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Celebrating Contemporary Scottish Authors Month ~ December 2017

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Scottish Literature on the Shelf!

I’m celebrating Book Week Scotland with a whole month of Scottish book reviews.

It was browsing the books in our local library that I noticed, not only the familiar authors who I am accustomed to finding down south, but also a plethora of unfamiliar names. Having moved to Scotland two years this December, I thought it would be lovely to celebrate some of the Scottish authors I’ve recently discovered.

I could have chosen famous names I knew well: Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson (who I met in my Healing Paths of Fife’) or even Nigel Tranter, whose historical fiction captured my full attention during our first stay in Fife four years ago. I could have also written reviews for Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Mc Ewen or Ian Rankin (see my Goodreads page for reviews or star ratings) or even Kirkcaldy crime writer Val Mc Dermid, who wrote us a lovely encouraging email on the launch of our community library. I must not forget JK Rowling of course and Iain Banks …. oh the list could go on and on.

What a literate lot they are up here 🙂

Instead I’ve chosen less well known authors and I hope you will enjoy their books too. The sources of these novels ~ Waterstones bookshop, Amazon Kindle, the library, neighbours and even charity shops.

My celebration of Contemporary Scottish authors starts this Friday ~ 1st December 2017.

If you have a particular favourite Scottish author I’ve missed then I’d love to hear from you and I would be happy to include it as a guest review if you’d be kind enough to write one. Or, if you are a Scottish author and can send an independent review or would like to do an author interview ~

then I’d be delighted to hear from you by email

diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

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Luton Paranormal Society Investigates Nellie Rault’s Murder!

Back coverMNATLife as a writer is always full of surprises. I had an unexpected email from a member of Luton Paranormal Society saying that they were about to investigate Nellie Rault’s unsolved murder case and that they had read my novel ‘Murder Now and Then.‘ My murder mystery IS fiction, although Nellie’s story, whose murder in Haynes in1919, was unsolved (Lucille Vardon in my novel) is as close to the true story as I could surmise from research in newspaper cuttings of the day.

 

I stress that my solution to Nellie’s murder back in 1919 in my novel and the fictional murder in 2019 are pure fiction. (of course because the latter is set in the future one hundred years on!)

If you scroll down on this link you

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Nellie Rault’s grave in Haynes churchyard

will find that the Paranormal Society’s investigation has now been put back to 2018 but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything. How exciting!

http://www.lutonparanormal.com/

 

 

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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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