Favourite series: Garrison Gage Mysteries by Scott William Carter

The Gray and Guilty Sea

Favourite series: I’ll not summarise the Garrison Gage Mysteries for you, except to say the stories are set on the Oregon Coast of the USA. The writing is good, the characters are interesting and their experiences are well drawn. The books are plot driven at a speed where you have time to take in the scenery and the weather, there’s time to get to know the characters and the consequence of their actions.

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First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett Feature

A Bookish Observation: It’s a melodram of the best kind. My first impression of Charlie Lovett’s “First Impressions” was positive and that impression played out well throughout the book. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a book about books, one of my favorite genres. The story switches chapter by chapter between Jane Austen’s world and the life of a present day character, Sophie Collingwood. It’s easy to read and flows at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow.

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One little word for 2015

One little word for 2015 - Think

My word for the year 2015 is THINK.

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First Book of the Year 2015

First Book of the Year 2015 Challenge

One of my favourite book bloggers, Sheila of Book Journey, has proposed a challenge titled “First Book of the Year 2015″. I’ve accepted Sheila’s challenge, it’s more of an invitation really.

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A new addition to our collection of wise quotes


I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. Source: W.B. Yeats

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The Desiderata by Max Erhmann


The Desiderata by Max Erhmann: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

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Sausage Hall by Christina James

Sausage Hall by Christina James

One of the joys of being a book blogger is being welcomed into the world of “reviews”. I rarely accept invitations to review books for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many books don’t interest me and secondly I’m very busy with multiple projects. I only blog when something grabs me, so when an email arrived in my in-box offering me a preview copy of Sausage Hall by Christina James I immediately wrote back to say, “the book’s blurb gives me the impression that it would be a book I would enjoy” and enjoy it I did. This is the third book of the Detective Inspector Yates series. Sausage Hall was the first book I’ve read, written by Christina James. I’ll be seeking out her other two soon,

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The Merry Millionaire by J.A.Wells


A bookish observation: Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I retain a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I accepted an invitation to apply my skills to the production of a book following in the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich “gay” English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.

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Book Marketing is Dead by Derek Murphy


A bookish observation: I’ve been following along with Derek Murphy’s blog from his website CreativeIndie for a few months. It’s full of interesting insights about eBook publishing and cover design. His conversational writing style is clear and easily accessible, so when I realised he had published several books covering self-publishing topics, I loaded down four of them:

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A Shell from Shel : A Scallop Shell from The Camino


The Camino pilgrimage has fascinated me for years. I’ve read many books about it. I know I’ll never be fortunate enough to place a foot on the sacred pathway, I won’t get my walking passport stamped, nor will I be able to hang a scallop shell from my overweight backpack. But that’s OK, I haven’t completly missed out because I read books.

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