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An interview with Elizabeth Patterson

Elizabeth Patterson author of Bonners Fairy

1.) I have always enjoyed fairy stories ever since I was a young child. I often fantasized what it would be like to be tiny and able to fly like a bird. There are not a whole lot of fairy stories out there and since I share a kind of “kinship” with fairies, I chose to create a story about them. I think the uniqueness would be the fact that my fairies are guardians, warriors of their realm.

2.) I have only written one topic and that is the Bonners’ Fairy series (so far). I hand write all my books.

3.) I usually only do research when I come to a part in the scene in which I am not so familiar with (what is proper, what is correct). I will go online and check out the available information.

4.) My resources are: My own mind, and the internet

5.) I work for a Sheriff’s Office, so I have 10 years experience in that field.

6.) I am self published.

7.) I am still self published.

8.) Absolutely I would recommend self publishing. The company that does my books is phenomenal. Finding a traditional publisher is almost next to impossible. There are tons of submissions and tons of rejections unless you get really lucky. I think self publishing is the way to go at the beginning. Once you get some good sales and reviews, traditional publishers “may” take notice.

9.) Writing doesn’t usually provide sufficient income unless you are fortunate to write a best seller. Hopefully I am on the way

10.) I haven’t really had anything “funny” happen on a book tour, my first book signing in the real Bonners Ferry, I found out the reporter that did the story on me was born and raised in the town I live in. Coincidence?

I don’t think so. Also, my tent almost blew away in the wind at a book signing.

 

 

 

 

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Your mind just can’t believe it

WAKE-UP CALL

The Wake-Up Series

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Amy Avanzino

A disturbing but also fun book which really tells life as it is as a mother of under 5s.
Yes, your house will smell of poop as the nappy bucket needs to be emptied or the kids have accidents, and yes, they will follow you everywhere even into the loo and yes, little boys will try and pee into the bowl whilst you are still using it.
A story that is clearly drawn from real life experiences whether of the author herself, or her friends and family with small children.
But what must it be like to experience that chaos and smells all at once without it gradually creeping up on you? That slim, svelte, toned body you worked so hard for before you had kids, is no longer there – overnight, literally, it appears to have vanished when amnesia kicks in and the years of child birth and early rearing are lost to you. You are now the mother who turns up for the school run in PJs before her shower.

When Sunday mornings are no longer for lie-ins and reading the paper over coffee, leisurely then making your way to brunch with friends. Now mornings tend to arrive at the crack of dawn – 9.15am with our grand-kids is when the small voice says in our ears ‘Read me a story, Nana’.

So a thoroughly enjoyable light story but a fourth child? I know the author has 4 but I bring you the warning of my GP when I was expecting my 2nd – she had 3 boys and wanted a girl – so she got twin boys!

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Innocence or Guilt: You choose

My Sister’s Grave

And

Her Final Breath

Bks 1 and 2

By

Robert Dugoni

A NetGalley Review

Is she being stalked by the killer? Or just a common or garden nutter?

Just what is this about knots? Not the Japanese type of fetish knots but hangman’s nooses and knots.

Ah, a female cop with intelligence and attitude – not so sure I like her ability with guns though – she even likes to shoot and misses it when she can’t get to the range. However, I can blame her parents for their upbringing of her and her sister, as it was a father’s hobby passed onto the kids as he took them with him whenever he went to competitions. And encouraged them. And even got them to dress up as gun-slingers of the Wild West. And her shooting name was a pun on her actual surname – ‘Crossdraw’.

I did check out Washington State, where Tracy grew up, to see what the NRA was doing, and found to my personal disgust, that Washington State University had teamed up with the 4H organisation to bring a gun club to young people. Not really the behaviour, to me, of an ethical university.

It was interesting to find out from the novels that Levi Strauss supported the anti-gun lobbyist but not Wranglers or Lee.

I explored no further.

This review is going to talk about both novels as they lead one into the other. Book one starts the story line of the sister Sarah, and book 2 completes it, with an unexpected twist at the end. Which made a really good ending and one I had not expected.

Starting with book 1 I would like to make some comments about the Innocence Project.

It has always seemed to me that the Innocence Project is direly needed in the US for 2 reasons: 1. The Death Penalty; and 2. The inability of some police officers to look past the colour of a person’s skin to determine innocence or guilt.

So in book 1 we find that someone is ‘fitted up’. Is this surprising in ‘Backwoods’ USA? They needed a ‘solve’ for the community to put the incident to rest. So am I surprised? No.

I checked into the Innocence Project and here are some statistics:

As of 2014/5:

  • 333 post-conviction DNA exonerations
  • Majority of exonerations are people from low socio-economic status
  • 14 years was the average length of incarceration before exoneration;
  • 140 real offenders were found as a result of investigations (40% of cases);
  • 18 people were on death row;
  • 99% were males;
  • 70% were of ethnic minority groups;
  • 22% of cases were closed because the evidence was missing;
  • 1989-2004 overall 1579 people exonerated;
  • 1973-2004 4% of those executed were probably innocent;
  • 75% of wrongful convictions were through eye witness accounts;
  • 50% included unreliable/improper forensics or forensic testimony;
  • 25% of those innocent were coerced or threatened into giving false statements;
  • 28% pled guilty to additional/or other crimes they did not commit to avoid a long sentence;

Other reasons for exoneration include:

  • Government misconduct;
  • Inadequate legal counsel;
  • Improper use of informants.

There is still a death penalty in 31 states and in 2014 there were 35 executions with 3002 on death row.

The states which execute most people are: Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia, and Arizona, with Texas holding the current record.

So all of the above is the background to the story played in book 1. And a  very strong story-line it is considering that here we are talking about a sister trying to exonerate her own sister’s presumed killer.

Book 2 takes this is as its starting point and the case that Tracy abandoned to go home to deal with the above. It proves to be a vital element in bringing to justice a serial killer but it has already been closed with a presumed killer incarcerated. Again we see Tracy considering exonerating a killer as she ties together the current spate of killings with this closed case.

Tracy Crosswhite is the type of cop I like. She is determined, intelligent and no nonsense.

Robert Dugoni portrays her well and the stories are full of detail and well paced with nice twists and turns to keep you interested.

I look forward to this series being continued.

4 stars for both books.

 

 

 

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Flame and Fire and Winter Days

We are now into Autumn and our Liquidambar is aflame.  The acers are colouring up and in the street the great London Planes are dropping their leaves. So full is their leaf cover that they come every week to sweep up the fallen leaves that carpet the pavement.

We stash the aloes and cacti and agave  in the garage to over-winter them dry but light and frost proofed and put our less hardy plants under cover of netting or hessian to protect them as according to Lord Byron the English winter has already commenced – he claimed it started in August and it is already November!

Our garden has many grasses and other plants which we leave standing with their (dead) blossoms and frothy heads all winter for:grasses 30 oct 11

An important part in the winter landscape is played by the dead grasses and other herbaceous plants… Wreathed in snow or encased in ice they present a singularly graceful and fantastic appearance [Mrs William Starr Dana]

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Beverley Nichols wrote: Most people, early in November, take last looks at their gardens and then are prepared to ignore them until the spring. I am quite sure that a garden doesn’t like to be ignored like this… Especially since a garden knows how gay and delightful it can be, even in the very frozen heart of the winter, if you only give it a chance.

Our garden has much to offer in the winter. The clematis flower bravely against the cold and the early bulbs poke their heads up in January. P1000739 P1000705 P1000706 P1000709The frost and the snow offer wonderful vistas for photography as my husband’s photos regularly show. The crisp outlines of branches and grass heads against the grey skies or very blue/white skies of frosty days are stunning in their architectural forms.

So don’t forget your garden in the winter. Don’t cover it with dustsheets and wait for the spring in front of the cosy fire, in your favourite armchair, with the seed catalogues. Go out there and enjoy the different atmosphere – with gloves, boots, and scarf and hat it’s true but still with eyes that see the wonder.

 

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Blood Mastery and G.O.D.s

Blood Master (Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series)

By Kirsten Campbell

Genre: Urban Paranormal FantasyBlood Master Adult Book Cover

Blood Master Link on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nzFYet

 

2052: Two-thirds of the human population have been killed by the Great War, the Clover Virus and the Death Plague. Only one man survived the Death Plague, an albino man named Griffin Storm. He’s the only albino in existence. No one knows what happened to the other albinos, but most believe the rumors that they were eliminated by the Guild Faction’s deadly experiments.

Griffin is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He has special abilities. He can manipulate crystal and glass. He uses these abilities for good, raiding warehouses and old buildings for food and medical supplies to give to the abandoned children that live in the Underground. While on a raid he meets Tassta Vinetti. She’s a resident of the legendary Brotherhood Fortress. Griffin is taken to the Brotherhood and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn and her Uncle Lerin Sanctobous keep their new visitor and his untold powers secret. They can not disclose that the only albino in existence is now at their fortress or they could all be in great danger.

Fact is the Guild is hunting Griffin. He is the only survivor of their deadly experiments and his survival will have dynamic consequences. The Guild believes Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensional being. If he transforms, he will have inter-dimensional doors within his body, doors that lead to heaven and hell. Griffin will become a Blood Master and he’ll be able to control the demons from the Dimension of Blood.

Will Griffin save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Will he transform into a G.O.D. and become the Blood Master? Only time will tell…

 

 

 

 

 

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