ~ Sean Michaels This novel by Canadian Sean Michaels won the 2014 Giller Prize. However, this doesn’t always mean it is a great read for me. Often the prose is excellent but the story is very esoteric. This one is a living history of the jazz age […]

  • Author Interview with J. New on her Latest Book – ‘Sophia – Stone Magic Book One’

    Author Interview with J. New on her Latest Book – ‘Sophia – Stone Magic Book One’

    First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….   I’ve always been a lover of magic and fantasy, in both the written word and on the big and small screens. I grew up with the likes of Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Witch Mountain. Now […]

  • Christmas baubles are jolly, festive – aren’t they?

    Christmas baubles are jolly, festive – aren’t they?

    Here is a seasonal tale taken from my collection of short stories and poems entitled JUST A MOMENT. Christmas baubles, the symbol of joy, peace, goodwill – or are they? The Sinister Bauble By Sherrie Lowe I am ambivalent towards Christmas. It is stereotypically the time of love, joy, peace and goodwill, the time of […]

  • E=MC…. what???

    E=MC…. what???

    Ever read a book that just made you stop and re-read a section a few times trying to figure out what on earth they meant? Or one that had such complex matter involved that you either just skipped over part of it or got frustrated because it really wasn’t making sense? It happens. And the […]

  • General Fiction: Protest – Janet Gogerty

    General Fiction: Protest – Janet Gogerty

    It started with a bumble bee and ended with the saving of a whale; thousands of signatures on the petition protesting to Sea Worlds in U.S.A. for keeping Killer Whales in captivity. Saving the World from my computer was simple and addictive, till the day the door bell rang. I thought they were Mormons, two […]

  • This Christmas present is payback!

    This Christmas present is payback!

    This is the title story from my collection of the same name. The Journey By Sherrie Lowe The December sunshine slants straight in through my windscreen as I turn the key in the ignition. I’ll be heading west so I suppose it will sear into my eyes until it sinks below the horizon, then the resulting sunset […]

  • HISTORICAL: War Baby – Robert James Bridge

    HISTORICAL: War Baby – Robert James Bridge

    Contributed by: Robert James Bridge 1 To put into 800 words a lifetime’s experiences would, I am afraid, be almost impossible and at the age of seventy seven it becomes even harder, but I will of course try to install into the world today how, as a war baby and at seven years old, how […]

  • HISTORICAL: The Baker’s Daughter – Sarah McCoy

    HISTORICAL: The Baker’s Daughter – Sarah McCoy

    From My Bookshelf by Lynn Willoughby: The Baker’s Daughter ~ Sarah McCoy[break] A World War II novel from a different perspective. The location is in Garmish Germany, the protagonist is Elsie, a baker’s daughter who is seventeen and waiting for her life to begin. Her friendship with Josef Hub, a rising star in the army […]

  • To ‘U’ or Not To ‘U’…..

    To ‘U’ or Not To ‘U’…..

    Four Tips from an Editor There are several things you can do before you submit your manuscript to your chosen editor that will make life a whole lot easier for everyone. Obviously, you have looked through your manuscript for those red underlined words and corrected the spelling accordingly but have you been consistent? Be CONSISTENT […]