Picking Up the Pieces by Misha Herwin has received an excellent review on the Chat About Books website:
This is a lovely story of friendship which I am sure many readers will relate to. With very real characters, who I easily warmed to, I soon found myself immersed in their story, almost as if I was a fourth friend sharing their troubles with them and cheering them on as they moved on to happier times and a successful future ahead of them.
If you received any Amazon tokens for Christmas and can’t decide which books to buy, check out the list of available Penkhull Press books — here: Penkhull Press. These books represent great reading, value for money, and are available from Amazon in print and eBook formats.
Many novels, particularly the lengthier multi-volumes in the fantasy field, are packed with characters, some major, some minor, others appearing so intermittently that they can be easily forgotten. Many readers will remember a full cast list with no problem; they simply go with the flow and, especially with a well-written story that has an engaging narrative, hardly ever need to check the list of characters, or dramatis personae. Nevertheless, having something that can be referred to when you’re unsure just who is who can be invaluable. Think Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones and you can see what I mean. Or you may be reading mainstream or crime or any other genre: the arguments for the dramatis personae may still apply.
Penkhull Press author frequently includes dogs in her fiction. Here, she writes about a particular breed — Water Spaniels.
“For those of you that don’t know, an Irish Water Spaniel is quite a rare creature. It looks a little like a poodle, with a brown curly coat. Unlike poodles, however, they have a bare chest and a thin whip like tail, which they wag with great enthusiasm. It is best not be anywhere near striking rage of these because they can really hurt. They also have a silky fringe which covers their eyes. Eyes which can be as melting as chocolate, or as evil as a large puddle of stinking mud.”
Yesterday I was at a dog show. It was an open show for Irish Water Spaniels and it set me thinking about the breed and the part these dogs play in my books.
For those of you that don’t know, an Irish Water Spaniel is quite a rare creature. It looks a little like a poodle, with a brown curly coat. Unlike poodles, however, they have a bare chest and a thin whip like tail, which they wag with great enthusiasm. It is best not be anywhere near striking rage of these because they can really hurt. They also have a silky fringe which covers their eyes. Eyes which can be as melting as chocolate, or as evil as a large puddle of stinking mud.
Even the most loving and devoted of owners admit that these dogs have “character” which is, in the dog world, an euphemism for being bloody…
One of the oddest things about writing fiction, be that novels or short fiction, is that you never know where it will end up, or how it might return to you – if ever. With that in mind, I was very surprised when I was contacted this week by The Valkenswaard War Cemetery, asking about my uncle who is buried there. I never knew him, of course, because Pvt Alfred Gedded Graham 2nd Bn. Middlesex Reg. was killed during operation ‘Market Garden’ (?) in October 1944 – some 10 years before I was born – and was buried in this tiny war cemetery…
To read more of Jan Edwards’ intriguing story pop over toher blog.
WRITE TIME: HOW TO GET PUBLISHED WITH RENEGADE WRITERS.
FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2016. 3.00 pm-5.00 pm
As part of the Live Age Festival, there is a panel and Q & A session with local writers and publishers who have first hand experience of the pressures of publication. If you need help navigating the complicated world of book publishers, come and ask the people who know!
THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT PLEASE BOOK.
Venue: Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad St, Hanley, Stoke (1st Floor Meeting Room)