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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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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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Introducing Rose English ~ Author of One Breath

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Rose English is also hard at work preparing for the UKIndieLitFest 2016.

A perfect name for an author who lives in the heart of England in Herefordshire, which speaks to me of apple orchards, cows grazing in the meadows flanked by a backdrop of the hills and mountains of the Welsh borders.

Her writing is beautifully crafted, moving and sends tingles down your spine. Here is my review of ‘One Breath:

One Breath by Rose English

This short story takes your breath away – literally. When you read it make sure you find a quiet spot ~ in the garden would be perfect ~ but certainly one where you will not be disturbed for half an hour. I’ve read it twice already.

Beautifully written, it tells the story of Dorothy, or Dotty as her ever loving husband Albert likes to call her ~ oh, what can I say without spoiling the story for you. This is a tale of love and tragedy and you will probably shed a tear or two, out of joy as well as pain. Dotty has a love for her garden, in which lies the symbolism of all that is significant in her life, including a rose to commemorate her ‘almost’ still born baby, Grace.

There is humour, fantasy and emotion woven through this tale, which won second prize in an online competition via ‘The Daily Bookworm’.  I hope that Rose English will go on to write novels and I believe her name will be one to watch out for in future years.

What more can I say but to wish her well in her writing and I promise to read  ‘The Magic of grandfather Time’ next Christmas. I will certainly buy a signed copy and I look forward to meeting Rose English at the UK Indie Lit Festival on 23rd July in Bradford.

Rose English’s website

Twitter @RoseEnglishUK

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