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February, 2011:

The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen

The Bird Sisters by Rebecca RasmussenThere seems to be quite a buzz surrounding the impending publication of Rebecca Rasmussen’s debut novel The Bird Sisters, which is due to hit the shelves on April 12th 2011. I was therefore keen to get hold of a review copy; Rebecca kindly responded promptly to my request, and after reading it, I have to say I was mightily impressed.

I read and review a rather eclectic mix of styles and genres, and that variety is a great part of the joy of reading for me, but it is novels such as this one, that really have the power to reach inside you and pluck those emotional strings that are my true favourites.

We aren’t far into 2011 as I write this, and I’m lucky enough to have already read some excellent books, but I have to say if I read a better one than this in what remains of the year, then it is going to have to be a phenomenal piece of work.

Read on for a full review…


The Hanging Shed – eBook Sales Soaring

The Hanging Shed by Gordon FerrisSince my earlier review of The Hanging Shed (which you can read here) things have been gaining momentum at a pace for Gordon Ferris, as this article in The Scotsman relates. I’m not sure how long the special offer on the  Kindle version is set to remain but since the novel’s full release on Corvus Books is in March 2011, I would pick up a copy quickly if you are into gritty well written crime thrillers.

To the best of my knowledge the offer is only open to UK registered Kindle owners, but at the time of publishing this post The Hanging Shed is available for £1.00. Yes that is just one pound. (more…)

Living Under Fire – Short Story Comp Winner

King of Tuzla by Arnold Jansen op de HaarYou may remember I posted last year about a short story competition run by Holland Park Press to celebrate the publication of King of Tuzla by Arnold Jansen op de Haar.  Holland Park have just announced the winner, Emma Musty, who will receive a cash prize and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine. Congratulations to Emma, whose moving short story Aziz Khan, gives a brief account of life through the eyes of an Afghani refugee. You can read Emma’s winning entry here.

The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris

The Hanging Shed by Gordon FerrisAs part of my ongoing quest to uncover fresh and emerging  authors to read and review, Gordon Ferris has been on my radar for some time. I don’t read a great deal of crime fiction, but I decided to give  The Hanging Shed a go since its Kindle version was available at a bargain price prior to the novel’s full release on Corvus Books in March 2011. What really caught my eye was that this early release had already picked up some great reviews. The question remained, would it be good enough to overcome my natural reluctance to read crime novels?

Read on for a full review…