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CANTERBURY BOOK SIGNING

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If you are anywhere near Canterbury on the 16th December then pop along and meet Julie Wassmer.  For that book loving relation these are ideal and you get it signed as well.

BOOK FESTIVAL 2017

IN THERAPY BY SUSIE ORBACH

Susie Orbach was very interesting to listen to, the questions were all answered in-depth.  I got her book so will be reading and reviewing at a later date.  It was a shame there was not more time as these one hour slots are not really long enough to really get into a discussion.  I am hoping the book will pick up on a lot of the questions that were in the write-up about this session.

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THE GENDER GAMES BY JUNO DAWSON

Myself and Sheila went to the event hosted by Lennox again,  she really is one of the best hosts of the festival.

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Lennox & Sheila

 

Juno was a lovely person and so very honest about everything

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and it really made you sit up and realise all the struggles and just plain not knowing what she was from an early age.  I had a quick glance through the book that I will read after Sheila, Juno was an award-winning author before she became Juno who she is now. The many books she has written have all been extremely well received and I am sure she will go on to write many more.

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EDITING WORKSHOP BY ANDY MILLER

My last event was Andy Miller’s and as soon as I walked in the room we both recognised one another from last year, he did change the session a bit but it is all good learning.

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He is very good at getting people to participate and is full of information that we just carry on gleaning out of him. This year he has read 141 books and I thought I was doing good on 54!

That was the end of the book festival for me this year, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and met some new lovely people.  I think this gets better every year and am already looking forward to next years.

In February Julie Wassmer has invited me over to the Faversham festival so that is something to look forward to in the new year.

I  hope you have all enjoyed these events along with me. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

CRIME WRITERS AFTERNOON CHAT

The Folkestone Book Festival came to life yesterday afternoon when three fantastic crime writers popped along for a chat and I must say the setting was absolutely gorgeous.

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Sheila came along to the event with me as I have got her into the crime books and she was pleased to meet them and get her books signed. Catching up with Julie Wassmer again was great, her new book will be out next year and watch this space as I will be on the blog tour with my review going out on publication day. Julie was pleased to buy herself a book from her fellow writers as she can now enjoy reading someone’s else’s crimes instead of writing her own.

It was a great pleasure to meet Lisa Cutts who not only writes crime books but is also a very good police detective in her day job as well, at least there will be no mistakes in any of her procedures she writes about. It really was great talking to her, the first book she wrote called Never Forget won an award which must have been amazing for her, especially when so many new authors are rejected many times before they get into print. Just goes to show how good her books are, I bought Buried Secrets so will be reviewing that as soon as I can fit the reading in. I am always amazed at how truly lovely writers or anyone in the book trade are, never is anything too much trouble for them and will always answer and help you in any way they can. I will look forward to catching up with Lisa in the future.

The very brave male joining the group was William Shaw who was a journalist in his previous life and a very good one I am told, but now he is known as a brilliant crime writer with his latest book The Bird Watcher doing extremely well. Sheila bought one of his books so I will be reading it after her and reviewing it. I was asked who was my favourite author but I really couldn’t say as I read so many brilliant books, I could not pin it down to any one person.

The discussion between them and the audience went really well and was one of the best attended shows especially for an afternoon and I would imagine it would have sold out if it was an evening one and left many disappointed people. Lennox who chaired the chat/discussion did an amazing job steering them to some great informative answers to her questions.

A wonderful afternoon and one I enjoyed very much, it’s always a pleasure for me to meet the writers when I spend so long reading their books. I hope to catch up with them all again in the future.

BOOK FAIRIES AT FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

Let’s hope the person who finds this enjoys the book and passes it along. #bookfairies

NANOWRIMO – NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

     

Who is entering this in November?  I do it but I do-not sign up for it as I’m no good under pressure and like to do things at my own speed also when I feel able to but it really does encourage you so that’s all good. If I blog about how I am doing then that also gives me a bit of a push.

I am going to finish my book about my life during November this year if I can but it is also our Folkestone Book Festival and I would like to go to a couple of workshops to-do with writing.  The festival looks bigger and better every year with many good authors taking part.  I am looking forward to meeting Julie Wassmer again and finding out when her next book is being published and hoping I get the chance to review it ready for publishing day.

Have a good weekend everyone and make the most of the sunshine we are going to get in Kent for the next three days!

 

 

CATCH UP

I have been catching up writing my reviews everywhere on social media for these two inspiring authors.  I like them both for different reasons, Samantha Tonge for the underlying messages in her story about having a good time and making super memories does not need money, I think people today should remember that when spending time with their loved ones.  Then Julie Wassmer for writing about the area we live in, KENT UK with its many wonderful places including Canterbury and the coast along by Whitstable, I find it so enjoyable reading about them and picturing where the characters are and where they are going.

So now I am onto the next book which is Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer!  Sounds good so look out for the review of this one.

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MAY DAY MURDER BY JULIE WASSMER – BOOK REVIEW

Here we have another Whitstable Pearl Mystery which is just as good as the others, this is my final one so I hope Julie writes some more pretty quick.

It was good catching up with Pearl, her mother Dolly and her son Charlie and not forgetting the lovely sounding DCI Mike McGuire.  They all sound so real I keep hoping I might bump into the handsome police detective when I am in Canterbury.

May Day comes but once a year and this one brings an actress returning to her roots to open the May Day festivities but before she can reacquaint with past loves and friends someone decides to murder her.

Can Pearl solve this one before McGuire or will he stick to the rules and work it out for himself?  Secrets and lies are hidden but who will they hurt when out in the open and who had anything to gain by committing this horrible murder on May Day.

Another brilliant story, well written with lots of local items about the brilliant places in Kent.  I again did not guess who did the murder, I could never be a detective, Pearl makes it all sound so easy the way she puts it all together.  Brilliant 5 stars for a great series, I cannot wait for them to make it into a tv series.

MURDER ON SEA BY JULIE WASSMER-BOOK REVIEW

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Reading this made me feel happy as I love the author and I love Whitstable, it was also good to catch up on what the characters of Pearl, Dolly and DCI Mike McGuire had been up to.  These characters are great, so down to earth and normal and I think that is why it works as you can relate to a lot of it, well apart from the murders, lol.

In this Pearl mystery it is Christmas time so plenty of activity going on with the church events and work outings to Pearls restaurant called The Whitstable Pearl so when people start receiving poison pen christmas cards Pearl decides she has to say no to solving the mystery under her Nolan’s Detective Agency as she just has so much to do.

Things happen at the church event and one of the locals drops down dead but then because McGuire was there as a guest of Pearls he cannot lead the case, so who will solve the mystery?  Before long there is another death, are they linked to the Christmas cards? Lots of questions need to be answered so Pearl asks a few more herself.

As usual I did not guess who committed the murders so I enjoyed reading this, it is nice to read something a bit lighter but still keep you turning the pages.  This goes in my top ten for this year.  I have one more of this author’s books to read in The Whitstable Pearl Mystery series so lets hope another one is written soon.

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