Trade Winds by Christina Courtenay

Book reviews By September 1, 2010 Tags: , , 7 Comments

I knew I had to read this book as soon as I saw its gorgeous cover. It promised the irresistible lure of adventure on the high seas and more than delivered on that. Set in 1732, Trade Winds tells the story of roguish and handsome Killian Kinross who is forced to leave his native Scotland and forge a new career…

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Without Alice by DJ Kirkby

Authors, Book reviews By August 31, 2010 Tags: , , , 21 Comments

I am thrilled to welcome D.J. Kirkby to The Nut Press today. D.J. is here as part of a blog tour to promote her debut novel Without Alice. I was lucky enough to meet D.J. Kirkby at a book launch* in May. Since then, I’ve read D.J.’s first book, From Zaftig to Aspie, which is an incredible sensory memoir filled…

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Like Bees to Honey by Caroline Smailes

Book reviews, Books By August 13, 2010 Tags: , , , 8 Comments

You know that feeling you sometimes get when you step off an aeroplane in a Mediterranean country? When the warm air envelops you like a deep sigh? Your whole body relaxes and that’s the moment when you realise that you’re in a foreign country, and now properly on holiday. That’s how it feels to open the pages of Like Bees to Honey and start reading.

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The Lucky Books

Books, Reading By August 10, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

As you’ll have noticed from the dates of this blog post and its predecessor, I’ve had an extended break from blogging. First, I was on holiday in Scotland for a fortnight and then I returned home, refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to concentrate on little else but my current WiP. So, yes, I’ve been writing and not much else over the…

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Holiday Reading. You decide.

Books, Reading By June 22, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

When it comes to packing for a holiday, I’m very much a last-minute kind of girl. Yes, one of those annoying people who is still washing and drying clothes late the night before and ironing and packing them on departure day itself. I blame this on books. Or, rather, my inability to know which and how many of them I should take.

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The Longest Day

Uncategorized By June 21, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

It’s officially the Longest Day today. Which means you can moan about the fact it feels like it with justification, if you’re so inclined. Midsummer’s Day, or the Summer Solstice.

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Boudoir Bloggers

Events By June 10, 2010 Tags: , , 7 Comments

There didn’t seem to be anything dodgy about going along to a hotel room for a Valleys Bloggers meet up when I first signed up for yesterday’s event in Pontypridd. I’d already been to a similar event at Pica Pica in Cardiff

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Hay! Hay! Hay!

Authors, Books, Events By May 28, 2010 Tags: 3 Comments

The Nut Press is at the Guardian Hay Festival this weekend and, hopefully, it will look pretty much like it does in the picture while I’m there.

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Della Says: OMG! – Keris Stainton

Authors, Books By May 26, 2010 Tags: , , 7 Comments

Today’s guest is the very lovely Keris Stainton whose debut YA novel Della Says: OMG! was published earlier this month. You can read my review here. Keris is currently on a Blog Tour to raise awareness of Della Says: OMG! and she was kind enough to answer my questions about the book and writing, including NaNoWriMo.

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Bees, Honey and Beer

Authors, Book launch, Books, Events By May 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

Do you ever find yourself drawn to something – a person or an object or an event – like, oh I don’t know, say, a bee to honey? It happens to me a lot. After having recently read Wasted by Nicola Morgan, I no longer know if this is my own gut instinct or some other higher power moving me around the chess board of life, but I’m happy for it to continue – irrespective of what’s driving it. It usually works out well.

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