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MONDAYS

Second week of August already, I feel sorry for the people holidaying in Britain as even though it is not cold we have had a lot of rain with weather alerts for this week again. The grandchildren keep asking when are we going to the beach or outdoor swimming pool or the fountains and I keep saying there is no sun and if there is some sun it does not last long.  I am sure they would go anyway but it’s just not as enjoyable for the adults sitting shivering on the beach.

I have been very productive today though as written two book reviews on all my sites, it would be so much easier if I just copy and past them all but I feel a bit awful if I don’t write something a bit different.  I can understand now why authors are always asking for reviews as many readers just do not bother.

REVIEWING TIPS

What ever you think of the book then write it.                                                                             It can be as long or as short as you want it to be.                                                                         You can do it in sentences or bullet points.                                                                                     Authors love to get feedback from their readers and will often connect with them on social media.

WHERE TO REVIEW

Authors Facebook or Twitter                                                                                                               Goodreads  http://goodreads.com                                                                                                       Amazon http://amazon.co.uk                                                                                                               Google+                                                                                                                                                     Pinterest, I have made a board about books I have read.

So there are many ways we can all support our wonderful writers that we have now and the ones that are just publishing their first book would be so happy to receive some feedback from their readers.

I hope that makes it a bit less daunting for some and to be honest before I started blogging I never even thought about writing a review.

I am just about to start my next book which is by Carol Wyer, I am looking forward to this as it is another one in the series about DI Robyn Carter.

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I am looking after Alfie in a couple of weeks for a long weekend, he is crazy for Minecraft and very clever at it.  So we are going to read all about Pixelville by Daniel Riding which is a new book that was released last month, I will then get Alfie to review it as well as myself.

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I guess I had better go and do some gardening before the weeds take over everywhere, I would much rather be reading or writing though.  I have done a lot of planning for my Jersey trip and decided that I will pop over to Guernsey while I am there as never been there before, so lots to look forward to and I really cannot wait.

 

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AUGUST 2017

August, where has the year gone?  Nothing really accomplished and now I’m recovering from having a tooth out as I had an acute infection in the gum, I had forgotten how really horrible an extraction is and it hasn’t got rid of the pain yet so I have taken to my bed and seem to be sleeping loads but at least I can’t feel the pain when asleep.

Summer appears to have got lost, I know we all said we needed rain for the garden but this is ridiculous!

While I was writing about parts of my life I remembered about going to Jersey, Channel island and have got lots of good memories so it has prompted me to want to go there for a writing holiday in September.  I am at the moment researching guest houses and airbnb places, I think I will take my car and drive down to Poole and get the ferry over as then I can travel round the island.  If you have any recommendations then please let me know, I am trying to do this on a very limited budget so need all the help I can get.

Happy holidays x

COMMENTS ON ANTHOLOGY

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I guess a lot of us amateur writers very seldom get any praise or even feedback from the stories we write for competitions or in this case the local anthology of stories from Folkestone writers.  BUT when we do you just have to sing it from the rooftops, well I do anyway.  So this is my latest comment that meant so much to me.

Hi Karen,                                                                                                                                      Having just re-read your short story in The Folkestone Anthology, I have to congratulate you on an impressive piece of writing.  Caroline Jew’s life seemed to be fraught with disasters, until a simple chain of events turned it around.

A story of changing fortunes. This uplifting tale, gently weaves its way through the Creative Quarter of Folkestone, of which you have intimate knowledge.

A story of two halves, very clever Karen.  I loved it xx📝❤l

 

 

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So if you have not read it yet, then why not?  I have some books left for sale at £7.99 which I will even sign for you, they would make an excellent present for Christmas!

I have just finished my story for this year so lets hope my good run carries on.

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WHITSTABLE, UK

I have always liked the beach huts that many of our seaside towns have on the beach, many now are painted various bright colours.  I would turn one into a “she shed” writing hideaway, oh the many possibilities, I can feel a Pinterest board coming on.  I would of course paint mine pink, I could sit and look out to sea for many hours as I feel the inspiration just flows there, in fact I am getting ideas just from thinking about it.

Stopping at The Seaview Cafe for a coffee where the views are amazing, what a busy little cafe and the food is great with prices very reasonable.  Whitstable is very quant with many small speciality shops which can be very expensive but you would have a one of purchase.  Along by the harbour there are many pop-up shops selling a wide variety of goods, many hand-made.  The paintings by the local artists are amazing with many designs to suit all tastes.

I absolutely love the old fisherman huts that they have converted into wonderful little places for people to stay when visiting, again you look out onto the sea and many have balconies or they are almost on the beach.  They blend in with the many cottages scattered along the front that look like little dolls houses as so old and small.  The cottage gardens are exquisite and I will put a couple of ideas into my own garden that I have seen.  Whitstable has many varied bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from so you are a bit spoilt for choice.  The oyster bars appear to be everywhere round by the harbour but I am sure they would all be good as they are caught locally.  I can feel a night in a hut coming on with a good meal and a couple of cocktails followed by a glass of wine on your balcony gazing out to sea.

Whitstable is well worth a visit as there really is something for everyone, I am already looking forward to going back again.

 

THE VANISHING OF AUDREY WILDE BY EVE CHASE – BOOK REVIEW

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I am afraid to say that this was not for me but I did read all of it and the concept of the story is very good in that the characters are right and all fit together very well.  The problem for me was that the story could have been told in about five chapters and the padding I found was not necessary and a bit boring.  I think it needed something else happening to keep your interest and make you want to know more.  I really do not like giving a bad review and I have noted the good points but you may like it so I would love to know if you have read this book and maybe we could have an open discussion on-line about it for everyone to join in.  It is the first book I have read by this author and I requested it from Netgalley so it was a shame it wasnt for me.

I AM WRITING!

That feels so good to be able to say that as I was beginning to wonder if I would again, so today I polished off and edited the first chapter of the children’s book.  Will look at another couple of chapters and improve them then they can all go back to the publisher, just hope they haven’t forgotten me.

I popped over to Romney Marsh this morning as that is where my dentist is and it is always nice to see the fields and sheep as I drive by.

I was also  very pleased with myself as I have at long last actually grown some Freesia’s, I love these flowers and their smell, they were my Nans favourite as well so that must be where I get it from.  Still lovely and warm so I need to fit in some weeding somewhere this week.

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My next little project is to make this cup wreath and so far I have collected four cups, I was amazed that charity shops do not have a box of old cups but it seems not as now they appear to be like gold dust!

It is time for bed to read, this book seems to be taking me a while to read, I just can’t seem to get into it and I really don’t like it when that happens.  At least I can look forward to the next one that I am hoping to start before the end of the week.