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Kate Perry is the author of several very successful books, most famously the Laurel Heights’ and Summerhill series, set in San Francisco and London, respectively. BOOKS INCLUDE: How Sweet It Is REVIEWS: ‘From London to Paris and back again – Kate Perry’s How Sweet It Is, A Review‘, in The Literary Lounge See also: Mary … Continue readings

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  She sulked over her eggs. Even bacon lost some appeal with the prospect of wrangling with Summerset. ‘Isn’t it bad enough I have to face hours of swarming decorators, then end that small nightmare by having Trina pour gunk all over me? Now I have to face the smirking disapproval of our resident corpse?’ … Continue readings

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    My sister left a message for me yesterday afternoon, saying how sorry she was that Maya Angelou had died and how she was thinking of me. Then several other friends sent similar messages. Although I was lucky enough to meet Maya Angelou once a very long time ago at The Algonquin Hotel in … Continue readings

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  EDITOR’S CHOICE ‘…[E]ven though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be … Continue readings

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  Michael Morpurgo is the former Children’s Laureate (2003–5) and is an acclaimed, much-loved award-winning author of fiction, plays and poetry. His work includes: War Horse; Kensuke’s Kingdom (a personal favourite) and The Goose Is Getting Fat. In 2014, he edited the World War I charity anthology Only Remembered.   REVIEW: ‘Only Remembered – remembering World … Continue readings

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  This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the World War I (1914–18), a war that changed the landscape of the modern world and a catastrophic historical event that must be remembered. Among the very many good books, films and TV series being released this year is the anthology Only Remembered … Continue readings

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  ‘They were feeling somewhat maudlin, the seven of them, the members of the self-styled Survivors’ Club. Once they had all spent several years here at Penderris, recuperating from wounds sustained during the Napoleonic Wars. Although each had had to fight a lone battle toward recovery, they had also aided and supported one another and … Continue readings

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  EDITOR’S CHOICE A Welsh-born Canadian writer, Mary Balogh is the prolific author of Regency romances. A former school teacher, Balogh came to Saskatchewan on a two-year contract and met and married her husband, Robert. Her first book, A Masked Deception, was signed by Hilary Ross at Signet and published in 1985 to popular acclaim. … Continue readings

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  n. 1. A passion for cats. 2. An intense enthusiasm for having many cats around; sometimes, even when conditions are not suitable for their existence. 3. An abnormal love of cats.   Opposite Ailurophobia n. An extreme or irrational fear of cats.      

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  ‘Oh,’ she brushed tears away. ‘I just killed off a sympathetic character. It had to be done, but I feel really bad about it. I’m going to miss him.’ ‘Human or werewolf.’” –The Collector, page 387     Nora Roberts’ new book The Collector, along with Concealed in Death (the latest JD Robb, her … Continue readings

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  A relative ‘newbie’ to the historical romance genre, Ella Quinn has published four books in quick succession in Kensington’s digital programme. Desiring Lady Caro (April 2014) is the latest book in Quinn’s acclaimed ‘The Marriage Game’ series, a book of eight proposed novels and a novella.   ‘THE MARRIAGE GAME’ SERIES: The Seduction of … Continue readings

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  ‘I treat The Regency era as if it were a foreign country, and attempt to suss out the nuances of living there,’ says historical romance writer Ella Quinn, our latest guest at The Literary Lounge. A relative ‘newbie’, Ella Quinn has burst onto the historical romance writing landscape like a whirling dervish. She has … Continue readings

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  The introduction of a risqué novel or pamphlet to link books in series is a well-used literary device and one that’s been employed to varying degrees of success. Caroline Linden utilises it to great effect in It takes a Scandal, her newest book and the second title in the ’50 ways to sin’ series, … Continue readings

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‘Writing is a skill as well as a talent,’ says Caroline Linden, award-winning author of 12 novels, 2 short stories and 2 novellas. ‘Anyone can get better.’ Certainly if one were to pick up Linden’s CV and review her credentials, writing probably wouldn’t be the career that would immediately spring to mind … academic or … Continue readings

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  The statement ‘grown men don’t cry’ is, for me, on a level with ‘real men don’t eat quiche’ – both beg the question ‘why?’ The same thought may possibly have crossed journalist Anthony Holden’s mind at some point. Together with his youngest son, Ben, Holden compiled this eclectic collection of moving poems, chosen by … Continue readings