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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #anthology SHOAL by Thanet Writer’s Group

Ooh I do love a short story…

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Today’s team review is from E.L. Lindley, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

E.L. has been reading Shoal by the Thanet Writer’s Group

Shoal is an anthology of short stories written by the Thanet Writers’ Group and edited by Alice Olivia Scarlett. I’m not normally a reader of short stories but this anthology has left me wanting more.

I love the concept of ‘Shoal’ to convey the idea of lots of individual writers coming together to create a very comprehensive anthology. There are twenty-five stories and each one is very different to the rest. The only thing the stories have in common is the quality of the writing which makes each of them a joy to read. The diverse styles and themes mean that there is something for everyone and I’ve picked out a small sample to focus on.

A couple of the stories focus on the poignancy of old age…

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Posted by on August 13, 2018 in writing


The Affair by Sheryl Browne @bookouture @SherylBrowne

The Affair by Sheryl Browne @bookouture @SherylBrowne

I’ve been a big fan of Sheryl since… let’s just say we go way back… I’m delighted by her success and have just downloaded her novel.. 🙂


51f49TTweALBook Description:

The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.

The Affair - Blog Tour.jpgMy Thoughts:

I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever cried at a psychological thriller before but cry I did with this one. The start of this book is so powerful and emotional that I was an absolute wreck. You will…

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Posted by on August 10, 2018 in writing


…a tale of two pussies, and a favourite Authoress, Jane Wenham-Jones…

Assorted daftness… what’s not to like? 🙂

Seumas Gallacher

…my, how time flies when you’re enjoying yourself, eh, Mabel?… fully ten years ago, when this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler was staring into the unknown, but beckoning, abyss of self -publishing, I had the great pleasure to meet a wunnerful character, Authoress Jane Wenham-Jones, a kindred spirit in writing and assorted daftness… I travelled especially  from the Middle East  to Deepest, Darkest London, where she and I had lunch… I’ve LUVVED her ever since, as well as her terrific b0oks… today she graces this ‘ere blog with a Guest Post announcing her latest tour de force, MUM IN THE MIDDLE… enjoy…

Thank you for having me, Seumas!

I first got to know this lovely chap back in 2008 when he emailed me to say he’d enjoyed my first non-fiction book Wannabe a Writer? and wanted to take me to out to lunch. I was his third choice of…

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Posted by on August 1, 2018 in writing


Morgen’s free 100-word competition is now open for August!

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words exactly – no more, no less – EXcluding title) and do submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***

Hello everyone. Yes, July’s competition is closed, with the results due to be announced on (or before) Wedneday 15th August. The theme for August is ‘leftovers’ which you can submit any time until Friday 31st August (midnight UK time).

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Tuesday Talk catches up with writer John Jackson and chats about writing, desert island ‘must haves’ and…hedgehogs.

Those three wonderful words: Don’t Give Up!

JO LAMBERT - A WRITER'S JOURNEY York Photographer Rob Cook FBIPP FMPA QEP covers weddings portraits and commercial assignments across Yorkshire and the North East in Leeds Harrogate Selby Malton Tadcaster John and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

I was born and brought up in South Manchester, before taking to a life at sea. Since then, I’ve lived all over the world, from the Solomon Islands to the Falklands, Cyprus, Holland and the Isle of Man.
Now my long-suffering wife and I have dropped anchor in York. Retirement has meant turning my hand to writing historical fiction, ( with a strong romantic thread.)
I have spent many years researching my family tree and I found a lively lot of ruffians, rogues and chancers, all of whom are conveniently dead, so they can’t sue, and who make great subjects to write about.
My first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in October 2017 by Crooked Cat Books. I am now working on another historical romance, with the next generation of ancestors.


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Posted by on July 24, 2018 in writing



A lovely interview with a fellow NaNoWriMoer (it’s how I started writing novels). I’d love Anne to review my new book, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, but think it’s too chick lit (Izzy’s 40). 😦 Maybe I could just gatecrash the dinner. 🙂


Hi Anne and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

13782168_10154428554478623_4327404551544975153_n-3Hi Jo, and thank you so much for inviting me to join you today – I always enjoy your Tuesday Talk interviews, and it was lovely to be asked to do one! I’ve lived in the beautiful Yorkshire market town of Wetherby for 25 years now, but I’m originally from a village near Bangor in North Wales (and people tell me I still have the accent!). I worked as a civil servant (DWP) for more years than I want to remember – project management, marketing and communications – but was lucky enough to be offered early retirement four years ago. My plan was to spend my time doing all the things I most enjoy, and I do – but I also care for my 92 year old mum who has vascular dementia.

You run…

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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in writing