Showing posts from February, 2013

Author Interview with Shirley Benton

Shirley Benton is the author of Can we Start again? and Looking for Leon, Pictured below. She was a panel guest at The Literary Ladies Evening which I hosted last summer in Drogheda and she is pictured below with fellow Irish writers Michelle Jackson and Helen Moorhouse. 

        1.Did you always want to write?
Oh yes, particularly when I was younger and was being asked what I wanted to do when I grew up – mind you, I kept that to myself whenever I had my consultations with the career guidance teacher at school. Even back then, I knew I’d be told to do something else if I ever wanted to make a living. It was always at the back of my mind, though, even when I went on to work in industries that weren’t in any way related to writing. I always thought the sense of achievement of seeing your book on the shelves would be huge, and I aspired to experience that feeling one day myself.

2. What was your favourite book as a child?

When I was very young, it was the series of Noddy books by Enid Blyto…

Tide by Daniela Sacerdoti

Tide is the second book in the Sarah Midnight trilogy and it is an enchanting and engrossing follow up to Dreams which was published last Spring. The book begins immediately after Sarah has been saved by Nicholas from Cathy and her demons, she has learned that Harry is really Sean that he has been impersonating her cousin. She is living alone as Christmas approaches having sent Harry/Sean away. Nicholas is a constant presence and whenever he is near Sarah feels foggy and tired, she is no longer dreaming in fact she is barely functioning. Sean is keeping watch over her and he finds Nicholas a threatening presence he does not believe he is who he says he is but Sarah won't listen. Elodie arrives in Scotland and eventually so do Mike and Niall as a new danger threatens them all. Despite Sean's doubts they must unite. Sarah feels sure that they must travel to her ancestral home of Midnight Hall on Islay and it is here that they discover more of the history of the secret families.  T…

Tide Book 2 of The Sarah Midnight Trilogy

I am currently reading this book which is a follow up to the fantastic Dreams. I adore Daniela's writing style and I have been eagerly awaiting this release. It's finally here, officially published tomorrow February 21st but already available in some stores. Check out my facebook badge below I am so excited about this book I have made the cover my profile pic. I will be reviewing this as soon as I can. Click on the Daniela Sacerdoti tag on this post to see my reviews and other posts about Daniela's books.

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

Human Remains is a disturbing and intriguing crime novel, told in an unconventional style and bleak in its outlook but with utterly engrossing storytelling. The story is presented from two viewpoints; Colin a clever but psychopathic loner and Annabel a police analyst who discovers her neighbour’s corpse and feels guilty that she hadn’t noticed her absence and frightened that as someone who lives alone she could one day end up the same way herself. Although not a detective Annabel begins to research discoveries of dead bodies in her local area and is shocked to see a huge increase over the last year. She is sure that something sinister is going on but is restricted from investigating any further until she forms a tentative friendship with local journalist; Sam. Colin meanwhile is fantasising about his friend’s girlfriend and studying psychology, wondering just how far he can make his victims go using the power of persuasion. A chilling read which will appeal to fans of Rosamund Lupton, …

Love Reading

Some of you who have been following me for a while may already know that I am on a reviewing panel for a great books website called If you haven't had a look at the website do check it out.
Below is a link to the most recent review I have written for LoveReading which is for Barbara Erskine's River of Destiny.

Hereward; The Devil's Army by James Wilde

This is an intriguing, fast paced historical adventure featuring a period which I have rarely seen depicted in fiction. The novel covers a short time period after the Norman Conquest when the legendary Hereward rallied the English troops in the Fenlands of East Anglia. William may have taken the crown but Hereward and his army are growing and they feel that victory may be within reach, however the prospect of danger and betrayal are present at every turn. The story is told from multiple viewpoints; Hereward himself, Alric the monk his ally and friend, Balthar the fox an Englishman who supports King William, Turfrida Hereward's wife among others. This is actually the second book in a planned trilogy, I haven't read the first but I had no problem with being thrown into the action from page one. James Wilde is a talented and intelligent storyteller, the relationships and character crafting receive as much attention as the action sequences. I would recommend this book to anyone wi…

River of Destiny

Barbara Erskine is one of my favourite authors, writing as she does about the two subjects which fascinate me above all; history and the paranormal. Barbara is on top form with this new novel which layers the stories of one place over three different time periods. The contemporary story is of London couple Zoe and Ken who are seeking a quieter life in the Suffolk countryside. Ken wants more time on the boat, while Zoe feels unsure what she wants. Their new home is a converted barn and it is Zoe who begins to feel the echoes of the buildings’ past. Throughout the book Barbara Erskine threads the earlier Victorian story of the blacksmith Dan and his wife Susan and the Anglo-Saxon story of the village which once occupied the site of the barn conversions. We also get the story of the neighbours; damaged former blacksmith Leo who helps Zoe to learn about the area’s past, and Rosemary who is determined to establish what she believes is an ancient right of way but is the mound in “dead man’s…

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