Strange Magic (Essex Witches Mystery 1) by Syd Moore

Check out the book, Strange Magic, by Syd Moore via the By The Letter Book Reviews blog


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Rosie Strange doesn’t believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.

Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present…

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Medieval Rumpy-Pumpy… The Video

Medieval Rumpy-Pumpy… The Video

Check out Humphrey to the Rescue from the Porter Girl blog.

Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

The chapter from which this excerpt originates is titled ‘Humphrey To The Rescue’, but regular readers will recognise it from previous post, Medieval Rumpy-Pumpy. This isn’t the whole chapter, as I know you are really only interested in the filthy bits. You naughty, naughty readers, you.

PorterGirl – The Vanishing Lord

Humphrey To The Rescue

Wearing a disguise hastily thrown together from the contents of the College lost property box, Deputy Head Porter and sidekick Hugh from the Unlikely Law Association are searching the rival Hawkins College for a suspicious character. Unfortunately, during their endeavours they are mistaken for visiting lecturers and Deputy Head Porter finds herself in the unenviable position of having to give a lecture in medieval French…

PorterGirl – The Vanishing Lord coming June 2017!

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#BookReview The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett @BeckettSimon @TransworldBooks

Check out the book, The Restless Dead, by Simon Beckett, via the Quiet Knitter blog

The Quiet Knitter



‘Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn’t naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body’s buoyancy until it floats again.
And the dead will literally rise . . . ‘

Once one of the country’s most respected forensics experts, Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain professional – and personal – future. So when he gets a call from Essex police, he’s eager for the chance to assist them.

A badly decomposed body has been…

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What’s stopping you?

Here is an inspirational post from Libby Sommer on what might be stopping you in your writing endeavors.

Libby Sommer, Author

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How many wonderful ideas have we had in our lives that never became anything more than ideas?  What stopped them from becoming reality?  Probably lack of drive, or fear, or both.

If the idea of writing a story, writing a memoir, or writing a blog lights a spark within you, sets off a signal, causes you to drool—or fills you with unspeakable anxiety—then you are ready to write.  What is holding you back is not lack of drive, but fear.  Unadulterated, stark fear.

  • Fear of what?
  • Fear of being unable to write well and being criticized by others?
  • Fear of being unable to stay on track long enough to get to an ending?
  • Fear that you just don’t have what it takes to maintain focus to tell a good story?

Research into the way the brain operates has revealed that there are two sides to the brain, left and right. …

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A Perfect 10 with Anna Dobritt

A Perfect 10 with Anna Dobritt

This week I have the distinct pleasure of featuring blogger and author Anna Dobritt. Anna is one of the most supportive people in the blogosphere. Her blog is a combination of helpful tips, inspiring quotes and good storytelling. She is also very generous with reblogging helpful posts from others.

I hope you enjoy this edition of A Perfect 10 with Anna Dobritt.

If you want to check out past interviews, you can find them in the following links:

A.C. Flory, Steve Boseley, Kayla Matt, Mae Clair, Jill Sammut, Deanna Kahler, Dawn Reno Langley, John Howell, Elaine Cougler, Jan Sikes, Nancy Bell, Nick Davis, Kathleen Lopez, Susan Thatcher, Charles Yallowitz, Armand Rosamilia, Tracey Pagana

Also, if you are an author and you want to be part of this feature, I still have a few slots open for 2017. You can email me at


  • Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It does both. Sometimes I get into a zone and write for several hours straight, and after that all I want to do is rest.

  • Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?

No. I use my own name. If I were to switch to a different genre like westerns or historical novels, I would use a pseudonym.

  • Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Why or why not?

I think it hurts having a big ego since that sets you apart from your readers and potential readers.  These are the people you are trying to connect with through your writing.

  • What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Three editing programs and Scrivener.

  • What does writing success look like to you? Have you achieved it?

People asking to read more of your work. I haven’t quite achieved that.

  • What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What sources do you use?

For my first trilogy, I used the interest for research since I just needed to look up some information I needed. So there trilogy I am working on,  I have about fifty eBooks on my Kindle for research purposes.

  • How do you select the names of your characters? Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name?

Why? I like unusual names for my main character like Ravyn Wyng and Lenara Lenquil. I have never regretted any names I have used.

  • What is the hardest type of scene to write?

Emotional scenes. I still struggle writing those.

  • If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be and what would you want to ask them?

Nikola Tesla,  Edgar Cayce, Edward Leedskalnin, and Plato. I would ask them about Atlantis and where they think it was located and what were the people like.

  • What platform has brought you the most success in marketing your books?

Using the various Facebook groups for promoting my books.

Find Anna’s Book:


Book Link: HERE.

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How To Handle Attention Seeking Minor Characters #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

How To Handle Attention Seeking Minor Characters #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

Check out this great post from the Blonde Write More blog on how to handle attention-seeking minor characters.


If you have never rolled your eyes at a minor character, who has ideas above their station, and then found yourself shouting, through your laptop screen,“will you stop being such an attention grabbing minor character!” - you haven’t lived!

Some minor characters are born into your story knowing they are never going to be centre stage and make it their fictional life ambition to change this. So frustrating!

If you let things get out of hand with one of these minor characters, before long, you will be changing the direction of your entire book to suit THEM! Just watch out for those filthy looks and death stares from your main characters.

There’s nothing worse than trying to write a scene and being distracted by some diva of a minor character who believes you made a big mistake when main character roles were handed out.


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Descendants by Rae Else

Check out this review of the book, Descendants, by Rae Else, from Rachel Poli’s blog.

Rachel Poli

Descendants by Rae Else | Book ReviewTitle: Descendants (Arete series book 1)
Author: Rae Else
April 12, 2017, by Smashwords
Genre: Young adult urban fantasy
How I got the book: I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for honest review


There are lots of stories about the children of gods. But what about those cursed by the gods, and their descendants…

El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation known as the Order.

Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world that she never knew existed; one full of Arete: beings who possess extraordinary powers like hers.

Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from Ancient Greece. They claim their inheritance does not come…

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