New year, new writing

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It’s a new year and maybe you’ve made some resolutions. If one of these is to keep writing then do your utmost to keep to it. One thing you can do to help in this daunting task is to join a writers’ group. To this end, if you live in or near north Staffordshire then consider joining us. Renegade Writers meet weekly on Wednesday evening. Our first meeting of 2017 is on the 4th January. Venue details can be found here.

 

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Book tokens

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If you received any Amazon tokens and can’t decide which books to buy, check out the lists on these two websites — for The Alchemy Press and Penkhull Press. These books include titles from Renegade members and most of the titles are available from Amazon in print and eBook formats.

 

 

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Old Year Roundup

   

Over on her own website Jan Edwards rounds up 2016 in terms of her writing.

Most prominent with regard to my writing was the arrival of Fables and Fabrications (available in paper and kindle formats at all good online outlets🙂🙂 )   This has been a steady seller I am happy to say – even finding an audience outside of the UK, despite many of the stories being very ‘English’ in setting – as the cover blurb has it: “Fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre. From the arctic wastes of Norway to a fun laden evening at the fair, Jan Edwards leads us through a world where nothing is as it seems. Shape changers and ancient spirits roam and cats play a crucial part in stories that unsettle and disturb the reader’s perception.”

Pop over to Jan’s blog to read the full piece.

 

 

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Season’s Greetings

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December meetings

A quick reminder — we meet tomorrow evening (7th December) and then on the 14th and 21st December. The meeting on the 21st will be our Christmas Party — bring food and stories to entertain us. There will be no meeting on the 28th — and we meet again on 4th January 2017. Blimey, that’s another year that whizzed by…

We meet here.

Have a great time. Be merry and keep writing.

 

 

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Books for Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas and what better present can you buy other than a book. Here’s a list of books available from group members — and from where you can buy them.

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Sussex Tales by Jan Edwards, Penkhull Press. Runs a witty and thought-provoking gamut of village events and of its more curious characters. From fanged ferrets to bulls in lead masks; ancient hand grenades to exploding ginger beer; cricketing dogs to wassailing orchards, Sussex Tales weaves traditional country wines and recipes, folklore and local dialect, into stories of a farming childhood in the vanished world of 1950’s and 60’s rural life. Buy here. 

Fables & Fabrications by Jan Edwards Penkhull Press. From the Arctic wastes of Norway to a fun-laden evening at the fair, Jan Edwards leads us through a world where nothing is as it seems. Shape changers and ancient spirits roam, and cats play their inscrutable parts in stories that unsettle and disturb the reader’s perceptions. Fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre. Buy here.

Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties  by Jan EdwardsThe Alchemy Press. Fourteen short stories by Jan Edwards, including the BFS award short-listed ‘Otterburn’, plus a previously unpublished tale. “All adeptly told, often with a sense of locale and time neatly placed within the narratives. Buy here.

More about of Jan here.

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Just Browsing

Just Browsing by Jan Edwards

I have written horror and crime for some years now and I do have a reasonable library of books to fall back on but sometimes those little details need to be checked, and it is so easy to do that online.

It occurred to me this week, however, that the browsing history of the average writer must ring bells somewhere on some watcher-server in some secret place.

It goes as no surprise to those who know me that I own up to being a compulsive researcher, spending hours looking into small details that are a sentence – nay half a sentence.  Now on occasion that could be classed as classic displacement activity  – but then again it never hurts to check.

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