Lakewater Press: editorial director Kate Foster keeps the Lakewater pages turning

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As the countdown to Christmas continues, Lakewater Press introduces another member of the team as we continue with our holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’re sharing holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: editorial director Kate Foster

Blog URL: http://lakewaterpress.com/index.php/blog-2/

Where do you live? Gold Coast, Australia

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Well, absolutely zero if I stay home. Christmas is during the summer on this side of the world which means hot, humid, and delightful.

Kate and dogBack in England, where I lived in the south east of the country until my mid-thirties, it snowed once on Christmas Day; otherwise it was cold, grey, and drizzly.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Christmas Day has changed a little for me since moving to Australia.

It’s the same but different, and I’m pretty happy to embrace the new traditions we’re creating as a family. Continue reading

Lakewater Press: Read all about acquisitions and marketing assistant Jodi Gallegos

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Christmas is just over two weeks away and at Lakewater Press we’re on day four of our holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’re sharing holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff.

It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favourite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: Jodi Gallegos, acquisitions & marketing assistant

Your blog (url): Jodigallegos.com

Where do you live? Grand Junction, CO

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Pretty slim in my opinion, and based on my research  – because I love to research – my town has had only 18 Christmases with more than a trace amount of snow since 1893, and only Continue reading

Review: Jack London’s American classic questions how deep is The Call of the Wild?

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The Call of the WildIt would be fair to say that in his youth Buck was a bit of a lazy charmer.

Sure, he worked out – hunting and long runs outdoors kept down the fat and hardened his muscles – but his folks were well-to-do and there was no expectation that Buck need find something useful to keep himself occupied.

If he’d read newspapers he might have known trouble was brewing far away that would threaten his privileged lifestyle. Continue reading

Lakewater Press: A busy writing year for James L Weaver, author of the Jake Caldwell series

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For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favourite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway

Today’s interviewee: author James L Weaver

Your blog (url): www.jameslweaver.net

Where do you live? Olathe, Kansas – a suburb of Kansas City.

The name means beautiful or fine, and Olathe served as a stopping point at the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? As of now, “a Continue reading

Review:  tangled plotting mars Myra Syal’s third novel The House of Hidden Mothers

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The house of hidden mothersOnce upon a time I had no scruples about giving up on a book: if I wasn’t gripped a quarter of the way in¸ I chucked it into a corner and forgot about it.

And then I joined a book club and it became morally incumbent to carry on reading to THE END.

But, oh, Myra Syal’s third novel The House of Hidden Mothers was a real test of endurance.

It sounded so promising too: London-based Shyama, 48, Continue reading

Lakewater Press: Spotlight on EL Wicker, the talent behind Lakewater’s gorgeous book covers

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For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favourite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.

Today’s interviewee: EmmaWicker. A/NA acquisitions and creative director.

Your blog (url): www.elwicker.com

Where do you live? On the US Star Ship Voyager.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Slim, but not impossible.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Yes! I love eating pigs in Continue reading

Lakewater Press: meet the authors and the people who put their work on the page

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For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favourite book.

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!!

Today’s interviewee: Barbara Quinn, author

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Where do you live? I split time between Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? I’m usually left Dreaming of a White Christmas..about 20% chance of snow in my NY/NJ area.

Do you have any favourite holiday traditions? I come from a large Italian-American family so FOOD is a religious experience, especially at Christmas time. Christmas Eve is a seafood extravaganza. On Christmas Eve we celebrate The Continue reading

Review: Books about children can teach adults so much about grief, love and life

Books featuring children don’t feature highly on The Novels I Have Read list, and books featuring children coping with grief are similarly low on my To Be Read pile.

So it was a surprise to enjoy two books which both have young girls as their central character and grief as the main premise.

And if it seems odd to enjoy books about grief, let me add that although there were moments of touching sadness in both novels, there was also wisdom and humour. It seems there is much to be learned about grief, love and life – by adults as well as by children. Continue reading

Viewpoint: Are you ready for a close-up? We will be – as soon as we’ve sorted our wardrobes.

I’ve a new respect for people who take part in televised events. Sitting on the sofa at home watching the box, it all looks so easy: participants chat happily, respond calmly to comments and answer questions.

But let me tell you – when you’re in the sights of a studio camera, complete with hot lights and an audience, it’s nerve-racking.

And the worst of it is deciding what to wear. Continue reading

Meet the author: Rachel Amphlett shares a few of her favourite things

Rachel AmphlettWhat do scampi and chips, black coffee and a good pair of jeans have in common?

They’re just a few of author Rachel Amphlett’s favourite things.

Amphlett, whose new thriller Hell to Pay, the latest in the Detective Kay Hunter series, will be published on November 16, explains here why she loves a good cup of coffee and always makes a beeline for her favourite seafood dinner when she visits the UK.  Continue reading