I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on the back story of Barney Hubble, the love interest in the latest book from Tracy Corbett, author of The Summer Theatre by the Sea. So without further ado…
Before I start writing a new story, I like to draft character biographies and explore my characters’ backgrounds and what motivates them. Knowing what’s happened prior to the story starting, helps me to hit the ground running, and enables me to get inside the character’s mind. The male love interest in The Summer Theatre by the Sea is Barney Hubble. Continue reading
I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on The Search for Ideas from Jamie Raven, author of The Rebel. So without further ado…
As an author one of the questions I’m most often asked is: Where do you get your ideas from?
There’s no stock answer, of course. Ideas come from a wide range of sources.
I pick up most of mine from newspapers and magazines. These are full of intriguing news stories and features that can trigger ideas for novels.
This as how my latest book, The Rebel, began its life. I spotted an interesting item while reading a Sunday paper. It was about a prominent journalist who had been assassinated in Mexico. He was the latest victim of one of the ruthless drug cartels that operate in that country. Continue reading
Book subscription boxes are an awesome idea! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting one for the longest time and I finally bit the bullet and ordered one from Book Legacy, a relatively new bookish subscription box service!
Book Legacy is new to the world of bookish subscription boxes, but they have made a promising start! I bought their second ever box, and the first containing a book – and here’s my thoughts! Continue reading
It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE
protective book sleeves for my books! It’s a product I never knew I needed until I got one!
Then, before I knew it, my collection had exploded (thanks to BookBestiesUK
)! I now have protective sleeves for a variety of occasions and many, many patterns, and I even have a few customs!
There are many protective sleeves out there, but there are none as good as those sold by Louise of BookBestiesUK!
I am an absolutely massive fan of Louise’s work and I’m NO stranger to her shop! So of course I had to interview her!
Check out the interview below and keep reading for information on a giveaway that Louise and I are hosting! Continue reading
I rarely go to book events for authors that are unknown to me (but I’m working on changing that!) but after reading the blurb for Sal by Mick Kitson I knew I had to not only buy the book, but had to go to the event that Waterstones Edinburgh West End was hosting featuring the author!
As usual I turned up too early, and I took my front row, centre seat (I’m not shy!) and excitedly waited for the evening to begin.
The evening followed a standard ‘An Evening With’ format: the author speaks about the book via prompted questions from a representative, then does a reading, talks a bit more and then there’s a book signing. Continue reading
It’s no secret that I adore F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, as well as generally loving books set in the 1920’s. The glamour of the roaring 20’s, especially in the United States, is absolutely fascinating to me. So when I heard that Golden Hare Books, an independent book store in Edinburgh, had teamed up with Miller Harris to host a glamourous perfume launch for fragrances based off of a passage from Tender is the Night, I had to be in attendance.
Arriving at Golden Hare Books was a welcome change from the cold and snow outside, The ‘Beast from the East’ was on its way out but it was still making its presence felt. As soon as I arrived, I realised I was one of the first (if not the first) guest to arrive –as usual – but the heat from the warm, and very real, fire inside of the bookshop, combined with the warm welcome from the staff made me forget about that. Continue reading
I’m delighted to say that I have partnered with Avon Books to bring you this guest post on how to write relatable characters from Catherine Ferguson.
If you want to hook a reader into your story right from the beginning, you need to give them characters they can relate to. But how do you do that? Continue reading
I’m relatively new to visual novels; my first experience with one was Doki Doki Literature Club and that was absolutely incredible. But in every way that Doki Doki was excellent (the deep, hidden messages and code that brought a completely different and darker story to the surface for those who wanted to dig) Dream Daddy is excellent in other ways.
Dream Daddy is a visual novel that is primarily a dating simulator, and an LGBT one at that. Dream Daddy lets you create yourself as the dad of Amanda, your child, (adopted or biological from your male or female partner – all your choice) and you can date up to 7 dads in the game in order to find your…well, dream daddy! Continue reading
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One was a tie in graphic novel with the video game of the same name. The game was made by the same guys who brought the world Mortal Kombat and I absolutely love Mortal Kombat – always have done. On top of that I’m a DC girl, not Marvel. Now that’s not to say I don’t like Marvel – I just prefer DC. Although I will concede that a lot of DC’s live action films (bar Nolan’s Batman and the new Wonder Woman) miss the mark – but their animated films are amazing!
So, naturally I played the game and I was loving that there was a graphic novel tie in! But I lost track of it and graphic novels can be expensive –especially when they are huge story lines that go on for multiple volumes! Anyway, I finally got the complete Years 1-5 (so look out for future reviews for other years) and I have to say, I was blown away!