Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Book Review: Summer at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

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In a gorgeous Cornish village, two brokenhearted people fall head over heels. But can the magic of Conwenna Cove heal the hurts of the past?

Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Book Review: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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A ruthless young assassin's journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy.

The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumors of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.

Mia and her brother Jonnen must journey through the depths of the ancient metropolis. Their quest will take them through the Godsgrave underdark, across the Sea of Swords, back to the library of the Quiet Mountain and the poisoned blades of Mia’s old mentors, and at last the fabled Crown of the Moon. There, Mia will at last discover the origins of the darkin, and learn the destiny that lies in store for her and her world. But with the three suns now in descent, and Truedark on the horizon, will she survive?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Book Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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Conquer your fear, conquer the world.

Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it.

Her position is precarious, and she's still no closer to exacting revenge for the brutal death of her family. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it is announced that Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself into slavery for a chance to fulfill the promise she made on the day she lost everything.

Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold, secrets are revealed and the body count rises within the collegium walls, Mia will be forced to choose between her loyalties and her revenge.

Monday, 2 March 2020

How to Choose a Holiday that Lets You See the World

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AD* | Getting the chance to see the world is something which a lot of people lack in life. There are so many countries out there, but only limited time to see them all! This can make it difficult to become a global explorer - especially if you also want to hold down a steady job. 

However, things don't have to be this way and there is no need to choose one or the other. Why not have both and enjoy the best of both worlds? There are lots of different types of holidays and breaks out there which enable you to see as much of the world as possible without having months or even years to spare. 

This post explores some of the best ways to see as much of the world as possible while making the most of a short window of time.

Crime and Mystery with My Chronicle Book Box

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AD* | In case you haven't been keeping up to date with my social media, I'm absolutely over the moon to be a Feb/March brand rep for the fantastic My Chronicle Book Box. I'm a big fan of all things bookish, so having the opportunity to champion such a great book subscription box is perfect for me - and for The Writing Greyhound! 

Today I'm going to be taking you through the February box and sharing some of the wonderful treats the box had in store! Keep on reading to join me as I delve into the box, the books, and the brand.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Reading Round-Up: January/February 2020

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Can you believe that we're two months into 2020 already? It seems like we were welcoming in the new decade just yesterday, yet January and February have disappeared and we're now well into the New Year. 

As always, the end of February means that it's time for my first Reading Round-Up post of the year. Keep reading to find out all the books I've been reading, acquiring and wishing for at the start of 2020!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Book Review: Prospect for Murder by Jeanne Burrows-Johnson

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Retired travel writer Natalie Seachrist has had visions since childhood. But the sight of a girl's lifeless body draped over a vintage Mustang shatters her personal world when she learns her vision has been prescient. The horrible truth is that her twin's granddaughter Ariel is dead!

While the Honolulu Police Department conducts its customary investigation, Natalie decides to move into the Makiki apartment complex where her grandniece died. Aided by her friend Keoni Hewitt, a retired police detective, and her fleet-footed feline companion Miss Una, Natalie begins her very personal on-site sleuthing.

She soon discovers the fascinating Shànghai origins of apartment owners Pearl Wong and her sister Jade Bishop…and more than a little discord. Will Natalie be able to solve the riddle of Ariel's death before the police close their investigation without an arrest? Or has Natalie put herself in the way of a killer who's willing to murder again to hide their secret?

Thursday, 6 February 2020

The World's Most Important Libraries


AD* | If you’re a booklover, then the chances are that you will feel right at home in a library. In these wonderful spaces, you can delight in all the pleasures of being immersed in a literary world, where you can read about anything and everything that you want.

This is just one of the reasons why libraries have long been considered to be one of the most important institutions in society. They’re deeply important now, and have been for many centuries - indeed, the oldest library in the world dates all the way back to the 7th century BC. And it’s not hard to see why! Libraries are places that benefit society, promote learning and understanding, and bring communities together.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Book Review: Codebreakers and Spies by Michael Smith

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Codebreakers and Spies tells the astonishing story of how Britain's intelligence operatives, experts and special operations teams contributed to the Allies' victory in the Second World War. The work of the Bletchley Park codebreakers in breaking the German Enigma cipher is estimated to have cut the length of the war by around two years, saving countless lives, while the Double Cross system, in which German secret agents were 'turned' by the British to feed their Nazi agent-runners with false information, ensured the success of the D-Day landings.

Codebreakers and Spies not only reveals new details about these remarkable operations but also tells the compelling story of how MI6 turned the disaster of lost networks across Europe into triumph. The stories range from extraordinarily courageous to bizarre, with desperation driving the intelligence services to recruit astrologers and even a stage magician to help retrieve intelligence and allied aircrew from of Nazi-occupied Europe. Intelligence historian Michael Smith thrillingly recounts the daring and often moving lives of the heroes and heroines who risked their lives for victory.

Monday, 27 January 2020

5 Reasons Why Thor is the Best Avenger


Marvel comics have been around since 1939 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) now features 23 films, a global fanbase, and a whole host of unique characters. With so many characters across all those movies, how can you possibly pick out a favourite?

For me, the answer was simple. Look to the Avengers, arguably the MCU's biggest success story, and then go from there! Now that the universe has drawn to a natural conclusion following on from the events of Avengers: Endgame, it only felt right for me to look back and reflect on the film series that accompanied me through my teenage years and into adulthood.

Thor has always been my favourite Avenger - here's why.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Book Review: The Sherlock Holmes Handbook for the Digital Age by Alan Pearce

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Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective of all time. He is driven to right the wrongs of the world. It is only natural that he should turn his attention to the Internet.

Luckily, Holmes has all the right answers. This is a cyber-security and digital counter-surveillance handbook like no other.

Our two heroes embark on a perilous journey to the Dark Side learning along the way to avoid the traps laid by their adversaries – the State, the Corporate Giants and the Criminals and Insane.

From self-destructing messages to anonymous browsing, we visit alternative Internets and discover how to employ the Dark Arts for the power of good.

This is a Call to Arms. The time has come to reclaim the Internet from the commercial interests, the scammers and the surveillance state. And – as Sherlock Holmes clearly demonstrates – it is really simplicity itself.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Book Review: The Tudors by Siobhan Clarke and Linda Collins

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Beginning on the bloody battlefield of Bosworth, when Henry Tudor seized the crown of England and ended the Wars of the Roses, The Tudors contains stories and characters that have fascinated readers for centuries. The Tudor age gave us Henry VIII, famous for his six marriages and for breaking from Rome; 'Bloody Mary' and her attempt to return England to the Catholic fold; and Elizabeth I, 'Gloriana,' who reigned in a new era of discovery and innovation.

Illustrated with contemporary artworks, photographs and documents The Tudors tells the public and private story of England's most famous royal family and the England they ruled.

Friday, 10 January 2020

5 New Year's Resolutions for 2020

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It may be a cliche, but New Year's resolutions are a great way to encourage many people to actively make a difference and commit to changing their lives in a positive way. While, admittedly, many do fail their resolutions early on in the year, others are persistent and manage to break bad habits, set new ones, and make lasting changes to their lives and routines.

Realistically achievable New Year's resolutions are a must - especially if you want to avoid setting yourself up to fail. Break big goals down into more manageable targets and don't be afraid to try something new or tackle those things you've always wanted to do or keep putting off. After all, 2020 marks the start of not just a new year but a new decade too - the perfect opportunity to make a positive difference in your life!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Book Review: Tales of Old Northamptonshire by Marian Pipe

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This book presents an illustrated collection of stories from Northamptonshire's past, full of humour, romance and drama, retold by well-known local author Marian Pipe.

Monday, 6 January 2020

5 Books I Want to Read in 2020

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After (just!) managing to reach my goal of reading 50 books in 2019, I've already started to look ahead to all the books I plan on reading in 2020. I found my reading mojo again last year and I'm hoping that with the right books and setting aside dedicated reading time throughout the week, I will be able to carry my successful reading streak through into the new decade!

So, from my towering tbr pile and the stacks of books waiting to be read, which five have made it onto my to-read list for 2020?