Fellow travel enthusiasts may remember the piece that Lorelai wrote on her native Northern Cornwell for Caffeine’s not a crime back in May last year (if you missed it, you can read it here). Recently she has holidayed in Norway and after a discussion on Twitter, I’m thrilled to say she agreed to come back and share her experience with us. Over to you, Lorelai:
Thank you Jane for inviting me back to your fantastic blog.
Norway is one of those places I have always wanted to visit and this September I was lucky enough to spend a few days along the west coast. My husband and I travelled with his parents via a small cruise ship, which stopped at Kristiansand, Eidfjord, Bergen and Stavanger. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we have always found cruises to be a great way to see a little of a country or area before deciding upon a longer visit.
My favourite pic, Eidfjord: Norway really looks like those photos in the travel agent’s windows.
After a day of sailing, our first stop was Kristiansand. Situated on the south coast, the area has a mild climate and is often chosen by holidaying Norwegians, as well as foreign tourists such as ourselves. The weather in September can be variable and we came prepared with layers and waterproof clothing, but with the exception of a couple of showers that first morning, we had no rain and the temperature was pleasantly mild. In fact, after walking along the waterside, through the old town, visiting the cathedral and ending up with the town centre, we were feeling decidedly overdressed. Continue reading
If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that one of my greatest passions is travel. So you can imagine my delight when I met David Bastiani on Twitter and discovered that he sets his Milo Peretti mysteries in Rome! I devoured his first novella Blood Will Tell (which is available to download FREE on Kindle now) in a couple of days and really enjoyed.
Today David joins us to talk about the delightful setting for these intriguing books:
Everyone knows about Rome… The Eternal City. The City of the Seven Hills. Caput Mundi. The capital of the world with its instantly recognisable imagery. The arches of the Coliseum. The great dome of St. Peter’s Basilica bulging up on the skyline. Tourists tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain. But is that Rome? Or is there more to the city than the clichés and a horde of ancient and ever more rapidly decaying relics? Continue reading
I have great pleasure in sharing my blog space with a very dear friend and talented author, Teresa Hamilton, today. Teresa has written two stand alone novels which deal with relationships. I loved her first book, Choices, in which she developed her own brand of ‘hen-lit’, and thoroughly enjoyed her newly released, Love Suzi x, whilst on holiday this year.
Rather interestingly, Teresa is going to be at Daisy White’s Pop-up Indie bookshop at Swan Walk, Horsham on Friday 27th September, signing copies and generally meeting and chatting. If you are local, do stop by for a chat. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
You can read my full review of Love Suzi x here.
When Jane asked me about my literary influences it really set the old grey matter whirring. I was sitting in the hairdressers (as you do) waiting for my colour to cook and cast my mind down memory lane. As the page began to fill with notes I looked at the list in front of me and thought ‘what a weird collection of choices’. Continue reading
As my husband returns to work and our lives resume some kind of normality, my mind is turning back to my third book.
There is a strange, almost nostalgic pleasure in character traits entering my mind at passive moments, plotlines swirling around when I’m driving; settings jostling amongst my brain cells, crying out to be considered as I watch my daughter in swim class. Continue reading
I watched the most extraordinary article on BBC news this morning where a reporter attended a ‘Literary Death Match’. Dubbed as the ‘X Factor of the book world’, four authors are given seven minutes each to read a passage from their book to an open audience. Once over, the readings are judged by a panel and a winner is announced.
It all seemed quite bizarre. Four seemingly established authors from different genres took to the stage individually to do their reading and ‘sell’ their book. Once over, a medal was awarded to the best writer, based on their literary merit and performance.
From the writers interviewed, some admitted they were a little nervous, others said they enjoyed the process – a chance to share their work. Continue reading