Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
Art was one of my favourite lessons at school - we got to muck around with clay and carve out lino with sharp knives and slap paint around. The masterpieces never quite turned out how I'd imagined them though! Clay would take on a life of its own or the knife would slip ... it's the same with writing. In theory the words swoop around and arrange themselves into perfect prose. In practice, they need to be beaten into place with a stick. But sometimes when you least expect it, it all comes together sweet as.
I'd love to take the credit for this, but in truth as always there's a massive debt to be paid to my wonderful friends and family who have sort of volunteered to Alpha read. You know who you are and thank you! With your help, book #3 in the Griffin Riders' Chronicles is nearing completion. It's still lacking a title and way behind schedule. There's a good reason for this, honest, and as soon as I think of it, I'll let you know. Any suggestions for procrastination welcome, as are any title suggestions for book #3.
Meantime, if you want to grab a goodie for your kindle, Jenny Worstall's fabulous romantic comedy "Make a Joyful Noise" is available to download free for a couple of days.
'Make a Joyful Noise' is the sparkling tale of a choir preparing for a very special Christmas performance of "Belshazzar's Feast".
We meet a host of characters who are mercilessly sent up by the author: Lucy the staggeringly trusting young music teacher, Tristan the lecherous anti-hero, Miss Greymitt the ageing and slightly arthritic choir pianist, Steve the handsome and trustworthy bass, Claire the shameless and scheming temptress, and singers with nothing but resonance between their ears.
Just as all does not run smoothly for King Belshazzar or the inhabitants of Babylon in Walton's music, so the characters in the novel suffer from hopeless yearnings, romantic misunderstandings and the unfortunate consequences of their own misguided actions.
All is sharply and wittily observed in a delightful mix of romance, music and humour.
(Multi talented Jenny provided musical advice for The Griffin Cryer.)
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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