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My Message to Iain (M.) Banks

Hey guys,

When I read the news that Iain Banks was unwell I was brought to tears. I considered doing a blog post, but I’ve been humming and harring over “capitalising” on someone else’s misfortune… I don’t want to do it. But, I feel like sharing with you, my readers, a little insight into what Iain (M.) Banks, the literary genius, means to me.

I signed his guest book with this message:

The day I picked up “The Crow Road” was the day I became a Reader. Rather than someone who just read books, I became a consumer of books and looked for a certain something in the books I read. Most of my book shelf is a bit of a rag-tag, but I have three dedicated shelves: two for a couple of series I’ve enjoyed, and one for Iain (M.) Banks books. In various online communities I have been better known as “QuietlyConfident” or “Soulhaven”… identities I adopted under your influence.

For all this, I thank you, and send you all the best vibes I have in my power to send. Whichever way things must go, I wish you the best of outcomes for you and your loved ones.

It’s weird to me. My online identity has been based on space ship names created by Mr Iain Banks in his Culture novels (in particular Look to Windward and Excession, though I have read several!) for many years, including my username for this blog…

That is all…

Celebrating Authors: “I was learning bass guitar until I got too pregnant…” – Author @deberelene

I was interviewed over at Celebrating Authors. If that title doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will… Pop on over if you just can’t get enough of me (o:

Celebrating Authors: “I was learning bass guitar until I got too pregnant…” – Author @deberelene.

Book Review: “Siren Snow” by Victoria Barrow

Siren Snow Cover
Available in print & digital

Title: Siren Snow

Author: Victoria Barrow

Genre: Urban Fantasy


I’m borrowing the blurb from Amazon, because it also gives you a taste of the author’s voice:

“Winter is not exactly the ‘season of the witch.’ It’s cold in Washington: everything is covered in snow; EVERYTHING. But it doesn’t bother Lucilla Sinclair, the Witch-Warden for Washington state. She’s perfectly happy performing minor enchantments at her little arcane shop in Redhaven, an old fishing town turned tourist attraction. She has Mishal, her tall, dark-skinned elemental guardian to keep her warm; and Irwin, her raven familiar to pass the time. Magickal mischief in the cold, quiet state is slow for the most part, but when a freak winter storm lands a half-transformed Siren on her front porch, Lucy’s life becomes increasingly strange. Her dreams are suddenly assaulted with visions of a beautiful demon man, and her waking hours are spent warding off a cadre of mysterious shadow creatures. With the life of the Siren in her hands, Lucy must trek through the snows of Canada in a race against time. Her mission: to find the one person with enough knowledge of forbidden black magick to fix the broken Siren Melusine before her seven days on land are up. This is gonna be a rough week.”

Plot: As described in the blurb, this story is about a Witch. And not just a Witch. A Witch-Warden – someone tasked with protecting us lowly humans from the things that go bump in the night… and day… all the time, really. They’re busy people. I liked this idea of a Witch whose job it was to protect us all. She wasn’t the only one. Each US State has its own Warden… and I presume other places around the world do, too…

Read more…Book Review: “Siren Snow” by Victoria Barrow

Mood Killer – #8Sunday

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

This week, I’m actually carrying directly on from last week’s entry… If you recall, Jonas and Llew were getting a little bit cosy, and Jonas had just told Llew that should anything happen to her, he would heal her (which would result in him being drained) and she would be so grateful she’d make love to him immediately… He continues…

“I’m afraid I would be at your mercy, weak as I’d be. But I’ll forgive you.”

Read more…Mood Killer – #8Sunday

What I’m reading

I’m yet to decide if I’m organised enough to turn this into a regular feature, but I thought I would let you take a peak at what’s on my bookshelf… or rather, Kobo.

For this exercise today, I am going to use my Goodreads bookshelf as a reference… it has 10 books on it, we’ll see how we go…

Read more…What I’m reading

Yummy – #8Sunday

So here I am again, sharing eight lines of WIP for the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday.

As always, trying not to be too spoilery…

Here’s a little by-line that should give you a clue about what’s going on here…  Llew has a gift. Her body heals itself from any injury – but at a cost to anyone she touches.

“I mean, what would you do if something happened to me right here, right now?”

“First of all,” he said, pausing to

Read more…Yummy – #8Sunday