Sunday Post – 1st September, 2019 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost


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

It was another busy week – but far more sociable. Last Sunday we collected the children for a short stay before they returned to school this coming week, just as the temperature soared back into the 80s again. On Bank Holiday Monday we visited the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust, which we all thoroughly enjoyed – and were a bit shocked at how long it’s been since our last visit. The highlight was the boat ride through the reeds, as ever – but we also had great fun revisiting places where the children used to play, as the photo shows… On Tuesday we went to Worthing to our local Waterstones bookshop where both children bought books with their pocket money and on Wednesday, which was thankfully cooler – we visited Highdown Gardens before taking the children back home again. Their stay was over in the blink of an eye…

Wednesday evening was the first meeting of our writing group since our long break over the summer holidays – and we were celebrating the upcoming wedding of Liz, as this was her de facto Hen Night… Needless to say lots of laughter and jokes were flying around…

During the rest of the week, I’ve been working hard on an editing job, which I’m hoping to finish by tomorrow, as well as continuing to knock Mantivore Prey into something readable. Yesterday, I met up with my sister and we went looking at flats together, as she is hoping to buy somewhere local, instead of rent. Afterwards we had a coffee and cake together and a good old catchup.

Last week I read:

Keep Calm and Carry On, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew
Eleven-year-old Joyce and her little sister hide in their bomb shelter during the German Blitz on London, during World War II. After nights of bombing, it’s decided that they’ll join the over 800,000 children who’ve already been evacuated during Operation Pied Piper. They board a train not knowing where they’re going or who will take them in.
This children’s book set during the bombing of London in WWII is an excellent adventure, featuring the evacuation of thousands of children from the capital to surrounding towns and villages. Told from Joyce’s viewpoint, it gives a vivid picture of what it was like to experience such upheaval. Review to follow.


Brightfall by Jamie Lee Moyer
It’s been a mostly quiet life since Robin Hood denounced Marian, his pregnant wife, and his former life and retreated to a monastery to repent his sins . . . although no one knows what he did that was so heinous he would leave behind Sherwood Forest and those he loved most.

But when friends from their outlaw days start dying, Father Tuck, now the Abbott of St. Mary’s, suspects a curse and begs Marian to use her magic to break it. A grieving Marian bargains for protection for her children before she sets out with a soldier who’s lost his faith, a trickster Fey lord and a sullen Robin Hood, angry at being drawn back into the real world.
Another thoroughly enjoyable adventure featuring Maid Marion when she’s no longer a maid – or even Robin’s wife. I love the poignant turn that has the hero of Sherwood an embittered, fearful man. Review to follow.


The Missing Diamond Murder – Book 3 of the Black and Dod Mysteries series by Diane Janes
1930. Frances Black is worried – divorce proceedings are under way and her solicitor has learnt of a spiteful letter sent to the court claiming that there is more to her friendship with her sleuthing partner, Tom Dod, than meets the eye. Fran takes Tom’s advice to get away, travelling down to Devon to help the Edgertons with their family mystery. After meeting the charismatic Eddie Edgerton and arriving at their residence, Sunnyside House, Fran soon learns that Eddie’s grandfather, Frederick Edgerton, died in mysterious circumstances when his wheelchair went off a cliff. Was it really an accident? And what happened to Frederick’s precious diamond which went missing at the time of his death? As Fran investigates, she uncovers family scandal, skulduggery and revenge, but can she solve the mystery of the missing diamond?
This is one of my favourite murder mystery series – I have grown very fond of Frances. And it was a pleasant change to see her having a bit of fun, as well as trying to solve a theft and possible murder in a classic country house setting. Review to follow.


The Wee Free Men AUDIOBOOK – Book 1 of the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett
Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching needs magic–fast! Her sticky little brother Wentworth has been spirited away by the evil Queen of Faerie, and it’s up to her to get him back safely. Having already decided to grow up to be a witch, now all Tiffany has to do is find her power. But she quickly learns that it’s not all black cats and broomsticks. According to her witchy mentor Miss Tick, “Witches don’t use magic unless they really have to…We do other things. A witch pays attention to everything that’s going on…A witch uses her head…A witch always has a piece of string!” Luckily, besides her trusty string, Tiffany’s also got the Nac Mac Feegles, or the Wee Free Men on her side. Small, blue, and heavily tattooed, the Feegles love nothing more than a good fight except maybe a drop of strong drink!
I loved reading this series – but listening to Tony Robinson’s excellent narration was even more of a treat. Lovely to share snippets of it with the grandchildren, too…

My posts last week:

Review of Children No More – Book 4 of the Jon and Lobo series by Mark L. Van Name

Friday Faceoff featuring The Rules of Magic – prequel to the Practical Magic series by Alice Hoffman

Review of AUDIOBOOK A Room Full of Bones – Book 4 of the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring Brightfall by Jamie Lee Moyer

Teaser Tuesday featuring The Missing Diamond Murder – Book 3 of the Black and Dod Mysteries series by Diane Janes

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Green Man’s Foe – Book 2 of The Green Man series by Juliet E. McKenna

Sunday Post – 25th August 2019

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

(Good) Outlets for your drabbles Steph has given a list for writers wishing to submit their microfiction – very useful. And if you haven’t played around with this writing form – it’s highly recommended.

Fantastic Find at the Bookstore #5: Prolific Garis family This is an amazing article that manages to link together three generations of a writing family by unearthing their books…

Wayfare Wednesdays! A Travelogue of Ports Unknown! I love the ability to enjoy other people’s amazing tourist destinations without coping with dodgy toilets and weird food…

What in the Worldbuilding: Sports in Sci-Fi and Fantasy (Where are they?) Loved this article – and am rather proud of my Zippo league in the Sunblinded trilogy as a consequence…

The Friday Face-Off: Yellow Cover While I, along with most other participants, chose a single book, Tammy elected to go for a variety of books featuring yellow covers – aren’t they pretty!

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week…

47 responses »

  1. Thank you for the shout out, Sarah😁 It looks like you had a wonderful time with your family. I’ve been hearing good things about Brightfall, I’m looking forward to your review!

    • You’re very welcome, Tammy – you produced such a pretty profusion of yellow covers, I thought it worth sharing:)

      Oh yes – Brightfall is a lovely read – I’ll be reviewing shortly – I have a stack of arcs to review all at the beginning of the month!

  2. Sure sounds like you’ve been busy, Sarah! Thanks so much for including the link to my Garis family post, today; I’m honored! This was a post that I’ve been writing in my mind for years and finally decided to take the time and get down to it. The results feel very rewarding.

  3. It sounds like a fun time with the grandchildren. It’s a holiday this coming Monday in the U.S. We’re going to a barbecue and viewing party this evening to see the summer dance studio performance on film. Mouse is looking forward to it mostly because it means playing with her friends. 🙂

    I am glad you have enjoyed your recent reads. I’m especially interested in Brightfall.

    I hope you have a great week, Sarah!

    • Thank you, Wendy, yes it was a lovely few days:). I hope you have a lovely time at the barbeque and the weather holds so you can all enjoy yourselves. Have a great week.

      And yes – Brightfall is a real page-turner:)

  4. Nice picture! I’m glad you had a good bank holiday weekend. I’m both excited that my son is back at school this coming week and kinda sad as we’ve had a lovely summer. That said, autumn is almost upon us and that’s my favourite time of year!
    I hope this week is as nice as your last! Good luck knocking your book into shape. 🙂

    • Thank you, Nicci – it won’t be quite the same as the children go back to school this week:)). And yes… it has been a fabulous summer. And thank you for your good wishes regarding getting Mantivore Prey sorted out:)).

    • Oh The Wee Free Men is adorable – particularly when narrated by the mighty Tony Robinson who does a wonderful job of all those tiny magical scotsmen…

      I’m not sure if Brightfall is available in the US – although I think it must be as some of my US blogging friends have also been discussing it. But I’m sure it soon will be.

      I hope you, too, have a fabulous week, Deb:)

  5. The Wetland and Wildfowl Trust sounds very nice. Glad you had a nice visit, and good luck to your sister in her housing search!

    I love the sound of the alternate take in Brightfall, and I just saw someone else talking about that one too, and how good it was.

    • The Wetland and Wildfowl Trust is a nature reserve on the edge of the reedbeds on a bend of the River Arun and we’ve been members for a very long time, given we were taking our own children there regularly from the time they were small enough to wheel around the place… And we’ve seen so many changes in that time.

      Oh yes – if you like retellings of legends, then Brightfall is a cracking tale.

    • It certain is a fascinating retelling – I very much enjoyed it and will be reviewing Brightfall in the next two weeks:). Thank you for your good wishes for the coming week, Shelley – I hope you, too, have a lovely time with your books!

    • It’s definitely worth tracking down if you’re fond of Robin Hood retellings, though I will warn you that RH doesn’t come out of this particular version very well and some reviewers have had a real problem with that, though it didn’t particularly bother me.

    • Thank you, Laura:). Wouldn’t it be marvellous if the special times crept forward as slowly as the dire times and they zipped past as fast as the special times? I think if I had a single wish – it would be that one…

  6. Sounds like you had a blast with your kids! With Bo stuck working on Saturdays until November, I’m trying to come up with some fun things to make their weekends a touch exciting. Since Blondie loved the Horicon marsh so much, I’m hoping I can try taking all three kids there.

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