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Mid May email update

Mid-May already and with the Bank Holiday towards the end of the month comes the biggest book Festival in the UK and probably the world. … Hay (23 – 31 May) – and if you are planning to come then we’d love to see you at the Lovereading4kids Browse-a-Book Zone in the Make and Take tent. Read on for lots more booky highlights for May including our favourite eBooks and a sneak peak at some stunning June titles …

     

Spring-Eeeee! – eBooks of the Month

Something for e-veryone this month and plenty to kindle your fire. Particularly note(book)worthy are …

The Infidel Stain by M J Carter – Eagerly awaited sequel to The Strangler Vine, murky sleuthing in grimy Victorian London. The Cellar by Minette Walters – A creatively taut, terrifyingly original and chilling read from a C.W.A.award-winning author. No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary – Stunning crime-writing. Beautiful, touching and terrifying sequel to Someone Else’s Skin. The Museum of Things Left Behind by Seni Glaister – Humour, satire, misunderstandings and pure farce rip through the pages.
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Every Dad can have his Day – Father’s Day 21 June

It’s always hard to know what to get Dad for Father’s Day. Cards don’t last and a new cricket bat is too expensive. Guess what? We think that a book is a grand idea! And to persuade you that we’re right, we’ve compiled a whole shelf of titles perfect to put a smile on his face.

A perfect fiction title could be the latest Gerald Seymour, Vagabond, and this one is particularly exciting as he returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game. It is thriller and suspense at its best, great writing too and once you are hooked, you’ve got lots to indulge in to find your favourite as this is his 30th novel.

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Free Pre-publication Extracts for Eager Readers
Here you get to read extracts of great titles before they hit the shelves. Simple as that. This month, try:

Dacre’s War by Rosemary Goring – Commanding follow-up to After Flodden, a vivid, vengeance-filled and heart-thumping hop down the rabbit-hole of History. Or My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies by Fredrik Backman (Author of one of our top books of last year – A Man Called Ove) – Quirky, gorgeous, unique, enchanting, imaginative and just a real treat of a read. Get it. Read it. Love it. Tell your friends. And new for YA readers How to be Bad by E Lockhart. A new novel from the author of the highly acclaimed We Were Liars. A road trip to Miami breaks hearts and tests friendships.

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In Maxim We Trust – Maxim Jakubowski’s May selections

Crime guru Maxim Jakubowski has pushed the boat out for his top picks for immersive escapism this month. He’s gone all Dickensian on us (and why not?) with two great 19th Century tales in two great cities. His flights of fancy also take in Florida and Cuba and the swinging ‘60s in London’s colourful Carnaby Street. There are people (literally) living in the clouds and investigative intrigue in Istanbul, Paris and Osaka. Phew. Whether you’re in for the long haul or just dipping your toe, see his top picks for May here.

Books to read “On the Beaches” – Winston Churchill


Another great idea for Father’s Day and a stunning addition to our WWII category are two books that celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Greatest Briton and 75 years since his seminal “finest hour” speech:

The Telegraph on Winston Churchill – with a Foreword by Boris Johnson, a fascinating, illuminating collection of articles from the archives.

First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell – Churchill was quoted as saying he couldn’t have won the Second World War without her and in First Lady we learn how this true marriage of love and mind came about and carried through to the end.

     

Just the Fillip! – Fern Britton’s Perfect Summer Reads


What? You didn’t know that Fern Britton, much loved, warm, witty and wonderful TV host, is a novelist? She is you know. And her titles A Good Catch and A Seaside Affair will be brilliant beach-towel books this summer. Imaginative and enjoyable, these are stories you’ll lap up as the waves lap at your toes.

We have ten signed copies of A Good Catch to give away, so click here and plan that holiday!

May Prize-Winning News

Fans of new fiction should pop over to our Book Awards section to see the recently announced shortlist of books for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize, where a panel of three judges are asked to look for a debut novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting characters and which is both vividly written and confidently realised.

And just announced is The Bookseller’s Book of the Year which this year, for the first time was won by a crowdfunded novel called The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth … A post-apocalyptic novel set in 1066 – unlike anything else you will read this year… See the shelf below for more details.

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YA Reading Fest

Talking Trouble … Non Pratt, if you haven’t heard, is a publisher-cum-author and a leading light in YA Fiction. Her bittersweet contemporary relationship tales get right to the centre of what it is to be young today. Check out Trouble and Remix: funny, touching, terrifying and real, both of them. Then come and see her at one of our Hay Festival events!

The ‘Bane’ of Your Life … A perfect gift for Shadowhunter fans, (who incidentally, can download eBook versions of Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices, here) Cassandra Clare has brought out a lavishly illustrated version of The Bane Chronicles. Engrossing and enlightening, emotionally enveloping short stories which our panel of teen reviewers absolutely loved.

A Gem of a Trilogy … The Moonstone Legacy by Diana De Gunzburg and Tony Wild is an action-packed adventurous tale with an added magical touch of the mystical dancing across the pages. A treat of three books in one, we follow brave and capable Lizzy as she struggles to break a family curse. Short punchy chapters and beautiful descriptive detailing make this extremely readable.

Full Marks for Horror … Chilling and thrilling, like watching TV from behind the sofa, Graham Marks’ additions to the Red Eye Series for kids aged 13+ are scaring, daring and hair-raising. Latest to join the horror show is Bad Bones, an unravelling nightmare that will have them hiding under the duvet and unable to stop reading. See all Red Eye titles here.

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So, that is May at Lovereading. We are beavering away to find even more great titles for you this summer and we’ll let you know what we’ve come up with next month!

P.S. Do watch out for the TV adaption of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke first published back in 2005 and due to broadcast Sunday 17th May. One of our editorial experts, Sarah Broadhurst, said of the book A very special book indeed, magical in all its senses … highly imaginative with many layers and intricate sub-plots and is totally compelling. A highly intelligent alternative history which I urge you to read and become totally hooked.’

Why not do a ‘Game of Thrones’ and watch the TV then go back and read the book to really understand and enjoy it.

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Help us pick the UK’s favourite contemporary Summer Reads

Did you know that 20% of all people who read books ONLY read on holiday … or that keen readers (like you) read more than twice as much as normal!

So making sure you have the best books to read is vital – and here is where we need you help. We asked our 600 strong reader review panel to recommend favourite Summer Reads from the last few years and from that we have a longlist of 40 titles.

Now we want to throw the voting open to everyone to pick the final shortlist of 10 titles that we will feature as Summer Reads on Lovereading.co.uk. Thank you for you votes and do share with all your reading friends.

Please let us know which are your favourite Summer Reads from the list below … you can pick as many as you like

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Seaside Affair by Fern Britton
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
All Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
Eagles at war by Ben Kane
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Endgame: The Calling by James Frey
Girl on a train by Paula Hawkins
Gone by Rebecca Muddiman
Miss Carters War by Sheila Hancock
My Mother’s Secret by Sheila O’Flanagan
No Angel by Penny Vincenzi
One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
Only We Know by Karen Perry
Return to Mandalay by Rosanna Ley
Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye
That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson
The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond
The Children’s Act by Ian McEwan
The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
The Final Minute by Simon Kernick
The Two of Us by Andy Jones
The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
The Jackdaw by Luke Delaney
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Secrets Sisters Keep by Sinead Moriarty
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent
We’re All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
Welcome Home by Margaret Dickinson
Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott
Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekback

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Lovereading … No Love-riding

The wise person says Work to Live and one of Lovereading’s Directors, Louise Weir, has done this by following her passion for horse riding … when she recently won the over 40’s category at the preeminent amateurs event at Badminton called ‘Grassroots’  in Gloucestershire.

The championships consist of three phases – dressage, showjumping and cross country – and as well as winning the cup for the over 40s she came 15th overall out of 89 starters and was one of only 11 double clears! Louise’s horse Olive (proper name Lady Ballina) is tiny compared to most of the other horses and but for some time faults cross country would have finished 3rd overall. All very exciting but rest assured, readers, she is back in the office sifting through piles of books to pick the best ones.

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Lovereading Top 10 books 10 – 17 May 2015

Lovereading Top 10

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When We Were Friends When We Were Friends
Tina Seskis
May 2015 Book of the Month.
We meet six female friends in the present day and learn a bit about their history together.  There is the high achiever, the one with marriage problems, the recently widowed, the happy one, the scatty …
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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this book down for even a second is inconceivable. The first few pages make you smile, make you laugh and charm you, there is a …
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Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
May 2015 Book of the Month.
Blasting straight into action, some shockingly organised crime rages across the pages in this fast paced thrilling tale. Starting seven months on from ‘The Last Witness’ there have been some changes to DCI Daley’s world, …
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We are All Made of Stars We are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life, death and hope. Read the first letter, followed by the prologue and you think you know exactly what this is going to be, a …
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The Cellar The Cellar
Minette Walters
May 2015 eBook of the Month.
Offered as a Hammer novella, you may well expect a substantial amount of supernatural horror, however a more rational yet none the less uncomfortable and captivating read awaits. The story is told from Muna’s viewpoint, …
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The Heat of Betrayal The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month.
A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story with a ferocious intensity that asks… just how far …
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Hidden Hidden
Emma Kavanagh
Full of suspense with any number of red herrings, this is cracking stuff by a former police psychologist.  Narrated from four points of view, it concerns a major shooting incident in a Welsh hospital.  Not only does it jump viewpoints, …
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Eagles at War Eagles of Rome Eagles at War Eagles of Rome
Ben Kane
May 2015 Book of the Month.
Having given us Hannibal and Spartacus, this excellent historical adventure author now features an experienced Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, and places him against the German tribesmen of the Rhine (AD9) in the battle of Teutoburg …
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A Song for Issy Bradley A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015.
May 2015 Debut of the Month.
A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family.  You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon church but the thrust of the novel is how a …
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The Country of Ice Cream Star The Country of Ice Cream Star
Sandra Newman
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015.
Set in the ruins of a futuristic America, this is about a 15-year old girl, Ice Cream Star.  She lives in a world of kids for once anyone becomes twenty they get …
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Mills & Boon, Kobo and WH Smith Launch Romance Writing Life Initiative

Offering you the chance to win a publishing deal 

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Calling all aspiring romance writers! Mills & Boon, Kobo and WH Smith are teaming up to turn your story into an international bestseller.

Three of the book industries finest have collaborated to launch a Romance Writing Life Initiative, to seek and expose new writing talent on a global scale. This is your opportunity to win an exclusive book deal and see your novel get published by the iconic Mills & Boon brand in print, jointly promoted with Kobo on ebook, and supported in-store by WH Smith.

The winner will benefit from working with some of the most revered romance editors in the industry, and receive a prestigious signed print contract from Mills & Boon.

WH Smith will be supporting the book with prime selling position in-store as well as a marketing drive for pre-orders and post release. To reach global audiences, Kobo will be supporting the winner with a pre-order campaign featuring predominantly on the new releases feature page and ongoing digital support.

To be in with a chance to make this a reality, entrants have three months to submit a synopsis and the first chapter of their romance novel, which will be judged by experts at the three major book players including authors, editors and key members of the Mills & Boon, Kobo and WH Smith teams.

The winner can look forward to the book being released in early 2016 with the full support of Mills & Boon, Kobo and WH Smith to ensure maximum success.

To help encourage and support entries, Kobo and Mills & Boon have provided content and guidelines on modern romance writing, to help your journey to getting published.

To enter, find out more about the Romance Writing Life Initiative and writing guidelines please visit:   www.romancewritinglife.com

The Closing date for entries is midnight, 13th July 2015

 

Tips by Fiona Harper, one of Mills & Boon’s top romance writers, and author of The Doris Day Vintage Film Club

 

  1. Make your hero and heroine earn their happy-ever-after by challenging them to go on an emotional journey. Only if they complete it do they deserve to be together!
  2. Make your heroine someone you’d like to be friends with and your hero someone you could fall in love with.
  3. Pay more attention to the emotional issues keeping your characters apart than problems created by external situations/other people.
  4. Don’t have your hero and heroine hating each other for no reason at the beginning of the story. Have strong, believable reasons to keep them apart.
  5. Don’t just assume readers will believe in the romance just because you’ve put your hero and heroine on the page together. How do these two people challenge and teach each other? How do they complete each other?
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Lovereading Top 10 Books 4 – 11 May 2015

Lovereading Top 10

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All the Light We Cannot See All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
May 2015 Book of the Month.
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
A big book in every way, powerful, intensely moving and awe inspiring.  It traces the lives of blind Marie and orphan Werner through World War II.  Werner is …
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The Illusionists The Illusionists
Rosie Thomas
May 2015 Book of the Month.
A bit of a diversion for Rosie Thomas for this is a period novel of the late Victorian theatre world. It revolves around an illusionist who calls himself Devil, his love and eventual wife and …
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When We Were Friends When We Were Friends
Tina Seskis
May 2015 Book of the Month.
We meet six female friends in the present day and learn a bit about their history together.  There is the high achiever, the one with marriage problems, the recently widowed, the happy one, the scatty …
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What She Left What She Left
T. R. Richmond
May 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month.
An intriguing and successful experiment in presenting a crime thriller from a different angle, Richmond’s accomplished debut encourages the reader to become the sleuth. Alice Salmon dies in what initially appears a tragic case …
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Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
May 2015 Book of the Month.
Blasting straight into action, some shockingly organised crime rages across the pages in this fast paced thrilling tale. Starting seven months on from ‘The Last Witness’ there have been some changes to DCI Daley’s world, …
Download free opening extract
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The Heat of Betrayal The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month.
A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour and cause confusion in the present. This is a story with a ferocious intensity that asks… just how far …
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Funny Girl Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
May 2015 Book of the Month.
I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can hardly say ‘classic’. But it is all one would …
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No Safe House No Safe House
Linwood Barclay
A sequel to No Time for Goodbye but you can enjoy this without knowledge of that.  It concerns the Archer family, Terry, Cynthia and daughter Grace.  Seven years ago (first book) they suffered an ordeal which is still affecting their …
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Hidden Hidden
Emma Kavanagh
Full of suspense with any number of red herrings, this is cracking stuff by a former police psychologist.  Narrated from four points of view, it concerns a major shooting incident in a Welsh hospital.  Not only does it jump viewpoints, …
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Eagles at War Eagles of Rome Eagles at War Eagles of Rome
Ben Kane
May 2015 Book of the Month.
Having given us Hannibal and Spartacus, this excellent historical adventure author now features an experienced Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, and places him against the German tribesmen of the Rhine (AD9) in the battle of Teutoburg …
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Top 10 most popular books 27 April – 4 May 2015

Lovereading Top 10

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The Secret Place The Secret Place
Tana French
April 2015 Book of the Month.
A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more.  An exploration of friendship, the deep do-or-die kind, and an intricate peek …
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That Girl from Nowhere That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month.
What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet.  It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?).  Our hero, Smithy, a black girl, white adopted parents, white …
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Hidden Hidden
Emma Kavanagh
Full of suspense with any number of red herrings, this is cracking stuff by a former police psychologist.  Narrated from four points of view, it concerns a major shooting incident in a Welsh hospital.  Not only does it jump viewpoints, …
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Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The book everyone’s been talking about, now a major motion picture. Young and innocent Anastasia Steele doesn’t quite know what to make of the smouldering industrialist Christian Grey when she interviews him for her student paper. Things get both troubling …
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Brooklyn Brooklyn
Colm Toibin
Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year 2010.December 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

Good Reading for Christmas by Maureen Lipman…
‘The sensitive man in my life will get Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn. He portrays the young Irish girl Eilis Lacey by never …
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The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, the unreliable narrator domestic drama of untruths is the new ‘hot’ genre. The author was best known under another name …
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Brooklyn Brooklyn
Colm ToibinWinner of the Costa Novel Award 2009.

Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges’ comment: “A wonderfully-observed story of love and loss.”

A great family drama about a young girl moving from Ireland to New Yok in search of work in the 1950’s. Just …
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The Cellar The Cellar
Minette Walters
May 2015 eBook of the Month.
Muna’s fortunes changed for the better on the day that Mr and Mrs Songoli’s younger son failed to come home from school. Before then her bedroom was a dark windowless cellar, her activities confined to …
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The Country of Ice Cream Star The Country of Ice Cream Star
Sandra Newman
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015.
Set in the ruins of a futuristic America, this is about a 15-year old girl, Ice Cream Star.  She lives in a world of kids for once anyone becomes twenty they get …
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Young Skins Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award.
Winner of the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland – a town in which the youth have the run of …
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Book Review: Day Shift by Charlaine Harris, plus Q&A with the author

By Vikki Patis

Thanks to the lovely people at Gollancz, I received a review copy of Day Shift, the second book in the Midnight, Texas series by the wonderful Charlaine Harris.

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9780575092884Welcome to Midnight, Texas.

It’s a quiet little town, perched at the junction between Davy Road and Witch Light Road, and it’s easy to miss. With its boarded-up windows, single traffic light and sleepy air, there’s nothing special about Midnight . . . which is exactly how the residents like it.

So when the news comes that a new owner plans to renovate the run-down, abandoned old hotel in town, it’s not met with pleasure. Who would want to come to Midnight, with its handful of shops, the Home Cookin diner, and quiet residents – and why?

But there are bigger problems in the air. When Manfred Bernado, the newest resident in town, is swept up in a deadly investigation suddenly the hotel and its residents are the least of the towns concern. The police, lawyers and journalists are all headed to Midnight, and it’s the worst possible moment…

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First, the book. I have to say that Day Shift grabbed me much faster than Midnight Crossroad did. Perhaps it’s because I’m more invested in the characters now, or that I finally realised just how many of them are from Charlaine’s other series, all of which I adore. (I have to admit, just how long it took me to realise this fact does make me feel somewhat foolish.) Whatever the reason, I tore through Day Shift in a couple of sittings, devouring every word, and feeling bereft when it was over.

I don’t want to give anything away, but this book in particular really appealed to the Sookie Stackhouse lover in me. It has mystery, magic, and marvellous characters. I loved finding out more about some of those characters, and really connecting with their back stories. Once again, Harris has created a world in which I want to live, with people I want to know, and an undercurrent of magic that I wish existed.

I also have to say just how much I love the author. Charlaine Harris is not only a fantastic writer, but she’s also a wonderful person. She was kind enough to be interviewed for my Ask the Author (http://www.readwave.com/ask-the-author-charlaine-harris_s55273) feature last year, and she also agreed to answer a few questions on this new series, for which I am incredibly grateful. My thanks also go to the lovely Paula, for setting the interview up.

What inspired you to use a setting like Midnight, Texas in your new series?

I had been thinking about my childhood quite a bit, and remembering every summer when my mom would take my brother and me to Texas to stay with her parents so she could help them during Rodeo. They ran a hotel in Rocksprings, Texas, which is still standing and operating, by the way. My mother and her sisters worked really hard during Rodeo, but I was mostly good for getting in the way, as I recall. The culture and landscape were very different from the Delta area of Mississippi, where I grew up, and I thought it would be fun to set the new series in a place that’s not a literal rendition of Rocksprings, Texas, but a place more like my impression.

So far, I’ve noticed Manfred Bernardo, Barry Bellboy and Quinn the weretiger from other books. Are there any other characters from your other series that I’ve missed? Will any more be making an appearance in the future? 

Yes, you’ve skipped a few. Bobo Winthrop is from the Lily Bard series, and Arthur Smith is from the Aurora Teagarden books.

Why did you choose to develop some of these existing characters for this new series? 

Some characters you just miss. And (especially) for Bobo, I wanted to see how he’d turned out. He’s a mature man in the Midnight books, and he was a teen in the Lily Bard books. What’s happened to him in the intervening years? All the characters have had time to change to some extent. It was the change that interested me.


You have so many brilliantly written characters, in all of your series. What are your tips for developing such characters?

I think every book character has to work. But while they’re fulfilling their function, they can be interesting, too. It’s much more fun for the writer to give each character life. I think experience has a lot to do with being able to create characters who really stick with the reader.

How many books are planned for this new series? When should we expect the next one? 

May of next year will see the publication of NIGHT SHIFT. I’ve signed for three books, and that’ll complete the contract. We’ll see after that.

Take me back to Midnight. I’m sure I’m weird enough to fit right in.

To read my review of Midnight Crossroad, click here. https://dracarya.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/book-review-midnight-crossroad-by-charlaine-harris/  Day Shift will be released on 5 May.

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HAY FESTIVAL Thursday 21 to Sunday 31 May 2015

This year’s Hay Festival brings writers and readers together once again to share stories and ideas that inspire, examine and entertain. Now in its 28th year, the 2015 programme spans 11 days with over 700 events, blending expert thinkers, world class writers, and award winning entertainers from the stage and screen.

Director of Hay Festival, Peter Florence, said: “The festival comes a fortnight after the election. We don’t have a manifesto; we have a thousand stories. We want to talk about a new beginning and dream about what the future might be, and be inspired to make those changes ourselves.”

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Diverse, pertinent and illuminating, the 2015 Hay Festival programme includes:

Magna Carta 800 – What do we want?

800 years on from the creation of the Magna Carta and in the wake of a hotly contested British election, a special series of events invites experts and audiences to reimagine the world in the strand Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Spotlighting the biggest issues affecting us today – from equality and the law, to politics and fairer farming – the nine events look at how we would redesign our society if offered a blank slate, with speakers including: Hay Festival President Stephen Fry; founder of the Everyday Sexism project Laura Bates; writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig; and internationally acclaimed jurists Igor Judge, Helena Kennedy, Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Philippe Sands and Richard Goldstone. Speakers will address what we want from a free press, equality and democracy, while inviting HayMakers to pitch in ideas for a new charter.

Literature

Leading the fiction programme is a host of renowned authors representing a cross section of world fiction. Kazuo Ishiguro, David Mitchell, Graham Swift, Irvine Welsh, Rose Tremain, Elif Shafak, Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín and Marian Keyes will discuss their latest works, while Neil Gaiman pays tribute to the late Sir Terry Pratchett. Rising stars sit alongside established talents, as Jessie Burton offers insight into her multi-award-winning debut, The Miniaturist; Polly Samson discusses her second novel The Kindness; and Sarah Winman introduces A Year of Marvellous Ways. Nadifa Mohammed and Zukiswa Wanner represent Africa39, a Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club Project celebrating 39 of the best African south of the Sahara writers under 40. Meanwhile, Brenda Lozano, Daniel Saldaña París, and Laia Jufresa represent México20, a Hay project promoting new voices in Mexican literature as part of the Year of Mexico in the UK and the Year of the UK in Mexico, 2015 celebration.

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There will also be talks on:

Religion by Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor , Abdel Bari Atwan, the Palestinian editor of Rai al-Youm, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and former Roman Catholic nun Karen Armstrong. Global Affairs by Galina Timchenko, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy QC and the UK’s Deputy Commissioner for Children’s Services, Sue Berelowitz. UK Today by Tim Parker, Mary Portas, ex-advisor to David Cameron Steve Hilton, and Alex Salmond. Other strands include: Science and Health, Environment and Nature, Art, Fashion and Photography, Comedy and Music.

Hay Fever

Hay Fever, the festival’s programme for children and families, is back with a feel-good line-up to make children of all ages smile. The programme’s variety reaches new heights with cartooning, comedy, illustrating, model making, sleepovers, comic-making workshops, spectacular young adult fiction discussions and more. With hundreds of events and activities, children and adults alike can enjoy the summer half-term with treasured favourites like Jacqueline Wilson and Liz Pichon (sponsored by Lovereading4kids) or discover fabulous YA stars like New York Times bestseller Sarah J Maas, over from the US to launch her new series.

There will be events to celebrate the 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta and 150 years since the publication of Alice in Wonderland. Highlights for family audiences’ will include activity workshops like ‘Drawing Favourite Characters’ or ‘Easy Chinese Workshops’; while the fabulous Chris Riddell will be live drawing and Cressida Cowell talks How To Train Your Dragon. Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings) to interweave words and music in ‘The Mozart Question Concert’ – a great event for all the family. Children can learn how to make awesome comics with Neill Cameron, the very artist who illustrated some of The Phoenix’s best-loved comics. Not to mention appearances by a spectacular line-up of well-loved authors including; Neil Gaiman, Frank Cottrell Boyce and John Boyne. Picture book loving families can look forward to meeting their favourite illustrators; Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Winner Rob Biddulph, twice winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton, Ed Vere and a host of much loved characters (Peter Rabbit, Topsy and Tim and Spot to mention a few).

For older readers the #HayYA programme truly has something for everyone. Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s YA panel includes ‘Queen of Teen’ winner James Dawson. Bestselling creator of Geek Girl, Holly Smale is back, as is spoken word artist Steven Camden. Whether you like to immerse yourself in romantic fantasy adventure, dystopian trilogies, emotional rollercoasters or prefer a quieter, thought-provoking literary experience – you’ll find it all at #HayYA.

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Lovereading4kids is proud to be sponsoring a number of events in the Hay Fever programme.  Come and visit us in our very own Lovereading4kids Browse-a-Book Zone in the Make and Take Tent.

The full festival programme is available to view at www.hayfestival.org

Photo Credits: Finn Beales

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