Publication Day Interview with Isobel Blackthorn, author of A Perfect Square

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A perfect square

It gives me very great pleasure to welcome Isobel Blackthorn to Linda’s Book Bag with a publication day interview. Isobel’s latest novel A Perfect Square is published today by Odyssey Books and is available for purchase direclt from the publisher and your local Amazon site.

A Perfect Square

A perfect square

When pianist Ginny Smith moves back to her mother’s house in Sassafras after her breakup with the degenerate Garth, synaesthetic and eccentric artist Harriet Brassington-Smythe is beside herself and contrives a creative collaboration to lift her daughter’s spirits: an exhibition of paintings and songs. Ginny reluctantly agrees.

Mother and daughter struggle to agree on the elements of the collaborative effort, and as Ginny tries to prise the truth of her father’s disappearance from a tight-lipped Harriet, both are launched into their own inner worlds of dreams, speculations and remembering.

Meanwhile, another mother and artist, Judith, alone in a house on the moors…

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Tracey Sinclair – Author in the Spotlight

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Tracey Sinclair

I’m pleased to welcome a Book Connectors author today. Although I haven’t read any of Tracey Sinclair’s work, I’m always interested to find out more about authors and their writing. You’ll find more info about Tracey and where to find her books at the bottom of the post

First of all, would you tell me a little about yourself?

I’m a Northern born, Brighton based freelance writer and editor. I’ve written for numerous websites and magazines, and have written 5 novels and 3 collections of short stories, including the Newcastle set romantic comedy The Bridesmaid Blues, and the paranormal series Dark Dates.

What inspired you to start writing?

I know it’s a cliché, but I can’t remember not writing: as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed coming up with stories.

Tell me about your journey to publication

I got my first story published in a magazine when I was 17, and have…

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The Narrow Bed – Sophie Hannah #20booksofsummer

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Crime Thriller 5*s Crime Thriller
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The one thing that can’t be disputed about Sophie Hannah’s books is that they are all a unique reading experience; The Narrow Bed does not break this tradition. So much so that it is often hard to articulate exactly what the book is about but I’ll give it my best shot!

Two pairs of best friends have been killed and the Culver Valley are investigating alongside other police forces to identify the perpetrator. So far so simple, the police have helpfully provided the press with a catchy name to keep the crimes in the news and to gain intelligence from the public ‘Billy Dead Mates’ makes his way into everyone’s homes especially when ardent feminist Sondra Halliday choses this subject to rail against misogyny, despite one of the victims being male. Sophie Hannah is a genius at picking out the nonsense that seems to prevail and takes…

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**Interview** with Jack Jordan author of My Girl

The Book Review Café

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Today I’m over the moon to have Jack Jordan pop by the book review café for a grilling. Jack is the number one bestselling author of two novels: Anything for Her (2015), and My Girl (2016). If you are a crime thriller lover then I would highly recommend you get yourself a copy of My Girl it’s dark, and genuinely disturbing! My Girl is one book that will definitely be on my list of my top reads of 2016. Anything For Her is sitting patiently on my TBR pile and I’m hoping to get to it soon.

Hi Jack I’m so excited to have you pop by the book review café, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Thank you for having me!

I began writing six years ago, and published my debut novel, Anything for Her, in June 2015, followed…

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20 WordPress Plugins to Get Your Website Up & Going Faster (4 min read)

20 WordPress Plugins to Get Your Website Up & Going Faster (4 min read)

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1. WordPress SEO by Yoast.

WordPress SEO by Yoast has recently been named the top plugin for WordPress users. This plugin functions as a complete optimization platform for the user’s page content. In addition to SEO, this plugin features a snippet editor, XML sitemaps, permalink cleanup, Meta descriptions and configuration and more.

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I’m blind. Kindle text to speech has been a nightmare to master—here’s how to fix this

I’m blind. Kindle text to speech has been a nightmare to master—here’s how to fix this

By David Faucheux, a freelance audiobook reviewer for Library Journal. The views are only his and not necessarily LJ’s.

davidFaucheuxI’ve been blind most of my life. But I hold a masters degree in library and information science and am comfortable with tech although I’m not a full-fledged expert.

TeleRead asked me in July if I would consider reviewing the recently released $70 basic Amazon Kindle. It brings back the text-to-speech accessibility that had existed in older versions. But there is an ugly Catch 22 for blind people. 

Just how can we benefit from the built-in audio VoiceView tutorial and related guidance in the already-loaded users’ guide if we don’t know how to use the screen reader in the first place? You must drill down too far in the menus to reach text-to-speech features.

Unfortunately this typifies Amazon’s seeming lack of understanding and empathy in considering the needs of blind people. My Kindle arrived several weeks ago…

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Today’s special guest; John

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Hi there awesome readers!  It is a new day and  a good day to have a new special guest on my blog today!

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 Hi  John. Thanks for accepting my invitation to be a guest on my blog today. I appreciate!

Thank you Roberta for requesting a interview. I have been a private person for 58 years. I started using my writer’s name “Coyote poet, later changed to John Coyote and today my real name John Castellenas. I didn’t want to effect my family life with my honest and direct thoughts of my youth.  Today I’m 58 years old and I believe words are great power. We must attempt to make our world better. We need our Hemingway, Kosinski and non-fiction writers to write the truth about life and war.

Q.1) why  did you start to blogg?

I started writing in 6th grade for the school paper. At seven years old…

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