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The Vampire knitting club & Stitches and Witches Book Cover The Vampire knitting club & Stitches and Witches
Vampire Knitting Club (7 Book Series)
Nancy Warren
Ambleside Publishing
(4 Oct. 2018)

Vampires who knit
A troublemaking witch
Who killed Granny — and is she really dead?

At a crossroads between a cringe-worthy past (Todd the Toad) and an uncertain future (she's not exactly homeless, but it's close), Lucy Swift travels to Oxford to visit her grandmother. With Gran's undying love to count on and Cardinal Woolsey's, Gran's knitting shop, to keep her busy, Lucy can catch her breath and figure out what she's going to do. 

Except it turns out that Gran is the undying. Or at least, the undead. But there's a death certificate. And a will, leaving the knitting shop to Lucy. And a lot of people going in and out who never use the door—including Gran, who is just as loving as ever, and prone to knitting sweaters at warp speed, late at night. What exactly is going on?

When Lucy discovers that Gran did not die peacefully in her sleep, but was murdered, she has to bring the killer to justice without tipping off the law that there's no body in the grave. Between a hot 600-year-old vampire and a dishy detective inspector, both of whom always seem to be there for her, Lucy finds her life getting more complicated than a triple cable cardigan. 
The only one who seems to know what's going on is her cat ... or is it ... her familiar? 

First in a new series of paranormal cozy mysteries with bite!

A Vampire Kitty and knitting circles – 2 books reviewed.

So there is this nice and cosy, old fashioned, Oxford Knitting shop. With a secret.

And the secret is huge… and involves knitting and vampires.

I am surprised that students in Oxford have enough money to buy knitting wool, but I guess if they are at Oxford, and studying law, maybe they have rich parents. I am also surprised how much trade a knitting shop has – these days it’s tricky to make a living from them, the wool is so expensive, but if you know vampires, and they can knit a jumper in a night, and they have lots of cash then anything is possible.

I read the first 2 books in this series and found book 1 better than book 2, mainly because the big secret is out and thus book 2 had less to offer. I shall not be following up the series further.

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Why to Knit?






The Woolly Hat Knitting Club Book Cover




The Woolly Hat Knitting Club





Poppy Dolan





Women’s Fiction




Canelo




25th September 2017

Finding happiness one stitch at a time

When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst rumours of inappropriate behaviour. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all but has no proof.

When Dee bumps into an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby she convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make lots of tiny woolly hats. Then Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking and she ropes him into helping the knitting cause.

But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…

A feel-good romantic comedy about learning what life is really all about, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.

 

  1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? I’ve wanted to write a novel with knitting as a theme for a while now, seeing as I love all things crafty. But I wanted to put a little bit of a spin on what you might expect – so my heroine Dee isn’t at all crafty, but her brother JP is! When he can’t run his haberdashery on his own, she has to throw herself into a woolly world…
  2. How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time? I try to combine a burst of inspiration with a lot of thorough planning, so that my idea gets carried through the whole story. I use notebooks and post-its and scribble ideas anywhere I can, if needs be!
  3. How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? Seeing as I’ve been a keen knitter for more than ten years, I didn’t need to research anything new for this novel. I could dig up all my crafty nerdiness!
  4. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote? [Not sure this applies to me, sorry.]
  5. How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience? [Not sure this applies to me, sorry.]
  6. How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted? My first novel got rejected by a whole host of traditional publishers and it took me a long time to get over the heartbreak and disappointment.
  7. Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up? When I did work up the courage to try again, I self-published a novel called The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp and things took off from there! I’m now very lucky to be published by Canelo, who are an amazing team
  8. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? I think it comes down each individual author and what sort of goals they have and how much time they have. Self-publishing was an amazing jumping off point for me but I now find so many brilliant benefits to being with a publisher – they have lots of expertise I don’t have, the work of publishing and promoting a book is spread across a whole team rather just being down to me and when I’m having a wobble there are people to lead me in the right direction!
  9. Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened? Not for me, sadly!
  10. What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour? I’m yet to go on one, but if I do I’ll make a note of anything funny that happens…
  11. Why did you take up Knitting? I love anything crafty, so I picked up my first set of needles when knitting became fashionable again about 15 years ago.
  12. What is the first thing you ever knit? I knitted a big chunky scarf which took me months and lots of trial and error! I think I gave it to my mum.
  13. What reasons would you give for people to take up knitting? It’s really relaxing and can help crack your phone addiction! Plus, you’re never stuck for gifts to give people.

 

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