The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

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Stepping out of my usual genres, I ended 2023 reading (well, skimming really) 'The Hunger Games' to find new writing inspiration in a masterwork. I’m guessing you've been there, done that ... but TBH, teen fantasy isn’t aimed at me and the binge was only triggered when the new fourth instalment was recommended. 'The Running Man' - a 1980s, Arnie, all action flick - flashes through my mind for survival games. The Hunger Games (Book 1) Click here to get it on Amazon Diving into Collins' world is a breeze. The prose flows effortlessly, with perfect analogies for vivid story moments. I often pictured Collins churning out word…

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Road to Surrender by Evan Thomas

Click here to get Road to Surrender on Amazon This book focuses tightly on a handful of politicians and senior military officers involved in America's decision to bomb Japan, as well as Japan's surrender in World War II. I scanned from about chapter 5, so this is not a review, but I'd suggest the audiobook if it grabs you. On the eve of the new film Oppenheimer and Biden's moral outrage at Russia's nuclear sabre-rattling over Ukraine, this book reveals the uncomfortable reality of America's atomic bombing in 1945. Japan's fanatical war-mongering elites incited and marched their country to its…

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Review of Atonement by Ian McEwan

Click here to get the Atonement book on Amazon Click here to get the Atonement movie on Amazon The last week of May / start of June marks an anniversary of the evacuation of Britain’s Expeditionary Force from the shores of Dunkirk in World War 2. Atonement is a movie and a novel set at the time. I saw it several years ago and read the novel recently to look at adaptation. Chances are you’ve seen or heard of it, especially with an all star cast on screen.  Atonement is a tragic romance set in South East England…

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April Update – BookBub

Subscribe at to get these updates in your inbox. Is time speeding up or is it just me? It seems like one minute I'm getting up and the next it's dinnertime. Anyway, I lost track of time, and luckily the historical fiction event I mentioned in the last newsletter has already arrived. 😀  BookBubs and BookSweeps Blue Panther is coming out soon, so I'm building my audience on BookBub. It's one of the largest communities of readers out there looking for great new books and authors. You can follow me on BookBub and discover new reads too. Even better, the folks at BookSweeps…

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April Update – Blue Panther

Subscribe at to get these updates in your inbox. We just had a couple of sunny days and the lawnmowers are buzzing again so spring must have sprung. 🌿  Blue Panther The new book’s being readied for a summer release after an intense February of writing and final editing in March. It’s a terrific prequel to Liberty One, which I first drafted at the same time. Stay tuned here for the best launch offers, but here’s a tantalising reveal: In the meantime, please reply if you’d like to proof read the new book and pen an Amazon review. It’s shorter than Liberty One but…

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