The Authors Bookshelf – Elizabeth Jane Corbett @lizziejane

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

Elizabeth Jane Corbett is a winner of the esteemed Bristol Short Story prize (whoop whoop), in case you missed it I live in Bristol so I love this prize rather a lot especially as it’s open to international writers! Even better Elizabeth llives in Melbourne and teaches Welsh…how cool? Her debut novel The Tides Between was published in 2017. Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

As a tiny girl, I had My Brimful Book – an anthology of stories, nursery rhymes and animal stories. I also loved Richard Scary’s, What do People do all Day. We left lots of books behind when we emigrated to Australia. But I still have My Brimful Book on my bookshelf.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

I am a librarian, so not traditionally a huge buyer of novels. However, I am beginning to acquire an impressive eBook collection. I recently added Bernard Cornwell’s, Harlequin, to my digital library. I do however buy most of my research books as I like to underline and write in the margins and the library doesn’t take kindly to this practice. I most recently acquired Gillian Polack’s, Unlocking the Middle Ages.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

I recently read Bernard Cornwell’s Fools and Mortals. I am currently reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s, Sword at Sunset as someone told me it was ‘better’ than Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles. So far, I am not convinced. But I will persist. On the research front, I am re-reading Rees Davies, Lordship and Society in the March of Wales.

 

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles were masterful. I loved his pithy characterization and dialogue (I know a trilogy but let’s count it as one book). Sulari Gentill’s, Rowland Sinclair mysteries were likewise a delight (ditto, the one book thing). I also enjoyed Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact. Kate Forsyth’s Beauty in Thorns and Lucy Treloar’s, Salt Creek.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

I will add the English language edition of Gruffudd Aled William’s, Dyddiau Olaf Owain Glyn Dŵr, to my bookshelf next time I am in Wales. I believe the next Lady Helen book will also come out this year. I am also looking forward to Kate Forsyth’s next fairy tale inspired novel.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Bird by Bird is my all-time favourite writing book. I read it annually. I will no doubt do so again this year. I will also dip in and out of Burroway’s, Writing Fiction.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I have only had one book published: The Tides Between – my debut novel, my first work of fiction since a truly deplorable short story written in year eleven. I am immensely proud of it. But I believe, for a writer, the best book is always the book yet to come…

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

I adored Edith Pargetter’s Heaven Tree trilogy. I’d have been proud to have written those books. Sharon K Penman’s, Here be Dragon’s trilogy has also stood the test of time. Lucy Treloar’s, Salt Creek is destined to be an Aussie classic. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be proud to have written that book.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

My current work in progress, Stone Promises, is a novel written from the point-of-view of Owain Glyn Dŵr’s wife, Marred. She ended her days in the Tower of London, yet in Wales, she scarcely known. In a way, this is not uncommon. Men’s stories have often dominated history. I’m enjoying inhabiting her unique, feminine perspective. Who knows, maybe she was in fact the nation’s true heroine?

 

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s Bookshelf

She fancied herself part of a timeless chain, without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.

In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bridie Stewart’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her precious childhood memories, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairy-tales to the far side of the world.

When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark, double meaning.

As they inch towards their destination, Rhys’s past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairy tales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.

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About Elizabeth Jane Corbett

When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Welsh Church, contributes articles to the Historical Novel Review and blogs at elizabethjanecorbett.com. In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. Her debut historical novel, The Tides Between, was published by Odyssey Books in 2017. Elizabeth lives with her husband, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far away.

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The Authors Bookshelf – M.P. Tonnesen @mptonnesen

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

M.P. Tonnesen is author of two novels and is a Dane who now lives on the Isle of Man. This is a great bookshelf post and her Bookshelf picture is one of my favourite ever, so I hope you all enjoy your time here today.

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

Emil in Lönneberga and lots of other books by Astrid Lindgren. Growing up in Scandinavia, she was one of the main authors I read.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. The Hygge movement has been running for a while now, and I thought it was time for a real (expat) Dane to put this book to a test. It was fun to view my (old) national culture from a different perspective. Although Hygge is rarely a conscious act – it’s just part of our DNA – I must say the observations are fairly spot on and made me smile throughout.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I had the great pleasure of meeting her at a literature festival in Denmark last summer. She’s so lovely, and I found myself fangirling for the first time in my life! I loved all her previous books, but unfortunately was not so keen on this one.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

To be honest, I did not buy that many books last year, so it will have to be a mix of releases… I loved Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I could never give up my signed hardback copy of Swing Time (despite not being a fan of the story in the end), nor The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes, which is one of my favourite books. I still have not read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr or The Power by Naomi Alderman, so I would hate to let them go before I have had a chance to enjoy them.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and to grow my Penguin Clothbound Classics collection with more of Jane Austen’s timeless work (I’m a huge fan!).

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. The most helpful writing book I ever bought!

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

My recent release Desert Skies, Rebel Souls. I felt I knew so much more about the craft of writing and editing this time, as well as the publishing and marketing elements. I believe this is a high quality product, so to speak, from start to end – and Readers’ Favorite thought so too when they awarded it their Five Stars Seal 😉 But I love both my books. It’s like your children – they have different strengths and endearing features. I will always be very proud of my debut novel, The Cosmopolitan Islander, too.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

Eat, Pray, Love was not only a motivational book for me when I read it but also a source of inspiration for my debut novel. Plus, it has been hugely successful and made into a Hollywood blockbuster which is the dream most authors hope come true. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author, seems like a wonderful and grounded person too. She’s usually a lot of fun to follow on social media.

 

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

Not a specific one at present, but watch this space…

 

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

I am really excited to share a picture of my brand new floating shelves! We have one main bookcase – a beautiful, old, carved oak heirloom – which houses all our read books from fiction to non-fiction. We don’t have a lot of free wall space due to radiators and the like. For years, I have had books to-be-read spread in piles around the house. This continues to be the case, but now I also have a special place for my special collections: Penguin Clothbound Classics, Macmillan Collector’s Library, and my signed copies. You may notice my own debut novel in the latter group, but that is because the lovely Zadie Smith signed it for me. The random hardcovers shelf will hopefully be swapped for more Clothbound Classics soon J

M.P. Tonnesen’s Bookshelf

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls

A journey into the unknown. A rebellion against family, culture and society. A love against all odds.

From Scandinavia to the Middle East, a young woman travels to discover herself and finds a world of passion and history, war and peace. A whirlwind romance takes a dramatic turn, leaving Olivia caught between countries, belonging nowhere, and with the love of her life in danger far away.

From the award-winning author of The Cosmopolitan Islander comes an uplifting tale of adventure, conflict and reconciliation that never shies away from brutal reality, yet sparkles with the sheer love of life.

Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set under the desert sky against the backdrop of music and key events of the nineties – to be enjoyed by adventurous globetrotters and readers longing to escape.

Awarded the Readers’ Favorite Five Stars Seal of Excellence.

Shortlisted for the BooksGoSocial Readers’ Choice Award 2017.

 

Available as paperback from Amazon and select local bookshops, as well as e-book from all major online retailers:

http://getbook.at/DesertSkies

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The Cosmopolitan Islander

What if life as you know it was turned upside down? Would you still be the same person?

When Chloe is forced to leave behind her cosmopolitan life in London to move to a small island in the Irish Sea, she is faced with a myriad of challenges.

How will she and her family adapt to island life? Will she find new friends? What about her career? Most importantly, will the love of Chloe and her husband survive their amorous adventures?

Join Chloe on her journey through her past and her present to make sense of her life, herself, her hopes, and dreams amid her personal upheaval.

The Cosmopolitan Islander is a thrilling story of female roles and identity in the 21st century – and about how the journey of life can change your destination in the most unexpected way. It takes the reader from the Isle of Man and around the world, traversing the timeless themes of love, desire, family, friendship, power, and ambition.

GOLD WINNER of the Circle of Books Rings of Honor Awards 2016.

 

Available as e-book and paperback on Amazon and from select local bookshops:

http://getbook.at/Cosmopolitan

Also on Kindle Unlimited!

About M.P. Tonnesen

M.P. Tonnesen is a writer and businesswoman living on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. She was born in Denmark, but grew up in a multicultural family and has lived in Brussels, the Middle East, and London before moving to the island with her family in 2011.

She authors contemporary and women’s fiction with an adventurous twist. Her books are inspired by her experiences working, living and travelling around the world.

She has worked with communication from a variety of perspectives: business, academic and creative media. Her creative work has been published locally and globally, including her diverse portfolio of business and lifestyle articles for magazines.

She enjoys reading and telling good stories, travelling and eating dark chocolate. She also dabbles in yoga, pilates and juggling two kids.

Feel free to connect on social media @mptonnesen

 

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The Authors Bookshelf – Janet Gogerty

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

I’m pleased to welcome Janet Gogerty to the blog today…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

Probably a pony book, I read nothing but pony books for a while, but never got the pony. The earliest books I remember being read to me were Noddy and Rupert Bear.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices’ by Jenny Eclair. A friend passed it on to me, it promises to be very dark and funny.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

From my Kindle bookshelf ‘Love Set in Stone’ by Staci Trolio. A romantic, sexy fun thriller with the most unlikely hero; a stone gargoyle who was once a knight…

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

We had a total rearrangement of the house recently and I now have my own little office with a bookshelf and very bright Ikea units. I had great fun sorting and dusting all the books, parting with some to the charity shop and apologising to the ones I would never part with. I have been neglecting them for my Kindle and the internet. I love non-fiction books with lots of illustrations to dip into for ideas and also enjoy a variety of writers from Alan Bennett to Bill Bryson.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

A book I don’t know about yet, fiction or non-fiction. I love hearing about a new book. Then I will go to Waterstones, not ask straight away if they have it, but enjoy searching for it.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

A Penguin pocket  writers’ handbook free with ‘Writers’ Magazine’.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

Three Ages of Man’. I have been working my way through my books published only as E-books on Amazon Kindle and publishing them as paperbacks – through Amazon.  Three Ages of Man is the middle book of my Brief Encounters Trilogy, but can also be read as a stand alone novel. It is a long novel so I wondered if the Amazon Elves would be up to the task, but it looks good and weighs in at nearly three pounds.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

That is hard to answer, so many. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is one of my favourites and to create a story with humour, that stands the test of time, has proved so adaptable for television and the big screen and brought so much enjoyment,  is a great achievement.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

Yes, my next novel will be different from the previous ones. A young private detective lives and works from a camper van, travelling the country hoping to find his missing girlfriend and taking on other missing person cases. The novel is a series of short stories within the main story.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Janet Gogerty’s Bookshelf

To see Janet Gogerty’s full bookshelf head to her Goodreads Page.

About Janet Gogerty

I have been writing frantically for over ten years; taking it seriously when I joined a weekly writing group. One of my short stories, Emma, turned into my first novel Brief Encounters of the Third Kind. Writing propelled me into the ether and gradually into the world of Indie Authors; self publishing is a steep learning curve for most of us.

Brief Encounters became a trilogy, my other novel ‘Quarter Acre Block’ is very different, inspired by my family’s emigration to Australia. I love writing any kind of fiction and have published four story collections. My website long ago took on a life of its own and ties in with my love of photography. I also write blogs and book reviews.

I have lived and worked in some very different places, but all providing plenty of ideas for writing. At present I have family on three different continents and borrow shamelessly from their lives for some of my characters.

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The Authors Bookshelf – Lizzie Page @LizziePagewrite

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

Lizzie Page is author of The War Nurses trilogy released this month on Bookouture. I’m so pleased to have her here taking part in The Bookshelf and I hope that you enjoy her answers! As always details of her bookshelf are at the end!

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

The Peppermint Pig’ by Nina Bawden. (I think the appeal was that it was so far removed from my own 1970’s suburban life)

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

I’ve just bought ‘The Undercover Mother’ by Emma Robinson. I met Emma recently and she’s lovely. I know her book will be super-funny.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittan. (A must-read about women and the first world war.)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Great on family dynamics.)

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeymoon.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

All of these are brilliant!! I read three of these with Book Club and it was lovely to share and discuss our responses.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

Three things about Elsie, by Joanne Canon.

Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes by Amy Miller

Letters to the Pianist by S.D Mayes.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

Ooh, I don’t really have a writers bookshelf as such! For books about writing – I recommend ‘Writing down the bones’ by Natalie Goldberg – this is enjoyable to read and inspiring – or Stephen King’s ‘On writing’. He really is ‘the master’.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

The War Nurses!

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain. (Closely followed by ‘Circling the Sun’ by Paula Mclain.)

This is a wonderful book told from the point of view of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. It’s historical fiction/memoir.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

The War Nurses at Christmas!

 

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

This is the least messy one – after a tidy-up!

Lizzie Page’s Bookshelf

About Lizzie Page

I’m on twitter: @LizziePagewrite, facebook: Lizzie Page.

Buy The War Nurses.

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The Authors Bookshelf – Jane O’Reilly @janeoreilly

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

I’m pleased to welcome Jane O’Reilly to the blog today. Jane is an author of science fiction and this is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

It would have to be Naughty Amelia Jane by Enid Blyton

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

I just bought an anthology of short stories called Robots v Fairies.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette Bodard, Wonderwoman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, and Year One by Nora Roberts.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

There’s a new Kate Daniels book out in 2018, so I will definitely be getting that.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

I recently bought  book called The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes, which is about how to keep writing when things get tough.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I have a book out in May this year called Deep Blue, which is the sequel to Blue Shift. This book was incredibly challenging for me because I wrote it whilst undergoing treatment for severe endometriosis. I had 3 surgeries in 14 months and worked on the book through them all. At the time I didn’t know if I had enough in the well to be able to finish it, but I did, and not only that, I think it’s a great book.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

Anything by Nora Roberts. She’s the best.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

I am currently working on the third and final book in the trilogy, Blue Planet.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Jane O’Reilly’s Bookshelf

To see Jane O’Reilly’s full bookshelf head to her Goodreads Page.

About Jane O’Reilly

Jane O’Reilly would like to say that she’s the secret love child of Wonder Woman and grew up on a tropical island in the Pacific, but in reality she grew up in the north of England where it was quite cold and if anyone had any super powers, they kept them well hidden. After university and a brief and very misguided spell as a teacher, she decided it would be better for everyone if she stayed at home and looked after her children. She wrote her first novel when her youngest was a baby, and has published numerous contemporary and erotic romances with Harlequin Escape and Carina UK. But what she really wanted to write was a book about a space pirate in which she could blow things up . . .

Book Blurb:

2187: Earth is cold, dead and divided.

The rich hide away while the rest will do anything to survive. Humanity have only one hope: crossing hostile alien territory to reach a habitable planet. It’s lucky that for some, fighting their way through space is just a way of life . . .

Jinnifer Blue is on the run. An expert pilot, she apprehends criminals on behalf of the government and keeps her illegal genetic modifications a closely guarded secret. But when a particularly dangerous job goes south, Jinn is left stranded on a prison ship with one of the most ruthless criminals in the galaxy.

Now she must decide if she can trust her co-prisoner – because once they discover what the prison ship is hiding, she definitely can’t trust anyone else . . .

 

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The Authors Bookshelf – Bernice Bloom @Bernice1Bloom

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

Bernice Bloom is the author of the adorable fat girl series of books which I will definitely be reading. Showing that fat girls love and laugh just the same as everyone else. As an ex-fat girl myself I love this and look forward to seeing what the books bring to the table. For now, here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

The first book I remember having on my book shelf was ‘A Town Like Alice‘ by Nevil Shute. I think I must have read books before that, but this is the book that really changed everything – made me realise how powerful, evocative and moving books can be. I have a memory of lying on my bed while my mum screamed at me to turn the taps off before my bath overflowed. I couldn’t drag myself away from the book so the water cascaded all over the bathroom floor. You know when you just can’t stop reading? I’m hopeless once I’m into a book, I’ve missed tube stops and missed important meetings because I just HAVE TO KNOW what’s going to happen.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

Wake by Anna Hope. I’ve heard good things about it, but haven’t started reading yet. I bought it yesterday and am dying to start it, but there are a couple of others on the TBR pile to read first.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown – a book about Princess Margaret. I’ve only just started it, and decided to read it because I became fascinated by her on ‘The Crown’ – this rebel in kitten heels; drawing elegantly on a cigarette and flirting with every man in sight. She led a life that seems ripe for storytelling – denied the chance to be with the man she loved, spectacularly beautiful and coming into conflict with everyone in authority. I hope the book lives up to its subject matter.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

Oooh. Difficult question – OK

George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo

Mike McCormack – Solar Bones

Power – Naomi Alderton

Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Eagen

This is going to hurt – Adam Kay

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

Three that I’m looking forward to are:

Writer’s Luck: A Memoir by David Lodge. I read the first part of his memoirs and now this one is coming out, so looking forward to continuing the story.

The Only Story by Julian Barnes – I think Barnes is an amazing writer. Really looking forward to this.

Also Force of nature by Jane Harper

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

I bought ‘Being a writer: advice, musings, essays and experiences from the world’s greatest writers‘ by Travis Elborough, but haven’t read it yet. It’s next on the TBR pile

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

I’m really proud of Diary of An Adorable Fat Girl because I think it breaks the mould. Most of us aren’t the weight we want to be, most of us yearn to be slimmer, fitter, smaller tummies, smaller bums! But we get on and have great lives all the same, and we’re all different. Yet in literature it seemed to me that a token fat girl would be thrown in to be a jolly best friend or tragic anti-heroine. I wanted to create a real, proper heroine who is gorgeous, fun-loving, likes men and has boyfriends and a job and goes on all sorts of daft adventures. She’s a bit chaotic and very witty and is fat. The first book took off so much that I’ve now written a series of eight mini books so far about her. She gets tonnes of fan mail and most if it says how much they love that she is overweight and struggles whenever there’s food around, but is still gloriously funny and likes nice clothes and has great friends. My books are light and silly and I hope you’ll find them funny and entertaining, but there’s a message tucked in between the sentences that fat girls can be heroines too!

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

Graham Greene: End of the Affair, or Catch 22. Both lovely books. I’ve chosen End of the Affair because of the emotion he manages to stir while not being in any way mawkish. It’s a sublimely sad book but full of emotion. Catch 22 is just gloriously funny with such well-drawn characters. It also manages to make lots of very serious points about bureaucracy along the way.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

The Adorable Fat Girl books keep on coming. There are so many adventures I want to take her on. There will be four more this year. Here are the next two:

Adorable Fat Girl takes up yoga hits Amazon. OUT Now

The Adorable Fat Girl has to do something to get fit. What about yoga? I mean – really – how hard can that be? A bit of chanting, some toe touching and a new leotard. Easy! She signs up for a weekend retreat, packs up assorted snacks and heads for the countryside to get in touch with her chi and her third eye. And that’s when it all goes wrong. Featuring frantic chickens, an unexpected mud bath, men in loose-fitting shorts and no pants, calamitous headstands, a new bizarre friendship with a yoga guru and a quick hospital trip.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adorable-Girl-Takes-Yoga-Extraordinary-ebook/dp/B076M2PV7L/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Mysterious Funeral with Adorable Fat Girl hits Amazon. OUT 1st May

Mary Brown has been invited to a funeral. The only problem is: she has no idea who the deceased is.

She heads to a remote village the night before the funeral and meets the other five people who have been invited.

None of them know each other.

None of them have heard of the deceased.

WHY HAVE THEY BEEN INVITED?

WHAT IS GOING ON?

WHY ARE THEY THERE?

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

I’ve attached a picture of Nigella Lawson in her library. OMG!! Wouldn’t you love a library like this at home? I’d never leave the house…

Bernice Bloom’s Bookshelf

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Bernice your answers have been awesome and I feel like I’ve got to know you so well. Thank you so much for taking part and I look forward to reading your books.

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I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.

The Authors Bookshelf – Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

One thing I’ve loved about doing this feature is meeting so many new authors. Today I have Maggie Christensen, author of several contemporary women’s fiction novels’. It’s a real pleasure to have Maggie taking part.

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

I seem always to have had books and I remember an old bookcase with books belonging to my parents and grandparents which I rifled through. There were adventure stories and moral tales. But the titles I remember best are two lovely books by Frank Jennings – Brown Mouse and Brown and White – about a young girl who was the odd one out in her family – a bit of a Cinderella story – and the follow up about her two children. I can still picture the covers with their pink and white striped borders. They are now sadly out of print and have become collectors’ items.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber – I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this lovely story.

 

 

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

Y is for Yesterday. I love this series, the heroine Kinsey and the location which is based on Santa Barbara where my husband lived for many years and where I’ve enjoyed visiting.

 

 

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

It’s hard to choose only 5 – I read 120 books last year. But those which came readily to mind are:

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton – sadly her last book. I have all 25 of them.

Coming Home to Island House by Erica James, one of my favourite authors.

The Summer House Party by Caro Frazer – another favourite author and this one is quite a departure from her usual style.

Away for Christmas by Jan Ruth – a lovely humourous look at the publishing world.

The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan – a book which reminded me how much I love this author and made me go back to re-read her earlier titles.

 

 

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

Settlement by Anne Stormont which is due out later this year. I loved her two earlier titles

Seven Days in Summer by Marcia Willett – another of my favourite authors.

The Beach Café by Hilary Boyd – one by a favourite author that I missed reading.

The Last Train by Sue Lawrence – a new author for me. I love that it’s a historical set in Scotland.

An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope – the new book by another favourite author.

 

 

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman – a must have resource for all writers.

 

 

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

My latest, The Good Sister. It was quite a departure for me to write a historical novel with a dual timeframe and to set it in my native Scotland.

 

 

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

The Chadwick Trilogy by Marcia Willett. I love all her books and this trilogy was mu introduction to her writing. If I could choose another it would be The Gang of Four by Liz Byrski which inspired me to write about older characters.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

I have just completed the first draft of the sequel to The Good Sister, currently titled Isobel’s Promise. It will be published later this year.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

 

 

Maggie Christensen’s Bookshelf

 

 

To see Maggie Christensen’s full bookshelf head to her Goodreads Page.

About Maggie Christensen

Photo Credit: Krista Eppelstun

After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA, her native Scotland or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them.

From her native Scotland, Maggie was lured by the call ‘Come and teach in the sun’ to Australia, where she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!

She continues her love of books as a volunteer with her local library where selects and delivers books to the housebound.

A member of Queensland Writer’s Centre, RWA, ALLi, and a local critique group, Maggie enjoys meeting her readers at book signings and library talks. In 2014 she self-published Band of Gold and The Sand Dollar, Book One in the Oregon Coast Series and in 2015, The Dreamcatcher, Book Two in the Oregon Coast Series, and Broken Threads, the sequel to Band of Gold. Madeline House, Book Three in the Oregon Coast Series was published in July 2016, and Champagne for Breakfast, an offshoot from the Oregon Coast series set in Noosa, and The Good Sister, set in Scotland and featuring Bel from Broken Threads in 2017.

Maggie can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or on her website.

http://maggiechristensenauthor.com/

https://www.facebook.com/maggiechristensenauthor

https://twitter.com/MaggieChriste33

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8120020.Maggie_Christensen

https://www.instagram.com/maggiechriste33/?hl=en

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Maggie it has been an absolute pleasure having you here, I wish you all the success with your novels going forward.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July so want to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right now.