The Christmas tree is up, but something is missing. There are no gifts under it, and I need your help to put that right.
For this year’s Christmas charity appeal, I’m asking you to help me raise some money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Since 1860, Battersea has been there for every dog and cat that finds themselves homeless. From the moment they welcomed their first stray dog, they have been placing animals at the centre of everything they do.
More than three million animals later, they’re still working hard to achieve the vision that every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.
They believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why Battersea Dogs and Cats home have always helped every dog and cat in need.
Clickhereto visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats…
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I’m over at damppebbles today with my three recommended reads….
Happy Hump Day! It’s Wednesday which means the weekend is only a squeak away now…phew! I am delighted to welcome a wonderfully supportive blogger and another of my favourites to damppebbles today, the ever so lovely Cathy Ryan of BetweenTheLines ~ Books’N’Stuff. You must, must, must check out Cathy’s blog if you don’t already.
If you haven’t seen any of my #R3COMM3ND3D2018 posts so far then where have you been for the last 20 or so days?! #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for book bloggers, authors and those who work in publishing to share three books they love with the rest of us. The catch being, all three books must have been published in 2018. Other than that, there are no rules.
Here are Cathy’s choices…
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a powerful and moving account of one man’s experience during the war…
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Great post, Barb. Sharing far and wide.
An open letter to Amazon:
I should be your Holy Grail. I’m the real deal, an actual reader who goes through books carefully, thinks about what they mean and how they’re written, and then writes a considered, thoughtful, and hopefully helpful analysis—in other words, I’m a book reviewer.
Writers, potential customers, publishers, and oh yes—you, Amazon—should be jumping for joy and giving thanks that I’ve taken hours to read and yet more hours to craft reviews for hundreds of books. Instead, Amazon, you’ve decided to punish reviewers like me.
In the name of discouraging “fake” reviews, your new policy requires reviewers like me to spend $50 on Amazon’s US site and even more, £40 on Amazon UK before I can share my review. Have you thought about other solutions, or the effect this will have on legitimate reviewers?
Amazon has figured out how to conduct millions of legitimate…
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Up next! Can’t wait to get stuck in 🙂
Published Today! The latest book from Terry Tyler
A big thank you to Rosie for inviting me onto the blog to talk about my new book, Tipping Point, which is released today.
I’ve been wanting to write about the collapse of civilisation due to a deadly virus for a while, and Tipping Point has been lurking on my desktop in note form for well over a year. I’m fascinated by how people might survive after such catastrophes, when there is no power, no water, finite supplies of food, fuel and medicine, and, of course, no law. But my story is not just about a random virus. It’s about a re-structuring of the world, by the powers behind the thrones … could it actually happen?
The first part of Tipping Point is set in the fictional town of Shipden, in Norfolk, which I based on Cromer, where I used to…
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An excellent post from Terry Tyler, I completely agree.
Today I’m hosting a post written by Terry Tyler which I feel strongly about aswell.
#Bookblogger bashing: in the end, you’re only hurting yourself.
I’ve read a few posts lately about book bloggers being bullied or ‘trolled’ by writers for whom they have received bad reviews, or whose books they have rejected. For more on this, here’s a heartrending post from The Happy Meerkat, and an associated one on Fictionophile about whether or not reviews should be objective or personal opinion, amongst other things.
Like 99% of the rest of the online writer/reader/blogger/reviewer community, I’m appalled that bloggers who give up their time to read books by total strangers, for no payment, are receiving such harassment.
I write this from the point of view of a writer, and a book reviewer. Although my own book review blog is mostly for my own reading choices, I’m also a member of
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Stepping out from behind the blogging computer
What does it take to dig a book blogger out from behind their computer? About as much effort as it does to dig out an author!
In a bid to step out of my book reviewing bubble, I’ve been pushing myself to go out and meet new bloggers and authors, and I’ve been inviting along several others, too.
Our latest road trip was to Leicester to meet with the ladies from the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA). Joining them at their monthly meeting in the Belmont Hotel, we were made to feel very welcome by Lizzie Lamb and our hosts. From my book review team came: Terry Tyler, Cathy Ryan and Shelley Wilson, and Terry’s sister Julia (Proofreader Julia) asked if she could come too. We also managed to get Georgia Rose and Mark Barry to meet…
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**As part of the Kindle Countdown, today’s price is $0.99. But that price will increase each day over the promotion until it’s back at the regular $4.99 after 31 August.
[My apologies in advance to readers and followers: apparently ‘real’ writers do all this publicity stuff. Lots. Although I basically suck at that, I’m going to spend the next couple of days tweeting and posting about this special countdown promotion that Amazon Kindle is running before I return this blog to it’s regularly-scheduled random confusion. Sorry about that.]
Reviewers are saying:
“A detailed and complex plot lends itself to lots of fast paced action. Add humorous dialogue, super heroines, hunky men – with tattoos –…
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SALE! Coupon for half-off regular ROUND TRIP FARE price from Smashwords**.
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Reviewers are saying:
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