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Chissick Chat #16 ~ Read the Interview with Amelia Chambers

Welcome to the Chissick Chat Blog! Following the Easter break, I’m chatting with Amelia Chambers, an author living in Ireland who loves mystery stories, Shakespeare, and Hardy, but hates platform shoes! Amelia, welcome to my blog. Please, can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your books? “If reading be the food of love, read on.”  My name is Amelia Chambers and I’m proud to be an independent author.  I… Read More

HUMOUR: John Sharpe: No. 1,348 (Underworld) by Riley J Froud

Every once in a while you get to read something special and this is what John Sharpe: No. 1,348 by Riley J Froud is – something very special. To be honest, I had always intended to read this, but I guess the title was strange enough to make me move it down the to be read list, each time it came up. I finally dived into it and what a treat was… Read More

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Chissick Chat #15 ~ Read the Interview with Janet Gogerty

Welcome to the Chissick Chat Blog. We are starting April by saying hello to Janet Gogerty, an author from Dorset in the UK who likes to embarrass her family … welcome to my blog. Please, can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your books? I’m Janet Gogerty and I always write under my real name to embarrass my family and because I haven’t seen any other authors by… Read More

A review of ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson

Can you keep a secret? Most authors can, often the plots of novels depend on them. A writer polishing her first book told me that in her next novel nobody would have secrets from anybody; it was too stressful remembering what each character knew and who they were keeping secrets from. I have just finished reading ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson; I have been wanting to catch up… Read More

A Deluge of Comfort

By Syl Sabastian “Drought always ends in rain.” Sometimes, the profoundly obvious, is also profoundly impactful. We received rain last night, after half a year of no-rain. I love the rain. Rain brings me joy, comfort, peace and a profound happiness. It’s as if I am feeling the earth receiving this profound bounty. As I was imbibing the Gift-of-Rain it struck me: “Drought always ends in rain.” This simple obvious truism permeates me deeply…. Read More

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Chissick Chat #14 ~ Read the Interview with Kimberly Livingston

Welcome to the Chissick Chat Blog! Today I’m saying hello to Kimberly Livingston, an author from Colorado who loves language, believes in happy endings and is currently on a blog tour! And today, it’s my turn. Please, can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your books? Hi Elaine thanks for inviting me on your blog. I am excited to share with you a little bit about myself and… Read More

From My Bookshelf: Will Ferguson

By Lynn Willoughby Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey into the New Heart of Africa   Will Ferguson I knew this book of non-fiction would not be an easy read, but I like Ferguson’s style of writing so wanted to get into his newest book.  He can take a very dark subject – Rawanda,  and while giving us the history, the statistics and facts about war, he is able to intersperce it with… Read More

CANADIAN HISTORICAL FICTION: Kinmel Revisted by Robert James Bridge

This is an interesting little book based on the infamous Kinmel Riot, at the end of the First World War, in a repatriation camp for Canadian Soldiers in Wales. It is called Canadian Historical Fiction, which I guess I have to take at face value, although it read more like an actual report based on a journal the author supposedly found. Regardless, it is an interesting slice of life in 1919. Here… Read More

“Writing” Challenge ~ A Short Story

By Syl Dinada I came upon a post. Well, “post” is perhaps charitable in the context. This err… let’s just say, less-than-positive display, did not relate to the goals of that particular Writers’ Group. A long convoluted, interesting, and sometimes even slightly bizarre comment thread developed. Much of the discussion revolving around the lack of relevance to the group purpose. I agreed with this sentiment, but in the spirit of practising Alternative… Read More

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Chissick Chat #12 ~ Read the interview with Dr. Liz Walder

Chissick Chat with Elaine R. Chissick and Dr. Liz Walder Welcome to the twelfth edition of Chissick Chat, where we are saying hello to Dr. Liz Walder, British author of non-fiction works on architectural history. Welcome to my blog. Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your books? Dr Liz Walder, academic and architectural historian, who has written widely on the subject of architectural prizes and medals, from the 19th century… Read More

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