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Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 1 – The Wars to Come


This is the first in the weekly Game of Thrones recaps for Season 5, and if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, please don’t read on. Naturally, all the spoilers. Isn’t it great to be back in Westeros? I guess that depends on who you are, as there’s a lot of unhappy characters in this opening episode of Season 5, one that comes at a really interesting time for the show. As anticipated in last season’s finale, we’re fast running …


Cover reveal: Fireplay by Steve P. Vincent

April 10, 2015 by

A chance lightning strike. A reporter in the right place. A scandal that will rock America. Journalist Jack Emery has seen it all. Embedded for the New York Standard with the 8th Marine Regiment in the heart of Afghanistan, he has covered everything from firefights to the opening of new schools. But nothing has prepared Jack for the story that is about to explode right in front of him. When a convoy Jack is riding in is attacked by a …


Book Therapy


Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite writers, not only for his ability to create creepy, chilling, utterly convincing mini worlds in his stories, but also because he talks so beautifully about the importance of his art and how he set about making it happen. In fact, he’s one of my favourite writers on writing, and makes the process sound both very accessible and magical at the same time. Curious paradox, but he pulls it off. Anyway, in a now …


One Man is Attempting to Read a Book From Every Bookcase in a Library


Pet care, military history, even the reference shelf: this guy is going to read a book from each of them. Robert Sedgwick wants to expand his reading, and to promote his local library. He decided the best way to do this was to read a book from each bookcase in the library – there are 133 bookcases, by his count – and blog about it here. He has over 20,000 books to choose from. As with any self-imposed Herculean challenge, one must …


Cover reveal: Equilibrium episode 1


The Spirits’ ancient equilibrium is brought into being when the twelfth mage is finally found. But Angora is unlike those who have come before her and she refuses to blindly accept her fate. The Ayons have mysteriously retreated from a far-reaching southern offensive, ordered back by their newly crowned king. In the aftermath of this battle, Angora is washed up on the shore of a foreign land, bruised and battered, determined to keep her past a secret from all. Rescued …


All that Sparkles OFFICIAL BLOG TOUR!


We’re super excited that ALL THAT SPARKLES by Claire Boston, Book Two of The Texan Quartet is coming out on April 23rd. To celebrate, we’ve got a month long blog tour featuring some AMAZING blogs, websites and authors who will be reviewing the book, or spotlight, interviewing or hosting guest posts. Watch this space! 1st April 2015 In Their Own Right – I’m visiting my critique group member, Teena Raffa-Mulligan and giving a glimpse into my writing sanctuary and my …


The official MELANCHOLY: BOOK TWO OF THE CURE blog tour!

March 26, 2015 by

We’re really excited to be launching Melancholy: Book Two of the Cure by Charlotte McConaghy. So excited that we’ve gone ahead and organised a blog tour! Join us for excerpts, giveaways, guest posts and more! OFFICIAL TOUR SCHEDULE: Monday April 6th – Living in our own story Tuesday April 7th – YA Bookworm Blogger Wednesday April 8th – Smokin Hot Bloggers Thursday April 9th – Thoughts By J Thursday April 9th – EPISODE 1 RELEASED! Friday April 10th – Urban …


Cover reveal: State of Emergency by Steve P. Vincent


What is the true cost of security? Amid a wave of unprecedented terrorist attacks on American soil, a panicked and inexperienced president declares a state of emergency and hands over control of the country to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The quiet and unassuming Administrator Hall soon becomes the most powerful man in America. Determined to stop the attacks, Hall enforces his order across the US, using a newly empowered State Guard to deal with anyone who gets in …


Change is Good


If characters stay the same their actions are usually predictable and stories can lack edge and excitement. That isn’t always a bad thing: Winnie the Pooh is always going to like honey and be gently philosophical. That’s his thing and it works for him. However, for humans, change is natural and inevitable as we adapt to new situations. A classic way to show this is to have a character enjoy a thing, almost to the point of obsession at the …


If Social Media Sites Were Objects from Harry Potter


I absolutely adore the Harry Potter books (said a huge percentage of the world’s literate population), and relate nearly everything in my life to them, whether it be sorting my friends into Houses—I have a lot of friends in Slytherin, think what you will—finding parallels to my love life within its pages, and even throwing themed parties complete with self-brewed Butterbeer. It’s not strange, therefore, that I found a  way to work Harry Potter into the world of social media, …


Cover reveal – Melancholy: Book Two of the Cure by Charlotte McConaghy


Here are the fabulous covers for all three episodes of Melancholy the follow-up to Charlotte McConaghy action-packed dystopian adventure, Fury. Pre-order EPISODE ONE now! Released 9th April Here in the west they know a lot about hope. They know how to ration it just as they do with food and water.  Josephine is at last free of the blood moon. But in a desperate rush to find help for a comatose Luke, she discovers the strange and dangerous world of the resistance, and it is …


Why I Love John Wick, aka The Theory of Unorthodox Motivation In Heroes


Charles Purcell joins us on the blog today to talk about the hero’s journey: According to the well-known theory of The Hero’s Journey, there are several steps each hero takes during any quest. They include the call to adventure; facing guardians; battling challenges and temptations; diving into a personal or very real hell or abyss; being transformed by the experience; and returning as a newer, more powerful hero. The first of those steps is perhaps the most important: the call …



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