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Year of Indie Debuts: Skyjacked by Shirley Golden

May 19, 2016
A big welcome to author, Shirley Golden, who’s debut science fiction novel, Skyjacked, is published today. Congratulations and happy publication day, Shirley! As well as being a debut novelist, Shirley has been a winner in the Retreat West short story and flash fiction competitions more than

Comp results: April 16 Themed Flash

May 18, 2016
Many thanks to everyone that submitted stories on the theme of Danger. I’ve been spending a lot of time feeling tense recently while I’ve been reading them! Congratulations to the winners and all on the shortlist. The creeping sense of dread here was so well done. Wondering what the

Year of Indie Debuts: The Hungtingfield Paintress

May 13, 2016
The latest debut author in the spotlight is fellow Urbane author, Pamela Holmes, whose novel The Huntingfield Paintress is a fictionalised tale of a real person’s life. That person being Mildred Holland, a vicar’s wife living in rural Suffolk in Victorian England. It’s a

Author interview: Rajeev Balasubramanyam

May 12, 2016
Delighted to have author, Rajeev Balasubramanyam, here today talking about his new novel in short stories, Starstruck. It’s darkly funny, surreal and touching; and one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. It’s being published on Monday 16th May by The Pigeonhole, which is

Guest Author: Debi Alper and De Nada Nirvana

May 11, 2016
I’m delighted to have the lovely Debi Alper here today talking about her decision to self-publish the third book in her Nirvana trilogy, De Nada Nirvana, and re-publish the first two books in the series too. Debi has played an integral part in the success of so many writers that I

Short Story Retreat Winner!

April 22, 2016
Thanks again to everyone who entered the competition. This has been such a hard choice to make. I’ve spent days re-reading the shortlist and thinking about the stories while out walking. I really wish there was enough space at the house to give everyone a place – but there isn’t