#Gozo 2017 – Day 8 – Disappearing window and charcoaled remains…

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We headed over to the other side of the island today, to visit two of our favourite places.

Xslendi: where I snorkelled, bought dresses and ate ice cream. Xslendi is a lovely small town in a bay, we feel very much at home there. It has great places to eat and shops selling summery dresses and loads of knitwear. I just need to come at the right time of year to try some of that on as I really can’t face it in the heat. Knitting is obviously a big thing on the island as I’ve seen it in several places.

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Dwejra: where the Azure Window (what the Gozitans call Tieqa Zerqa) once was. Sadly, earlier this year it collapsed into the sea after a storm. The natural arch, eroded over millennia by wind and water had supposedly got firm and solid sides but the top was an increasingly thin and fragile layer of fossilized sea creatures and was best not walked on. The authorities thought it would last another six years or so. Unfortunately, not.

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How it once was…

As it was, it was the pillar that collapsed, taking the rest of it down too. However, whenever we have visited before there have always been people standing on the top of it, despite warning signs up telling them not too, and it is a miracle that it collapsed early in the day before any sightseers had clambered up that far. I picked up a couple of postcards this year that show just how rough the seas could be around there – difficult to believe in the summer.

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Nearby is a 20m high outcrop called Fungus Rock. This acquired its name because of the rock’s fungus like vegetation. The plant is known as the Maltese sponge and was believed to be a natural blood clotting medicine as well as a supposed remedy for dysentery. The Knights of Malta outlawed its collection except for their own use. A guard tower was built and they devised a primitive rope and pulley system to access the rock. Subsequent research showed this to be a futile endeavour when it proved the fungus possessed no medicinal qualities.

An Inland Sea has also been created here. A land-locked sea-water pool with a natural tunnel in the rock through which short boat trips can be taken.

In light of the disappearance of the Azure Window we wondered what we’d find when we visited this year as a small gathering of market stalls would set up each day to capture the attention of the increased density of tourists.

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Where the Window no longer is…

We need not have worried – the place was still busy with many people apparently coming to see where the Window wasn’t…

We had lunch at the lovely restaurant, overlooking the Inland Sea and got back to our villa late afternoon.

We ate in this evening, which has begun to suit me more as I don’t have to get dressed up. Which makes it sound like I normally do – ha! But you know what I mean – going out means having to put a bra on, and possibly something less comfortable than I’d prefer, particularly when I might have put on an additional pound or three over the last week…ahem… it also might mean to some, make up, but to be honest I’ve given up on anything more than a lick of mascara.

This was the evening I cremated the ribs. I don’t just mean they were a little singed, no, no, no – one side had actually become charcoal. However, never to be deterred by a cooking setback I chipped away at the blacked section and attempted to pass off the rest as something yummy for dinner – haha!

I finished the second book in The Eyre Hall Trilogy, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray and you can read my review by clicking on the title or book cover.

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Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

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Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

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#Bookreview for Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray @LucciaGray #Victorian #Historical

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The start of Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall finds Michael at sea and not caring if he lives or dies and Jane miserable and alone at Eyre Hall. She is now married to the odious Mr Mason who drinks too much and sexually exploits the staff during his mercifully infrequent visits to Eyre Hall.

Jane finds solace in the companionship of Nell, daughter of one of the servants. Michael’s sister, Susan, is in trouble and after his heroic deeds at sea he is promoted to lieutenant and sent on leave to see her, which brings him back to Eyre Hall.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot as it will give too much away suffice to say there are relationship dramas, of the type that always seem to fill the lives of the gentry at that time. Mystery and intrigue, when Michael is sent off on a mission for Jane, death, kidnapping and mysterious strangers arriving with ransom demands.

The writing is solid throughout and in keeping with the period in which the story is told and I like the way Gray doesn’t spoon feed her readers. Chapters are told from different characters’ points of view; however, these aren’t signalled but instead revealed by the writing itself.

If you enjoyed the first part of this trilogy this is a great sequel and I’m keen to see how the story will end in the third part.

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#Interview with expert error spotter Julia Gibbs @ProofreadJulia #Proofreading

Some of my most creative thoughts happen when on a dog walk, as do my best conversations with my dog-walking buddy. So I thought I’d invite some of my author friends along to join me and my Ruby and see if I can find out a little more about them and the book they’ve just released.

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Ruby, watching out for todays guest 😀

Today we have something a little different for you though as my guest is not an author. She is, however, a big player in the writing community and is someone who provides a service that no author should consider publishing without using. My guest today is Julia Gibbs, or as she is better known on Twitter, Julia Proofreader.

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Julia Gibbs is a proofreader of many years’ experience, who mostly works with novels, but also short stories, novellas and nonfiction books of any genre.

Hi, Julia, I know I’ve dragged you away from your more usual haunt, gazing out at the sea from our Norfolk coast but I hope you’re ready for a hike across the fields of sunny, but somewhat landlocked, Cambridgeshire?

Yes, indeed – I’m always up for a walk, and I was born in Cambridge so I feel very at home here!

I know that you are very busy with proofreading jobs, Julia, but how did you get into that line of work and how long has it taken you to build up your business?

Looking for mistakes in written English is something that has always been ‘my thing’, I just enjoy finding them. I found that wherever I worked, people would end up asking me to correct company communications. At my last job (I worked for 9 years at a firm of architects), the boss decreed that no document should leave the office until I had looked at it. I remember thinking to myself – I should do this for a living, in fact I’d like to! I was already familiar with the world of self-publishing through my sister, author Terry Tyler , so I set about doing all the necessary admin that it takes to create an online business – 6 years later, here I am. I’ve been lucky enough to have always had plenty of work coming in after the first 3 months or so.

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I know that there is nothing you like more than finding a superfluous apostrophe, but as I struggle to concentrate on anything for more than a couple of paragraphs at a time, I wonder how do you manage not to lose concentration, and how often do you have to take breaks? Is it true that in order to proofread you have to read a book backwards?

Superfluous apostrophes/dangling modifiers/accidentally hilarious typos – I love ’em all! It’s a fact that one cannot concentrate on the written word for more than 90 minutes maximum at any one time, so I make sure I take regular breaks. If I ever become aware that I’m losing concentration, I stop immediately; there’s no point working on someone’s book if you’re not up to it. I must say, my work makes me feel very much as if I’m in the ‘right place’ – when I open up whatever document I’m currently working on, after I’ve done all the early morning admin, I experience a sense of calm and happiness. Call me weird if you will, it’s just that I love what I do. I am sometimes approached by people who would like to become proofreaders, and asked how to go about it. I say the most important two things are a) make sure you really capable of doing the job properly, and b) you’ve got to love it!

And as far as reading a book backwards goes – well, it wouldn’t work for me because I’d get no sense of continuity, and it would completely thwart my copy editing capabilities. But if it works for anyone else, I wouldn’t knock it!

I know that writing books can spoil your reading of them but what about you? What do you like to read in your downtime? And, do you still find reading relaxing or are your antennae always twitching in pursuit of a missing comma?

I was delighted to find that my work has no effect on my ability to read for pleasure, although to my annoyance I can’t help noticing proofreading errors – and you wouldn’t believe how many there can be in traditionally published books! The last book I read was Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Try it, it’s perfect. I have a huge variety of books on my shelves, some I’ve had for decades and others new – they are the most consistent part of my world.

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If you could choose to be any character out of any book, who would you choose? And why?

I think this is the point where I’m supposed to show off my highbrow reading habits, but in all honesty I’d like to be one of Jackie Collins’s heroines, because they’re all glamorous, financially independent career women who live in glitzy places – sign me up! I was privileged to meet Jackie at a book launch in the early 90s – see my treasured photo!

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A few quickfire ones.

India or Iceland?

Iceland – mostly because I can’t bear excessive heat! Also, I’ve visited Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and would love to see the beauty of Iceland.

The Beatles or The Stones?

Stones – all the way. When I was a little girl in the early 1960s, one had to choose in school, it was considered very important. One also had to have one’s favourite Beatle, mine was John.

Which superpower would you like to have? And why?

I’d like to be able to fly. Sometimes I dream that I can and it’s really easy, I just lift up my arms and go, and when I wake up, I really still think I can for a couple of minutes, and it’s no big deal. A bit like that time I dreamt that Tom Hiddleston was devoted to me – but I digress! (He certainly is a distraction! 😉 Ed)

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What piece of advice would you like to give your 16-year-old self – if you were given the opportunity to use a time machine!?

Listen carefully – the moment in the future that you hear about a company called Google on something called ‘the internet’ (trust me) – buy a lot of shares in it.

I believe that perfect days are unplanned, BUT if you were to plan your perfect day what would it look like

The ‘honest but a bit serious’ answer – I think that while I have my health, family, friends, and a source of income from a job that I love, there’s nothing I’d change apart from I wish my mum didn’t have Alzheimer’s, and that my dear friend Jacquie hadn’t died of alcoholism last year.

The ‘fun, flight of fancy, don’t think I don’t mean it’ answer – I wake in my beachside penthouse to find that I’ve grown 2 inches taller, lost 7lbs in weight, and appear 15 years younger. My personal assistant brings me breakfast, after which I spend the morning reading books and watching Netflix. After lunch I’m visited by my stylist, hairdresser and make-up artist, and at 6pm Tom Hiddleston shows up to take me for cocktails then dinner (he asked to take me for lunch, but I told him I need my alone time). Afterwards we have front row seats for an Aerosmith gig and a visit backstage. Yes, I really would like to do all this! And I’m not telling you the rest.

Thanks for joining me, Julia. I’m delighted you have Parallel Lies coming soon on your to-do pile and I just hope you don’t find it too testing!

Hey, I’m looking forward so much to reading it, I do enjoy your writing.

You can contact Julia via her Twitter page http://twitter.com/ProofreadJulia or email her with any queries to  juliaproofreader@gmail.com

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 7 – Flowers and Favourites! :-D

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Usually we would be getting ready to go home right about now so I am really appreciating the extra couple of days.

It’s hot and sunny again today although a strong wind started up around lunchtime. We went to one of my favourite bays this morning, Dahlet Qorrot, which we get to via Nadur. Usually we call this the City of Flags as huge flags fly from every other roof top but this year there are many empty flagpoles which might be due to the high winds.

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Dahlet Qorrot is accessed down probably the most verdant valley on the island.

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It is a quiet bay with a small area of beach.

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I was just getting in to have a snorkel when I was unnerved by a woman telling me there was a jelly fish a little way out. Concerned, because I rarely find they travel alone, I kept a good look out but went in anyway. After all I don’t believe chubby middle aged women are their food goal, though I don’t exactly know what is – small plankton and the like I would imagine. However, I still don’t fancy getting stung by one, I mean, you don’t do you? So I kept peering around for it them (as best as I could with my compromised eyesight) which rather hampered my usual relaxed fish watching but I never saw a thing. In fact, this year I didn’t see one jelly fish during the whole holiday – yay! 😀

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The flowers here are beautiful – stunning, vibrant colours that bake in the sun.. I don’t know the names of the plants (other than the bougainvillea) but here are a selection of those around our villa.

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I didn’t manage to finish another book today but I’m reading Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray and the review will be following on for that one.

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Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

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Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

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Photo Guide to Posting a Book Review in 3 Easy Steps

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This is going to be short and to the point to keep it as user-friendly as possible. Reviews are important, all authors know that, but I’ve been surprised at the number of people who have spoken to me about my books but when I’ve gently asked them if they could leave a review they look at me blankly and say they have no idea how to do that. It’s not the actual writing of the review – remember, it doesn’t have to be a full critique, just one or two lines to say you loved a book is just as welcome as a longer review (there’s a great post on Rosie Amber’s Book Review Blog right here to help with that) it’s the physical how-to-do-it bit that they’re finding a challenge. So, here’s a how-to-do-it guide in 3 easy steps!

How to leave a review on Amazon. (Apologies for the blurry photos but I’m no good at this editing malarkey!)

Step 1

Find the page on Amazon that has the book you are interested in reviewing on it. Scroll down that page until you get to the table of reviews that looks like this…

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See that big button at the side of the table with ‘Write a Customer Review >’ on it? Click on that.

If you are not already logged into your account Amazon will ask you to do that.

Step 2

You will be taken to this page.

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Select which star best expresses your feelings about the book by clicking on it. If you hover your cursor over each star (they will light up as you do) you will see they range from ‘I hate it’ to ‘I love it’ – not particularly sophisticated but it’s all we’ve got.

Step 3

A box will appear where you can write the review. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate – a few words to say how the book made you feel would be terrific.

I have usually written my review on a word document (because I’m going to post it in several places) so I copy and paste it into the box but you can just as easily write it fresh, right there and then.

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Add a title – I usually use a phrase from the review but you can put whatever you like here.

Click on the ‘Submit’ button…

That is all there is to it.

And you know what they say, practice makes perfect!! 😉

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Further notes:

I don’t review direct from my Kindle, even though you get that handy reminder when you finish a book, as I need time to formulate something. But if you are only going to leave a few words, go for it.

I am writing from my own experience here but obviously there are other ereaders, and sites to buy books from. All of them will take your review so just find the book on the appropriate site and the process will be similar to that which I’ve outlined above.

I always post my reviews to Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Goodreads. You go through exactly the same process on the Amazon.com site and in fact you can leave a review on any of the Amazon sites through out the world which is useful if you know your author lives in Australia!

If you are a member of Goodreads this is a great place to leave reviews and the process is much the same but the stars mean slightly different things and you don’t have to add a title. So if you mark the book you want to review as the one you’re ‘Currently reading’ when you want to review it click on ‘Update Progress’ and you will be guided through the process.

If you have a paperback, and even if you bought it direct from the author (or were given it as a gift) rather than from the site you want to review it on Amazon and Goodreads will still accept your review. The only difference is that if you bought the book from Amazon your review will have ‘Verified Purchase’ by it and while this adds to the strength of your review it is not essential.

Although this is about the posting of reviews rather than the writing of them, Paula makes a very good point in the comments – spoilers can be heartbreaking for an author. Less is more, and if you can say what you want without giving the plot away we would be eternally grateful! However, if you find you can’t without revealing something of the plot stick in a *Spoiler Alert* to warn future readers. Many authors would rather have a review with spoilers than no review at all.

Thank you for reading!

If any one coming to this page feels something should be added to these notes let me know in the comments or send me an email and I shall add it in.

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#Bookreview for self-help/memoir, How I Changed My Life in a Year by Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72

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We all need a little inspiration sometimes and How I Changed My Life in a Year is full of positivity and optimism which gives you a great big lift just by reading it. Many of us make a New Year resolution, maybe one or two of them, and how long do they last? Often, not as long as the party leftovers.

This author not only set herself 12 months of challenges, which became the less intimidating 52 weeks of mini-bite sized challenges but she saw it through.

Some of the ideas may change your life more than others but all of them are thoughtful inclusions because of what this author wanted to achieve.

There were lovely reminders for me such as August’s – Get Out and About More – timed for the summer holidays. It brought back time spent with my own children during these long holidays. And month 11, NaNoWriMo – I can relate, definitely a life changer.

This book is written as a memoir of the year’s experiences rather than as an instruction manual and the author’s chatty, easy going style makes the reading easy.

Some will get more from this than others I’m sure but everyone will get something that will bring a little more focus into the way we are living our lives. It has certainly made me stop putting off something I’ve been needing to get to grips with for a while and that has been a real boost, thank you Ms Wilson.

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#Author Interview with Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 on the release of Tipping Point, Book 1 in her #postapocalyptic series

Some of my most creative thoughts happen when on a dog walk, as do my best conversations with my dog-walking buddy. So I thought I’d invite some of my author friends along to join me and Ruby and see if I can find out a little more about them and the book they’ve just released.

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Ruby’s favourite summertime place – sort of outside with the comfort of carpet 🙂

I’m delighted to welcome back prolific novelist Terry Tyler, who has come to chat to me on the release of her 14th book, Tipping Point.

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Terry Tyler has published fourteen books on Amazon, ranging from family dramas and a novella about three writers, to a serial killer thriller and her current post apocalyptic series; what they have in common is that they are character driven and based around her interest in all things psychological.  She is an avid reader and book reviewer, loves The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and is a newly converted vegan who is gutted that she can no longer eat salted caramel Häagen Dazs.  She lives in the north east of England with Norman Reedus her husband.

Hi Terry, harvest is in full swing here so I hope you’re ready for a walk across the stubble on this rather glorious August afternoon?

Aye.  ‘Scuse me while I light a tab.  Oh – sorry, I wasn’t looking where I threw the match…

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Whoops! That was like going back in time to the days of ye olde stubble burning!

But I tell you what’s not like going back in time, this new book of yours!! 😉 While we dampen the last glowing embers, Terry, you can tell me what Tipping Point is all about.

It’s set in 2024, and is about a deadly virus that starts in Africa—allegedly!— then finds its way to the UK.  The novel centres round thirty-four year old Vicky and her teenage daughter, Lottie, and how they cope with their changing world.  However, there is more to the virus than meets the eye.  Vicky’s boyfriend, Dex, suspects that it might be man-made…

This is a change of direction for you as it’s the first post-apocalyptic novel you’ve written. Is this something you’ve been wanting to do for a while?

Yes.  You can only write so many family dramas, though indeed this is another one, in some ways!  But I’m fascinated by how easily society can break down if the basic utilities cease to function; the ‘tipping point’, when order can no longer be maintained, occurs earlier than anyone realises.  And by the different ways in which people react to catastrophe; some flounder, some grow stronger, some find parts of themselves they never knew existed.

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I believe this is in fact the first book in a trilogy with the second being released in only a few weeks. Do you want to tell us about the ongoing story, and when the final part can be expected?

Lindisfarne, the second book, is already written, and release is planned for September, all being well, cross fingers, etc!  The third book has yet to be written, though I’ve started roughing out the plot plan, and know the basics of what happens.

I’ve also started a collection of short story outtakes.  This passage gave me the idea: … he passed the virus first to the barman, then to a couple of people he squeezed past as he juggled three pints back to his table, then to his friend Greg (Aaron happened to be naturally immune, though he would die a violent death the following year in a fight over three litres of bottled water), .  Which was all I ever intended to write about Aaron, but, reading it back, I thought, now, there’s a story!  Then I kept seeing other little cameos that could be expanded upon.  And I’ve done some backstories, too, of characters that join the cast later.  I hope to get these ready for publication at the end of the year.  My idea was that it would be an interesting addition for anyone who has already read the books, but I will probably release it free for a few days, to introduce new readers to the series, as well.  Well, that’s the idea.  One can only hope it works.

A few quick fire ones.

Bond girl, Bond villain or James Bond – who would you be? (and do tell me why?)

Bond girl, if it still meant I could charge around with guns and stuff.  My immediate reaction was ‘villain’, but I talked myself out of it.

Fruit Salads or Black Jacks?

Neither.  They stick in your teeth and it’s hard to get the paper off.

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The Beatles or The Stones?

Stones.  They’re the High Priests of rock.  ‘Gimme Shelter’ versus ‘Sgt Pepper’.  No contest.

What three things would you put into Room 101?

The bastardising of the English language.  I predict that, in fifty years’ time, even business letters will be written in a mixture of text speak, nouns used as verbs and vice versa, and ghastly buzzwords.  Thank goodness I won’t be around to see it.

People being sick in TV dramas.  Used to be you’d just see the person bending their head and making strangled noises.   Now, producers seem to think we need to see it actually coming out of their mouths.

Diners in restaurants who talk so loudly that everyone on neighbouring tables is forced to listen to their entire conversations.

Grrrrr.  

As a thank you for being my guest today I’m going to grant you unlimited storage of one thing, what would that be?

There isn’t anything I want enough to require unlimited storage for it.  Except time and perfect health for me and all those I care about.  Pity one can’t store that, eh!

Thank you for having me, Georgia 🙂

You’re welcome Terry, thanks for joining me. Huge congratulations on this latest release and I wish you every success for the sales of Tipping Point – I’m looking forward to reading it! 🙂

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 6 – Really? Already! Snorkelling and Salt Pans

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My favourite arable crop is barley. In a breeze it ripples and undulates like the sea, changing colour and texture as it does so. Random? Perhaps, but bear with me.

We travelled to the Marsalforn coast today wanting to go to Obajjar Bay where last time, even though the seas were a little lumpy it was calm enough for a snorkel. We’d woken to an unbroken blue sky so were hopeful the weather had calmed down.

Sure enough it was safe enough for a snorkel and in Obajjar more than anywhere else I swim there are huge swathes of some sort of sea grass – I don’t know it’s official name but each strand is about a foot long and roughly the width of a pencil. I love watching it as in the current it swishes and sways, just like the barley crop up on dry land.

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I saw masses of fish and one particularly big shoal of about forty blue and yellow stripped large fish feeding from the sea grass as they hovered over it.

We moved onto Xwejni Bay and I went in again following three scuba divers this time. I really should try that out at some point. I’d love to see something more exciting than fish one of these days, not that they aren’t lovely, of course. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for an octopus but I am a little hampered by my poor eyesight. I’m long sighted so losing my glasses when I put my mask on means deficiencies in what I can see. I never really notice it under water and to be honest at least it does help me not spot potential UST’s!

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UST = Unidentified Scary Thing!

In my ideal world I’d like to see something really big, though I’d prefer one of these…

To one of these…

Eek!! I know turtles are in the Mediterranean (as are sharks – 47 species of them, I’ve just found out! Yikes!) so perhaps one day.

There are salt pans in Xwejni and today a man is filling them with sea water. Families still farm the salt from these pans and sell it locally.

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The afternoon was spent reading, swimming and writing, though not all at the same time. I have brought many things along with me that I intended on keeping on top of this break, particularly with a new release on the way, but so far not much progress has been made on any of it.

The blurb is the most important thing to do and Simon Emery, my wonderful cover designer is waiting for it so I do intend on making a start on that, just as soon as I’ve freshened up for the evening, eaten, and had a glass, or two. Only to relax the writing muscles you understand 😉

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I read another book today, Brenda Perlin’s Burnt Promises, and you can read my review by clicking on the title 🙂

Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

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#Bookreview for reality fiction novel Burnt Promises by Brenda Perlin @BrooklynandBo #divorce

Burnt Promises

Burnt Promises is the second book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles and charts the conflicts involved in two marriage breakups told in the voice of the one who was ‘the other woman.’

There are some who will have little sympathy with this character, she even brands herself as the home wrecker, which I fear has done nothing for her own self-esteem. But, as we know it always takes two and I’m a strong believer in the fact that you can’t break up a happy marriage. You can only hope that when marriages do break up it’s for the right reasons and that when the dust eventually settles the couple, after all the pain of divorce, manage to make a happy and successful life together. I can’t tell you what the outcome is for this couple, for fear of spoilers, but I will be putting the third book on my to-be-read pile to complete the story.

This is an easy to read book and bravely written by the author as this is her first-hand experience told in faction style. It recounts her personal struggles with her health as well as the situation she found herself in and really portrays just what an emotionally exhausting time it all was.

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#Author Interview with Noel K Fletcher, a #writer and man of many talents! #photography #RAF

RAF photographer

Some of my most creative thoughts happen when on a dog walk, as do my best conversations with my dog-walking buddy. So I thought I’d invite some of my author friends along to join me and my Ruby and see if I can find out a little more about them and the book they’ve just released.

Ruby as a puppy

Ruby as a puppy

Noel Fletcher was born in 1946 in London and is married with two children. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1963 as a photographer and from 1970 flew as operational helicopter aircrew for five years. He was commissioned in 1975 and worked with the Defence Intelligence Staff until his retirement from the Ministry. He has held appointments in many parts of the world including Germany, America, Australia and Canada.

RAF

Considering Noel is a photographer he has failed to provide me with one for his interview! I believe that this has therefore given me free rein to play fast and loose with the image I conjure of him here. 😉

Disguised photographer

At the end of this piece is a link to his website where you can find out much more about him, including what he looks like. 😀

Hi Noel, I know you retired off to pastures new last year but I hope you’ve enjoyed your return and you’re ready for a hike across the fields of sunny Cambridgeshire?

I am indeed, Georgia. It’s good to be back.

Now that you’ve got my undivided attention Noel this is your chance to tell me all about And I don’t even have an Uncle in Australia and convince everyone to buy it and move it up their to-be-read list?

And I don’t Even Have an Uncle in Australia is a collection of short stories and poems which I created over a period of about ten years and which seemed to be just gathering dust and in danger of just disappearing into obscurity. So I decided to collate a number of them into an anthology and offer it into the public domain.

The title, weird as it may seem, comes from the first story in the book and, in some way, reflects the antithesis of the reason I offered when hitch-hiking my way from Singapore to Australia – does that make sense?

The stories and poems are an eclectic collection reflecting my outlook on life over that decade together with some imagination-stretching writing exercises. Some of which, I hope, will be of interest to someone, somewhere.

And I don't even have an uncle in Oz

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I know you’re an indie author Noel, but we all need help at various stages of writing and I’d like to know more about the team you have behind you. Who helps you pull your books together until they’re ready to be published?

Research for my two novels has been greatly assisted by my two adult sons, both of whom are experienced aeronautical engineers and both of whom were able to inject some of the finer electronic and mechanical detail where necessary. I have, of course, relied upon my own experience of life.

mildenhall

In terms of proof-reading, the first read-through is always done by my red-pen-wielding wife who scribbled helpful comments such as “did you really mean to say that?” or “in your wildest dreams sunshine!” After surviving that, the formal proof-reading was carried out by Ruth from Complete-Proofreader and thereafter by a group of trusted beta readers for their input, comments and suggestions particularly where foreign language is concerned.

If you could choose to be any character out of any book you’ve written, who would you choose? And why?

Tom Ravencroft in Colossus. Much of his character is based on my own career and life experiences. Men tend to take a secondary(ish) role in my novels but Tom is somewhat independent and, unlike some others, survives fairly intact.

A few quick fire ones.

India or Iceland?

India

Red or white?

Red

Red wine

Which superpower would you like to have? And Why?

Invisibility (so long as my clothes were also invisible – don’t want to catch cold do we?!) It would be very useful for intelligence gathering, escapology, travel and entertainment.

The Invisible Man

What piece of advice would you like to give your 16-year-old self – if you were given the opportunity to use a time machine!?

Carpe Diem (seize the day), Sempa Alta Pete (Always Aim High – our family armorial moto) and, take advantage of every, and any, opportunity offered, think it through, and then pursue it to your full satisfaction. (A bit of an expansion on carpe diem I suppose).

carpe diem

I believe that perfect days are unplanned, BUT if you were to plan your perfect day what would it look like?

A perfect day would; be one full of inspiration, with the time, ability and facility to take full advantage.

Thanks for joining me Noel and I wish you every success for the sales of And I don’t even have an Uncle in Australia – I have already read it and you can read my review right here! 😀

Chinook

A gratuitous photo, purely because it is my very favourite helicopter 😀

You can visit Noel at www.noelkfletcher.com where you will find not only a photo of the man himself but also that he is one of many talents! As well as book and short story information the site has examples of his poems, photography, art, paintings, cartoons and, as well as all of that he makes super nest boxes!

Kobra pb

Review of Kobra

Colossus

Review of Colossus

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