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The Christmas Goblin is Out Now!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce to you the release of my latest ebook, a short(ish) Christmas children's story. I've discussed it briefly through the blog through the late summer and early autumn but not yet put a release date on it. Now, I can finally reveal that this story called The Christmas… Continue reading The Christmas Goblin is Out Now!

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Which Classics Have You Read More Than Once?

We either love classics or we endure them. For most people, reading a classic is something to tick off a bucket list. Let's be honest, being forced to endure them in a school environment is not conducive to repeated reading. Yet eventually, most of us find a handful we love. Here is my list. For… Continue reading Which Classics Have You Read More Than Once?

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The Explosive Opening to “Dead Lock” (Dead Heat Follow Up)

Just a few days have passed since I completed the first draft of Salmonweird. But the muse has definitely taken resident in my brain for a few weeks. I don't think she will be going anywhere for the time being. On Sunday, I spent some time finally working on Dead Lock, my companion piece for… Continue reading The Explosive Opening to “Dead Lock” (Dead Heat Follow Up)

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Gutenberg Bible Could Destroy Book Trade Within 20 Years

I wrote this article a couple of years ago on my science blog ILPPS when it was revealed that booksellers were losing ground to ebooks. There was a lot of hand wringing, including accusations (and still the persistent belief) that ebooks are not real books. They are here to stay and most book lovers appreciate… Continue reading Gutenberg Bible Could Destroy Book Trade Within 20 Years

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Something has Been Bothering Me About Shutter Island

This was one of my favourite films of 2010 - pretty much the year I changed my opinion of Leonardo Di Caprio for good. Having been "teenage girl bait" for many years, I know he had already done a few serious roles in which he'd received praise, but my opinion changed with this film and… Continue reading Something has Been Bothering Me About Shutter Island

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The Ingredients of a Crime Novel/la

A few days ago, I published a short segment of a possible novella - I say "possible" because sometimes these things run away with themselves and end up much longer than they were ever intended to be. As it stands at the monent, it's likely to be novella length. Interesting Daily Post on ingredients that I have… Continue reading The Ingredients of a Crime Novel/la

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What Happens To Your Ebooks After You Die?

Not to get too morbid, but I came across this a couple of months ago when a neighbour lost his wife. They had a joint account at Amazon and he owns a Kindle but the account was in her name. I wondered what the legality of the situation was and who would be entitled to keep… Continue reading What Happens To Your Ebooks After You Die?