Balancing the Books – January 2023

So that’s January gone. For some it’s the longest month of the year, for others the sign of a new start, new beginnings, a clean break. For me it saw a break of a different kind as I managed to fracture my shoulder. The day before I was supposed to be going to London to…

Balancing the Books – December 2022

That’s it. 2022 is no more. The mad rush to the shops, with people on the phone to their partners describing emergency presents have hung up (no this wasn’t me, I sent text instead…). The turkey has finally been finished and there’s only about a week’s worth of picky bits for tea left. Oh and…

The Haunting Season by Various Authors – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 29 September 2022 Source – review copy Long before Charles Dickens and Henry James popularized the tradition, the shadowy nights of winter have been a time for people to gather together by the flicker of candlelight and experience the intoxicating thrill of a ghost story. Now eight bestselling, award-winning…

Literary Gift Guide

So we are fast approaching that time of year when the halls are decked with holly, the mince pies have been in the shops since August and it’s getting close to the time when the big man comes to visit. If you have a book lover in your life, but they seem to own all…

Balancing the Books – November 2022

So November is no more. We remembered the 5th and stood outside (on the 4th just to be different), whilst we either celebrated that Guy bloke either failing to blow up the Houses of Parliament or celebrate him trying. Reading seemed to have been a bit slow but when I checked I had read more…

Bookshop.Org.UK – #BookLoverSpotlight

Bookshop.Org is an online bookshop with a difference. It’s mission is to financially support local, independent bookshops. The idea was to create an easy, convenient way for customers to get books and support independent bookshops at the same time. This is what they have to say on their website: “We believe that bookshops are essential…

R D Stevens – Q&A

The Journal by R D Stevens was published by Vulpine Press on 18 August 2022. R. D Stevens kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Journal. Firstly – thanks so much for inviting me on to your blog! It’s great to briefly have the opportunity to talk about…

Capital Crime 2022 – murder in the park

So on 30th September I took myself off to London for the day. Not for a random jaunt to see the city that has streets paved with gold. I went to Battersea Park to attend the second day of Capital Crime, the second annual crime writing festival that takes part, as the name suggests, in…

Sally-Anne Martyn – Q&A

The Clinic by Sally-Anne Martyn was published by Joffe Books on 3 October 2022. Sally-Anne kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Clinic The Clinic is a dark thriller set in an ex-asylum. It tells the story of Jenny, an ex-patient who escaped in the 90’s. A local…

The Prisoner by B A Paris – extract and giveaway

The Prisoner by B A Paris is published by Hodder & Stoughton on 3 December 2022. Today I have an extract to share with you. Present I sense the shift of air beneath my nose a millisecond before something – thick, sticky tape – is clamped over my mouth, silencing the scream that would have…