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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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Introducing Dawn Singh ~An Author and the Inspiration Behind 2016 UKIndieLitfest

IMG_20150618_181350About Dawn Today I’m pleased to introduce Dawn Singh, a writer and Indie Publisher from West Yorkshire and CEO of FollowThisPublishing. The 2016 UKIndieLitfest is Dawn’s brain child but she has a day job and family too, so she appears to be one of those superwomen who never stops.

Her writing genre is Paranormal Fantasy leaning towards a Young Adult readership and the first book in her trilogy, Regina, The Monster Inside was published in the summer of 2014 which is available as a paperback and on Kindle.

Here is the blurb for the novel which certainly draws you in:regina review promo

What if what you were could destroy everything and everyone you loved? 
Regina thought she was an average teenager. When strange things start to happen, she discovers she belongs to a hidden world of supernatural beings and she is the most dangerous of them all.
Her existence is a death sentence to her, her survival could be a death sentence for us all. 

Dawn has known from a very early age that she wanted to be a writer and is led by moments of inspiration, out of which her characters are born.7

And Next Dawn promises us The Darkness, the next in The Regina series.

I look forward to meeting Dawn at the first UK Indie Literary Festival. More details and where you can register for free tickets for this event:

 

 

Website: http://dmsinghwriting.wix.com/author

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