Tag Archive | Books

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL 2017

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I love this event, shame it is not in the summer though as it’s always a struggle going out on cold winter nights.  They have outdone themselves this year with so many great shows, discussions and workshops.

It will be lovely to catch up with Julie Wassmer again and find out about her new book, I am looking forward to reading and reviewing it for her, I love those books as they are all set in Whitstable so you can picture the scenes in your head.  Maybe she should be writing one in Folkestone, that would be good.  I believe her new one is set in Ore by Whitstable.

I attended a Wellbeing workshop for writers at the weekend, this was given by Francesca Baker who is extremely good at these short workshops, I went to one last year, although this could have gone on longer as was set for two hours.  Interesting ways to look at things especially us writers who appear to forget about everything once we shut ourselves off and start writing.  Which would be a very good way to diet but if your like me when you do surface you eat all the wrong things and that’s just waiting for your dinner to cook.

Andy Miller’s workshop I hope will be interesting as I need all the help I can get with editing, I wonder if he will have a magic wand.

There are things for everyone this year as it goes from strength to strength, well done The Creative Foundation in Folkestone.

 

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STORY COMPETITION RESULTS

As part of The Folkestone Book Festival there is a short story competition held by The Folkestone Writers group.  Yesterday I went to the reading of the winning stories.

The results of this year’s competition were:

1st Prize: Geoff Madle for ‘The Cruciverbalist’s Tale’.

2nd Prize: Alexander Tulloch for ‘A Bitch called Lucy’.

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Third place: Margaret Harland-Suddes for ‘The Fire Bird’.

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A fun couple of hours listening to the stories with a lively debate about them!

We will now wait to see what stories are picked to go in The Folkestone Anthology for 2018.

LOOK FOR ME BY LISA GARDNER – BOOK REVIEW

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Oh wow, what a story, Lisa has pulled it out the bag again. Surprise after surprise, you just never know or can predict what is going to happen next so I just kept on reading so I am going to blame Lisa for my low word count in NaNoWriMo!

You may remember Flora from a previous novel who was held captive for so long then finally when she came home she is just a different person and appears to be on a path of helping abducted people get away from their abductors.  Setting up a website she steers people towards fighting back and escaping, will Flora ever be normal I don’t think so, she was taken and abused for so long she does not know anything else but she is good at helping locate people and that is how she ends up helping DD the cop she befriends and even trusts a little bit, not that she would admit to that.

This story is heartbreaking when you read what these children go through and how it eventually breaks them and their family. There is no happy ending but there are surprises and shocks for everyone. I really do love a good book that keeps you so engrossed and you never know what is going to happen next and this gives you that. A good five stars of super writing, brilliant characters that all bounce of one another, becoming interlinked in surprising ways.

This is in my top five of the year!

READING THIS NOW, VERY GOOD

I started reading this last night and fell asleep reading as it was so good I didn’t want to stop.  It is about the policewoman DD and girls that have been held captive, I have read a couple other of these stories which were very good so I am pleased I found this one on my Kindle. I am sure the review will be next week as I cannot wait to get reading.

 

THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS BY RUTH HOGAN – BOOK REVIEW

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What a lovely story and such a brilliant idea as I am sure there are an awful lot of lost things in this world.  I love the way some of the things all have a connection of some sort and that is what ties this story together so magnificently.  The characters all work really well together and I just loved Sunshine and her little gems of information she just popped in there, sometimes without Laura realising.  This is to me a happy book and I really enjoyed reading it.

I was pleased to see that it is one of the Goodreads books in the awards so I have voted for it, if you want to vote you can here.

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I would also like to say good luck to all the authors who have books in these awards.

 

BROKEN BY RONI ASKEY-DORAN – BOOK REVIEW

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This was very sad but also true to life in this world we live in now so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  I really liked the way the author has written this from the heart in fact you could almost think that she was writing from experience.  The characters go together really well and flow off each other.  I thought that having such a good birthday would change her mind about wanting to die so was shocked when she still went ahead with it.  The twist was a brilliant piece of work and pulled everything from the past into the future all together. It took me just one day to read this as I got so engrossed in the story and her life. Very well written and I will be looking out for more of this authors work.

HITMAN SAM BY MORGEN BAILEY – BOOK REVIEW

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It was nice to read something that was a bit different and answering a newspaper advert about becoming a hitman was certainly that.  I loved the way Sam kept so calm throughout the lead-up, it was as if it was not actually happening to him.  He kept doing the normal things even taking a neighbours dog for walks and trying to get a girl friend and going on dates. The last few chapters are amazing where everything all comes together with some surprises and shocks for Sam as he realises how it is all linked together.  I loved the characters and they all worked together really well, enjoyable read and looking forward to reading more from Morgen Bailey.