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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Accounts On Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about our Top 10 Bookish Accounts To Follow On Social Media.

  1. Stephen King on Facebook
  2. Neil Gaiman on Facebook
  3. Penguin Random House on Twitter
  4. John Green on Twitter
  5. J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  6. Ben Aaronovitch on Twitter
  7. Hot Dudes Reading on Instagram 🙂
  8. IGReads on Instagram
  9. BookRiot on Instagram
  10. Kathy Reichs on Facebook

Where the streets have no name – Interview with Kapka Kassabova

It’s Throwback Thursday, and I thought I’d share this article with you.

It’s an interview I did with Bulgarian writer Kapka Kassabova for the Words by the Water festival in Keswick, Cumbria 2009.

First published in Write On! magazine which was created by my journalism course at the University of Cumbria as the official Words by the Water magazine for 2009.


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NaNoWriMo Prep: Pep Talk by Author Kami Garcia

In preparation of National Novel Writing Month, which is just around the corner, the NaNoWriMo team offers Pep Talks by authors to get you into the writing mood.

This pep talk is by author Kami Garcia, who is famous for the Caster Chronicles series (including Beautiful Creatures, which was made into a movie in 2013).

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Writing Sample from The Bravery of the Soldier

This is a writing sample taken from my NaNoWriMo 2013 project The Bravery of the Soldier. It’s a scene from Chapter Two, entitled “The Mysterious Video”.

The scene deals with war-related violence and injuries.

I’d appreciate your feedback!


The story so far:

A news story broke about a cover up in Afghanistan. In 2009, a British unit was held hostage, but due to the government’s stance on negotiations with terrorists, the ransom demands were not met. Another unit, which also included a doctor, was sent in to retrieve the hostages, but they were overpowered and also taken away.

When one of the Captains was killed (for not meeting the ransom demands), the team managed to smuggle a S.O.S. note out. After this proof of life was received with vital info regarding the way they were overpowered, a tactical team is sent in. This team carries Audio/Visual equipment.

The media had got hold of a still from the AV equipment and ran the article, telling the story of a Captain who ensured that all his colleagues got out alive, but also accusing the British government of abandoning troops in need.

This scene takes place during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence, during which the Audio/Visual evidence is examined to determine the next course of action with regards to the news story.

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A Round of Words in 80 Days – My Goals

While this is technically the 4th Round of A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) this year, it is my very first time participating.

I therefore might not have given this as much thought as others surely have, but I’m pretty spontaneous once I’ve switched on my mind’s “Creative” setting, so here goes, I suppose.

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