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A dash of Dominic West with your coffee?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Have to admit I rather like this advertising stunt from Carte Noire so can’t help but forward it on… If you feel you deserve a more seductive coffee break, make yourself a rich mug of Carte Noire and when you’re sitting comfortably, click on here to watch Dominic West, Greg Wise and Dan Stevens reading […]

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I heart Google Analytics

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I have been working on website-related things and have spent some time understanding how to read Google Analytics which tracks the activity on our website. I was only recently introduced to this wonderful tool and it’s really quite fascinating.  I would highly recommend that everyone with a website sign up to it. By looking at […]

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Edward Marston & Judith Cutler in Swindon

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Saturday 12th September, 11.00am – 3.00pm WATERSTONE’S, SWINDON Crime-writers Edward Marston and Judith Cutler will be signing copies of their book at Watertone’s, 25/26 Brunel Plaza Shopping Centre, Swindon. For more information or to reserve a signed book call 01793 436 465.

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What to do in the New Forest

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

We spent this past weekend in the wet and windy New Forest. Camping. Clever, no? Luckily, the rain abated for Saturday afternoon at least so we decided to make the most of the clear skies and go exploring. And this is what we found: The Exbury Maize Maze. If you are looking for something to […]

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LORD OF MISRULE HITS THE BESTSELLERS LIST!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

The latest release in the acclaimed Morganville vampire series by Rachel Caine is currently in the Top 20 Small Publishers Bestsellers list!

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Talk & book signing with Mary Nichols in Ely

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Thursday 10 September, 7.15pm (for 7.30pm start)  TOPPING & COMPANY, ELY Join local author Mary Nichols as she celebrates the launch of her new paperback The Summer House at Topping & Company, 9 The High street, Ely. Enjoy a glass of wine as she gives a talk and signs copies of her book. Tickets £5 […]

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Bid for an autumn bank holiday

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I read in The Mirror today that the Work Secretary will announce plans which include the possibility of giving employees a new Bank Holiday to commemorate those who have been killed at their work place. It aims to make people more conscious about Health & Safety , and I have to admit the grim news […]

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Gentlemen prefer blondes…

Friday, July 24th, 2009

But apparently vampires prefer brunettes? Saw a girl on the tube last night wearing this: Love it. So much I may have to hit the L’Oreal bottle. A fashion-must for lovers of Stephenie Meyer, Rachel Caine, Colleen Gleason or the Casts… Lara Crisp, Managing Editor (and a blonde)

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Richard Jay Parker Book Launch in Salisbury

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Thursday 13th August, 7.30pm     WATERSTONE’S, SALISBURY Come and meet thriller writer Richard Jay Parker as he celebrates the launch of his debut novel STOP ME at Waterstone’s, 7-9 High Street, Salisbury. For more information call the bookshop on 01722 415596.

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Butternut Squash Soup recipe (a good post-dentist meal)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Yesterday I went to the dentist and stupidly didn’t eat beforehand. I got home famished but too sore to chew. Solution? Leftover home-made butternut squash soup. It was so comforting a meal I feel the need to share the recipe here… Chiara’s Butternut Squash Soup 1 small butternut squash – peeled and chopped into small […]

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One small step for man…

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

This week the whole world is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing, and in honour of that great event, here are some little-known but fascinating facts I came across… Did you know? As late as 1988, a stunning 13% of the population believed that some portion of the Earth’s moon is actually comprised […]

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My Sister’s Keeper movie – to see or not to see?

Monday, July 20th, 2009

I’m about to finish reading My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. Not the most uplifting of books… in fact, reading it actually makes me feel anxious but I can’t bring myself to put it down – it is, without a doubt, captivating. So much of the reason it holds the reader is because each chapter is seen from the perspective […]

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ITN launches YouTube book channel

Friday, July 17th, 2009

ITN has launched Beyond Books – a home for books lovers on YouTube – featuring an array of video footage, from author interviews to docu-features to book trailers and inviting discussion and debate.

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Even superheroes get old…

Friday, July 17th, 2009

There are definitely days when none of us feel all that super and mediocre is a more likely goal. That’s why these fantastic cartoons by Donald Soffritti, in which all your favourite superheroes are showing their age, makes me smile. My favourite? Definitely The Invisible Woman. Click here to see more – as featured on […]

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What an Art Editor buys off Amazon…

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I am, and always have been, an internet binge shopper: I won’t buy anything for months but then I’ll log on to some site (Amazon being the one-stop port of call of choice at the moment) and test my credit card for endurance over a couple of hours, usually during a rainy afternoon. So, during […]

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I chose the wrong job

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I should have been a Computer Animator. How cool would it be to spend your working day creating something like this? (View with sound on.) My 10-month-year old nephew can just about stand up on his two little legs whilst holding precariously onto the coffee table – and we are so proud. If only I […]

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Who ever said typesetting was easy?

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I am struggling with the typesetting of one of our upcoming titles. There are so many ways to layout a recipe book and deciding on the right format is a bit of a nightmare. The margins aren’t working, some recipes fit the page so neatly, others have just one line that flows on to the […]

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Victoria Connelly speaking at Ruislip Library

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Wednesday 19th August, 7.30 – 9.30pm    RUISLIP LIBRARY Victoria Connelly, author of the new romantic comedy Molly’s Millions, will be speaking to the Creative Writing group at Ruislip Libary. For more information call the library on 01895 558234

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Victoria Connelly Q & A evening at Waterstone’s, Tunbridge Wells

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Friday 31st July, 7 – 8pm  WATERSTONE’S, TUNBRIDGE WELLS Come and enjoy an evening with romantic novelist Victoria Connelly who will introduce her new novel Molly’s Millions, and answering any questions from the audience at Waterstone’s, 32-40 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells. To book your ticket call the bookshop on 01892 5354467

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Victoria Connelly at Waterstone’s, Uxbridge

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Saturday 18th July, 11am – 2pm      WATERSTONE’S, UXBRIDGE Come and meet Victoria Connelly who will be signing copies of her romantic comedy novel Molly’s Millions at Waterstone’s, Kingston Lane in Uxbridge.  For more information call the bookshop on 01895 257991.

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