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On finally reading The Hunger Games – What took me so long?!

Yep, I’m one of THOSE people. The ones that are a little bit embarrassed and often resort to being very non committal in conversations about the big fandoms… because we haven’t read them.

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And not having read something as HUGE as The Hunger Games feels like it’s probably a crime in the world of YA. So first of I’m legitimately sorry it has taken me this long to read this book (oh yes, because I still have 2 books to go… I’m getting there, ok?) Secondly, I need to talk about Katniss, and Peeta, k? Continue reading “On finally reading The Hunger Games – What took me so long?!”

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Writing kick-ass women – Guest Post by kick-ass author Jen Williams

I’m so BEYOND excited to have the wonderful Jen Williams here on my blog this week. And it’s even better that she’s talking about that writing thing. About the creative writing thing and what exactly goes into making that kick-ass leading lady.

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‘The Outliers’ by Kimberly McCreight; things get real shifty, real fast!

Welp, the shizz soon hits the fan with this one, doesn’t it? It goes from ‘oh, ok’, to ‘holy snackajacks!’ in a matter of moments.

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I really wasn’t convinced at first, but boy oh boy… Continue reading “‘The Outliers’ by Kimberly McCreight; things get real shifty, real fast!”

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Is it too soon to be looking ahead to 2017 book releases?

Please don’t say it is, because I am SO EXCITED for some of these releases I could wee.

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You’re welcome for that image. But it’s true. There are some good books coming out in 2017, fam. Here are just some of the titles I’m most looking forward to. Continue reading “Is it too soon to be looking ahead to 2017 book releases?”

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‘The Bombs That Brought Us Together’ and made me pull at my hair

Shame on me. When I snapped up this read I couldn’t place Brian Conaghan as an author. I shrugged and figured he was an relative unknown or a debut. WRONG! It wasn’t until much later that I realised he had also written ‘When Mr Dog Bites’. Duh!

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But maybe it was a good thing that I went into ‘The Bombs That Brought Us Together’ with a clear mind. Nothing else to colour my perspective. Here’s what I thought… Continue reading “‘The Bombs That Brought Us Together’ and made me pull at my hair”

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Communicating across the ‘Radio Silence’

I never got around to reading Alice Oseman’s ‘Solitaire’. It’s one of those books that’s been on my #tbr for waaaay too long. But when ‘Radio Silence’ fell into my hands I couldn’t resist it. For one, dayum, that cover. And also, I’m just a big fan of anything radio-electric. It comes with being the daughter of HAM radio operator.

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The title of this book is so incredibly on it. I could sit and think about that title all day long. It works on so many levels. And then there’s the story itself… Continue reading “Communicating across the ‘Radio Silence’”

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Developing a tough skin is tough, but necessary if you want to be a published author

It was that time of year again folks. I headed off to Winchester Writers’ Fest and put myself into a perpetual state of worry and self-doubt for at least 48 hours.

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For those of you who don’t know, Winchester University holds a festival each year for writers. They have authors, agents, publishers, editors, etc running workshops and giving talks on all aspects of the writing and publishing process. An intense (but worth it) weekend.

The bit that causes me the most anxiety? Agent one-to-ones. 15 minute slots with your chosen agents where you try to pitch them your novel without turning into a babbling idiot. And by gum do I say some strange things when I’m nervous. Continue reading “Developing a tough skin is tough, but necessary if you want to be a published author”

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The nameless narrator in Michael Grant’s ‘Front Lines’

Michael Grant’s new masterpiece is set in an alternative history where WWII women are eligible for combat roles on the front line. But the question on many reader’s lips, including mine, is “who’s that narrator?” Continue reading “The nameless narrator in Michael Grant’s ‘Front Lines’”