The Ties That Bind by Erin Kelly — Valerie Penny’s Book Reviews

I met Erin Kelly for the first time last summer when I attended The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School at which she led an excellent course. I enjoyed the summer school and you can read my review about it at bookreviewstoday.info/2015/11/15/swanwick-writers-summer-school-2015/. Erin Kelly is a very impressive tutor. I like her style and her approach to writing, […]

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Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer — Surviving Breast Cancer Now!

Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I have become very breast aware and am anxious that I should know how to advise my daughters so that their risk of this horrible disease is minimized. So, whatever your age, size or shape it is so important to take care of your breasts. Breast cancer is […]

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MGM Signature Suites, 145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, USA

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suite towersMy cousin, Michael and his new bride Amanda live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I always choose my relatives carefully. On a visit to the USA earlier this summer, my husband and I made a point of visiting Las Vegas to spend time with Mike and Mandy. It was just a few days, but it was important to us. We looked at a variety of hotels to make sure we chose the right one. suite m&m

Our travel agent in the village, Linda Hill of LAH Travel knows Las Vegas well and visits annually. She always stays at the MGM Signature Suites. It was Linda who recommended the MGM Signature Suites to us. What a good recommendation! We made sure we told our taxi driver from McCarron Airport that we were glad to be back in Vegas, and we did not want to travel through the tunnel. The trip only took a…

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Blogging 101 Starts Monday – Are You Ready?

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Note: this is the same Blogging 101 course previously offered by Blogging U. Feel free to take it again, but be aware that we’ll cover the same topics.

The next edition of Blogging 101 begins Monday, August 3. Join us to grow as a blogger, learn your way around the blogosphere, and make some great new friends. Registration is open until the course actually kicks off.

Thanks to everyone — the teachers and the other students — for a wonderful time that truly felt well-spent. I learned a lot, my blog is set up much better, and I have doubled my followers.

Margaret Ellis

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — August 3 – 21


Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community.

You’ll walk away with a stronger…

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Tempranillo Restaurant, 165 Midland Ave, Basalt, Colorado 81621, USA

Val Penny's Hotel and Restaurant Reviews

glennMy friend, Lisa and I had spent a happy morning wandering around shops and art galleries in Carbondale and Basalt, Colorado while our respective husbands were fighting the fish on the Frying Pan River under the guidance of Glenn Smith from Taylor Creek Fly Shop, Basalt, Colorado. After our endeavours to empty the shops, we stopped into Tempranillo for some delicious home made lemonade. Tempranillo is located in historic, downtown Basalt on Midland Avenue and we sat temp outoutside in the front gardens in the shade. It was lovely.

As we were there early in the summer season, the restaurant had just opened for lunch and we were the only customers during our visit. The waiter was extremely attentive and frequently refreshed our drinks. I got the feeling he was bored and glad of the company. He did tell us that he normally worked evenings, when Tempranillo is very busy. He told us…

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This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell

Val Penny's Book Reviews

KarenCampbelKaren Campbell was born in Paisley and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. Both her mother and father worked in Strathclyde Police Force and following a degree at Glasgow University, Karen also joined the police, where she met her husband. Karen studied for the Creative Writing Master’s Degree at Glasgow University. She is a vegetarian and lives in Galloway with her husband and two daughters. Karen Campbell has been best known, until now, as an accomplished proponent of Tartan Noir. She wrote a series of 4 well-received police crime novels featuring her main protagonist DCI Anna Cameron. I very much enjoyed those books. So, when This Is Where I Am was book of the month in my book group, I was thrilled.

However, this novel is a complete departure in style and subject matter for Karen Campbell. This Is Where I Am is a book of two voices. It tells the story of Abdi, a Somali asylum-seeker newly arrived…

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Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is one of my favourite authors. Ever since my daughter introduced me to his novel, No Time For Goodbye, while we were on holiday in Majorca, Spain, some years ago, I have read his books with excitement. Indeed, No Time for Goodbye, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim and great international success. The following year, it was a Richard and Judy Summer Read selection in the UK, and did seven straight weeks at #1 on linwoodthe UK bestseller list. He is a fine story teller.

Barclay was born in the USA but moved to Canada just before turning four years old when his father, accepted a position with an advertising agency north of the border. Barclay spent his early life helping to run a cottage resort and trailer park after his father died when he was 16. Barclay, who graduated with an English literature degree from Trent University…

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