Cathy Lamb and Chocolate-eyed Labs

27 July, 2010

I’ve been chatting on email to our author Cathy Lamb, whose next book Julia’s Chocolates will be available soon.  Cathy lives over in the US and was telling me about her recent stay on the Kindness Ranch where her sister is a ranch manager.  She described the place so beautifully and sounded like she had […]


26 July, 2010

Richard Jay Parker is on the shortlist for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, for his debut thriller Stop Me, vying for the prize along with seven other debut crime novelists.

Not for the needle-phobic

26 July, 2010

Today, in amongst the usual post that arrived at 13 Charlotte Mews (and the not so usual – a Russian food delivery service also caught my eye…) was a leaflet from the NHS Blood Donation people. Now I am the not- so-proud possessor of a Donor card given that in the past 6 or so […]

Richard Jay Parker & Zoë Sharp at Knaresborough Library

22 July, 2010

Thursday 19th August, 7.30pm-9.00pm     KNARESBOROUGH LIBRARY As part of the annual Knaresborough Feva festival, Richard Jay Parker, Zoë Sharp and Matt Lynn will be appearing on a thriller discussion panel at Knaresborough Library, Market Place, Knareborough, HG5 8AG. Authors will sign their books after the event. Enjoy a glass of wine and free admission! […]

Zoë Sharp at Harrogate International Crime Festival

22 July, 2010

Sunday 25th July, 10.00am    CROWN HOTEL, HARROGATE INTERNATIONAL CRIME FESTIVAL Panel: James Bond, Eat Your Heart Out… 007, bond girls and The Iron Curtain are old news…Today our global conflicts are more about clashes between cultures than countries, the technological revolution has given ordinary people toold previously only in the hands of spymasters, and women […]

Where the Sidewalk Ends

22 July, 2010

I was incredibly suprised to read in The Bookseller that Penguin will be publishing Where The Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein for the first time in the UK this autumn. Surprised, because I couldn’t believe the book had never been published here before! This book – a collection of quirky, funny and imaginative poems inextricably […]

Wednesday Cover Story: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

21 July, 2010

I can’t get on the tube these days without spotting a poster for the new DVD release of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And of course, you will also find the obligatory film tie-in version of the novel by Stieg Larsson in bookstores. The film poster makes an equally effective cover to […]

Tania Crosse book signing at The Torbay Bookshop

20 July, 2010

Saturday 14th August, 10.30am The TORBAY BOOKSHOP, PAIGNTON Tania Crosse will be signing her latest paperback Lily’s Journey at The Torbay Bookshop, 7 Torquay Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3DU. For more information call the bookshop on 01803 522011.

High Tea with Lazy Cook Mo Smith in Stroud

20 July, 2010

Wednesday 28th July, 6.00pm-9.00pm EGYPT MILL, STROUD Come and enjoy high tea at the Egypt Mill (Stroud Road, Nailsworth, Stroud GL6 0AE) and some wonderful interactive cookery demonstrations by Lazy Cook Mo Smith (author of The Lazy Cook’s Family Favourites), The Pampered Chef and the Vanilla Pod Bakery. Ticket £10 to include delicious sandwiches, scones, […]

Market research and free wine…

20 July, 2010

I’m a bit of a sucker for market research. A few years ago I remember being very pleased with myself when I got paid to spend an hour talking about women’s deodorant, but hey, that’s just me. I also spent hours in a MRA scanner doing brain experiments at university, an easy way to make […]

Susan Wooldridge speaking at Hainault Library

19 July, 2010

Friday 23rd July, 7.00pm – 9.15pm Hainault Library, CHIGWELL Come and join the Big Read Read Summer event with actor and now author Susan Wooldridge, who will be talking about her debut novel The Hidden Dance which has been shortlisted for the fiction prize for Redbridge’s annual book award, the Big Read Read. The event […]


16 July, 2010

Follow bestselling author Laurie R King on her UK book tour (15 July – 2 August) celebrating the release of her new books in the acclaimed series featuring Sherlock Holmes and narrated by his wife, Mary Russell. Discover a whole new world of mystery and adventure…

Wedding Fever

16 July, 2010

It’s that time of year when there seems to be a wedding every second weekend and I find myself regularly oohing and aahing over pictures weeks later. But when a friend of mine sent me her wedding photos recently, I was snapped out of white dress ennui. Up and coming photographer, Paul de Vries, is […]

Non-Psychic Pet of the Week

15 July, 2010

Anyone following the World Cup last week will have noticed that by the time the day of the final arrived, team selections, player form, tactics and anything actually football related had been eclipsed by the acres of newsprint and cyberspace granted to Paul, the psychic octopus of Oberhausen zoo who had correctly managed to foresee […]

Colouring in the World Cup

12 July, 2010

So, that it then. The World Cup is over and everyone around the world, even those who detest football, probably won’t be able to avoid the news and pictures of Spain’s win. What many people may not know is that England’s lacklustre performance has had a ripple effect in the publishing world – news is […]

It’s official: I am a Survivor

9 July, 2010

Last night, the rest of the A&B girls and I, sauntered off (yes, we sauntered) to the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith to attend the hit show How to Survive A Zombie Apocalypse – an interactive seminar on surviving the undead. If you haven’t seen this show – all I can say is G0. Go now. […]

Fishy reads… (literally)

8 July, 2010

There are a number of anglers in my family. My dad, my husband and my father-in-law are all keen anglers which has its up and downsides. The gutting of fish being one of the latter. But on the plus side, buying birthday presents for any one of them is actually quite easy as I can […]

Elizabeth Corley – What’s next after Innocent Blood?

7 July, 2010

Q. I have really enjoyed the four Fenwick/Nightingale novels and wondered if there were plans for anymore following Innocent Blood? Andrew Newman, Rotherfield, East Sussex A. I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed the Fenwick/Nightingale series so far – and thank you for letting me know that you did! I am working on the fifth book now […]

Maggie Craig at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

7 July, 2010

Thursday 19th August, 11.00am – 12.30pm    WRITERS’ RETREAT, EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL Writing Workshop: Writing The Epic Romance Want to write the Scottish Gone With The Wind or Doctor Zhivago, set a passionate love story against wars, revolutions, fire and flood? Then come along to this session with Maggie Craig, historian, novelist and author […]

Wednesday Cover Story: Hang some cover-art on your wall

7 July, 2010

Do you have a blank wall in the house needing a bit of colour? Do you balk at the idea of another samesame ikea flower print or lighthouse scene? Then check out Art Meets Print, a one-stop shop for iconic book cover designs that would make stunning artwork. For example… I know we’ve been harping […]

A Summer Scoop

5 July, 2010

There is never a dull summer evening in London. Living on an otherwise rainy island makes one so appreciative of the rare balmy nights, that there is no chance of spending it cooped up indoors. And there’s no need to spend a fortune either. This past Friday evening saw us taking advantage of a free […]