#GuestPost from Joy Wood #Author of Getting Away With Murder @joywoodauthor @rararesources

I’m delighted to welcome Joy Wood with her post ‘You’ve Got To Be In It To Win It’ for my stop on the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Getting Away With Murder

Over to you, Joy…

All of my life, I’ve loved words. I can remember as far back as being at infant school, probably about seven or eight, and we’d been asked to do a poem in “our best handwriting”. The teacher told us that there would be a competition and the best three poems would be read out to the class. I was fortunate to be one of those three, and while I can still see myself stood at the front and all my classmates sat at their desks, I have no idea what I wrote about. But it must have kick-started something in me as I always loved words and English language all the way through school.

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#GuestPost from Gail Aldwin #Author of ‘This Much Huxley Knows’ ~ A Story of Innocence, Misunderstandings, and Acceptance @gailaldwin

I’m delighted to welcome Gail Aldwin with her post about ‘Five settings that had to feature in This Much Huxley Knows’ 

Over to you, Gail…

For my second contemporary novel, This Much Huxley Knows, I explored some important places from my personal history and from my children’s early years to inform the settings in the book. As the novel uses a seven-year-old narrator, home, school and church are obvious choices. (For some UK families, school and church are inextricably linked due to the requirement for evidence of church attendance to gain priority enrolment to some state-funded church schools.) Rather than focus on these settings, I’ve chosen five other places which are significant to my young narrator.

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Being Netta Wilde by Hazel Ward @hazelward #BlogTour #GuestPost #ContemporaryFiction @rararesources

It’s launch day on the blog tour for Being Netta Wilde, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources. 

Being Netta Wilde

I have a guest post to share by Hazel Ward, the author…

I choose music with my words.

Popular music has always played a part in my life. There are songs that have been lodged in my memory for a long time. Not necessarily ones I’d choose to listen to, but that doesn’t make them any less special. Que Sera Sera, an old Doris Day hit, immediately transports me back to my mother singing it when ironing. My dad’s favoured singalong was a traditional one called The German Clockmaker. Quite racy for its time, I believe. He had a habit of singing it when drunk. I’m smiling now at the thought of my younger self rolling my eyes as he belted it out in the middle of a crowded pub. 

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#SpotlightFeature ~ The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino @aridagni #GuestPost #FridayReads

Today I’m showcasing The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino, described as ‘ a hybrid form that mixes history, science, magic & the love for the outdoors.’

I asked Arianna if she could tell us about the inspiration for The Afrikaner and her time as an international reporter…

Landing from what was then regarded as “enlightened”, free and democratic Europe and finding ourselves in the turmoil of a society caught in dramatic transition – between the end of apartheid (the 40-year long period of racial segregation imposed on the peoples of South Africa) and the first democratically elected black government. Those were the years, 1996-2000 in which my husband and I worked in South Africa as international reporters for the Italian press. 

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#GuestPost + #Giveaway by Patrick Haylock @Patthequipper #Humour @rararesources

I’m pleased to be able to share a guest post from Patrick Haylock, part of the mini blog blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Over to Patrick

At the end of last year Jupiter and Saturn came closer to each other than they had been for almost 800 years. It was an event that set the world astrological community abuzz with the possible consequences of such an alignment and its potential impact on global leaders and events.

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#GuestPost from TS Krupa ~ author of Big City Dreams @TS_Krupa #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

It’s a pleasure today to welcome T.S. Krupa with a guest post and  her latest book info.

Recipe and a Book

I remember smelling the sugary sweetness of paczki (traditional Polish doughnut) before seeing them on my babcia’s kitchen table. They were always freshly fried and coated in powered sugar. It would take her a full 4 hours to make several trays of this sweet goodness from scratch and the family only minutes to eat them all up. I regret not ever having stood with her in the kitchen to learn how to make these and I don’t have her actual recipe anymore. By the time I came around the recipe had long been memorized and wasn’t actually written down anywhere. Fear not, I found a really good equivalent to my babcia’s paczki. Make Your Pączki at Home With This Traditional Polish recipe has a step by step process that is very close. I wish I had the original recipe. Do you have any family recipes that have been passed down? What is your favorite?

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#GuestPost ~ Digging Into My Roots by Sverrir Sigurdsson #author of Viking Voyager: An Icelandic #Memoir @Sverrir_Sigurds

It’s my pleasure today to welcome Sverrir Sigurdsson with a post about the research into his ancestry.

A memoirist is supposed to depend mostly on his memory.  But when I started writing my memoirs, I felt what was stored in my brain wasn’t enough.  To get to the bottom of who I was, I needed to burrow into the consciousness of the people I came from.  

My dad had researched the family tree of my maternal grandmother and traced it all the way to our ancestors who lived in Sognefjord, Norway in the late seventh century.  In other words, I’m a descendant of the original Vikings who left Norway for Iceland in protest over King Harald the Beautiful Hair’s efforts to unify the country.  My ancestral pantheon includes Erik the Red and his son, Leif Eriksson the explorer.  But names alone weren’t enough; I wanted to know these people, how they lived, what they did in life, and what they were made of.  

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#GuestPost from Melissa Baldwin author of Love and Ohana Drama #BlogTour #Giveaway @mpbaldwinauthor @rararesources

Today I’m joining the blog tour for Love and Ohana Drama, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources, with a guest post from Melissa Baldwin.

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#GuestPost from Tyler Edwards #Author of #YA #Dystopian The Outlands @tedwardsccc

Today I’m pleased to welcome Tyler Edwards, author of The Outlands which is published on the 24th January, with a guest post about ‘what ifs’

Have you ever wondered ‘what if’? What if I had made this choice? Done this differently? What would my life look like today if I’d ___? It’s one of my favorite questions to ponder. What if I had been popular instead of an awkward nerd in High School? What if I’d taken this job instead of that one? What if… is a question full of infinite possibilities. With each exploration of causality an entirely new world is formed. Imagining how life or the world could be different if one thing in it were changed has always been intriguing to me. Sometimes the smallest most seemingly insignificant choices are the ones that make the biggest difference in our lives.

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#GuestPost from #author @RobertBMcCaw ~ Where do characters come from and why? #Crime #Mystery set on Hawaii

I’m delighted to welcome Robert McCaw with a guest post. Robert is the author of the Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery series and his new book, Death of a Messenger, the prequel to the series, is published tomorrow. 

On Hawaii Island, an anonymous 911 caller reports a body at Pohakuloa, the Army’s live-fire training area. Hilo Chief Detective Koa Kane, a cop with his own secret criminal past, finds a mutilated corpse–bearing all the hallmarks of ancient ritual sacrifice.

He encounters a host of obstacles as he pursues the murderer–an incompetent local medical examiner, hostility from both haoles (Westerners) and sovereignty advocates, and a myriad of lies. Koa races to discover whether the victim stumbled upon a gang of high-tech archaeological thieves, or learned a secret so shocking it cost him his life and put others in mortal danger.

Will Hilo’s most respected detective stop this sadistic fiend–or will the Pohakuloa killer strike again, with even deadlier consequences?

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

Where Do Characters Come From and Why?

Often when I fall in love with a book or a movie, its because some unique character sparks my imagination, which leads me to wonder how and why the author conceived them. Consider Michael Connollys Harry Bosch or Renée Ballard, Barry Eislers John Rain, and Delia Owenss Kya Clark. Id love to interview these authors and delve into the origins of these fictional favorites to learn to what degree they are imaginary or not.  Another question I often ask myself is why the author incorporated a particular character at all.  The answer is usually evident for main actors in a story but can be more subtle and elusive for secondary players.

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