Sunday Post – 1st July, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #BrainfluffSundayPost


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

Sorry this is late – whether it’s the weather or the news below – I woke up with a dreadful headache and felt grim throughout the day, so I didn’t work at the computer screen for obvious reasons…

A momentous week! On Saturday evening, the latest member of the family joined us – my daughter gave birth to little Eliza. Mother and baby are both well. Needless to say, I’m thrilled and relieved that poor Rebecca is no longer so heavily pregnant in this heat and that Eliza has arrived safely. I’m looking forward to meeting her on Wednesday.

Other news – on Tuesday, I started my Poetry Workshop, which went really well – a relief. It was also my birthday, though the celebration went on hold as Himself was on late shift this week and it is so hot, we haven’t felt much like going out for the planned meal. On Wednesday, I met up with my sister who gave me her presents and we went shopping together. I also attended Petworth Festival with our writing group, where Geoff Alnutt was performing his poems as a homage to Dr Seuss. He was supported by two other great performers – Audi Masarati and Steve Tasane, author of the amazing Child I. On a wonderful sunny evening, we heard a marvellous variety of quality performance poetry. Mhairi came over on Friday as we monitored sales figures and planned the upcoming launch for Breathing Space which will be published on 8th July. And here is the cover – I’m delighted with it as I think it works really well with the rest of the trilogy.

This week I have read:

The Privilege of Peace – Book 3 of the Peacemaker’s trilogy by Tanya Huff
Warden Torin Kerr has put her past behind her and built a life away from the war and everything that meant. From the good, from the bad. From the heroics, from the betrayal. She’s created a place and purpose for others like her, a way to use their training for the good of the Confederation. She has friends, family, purpose. Unfortunately, her past refuses to grant her the same absolution. Big Yellow, the ship form of the plastic aliens responsible for the war, returns. The Silsviss test the strength of the Confederation. Torin has to be Gunnery Sergeant Kerr once again and find a way to keep the peace.
I was delighted when this one popped up on my Kindle, as Himself had pre–ordered it. Huff is one of our must-have authors… And this book brims with action and adventure, bringing this excellent military science fiction series to a triumphant conclusion.


Murder Takes a Turn – Book 5 of the Langham and Dupré by Eric Brown
When Langham’s literary agent receives a cryptic letter inviting him to spend the weekend at the grand Cornish home of successful novelist Denbigh Connaught, Charles Elder seems reluctant to attend. What really happened between Elder and Connaught during the summer of 1917, nearly forty years before – and why has it had such a devastating effect on Charles?

Accompanying his agent to Connaught House, Langham and his wife Maria discover that Charles is not the only one to have received a letter. But why has Denbigh Connaught gathered together a group of people who each bear him a grudge? When a body is discovered in Connaught’s study, the ensuing investigation uncovers dark secrets that haunt the past of each and every guest – including Charles Elder himself …
If this one sounds as if it has a resemblance to Agatha Christie’s mysteries, you’re right – it does. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the backstory behind the murder mystery.


Truth Sister by Phil Gilvin
The year is 2149. The Women’s Republic of Anglia seeks to harness forgotten technologies from the time when men ruled the world. Naturals are second-class citizens, while women born through cloning are the true children of the Republic. When Clara Perdue graduates from the prestigious Academy, she is ready to do her part to support the Republic and bring about a better future for all.

But when she stumbles on information that the Republic has tried to keep hidden, she begins to realise that the society she has been taught to believe in and trained to defend is not all that it seems. A secret from Clara’s past puts herself, her family, and her friends in danger, and Clara must choose between subservience and rebellion.
This Brit-based near-future dystopian adventure is an engrossing read that takes Clara from a  priggish, narrow-minded bigot to someone who is convinced that men also have a right to live in the new Republic. This is a gritty read with plenty of adventure and food for thought.


My posts during the last week:

Sunday Post – 24th June 2018

Review of Windswept by Adam Rakunas

Teaser Tuesday featuring Murder Takes a Turn – Book 5 of the Langham and Dupré series by Eric Brown

Can’t Wait Wednesday featuring Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Drop by Drop – Book 1 of the Step by Step series by Morgan Llewelyn

Friday Face-off featuring Red Rising – Book 1 of the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Privilege of Peace – Book 3 of the Peacekeeprs trilogy by Tanya Huff

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

Thursday Doors – Irish Bears This is a must-see article – those underground pics are amazing…

For the love of libraries Like a lot of people, libraries hold a special place in my heart…

Recap post – …if yeez had a good pair of fitba’ boots, Jesus wanted yeez for a sunbeam… Successful thriller writer, Seumas Gallacher has dusted off his memories of playing footy a lifetime ago in honour of a certain tournament going on somewhere…

Stop Lying! Everyone Knows You’re a Complete Fraud Kristen Lamb’s confession rang a few bells with yours truly…

Worldbuilding – Creating your alien life Those of you who know my writing will understand why I’m particularly drawn to this one!

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site – and I promise to get back to you as soon as I can!

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    • I immediately loved it – such a relief. I’ve been very blessed that my daughter has such a sensible approach to names – Frances, Oscar and now Eliza. I’m also so pleased she arrived safely!

    • Thank you Laurel… yes – it was a busy old week, wasn’t it? Thank you for your kind congratulations – such a relief that Eliza is now here as it’s no fun being nine months’ pregnant in this heat! And I’m glad you like the book cover – I think Mhairi has done a brilliant job on them all, but this one is my favourite.

  1. Oh, congratulations on your newest family member, Grandma Sarah! You are going to have such fun cuddling and spoiling Eliza:)

    • Yes – I’m looking forward to some cuddle time, tomorrow, Laura:). They now call me Gran as they feel too grown-up to call me Granny anymore – so it will be lovely to be Granny again…

  2. A post full of happiness! Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter, and I’m glad to hear the poetry workshop went well. (Or, is going well? Was it a one-night workshop, or a multi-week one?)

    Breathing Space is coming out on July 8th?? That’s… Sunday!! 😮 I didn’t realize it was coming up so soon!

    • Thank you, Sara. Yes – such a relief that Eliza is now with us and safe – though we had a scare yesterday when she was readmitted to hospital on the advice of the midwife. However she was thoroughly checked over and is pronounced fine.

      The Poetry Workshop is running over three sessions – I can’t quite believe we will be having the last session this coming Tuesday – it’s been such fun. We were looking at sound symbolism, nonsense verse and reverse poetry last session – stuff I cannot address in my usual classes…

      Breathing Space is about to be among us – yay! I’m so thrilled to get the trilogy out – and Dying for Space will be free for 5 days as from tomorrow…:)

  3. Welcome to the family Eliza! What wonderful news! And I hope you are feeling much better, Sarah. I have had a nasty headache as of late that wont seem to quit. I think it’s allergy related as it doesn’t feel like a migraine. I guess that’s good, at least. I am glad your Poetry workshop got off to a good start. And Happy Belated Birthday!

    I do love Tanya Huff, but haven’t read her Peacemaker’s series yet. I hope you are having a great week, and feeling lots better.

    • Sorry to hear about the headache! Yes… I been nursing another one today, too… Yesterday I went to visit Eliza, who ended up having to go back to hospital on the advice of the midwife. In the event, she was pronounced fine, but it was upsetting for the whole family. The one person who was magnificently oblivious to all the fuss was Eliza – thank goodness!

      If you enjoy Tanya Huff, do give the Peacekeeper’s series a go as it is vintage Huff and really great fun. Hope your headache soon vanishes, Wendy and the rest of your week is a good one.

  4. Weee, excitement abounds in your household! Congratulations on your book’s lovely cover and the arrival of a lovely grandchild. What kinds of poetry will your group be creating/studying–any particular forms, or are you exploring all the forms out there?

    • Thank you, Jean:). Yes – it has definitely been full-on here. I’m glad you like the cover, too. I think Mhairi has surpassed herself.

      Each week we have been looking at different aspects of poetry. The first week we explored Personification and the students examined a number of different poems and wrote an exercise featuring a button. Last week we looked at sound symbolism, phonosthemes and also reverse poetry, which someone raised, so I investigated the form – I hadn’t come across it before. This coming week we will be examining specific forms of poetry such as sonnets, terza rima, villanelles, as well as shorter forms like haiku, tanka, nonets, diamente poems and fibonicci poems… I can’t get this nerdy with the more general classes, so this has been a blast and they are such a lovely appreciative group:))

      • Geared students make all the difference. The one and only time a wee adjunct like me got to teach literature was to a tiny group of people clearly there for the credit. The class ran ninety minutes, and I’m pretty sure any of them spoke maybe ten minutes, if that. SUCH a drag of a term that year…

      • Yes, it’s been a blast. Though I mustn’t be disrespectful to my other Creative Writing students – it’s just that only about 50% write poetry, so in fairness to the prose-only writers I can’t get too techie about it. Though there is plenty of technical discussion and rigour in the lessons and they are all brilliant at focusing throughout. Poor you! It’s soul-destroying teaching folks who aren’t engaged with your subject – I’ve done enough of that during my teaching career and am very blessed I don’t have that issue any more.

  5. Ooooh, I missed the big news! By now your granddaughter is probably already attempting speech and walking – and likely both at the same time… 😉 Still: CONGRATULATIONS to you and your daughter. 🙂
    Also, I see that I will be belatedly congratulating you on the successful release of a full trilogy very soon. 🙂

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