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Review of 'Shopping With The Enemy' by Carmen Reid
Review of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After' by Steve Hockensmith
Review of 'Learn Love in a Week' by Andrew Clover
Review of 'Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years On' by Francine Pascal
Review of 'Unscripted' by Natalie Aaron and Marla Schwartz
Christopher's Corner Article: 'Return of the Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog' by Jeremy Strong

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"The greatest gift is a passion for reading" - Elizabeth Hardwick

www.bookwormink.co.uk image Laura Williams

Welcome to Bookworm Ink. - a website for book lovers everywhere. Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and have a nose around.

Check out our reviews section for my views on brand new releases and best sellers, as well as some old favourites. Covering everything from chick lit, romance and women's fiction to detective stories and travelogues, I guarantee you'll find something of interest.

Book Chat covers all things bookie including publishing news and author interviews as well as some of my own views on my favourite reads and book buying.

Possibly the highlight of the site is Christopher's Corner , our area for children's fiction, where my gorgeous 9 year old gives his views and reviews his favourite children's books - it's sure to be very entertaining!

So search the site for your top authors and the latest releases.........

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‘An Interview with Alana Woods’

Author of 'Imbroglio'

An Interview with Alana Woods

My story is no different from pretty well every other writer. I canít remember a time I wasnít making up stories, even as a little kid. Unlike others, though, I kept them to myself. They were all in my head. I was a loner as a child and had zero self-confidence. It never occurred to me that anyone, including family, might be interested. They were purely to entertain myself. And when I began writing as a late teen it was short stories. I submitted several to magazines that were rejected, and that was enough to make me stop writing. I was in my early thirties before I began again. Iíd toughened up a bit by then.

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‘Guest Post by Jon Delorme’

Publisher of 'Wandering Minstrels' by Mary Delorme

Guest Post by Jon Delorme

As one currently teetering on the mental precipice that is 'marketing a new book', it is difficult to know whether I am blindly leading myself down a dark alley or heading on the road of financial enlightenment. It is certainly a trek of some foreboding. I've read a dozen or so free self-help books and the conclusion so far seems to lead to two camps. Find an agent or a publisher. OR head off into blog land, find kindred spirits, and build up the Amazon and Goodreads reviews. We are all led to believe a certain magic number of reviews or a combination with sales will miraculously prod an Amazon algorithm up its digital backside, triggering an inexorable slide into fame and fortune. But what does one actually need, what are the numbers?

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‘Guest Post: 'Why My Second Novel is Rather Different....' by Andrew Clover’

Author of 'Learn Love In A Week'

Guest Post: 'Why My Second Novel is Rather Different....' by Andrew Clover

My debut adult novel was a romantic comedy called Learn Love In A Week. It started because one day I wrote a 400 word piece in The Times, in which I described a trick that women could use, to get their man to propose by the end of the week. The piece got an amazing response. Thinking I was onto something, I then thought deeply about married love too. Why does it start? Why does it go? I developed the idea of a book, which would be narrated by a wife, her single friend, and her husband. The events would last one week exactly, and, on each day, the three heroes would learn something about love... The book did fine. Itís about to come out in Germany, for example. But developing it, I think I made a key mistake: I thought wayyyy too hard. People donít read books, because they want a course in love. They want to read a story. So with my new book, The Things I'd Miss, I resolved just to write one out, from beginning to end, without correcting a word. I sat down, and quickly

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‘Written in the Stars’

by Ali Harris

Written in the Stars

It's Bea Bishop's wedding day and she's having doubts. She loves her fiance Adam, but marriage is a big step and memories of past sadness threaten to overwhelm her. Whilst walking down the aisle, Bea falls and loses consciousness. When she wakes up, her life has split in two: in one version she marries Adam, in the other she leaves him at the altar. The question is, which path will lead Bea to happiness?

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‘After the Honeymoon’

by Janey Fraser

After the Honeymoon

Something I've noticed in Fraser's previous novels is that she's not afraid to write characters who aren't completely likeable. Her protagonists are flawed, and very interesting for it. This was certainly true of this book, and I did find though that I didn't bond with the main characters very well purely because they just weren't very nice! A prime example of this was Emma's husband, who behaves absolutely appalingly! He doesn't take his new wife's thoughts or feelings into consideration at all and is completely selfish. This is only countered by Emma's own behaviour at some points in the story! What a pair!

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‘Guest Post: 'My Research Techniques' by Melissa Hill ’

Author of 'A Gift to Remember'

Guest Post: 'My Research Techniques' by Melissa Hill

There I was, face down in the ocean, terrified out of my wits, but having the most unforgettable experience of my life. I was snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, and for someone who canít swim and is afraid of water it was a pretty scary, but at the same time, hugely exhilarating experience. And sometime later, when I boarded a helicopter for a birdís eye view of that same utterly beautiful reef, I remember thinking to myself that as long as I lived, I would never, ever forget this.

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‘Aliens Stink!’

by Steve Cole

Aliens Stink!

I really like stories about aliens and space, and I'm a bit Steve Cole fan, so I was looking forward to reading this. However, I'm afraid it turned out to be not one of my favourite Steve Cole books, it's certainly not as good as 'Magic Ink', which is brilliant. It's still very funny and a cool story though, with some great illustrations by Jim Field, and would be enjoyed by children aged 8+. I think it's more for boys than for girls.

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‘The Last Dragonslayer’

by Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer

The story is about a girl called Jennifer Strange. Jennifer is 15 years old and is left in charge of Kazam, an employment agency for magicians, when her boss goes missing. The agency doesn't have much work at the moment because magic is dying out and magicians are reduced to taking on plumbing jobs. When the death of the last dragon is predicted, and it looks like Jennifer's involved, she needs to somehow change the future.

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Review of 'The Housemaid‘s Daughter' by Barbara Mutch
Review of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After' by Steve Hockensmith
Review of 'Leftovers' by Stella Newman
Review of 'A Very Accidental Love Story' by Claudia Carroll