I’m delighted to share my review today for Poison At The Village Show by Catherine Coles, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and NetGalley.
Set just after the end of WWII, Poison at the Village Show introduces us to Martha Miller, the main protagonist. She is a relative newcomer to Westleham Village. Left on her own after her husband Stan disappeared a year ago, she is still the subject of village gossip, several claiming Martha is in some way to blame. There’s even a rumour Stan is buried under the potato patch. Her sister Ruby lives with her to help make ends meet since she can’t access her husband’s account.
I’m delighted to welcome Bella Cassidy with a guest post for my slot on the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. I read Shoot the Moon earlier this year, my review can be found here.
I am sometimes asked if any of my characters are based on real people. Oh yes, I say cheerily, every single one. Before reflecting that writers who don’t include elements of people they know in their work must have far better imaginations than me.
I find people absolutely fascinating; and will ask a hundred questions of anyone. And I’m delighted that, having reinvented myself as a journalist in my fifties, I’ve finally found an excuse for being so nosey.
I’m delighted to share my thoughts on Under One Roof by Samantha Tonge for the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources
Robin, recently made redundant, is persuaded by her Uncle Ralph that her mother, Faye, needs help after a bad fall. Robin and Faye have been estranged for a long time and they haven’t seen each other for eighteen years—since Robin’s daughter, Amber was born. Faye had never been a motherly sort, scathing and harsh, and she and Robin often clashed. Robin’s dad always acted as mediator but after he died Robin ran away with her boyfriend.
I’m happy to share an extract for the 1 Day Blog Blitz, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources
Gill is looking forward to her date with the cute Irishman
Gill sat down as Sean went to the bar. She loved his accent. Irish accents always did it for her, but Sean’s was particularly hitting the spot. He did look quite young. She knew he was only thirty-five, two years younger than her, but he barely seemed thirty. His photo hadn’t done him justice at all. And he scrubbed up well, too; gone was the unkempt look from his photo. So, he had made an effort. Good. When he returned, he leant across her slightly to place her drink down and she breathed in the smell of his aftershave – not too noticeably she hoped. It wouldn’t do for it to seem as if she were trying to drink him in. He scored a comfortable eight for presentation.
I’m delighted to join the blog tour for Monster Max and the Marmalade Ghost, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, with a guest post by the author, Robin Bennett
Over to you, Robin…
Top Tips for Funny Fiction
Funny February is just around the corner, which is just as well as I think a lot of us need cheering up. It’s handily coinciding with the launch of my latest Monster Max book (‘Monster Max and the Marmalade Ghost’), which is hilarious. Hopefully.
Anyway, I thought I’d write a few tips about humour in books – especially in children’s books.