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  • Short Story  – CSI Highcliffe

    Short Story – CSI Highcliffe

    ‘Is that for next door?’ Eleanor asked the green man who had emerged from the yellow van. ‘No, express delivery for Ms E. Fairfax.’ ‘But I haven’t ordered anything, certainly nothing as large as that, is the box heavy?’ ‘No, I’ll leave it just inside the front door shall I?’ Eleanor closed the door and […]

  • Review of John Sharpe No 1,348 by Riley J. Froud

    Review of John Sharpe No 1,348 by Riley J. Froud

    Alice in Wonderland meets Oliver Twist collides with The Hobbit. Right from the first sentence a smile lit up my face: John had his head in the oven and his arse in the air when the man appeared out of nowhere, unfurling like a woodlouse coming out of hiding. I laughed my way through this […]

  • HUMOUR: Meetings with God – Riley J. Froud

    HUMOUR: Meetings with God – Riley J. Froud

    “I met God yesterday,” Chuck said matter-of-factly as he was picking at the sweet-looking flies that were darting on the surface of the water. “Oh really?” Cheryl rolled her big-bug eyes around her little scaly face, chewing on a piece of worm that was too big for her face. “Yeah, really.  I know you don’t […]

  • The Great Debate: eBooks Vs. Paperbacks

    The Great Debate: eBooks Vs. Paperbacks

    A debate between Riley and Omar Al-Masry. Omar opens this debate with the declaration that he would choose eBooks….but for good reasons. Omar: As digital technology became more prominent and accessible, the way we consume media and obtain information has significantly changed. Despite being relatively old compared to other contemporary means of obtaining information, books have also […]

  • From My Bookshelf ~ Louise Erdrich

    From My Bookshelf ~ Louise Erdrich

    By Lynn Willoughby [break] LaRose: A Novel ~ Louise Erdrich [break] I have read most if not all, of Erdrich’s novels, so you know I am a fan. This one, while good, historical fiction, felt to busy for me. There were too many stories, too much back and forth in time, too many characters. In […]

  • Short Story – Fur Babies

    Short Story – Fur Babies

    Fur Babies ‘Pompom’ called a shrill voice. When did real dogs turn to toys wondered Vince as he trudged through the mud, conspicuous as the only human without a dog. The dogs skittering around two women did not match the environment, what happened to Labradors and Rottweilers? As if in answer, a large muddy dog, […]

  • YA SCI-FI: True Calling – Siobhan Davis

    YA SCI-FI: True Calling – Siobhan Davis

    True Calling by Siobhan Davis is a young adult, science fiction novel; the first in a trilogy. As a story, although it is relatively predictable in places, it is extremely well written and in my opinion captures the feelings, actions and perspectives of the teenage characters very well. Yes, the story has probably been told […]

  • Short Story – The Train of Retribution

    Short Story – The Train of Retribution

    Perhaps I should have questioned why someone would anonymously send me a free ticket for a round trip train journey. Too late now however, for I was standing on the platform of Lydney Station with the ticket in my hand. Holding it up I re-read the words written there, ‘New Year Mince Pie Special’    When […]

  • Words for Every Book-Lover’s Vocabulary

    Words for Every Book-Lover’s Vocabulary

    By Riley J. Froud. How’s your vocabulary? I don’t know whether it’s because I’m a bibliophagist or whether it’s because I’m scripturient, but I must admit that I often partake in a little epeolatry. Errr…what? Well, if you watched my video on Bookshop Bistro a few weeks ago, you’d know what I was talking about but just […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Stephen P. Kieran

    From My Bookshelf: Stephen P. Kieran

    By Lynn Willoughby The Hummingbird ~ Stephen P. Kieran This is the story of a hospice nurse and her current patient – Professor Barclay Reed. While it sounds grim and depressing it really isn’t. Nurse Deborah Birch is the protagonist and periodically tells the Professor how her work makes her appreciate the moment – a […]

  • If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now

    If You Lived Here You’d Be Home Now

    by Nicci Rae There was blood in the gravy boat.  That was the first thing that I noticed.  Well, maybe not the first thing but certainly the thing that my mind kept returning to like some kind of a mental stutter.  Blood in the gravy boat – in it, on it and all around it, […]

  • My review of Wings of Darkness: Book 1 of the Immortal Sorrows

    My review of Wings of Darkness: Book 1 of the Immortal Sorrows

    Over the last year I have read some phenomenal books by Indie Authors, books that made me laugh till my sides hurt, cry real tears & books that were addictive. A friend of mine recommended this book to me a long time ago and I picked it up on my kindle in March where it […]