Category Archives: Reading

Read an E-book week at Smashwords

Yes, dear reader,   It’s happening again. Over at Smashwords the ‘read an e-book week’ promotion is off again, and I am participating. If you felt reluctant to read some of my titles, here’s your chance to get one or more of them with a 50% discount. The books that are up for that this week are Green Haven, The Story of the Mimosa, Charisma… (more…)

The Coming Storm – Blogtour!

Welcome to Valerie Douglas’ The Coming Storm Blog tour.  Check back to The Finishing Fairies daily to find out where she’ll appear next. Excerpt from The Coming Storm   The orcs, those monstrous, bear-like things with their oddly hinged jaws were more than his small party could face, particularly Iric and Mortan. Despite their protest, he and the two other… (more…)

Book review – Shadow Games

Title: Shadow Games Author: Doug Welch Genre: Fantasy Rating:  When a twin brother and sister, Paris and Alexandra Fox, learn about the death of their parents, they plan to visit their town of birth temporarily. Strange people who observe them, mysteries in their father’s computer, and uncanny revelations from their attorney make that their stay in town is prolonged more… (more…)

Indie Promo – Katheryn’s Secrets

Dear reader, It is Monday again, so I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion: Katheryn’s Secret by Alexandria Publishing Group author Linda Hall Ebook Short Description: Mystery writer Sharon Colebrook finds herself the unexpected recipient of her deceased Aunt Katie’s papers, and hopes to learn about a murder Katie had hinted at years before. But as Sharon and her husband Jeff… (more…)

Book review – Mortal Engines

Title: Mortal Engines Author: Philip Reeve Genre: Scifi, Steampunk Rating:  Far in the future, very far into it actually, cities will be on the move. How they do it, you can find out in “Mortal Engines”, the first book in the “Predator Cities” series where Tom Natsworthy, Historian Assistant Class 3, has the time of his life, and that life… (more…)

Electronic reading

Dear Reader who uses electronics to read, Here is a critical question for you: what to do when your battery runs out? Panic? As someone who likes to read, I know of this problem first hand. Do you too? And if you do, what is your line of action to make sure you can read on in case this kind of… (more…)

The Story of the Mimosa – Chapter 1

Dear Reader, As is usual for me, here is the first chapter, in full, of my about to be released release, The Story of the Mimosa. Please click the ‘more’ link to read Chapter 1. Builder talk.

The Story of the Mimosa

Dear reader, Last year I wrote a humorous science fiction story called The Story of the Mimosa. Readers of the Hilda the Wicked Witch series may recall that name from “Hilda – Lycadea”. Several people asked where that black ship came from, so I decided to tell it’s story. The new book is close to completion as I write this, and… (more…)

Smashwords teams up with Oyster

Dear Reader, This is an excerpt from the Smashwords Blog from September 6th: “Smashwords today announced a distribution agreement with Oyster, a new and innovative ebook subscription service. Oyster offers consumers unlimited access to more than 100,000 ebooks for $9.95 per month. I’ve been following the ebook subscription space for some time. As an ebook distributor, our job is to… (more…)


Dear reader, Audio-books. Have you tried them? Do you like them? I’m not a particular fan of audio-books but I can understand the attraction of having someone read a story to you while you’re busy with something else. Or when you’re just sitting somewhere, enjoying the soothing voice of the person ‘talking’ to you. Perhaps you need audio-books because of… (more…)

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