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Upcoming Books

Hi everyone, I hope you were all enjoying this beautiful weather that we were having, but unlike you all basking in the sunshine, I have been looking after my daughter as she suffered a bad relapse with her ME/CFS, but she is slowly on the road to recovery, anyway I am back now, so on with this week’s blog.

Today’s post is about the upcoming books in May and June, that we can look forward to reading. I love reading, there is nothing like curling up with a book and a cup of cocoa especially on those winter nights, but during the summer you can go out in your garden or to the beach and enjoy the sunny weather and get a tan at the same time as enjoying a good book. Anyway, I hope some of these can tempt you to pick up a book. Enjoy!

The Next Wife Kaira Rouda

Kate Nelson had it all. A flourishing company founded with her husband, John; a happy marriage; and a daughter, Ashlyn. The picture-perfect family. Until John left for another woman. Tish is half his age. Ambitious. She’s cultivated a friendship with Ashlyn. Tish believes she’s won… She’s wrong.

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

A strange darkness is growing in the Ward. Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea. Fate knocks on her door, in the form of a mythical immortal and a lethal assassin, who tell Corayne that she is the last of an ancient lineage – with the power to save the world from destruction.

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she’s turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren’t allowed into America…

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger.

Falling in Luck by Mary Ann Marlowe

Mallory Pech believes she’s cursed. Injuries, accidents, and misunderstandings follow her wherever she goes. Even her name (first and last!) means bad luck. Her best friend, Benji Chance, insists Mallory’s fortune is hers to control. Heeding his advice, Mallory pursues her dream man, the wealthy and debonair Jean-Luc Chevalier, son of her company’s CEO, visiting her NY office from Paris. He’s never noticed Mallory on his previous twelve trips, but maybe thirteen’s her lucky number.

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me —it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.

One Last Stop by Casey Mcquiston

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

illusionary by Zoraida Cordova

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata has few options and fewer allies. Reluctantly, she agrees to join forces with Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. Their goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation.

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

When legendary Washington judge Justice Wynn falls into a coma and puts his law clerk, Avery, in control, Avery’s world is turned upside down. Because Justice Wynn had a secret. One that nobody wants to come out… But how high a price can you put on the truth? And is Avery brave enough to expose the White House itself?

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

Instructions for Dancing Nicola Yoon

Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection. When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.

Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers-the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

Thank you for reading my blog, and enjoy the rest of your day. See you all next week.

National Fantasy Month

Hi everyone, wow this week as been full of bad news. Every day there seems to be more bad news since the pandemic as made a dramatic U-turn, hopefully this time we don’t get conflicting rules like last time, as nobody knew where they stood or what they should or should not do.

This month is National Fantasy Month so I thought that I would do new releases of fantasy books.

October Releases:

The Once and Future Witches Alix E. Harrow

Release Date: 15 Oct. 2020

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement.

His Dark Materials: Serpentine Philip Pullman

Release Date: 15 Oct. 2020

The world-changing events of The Amber Spyglass are behind them, and Lyra and Pan find themselves utterly changed as well. In Serpentine, they journey to the far North once more, hoping to ask the Consul of Witches a most urgent question.

Kitty’s Mix-Tape (Kitty Norville #15) Carrie Vaughn

Release Date: 16 Oct 2020

Kitty Norville still can’t stay away from trouble—of the supernatural kind. Everyone’s favorite werewolf DJ is here to mix it up just one last time. Here you will find, or will be lucky to newly discover, the irrepressible Kitty Norville with friends and enemies alike: Rick the vampire; Jessi Hardin, paranormal detective; Kitty’s werewolf husband Ben; Cormac, the bounty hunter; and the ever-villainous Dux Bellorum.

Among the Beasts & Briars Ashley Poston

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother.

Phoenix Extravagant Yoon Ha Lee

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Gyen Jebi is not a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint. One day they are jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers.

God Storm (Shadow #2) Coco Ma

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Everything has a price.

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin’s triumph has come at a devastating cost–forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she’s lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin …

Kingdom of the Wicked Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria miss’s dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin . . . desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that has been long forbidden.

The Tower of Fools Andrzej Sapkow

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan. Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war.

Dead Lies Dreaming (Laundry Files #10) Charles Stross

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

As Wendy hunts down Imp–the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves “The Lost Boys”– she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving copy of the long-lost concordance to the one true Necronomicon is up for underground auction in London. He hires Imp’s sister, Eve, to procure it by any means necessary, and in the process, he encounters Wendy Deere.

The Last Druid: Book Four of the Fall of Shannara Terry Brooks

Release Date: 29 Oct. 2020

As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion – spearheaded by a warlike people determined to make this land their own -our heroes must decide what they will risk saving the integrity of their home. Even as one group remains to defend the Four Lands, another is undertaking a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world for ever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape.

Northern Wrath (Hanged God #1) Thilde Kold Holdt

Release Date: 29 Oct. 2020

A dead man, walking between the worlds, foresees the end of the gods. A survivor searching for a weapon releases a demon from fiery Muspelheim. A village is slaughtered by Christians, and revenge must be taken. The bonds between the gods and Midgard are weakening. It is up to Hilda, Ragnar, their tribesmen Einer and Finn, the chief’s wife Siv and Tyra, her adopted daughter, to fight to save the old ways from dying out, and to save their gods in the process.

Seven of Infinities Aliette de Bodard

Release Date: 31 Oct. 2020

Vân is a scholar from a poor background, eking out a living in the orbitals of the Scattered Pearls Belt as a tutor to a rich family, while hiding the illegal artificial mem-implant she manufactured as a student. Sunless Woods is a mindship and not just any mindship, but a notorious thief and a master of disguise.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Stay safe and I will see you all back here next week…

The Inspiration behind our Best loved Books

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is well. Todays’ post is going to be about UK Cities or towns that feature in books. What location as the inspiration behind those books that we love so much? There will be an upcoming post that features places around the world that features in books.

But back to today’s post…

One thing you can never say about the UK is that we lack literary history. The UK as been the inspiration for many talented writers, with the wealth of geological places of interest that are not only stunningly beautiful but also rich in history too.

From the bright lights of London, the sheer artistry of the Yorkshire countryside, but… If you want a more piece and quite vibe with amazing views to go with it then The Lake District is the place to be or have the alluring beauty of the Scottish Highlands. There is no denying that the Uk has influenced some of the most important pieces of British Literary work.

You may think to yourself where are these influential destinations and what works were born?

Cities and Towns behind our Best Loved Books

Edinburgh, Scotland

London is the most inspirational place in England, which makes Edinburgh the most inspirational location north of the border, it just oozes with literary history. The National Geographic shows that this has become the home to more than 500 novels, amongst them you will find, some are phenomenally successful.

From Robert Burns’ poetry in the 1700s, to the works of Irvine Welsh which includes the very memorable Trainspotting, and  can forget the extraordinarily successful crime series author Ian Rankin, who produced 20 book that are centred around Detective Inspector John Rebus and his crime fighting in Edinburgh’s underworld,  

Many tourists flock to the café where J.K. Rowling who had dreamt up the wizarding world of Harry Potter, but this Scottish capital has so much more to offer. It is the UNESCO City of Literature and it is the birthplace of Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and it the place where Ian Rankin’s detective series was created.

They celebrate the world of literature in August by holding the Edinburgh International Book Festival which invites writers from all around the world to come for several week for talks and events.

Most Loved Book(s): John Rebus Series

Five Books set in Scotland
  • The Night Calls by David Pirie
  • One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  • Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

Fowey, England

Fowey is situated in Cornwall, and it is an exceedingly small town that has inspired a significant amount of very exceptional thriller novels. Dame Daphne du Maurier was a successful novelist who wrote The Birds, Jamaica Inn, Scapegoat, and the Oscar winning adaption Rebecca. All of these were inspired by the beauty of the Cornish coast, in particular The Birds. Which director Alfred Hitchcock had captured its true beauty on camera? Jamaica Inn was inspired by a hotel that had the same name in the little quaint town of Fowey which she had visited often

Most Loved Book: Rebecca

Five Books set in Cornwall
  • Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
  • The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
  • Ingo by Helen Dunmore
  • Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick
  • The Letter by Ruth Saberton

Gwynedd, Wales

Gwynedd is a county in the north west part of Wales which was named after the old kingdom. It is home to such places as the beautiful mountainous Snowdonia’s national park. This has amazing views with some exceptional scenic landscape which inspired the works of art by authors such as Sharon Kay Penman who had wrote the historical novel Here Be Dragons. It sets the tone as it follows the princes of Gwynedd and the monarchs of England. At the centre of the novel is the stunning countryside of Gwynedd, which plays a key factor in this medieval story that is set in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Most Loved Book: Here Be Dragons

Five Books set in Wales

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Missing Hours by Emma Kennedy
  • Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas
  • The Lie by C L Taylor
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Haworth, England

Haworth is a village just outside the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire. It as an amazing setting with an alluring landscape that was to be the main inspiration behind the works of the Brontë sisters, the sisters’ were very talented and exceptionally gifted who had written a significant amount of classic novels during the 1800s. This charmingly but remote area in West Yorkshire inspired the uniqueness of both the gothic and poetic setting for Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey 

For anyone that is a true Brontë fan there is an amazing museum for the whole family, where you are transported  back in time, from the moment you step through its doors, and as well as that there is a 44 mile Brontë picturesque walking trail.

Most Loved Books: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights

Five Books set in West Yorkshire

  • The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley
  • A Snapshot of Murder by Frances Brody
  • The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  • A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

London, England

This is one of the most iconic locations in literary history, It is so obvious that there would be just to many to keep count of, and certainly to many to list every single author going, and not to mention every piece of fiction that has been inspired by this humungous city.

This industrial city sets the scene of exceptional beauty with its picturesque undertones that will end up end up being the works of Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle with a series of Sherlock Holmes stories. From Fitzroy Tavern to Keats House and from 221B Baker Street to the Globe Theatre, a list of literary tourists just goes on and on.

In todays modern age it is hard to go anywhere that does not feature the works of J.K. Rowling, to be more specific the Harry Potter Series, with their many Hogwarts adventures. From Platform 9 ¾, to  the Millennium Bridge, from Diagon Alley, to the Lambeth Bridge, the amount of Harry Potter based locations is extensive and is definitely a must visit for families and anyone obsessed with the wizarding world  of Harry Potter.

Most Loved Book(s): Harry Potter series

Five Books set in London

  • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

The Lake District, England

The Lake District just screams with natural beauty and you can see why it is undoubtably one of Cumbria’s most idyllic setting for inspiration, so there is no surprise that over the years it has inspired a number of literary works. You have romantic poets of the 1700s which included William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, and Samuel Coleridge whose homes you can still visit today in Cockermouth. Then there’s Arthur Ransome who wrote Swallows and Amazons book series that was set in the Lake District and of course not forgetting the hugely successful and most iconic Beatrix Potter who created the most famous Peter Rabbit.

Most Loved Books: The Peter Rabbit Series

Five Books set in Cumbria
  • The Windermere Witness by Rebecca Tope
  • A Cry in the Night by Tom Grieves
  • Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch
  • Death in the Lakes by Graham Smith
  • The Curator by M. W. Craven

Torquay, England

Devon has become the perfect location to many books so it’s not surprising to see that it had become the perfect setting and the inspiration behind the UK’s Agatha Christie, who was the creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Even though she would spend most of her time travelling the world with her archaeologist husband.

During the summer she would spend her days completing her books at her summer home on the outskirts of Torquay. This beautiful location had inspired her many characters and became the setting for her many novels. Throughout her work, she would reference some of Devon’s landmarks which are all still standing today.

Most Loved Book: And Then There Were None

Five Books set in Devon
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.
  • The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert.
  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
  • The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie.

Whitby, England

Whitby is a beautiful seaside town, that is on the coast of North Yorkshire. Well… after saying that, it is hard to imagine that this beautiful place became the inspiration to one of the most gothic novels ever written.

He came to visit Whitby to decide on whether this is was a good holiday, but there were no worries there, as the writer Bram Stoker loved the atmosphere the town destination had to offer. Whilst his stay in Whitby he had gone along to the library and it was there he found a history book that had the only reference to the name Dracula, and it was from there that he had gained inspiration for both the character and the connection to the Abbey which can be found in 1897 classic Dracula.

Since then this town has kept up with its gothic association. Till this day Whitby hosts a Goth Weekend that sees hundreds of people dressed up in gothic attire, this occurs twice a year, while October marks the annual Bram Stoker’s Film Festival.

Most Loved Book: Dracula

Five Books set in North Yorkshire
  • The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson
  • The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
  • Gods Own Country by Ross Raisin
  • Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Thankyou for taking the time to read my post. See you all next time

7 Authors’ Places to Write

Hi everyone, In todays post I am doing where famous Authors found there special place that draws on their imagination and inspired them to write their novels.

Finding Your Inspiration

Everyone needs somewhere to write. There’s nothing quite like finding your own special niche, a place that you can create, for it is where all the magic happens. Virginia Woolf got it right when she said “every writer needs a room of one’s own.”

There are some writers who have a special corner in the house, while others will have a home office, but if you’re like me that “special place” is my summerhouse that I turned into a writing office. For some writers they can only work somewhere that is distraction free, as they need the solitude for them to get inspired. Then there are some writers who find that they need to be surrounded by people, like a café where they can get endless cups of coffee and food readily available. It doesn’t matter where you write, as long as it works for you, each writer is different and have their own unique way of doing things, because finding that special spot is half the battle.

1. Mercer Hotel, New York City

Some will know Carole Radziwill from Real Housewives of New York City, whom is an accomplished author who knows all too well about using people for her inspiration. “The best place to spot interesting characters and steal dialogue is the lobby of the Mercer Hotel.” said Carole Radziwill. “On any given day you can see supermodels and rock stars and Hollywood directors taking meetings with their stars.”

2. Eden Bar, Orlando

Orlando is a place where many writers have emerge from, and Vanessa Blakeslee is no exception to the rules, for she is at the forefront of it. Tucked away from the theme parks and the tourist traps, is a very cosy outdoor setting, called Eden Bar. This is where you will find Vanessa doing her best work. “I’ve sat underneath the majestic oaks or at the bar with my notebook, drafting new fiction. Eden bar lives up to its name, it is an oasis of creativity that keeps on giving.”

3. The Elephant House, Scotland

J.K. Rowling started her writing career, in a café shop, where she began to write the Harry Potter Series, she would spend hours in The Elephant House in Edinburgh that it became like a second home to her. The Café prides itself on housing J.K Rowling in its early Potter drafting days. They keep a small shrine of articles and photos capturing her early days in The Elephant House, Rowling once said “It’s no secret that the best place to write is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, and you don’t have to feel like you’re in solitary confinement.” If you want a place to feel inspired, there’s no better place than Edinburgh, the birth place of Harry Potter, it would easily inspire the inner self.

4. Amtrak, Anywhere USA

If you’re tired of the same thing day after day, and want to try something new, you have come to the right place. There are many towns that have an Amtrak station stop, for a very reasonable price, you could take a trip and treat yourself to a truly mobile office. “Usually its trains, where I get the most writing done.” Says Writer Alexander Chee.” I think anonymity and displacement help me no matter where I am, I need to feel like I’ve vanished and no one can find me.”

5. Intelligentsia, Venice Beach

Screenwriter Scott Neustadter says, “The more chaos that’s happening, the more I can focus,” Neustadter is famous for writing Indie’s love story 500 Days of summer, and adapted numerous John Green’s novels.  Neustadter as claimed that he had wrote the adaption of The Fault in Our Stars in only three days at this highly popular coffee shop called Intelligentsia. This shop is known for serving some of Hollywood finest screenwriters to date. It has become like a meeting place, somewhere other than a stuffy office to pitch the next big idea for a blockbuster movie. If you’re a writer and like a busy atmosphere then Intelligentsia café is a place to be.

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan

The “special spot” for some authors need to have a more virtual buzz than going to a café or a bar, as they need that little bit extra buzz. “I went to high school near the Met and since then, I’ve spent many an afternoon wandering its halls, discovering new things,” says author Melissa Grey. “One of my favourite places to mull over a story is the sculpture gallery. There’s a fountain in the center of the room and I’ve puzzled through a tricky plot more than once while sitting on one of the benches surrounding it.”

7. Kos Kaffe, Brooklyn

Pretty in Ink is the first novel of Lindsey Palmer, it takes a look at the world of female magazines, which Lindsey is very qualified to do. She as spent her time working for magazines such as Glamour, Redbook, and Self. Her subject material has come to her naturally, like finding the right spot at the coffee shop. “Kos has good strong coffee, plenty of sunshine with just enough background chatter to make me feel like I’m out in the world without distracting me from my own work,” Lindsey says.” As soon as I sit down to one of Kos’ small circular tables and breathe in the steam from my coffee, I know it’s time to focus and begin writing.”

Different writers have their own “special place” where they would write. A place that’s full of inspiration. When you are first starting out it is good to try various places to find out what works for you and what doesn’t, before deciding on your perfect spot. These are ideas for when our lives can get back to some form of normality.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Be safe and stay indoors, and I will see you all next week!