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Anna Faversham

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  1. The Book Club Forum Awards 2020!

    A Poem for Every Day of the Year - Edited by Allie Esiri I've got two of these books and they're great to dip into if you're busy. The introduction for 31st December starts by saying 'New Year's Eve is a time for parties and festivities, singing and dancing...' Huh! However, the last verse of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem contains the words 'Ring out the darkness of the land,' Maybe that's a good idea!
  2. Kindle and ebooks deals

    All the kindle books in my Dark Moon Series are 0.99p on Amazon until 6th January 2021. All set in Kent and the Isle of Wight. The one set on the Isle of Wight was the winner in the Best Historical Fiction category in the Bards and Sages 2018 eFestival of Words. I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe new year and I hope you'll love every book you choose to read!
  3. Thomas Hardy

    Far From the Madding Crowd was on TV not so long ago and I loved it, but still there were parts where I yearned for a better outcome. I guess the author was a man of his tough times.
  4. Word Association

  5. What Are You Watching Now? - 2020

    I've been wading my way through box sets and long series like my current one - Morse. It's yonks since I watched Morse and I always used to fall asleep before the ending so I never knew whodunnit, now, thanks to lockdown, I can find out the culprit.
  6. Hello!

    Yes, lockdown has given me more time for all things reading and writing but I could still do with more! Your books look interesting.
  7. Hello there! *Waves*

    Hi Katty, join the club - the club with a lot of people who probably can say the same as you - we have long tbr lists - I certainly have. During lockdown I made a little progress - I read two. And I love reading, I just don't get time. I do listen to books though. Anna
  8. BookbinderPhils Introduction

    Your post would have been removed, Phil, if it was not allowed. I expect you love to read books too!
  9. Hello from America

    Hope you enjoy your time on the forum.
  10. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Crikey, sorry, I'd no idea the attachment was going to be so huge. I thought I'd add some colour... Should I take it down?
  11. Kindle and ebooks deals

    'Immortality: This is Probably a Novel' by Anna Faversham is 0.99 on Amazon as an ebook until 16th August or FREE for Kindle Unlimited members. If a stranger said to you, “Let me take you to the world’s best kept secret,” would you go? Chester was not given the choice and he’d much rather be with Kate, the woman he loves and has left behind. In fear of his life, he is hiding in a remote cabin in New Zealand, so who is this person and what is this secret? You are invited into a mystery: intriguing, exciting and deadly. Powerful, moving and thought provoking.
  12. Bill Bryson

    I've just finished listening to the audio version of Bill Bryson's 'The Road to Little Dribbling'. It's great. He doesn't sound such a happy bunny these days but his observations on the things that are concerning him about the UK are witty, wry and worth considering. Excellent value, 11 CDs. Edit: I'm not sure if I should have started a new thread, I just didn't know where to put this - please move it if it should be somewhere else!
  13. Poldark

    Goodness, I'm a long time in replying! Sorry about that. I've now ticked the little box to notify me of replies! Thank you for downloading One Dark Night and I hope you enjoy it. The location is in Kent but not in the perfick bit where Pa Larkin lives. My son lives in that part and good friends do too and it is so beautiful. One Dark Night is set on the coast. But coming from Aotearoa you'll know all about beautiful scenery. I have dual nationality UK/NZ. I was there last summer (yours). Wonderful Welly and a few other places. Sigh...
  14. Matt Johnson - crime thriller author and your newest member

    Hello Matt and welcome and thanks for your service in keeping us all safe. I really appreciate it and I'm sure many more people do but don't get the chance to say thank you. You do what we cannot. Writing is very therapeutic, so many people say. Keeping a diary is the best therapy, so long as no one else reads it! Putting thoughts down that you don't want to carry around with you is useful. I enjoy writing novels, not for therapy, but to write what I would like to read and hasn't been written yet. I'm on my fourth now. It keeps me very busy. And reading - oh yay! I just wish I had more time in every day. I love reading, just adore getting lost in a good book. I hope you'll enjoy the forum - there's plenty to find on here. There's a writing thread somewhere...
  15. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Hi Poppy in Aotearoa, I'm dual Kiwi/Brit and have just returned from the land of the long white cloud. Wellington, as they say, cannot be beaten on a sunny day. So special. I tried to find Kicking the Tyres on Amazon but it didn't show up. I wish Michael success with his downloads - go everyone, it's free.
  16. Poldark

    I read some of the Poldark books a long time ago and I've been watching the TV series - I love it. I've stopped reading the books because I've written two books which readers say are like Poldark and I don't want to be influenced by his writing, so I've stopped! The books are the originals but I think one of the scenes was altered a bit - can't remember exactly how but it was the scene where Ross rode over to Elizabeth and they ended up in bed together. It differs from the book a little. I'm writing the last book of my trilogy and that means it won't be too long before I can finish reading the whole series. A treat in store.
  17. Willoyd, you've put it exactly as I think it should be explained, but so much better than I would have done.
  18. Thank you, Chesilbeach. I've been using free ones - some are better than others!
  19. Me too, Ian. There's just a few that stop me in my tracks. Most of the time I can ignore for the sake of a good story.
  20. There's no doubt that there's a lot more to it than I have said as I am not an expert and am always short of time, but I am fascinated by how our language has evolved. An increasing problem - for me too - is that it is quicker to consult Google for a spelling than it is to look it up in my OED. I think I shall put my OED closer to my keyboard. Or perhaps the OED is online? Anyway, I just reuploaded one of my novels (with updates to the 'end matter') and sweet Amazon declared it had no spelling errors again. Yippee! One less job to do. Writers really need discussions like this, so thank you everyone. I like your Charles Darwin quotation willoyd. There now, we're quits.
  21. Hi I'm Matt from England

    Welcome Matt. There's lots of info on this forum - hope you enjoy it.
  22. Lots of us are inclined to think we know how things should be spelled but I learnt a lesson when I noticed above an old school gate the school motto included the word 'honor'. As this was in deepest Sussex, I was a bit puzzled. I researched it and sure enough, at the time the motto was erected over the gate, that was the correct way to spell it. Bill Bryson's book The Mother Tongue is very helpful on matters like we're discussing. It seems that the Americans have hung on to man of the old spellings and it is the Brits who have evolved. I was always taught that organization should be spelled with a 'z'. In my old OED 'z' is the first option. Anyone watch 'Morse'? One of the episodes showed where Morse realized that the killer could not be whatshisname because as an Oxford man he would never have spelled realize with an 's'. I know a few British writers who stick to 'z' in some words. I'm inclined to think that Microsoft Spell Check decided that the Brits should have the 's' and it's stuck. It's certainly easier to go with the flow than to swim against the tide. But I do like to rebel sometimes. Good thread! Edit - I meant to start this post with 'I agree with Chesil!'
  23. Why I have joined this Forum.

    Welcome BML. Kindles are great. I have 50+ books stored on mine and most of the books were either free or under £5 at the very most. As for finding quotes - yes, as has been mentioned, you can find things on there. Of course, you can always Google your quote and see if it takes you to the exact quote within that book. Good luck!
  24. Book Popularity in some countries vs others

    How brave you are to be writing such a book! I hope you will be careful about what you say! I enjoy books where good battles evil. I always want the goodies to win but I often am attracted to the baddie character, so I don't think you need worry too much about people speaking their minds and being a bit pushy. I enjoy watching a TV programme called Inspector George Gently which is based on a book series. The young, sidekick detective is just as you describe your New Englanders and sometimes I could get mad at him, but his character is strong enough to keep my eyes on him all the time. That is what you want in a book. So yes, I would pick up a book that highlighted the regional differences you mention above.
  25. Book Popularity in some countries vs others

    On reading your initial post, only your American flag gave you away to me, but I thought I had better not assume you were American! However, I have become aware of the many differences in culture and speech even in the U.S. I mentioned 'Gone With the Wind' because I can sometimes distinguish the southerners from say, Californians or New Englanders. I find all this fascinating. Here in the U.K. we often cannot understand all of what someone else says when they only live 400 miles away! But we can always understand what they write (unless they write in the vernacular). I've just started reading some of the Poldark books and Winston Graham writes beautifully and I love it, but sometimes I can't make out what his characters are saying as he writes as they spoke it and being west country mining folk from the 19th century, it's richly scattered with local expressions and missing a lot of consonants. I slow down and decipher it! Well, I try! My books are on Amazon - I'll p.m. you.