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The thrill of finding a new (to me) author – Jane Davis


Scrolling through my Paperwhite recently, I happened on An Unknown Woman by Jane Davis and, intrigued by the sample, decided to buy it. “Where has this writer been hiding?” was my first thought as I read. Only later did I realize she’s written several books. I’ve since read her I Stopped Time and have added more of her work to my e-reader. And now this: Jane Davis Launches ‘Unpredictable’ Eighth Novel CARSHALTON, SURREY, 12 February – Fans of Davis’s fiction have stopped trying to predict where she’ll take her writing next. Since winning the Daily Mail First Novel Award in 2008, she’s become known for writing about big subjects and giving her characters almost impossible moral dilemmas. She’...
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Angular Size is up for a #BSFA Award!


What a turn up for the books – well, short story. I have a preposterous tale shortlisted for the prestigious BSFA Awards 2018. If you are a member or are attending the FollyCon / EasterCon in Harrogate this Easter I would be enormously grateful if you would consider voting for ANGULAR SIZE in the shorter story category. Link is here   http://bit.ly/2GghsKe   The premise is predicated on the concept of Angular Size, or the apparent size of an object. Eg the sun is the same apparent size of the moon, but we know it’s not the actual same size. Similarly there is no coin small enough that will blot out the moon, or sun, if you hold it out at arm’s length. A blouse button might do! In Angular Siz...
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A Look at Vancouver – the Aquarium

A Look at Vancouver - the Aquarium
“Look, Grandma, the world is upside down,” says the Munchkin as we enter the Vancouver Aquarium.   Or, perhaps it isn’t we decide. Maybe the people in Australia are right and they are on the top of the world. We wander through the exhibits enjoying, in particular the warmth of “The Tropics” on this cold and rainy day. We then take a look at marine life closer to home. All of which is fascinating to us as we’re originally from the prairies. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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The Munchkin goes to school in Mexico

The Munchkin goes to school in Mexico
We’re in small town Mexico for a month over Christmas holidays and the Munchkin has a chance to go to school for a couple of hours one morning with her best friend. This is one of the schools she has gone to with her mother to talk about pet care and to explain about the free spaying and neutering clinics offered twice a year. Today, she’ll just be another student in her friend’s classroom.                   The school isn’t fancy, but the rooms do have air conditioning. The playground, as you can see, is cement. At recess the kids improvise a soccer game using a small plastic cube for a ball. The cafeteria, manned by a couple of local women, offers (mostly) healthy food at a nominal price. ...
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Ambushed by Anita


There I was cycling happily along a winding country lane when a wagon forced me off road. Lying in the long grass the driver said, “We’ll let you back on the highway as long as you publish word of a fabulous new book by Anita Kovacevic.” I had no choice, but luckily she happens to be one of my favourite writerly pals. So, Anita, blow your cycle horn! THE FOREST OF TREES BLURB: When a family of four faces the brutal reality of their city life, they readily embrace a complete change. Emma and David Stone, with their kids Jeremy and Dot, move to a small town with their big hopes. However, small towns have their own secrets – from urban legends about The Forest of Trees to family skeletons in cl...
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Emeril Lagasse is alive and well – in Mexico

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Remember these? BAM! Let’s knock it up a notch. Rich vanilla ice cream with Frutas Tropicales is my favorite although you may like to try some of the other flavors. Enjoy! Www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Like many Canadians, Frosty goes south for the winter.

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Tamyrh Quarterly – Issue 2

#update #SciFi #IndieAuthor #newsletter #fanzine “Tamyrh Quarterly” Issue 2 will be released this coming week. Original link
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“To-Do List” and other Updates

#SciFi #IndieAuthor #IndieArtist #Update Those of you who follow me on social media know I’ve been away for a couple of weeks due to illness. This flu has kicked the stuffing out of me. My already bizarre sleeping schedule has devolved into something resembling hibernation, and I’ve let every project I’m involved in fall behind. … Continue reading “To-Do List” and other Updates Original link
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Merlin and ‘A Mind Of Its Own’


Mind Of Its Own is a magical fantasy story featuring King Arthur’s Merlin when he was given the task to escort a teenage girl on a strange journey. It is for adults only. It is for adults with a sense of humour only. This story was selected as the Story of the month for the 2016 British Fantasy Society October Bulletin. Mind of its Own Geoff Nelder Warning: this tale involves magic with a mind of its own. If you experience any personal oddities during your reading be afraid, but not very afraid. You will return to normal eventually. Merlin scowled at his arthritis-afflicted knuckles and reached out to the campfire, careful not to knock over a pot of roots and berries simmering with impatienc...
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Only in Mexico – cucumber candy

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Yes, we tried some and yes, they did taste like cucumber with a dash of chilli. Ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, water, gelatin, citric acid, modified startch, natural flavours, lactic glycerin, red, yellow, and blue food colouring. Each package contains 3 grams of protein and 26 grams of sugar. http://www.darlenejonesUthor.com Original link
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Ready to read?

Ready to Read?
Now that the festivities are behind us, we’re ready to while away the evenings with a good book so head over to your favorite online bookstore and load up your ereader with these. For a little Mystery, join Brittany: Her dream was to go to university. Instead she’s working in a nursing home hunting a killer. (When the Sun was Mine) Mystery and adventure are yours when you embark on a wild trek across the Sahara as Sidu tries to escape his fate: The old lady is dead, but she could still destroy him. (Whispers Under the Baobab) to learn more about Brittany, old lady Flo, and Sidu:  click HERE Or, if Science Fiction is more to your liking, check out the Em and Yves series. Book One: Em –  Gifte...
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This #NewYear, Visit Old #Fiction To Renew Your #Writing Life.


Originally posted on Jean Lee's World : For all the jokes out there about stories being a writer’s children there rings a subtle truth: we want every story to be its best. Like a sniffly child on timeout, they whine, “I want to be nice!” Then show you are nice, we say. “I don’t know… Original link
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Books read in 2017


Maybe it’s because I am in a couple of book groups requiring me to read at least two books monthly, plus what the members call ‘side reads’ along the lines of if-you-enjoyed-that-you’ll-like-this’ I have quite a long list here. In fact I’ve started more than I finished and forgotten some I enjoyed, but hadn’t written review notes. Long though this list is, the 2018 reads will outdo it because of my role as a judge in the current FicFun writing competition. For that I will read the equivalent of at least 20 novellas / novels by the end of May. These are in no particular order – even of chronological reading. Nor do I say if I enjoyed them though books I couldn’t really finish because of the w...
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year
Happy New Year! May 2018 be filled with the good things of life. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas - Feliz Navidad
Once again we’re at the Christmas Tree Festival in Victoria, BC and we say: Merry Christmas ! from the book club. And: Feliz Navidad ! from Mexico. Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Photography


My bike ride in Spain 2011 north of Benidorm I’m inspired by my next door neighbour to blog some of my own photographs. He is Matthew Martin and his blog of inspirational gems is here . I have to confess that I have no decent camera and lazy enough to be using my phone cam in recent years. I hope I have an eye for a ‘good’ image though and this might come across. I’ve thrown a few together from early to more recent. March 25 2007 Lache Lane, Chester. Accident-prone winding lane. Their mum was livid! Between Wetten and Hulme End in the Peak District 2011. Note altocumulus clouds rippling. June 2012 when I cycled over Ironbridge Limnisa in Methana, Greece. My fave writing retreat. The ‘secret’...
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Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews


Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews You know me by now, a sucker for holes – the ones in the ground. Hence my POTHOLE short story about a small hole that doubles in size every day until… argh! To be featured in my INCREMENTAL collection coming out in 2018 Then there is EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEE with its Best SF novel award (runner up) in 2008 where alien artefacts emerge from the crust leaving behind rather deep holes. Here it is http://hyperurl.co/du4s3h   Not to forget my short story THE MEMORY ROCK when a meteorite makes a hole in my nearby village of Dodleston. A free read here http://thewifiles.com/?p=631 I wonder if this interest in earthly voids started when taking Geography students into Snow...
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My Review of The Naked Reviewers.


Originally posted on A Writer's Journey : I recently published my novel, The Rise of Kali on Amazon. Being eager to promote it, I volunteered to have it reviewed by The Naked Reviewers. You can find the reviews here: https://thenakedreviewers.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-rise-of-kali-a-hunter-recovery-novel/#more-537 Sherry Terry runs the site. She’s multi-talented and wears many hats. She’s a published author. You… Original link
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Book Review: Zen in the Art of Writing


Originally posted on Ink Wrangler : Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Ray Bradbury’s writing. Something about his writing speaks to my inner being. It makes my soul dance, my heart ache, and my eyes leak rivulets of tears. This book is a fascinating tale of his life and times,… Original link
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