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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – Book Review & Book Titles

November 16, 2020
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In my research for my new detective series, I read a novel by M.J. Arlidge entitled Eeny Meeny. The premises of the narrative becomes all too clear and links to the title all too well as you read. You can find my review on my Goodreads page but just in case, here it is: Absolutely riveting! I didn’t see the culprit coming. Well written and structured. A fast paced, who done it. A real page turner.

I will endeavor to ensure my own narrative has the same tension and surprise culprit. M.J. Arlidge uses the same detective for his novels, using various scenarios for each narrative. My detective series has a different structure, covering three detectives and three different cities but the same antagonist.

I have been asked to explain the reason I chose the title of my series as The Delphic Murders. I wanted a word that meant obscure, as my antagonist is just that. So I delved into my knowledge of Greek literature and found Delphic. It means deliberately obscure or ambiguous.

What books have you recently read? What was your review on them?

Winter Arrived

As you can see winter arrived here in Alberta. So I have decamped from my writing desk into the living room, where there is a huge window. This gives me welcome daylight but also a cozy writing space beside the fireplace.

The first book in my series, The Delphic Murders is well under way, with over 36,000 words. As with any first draft, I am just writing where the characters take me. Early next year, I will begin revisions and editing and making notes for book two.

I am so pleased my steampunk novel has proven so popular, with online and in person purchases. Thank you all for continuing you enjoy the stories I create. All my books are here: https://amazon.com/-/e/B01MDUAS0V

Please leave a review it would mean the world to me.

The Books I Read in 2019

December 19, 2019
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I am an advocate for always reviewing every book I read, not only does it give other readers an insight into the narrative but also acknowledges the author’s hard work. A review is the life blood of any author – so please write a review, even a single sentence is enough. It can be on any platform: Smashwords, Goodreads or Amazon or copy & paste to put it on all three!

My Goodreads page is here if you want to find out what my reviews were for each of the books listed below.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5477628-mandy-eve-barnett?shelf=read

2019 Books: The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Elevation, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Lucky One, Spook-Science Tackles the Afterlife, The Icarus Girl, Things Withered, Magnetic North, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, Becoming, Sixpence House, Hollow City, Lomita for Ever, The Little Paris Bookshop, To Air the Laundry, Mrs Everything, Hearts in the Spotlight, Stranger in the Woods, 10 Days in December, Dirt Road, Steampunk FAQ, River of Destiny & Past Presence.

This number equates to about a book and a half a month, which considering I was also writing is not too bad.

As you will see, it is apparent I do not have a particular genre I favour, I much rather chose a book due to the topic or story line than stick to one type of narrative. The Spook book was loaned to me by a friend, who knew of my life long interest in reincarnation and I ordered Stranger in the Woods, as it was one of the news stories I utilized in a work in progress. The others were picked by chance as the blurb caught my eye.

How do you pick a book to read?

Do you have a particular genre you read?

 

Fair Recompense for Your Endeavor..?

December 18, 2013
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Recompense – definition: 1. a repayment or requital, as for favors, or gifts’ 2. compensation, as for an injury, or wrong; 3. to make a payment, remuneration or reward, as for services or aid

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Should authors ‘give away’ their writing endeavors? A novel takes a long time to create, edit, revise and refine. Time you spend away from family and social outings with friends. Your mind is distracted from your full time work, your productivity decreases and you jealously guard your writing time from all interruptions. There are many reasons given for making a novel free. Ratings, downloads, increased readership etc. etc. but in real terms why would anyone give away their work?

This is a topic many people have strong opinions on,  so I will tread carefully. It is everyone’s right to do with their work what they feel is right for them.  If that means giving away hundreds of copies or downloads in the hope that real purchases will be made thereafter then good for them.

What is your view?

I have linked to debates on this subject.

Debate : http://nigelgmitchell.blogspot.ca/2013/03/the-pros-and-cons-of-indie-authors-and.html

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1360794-the-great-free-book-debate

I am happy to let my novels be purchased.

The Rython Kingdom

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Rython-Kingdom-Mandy-Eve-Barnett-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO

http://www.amazon.com/The-Rython-Kingdom-Mandy-Eve-Barnett/dp/1927510236

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare

Rumble's First Scare

New outlet for my book…

November 23, 2013
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Just a quick note my fantasy, The Rython Kingdom is now available at Barnes & Noble.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rython-kingdom-mandy-eve-barnett/1112817382

The famed troubadour, Guillem, attends the king’s court to recite a marvelous tale but his suspicions are raised by a strange servant. With the help of a wizened old woman and her beautiful granddaughter, Guillem attempts to outwit a witch to save the kingdom from murder and mayhem. He then finds himself part of a ritual for life everlasting with the entrancing and mysterious Juliana.

Other sites you can purchase it are:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

http://www.amazon.ca/Rython-Kingdom-Mandy-Eve-Barnett-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385223634&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Rython-Kingdom-Mandy-Eve-Barnett/dp/1927510236/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385223708&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/mandy-eve-barnett/the-rython-kingdom/_/R-400000000000000791166

 

Interview with A.J. Rowe…

August 31, 2013
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Bushwhack – definition: to make one’s way through the woods by cutting the undergrowth.

Interview A.J. Rowe – my youngest author by far! He is certainly blazing his own writing trail. Welcome the winner of the Clawson Arts & Authors competition. http://clawson.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/14-year-old-aj-rowe-writing-contest-winner-of-clawson-arts-and-authors-festival_fa4139da

AJ for Blog PicWhat do you enjoy most about writing?

I enjoy being able to create my own world with no limitations or rules and set my mind free to imagine.

What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I started writing in Kindergarten.  I told my teacher at the time that I wanted to be a “book maker”.

Has your genre changed or stayed the same?

For the most part, it has remained the same.  I enjoy writing medieval fiction.

What genre are you currently reading?

Currently I am most interested in fantasy/fiction (there’s a theme here!).

Do you read for pleasure or research or both?

Mostly for pleasure but some is research to help me with my writing.

Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

My parents, for sure!

AJ & parentsOf the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

I created a character named Emily a while ago for one of my other stories.  I would have to say that she has been my favorite so far.  She is funny, smart and rather crazy at times.

Where is your favorite writing space?

I do most of my writing downstairs on the sofa with my iPad.

Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants writer?

I usually plan the plot and the first chapter or two and just let it flow after that.

What inspires your ideas/stories?

I’m not really sure.  I just get an idea in my head and I want to write.  Once I get started I want to keep going until I finish – just ask my parents.

Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

No, I don’t belong to any kind of a writing group right now – maybe someday.

Do you have a book published? If so, what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

Yes, I currently have a book entitled “Falsely Accused”. It is available on Amazon as a download for Kindle.  I also have had a few paperback copies made as well for family and friends and for people without an e-Reader.

http://www.amazon.ca/Falsely-Accused-ebook/dp/B00ECKQNCS/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1377219844&sr=8-10&keywords=Falsely+accused

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If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?

Christopher Paolini.  I love his books and he was a young author like me when he got started. It would be great to be able to talk to him and get some ideas.

Where can readers find you and your blog?

Unfortunately, nowhere yet.  I hope to have a website up and running in the near future to promote my works, get ideas for new books and get feedback from my readers.  Stay tuned….

Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I have several ideas in my head right now.  I would like to have a poll on my website to see what readers would like to see for my next effort before I get started.

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