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It is possible that I have just noticed the reblog button….! so here is the last review of “The Locket”, in case I didn’t share it at the time!

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Originally The Locket was one of the short stories in the Christmas Lites II anthology edited by Amy Eye.

The Locket takes us back to a time before On Dark Shores begins. A Scarlock before war, poverty and desperate choices visits the life of Nereia. It is also a tale about Yule and family.

“Is it true that I don’t have to go to bed till midnight, Mama?” Nereia cut into her memories, coming away from the window to sit next to her mother. “Papa said that if you said yes, I could stay up and see the actual Yule ceremony this year. May I, Mama? I’d really like to, may I?”

The Locket is a sweet story that had me thinking about all the things I am grateful for and how they have both changed and stayed the same through my life. It also had me re-visiting my thinking…

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Ooh, look! A nice review of “The Locket” from CNC Books Blog. NB it’s at the end so you’ll need to click through to the blog.

Thanks to Lelia for taking the time to review it- much appreciated!
JAC

Buried Under Books

Once again, big surprise, I find myself with
an overload of books read but not yet reviewed
so I think it’s time for a roundup or two.

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even
Colin Goodwin
2QT Limited, July 2015
ISBN 978-1-910077-60-3
Trade Paperback

This book had me chuckling quite a bit with its premise—blackmailing an English village’s cricket club to either win  a trophy or lose its playing ground. Along with this audacious crime, we have village ladies who truly appreciate the hired ringer’s skills and a shady real estate development plan. It’s all great fun even with sabotage and perhaps a little murder.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, August 2017.

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Cat in an Alphabet Endgame
The Midnight Louie Mysteries #28
Carole Nelson Douglas
Wishlist Publishing, August 2016
ISBN 978-1-943175-05-5
Trade Paperback

I confess, I put off reading this as long as I possibly could, so long I’m really embarrassed but…

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http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/fantastic-fantasy-review-of-on-dark.html

Loving this review and the comments – but not at all intimidated by it, ohhhh nooo….

Thanks so much for the review, AF – now all I have to do is hope and pray the next one won’t let you all down….
JAC

http://www.indolentreader.com/2011/08/on-dark-shores-lady-by-ja-clement.html

And what a lovely one!  Check it out, peeps!

Interview here:

http://www.forbiddenpassionsinterviews.blogspot.com/

Do go and leave some of that comment-type love for Catie!

JAC

http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/booksonreview.htm

3* review from Paranormal Romance Guild – have a look and see what you think. Is it written in Old English or just slightly obscure English? Anyone got any thoughts on that? Sounds like the reviewer did get quite caught up in it – she was rooting for Nereia and says she cried when Copeland turned nasty –  but thought it was over-complex perhaps, which is probably a fair comment.

Can’t decide whether that’s a good review, a bad review or not really either – but then a 3* is  not really good or bad, but a more neutral vote I suppose.

What do you lot think?

JAC

Hey all!

Just a quickie to say that I’ve had two nice things – a shoutout from author Dianna Hardy in the course of a discussion about self-pub (do go along and add your twopenn’orth):

http://diannahardy.posterous.com/self-publishing-vs-commercial-publishing

and another review for “On Dark Shores: The Lady”. I’m muchly pleased to say that Rachael at Historically Yours has given it five stars! Hurrah!

Check out her review here, and do leave a comment if you agree / disagree – I’ll be nipping by to join in the discussion!

http://www.historicallyyoursbookreviews.blogspot.com/

And though it feels awfully cheeky to say so,  it is available from Amazon UK and US as well as Smashwords and Goodreads – links here for your one-click convenience!!

JAC

http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Shores-Lady-ebook/dp/B004S7JCYG

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Shores-Lady-ebook/dp/B004S7JCYG

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/46488

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10822976-on-dark-shores

And here it is:

http://historicalfictionobsession.blogspot.com/2011/06/on-dark-shores-lady-by-ja-clement.html

Kimberly has a blog at http://historicalfictionobsession.blogspot.com/ on which are many other interesting reviews, so do go and have a look, and if you get there before 21st, enter for her giveaway of The Ghosts of Melrose by Buzz Malone.

Pretty pleased with the review though! Have you read ODS? Did you think the same, or did you pick up on other parts of the story? Leave a comment, and let’s have the discussion…

Hope you’re all having a good week, anyhow – no guest post this week but should be one next week, though not sure who will finish their first, so still tbc!

Catch you later, people;

JAC

Hi all:

First things first: I’m delighted to tell you that this week’s guest blogger is none other than Lexi Revellian, silversmith of no small artistry, and author of ‘Remix‘ and ‘Replica‘ which are two of my best indie finds to date.  Come back over the weekend to read what she has to say about writing and ‘Replica’….cool, huh? Watch this space!

Second – if you haven’t read ‘On Dark Shores: The Lady’ and would like to, it’s being featured as part of a giveaway at Misty Baker’s blog ‘Unwritten’ so if you go and comment there, you can claim a copy of this or a  variety of other books free, gratis, and generally for the having! Don’t say I never give you anything….

Lastly: I’ve had another very pleasing review, this time from Craig at CS Fantasy Reviews so do go and have a look (and if you agree or disagree, why not leave him a comment and have the discussion?)

Here’s an excerpt from it (the most flattering bit, obv!):

“Clement’s greatest strength as a writer is her characterization. It is amazing how well she can breathe life into a character, revealing their every nuance in a minimal amount of words. The frequent point of view changes were cleverly used as well to create an even pacing throughout. The world building in this novel was also done well and believable through an almost minimalist approach.”

and he scored it 8/10, which I’m pretty pleased about; so that’s started my Thursday rather nicely. Best be getting on with my editing then…. Hope you lot are all having a good week – and do drop by again over the weekend to see Lexi’s post!

Catch you later;

JAC

Hi guys:

This is just a spaceholder before this week’s guest blog, but more pertinently because I don’t recall having given you this link before and it is unnecessarily funny.

Read the Mr Men books?

So has Hamilton Richards – and he has some strong opinions on the subject!

Do drop by later on to find out who will be guesting this week…

Regards:

JAC

Hello all!

Briefly, I’ve just had another review for “on Dark Shores 1: The Lady”, from TC at Booked Up Blog – do go and have a look, and see if you think it’s fair comment. I hope you do, as it’s very pleasing! Possibly the thing I am proudest of is that she has never particularly considered herself a fan of the fantasy genre but says that reading “On Dark Shores” has made her reconsider what genres she will say she enjoys in the future – how’s that for a compliment?!

Anyway, I’m really pleased that she liked it (I was quite nervous that it might be asking for trouble to ask someone to read outside their usual genre, and would have felt quite bad about wasting her time if she’d hated it) so if any of you lot would be prepared to go have a look and, if you don’t mind, to share that or like it or whatever, I’d really appreciate it. TC’s blog is full of sterling reviews and she is to blame for a couple of my own one-click moments already (and more to come I have no doubt) so does deserve to be shared at large….

Anyway.

Smug moment aside, this is just a spaceholder prior to the main blog of the week, which hopefully will be a guest-blog from the delightful Barbara Silkstone…do come back and check later in the week!

Thanks for dropping by!

JAC.