News: A very special People’s Friend short story debut



Christmas came early to the Featherstone household this morning when the postman brought a very special present: The People’s Friend Christmas Special, featuring my short story A House of Prayer.

I’ve been floating on clouds ever since.

A dream come true.

Ever since I was a little girl, and used to curl up in a corner to read my grandmother’s My Weekly magazine, I’ve dreamed of becoming a writer and seeing my byline in print. Continue reading

Review: Isa Ritchie’s Fishing with Māui is a multi-layered, multi-voiced delight


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Fishing for Maui - Front - (RGB) (002)Every so often you get to the end of a book and think: ‘I’d better read that again.’

Fishing with Māui, by Wellington-based author Isa Ritchie, is one such book.

I turned the last page a couple of days ago and I’m still not sure I’ve picked up on all the nuances or that I’ve properly understood what Ritchie was trying to say about the importance of family and tradition; the place of religion (or not!); and the difficulties of being comfortable in your own skin. Continue reading

Viewpoint: the celebrity’s guide to personal columns – and first world problems – at Waitrose!

There was an interesting juxtaposition of articles in a newspaper this week and, while I first thought it was a mean trick by a grudging sub editor to put the two side by side, I realized that one was a harrowing story of bravery while the other was … well… an over-indulgent whine. In other words, a poorly considered first person column. Continue reading

Review: Inside the Whispers – another page-turner from best seller AJ Waines


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A.J. Waines - Inside the Whispers_cover_1Losing one patient to suicide is happenstance.

When a second dies it could be coincidence…

But alarm bells start ringing VERY loudly for Dr Sam Willerby, a specialist in post traumatic stress, when suicide claims the life of a third patient.

It’s not just her professional reputation that’s at stake – all three turned to Sam for counselling after surviving a fire on the London Underground – her lover Con is also displaying similar symptoms, and Sam is terrified he too will give in to the voices in his head that tell him he doesn’t deserve to live. Continue reading

Review: Corruption! marks a twisty end to Elizabeth Dulcie’s  Suzanne Jones series


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CORRUPTION_FRONT_CMYK (002)The phrase ‘O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive…’ might have been coined especially for Elizabeth Dulcie’s new thriller Corruption!

It wasn’t, of course, the quote is a line from Sir Walter Scott’s 1808 poem, Marmion, but it does provide a perfect summary of the plot of this third, and final instalment, of Dulcie’s Suzanne Jones series.

Corruption! is a more-ish deliciously twisty tangle of deception and false trails and crooks masquerading as caring family men. Continue reading

Meet the author: Ravens Gathering writer Graeme Cumming on dinner with his dad


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Graeme Cumming - AuthorIt’s always interesting to do a Meet the Author Q&A with an author you’ve already met and thought you knew…

So, it was a bit of a surprise to discover that Graeme Cumming, author of the genre-busting Ravens Gathering, reviewed here on Book Lovers Booklist in March, has walked on hot coals and likes to eat poached egg and mashed potato.

Find out what else rocks his boat… Continue reading

Review: Join Isabella May on a cheery trip to the sunshine coast of Costa del Churros


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Costa Del Churros Cover (002)David Bowie certainly knew what he was talking about when he penned the line: ‘Put on your red shoes and dance…’

Because as beleaguered ex-pat Brits Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina discover in Isabella May’s sunny third novel Costa del Churros, it really is possible to dance your troubles away.

Or, at least, in the case of the four friends, confidence on the dance floor translates into an ability to face head on the issues that are making their lives a misery.

And, boy, despite the happy faces they try and present to the world, all four women are seriously unhappy. Continue reading

Review: Jackie Carreira’s frontline women NOT Sleeping Through War


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Book coverIt is a truth NEVER universally acknowledged but women are ALWAYS in the frontline of war.

Whether it’s a war on terror or poverty or internal or external wars against those with differing political, ideological or religious beliefs, women are always dodging bullets fired by men.

And Sleeping Through War is a moving tribute by author Jackie Carreira to the women’s stories that are forgotten in the history books.

It is 1968 and three women are fighting to survive their own personal battleground. Continue reading