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Anyone Want to Review Detective Mo?

I need some kind souls to read and review Detective Mo for me.

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Book Review: First Frost

R.D. Winfield’s bumbling and irreverent police detective Jack Frost returns in this prequel by James Henry.

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I Found an Early Draft of Detective Mo and Thought I’d Share It

… When I stumbled upon this little relic: a partial first draft of Detective Mo and the Missing Prince.

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Why I’m Scaling Back on Social Media and Getting Back to Blogging

Social media is key to selling loads of books. That’s what people say and they’re probably right but… Urgh. It’s a pain, and in my experience, it’s not been all that profitable. I have social media accounts all over the place: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, TikTok, Instagram, you name it, but I’m not entirely convinced these […]

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for Detective Mo and the Missing Prince!

Boomshakalaka! Detective Mo and The Missing Prince has got its first review on Amazon and it’s a big juicy five star one. Two kids can’t be wrong! Get your copy of Detective Mo and the Missing Prince from Amazon today! 😀

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Review: Behold the Monkey

Inspired by a true story, this short TV film tells the story of Cecilia Giménez (Imma Colomer): a woman from Borja in Spain, who has dreamed of being an artist ever since the day, as a small girl, she saw a church fresco of Christ entitled Ecce Homo (Behold the Man).

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I’m Back… Kind Of

My novel W.I.P., which I hereby dub ‘Project E’ until I’m ready to reveal the title, has been going really, really well since I stopped blogging regularly. I’ve been working on it every day, mostly during my commute to and from work, and I’m now more than halfway through the first draft and really happy with how it’s going. With that in mind, I certainly cannot justify a return to the kind of blogging I used to do here. It was just too time consuming.
So, here’s the vague half-baked plan that I might not stick to…

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Penstricken: Collected Stories Wins Award

I am very excited to announce that Penstricken: Collected Stories has scooped up its first award: the N.K. Prentices Flash Fiction Prize! As I’m sure you all know, the N.K. Prentices Award recognises the crème de la crème of tiny short stories and is awarded but once a year on the first day of April […]

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50 Quotes About Fiction

1. “I like telling stories.” — Hunter Parrish
2. “All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.” — George R.R. Martin
3. “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” — GK Chesterton

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If You Don’t Like Mysteries, You’ll Love Mr. Holmes

Last year, I was standing waiting for a bus when one passed by (not the one I was waiting for) with a poster on the side, advertising a new film that was about to be released. The poster was plain white apart from a very well dressed and sour faced Ian McKellen. The title of the film was Mr. Holmes.

‘Oh, a new Sherlock Holmes film.’ I thought, my interest piqued. ‘I must remember to make time to go and see that.’

Suffice it to say I did not remember and, whether it was because of my own poor fortune or because the film was inadequately publicised, I did not see hide nor hair of that film again until this very year when I was perusing Amazon for something to watch and it recommended this little gem to me. The reviews on Amazon were generally good but there were also enough negative reviews to give me doubts. However, being a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and knowing that Ian McKellen’s acting is always a joy to watch (no matter how bad the rest of the film is) I decided to give it a chance.

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