Don’t miss the summer sale!

Now on, the Crooked Cat Summer Sale!

It’s that time of the year again, when readers fill up their Kindles with their favourite holiday reads. Whether you’re off to the beach, a posh resort, a nature park or a city break, you’ll always find a quiet hour to read…

If you’re after cosy crime or a gripping thriller, a romantic chick lit or historical adventure, a fantasy story or adventures for your kids – we’re sure you’ll find something.

Just click on the Amazon links to browse our great selection:

Amazon UK    Amazon.com

Most of our titles are only 77p / 99c!

Saturday 21st – Friday 27th June 2014

Grab your fabulous summer read now!

 

Summer Sale

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Flowery Prose… from Kathy Sharp

I suppose it’s inevitable, as a writer, that you will bring your wider interests to bear in assembling a novel. For me, it’s a lifelong, overpowering love of wildlife, and of plants in particular, that colours much of my writing. Every year I am swept up, afresh, in that magical cycle of bud, flower, leaf, fruit and decay. The fascination never palls. How could it? Here in Dorset I have so much to choose from: salty seaside places, windswept heaths, green chalk downland. There’s plant-flavoured inspiration at every turn, of every style, size and colour, set in every kind of outdoor atmosphere.

And so, when I was writing my fantasy Isle of Larus, I naturally brought a plant into the story – the yellow sea poppy. It is the most magical of plants – one that seems so fragile, ethereal and dainty. Yet it grows in the most inhospitable and difficult of places, the dry, salty shingle of the Chesil Beach. That combination of rugged toughness concealed by ephemeral beauty was just what I wanted for the story, so in it went.

As a matter of fact, I find plants quite difficult to write about, probably because I have such a fondness for them, and I am aware that others don’t necessarily share it. It’s all too easy to overstate, find your writing becoming a bit, well, flowery. Never mind – I don’t intend to stop. Plants will always be my inspiration, no matter how difficult it is to express.

 Now, if you will excuse me, I have to walk across to the Chesil – the sea poppies will be in flower any time now.

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Y is for YouTube

For CCThis post is by Nancy Jardine.

Today is the last day of my personal A to Z challenge and it’s the turn of ‘Y for my YouTube book trailer videos’. Z will follow in the afternoon – at least that’s the plan. Someone might be saying that tomorrow is the 30th April and why not post my Z then, but I’ve a guest booked so my blog isn’t going to be free.

If you’ve not viewed my book trailer videos for my Crooked Cat novels, why not pop in and find out about them by clicking HERE.

This one is for Topaz Eyes, my Crooked Cat ancestral/dynasty based mystery thriller which is a finalist for THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE 2014, the winner to be announced soon on the 28th May 2014.

Enjoy!

 

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W is for Whorl

I’ve been doing a personal A to Z challenge this month and my Whorl post on my own blog is about the 2nd & 3rd books in my Crooked Cat Celtic Fervour Series -Bk 2 After Whorl: Bran Reborn and Bk 3 After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks. To find out what the Whorl is all about hop on over to Nancy’s Novels.

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Nancy’s Amazon UK author page

Nancy’s Amazon US author page

 

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Igboland: Book Group Questions

Igboland cover6Igboland’ is inspired by my Mum’s diary from when my parents lived out in Nigeria for six years during the Biafran War. Their story is very different to that of Lydia and Clem, but the anecdotes, photos, letters and journal helped me to make the setting and context as accurate as possible. The novel itself explores love, marriage, faith and personal identity. The characters respond to the traditions and culture they find themsleves part of and have some very difficult decisions to make.

 

1.How important is it that the narrative voice is that of an English woman?

2.What does the novel have to say about female identity? Can a man really write a novel from a woman’s perspective?

3.How is Protestant Christian faith explored? How do you feel about Christian missionaries going to other countries?

4.What do you feel you have learned about Igbo culture and ‘Odinani’? Does it have anything to teach us?

5.How important is the cultural and geographical setting to the narrative? Have you ever experienced a culture shock? How did you feel?

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6.The Biafran War continues throughout the novel in the background. Simplistically put, it was a civil war between the northern Muslim states and the Igbos in the south. Is the war typical of any other war? Is it an integral part of the novel or not? Does it symbolise anything?

7.How are the themes of marriage and family explored in ‘Igboland’? Is there a moral or message being offered, or is it left ambiguous?

8.Which of the characters are sympathetic or otherwise? What is their purpose in the novel? (Consider: Clem, Grace, Kwemto, Matthew, Mr Okadonye, Charlotte)

9.Is the ending satisfactory? What feelings did you have while reading the novel?

10. Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the author?

I am keen to hear any feedback you may have from your discussions. Please add comments below and I’ll be happy to respond to any questions and thoughts you have.

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