Sunday Post – 11th February, 2018

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

No… I haven’t been abducted by aliens two weekends in a row. Last weekend, Himself and I attended a conference on marketing indie books at Runneymede, which was marvellous fun and very intense – I haven’t yet had a chance to absorb all the information we received.

It was a busy week as I was teaching both Monday and Tuesday evening, spent Wednesday evening with the wonderful folks at my writing group, where I read a slice of my WIP and on Thursday, after catching up with my writing buddy, Mhairi, during the evening I attended the West Sussex Writers meeting, which this month was featuring a manuscript surgery. It was an excellent evening. I had the pleasure of acting as facilitator to a lovely writer in the process of writing a fantasy adventure for youngsters. When the winner and two runners-up were announced for the Poetry Competition, I was delighted that all three poets are students of mine – and to cap it all, I also won a book in the raffle. On Friday morning I was teaching and then in the afternoon I had a meeting with the very nice chap who looks after my website to discuss the changes I’m hoping to make throughout the year.

Yesterday, I drove to Ringwood to stay over with my parents, who then took me to a lovely restaurant, The Jetty, in Christchurch. Unfortunately, the rain swept in, so the views of the wonderful natural harbour at Christchurch were a tad murky, though the fabulous food more than made up for it. We had a lovely drive through the New Forest this morning in bright sunshine and a wonderful cooked breakfast, before a cosy chat with Mum – the time sped by and I drove home before it got dark. The only thing that spoilt the weekend was that my sister was due to come with me, but was ill so couldn’t make it.

This coming week is half term, so I am hoping to get through loads of work. Have a great week, everyone!

This week I have read:

Going Grey – Book 1 of the Ringer series by Karen Traviss
Who do you think you are? Ian Dunlap doesn’t know. When he looks in the mirror, he’s never sure if he’ll see a stranger. After years of isolation, thinking he’s crazy, he discovers he’s the product of an illegal fringe experiment in biotechnology that enables him to alter his appearance at will. And the only people he can trust to help him find out who and what he is are two former soldiers trying to make their way in the high-stakes world of private security. He’s got a unique and disturbing skill: they can help him to harness it—and maybe even learn to accept it. Set ten years from today, these three unlikely allies search for identity and loyalty in an uncertain world.

This is an entertaining, action-packed military sci fi adventure with some engaging characters and lots going on.

No Time Like the Past – Book 5 of The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor
St Mary’s has been rebuilt and it’s business as usual for the History department. But first, there’s the little matter of a seventeenth-century ghost that only Mr Markham can see. Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately-timed comfort break at Thermopylae leaving the fate of the western world hanging in the balance.

Re-join Max’s madcap journey through time in Jodi Taylor’s fifth inter-dimensional instalment No Time Like the Past.

Jodi Taylor nails it again. I love this wonderfully chaotic series, packed full of action, humour and tragedy. There aren’t many books that have me laughing aloud and sniffling into a hanky within a handful of pages – but this series does it every time.

My posts last week:

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Shadow Play: A British Police Procedural – Book 20 of the Bill Slider series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Teaser Tuesday featuring No Time Like the Past – Book 5 of The Chronicles of St Marys by Jodi Taylor

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Keeper of the Watch – Book 1 of the Dimension 7 series by Kristen L. Jackson

Friday Face-off – My, what big teeth you have… featuring Spellwright – Book 1 of the Spellwright trilogy by Blake Charlton

Reblog of Review of Running Out of Space (Sunblinded: 1) by S.J. Higbee

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

… what happens when there’s no bullet to bite on…
https://seumasgallacher.com/2018/02/09/what-happens-when-theres-no-bullet-to-bite-on/ This cautionary tale needs a strong stomach – be warned – DON’T click on this link if you have recently eaten.

Conquerors of the Useless – A Winter of Rock Climbing https://roamwildandfree.com/2018/02/08/conquerers-of-the-useless-a-winter-of-rock-climbing/ More stunning pictures that also left me a tad queasy, but for a completely different reason…

Senior Moments https://blogging807.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/senior-moments/ And a drop of humour…

10 of the Best Poems of Farewell https://interestingliterature.com/2018/02/07/10-of-the-best-poems-of-farewell/ Another excellent article from this site.

People are Making Books Out of Jellyfish Now https://kristentwardowski.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/people-are-making-books-out-of-jellyfish-now/ It is a really good post, but one of the reasons I included it was because of that amazing title.

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site.

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40 responses »

  1. I simply struggle to understand how you manage to fit so much into one week – do you have a time turner or maybe you don’t sleep at all!
    Well done to another great week and hope this one is good.
    Lynn 😀

  2. What a busy but wonderful week you had! I am sorry though your sister was ill. Hopefully she is on the mend now. What an honor for your students for doing so well in the poetry competition! You must feel so proud.

    Looks like you read some good books this past week as well. I hope you have a wonderful week, Sarah!

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes towards my sister:). And yes… it was a wonderful moment as one after another, my students were announced. I felt thrilled:). I hope you, too, have a great week, Wendy.

    • Thank you Kimberly – I could seriously do with some downtime:)). The start of the Jodi Taylor series is One Damn Thing After Another (which is what a famous historian once said about the past, apparently). Have a good week, preferably snow-free!

    • Yes, it is an interesting book and far more about the political and tactical results of trying to safeguard a very valuable asset than about the techie stuff, so you may well really enjoy Going Grey, Laurel. In the meantime, have a lovely week:)

  3. Sounds like another busy yet fruitful week. And congrats on your students doing so well in the poetry contest! You must have been so delighted and proud. 🙂

    For me, work has still been the ninth circle of hell, so let’s not discuss that… But I did get a smartphone a week ago. 😮 So I’m not the last person in the world to have one! And yesterday I met one of my closest friends for dinner and manuscript research. She was born in Haiti (her family moved to Montreal, Canada when she was a toddler, and then she moved to the US about 15 years ago), so I’ve been asking her questions about her culture and so forth because the roommate for my manuscript’s protagonist is also Haitian-born. So on top of those questions, we met at a Haitian restaurant so I could try some of the foods she grew up eating. And it was SO much fun!

    • Oh, the Haitian research sounds both delicious and fun:)). What a treat! So very sorry that work is so grim right now – I recall those miserable days:(. I hope you can get some resolution regarding the situation and my advice would be – don’t endure a miserable work life indefinitely. Now I am slipping into cronehood, my chief regrets in life aren’t what I did – but what I didn’t do… In the meantime, I’m sending positive thoughts in your direction that you have a MUCH better week all round!

    • Talking about weather…we were flooded in (again!). The heartbreaking part is that some who had just finished Harvey flooding repairs got water in their homes again. I’m not sure what happened; it just came down so heavy and for such a long time that the bayou in the back of our subdivision came up the main street, the water from the higher road the subdivision is set off of came down from that direction and met at the intersection to our left, meeting the water coming up from the bayou at the intersection to our right, forming a lake on both the side and the front of the house. It got deep! We couldn’t leave all day, not even in our pickup truck! The water came up over the curb from the front door view and up the driveway at our back door’s view, but PTL, it didn’t enter the house. Tooooo scary. Tooo soon after Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. Crazy Texas weather!

      • Oh no! How horrible:(. And I’m guessing that trying to get insurance cover against another flooding event will now be impossible… that’s what happens here to some unfortunate folks who have been flooded more than once. I’m very, very relieved you haven’t had the misery of water running though your home, though it sounds like a terrifyingly near miss.

    • Not at all – no one is born knowing this stuff and I wouldn’t DREAM of laughing at you. What I did was put a link to your site and a pingback is if someone then comments on my site about your stuff – in other words, it’s an indirect comment.

  4. That’s so cool that three of your former students won. You must have been so proud 🙂

    I’m glad you had a nice weekend with your parents, although such a bummer that your sister was too ill to join you. Hope she feels better soon.

    Have a great week!

    • Oh yes, I staggered out of the meeting with so swollen with pride it was a wonder I got through the door… Yes, I’ve spoken to my sister and she is gradually on the mend, though gutted she had to miss the weekend. I hope you, too, have a wonderful week:)

  5. Good to know I don’t have to launch a rescue mission for you. 🙂 Happy to read about your sister on the mend. I haven’t read anything for a while. Not being able to. I keep flipping through the pages of Kindle and then just give up. Never knew that would ever be a problem. Waiting for the reviews on those two books.

    • No… though it’s a comfort to know you were considering a rescue mission:)). I’m so sorry about the reading slump:(. I’ll be reviewing NO TIME LIKE THE PAST in due course. I hope you have a good week – maybe just put your Kindle in the drawer and give yourself a break? Take care.

  6. Congrats that your students won! That must have been wonderful!

    I hope your sister feels better soon!

    No time Like the Past looks really interesting! I’ll have to check the series out!

    Have a wonderful week!

    • It was a sweet moment, Lynn. Thank you for you kind wishes regarding my sister and I thoroughly recommend The Chronicles of St Mary’s series:). I hope you, too, have a great week!

  7. Hi Sarah! Sorry I’ve been awol – I was away with hubby and then just ended up using the time away as a hiatus of sorts. So now I’m madly catching up!

    I hope that you’ve been very well and it seems like you have been super busy as well! Congrats on the raffle win and I hope that it was a good book!

    I hope to catch up with you soon!

    • I haven’t yet started it, to be honest, Di. Lovely to have you back – and I very much hope you managed to chill a bit during your hiatus:)). In the meantime, we aren’t going anywhere, so take your time catching up. It’s just lovely to see you back. Hugsx

    • Yes, Evelina – it was a real treat to have such a wonderful meal:). Yes, it’s great to have half term to take a bit of a breath and regather… Hoping your week is also enjoyable and fun!

  8. Sounds like you had a busy indeed, but also lots fo fun and informative events it seems. That indie conference sounds informative. And that’s great your students won a prize in that poetry competition and you won a book in the raffle. Nice you also had time to read two books!

    • Yes, it was a very busy week, but there was lots of enjoyment along the way. The indie conference was wonderful – and we even got a refund because the attendance was good enough, which doesn’t happen all that often. I hope that you, too, are having an enjoyable week, Lola:)

  9. Being so behind, I missed missing you. I’m glad you had a good time at the conference and with your parents. You say the weather wasn’t great, but your description rendered a dark and gray but at the same alluring image in my head. I’d love to go there one day and see your neighborhood for myself.

    • If you do manage to get back here – try to make it around this time of year, when the hawthorn is in bloom and the leaves are still shiny and newly green… it is indeed, a beautiful spot… And this spring is particularly beautiful, even if it is very late:)

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