Sunday Post – 8th April, 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.

We had a fairly quiet Easter week-end, partly due to the weather which was atrocious. It rained unceasingly with a biting wind. We hunkered down indoors and I appreciated not having to turn out for lessons and plunged back into bleeping Miranda’s Tempest. This book is driving me crazy – as soon as I think I’ve nailed the story, another aspect suddenly occurs and I need to add that into the mix. I managed to get to my writer’s group on Wednesday evening. It was the first time I’ve made it in a month, where – after regaling my long-suffering writing buddies with yet another instalment – we were wondering whether turning Miranda into a porn story would work. Lots of hilarity ensued when we worked out that a number of torrid sex scenes could be set on the good ship Titania, culminating in the underwater orgy involving nereids… I really needed that chance to laugh at the whole thing and I don’t think it was an accident that the next time I got a real run at it, the writing suddenly went a lot better. Bless them – nothing like friends to help ground you…

And talking of friends – my mate Mhairi came over on Thursday with her arm in a sling, having broken her radius. It was great seeing her and having a chance catch up. Other than that, I’ve been working and spending time with my sister, popping out for cups of tea and the occasional sticky bun. We haven’t yet got to Highdown Gardens to see the spring flowers because I’m not up for trudging in the rain or braving the biting wind. We have the grandchildren staying over this week-end and we’re hoping to get there today – fingers crossed! In the meantime, have a lovely week and I hope Spring is finally warming up with you – it’s still on the chilly side here.

 

This week I have read:

Remnants of Trust – Book 2 of the Central Corps novels by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Corp denies ever happened. Yet instead of a dishonorable discharge or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster and are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector.

But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders.
I love a really quality space opera adventure where characterisation powers the story through a detailed, interesting world – and that’s exactly what I’ve got with this engrossing second book. I’m delighted that the third one will shortly be on the library shelves, ready for me to scoop up.

 

School for Psychics – Book 1 in the School for Psychics series by K.C. Archer

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.
I’ve always got a soft spot for school–based adventures and I enjoyed this one, too. Though there were times when I did wonder a bit about the behaviour of the protagonist – she seems very impulsive and rather self destructive in her behaviour. But as the story progresses some intriguing aspects surface and she matures sufficiently to start trusting the team of friends and colleagues around her. I am keen to know how the dangling plotpoint will play out in the next slice of this adventure.

 

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 1st April 2018

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Meet Me in the Strange by Leander Watts

Teaser Tuesday featuring School for Psychics – Book 1 of the School for Psychics series by K.C. Archer

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Green Man’s Heir by Juliet McKenna

Friday Face-off – It’s a family affair… featuring The Rolling Stones by Robert Heinlein

Review of Children of the Shaman – Book 1 of the Children of the Shaman series by Jessica Rydill

Running Out of Space is free today!

 

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

A Dictionary of Unusual and Preposterous Words https://interestingliterature.com/2018/04/06/a-dictionary-of-unusual-and-preposterous-words/ If you are remotely interested in words, then this is something to check out…

Fatalism and Futility in Film Noir https://silverscreenclassicsblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/fatalism-and-futility-in-film-noir/ This is a fascinating indepth article I came across that will interest anyone who loves the film noir genre.

Why are reviews unpopular as blog posts? #Bookblogger #Bookbloggers #Blogger #Bloggers #Blog https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/why-are-reviews-unpopular-as-blog-posts-bookblogger-bookbloggers-blogger-bloggers-blog/ An interesting – and slightly depressing post – for those of us who write LOTS of books review…

Romance in Fantasy: Love is Not Dumb, it’s Dopamine http://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2018/03/romance-in-fantasy-love-is-not-dumb-its-dopamine/ I found this article really interesting – if you are a fantasy fan, it’s worth reading…

A Follycon comedy video and a podcast on The Green Man’s Heir http://www.julietemckenna.com/?p=2914 This is an article from Juliet McKenna, just pleased at the reaction for her stormingly good novel The Green Man’s Heir – but please also check in for the spoof panel on Men in Science Fiction Writing. Hilarious, but also with a real point to make. I haven’t seen women patronised to QUITE this extent over the years on panels at Cons – but at times, it’s been very close…

Have a great week and thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site.

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33 responses »

  1. Sounds like your friends helped you get some writing mojo back. Too funny about the porn. I hope the weather cooperates and you can all get out today. We had rain yesterday and now its blustery and chilly. I wish the weather would sort itself out. LOL

    • No… it rained most of the day. Luckily, the children were so good and spent most of the day playing together, which is lovely to see – and something they don’t often do these days:). Tomorrow I’m taking them to the cinema – very tired of trying to get out and about in the fresh air when it’s sodden with rain and blowing a hoolie:).

      Yes, my friends are lovely and it’s helped having a good old laugh about it!

    • It wasn’t that your post was depressing – but given that I mostly write reviews, it seems a shame that they get less traction with visitors, is what I was getting at…

      • Yeah, it could only be on my blog and a few others though as others have said reviews do just as well and I’d guess you need to factor in genre and hype too for reviews as I bet a hyped book would fly for stats.

      • Yes… some books do create more of a buzz than others. But overall, the Friday Face-off, Teaser Tuesday and Sunday Post do create more traffic than my straightforward book reviews.

  2. Sorry to hear about your issues with Miranda’s Tempest, how frustrating! I hope it gets back on track soon, and I hope you have a lovely week😊

  3. Ha-ha…writing a porn version sounds interesting…but the best part was that you and your friends were able to lighten the mood and become productive.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog. I am curious about Remnants of Trust.

    • Yes, I’m so lucky to have such good friends:)). That porn version really helped me to keep from getting too bogged down and overwhelmed. I hope you also have an enjoyable week, Laurel.

    • It’s not my genre, either, Katherine:)). Still, it was fun to play around with the porn idea for a bit. Thank you for your good wishes and I hope we both get the sunshine we need!

  4. We were enjoying spring weather here, even hitting the 80 degree mark a few afternoons, then yesterday rain and COLD. I am sitting here with a long sleeved shirt on, with a warm wooly bathrobe over the jeans and shirt. And we have turned the air conditioner and set the thermostat so the heat will come on when it drops below 68 or 69 in the house. No wonder everyone here has the respiratory crud; the weather is so changeable!

    • Yes – we had rain off and on all day again and tomorrow is set to be the same:(. I’m so sick of it! I’m lucky the grandchildren are so very good as all our plans were washed away:(.

    • Thank you – yes, they are great fun. I’ve known and worked with them for a long time now, so we trust each other. I’m very, very lucky…
      Have a great week, Anna – and best of luck assembling the desk:))

  5. I hope it warms up there! We’ve had the same thing here- winter seems to be trying to hang on! And your writing group sounds great! Glad a little fun and brainstorming ha ha helped with the writing! 🙂

    Remnants of Trust (I think I’ve seen the first book around somewhere, it sounds really familiar) and School for Psychics both sound good to me. I’ve seen Psychics reviewed a few times and I’m just trying to decide if I wanna get that one- I’m leaning towards yes.

    • School for Psychics is an interesting one – she is really flaky at the beginning and makes a series of poor decisions, but that is plausibly explained. What has encouraged me to want to keep going is the ramifications of having a school for the psychically gifted – Archer unpacks this a bit more in the latter stages of the book and it is this plotpoint that is keeping me engaged:)

  6. Your writer’s group sounds like a lot of fun, haha. I’m glad you’ve had the chance to spend some nice time with friends and family! I haven’t quite decided if I’m gonna continue the School for Psychics series, but I will check out your review when it’s posted!

    • It is a great bunch of people, kind and wise – and funny:)). I definitely would like to continue with the School for Psychics series, as there were some issues surfacing near the end of the story that intrigued me as to where they were going… Have a great week, Kristen:)

  7. Sounds like your book pals are just the ticket and helped no end with your book. I don’t know how you do it – you seem to cram in such a lot it’s positively exhausting thinking about it all. It sounds like your sister is a lot better? I hope so.
    Enjoy the week 😀
    Lynh

  8. Your writing group sounds like so much fun! I just finished School for Psychics last week too and am still trying to decide exactly how I felt about it. I definitely felt like it got better the further along I got, but I agree with you about Teddy. I wanted to knock some sense into her a few times along the way, lol.

    • Yes… though once we got to the passage where she talked about realising that people were lying all the time from the time she was very little, I began to understand why she was so very flaky.
      And yes – my writing group is fabulous:))

  9. Sorry you had such terrible weather for Easter. It was cold and windy here. But that happens when it’s an early Easter. Glad you got to talk with friends. Have a good week!

  10. That sounds nice how you had a quiet weekend. Sounds like you had a fun meeting with your writer’s group and that’s great your next writing session went a lot better after that. It sure sounds like a challenging book to write.

    The weather is slowly warming up here, so I hope you get some warmer weather soon as well. Both books you read this week sounds great and I plan to check out your review for School for Psychics next. Have a great week!

    • Oh yes – they are stars and really helped me get a grip as I was getting a bit desperate. It’s a lonely old place when the writing is going very, very badly… Fortunately, I’ve now hauled the story back onto solid ground. Thank goodness!

  11. Oooh, I love the mention of turning Miranda’s Tempest to a porn story. Even if it sounds absurd, it does help to change the perspective and relieve some of the writing-related stress. I’m glad you have friends like that – they’re gold!

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