Winter Downs Q&A #crimefiction #jennybarber #sussex #janedwards

Continuing  my blog tour reprise:  Q&A originally posted on Jenny Barber’s web page  on 3rd June 2017

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“Winter Downs Blog Tour, celebrating the launch of the ever excellent Jan Edwards’ new book – Winter Downs – a thrilling ride of 1940’s crime fic starring the kick ass Bunch Courtney.   I interrogated Jan to find out more…

Winter Downs is the first in your Bunch Courtney Investigates series – who is Bunch and what can we expect from future books in the series?

Bunch Courtney is a well connected young woman who is set adrift  by the changes that the coming of war has imposed on her, and knows that the life she was brought up to lead will never return. When she stumbles on a murder she discovers a talent and taste for sleuthing as she interacts with the local police force; and with Chief Inspector Wright in particular. Continue reading

Winter Downs launch @RadioStoke #Winter Downs #crime #winterdowns @BBCRadioStoke @jenqoe @thesentinel @bellaboobos11 @stokelibrary

The day began with an early-bird visit to the Radio Stoke Saturday Breakfast with Stuart Ellis and Jodie Looker at 7.45.  I don’t do morning so that was a shock to the system but  Stuart and Jodie are lovely people and it seemed to go well despite my shock at being up before 6am! Continue reading

Winter Downs: Interview with Jan Edwards

Q&A with JennyB on Winter Downs – one of today’s two blog tour stops for Winter Downs

Jenny Barber

Winter Downs Jan Edwards front coverAnnnnnd, welcome to the next stop in the Winter Downs Blog Tour, celebrating the launch of the ever excellent Jan Edwards’ new book – Winter Downs – a thrilling ride of 1940’s crime fic starring the kick ass Bunch Courtney.   I interrogated Jan to find out more…

Winter Downs is the first in your Bunch Courtney Investigates series – who is Bunch and what can we expect from future books in the series?

Bunch Courtney is a well connected young woman who is set adrift  by the changes that the coming of war has imposed on her, and knows that the life she was brought up to lead will never return. When she stumbles on a murder she discovers a talent and taste for sleuthing as she interacts with the local police force; and with Chief Inspector Wright in particular.

Bunch Courtney Investigates is an open ended series with…

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Interview with Jan Edwards with Jenny Barber

Today is all about guest blogging over at Jenny Barber’s page!

Jenny Barber

Jan in Hat 001Jan Edwards is a woman of many talents – writer, editor, publisher, bookseller, Reiki master, tarot reader, quilter, motorbike chick, Britain’s first female master locksmith, gardener, cook, potter and sculptor…

So, first let’s talk about Jan the writer. When did you first start writing and what genres draw you.
It always sounds like such a cliché to say I have always written, for as long as I can remember, but I suspect this is quite true with the majority of writers. I amused the family no end by talking in the third person for a week or more when I was around seven years old, because I wanted to see what I would sound like as a book and at secondary school I filled many school notebooks with fiction (mostly during lesson times). I wrote primarily for myself for years and only really started thinking about writing for publication in…

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BOOK REVIEW: THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF URBAN MYTHIC

Urban Mythic

The Book Lover's Boudoir

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GENERAL INFORMATION  

TITLE: THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF URBAN MYTHIC

AUTHOR: VARIOUS

PAGES: 270

PUBLISHER: THE ALCHEMY PRESS (http://alchemypress.wordpress.com)

YEAR: 2013

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A free copy of this anthology was provided by Peter Coleborn, the publisher and editor-in-chief. He asked me to review three upcoming collections. The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic is the second. I uploaded the PDF he sent me to my kobo.

BLURB FROM THE COVER

There is magic out there on the street and the Mythic are alive and well and creating chaos in a city near you.

Fourteen fabulous authors bring you tales of wonder and horror, with ancient curses and modern charms, strange things in the Underground, murder and redemption, corporate cults and stalwart guardians, lost travellers and wandering gods, fortune tellers and urban wizards, dragons,  fae and unspeakable beasts.

With stories from:  James Brogden, Joyce Chng, Zen Cho, Graham…

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British Fantasy Award Nominees 2015 (all the squee)

Alchemy Press and Fox Spirit in the BFAs

Jenny Barber

UrbanMythic2bDon’t mind me, I’ll just be giggling madly in the corner here…  So, this morning the ever lovely Stephen Theaker posted the BF Awards shortlist for this year…. on the BFS website here, in full.

This is such a fantastic list with some fab people on it (Lightspeed’s Women Destroy SF! Jen Williams! Spectral’s Book of Horror! Mark West! Holdfast! Lightspeed!) so huuuuuge congrats to all the nominees….

The absolute highlight though is in Best Anthology where Urban Mythic 2 scored a nomination!  To say Jan and I are insanely pleased would be an understatement of epic proportions.  We are INSANELY pleased!

And! Wicked Women copped a sorta mention too as the awesome Gaie Sebold got a Best Short Story nom for ‘A Change of Heart’ which appeared in it.  Babylon Steel stories for the win!

Did I mention Jan and I are insanely pleased? There is happy dancing.

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Urban Mythic 2: modern day fables

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UrbanMythic2The stories in this anthology open an ephemeral portal onto the paranormal where sometimes – but not always – something supernatural slithers. Some of the creations we glimpse through half-closed eyes are awful and evil; others rather more whimsical and wistful. Like the first collection in this series, UM2 presents a dozen short stories by different authors offering different interpretations along the anthology’s theme. The majority are rooted in the modern world and bring the 21st century into fleeting contact with legends and fables from a variety of cultures and countries. Stories like’ For the Memory of Jane’ almost ache with a yearning to return to the old ways – or at least, not to let them be entirely forgotten by old minds in modern times.

The opening story in the collection is, as you’d expect from Tanith Lee, an accomplished if old-fashioned spooky story, one which brings a touch of the…

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