This Shall Be A House Of Peace – Book Review

“In the end, men are just men, neither good nor bad.” This Shall Be A House Of Peace by Phil Halton explores the aftermath of the collapse of Afghanistan’s soviet backed government. The Mullah, a teacher in an Afghan village, leads a group of students who have been left behind from the civil war. The…

King Of Flames – Book Review

“Before she could even muster a scream, it overtook her. And the world was gone.” Book review number eight is here! I have to say straight away that this book was probably one of my favourites so far for the club. (Definitely up there with The Haunting Of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis, which, as…

Death’s Kiss – Book Review

“Life is valuable. Death is a necessity.” I’m now on book review number seven for my book club, Books Of All Shades and, as each book is completed, my level of inspiration is through the roof. Each book has been so different, each story so unique in its own way. It’s so great to see…

Revenge Comes Calling – Book Review

“You’ve given us all a bad name, boyo. Your jail cell is a good place for you.” The Books Of All Shades team are busy working through that long submission list and coming up with some awesome new ideas for the club behind the scenes. (Stay tuned!) However, the next book under the spotlight from…

The Stars Within Us – Book Review

“People who put on a big act usually aren’t as big as they want you to believe. Look out for the little people, Andi. They tend to make the biggest difference.” I’ve not read any ARCs before in my time as a book reviewer, so it goes without saying that this one was a great…

Trash – Book Review

“His face is misshapen, beaten by bricks. One of his eyes is swollen and closed. He looks like…he looks like me.” I really couldn’t shut Maria up about this one. The amount of messages I received from her in pure excitement were too many to count! Well, I don’t blame her. A book about a…

Getting Back Into Your Writing After A Long Break

“Almost everything will work if you unplug it for a few minutes…even you.” Ahh, the thought of doing absolutely nothing. Bliss, right? Perhaps, like me, you spent months preparing for NaNoWriMo, then did NaNoWriMo, then decided you needed a month or two out. Probably both the best and worst thing you could possibly do as…

Writing and Beyond in 2019

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” How many times have you told yourself you’ll do something, only to find that when the time comes, it’s always a case of, “I can do that tomorrow” or “It…

How To Be A NaNoWriMo Winner!

“A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.” Honestly, where has November gone?! One minute, all us writers were frantically planning those last minute chapters. Then, without warning, NaNoWriMo ended!  This year, I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time, winning with a total of 50,218 words. I am so overwhelmed with how well things went. Despite suffering from…