In Review: November Round Up

This has been an exceptionally busy month for me, both on the blog front, and writing in general. Oddly enough, despite all the words written, hardly any of them were for reviews. And of those books I did read in November, one was a re-read for SciFiMonth. I hope to do better in December. Especially as this last month saw an upsurge in interest from Authors and Publishers alike, in my reviewing work for them.

Author and journalist, Laura Fahrenthold, reached out to me, asking if I would be interested in reviewing her upcoming, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story. To which I said yes. How could I say otherwise? Laura is writing about the tragedy that struck her life, and her family, and recounts how she decided to deal with the loss, on her own terms. She bought an RV, took her kids and their dog, and drove across the United States and Canada in search of healing and understanding.

Author: Laura Fahrenthold
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
ISBN: 9781578267682
Pub Date: June 6, 2018

I was also contacted by another journalist turned author, Ian Thomas Shaw, who asked if I would be interested in reading his latest novel, Quill of the Dove. In total contrast to Fahrenthold’s novel, Shaw is writing about something just as close to him, on topics he’s covered while in the Middle East. Written as a political thriller, Shaw presents real life events, and the current political intrigue in Palestine and the Lebanon, as seen through the eyes of two journalists, looking for truth.

Author: Ian Thomas Shaw
Publisher: Guernica Editions
ISBN: 9781771833783
Pub Date: April 1, 2019

Add to the fact I’m reviewing Roar of Sky by Beth Cato for the SF magazine, Foundation. I need to get cracking, as I also have Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell still in my pile, for review.

Meanwhile, November was a fun month, and I really enjoyed participating in SciFiMonth. It was a great chance to highlight a lot of my favourite science fiction books and authors. I hope you found something to grab your attention, and interest you, whether from In Space No One Can Hear You, to A Blast From The Past, and my popular Book Suggestions for People Who Don’t Like SF!

And finally, remembering the sad passing of one of comics books greatest heroes: Stan Lee.


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  1. Alexandra
    December 6, 2018

    Oh, I know, the minute I read Laura’s email, I wanted to read her story. I’m sure I’ll laugh a lot, as well as cry way too much. And, in contrast, The Dove of the Quill sounded compelling reading too.

    I’m still waiting the arrival of both books. As they’ve had a rolling postal strike here for the last few months. Hopefully, I’ll have them before the holidays.

  2. December 6, 2018

    Oh, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicle sounds like a heartbreaking story. I bet I would enjoy it and am looking forward to reading your review of it.

    Well done for generating such interest, your reviews are joy to read and I’m not surprised at all by that. ❤️

    I agree with you – Stan Lee is sorest being missed, his stories touched so many souls and inspired many authors. May he rest in peace.

  3. December 2, 2018

    That’s a great wrap for the month! I’m glad writers are reaching out to you 🙂 Congrats!

    • December 2, 2018

      Thanks, Jasmine. It’s always a delight to be in direct contact with the author.

  4. November 30, 2018

    Oh how cool, reviewing for that magazine! <3 🙂

    • November 30, 2018

      It sounds cool, doesn’t it. Except, I’d never heard of them before them offering me a book off their list. It’s a UK-based literary SF magazine. So I’m interested to see what they make of my review when I had it in, Norrie. No one has ever accused me of being literary anything! 😀

  5. November 30, 2018

    Well well well aren’t you the sought after woman Alexandra! Congratulations 😉 And as I just wrote in my post today you got me hooked on scifi!!!

    • November 30, 2018

      I think some how they might think I’m someone else and when they find out I’m not *that* person I’ll be busted, Sophie! Ha! Ha! But if they’re happy for me to review their books, I’m game to try any and all takers.

      See, now my rambling about this and that author and book are having a knock-on effect, just as your reviews do for me! 😉 It’s great to start new genres if you have some solid suggestions to start with.

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