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If you ever glance this way, you’ll see at once I’m a Bad Blogger. Sadly, my fantastic vision of jotting down my thoughts and deeds at least a couple of times a week on this blog never quite took off! Mainly because there never seem to be enough hours in the day and when blog-worthy thoughts cross my mind, they’re quickly swamped with others that demand more immediate attention. For next year, I’m mulling over a slightly different idea for the blog, something I’ve done before that worked pretty well – more on that later if I decide I can make it work! In the mean time, to make up for being the baddest blogger ever – here’s a free book :) 

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I’m so appalled this morning that I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and rant. As you may have noticed, I don’t normally go in for political rants here, partly because this isn’t the place for it (this is my escapist world of books, romance and fantasy!)  and partly because I’m not really a very political person.

I am, however, observant, and I have to say that what I’ve seen in my own country during the European referendum campaign and the resulting vote for the UK to leave the European Union, is sounding massive alarm bells. I don’t pretend to have all the answers to the world’s problems, but I know history is behind me when I say what the answer isn’t: hate.

Read the rest of The Virtue of Intolerance – Really? here >>

Here’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently: how much I’ve always loved Gothic stories in books, films and television. What with Dracula, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Victoria Holt’s novels, I grew up with Gothic reading. And even watching – from old Hammer horror films, to the new Penny Dreadful t.v. series, with frequent retellings of Dracula and Frankenstein, a love of the Gothic screen has always been with me, too!

Gothic novels in particular have a long and glorious tradition that for some reason goes hand in hand with romance

Read the rest of Loving Gothic! here >>

For the last 6 Sundays, I’ve felt a little frisson of pleasure as the evening approached, because soon it would be time for the next episode of War and Peace on the BBC!

BUT… the last episode was last Sunday, so yesterday, I was just a little lost. There’s just nothing to replace it.

In a way I’m actually glad I feel this way, because I suppose that’s the definition of a successful series. And I wasn’t entirely sure it would be! Although I was determined to watch it from the moment I heard about the new adaptation, I was prepared to be disappointed or even annoyed. Why?

Read the rest of The End of War and Peace: What Now??? here >>

Happy New Year! May it bring you lots of happiness and good books :).

Although the weather is doing its best to make the new year feel old and dull already, I’m ignoring that and still feel upbeat and full of enthusiasm about my plans for 2016!

So, to give you a rough idea of my new books 2016, here’s a list of what I’m planning:

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