Monthly Archives: June 2017

Hello July (Fictionophile updates and June #bookhaul)

July in Nova Scotia is a lovely month in which I spend most of my time at our cottage in beautiful Cape John, Nova Scotia.  Located on the Northumberland Shore, it is just yards from the ocean, I spend my … Continue reading

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“Strange things done” by Elle Wild

There are strange things done in the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold… – Robert W. Service poem, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” … Continue reading

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20 Questions with Margaret Gracie (#Authorinterview)

Today Fictionophile welcomes Canadian debut author Margaret Gracie.  Margaret has generously agreed to answer my questions and share her writing journey with us. Margaret’s book has recently been published by The Porcupine’s Quill. F  Congratulations on the publication of “Plastic”! … Continue reading

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#Blogging platforms (WordPress vs. Blogger)

For some years now I’ve maintained this blog on the WordPress platform. I find it user friendly, easy to customize (even though I use a FREE version of WordPress), and I love the WordPress reader which allows me to easily … Continue reading

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“Magpie murders” by Anthony Horowitz – Book Review

“Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.” It has been a while since I’ve read what I would consider to be a ‘traditional’ … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 28 – Sideways

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks‘ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In this, my twenty-eighth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that … Continue reading

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Blogrolls are SO useful (#bookbloggers)

I follow quite a few blogs.  I mean I FOLLOW them, not just on my WordPress reader, but I read their posts, ‘Like’, ‘Tweet’ and ‘Comment’.  I am very fortunate to also have several bloggers who follow my blog diligently. … Continue reading

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“Pieces like pottery” by Dan Buri – Book Review

Blurb: “Pieces Like Pottery is an examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption. Offering graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents … Continue reading

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Summer reading infographic from “The Expert Editor”

It’s summer, which means vacation time. The sun is out, and the weather is warm. One of the best ways to enjoy a summer day is to sit in the shade with a glass of your favorite beverage and a … Continue reading

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“The missing ones” by Patricia Gibney – Book Review

Just finished the last page of Patricia Gibney’s “The missing ones” – and I’m missing the characters already.  The novel features Garda Síochána detective inspector Lottie Parker and is set in the fictional town of Ragmullin in the Irish Midlands. Lottie is … Continue reading

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“Half a reason to die” by Chip Duncan (#shortstories)

from SelectBooks: “Half a Reason to Die”  is a collection of eight short stories by the acclaimed documentary filmmaker and photojournalist Chip Duncan. Though a work of fiction, the series of stories is drawn from real people, locations, and events … Continue reading

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“It can’t be October already” by Jeffrey Archer

The best-selling author of such works as “Kane & Abel“, “A matter of honor” and the popular Clifton Chronicles series has written a humorous yet poignant short story. The story includes delightful illustrations and portrays Pat O’Flynn, a homeless man … Continue reading

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Cover Love: part 27 – Empty swings

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks‘ the reader into choosing one book over countless others. In this, my twenty-seventh installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that … Continue reading

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“Entry Island” by Peter May

Part present day crime novel, and part historical novel “Entry Island“ is set alternately in the present day on the Magdalen islands, and hundreds of years ago in the Hebrides. Peter May has written a memorable novel that will resonate … Continue reading

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The art of Timothy Adams Matthews

There is just something about books.  Bibliophiles everywhere don’t just like to read books, they like to collect books, discuss books, and yes… even look at pictures of books. And don’t get me started on cats.  Cat people will agree … Continue reading

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