If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio | Book Review

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Oliver Marks has just served ten years for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day of his release, he is greeted by the detective who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, and he wants to know what really happened a decade before.

As a young actor at an elite conservatory, Oliver noticed that his talented classmates seem to play the same characters onstage and off – villain, hero, temptress – though he was always a supporting role. But when the teachers changed the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the plays spill dangerously into real life.

When tragedy stikes, one of the seven friends is found dead. The rest face their greated acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless…

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Platypus Press Shorts Review | Stories #7 & #11

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If you’ve been within a ten mile radius of me in the past few months, you’ll probably be aware that I’ve found myself increasingly interested in short stories, so when Platypus Press offered to send across some of their Shorts series for review I was delighted to have a read. 

I have been sent four stories to review, but I’m going to split them into two posts this being the first obviously. A huge thank you to Platypus Press for sending these stories over, I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. 

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February/March Favourites | yes I am bundling them together…

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After a few weeks hiatus because quite frankly life has been a little too much recently and I have been overwhelmed. Sometimes writing a blog post is something which has to be put to the bottom of my list of priorities.

I also realised (perhaps a little too late) that I didn’t write a favourite post for February so why not just bundle them altogether as one post? I have no idea how long this post is going to be but I’ve had some fab things in my life recently so let’s share them.

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Recent LGBTQ+ Reads | some books which have warmed my heart…

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As a queer reader books which represent the LGBTQ+ community are incredibly important to me and recently I’ve read a few fair good ones. I’m not necessarily someone who will pick up a book just because there’s a LGBTQ+ character, especially if the plot of the book doesn’t interest me overall. I don’t want to read something which overall I won’t enjoy.

However, as I said, recently I’ve read a handful of books with LGBTQ+ aspects – some for uni and some for my own enjoyment. A couple of these books are more well-known than others, but I still want to shout about them regardless. I just want to give them my love.

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Studying creative writing… | a chat between friends

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I have (generally speaking) always avoided talking about the creative writing side of my degree albeit not always intentionally, but I think it’s about time I did talk about it. Recently I was talking to Jess (Read by Jess) and we were discussing some of the “issues” we’ve encountered whilst doing a degree with creative aspects. It’s something which is important to me and I want to discuss so I asked Jess whether she’d be interested in helping me turn those discussions into a blog post, so here we are.

I wrote a few questions up and then we just had a little chat over Twitter so let’s see how this one goes. For context, Jess has completed her degree and I am still partway through mine.

Warning: This is a long blog post.

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Skylarks by Karen Gregory | Book Review


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Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. It’s not as if she has the power to change anything important anyway. Like Dad’s bad back, or the threat of losing their house.

So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised and privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy.

But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it. Something love can defy difference. And sometimes life asks you to be bigger and braver…’

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