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What I did during lockdown by Jane Fletcher

This last year should have afforded plenty of time to pump out a number of books. I did, in fact, manage one novel, but other things absorbed much of my time. Of course, there was the standard stuff: I decorated the lounge, study and dining room; removed nine cubic metres of gravel from the garden… Continue reading What I did during lockdown by Jane Fletcher

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Reading is Me Time by Crin Claxton

A wise writer once said: “If you want to write, read.” She was right. It’s an excellent way to learn the craft. It doesn’t matter what. As long as the story sweeps you along. All writers are recyclers of words. We write from our own experience, from the highs and lows life throws at us… Continue reading Reading is Me Time by Crin Claxton

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Queer, Multicultural Romance, and so much more… by Mickey Brent

In preparation for the Bold Strokes Books UK Festival on 6 June in Nottingham (online again this year), today’s blog post addresses which kinds of books I’m most interested in. Like many authors, I prefer to write the kinds of books I like to read: literary ones, with unsuspecting plots, diverse and/or quirky characters, thoughtful… Continue reading Queer, Multicultural Romance, and so much more… by Mickey Brent

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Back to the Beginning by Cari Hunter

I blame Agent Scully for all of this. In the nicest possible way, of course. (She carries a gun so you have to tread carefully.) It started about 27 years ago, one young soul tuning innocently into a new TV show called The X-Files. Fast forward a few months later, and said young soul is… Continue reading Back to the Beginning by Cari Hunter

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Stuck in the Past: why I like historical fiction by Cathy Dunnell

We’re always told to live in the moment or focus on the future. But for me, being stuck in the past is the best place to be. I absolutely love historical fiction. As a child, my favourite stories were those set in the past. I had a particular fondness for the tales of Robin Hood… Continue reading Stuck in the Past: why I like historical fiction by Cathy Dunnell

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SO MANY BOOKS, SO MANY BIBLIO WORDS, SO LITTLE TIME by Michelle Binfield

I know that many of you are bibliophiles, some of you are bibliosophs, and a fair few of you are definitely bibliolaters. I mean I can tell just by looking at you 😉. And from what I see on my Facebook timeline, I suspect that my friends’ list harbours quite a few who even indulge… Continue reading SO MANY BOOKS, SO MANY BIBLIO WORDS, SO LITTLE TIME by Michelle Binfield

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If you can’t see it – write it! by Charlie Cochrane

I recently saw a wonderful video featuring Zainab Alema*, who is one of the Red Roses (the England women’s rugby team). She was talking about being one of the few muslim female players and turning a well-used phrase on its head. We’ve all heard “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” in connection… Continue reading If you can’t see it – write it! by Charlie Cochrane

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Reading, Writing, and Fic, oh my! by Lesley Davis

When I get the chance to read, between gaming which takes up as much time as I can possibly give it, then I like to read romance. I like the whole girl meets girl, they fall in love, and I have to have a happy ending. I’m a sucker for that. I like all genres.… Continue reading Reading, Writing, and Fic, oh my! by Lesley Davis

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Reading to match my mood by Anna Larner

What I read is entirely determined by my mood. Just like I choose a drink to compliment a moment, for example, the celebratory bubbles of a rose prosecco, the refreshment of a morning tea or the comfort of a hot chocolate on a winter’s evening, the absolute same can be said for my choice of… Continue reading Reading to match my mood by Anna Larner