How To Write A Story – J.J. Barnes

*Declaration of Interest – I am personal friends with the author in question.  I received a no-obligation, free copy of this book.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* Blurb: The world needs more stories, let's make yours one of them! ★★★★★ If you're a passionate writer with a love of stories, … Continue reading How To Write A Story – J.J. Barnes

Blog Tour: Wicked Writing Skills – Lexi Rees

*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* Blurb: Writing is like a spell. It can melt hearts and fry brains, twisting and turning as the magic works. Want the world to fall at your feet, … Continue reading Blog Tour: Wicked Writing Skills – Lexi Rees

Eight Detectives – Alex Pavesi

  *I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules. Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down … Continue reading Eight Detectives – Alex Pavesi

Moonflower Murders – Anthony Horowitz

  *I received a free ARC of this novel, with thanks to the author, Cornerstone / Penguin Random House and NetGalley.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is running a small hotel on a Greek island with her long-term boyfriend. But life isn't as idyllic … Continue reading Moonflower Murders – Anthony Horowitz

The Awful Truth About the Name of the Rose – Marco Ocram

  *I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author and Tiny Fox Press. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  “IT IS STAN,” screamed the unhinged monk. “STAN HAS COME AMONGST US!” “Stan?” cried the abbot and I in bewilderment. “Who is Stan?” I realized my … Continue reading The Awful Truth About the Name of the Rose – Marco Ocram

Bookshine’s Best Reads of 2019 – Part 2

  Here we go again, with my favourite books of the second half of 2019! As before, these are books that I read last year, regardless of publication date.  Also as before, my list is very fantasy heavy.  What can I say – it is a varied and fascinating genre and I love every subset! … Continue reading Bookshine’s Best Reads of 2019 – Part 2

The Vanished Bride – Bella Ellis

  *I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author, NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*       Blurb:  Yorkshire, 1845, and dark rumours are spreading across the moors. Everything indicates that Mrs Elizabeth Chester of Chester Grange has been brutally murdered in her … Continue reading The Vanished Bride – Bella Ellis

Ivory Apples – Lisa Goldstein

  *I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Tachyon Publications and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  Ivy and her sisters have a secret: their reclusive Great-Aunt is actually Adela Martin, inspired author of the fantasy classic, Ivory Apples. Generations of obsessive fans have searched for Adela, … Continue reading Ivory Apples – Lisa Goldstein

A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook – Richie Billing

  *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*   Blurb:  'A Fantasy Writers' Handbook' provides detailed guidance on the pillars of storytelling as well as aspects of writing that rarely feature in other books, such as writing fight scenes and … Continue reading A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook – Richie Billing

The Awful Truth About the Sushing Prize – Marco Ocram

  *I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, NetGalley and Tiny Fox Press. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*     Blurb:  Writer Marco Ocram has a secret superpower—whatever he writes actually happens, there and then. Hoping to win the million-dollar Sushing Prize, he uses his powers to … Continue reading The Awful Truth About the Sushing Prize – Marco Ocram