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Offer of 12 Book Reviews on Diana’s Book Review Spot

Would you like me to review your book on my blog and on Goodreads in the next twelve months?

Are you a Scottish author in particular?

I would like to focus my book reviews in the next year on good Scottish literature. Now, I am happy to choose famous, less well known or debut authors. These would be honest reviews, but I would only post my review with your permission. I read historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, crime, saga and women’s lighter fiction. I’m not too enthusiastic about passionate and explicit romance.

If you would like me to consider your book, then all I ask is a small donation of £3 or more for Kinghorn Community Library, which is only just opening this month due to hard work from many enthusiastic volunteers.. I don’t consider this as payment for a review just a donation to a worthy and needy cause.

Here’s our Just Giving Page

Firstly get in touch by email diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk and request a review.

Then we’ll agree a month and you can make your donation.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Please RT and share if you can. I will consider any books outside of Scotland too, especially if I’ve already reviewed one of your books favourably.

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Walking over The Queensferry Crossing in aid of our new Kinghorn Community Library

In two weeks’ time, on Sunday 3rd September, we are lucky to have been allocated tickets to walk over the new bridge over the Forth, The Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh, Scotland. It will be a motorway linking Edinburgh with Fife and the north, leaving the old road bridge initially to be repaired and then to be used for buses and taxis I believe.

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The Queensferry Crossing Scotland

I would like to make this a more meaningful experience for my community by raising much needed funds for our new library which will open officially on the same day, Sunday 3rd September.

I realise than many of you will not visit or benefit from our library, (although you would be more than welcome to pop by and say hello) but if you believe that reading should be encouraged from a very early age and that libraries are precious for our leisure, for education and as a focal point for community life then we’d really appreciate a donation of as little as £3 or $3 or much more if you are feeling generous. I am aiming for £200 and have a long way to go.

Follow this link to our Just Giving Page and the contribution will go directly into our Kinghorn Library bank account.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kinghornlibrary

On Saturday I took these pictures at the Queensferry Regatta when some very brave men and women competed in their skiffs. It is an excellent spot to view all of the bridges in their glory.

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Crime author Laura Read’s review of ‘Murder Now and Then’

Laura Read and I have been following each other’s blogs for some time and so agreed to review each other’s novels with honest reviews. It is always refreshing as an author to read reviews like this and to learn from them.

ISBN 9780957252080

Murder, now and then available on Amazon Click on the cover link

Here is an extract:

‘The novel reminds me of the TV series Midsomer Murders, with strong themes of family, time and place featuring throughout. Diana describes all of the various suspects in detail, and frequently changes perspective to tell her story and reveal more clues. Her descriptions of the locations in Bedfordshire and Jersey, as well as how she brings her characters to life, are what make the story.’

Author Laura Read’s Blog

I take her points about technology and politics. Having written the story in 2013 the world was changing but I tried to predict short term future ~ a dangerous game when the novel is only launched in 2015 and the novel begins in 2016 and it is still circulating in 2017. I will have a more detailed blog post about this shortly.

Laura’s crime writing is much darker than mine. She refers to ‘Murder Now and Then’ as cosy in comparison, which is probably why it has been read in libraries. I am happy with that description since it focuses on the mystery and intrigue rather than the gritty nature of the murders.

I am in the middle of reading ‘Deadly Sins’ at the moment and I’ll review it due course, but I wish her all the luck in the world in her writing career.

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