Sunday Post – 19th March 2017


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

It’s been a great week. Last Monday I started back at Fitstep and Pilates after a couple of weeks’ break and thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the rhythm of exercising again. We had our Poetry Workshop during my Creative Writing sessions on Monday and Tuesday, which I hope the students found as enjoyable and stimulating as I did. Himself had a couple of days off midweek, so we took a bit of a break and went out for lunch at the Look and Sea restaurant, though the lovely river views were a tad murky on account of the fog.

It was also something of a celebration as Kristell Ink Publishing have now announced they have signed a contract with me to publish Netted, which they described as: a tale of family love, rivalry and cybernetic implants, with some kick-ass older women and a dark undertone of repression and obsession. It is scheduled to be released in 2019. As you can imagine, I’m delighted. They got back to me at the end of January to say they liked the rewrite and wanted to publish Netted. Once I signed the contract, Jo Hall introduced me to the rest of the Grimbold authors – Kristell Ink is one of their imprints. I have been bowled over by the warm welcome I’ve received by these talented folks. One of the main reasons why I submitted to them last year is that I’m enormously impressed by the consistently high quality of the books they publish. And I would also like to congratulate with my fellow author, Myfanwy Rodman, who has also been recently signed with Kristell Ink.

This week I have read:
Wolf Moon – Book 2 of The Luna duology by Ian McDonald

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed. The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward – virtually a hostage – of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished from the surface of the moon. Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and – more to the point – that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was a schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey – to Earth. In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war between the families erupts.

This is a gritty, action-packed sequel to the excellent Luna: New Moon released last year – see my review here. Now that everything has kicked off on the Moon and tipped into war, old scores are settled and revenge drives these ambitious, ruthless people whose energy and fire helped transform the Moon into the industrial powerhouse that now keeps the lights burning on Earth.


Mira’s Last Dance – Book 4 of the Penric and Desdemona novella series by Lois McMaster Bujold

In this sequel to the novella Penric’s Mission – see my review here – the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas.

This is another gem. I have loved the character progression Penric has undergone since becoming an accidental host to twelve demons when a young man setting out to become betrothed. But this adventure has definitely been his greatest challenge so far, though even daily life poses its own problems as a good man trying to accommodate a very powerful chaos demon.


My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 12th March 2017

Review of Amunet by Robert Harkess

Teaser Tuesday featuring Wolf Moon – Book 2 of the Luna series by Ian McDonald

Review of Satan’s Reach – Book 2 of the Weird Space series by Eric Brown

Top Ten Spring Reads

Friday Face-off – I know why the caged bird sings… featuring The Lies of Locke Lamora – Book 1 of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL Review of Mira’s Last Dance – Book 4 of the Penric and Desdemona novella series by Lois McMaster Bujold

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

Kristell Ink Welcomes Two New Authors! I couldn’t resist featuring this announcement…

From the ‘Arctic’ series Once more this marvellous site has delivered an amazing pic.

Space Features of the Week Another excellent roundup from Steph of what is going on in space – and this week, you really shouldn’t miss this article.

50 Word Stories: The Robin Another little treasure from this insanely prolific and talented author.

Three Years and Counting In this outstanding article, Inese provides amazing photos of this year’s St Patrick’s Parade and some thoughtful insights into her three-year experience of blogging.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time and trouble to comment – and may you have a wonderful reading and blogging week.

53 responses »

    • Thank you, Cindy – yes… I’m walking on air at the moment:). Yes, my teacher also does Yoga, but as I’m recovering from a major back injury I decided the Pilates would be a bit more gentle. It’s great for keeping you strong and supple. Have a good week and many thanks for stopping by:).

  1. What a great week – I’m so pleased for you – and the publishing news is great too! LOLOL. Seriously though, it’s an absolute woohoo moment for you – and no wonder you’re walking on air.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you so much, Laura:). They said they were looking for quirky reads and it’s what I tend to write, so I was delighted when they said how much they liked it.

  2. Sounds like you had a nice lunch break even while the view was a tad murky. And congrats on the news of your publishing contract! That’s awesome news! And neat they even posted about it on their side. I like the way they described your book, it sounds interesting!
    I also read two books this week. Sounds like both of your reads were good ones! I hope you’ll have a great week!

    • Thank you for your kind words – they really are a lovely bunch of people and very caring of the quality of the books they release so I am really looking forward to working with them in due course. Oh yes – the books I read this week were great. One of them will be released this week, so I’ll be posting the review then. And here’s hoping you have a great week, too, Lola:)

    • Thank you so much, Hayley – that’s really kind of you:). Yes – it was rather an awesome week. I hope you feel a lot better in the coming days and I was fascinated once more to see the wide range of the books you are currently reading. Take care!

  3. I keep coming up with excuses not to exercise. I really need to stop that. I am glad you are settling back into your routine. It really does make a difference, doesn’t it? We feel so much better when we are exercising regularly. I am so happy for you, Sarah! Congratulations on the upcoming publication of your novel. How exciting!

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Sarah. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Thank you so much for your kind good wishes:). Yes – you’re spot on regarding the exercise. It really has to be regular, though I do sympathise – I give someone else a life which means I really have to go unless I’ve a solid reason not to. Otherwise the thought putting on my tracksuit and turning out in that biting wind would have probably deterred me during the worst of the winter weather.

    • Thank you, Kristen. We are blessed in this part of the world, which has quite a healthy tourist trade during the summer, to have a fair sprinkling of good cafes and restaurants that aren’t too busy this time of the year. Thank you for your good wishes – yes, I’m really happy that ‘Netted’ has found such a good home.

  4. So glad you had a great week! Lunch out is always nice but I’m sorry that the views weren’t as good as they could have been.

    YAY for the publishing announcement! CONGRATULATIONS!!! That’s amazing!

    Wolf Moon looks good and it seems like you are loving that series.

    I hope you have another fantastic week!

    • Thank you so much, Di:). It is marvellous news – and yes, I thoroughly recommend the Luna series if you like space opera with an awareness of social pressures. McDonald compares it to the Game of Thrones, but in space – his term for it is Game of Domes…

  5. Glad to hear you are getting back to exercising again. I’m trying to get back to my yoga too.
    and YAY! Congrats on that contract to publish Netted. Holy cow it sounds GOOD! Can’t believe it won’t be until 2019, though! OMG the publishing worlds is NOT for the impatient 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes:). No… the traditional publishing industry has a system in place, so it takes a while. But they are great people and really care about the books they are producing, so I can live with that:).

  6. The new book sounds wonderful. I like older women, probably because I am one. I am giving a BD party for my friend who’s 83, and believe me, she is quite a gal!
    The reviews, as always, were very readable. I just wish I had time to read all the books your reviews make me want to read! Good job!

    • Thank you, Rae – I’m delighted you enjoy reading the reviews and am very impressed how open you are to having a go at reading genres new to you:). I hope the birthday party goes well – my mother is 81 and she’s also an amazing lady! Hope you are still improving and not doing too much?x

  7. Ahhhh congratulations, Sarah!! I’m so happy for you and look forward to reading Netted once it’s out. 🙂

    And I don’t think I’ve heard of Grimbold or Kristell Ink before. What are some of the books / authors they’ve published?

    • They are a small Indie publisher, but I’ve got to know several of their authors through meeting up with them at a number of Cons and reading – and enjoying – their work. Jo Hall’s Art of Forgetting duology and ‘The Summer Goddess’, Sophie Tallis’s epic fantasy ‘White Mountain’, ‘In Search of Gods and Heroes’ by Sammy Smith. In fact, I haven’t read a book produced by them that I didn’t like – which was a major reason why I submitted to them. That and the fact I really like the way everyone involved – including the authors – have a strong sense of being part of a team. So I was pleased when they got back to me and said they were very interested in ‘Netted’, but would like me to consider cutting out one of the main protagonists. It was a difficult rewrite and took most of last summer, but I resubmitted and then sat tight. At least I’ve plenty of other projects also going on – but when Jo came back with the news that they wanted Netted, I was delighted. I know that my novel will be in safe hands:).

  8. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! It seems your months of focusing on editing and rewrites are paying off. I hope it’s the first of many good news you’re going to share with us.

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