Here is the anthology of 19 top writers from around north-east Scotland. Among them fantasy author Haseley Hinton, writer of the Seacrow series.
This is a collection of short stories and poems, by some brilliant writers, whom I've had the pleasure to get to know over the past year.
Visit the Huntly Writers webste to find out more,
You can directly purchase from the same website, or by visiting many local bookshops, including, Orb's Bookshop Huntly, Better Read Books Ellon and The Spindrift Studio Banff.
Or order direct from the Lumphanan Press website,
I'd like to share with you a children's short story book by author couple, Peter and Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi. Though I have not had a chance to read this, it promises to be a great hit with younger readers and I urge you to take a glance. Simply click on the pic to view on amazon, and check out the 'look inside' function.
Trudi Canavan's Thief's Magic
It isn't out here in the UK till tomorrow, but I'll be waiting a little longer to get the the nearest main stockist the next time I'm in the area.
Having read the excerpts of the first two chapters, this promises to be another great book, by a great fantasy author.
Check out Trudi Canavan's website for more details.
I attended the writer's group meeting at Huntly this evening and had a great time, listening to other writers' works and learning of a few of the upcoming events.
It is a meet I sopped attending last year but one I am keen to get back in the swing of.
Of course I was asked if I had anything to read and I was happy to say 'yes'. I had in mind to read from 'Buried'. When asked if it was a short story I said, 'well, not so much, it's a longish short story.' Whereby I agreed, as I had all ready thought of, to read say six or so pages. This was fine, then by the time the curator got round to asking everyone if they had anything to read for the group, there was so many of us wanting to read prose, it was decided we should have ten minutes each. Which was fair of course and there were no complaints.
I read and I read, at first rather gingerly for the nerves, as always, were getting the better of me, but this soon waned and I found my voice and the narrative became more fluent. Mouth drying I read for what I thought was ten minutes, then at a pause in the story I asked, 'Is that my ten minutes?' She gestured for me to continue, saying, 'We can't leave it there, carry on.' Or words to the same degree.
So I carried on reading and when no one halted me I read the whole story. Once finished I was heartily surprised to find everyone talking about my characters and congratulating me on a job well done.
A pat on the back for me.
This was not all. One of the attendees owns the local Bookshop and had brought with her a book I ordered some weeks ago. It is The Sword of Shannara by popular, and my favourite author, Terry Brooks.
The moment I got this home I opened the package and then fanned the pages before my eyes, breathing in, through my nose, the exotic and somewhat enticing, new page scent. (I think they should make this a car freshener scent, wouldn't that be something.)
Charles F Bond is writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction. He wishes you much merriment in the pursuit of good reading.
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