Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 20 – Favourite Cover – The Famous Five

FRIDAY 20th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is my favourite cover.

The Famous Five – Five on a Treasure Island

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This was one of the first full novels I read as a child and that cover will stay with me forever.

This book is what awakened my reading and writing senses.

Never had I  craved adventure so much on bike rides with lashings of ginger beer until The Famous Five came into my life. Oh how I wanted to discover smuggler’s coves and pirates treasure.

Suppose there’s nothing stopping me now … I have a bike, I have ginger beer (normal and alcoholic too) and I live by the sea. Hmmmm …

Love Missuswolf xxx 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 19 – Still Can’t Stop Talking About It – The Hunger Games

THURSDAY 19th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one that I still can’t stop talking about.

The Hunger Games.

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Image from Amazon, click here to get your copy …

I told you it would feature again. I’m not even sorry.

Recommended to me back in February 2012 by my lovely friend Andy Wright (who kindly let me borrow the book) I inhaled the whole story in a couple of days. You can even catch the urgent blog post I so desperately needed to write the morning after here.

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Image from Amazon – click to grab your copy

The story has remnants of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ – which I read in August 2011 (catch my post here). Again, another Andy Wright read.

Both stories are tales of ‘What if’s?’

What if you don’t read these books?

I’ll tell you my fellow book lover – you are truly missing out.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 18 – Bought on a recommendation – The Accident

 

WEDNESDAY 18th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is one that was bought on a recommendation.

The Accident.

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Image from Amazon – click to download your copy …

There are so many I could have chosen from – The Hunger Games being one of them but it’s had its airtime (and may appear again! Shout out to Andy Wright for that recommendation).

My good friend Emma Buckton (shout out to Lady B!) downloaded The Accident and posted a lovely reading-my-kindle-in-the-garden pic to my FB page by way of suggestion.

After A.J. Fikry, there was the dark reading void, that follows upon completion of a good read, and that void needed to be filled.

The urge to read something else was satisfied by The Accident. Keep toot for a future blog post on this …

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Emma Rose Millar

WEDNESDAY 18th JUNE 2014

I would like to wish a warm welcome to the lovely Emma Rose Millar, author to Strains from an Aeolian Harp , who is in the process of writing her second novel.

Cuppa and a Catch up pic

~Author Bio~

Emma Rose Millar is a single mother who lives with her young son in the Midlands. She works part time as an interpreter. Her first novel Strains from an Aeolian Harp was shortlisted for the Chaucer Award for historical fiction in 2013. She has since written a second novel with American author Kevin Allen. Emma has also had two short stories published in the number one best-selling anthology Sun Kissed by Freya Publications.

~Synopsis~

1922: Charlie is a chancer, with a taste for gin, ragtime and women. Underneath his veneer of assurance however, is a man with a terrible burden of guilt. Fuelled by his fatal addiction to opium, Charlie’s violent temper soon inflicts devastating consequences on the three women who love him, dragging each of them into a world they could never have imagined. Strains from an Aeolian Harp is the story of one woman’s enduring strength and of the fragile bond between women in a society filled with prejudice and misogyny

Grab that cuppa and get cosy as we catch up with Emma Rose Millar …

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Hi Emma and welcome! It’s great to have you here.

Where did you get the inspiration behind Strains from an Aeolian Harp?

Strains from an Aeolian Harp was loosely based on my own experiences of domestic violence. I decided to set it in the 1920’s – a time when women were not allowed to divorce their husbands on the grounds of cruelty alone. I wanted to create a story about a woman who is trapped, both by her husband and by the system at that time.Strains from an Aeolian Harp

How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have written previously?

During my lifetime I’ve lost count of how many novels I’ve started and not been able to finish. I think that was because I didn’t have the plot worked out before I started. I used to just start writing and see where it took me. This time I had a clear vision for the whole novel and while I was writing it I could see it all in my head just like a film. Also, I was more passionate about this book, simply because it was a story I felt I had to write.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurred you on?

Yes, absolutely. I started writing Strains from an Aeolian Harp when my son was four months old. I had spent most of my pregnancy living in hotels or with friends because I was too afraid to go home. My baby’s father was regularly breaking into my house, threatening me and smashing up my property. After my son was born, things escalated. I could no longer just grab my belongings and go to a hotel and spent most of my time feeling terrified. So as a way of coping I started writing the novel. Nobody was ever meant to read it, it was only ever meant to be a piece of creative writing which I used to express my emotions at the time. Then when I was about half way through writing the manuscript, my son’s father murdered his best friend, which had a profound and devastating effect on me. The novel took a much darker turn, as did Charlie, its male lead. Had I not gone through all those experiences I never would have written my novel.

How do you organise your writing time?

It was easy when I wrote Strains from an Aeolian Harp; I was breastfeeding and I used to write while my baby was asleep. I have recently completed a second novel Five Guns Blazing with American author Kevin Allen. It’s a novel set in 1710 about a girl from the workhouse who is transported to Barbados and is based on the true story of pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read and John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham. That’s been much more difficult; the novel has taken a massive amount of research, we’ve been working on it for two and a half years. I can only write during lunch breaks at work or for an hour or so after my son goes to bed. Also because of the time difference and the physical distance between America and the UK Kevin and I can’t always communicate with each other at the speed that we’d like. The manuscript has been professionally edited and is finally ready to be submitted to agents. It’s been a long road but we’re both very excited about it.

Where is your best ‘writing space’ the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?

In my bed propped up against my nursing pillow. I doubt it’s very good for my back though! The only other place I write is in the library, but then I’m always looking over my shoulder in case anyone can see what I’m writing. This probably sounds really strange – I get embarrassed about people reading my work, partly because sometimes the stories are very personal to me, and partly because of the sex scenes. I still haven’t let my mother read my book!

Thank you for being here today Emma.

~Where to find Emma Rose Millar~

Amazon

Strains from an Aeolian Harp

Join Emma on Facebook

Or take a look at her blog: http://emmarosemillar.wordpress.com/

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 17 – A Future Classic – The Collected Works of A.J.Fikry

TUESDAY 17th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is a future classic.

The Collected Work’s of A.J.Fikry.

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Image from Author Gabrielle Zevin website, please click to view more

I know this is the second mention of Gabrielle Zevin’s book in my #BookADayUK  – it’s just that this book has buried itself so deeply in my mind that it makes it impossible for me to get over.

A beautiful story that book lovers will adore and I will definitely be reading this for years to come.

A future classic.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 16 – Can’t Believe More People Haven’t Read – The Undomestic Goddess

 

MONDAY 16th JUNE 2015

Today’s #BookADayUK is a book that I can’t believe more people haven’t read …

The Undomestic Goddess

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Image from Amazon. Grab your copy here …

It’s another Sophie Kinsella classic – up there with her shopaholic series.

Another book that will make you laugh out loud – and make you feel less guilty for not doing your housework or baking a cake.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 15 – Favourite Fictional Father A.J. Fikry

SUNDAY 15th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is very apt with it being Father’s Day – favourite fictional father …

A.J. Fikry.

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Image from Author Gabrielle Zevin website, please click to view more

Not an obvious choice by most accounts but it’s a book I read only recently and one that really nuzzled deep inside my head – and my heart.

A.J. Fikry’s story is simply wonderful; his journey through fatherhood is a beautiful and heart warming one – sprinkled with collective stories and notes for his child.

It truly is a delight to observe his character transition and adaptation after he is catapulted into fatherhood without warning.

If you are a book lover, I can’t express how much you need to read this book (more on that in another blog post).

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 14 – An Old Favourite – Nancy Drew

SATURDAY 14th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is an old favourite.

Nancy Drew.

This one’s a bit of a cheat as there is no specific book just the Nancy Drew series is an old favourite of mine.

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Just one of a number of Nancy Drew books. Get your copy off Amazon – I’m considering re-reading these …

My grandparent’s had the old versions (which belonged to my mother from her childhood) tucked away in the wardrobe in the bedroom my sister and I shared when we visited them in Nottingham.

That wardrobe was a treasure trove of books.

As we would visit for longer spells over the summer holidays, I would sit in their garden and read Nancy Drew.

Often, once I had finished a book, so great the urge was to write my own that I would fling open a notebook and start scribbling away.

I don’t know what I’ve done with those notebooks but it would be interesting to find them and read what my younger imagination conjured up …

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 13 – Makes Me Laugh – Bridget Jones

FRIDAY 13th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is a book that makes me laugh.

There’s a few of these that I could mention but my ultimate hoot-of-a-read is the classic Bridget Jones’s Diary.

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Image from Amazon, click the image to view site

I read this when I travelled on the bus to work at Northern Rock many moons ago.

I would chuckle away to myself as if I was the only person on that bus, with no attempt whatsoever to suppress the laughter tears – much to the surprise of my fellow passengers.

Of course very close contenders are Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Book A Day Challenge UK: Day 12 – I Pretend To Have Read It – Harry Potter

THURSDAY 12th JUNE 2014

Today’s #BookADayUK is a book that I pretend to have read … gasp …

Harry Potter.

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Image from Amazon website. Click the picture to take you there …

I’m so ashamed. My punishment is to be banished to my study to read for eternity.

Even worse is the confession that I only caught up with all the films last year.

Never mind.

More to add to the never-ending ‘To Read’ list. Another series which I think is a winter read (the other being my previous post on The Lord of The Rings), tucked up all snug with a cuppa and a blanket …

Love Missuswolf xxx