Friday 30 November 2018

Welcome to Our Home: Living Room

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It's time to share another part of our home with you, and today, I'm giving you the opportunity to check out our living room. This is one of the most used rooms in our whole house, so it was important to make it warm, comfortable and welcoming for us and our visitors. How did we go about achieving this?

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Book Review: Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy

Last Updated: 6 September 2021

Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy book cover

Clara Casey has more than enough on her plate. Her daughters Adi and Linda were no problem during the usually turbulent teens. Now Adi is always fighting for or against something: the environment or the whale or battery farming; while Linda lurches from one unsatisfactory relationship to the next. As if this wasn't enough, Clara, a senior cardiac specialist, has a new job to cope with - and now her ex-husband wants something from her...

For Ania, meeting Clara Casey is a miracle. She never intended to leave Poland - but perhaps a new job in a new country will mend her broken heart? Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic - but what should have been a straightforward six-month posting brings him far more than he expected.

Then there's Father Brian Flynn, whose life is turned upside down when his reputation is threatened; and the beautiful, cheerful nurse, Fiona, who can't leave her troubled past behind...

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Interview: Sarah Fisher

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It's no secret that I've always had a soft spot for Young Adult fiction, so I'm super excited to be welcoming YA author Sarah Fisher to The Writing Greyhound! Sarah sat down with me for a chat about her writing and gave me a special insight into her novel The 13th Key. Read on to find out more!

Monday 26 November 2018

Welcome to Our Home: Kitchen

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I absolutely loved taking the opportunity to welcome you to our home a few weeks ago, so today, I'm sharing our kitchen and dining area with you all. This space was one of the areas that we were keen to make some key changes to, so I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Friday 23 November 2018

Christmas 2018 Gift Guide: For Her

AD* | I don't know about you, but I can't believe that we're so close to Christmas already! With just over a month left until the big day, I'm seriously starting to think about the gifts I want to get for the special people in my life this year.

So, if you're beginning to worry about finding the perfect gift, I've put together a selection featuring a few of my favourite ideas for her this Christmas. From mouth-watering foodie gifts to novelty stocking fillers, there's sure to be something for everyone!

Thursday 22 November 2018

Cover Reveal: The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes

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I love a good cover reveal! Today, I am super excited to be able to show you the wonderful new cover for The Blameless Dead by author Gary Haynes. It's hot off the press - but do you love it as much as I do?

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Walking in the Footsteps of a Serial Killer: The Jack the Ripper Tour


History has always been a big interest of mine, especially when it comes to learning more about my own country’s past. I love delving into the pages of history books and allowing the characters who populate the pages to come to life – it’s the perfect opportunity to learn from the past as well as broaden your own knowledge.

So, when I was invited along on a special media-only tour following in the footsteps of the infamous Jack the Ripper, there was only ever going to be one answer!

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Interview: Sebastiano Lanza

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I am pleased to be welcoming literary fiction author Sebastiano Lanza to The Writing Greyhound today! Keep on reading to find out more about his writing process, inspiration, and novel That Which Must Happen.

Monday 19 November 2018

New Season Sleepwear with Hunkemoller

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AD* | The nights are properly drawing in and the weather is getting colder - you know what that means? Cosy nights in, snuggled up on the sofa wearing your favourite loungewear and sleepwear! However, sleepwear doesn't have to be dull - I've teamed up with European fashion brand Hunkemoller to show you that sleepwear can be just as stylish as the rest of your wardrobe!

Sunday 18 November 2018

Is Long-Term Travel Right for Your Life?

AD* | Long-term travel is something many of us dream about. When we are tired of the rat race and bored of our regular surroundings, the thought of taking time out to cross destinations off our travel bucket list is a wonderful one. But is it realistic? Is it an ideal that we can accomplish, or is it just a pipe dream? I can't answer for you, but I do have some pointers to help your thinking.

Friday 16 November 2018

Welcome to Our Home!

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The fact that my partner and I bought our first home together earlier this year shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given that it's pretty much all I've been talking about all year! However, now we've been living here for six months, got settled in and got (mostly) all the initial decorating and maintenance tasks sorted, it's about time I invited you in for a look around!

Thursday 15 November 2018

Every Country is Special

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Today I have an exciting guest post to share with you all, courtesy of author Nick Wall. His book Around the World in 575 Songs features two of my favourite things (music and travel) so I'm thrilled to be able to welcome Nick to The Writing Greyhound!

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Book Review: Cat Wisdom by Neil Somerville

Last Updated: 6 September 2021

Cat Wisdom by Neil Somerville book cover

Many a domestic cat leads a good life. Pampered, well-fed and often the centre of much attention, the cat is skilful in getting its own way.

In this fascinating and fun book, you can discover many of the cats’ secrets, which you too can use to great effect.

Discover how to...

  • Make the most of chances
  • Create a good impression
  • Be more persuasive
  • Make better use of strengths
  • As well as get more pleasure out of your day... and life.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Interview: Michael Jenkins

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I am over the moon to be on the blog tour for the exciting new thriller The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins! For my blog tour stop, I grabbed five minutes with Michael to find out all about the book, his writing process, and the road to publication.

Monday 12 November 2018

Touring Highgate Cemetery: A Day Out with a Difference

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This post has been a while in the making (given that I visited back in August!) but I am super excited to share all the details of my summer trip to North London to take a tour of the iconic Highgate Cemetery. From famous graves to outstanding funerary architecture, inspired by everyone from the Romans to the Egyptians, find out why I believe that this Victorian masterpiece is a true hidden gem.

Friday 9 November 2018

Event Review: NFL International Series - Philadelphia Eagles @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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This autumn I continued the tradition I have developed over recent years in going to watch NFL International Series games in London. This year, I opted for just one game - the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars!

Thursday 8 November 2018

Proud to Write Romance

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It's all too easy for genre writers to be labelled and pigeon-holed - often before a reader has even picked up their book! Today, I'm on the blog tour for Fierce Grace by Jess B. Moore, with the author sharing her own honest account of the prejudices and common misconceptions she has been faced with by choosing to write romance fiction. Read on to discover why Jess is unashamedly proud to be a romance writer!

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Book Review: The Fifth to Die by J.D. Barker

Last Updated: 6 September 2021

The Fifth to Die by J.D. Barker book cover

AD* | In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Interview: AnneMarie Brear

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I am thrilled to be partaking in the blog tour for The Promise of Tomorrow, a fantastic historical fiction book from author AnneMarie Brear. For my stop on the blog tour, I sat down for a chat with AnneMarie, finding out more about her life, the book, and her passion for writing.

Thursday 1 November 2018

Stand and Stare

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I am happy to be welcoming author Paul Marriner to The Writing Greyhound today, especially since he has put together such a thoughtful, insightful post to share with you all. Read on to hear more from Paul!