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READING OR DEVOURING? by Aimee

I have never liked much the expressions for “voracious reader” – bookworm, “rat de bibliothèque”, “Bücherwurm”… I’m neither a rat nor a worm. But I have to admit I can’t remember a day in my life when I haven’t read a chapter or two. As a child, I had a steady diet of the Famous… Continue reading READING OR DEVOURING? by Aimee

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Every Monster Has a Job to Do by Jess Faraday

The idea behind my upcoming novel, The Fiend in the Fog, took root many years ago. It was the summer before I entered teacher training, and I was working in a day care centre in Tucson, Arizona. It wasn’t a posh daycare — one of my fellow teachers had an ankle bracelet, courtesy of Arizona law enforcement.… Continue reading Every Monster Has a Job to Do by Jess Faraday

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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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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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A Neon and Kittens Christmas by Eden Darry

It’s Christmas! Probably the weirdest Christmas we’re going to see in our lifetime, but it’s Christmas all the same. If this year has taught me anything, it’s not to take those I love for granted and to make more of an effort to stay in touch with the people I care about. I sent cards… Continue reading A Neon and Kittens Christmas by Eden Darry

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2020 Plot Twists by Jane Fletcher

A few months ago, a post cropped up on my Facebook feed. Like so many photos and phrases shared and reshared across social media platforms, the name of the person who first wrote it was  long lost. Regardless, it was a witty and apropos comment about our current situation: I think we can all agree… Continue reading 2020 Plot Twists by Jane Fletcher

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A Cold Craving by Justine Saracen

I spent my youth in sunbaked in Southern California, in shorts, tee shirt, sandals. It was a cheery time and I was a cheery adolescent, but I had a secret longing. (I mean, aside from aching for Esther Williams.)  Snow. It looked so wonderful on calendars and postcards and in Christmas movies, in contrast to… Continue reading A Cold Craving by Justine Saracen

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Beautiful generational change by Jenny Frame

Sometimes the world can seem a dark, depressing, and a never changing place, especially as you trawl your way through social and mainstream media. But as the old saying goes, empty vessels make the most noise, and so that can cloud your view of the world. Every so often I’m reminded, in small ways, that the… Continue reading Beautiful generational change by Jenny Frame

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Where do we go from here? by Cathy Dunnell

I seem to have been reading a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction lately: ‘The Day of the Triffids’, ‘I am Legend’ etc. These stories hinge on the idea that the world can change very suddenly. One sudden, calamitous event and all the things and people we take for granted, all our routines and certainties are gone.… Continue reading Where do we go from here? by Cathy Dunnell

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Wrinkly apples and spraying beetroot by Michelle Grubb

Oh how things change. And here’s why I think that; because I never thought I’d say or think the things I sometimes say and think (See what I did there? Change is confusing). Here’s a list of notable changes, in point form, for easy reading: 1. Shall we watch the news?(This changes almost daily, but… Continue reading Wrinkly apples and spraying beetroot by Michelle Grubb