Friday, September 23, 2016

0 THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

William Morrow Paperbacks
September 20, 2016
ISBN: 9780062467256; $14.99
E-ISBN 9780062467263; $9.99

About the Book

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

My Thoughts

Jenny Colgan is known for her romantic novels that reach right into the heart of her readers. The Bookshop on the Corner is her latest book and it's fantastic. This novel is filled with books, romance, friendship, and the things that can happen when you're at a crossroads in your life.

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a special talent of matching the right book with the right reader. Her library is being closed down because of budget cuts and Nina finds herself out of a job. And in a turn of events she finds herself leaving England to move to Scotland to open her own mobile bookshop. 
But along the way she meets some quirky characters, falls in love, and finally finds the place that she belongs. 

A story about a book lover is something I can totally relate to. Though I think Nina is a bit more of a book nerd than I am. In fact, that's one of her problems. She stopped living life and only read about it in books. Her change of circumstances seemed to be just the thing to get her out of her bookish funk. And after reading this book it made me want to pack a bag and head off to Scotland. 

The Bookshop on the Corner is a charming read. It's the kind of book you want to curl up with after a long day. Readers will appreciate Nina's joy in literature and be able to relate to how reading brings people together. This is the perfect book for fall. I highly recommend you add it to your to be read list.

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About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Little Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, and Christmas at the Cupcake Café, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

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Praise for Jenny Colgan and THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER:

“Losing myself in Jenny Colgan’s beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages.”
   — Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Secrets

“With a keen eye for the cinematic, Colgan (Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, 2016, etc.) is a deft mistress of romantic comedy; Nina's story is laced with clever dialogue and scenes set like jewels, just begging to be filmed. A charming, bracingly fresh happily-ever-after tale…”

 “This is a lovely novel with amazing characters who are hooked on books… at least some of them. The plot is believable and is a joy to read. The main female character, Nina, is the librarian who always figures out the best choice for a patron without fail. Jenny Colgan thinks outside the box and creates a memorable book.”
RT Book Reviews

“This charming tale celebrates the many ways books bring people together”

“This light, fresh romantic comedy is the perfect escape for bibliophiles. Enjoy it with a cup of tea on a crisp day.”
Real Simple

“[A] love story about reading and the joys books can bring to people’s lives.”
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The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things. It would be lovely, wouldn’t it, whenever you’re going through something difficult, if someone could just tap you on the shoulder and say, “Don’t worry, it’s completely worth it. It seems like absolutely horrible crap now, but I promise it will all come good in the end,” and you could say, “Thank you, Fairy Godmother.” You might also say, “Will I also lose that seven pounds?” and they would say, “But of course, my child!”
            That would be useful, but it isn’t how it is, which is why we sometimes plow on too long with things that aren’t making us happy, or give up too quickly on something that might yet work itself out, and it is often difficult to tell precisely which is which.
            A life lived forward can be a really irritating thing. So Nina thought, at any rate. Nina Redmond, twenty-nine, was telling herself not to cry in public. If you have ever tried giving yourself a good talking-to, you’ll know it doesn’t work terribly well. She was at work, for goodness’ sake. You weren’t meant to cry at work.
            She wondered if anyone else ever did. Then she wondered if maybe everyone did, even Cathy Neeson, with her stiff too-blond hair, and her thin mouth and her spreadsheets, who was right at this moment standing in a corner, watching the room with folded arms and a grim expression, after delivering to the small team Nina was a member of a speech filled with jargon about how there were cutbacks all over, and Birmingham couldn’t afford to maintain all its libraries, and how austerity was something they just had to get used to.
            Nina reckoned probably not. Some people just didn’t have a tear in them.
            (What Nina didn’t know was that Cathy Neeson cried on the way to work, on the way home from work—after eight o’clock most nights—every time she laid someone off, every time she was asked to shave another few percent off an already skeleton budget, every time she was ordered to produce some new quality relevant paperwork, and every time her boss dumped a load of administrative work on her at four o’clock on a Friday afternoon on his way to a skiing vacation, of which he took many.
            Eventually she ditched the entire thing and went and worked in a National Trust gift shop for a fifth of the salary and half the hours and none of the tears. But this story is not about Cathy Neeson.)
            It was just, Nina thought, trying to squash down the lump in her throat . . . it was just that they had been such a little library.
            Children’s story time Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Early closing Wednesday afternoon. A shabby old-fashioned building with tatty linoleum floors. A little musty sometimes, it was true. The big dripping radiators could take a while to get going of a morning and then would become instantly too warm, with a bit of a fug, particularly off old Charlie Evans, who came in to keep warm and read the Morning Star cover to cover, very slowly. She wondered where the Charlie Evanses of the world would go now.
            Cathy Neeson had explained that they were going to compress the library services into the center of town, where they would become a “hub,” with a “multimedia experience zone” and a coffee shop and an “intersensory experience,” whatever that was, even though town was at least two bus trips too far for most of their elderly or strollered-up clientele.
            Their lovely, tatty, old pitched-roof premises were being sold off to become executive apartments that would be well beyond the reach of a librarian’s salary. And Nina Redmond, twenty-nine, bookworm, with her long tangle of auburn hair, her pale skin with freckles dotted here and there, and a shyness that made her blush—or want to burst into tears—at the most inopportune moments, was, she got the feeling, going to be thrown out into the cold winds of a world that was getting a lot of unemployed librarians on the market at the same time.
            “So,” Cathy Neeson had concluded, “you can pretty much get started on packing up the ‘books’ right away.”
            She said “books” like it was a word she found distasteful in her shiny new vision of Mediatech Services. All those grubby, awkward books.

Nina dragged herself into the back room with a heavy heart and a slight redness around her eyes. Fortunately, everyone else looked more or less the same way. Old Rita O’Leary, who should probably have retired about a decade ago but was so kind to their clientele that everyone overlooked the fact that she couldn’t see the numbers on the Dewey Decimal System anymore and filed more or less at random, had burst into floods, and Nina had been able to cover up her own sadness comforting her.
            “You know who else did this?” hissed her colleague Griffin through his straggly beard as she made her way through. Griffin was casting a wary look at Cathy Neeson, still out in the main area as he spoke. “The Nazis. They packed up all the books and threw them onto bonfires.”
            “They’re not throwing them onto bonfires!” said Nina. “They’re not actually Nazis.”
            “That’s what everyone thinks. Then before you know it, you’ve got Nazis.”
With breathtaking speed, there’d been a sale, of sorts, with most of their clientele leafing through old familiar favorites in the ten pence box and leaving the shinier, newer stock behind.
            Now, as the days went on, they were meant to be packing up the rest of the books to ship them to the central library, but Griffin’s normally sullen face was looking even darker than usual. He had a long, unpleasantly scrawny beard, and a scornful attitude toward people who didn’t read the books he liked. As the only books he liked were obscure 1950s out-of-print stories about frustrated young men who drank too much in Fitzrovia, that gave him a lot of time to hone his attitude. He was still talking about book burners.
            “They won’t get burned! They’ll go to the big place in town.”
            Nina couldn’t bring herself to even say Mediatech.
            Griffin snorted. “Have you seen the plans? Coffee, computers, DVDs, plants, admin offices, and people doing cost–benefit analysis and harassing the unemployed—sorry, running ‘mindfulness workshops.’ There isn’t room for a book in the whole damn place.” He gestured at the dozens of boxes. “This will be landfill. They’ll use it to make roads.”
            “They won’t!”
            “They will! That’s what they do with dead books, didn’t you know? Turn them into underlay for roads. So great big cars can roll over the top of centuries of thought and ideas and scholarship, metaphorically stamping a love of learning into the dust with their stupid big tires and blustering Top Gear idiots killing
the planet.”
            “You’re not in the best of moods this morning, are you, Griffin?”
            “Could you two hurry it along a bit over there?” said Cathy Neeson, bustling in, sounding anxious. They only had the budget for the collection trucks for one afternoon; if they didn’t manage to load everything up in time, she’d be in serious trouble.
            “Yes, Commandant Über-Führer,” said Griffin under his breath as she bustled out again, her blond bob still rigid. “God, that woman is so evil it’s unbelievable.”
            But Nina wasn’t listening. She was looking instead in despair at the thousands of volumes around her, so hopeful with their beautiful covers and optimistic blurbs. To condemn any of them to waste disposal seemed heartbreaking: these were books! To Nina it was like closing down an animal shelter. And there was no way they were going to get it all done today, no matter what Cathy Neeson thought.

            Which was how, six hours later, when Nina’s Mini Metro pulled up in front of the front door of her tiny shared house, it was completely and utterly stuffed with volumes.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

0 Review: Chakana

Title: Chakana
Author: W.E. Lawrence
Published: December 2015
Paperback, 346 pages
ISBN: 978-1519518057
Genre: Romance, Action and Adventure
Source: Author


Can a romance save the world? Maybe this one could. Chakana is a historical romance novel filled with action, adventure, suspense, and intrigue.

In 1939, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do or the whole world will be in imminent danger.

But this is no ordinary treasure hunt. The Incas have proven their cunning and intellect in not only how they hid their treasure, but how they protected it. Fleming joins forces in the remote ruins of Peru, South America with Kate Rhodes, a policewoman on leave from the United States, her archaeologist brother, Nick, and their college professor, Dr. Charlie. Together, they must decode, interpret the clues, and face the challenges of the Chakana on their hunt for the treasure.

If this wasn’t difficult enough, the group is hounded throughout their search of the ancient Sacred Valley by international artifact smugglers, familiar with the Chakana and working with the Nazis, who are determined to acquire the treasure to help finance their war effort. Intrigue, danger, suspense, action, adventure, and even romance abound in this brave band’s quest to save the free world.

My Thoughts

This is a likable story, but it was predictable at times. The characters were okay. James and Kate were a bit too one-dimensional. They made a good team, though. I also thought the bad guys could have been a little more intense. The story line was good, but the finding of each piece of the puzzle and deciphering of them seemed almost too easy and not much of a challenge for the characters. This was a average book, but it fell flat in several places for me. I thought it could have been way more than it was. However, I think it's a good beginning for Lawrence and I would like to see how his writing progresses in the future.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

0 Now Scheduling . . .

I'm happy to announce that To Read, or Not To Read is once again open for interviews and guest posts. As some of you may know, I lost my mother-in-law to cancer earlier this year. I had to scale back here and there during that time and after. Life is settling down a bit and now I'm able to take this back on. The forms for New Books on the Block and Guest Posts, Interviews, and Giveaways can be found on the For Authors page. Or you can sign up here. Please feel free to tell others about these features.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

0 Review: Literary Starbucks: Fresh-Brewed, Half-Caf, No-Whip Bookish Humor

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: August 23, 2016
Paperback, ARC
Pages: 240 
ISBN: 9781250096791
Genre: Humor/ Parodies


From the creators of the eponymous viral Tumblr comes a single day with your favorite authors in one Twilight-Zone-esque Starbucks...

Ever wonder which intricate, elaborately-named drinks might be consumed if your favorite authors and characters wandered into a Starbucks? How many pumpkin lattes J.K. Rowling would drink? Or if Cormac McCarthy needed caffeine, which latte would be laconic enough? Look no further; LITERARY STARBUCKS explores such pressing matters with humor and erudition. Set over the course of a single day, and replete with puns and satirized literary styles, the three authors go darker, stronger, and more global than the blog in book format, including illustrations by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist Harry Bliss.

My Thoughts:

I love books, I love coffee, I love books about books and coffee. So when Literary Starbucks crossed my path, I couldn't resist. I too like to imagine what my favorite author or literary character would order if they were to go into a coffee shop. I've even asked that question to several different authors during interviews. I guess it's because knowing what kind of coffee characters would drink makes them a little more real. However, this book is dedicated to authors and the things they might order or do at a Starbucks. And it's hilarious.

Here are a few examples:



These pictures are really the tip of the iceberg. The book is full of hilarious (fictional) encounters of well-known authors. You can read this book in random order or from cover to cover. Which is what I did because I couldn't help myself. Literary Starbucks would make the perfect gift for others or yourself. You won't want to put this book on the shelf after you finish reading it. This book demands to be left on your coffee table so others might discover it and have a good chuckle. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

0 Last Week In Review (24)

Last week was another slow week for me. I didn't get as much accomplished as I had hoped. In fact, I made little or no progress in any of my reading challenges or just plain reading. My tbr is stacking up quite a bit, but I hope this next week will be much better.

Here's what I'm currently reading

I'm still listening to this gem. I did manage to get a little farther along in this book. Which is great, by the way. Please don't think just because it's taking me forever to get through this that I don't like. Because I really really do.

I'm loving this book so far too.

Instead of boring you with a bunch of snail pictures in the rest of the usual categories, I'll just share what I did do. 

Last weekend I watched Season 1 of Downton Abbey again. Because I love it. And it was also my birthday! So I celebrated with taking some time off. I also ate some cupcakes. Not all of them mind you, but I did eat a few. Two spaced by several hours and one by a day. No judging! It was my birthday after all.

and I got a few books in the mail:

The publisher of Definitions of Indefinable Things also sent along some Twizzlers to go with the book. Yum! The Twizzlers are now resting comfortably in my belly. 

That's my week in a nutshell. How was your week?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

0 Bedmates Excerpt Reveal


We are thrilled to get to bring to you the first two chapters in New York Times Bestselling Author Nichole Chase's BEDMATES, the first standalone novel in her new American Royalty Series!


From the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

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About Nichole Chase:

Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

0 Last Week In Review (23)

This should be accurately titled: Last Two Weeks In Review. My schedule has been a little crazy over the last few weeks and I haven't had a lot of extra time. I haven't made a lot of progress with any of my challenges or in the book review world in general. But that will change this week.

What I'm Currently Reading

Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the exhausted mother of four rambunctious boys who seem to need her less and less each day. Raising their families side by side, supporting one another, Rose and Helen share an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic winter night.

When the storm passes, life seems to return to normal; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and the once deep friendship between the two women begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost, but not quite, wins. Moving and evocative, Lynda Cohen Loigman's debut novel The Two-Family House is a heart-wrenching, gripping multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.

What I Finished Reading

Reviews I Posted

What I'm Watching

It's been a slow two weeks in this department as well. I have watched, but nothing worth mentioning. 

Reading Challenge Update

Mr. Snail is getting a lot of use this week. No progress to record.

New Books

Have a great week! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

0 Death at the Paris Exposition Spotlight and Giveaway

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Death at the Paris Exposition
by Frances McNamara

Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Allium Press
Paperback; 276 Pages

Series: Emily Cabot Mysteries #6
Genre: Historical Mystery

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Amateur sleuth Emily Cabot's journey once again takes her to a world's fair--the Paris Exposition of 1900. Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer is named the only female U. S. commissioner to the Exposition and enlists Emily's services as her secretary. Their visit to the House of Worth for the fitting of a couture gown is interrupted by the theft of Mrs. Palmer's famous pearl necklace. Before that crime can be solved, several young women meet untimely deaths and a member of the Palmer's inner circle is accused of the crimes. As Emily races to clear the family name she encounters jealous society ladies, American heiresses seeking titled European husbands, and more luscious gowns and priceless jewels. Along the way, she takes refuge from the tumult at the country estate of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. In between her work and sleuthing, she is able to share the Art Nouveau delights of the Exposition, and the enduring pleasures of the City of Light with her family.

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About the Author

Frances McNamara grew up in Boston, where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and formerly worked as a librarian at the University of Chicago. When not working or writing she can be found sailing on the Charles River in Boston or beaching on Cape Cod.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

0 Review: Jilo by J.D. Horn

Author: J.D. Horn
Publisher: 47 North
Published: April 26, 2017
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Author


Aged Mother Jilo is wise in the ways of magic…but once upon a time, she was just a girl.

1950s Georgia: King Cotton has fallen. Savannah is known as the “beautiful woman with a dirty face,” its stately elegance faded by neglect, its soul withering from racial injustice and political corruption.

Young Jilo—fiercely independent, intelligent, and ambitious, but thwarted by Savannah’s maddeningly genteel version of bigotry—finds herself forced to embrace a dark power that has pursued her family for generations, an ancient magic that may prove her salvation…or her undoing.

Explore the fascinating history of one of the Witching Savannah series’ most vivid and beloved characters, as the resourceful and determined Jilo comes of age, strives to master formidable magical skills in the face of overwhelming adversity, and forges her strange destiny against the turbulent backdrop of the civil rights struggle in the American South.

My Thoughts

It's been a little over a year now since I first discovered J.D. Horn. Soon after I joined Kindle Unlimited, I came across the first book in the Witching Savannah series, The Line. I was intrigued from the get-go. From the setting--Savannah, Georgia--to the story line of a family where the supernatural run deep. The main character is from a family of powerful witches, yet she has no powers. It's in this book that you first meet Jilo. From the first book, you are spell bound by her character. And that's what drove me to read Horn's latest novel, Jilo.

Fear not my friends, if you are new to this series Jilo is a prequel to The Line, so you won't be jumping into the middle of the story. In the Witching Savannah series you get to know the Taylor family, but in Jilo, you to know the Wills family. Before you get to know Jilo, you get to know her grandmother, May. The Wills family has been surrounded by magic for generations. But they don't embrace it. Each generation warns the other about it, yet somehow the magic is forced upon them. It's not until May is approached by an abominable man, she learns the reason why her mother tried to keep her from it. However, May, just like her mother, tries to protect her grandchildren from it too. But the powers recognize that Jilo is no ordinary little girl and they want her for their own. 

And beyond the mystical powers that long for Jilo, there's also the world that Jilo is so desperately trying to find her place in. Jilo had ambitions that for 1950's Georgia are a bit too forward thinking. Jilo also navigates the rocky road of relationships and after her grandmother dies, trying to keep her family together. All this with unnatural forces lurking around every corner. 

In this book the audience gets to see the circumstances that made Jilo into Jilo. The good and the bad. Through Jilo's eyes, we get to see the tumultuous South as it changes. And let's not forget that Savannah is a character in itself. Horn writes his characters with gusto and realism, you feel as if you you might see Mother Jilo in a graveyard while walking down the street in Savannah. J.D. Horn is master storyteller. If you are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, you can read this series for free, if not, his books in this series are currently priced at $1.99. Which is a steal! So go ahead and treat yourself!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

0 10 Indie Authors I Recommend by Dane Cobain

10 Indie Authors I Recommend 

Hi, folks! My name’s Dane Cobain and I’m an indie author and a keen reader, and today those two loves are coming together in a guest post that I’m super excited about. Big thanks to Marcie for hosting me!

The writing community is a supportive one, and I’ve never subscribed to the view that other writers are my competition. There’s room for all of us, and so today I wanted to share the love by recommended ten of my favourite indie authors. Let’s get started.

Jarvis is a young adult-ish fantasy and sci-fi writer who’s based in the UK, like I am. So far, I’ve only read Gravedigger, but I gave it a glowing review on my site – it’s a fantasy adventure about a young gravedigger called Perin, a hero who wields a space instead of a sword. He’s also penned a couple of other books I want to take a look at, including Osric Fingerbone and the Boy Murderer.

Oli is noteworthy because he’s one of only two authors on this list who live in my local area, but he deserves a shout-out because of his solid work ethic and entertaining penmanship, which some people find reminiscent of Douglas Adams. I recently read Strange Days in High Wycombe and I’ll be working through some of the Filmic Cuts short story collections next.

J. G. Clay is a horror author and a friend of mine who’s probably most well-known for his Tales of Blood and Sulphur short story collection. I once got to hang out with him at an author signing event in Birmingham, which was a great way of making new friends and contacts.

I can’t remember how I first discovered Hans, but I’ve been lucky enough to read three of his novels – Willem of the Tafel, Fallen Angels of Karnataka and The Opera House. Despite him being primarily an LGBT writer, his work follows the best traditions of classic literature and shouldn’t be confined by its genre.

Pembroke Sinclair knows more than anyone ever needs to know about zombies. Her post-apocalyptic novel Life After Death was a lot of fun, but I also recommend Undead Obsessed, her non-fiction book about her journey to learn more about zombies.

Jesse is the badass author of the Billy Purgatory series, which feature a skateboarding protagonist and a lot of weird stuff going on. It’s hard to classify his work as any particular genre because it takes all sorts of influences and pulls them together into something that needs to be read to be believed.

I’ve only read one of Duncan’s books, his short story collection called Gristle & Bone. I thought that the cover was excellent, despite the fact that I’m a vegetarian, and the stories were just as good. In my mind, Duncan’s up there with people like Clive Barker and Stephen King.

Stevyn is the second author on this list to be based in High Wycombe. Stephen has worked as a researcher on the TV show QI, and Stephen Fry himself recommends his Joined-Up Thinking. So far, that’s the only one of his books that I’ve read, but I’m looking forward to grabbing a copy of his latest book, Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road?.

I have to include Adrian on this list because he named a character in one of his books after me. Adrian had me as part of a Secret Santa blog tour that was organised by a mutual friend of ours, and he sent me a copy of his book. I enjoyed it and so I looked him up, and I’ve been following his work ever since.

Sharon wrote a book called Curse of the Seven 70s that I enjoyed, despite it not being in my usual genre. She’s also contributing to an anthology project that I’m working on, and she’s been a good friend and supporter over the years. You should check her out!

So there you have it – there are ten indie authors that I’d recommend checking out if you haven’t already. But now it’s over to you – drop me a tweet or leave a comment to let me know who your favourite indie authors are. After all, I’m always up for discovering new authors!

Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he's not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website.

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