Summer is for reading…


Viv’s The Bet is on offer (see post details below) and my review here She generously includes A Shadow in Yucatan but the reason for this post is the benefit of other books sifted and introduced.

Originally posted on Zen and the art of tightrope walking:

Summer is for reading…

On average I read about two books a week. That takes into account the times when I don’t read much at all and those times when you can’t prise my fingers away from the book. I’ve been reading a lot of non fiction recently, working my way through various Jungian tomes, plus everything from Dion Fortune I can get my hands upon. I’ve also rediscovered Dennis Wheatley. My mother in law mentioned being so scared by The Haunting of Toby Jugg she couldn’t sleep (and never finished the book either) that I bought a second hand copy and roared through it. In the decades since the height of his fame, people have forgotten what a great storyteller he was and how superb he could be at hooking the reader into the story. I’ve ordered a second hand copy of one of his most famous novels but…

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#Read about Guest #Author D. Wallace Peach


A wonderful exposition on the creations of new myth, and their independent immortal existence.

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

Thanks, Chris, for the opportunity to monkey around on your famous blog! I’ve seen your invites for several months and have said to myself “someday.” It appears someday has arrived.

D. Wallace PeachI’m one of those writers who rarely struggles with writer’s block. I can write 16 hours a day and never run dry of words …until someone asks me to write about myself. My mind goes blank, every articulate thought sucked through a black hole into another dimension. The urge to regurgitate my 3rd grade demographics starts sounding like a decent backup plan. What does a fantasy writer who lives entirely in her head have to say about her “real” life?

I didn’t start writing until I turned fifty… ancient compared to most writers I know. Am I envious of those enjoying an early start, regretful that it took me so long to find my calling? You betcha. If I could…

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In The Chair 26


A guest appearance , invited by Jan Ruth to answer questions with elbow room for fantasy. I could be inspired to host dinners with fantasy guests forever. Sometimes one only , like Shakespeare- far too mean to share HIM ( unless it was with Beethoven).

Originally posted on janruthblog:

Welcome, Philippa Rees.

How would you describe your writing style in only three words?

Philippa: Evocative, poetic, humorous (although the last lies quite deep and not everyone finds it.)


If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?

Philippa: In a book not yet published there is a character called Cassimir, a German philosopher, based upon a man who accosted me and my husband in Piccadilly Underground ( on our honeymoon) and simply asked my husband why he did not love me? Straight up. He was quite right and spotted that at twenty yards. He is a central character in a book where he plays a universal Joker, irreverent, intelligent and creatively wise. He would be great fun to spend time with.

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be…

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Any time you doubt your own worth, remember this story…


Since this is a story that has led to a fair few tears ( see comments on the original post) I thought a few others might enjoy shedding theirs.

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

The Black Telephone…

When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood..

I remember the polished, old case fastened to the Wall.

The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box.

I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person.

Her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know.

Information Please could supply anyone’s number and the correct time.

My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor.

Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.

I walked…

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English Pronunciation – a Poem


Worth contemplation and a lot of sympathy!

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

I found this on Tickld and just had to share! According to the original post, if you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. And, after trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labor to reading six lines aloud…

This Greek gave up somewhere along two thirds into it :)

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Given up yet? Why not read my award-winning children’s book, Runaway Smile for free instead?

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