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Signed book + query critique from Anna Smith Spark

Authors for Grenfell Tower: An Online Auction

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ITEM: A signed hardback copy of The Court of Broken Knives, together with a critique of an agent query package.

DETAILS: Anna will sign and doodle a hardback copy of The Court of Broken Knives, together with a set of postcards featuring art inspired by the novel. If desired, she will also provide a detailed critique of an agent query package.

BIO: Anna Smith Spark is the author of The Court of Broken Knives (HarperVoyager UK / Orbit US), the first volume in the epic fantasy series Empires of Dust. Her favourite authors are Mary Renault, R Scott Bakker, M. John Harrison. You may know her by the heels of her shoes.

WHO CAN BID: Worldwide.

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Review: “The Art of the Book Fair” by Graham Watkins



I must say that I had my doubts that I could learn much from a book about book fairs, having organised a few and having participated in many. I read the book more out of curiosity than out of a feeling that I needed to improve my sales or presentation techniques.
Well, I’m not afraid to admit that I was very wrong.

As the latest review on Amazon puts it, the book is
“a short but well thought-through introduction to book fair participation, aimed at authors new to the book fair circuit. There’s much more to this than sitting on your table and waiting for the books to sell, as Watkins rightfully point out. He gives an insightful reflection on the whole purpose of book fairs from the author’s perspective and then lists a lot of excellent ideas how to get the most out of it….”

I agree with the…

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New Release – Star Glory by T.Jackson King

Ch'kara SilverWolf

Today I have a New Release for you, Star Glory, book in the Empire Series, by my friend T. Jackson King.

Star Glory


Nathan Stewart never expected to be homeless in the galaxy. But that is what happens when his starship Star Glory is ambushed by a fleet from the alien-run Empire of Eternity. His captain is given a choice–surrender and pledge that Earth will join the Empire as a Servant species, or Earth will be destroyed! Nathan watches all this happening from his job as an antimatter engineer on the Engineering Deck. But what can he do? He’s just a country boy raised on a Colorado cattle ranch. As two other Earth ships are destroyed, Nathan gets a wild idea that might save his ship. The idea works. The Star Glory escapes destruction. But the ship, his captain, his crewmates and Nathan cannot return to Earth without learning a…

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Get Your Scare On for 99cents! Mister Jones Mystery Series by @macmillanjones


I’m proud to be part of a blog tour for Will MacMillan Jones’s book promotion. Will is an author whom I got to know via open mic sessions, book fairs and some of his work in book form. Will is a great character and his books are, too. I’m including two reviews of his books. Enjoy!

Welcome To Mister Jones Mystery Series!
Get Your Scare On For 99Cents!

The Showing

This is the first book by the author that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it:
It is a humorous and gripping story of a haunted house. When an estate agent goes missing just after she showed Mister Jones a house he’s connected with, he becomes a suspect in the investigation. He’s hiding something from the police, but we don’t know what. The atmosphere of this is spooky, lightened with the humour and some quirky characters. The author knows…

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It’s finally here: The Llandeilo LitFest


16444161_10212036955621561_1356546103_oThe Llandeilo Lit Fest is kicking off today!Image result for today

Over 50 events between today and Sunday evening. For full details see here: 

We have plenty of Welsh language (translation facilities available for non-speakers) and Welsh interest events

A day’s worth of readings and workshops for children

Workshops for writers 

and plenty of poetry events

Here is some info on Parking, Shopping, Getting there and tickets 

Our two main events today are:

7pm at the Angel Inn

Is romance dead? Bringing depth to romance novels – a discussion with Kate Glanville and Brenda Squires

Eventbrite - Is romance dead? Bringing depth to romance novels – a discussion with Kate Glanville and Brenda Squires £5,90 Is Romance Dead?
With Brenda Squires and Kate Glanville, local authors of romances that also contain strong historical and thriller elements. They discuss the subject and read from their latest books.
Dau awdur lleol sy’n arbenigo mewn rhamant yn trafod eu gwaith 

blas_taste8:30pm in the Ginhaus deli
Cook Book author Lisa Fearn…

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New Release – Blood Fever by Simone Beaudelaire

Ch'kara SilverWolf

Today I have a New Release for you from my friend Simone BeaudelaireBlood Fever is a vampire romance adventure.  I have read this book and loved it.

Blood Fever


It is the spring of 1945 and the War in Europe is ending, but in New Orleans’s French Quarter, the sultry nights conceal a danger even greater to the future of humanity. Standing alone against this ancient, bloodthirsty evil, scientist Philippe Dumont races against time to cure a disease that resembles yellow fever… but is not.

Budding researcher Daphne Delaney joins Philippe in hopes of preventing an undead despot from launching his own quest for global dominance. Daunting though the task may seem, neither Daphne nor Philippe can grasp the scope of the danger they face, nor of the passion they will find in each other.

From urban New Orleans to the depths of the bayou, Philippe must chase the monster…

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All you need to know about your Festival experience in Llandeilo #LlandeiloLitFest


Getting there: Llandeilo is located in Carmarthenshire

Llandeilo is connected to Swansea, Cardiff and Shrewsbury via direct train lines:
and via buses to Llandovery, Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford.
It’s well connected for travel by car via the A40 and isn’t far from the end of the M4 near Swansea.


You can buy festival tickets online with direct links from outwebsite
but you can also buy paper tickets at Peppercorn,  5 King Street, Llandeilo, Dress Agency 19 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo and The Red Cross Book Shop Rhosmaen Road, or, if still available, on the door on the day.
Eventbrite - Time travelling in literature and history – Jasper Fforde and Jodi Taylor with moderator Hazel Cushion (Accent Press)
Please note that due to the size limitations of the venues events can sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, even for the free events.

Main Events
Events for our young audience
Poetry Events
Welsh Interest and Welsh Language Events


The main parking square on Crescent Road provides central…

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