Month: August 2018

Q&A with YA author, Bren MacDibble

Following on from this year’s incredible success of two of her books, I want to introduce you to my friend, Bren MacDibble, whose work is earning her rave reviews and awards. Starting with the usual first question: Why do you write? Probably for the same reason I read… and drink for that matter, it makes little connections in my brain fire and I feel good. Of course the reason I attempt to get the writing published is more about the irrational belief that I can create stories from a unique angle that connect with other people and something in their brains will fire and they will feel good too, and then they might say, “That MacDibble, she’s all right.” Which sounds like the worst possible way to seek approval… did I mention, I’m irrational? What genre do you feel most comfortable working in? Science fiction most definitely, and I write for all age groups. What was the first thing you remember writing? When I was a child I wrote a story about a kitten that …

The Lady Janies Book Tag

Following in the footsteps (and blogposts) of Kiersten over at, Once Upon A Spine, I’m doing The Lady Janies Book Tag created by Rebecca and Ellyn. The Rules • Thank the person who nominated you • Answer all the questions below • Pingback the creators: Rebecca and Ellyn • Nominate 5 or more blogger to do the tag JANE LYNCH: A favourite book featuring a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum That would have to be lesbian and Detective Betty Rhyzyk from The Dime, by Kathleen Kent. Funny, smart, and as tough as nails. LADY JANE GREY: A short book that packed a punch I guess I would have to go with Animal Farm by George Orwell, which I was forced to read at school but, even to this day, still resonates with me. JANE AUSTEN: Favourite heroine in a classic novel Like so many before me, I’m choosing Jane Eyre, as she was one of my early heroes before I discovered science fiction! JANE EYRE: You favourite retelling This has got to be by author, …

The Chalk Pit, by Elly Griffiths

DETAILS Title: THE CHALK PIT (DNF) Author: Elly Griffiths Publisher: Mariner ISBN: 9781328915351 Genre: Crime Fiction BACK COVER BLURB Far below Norwich is a maze of old mining tunnels. When Ruth Galloway is called to examine a set of human remains in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she’s at the helm of a murder investigation. Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is looking for a homeless woman who he hears has gone “underground.” Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth and Nelson investigate the tunnels, they hear rumours of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. And when a dead body is found with a map of what seems to be the full maze, they realize their hunt for the killer has only just begun-and that more bodies may be underfoot. WHAT I THOUGHT I made it to Chapter 8 and then, stopped. I just couldn’t be bothered to go on. …

Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Maps

So this week’s topic for Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm is: Bookish Maps or, books with maps in. Once again I will be sticking to talking about books I’ve personally read and loved that have included a map or maps. So here they are: No. 1 — Hogwarts School (J.K. Rowling) No. 2 — Narnia (C.S. Lewis) No. 3 — Discworld (Terry Pratchett) No. 4 — Guilder (Princess Bride) No. 5 — Earthsea (Ursula K. LeGuin) I did have so many more books but, there’s a point where you have to choose just five as this is, after all, the Top 5 Tuesday, and not, Top 24! Honourable mentions go to: Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings) | The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh) — see, I had to squeeze two more in!

The Locksmith’s Daughter, by Karen Brooks

DETAILS Title: THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER Author: Karen Brooks Publisher: William Morrow ISBN: 9780062686572 Genre: Historical Fiction BACK COVER BLURB Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth—the last of the Tudor monarchs—and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory’s talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure. But Mallory’s loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn’t fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice – between her country and her heart. Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her—secrets that could destroy those she loves. Once Sir Francis’s greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his …