BOOK REVIEW: Never Cry Again by Jim Cole

February 26, 2017

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Never Cry Again Jim Cole self-published via Xlibris 978-1524504694 2016 Never Cry Again   The saga of 12 years in the life of a rural boy, born in a bawdy house, living in extreme poverty with his mother in the poorest part of a southern Arkansas town. Drew observes his mother entertaining numerous ‘uncles’. When […]

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Showing, not telling

February 6, 2017

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One of the first things you will be told if doing a course on writing or that you will read in books on writing, is to show, don’t tell. What does that mean? As is usually the case these days, this piece was inspired by something I read. It was a self-published book given to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Sleep Then My Princess by O N Stefan

January 5, 2017

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Sleep then my Princess O. N. Stefan Payella 2015 978 1 5199 7523 2 Sleep then My Princess is an emotional thriller set in Arizona. While mourning the death of her husband, Senior Tissue Engineer, Stephani Robbins, is plagued by recurring visions of a child being locked up in a chicken coop. Meanwhile, someone is […]

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Thoughts on SMART goal setting

January 2, 2017

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Back in 2015 I had specific goals set for the year. I did not actually realise them in totality but I did make appreciable progress. And as my Dad once told me, don’t be afraid to aim for the stars – you might only get to the treetops but at least you got off the […]

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Some thoughts on independent eyes

December 30, 2016

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UPDATE: more valuable feedback has been received, helping further with the story. In some recent reviews I have let rip on the need for and value of having extra eyes reviewing your work. And I have a short example of how beneficial that can be. Very recently I dashed off a short story for a […]

BOOK REVIEW: The First Five Days by John O and Archie A

December 24, 2016

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The First Five Days Lionean Saga self-published (Amazon) 2016   One of the joys of reviewing books is getting to read exciting new stuff. But the downside is that not every book is a joy. Unfortunately, The First Five Days is firmly in the latter category for me. I do not often post a bad […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Storm of Arranon by R. E. Sheahan

December 15, 2016

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Storm of Arranon R.E. Sheahan Rule of Three Press 2013 9781466234970 A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins. Cadet Erynn Yager guards a secret that if revealed would change her life, and not for the good. Erynn senses the emotions of others, can manipulate the electro-magnetic field around […]

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