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New Release: Brooklyn Blues, by R.E. Hargrave – PLUS review and GIVEAWAY.


by R.E. Hargrave

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Equality, you say? Not if you’re an indie!

I’ve poked my head out of my writing cave for a few minutes, having finished work on my Valentine’s Day release, Not Juliet. Yes, it’s done!

Ok, back to business.

I was seeking reassurance, I suppose, that my work would compete on the same level with all the others out there, and that quality will win out, no matter the method of publication, and no matter of who gets to read and review it. Because I won’t pay for reviews. That would be silly.

And then I find this article on Indies Unlimited. Equal treatment?

Yeah, right! Isn’t it enough that traditional publishers have done everything in their power to crumble and fall off their pedestals – in my view, at least? Reviewers are doing that, too? Good names, recognized names? Is there anyone left you can trust?

Not if they ask for your money, it seems.


Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Let's Talk


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Update and Apology

Tales from the Roaring Water Bay #3 will be published a couple of days late – apologies for that. This is due to an unprecedented level of editing work, in addition to sorting out my house days after moving into it (and a new country). I have also started work on the new Reviews page, though I only managed to rifle through 2012 reviews so far. More will follow.


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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Book Reviews, News, Sunday Feature


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Tales from the Roaring Water Bay #2


Hello from the Roaring Water Bay. You’ll be pleased to know the wind has dropped somewhat and my life has settled into an almost relaxed routine.

As soon as I open the door to let the fresh Atlantic breeze in, early in the morning, I’m met by my personal trainer for the first round of morning exercise…


That’s Kit, who still hasn’t learned to put both his ears up, even after eighteen months of trying.

And then the usual routine of waltzing between towers of boxes looking for the all-important computer cable or the specific Playstation game, or the right screws for the right set of cupboards can begin.

Today, for example, it took the two grown-ups of this household about half hour to split a pile of wood into two identical stacks that would build two identical bookcases. See my thinking here? Bookcases = books out of boxes and onto shelves, which would make the house look instantly tidier. Anything that would make the house look tidier is a good thing by this stage, trust me!

Another twenty minutes were squandered on finding the bag of screws. Yes, we bagged them, in a vain attempt to keep things easy to sort out. Ha! At least we finally found the glasses and the cake tins…

It took another hour to figure out where all the pieces went (the bookcases are pine, and the wood is solid and fits together very snugly), and then… and then the fun started. Eventually, we had screws in each and every spare hole.

Only one problem: there were no screws left for the second bookcase. Only wood.

At this point we stood in the middle of the room, kicked over the mountain of curtains in frustration, and called for reinforcements. Our daughter pulled her nose out of computer games for long enough to skip down the stairs and straight to the right bags of screws. It didn’t take her two minutes!

Then she held out the bag we’d just emptied to show us its label: Computer Table. Ah. We hadn’t read the label. Explains why we’d run out of screws after the first bookcase.

So, fifteen minutes to take out the wrong screws, ten minutes to put the right ones in, and another twenty to assemble the second bookcase, plus another ten for scr… I’m not writing it; take your mind out of the gutter!


Ta-da! In just over three hours we had two bookcases assembled, a teenager who now uses every opportunity to poke fun at her parents and a bad case of fed-up-ness.
Tail between our legs, we decided to go outside and attempt to piece together the remaining shreds of our dignity in the company of our two dogs.

The view is still beautiful. It wasn’t sunny, but it wasn’t rainy either. And the dogs adored us as long as we kept throwing balls or Frisbees. It’s a miracle our arms are still attached at the shoulder. Tired, we slunk inside for a brew and a sit down.

Tomorrow we start again.




On an unrelated, but somewhat upsetting topic, I now ceased to admire two people I used to think the world of. They’re off my pedestal because, whilst I do agree with and even encourage aggressive marketing tactics by indies (if the big boys do it, why shouldn’t an individual?), I hate seeing people cheat. Use all you have to get yourself known, but you’d be shooting yourself in the foot if you deceive. No one likes a con artist. Believe me, these people’s books have just come off my TBR list.

Otherwise, editing is good. I’ve even managed to read a couple of books for reviews, and I’m writing articles for a few sites. Not exactly writing a book, but writing nonetheless. Slowly but surely, I’m settling. I still feel this is a good place for me.

What about you? Are you in the ideal writing place? Do you dream of one? What would it be like? Share. I’d love to know. As for buying reviews, what is your opinion? Is it worth it, in your view? Is it a good use of time and money?


Posted by on September 22, 2013 in News, Sunday Feature


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New Review and Reader Love for Nick Hunter

Hello, my dears, and welcome. Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba loved reading Blood is Heavier, and she insisted on asking a few very good questions. Read her review and my reluctant answers here.

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Author Interviews


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Review: Heartbreak, Tennessee, by Ruby Laska

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Sweet little romance, this novel is an easy read with a bit of fire, but not too much, and a nice flowing rhythm.

The plot is limited and follows the usual teens separated – later reunited pattern, but it’s fresh in its delivery and a satisfying read.

I enjoyed getting into the characters’ heads. Amber and Mac are unable to stay away from each other, yet the air needs to be cleared before they are entirely comfortable with each other. A couple of secondary characters are fun to read, too, and the local small-town folk sounds realistic.

That brings me to the descriptions. I loved them. That’s it, simply put. The author got the atmosphere just right and I genuinely felt like I was the one wandering the streets of Heartbreak, Tennessee. Beautifully-done.

All in all, I have enjoyed this book and I have read it in only two sittings. The writing was clean, the voice easy-reading, editing good… The only thing that will keep it away from the maximum five stars is the feeble plot. I recommend this book for a day of lazy reading. Four stars.

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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Book Reviews


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Friday’s Mixed Bag of Reviews – 2

As previously mentioned, these quick reviews have not been posted anywhere else. If the authors wish me to do so, please drop me a line.




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note: currently free to download

A very amusing quick read about a dead woman who is tormenting her husband-cum-presumed attacker, in search for her body. Nicely written, good premise, flows well. Best bit: it has sequels! Do I want to read them? Yes. 5 stars.





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Marketed as a prequel to a series, this is a pleasant paranormal story. Well written and definitely going places, if the rest of the series follows down the same tracks. I most definitely want to read more. Hooked. 5 stars.






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Catharsis is the first in the Earth Keepers Chronicles, and what a beautiful find it turned out to be! Not many authors achieve a multi-layered effect is such a short read. You’ll be able to recognise the Lemurians’ behaviour and identify with it. This series should be a cracker. Wholeheartedly recommended. 5 stars.


Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Book Reviews


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