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Update of Indie Author Page

I have been somewhat neglectful of my indie author page. Here are some updates:

Linda Cassidy LewisAn Illusion of Trust. This is the sequel to Brevity of Roses and follows relationships encountered there.

Linda MacDonaldA Meeting of a Different Kind. This is a sequel to Meeting Lydia but written from the perspective of other characters – another window on the business of re-vitalising by email, old relationships.

Vall Buss: The Silver Spindle. Sci fi written by a scientist flying under a pen name.

Cathryn Grant: Cathryn has been on a bit of a roll lately. Her most recent, Last Chance (a suburban ghost story), is just out on Amazon, but there is a whole list there – noir, suburban, ghost, and mystery.

December 2012

Michelle Mina ScowcroftSquashed Tomatoes and Stew out on Kindle. Proceeds from the first 500 sales will go to Fight for Sight which researches into causes and treatment for blindness. Michelle is a post graduate student on the Lancaster university MA in Creative Writing.

Lane AshfeldtSaltwater  is a collection of shorts stories about the sea which is out now on kindle. Lane has a chapter in Short Circuit, a recommended text for the MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster university. Quality, that is!

‘Meeting Lydia’ by Linda MacDonald

book coverTo read ‘Meeting Lydia is to sit in a comfy front room with the author, and listen while she tells you the story. Linda MacDonald is a raconteur, an ‘under-the-banyan-tree’, book-at-bedtime story teller, who conjures up complex images through a stream-of-consciousness narrative. Some might say there is more telling than showing, but they would be mistaken in judging this to be a fault. The telling is not exposition, not info-dumping, not tedious scene-setting. The telling is Bridget Jones; it is the internal curiosities, private debates, and mental machinations of the main character, Marianne, as she negotiates a mid-life crisis, the menopause, and a re-emergence of past horrors. If you are intrigued by relationships, by the seismic shifts brought on by the passage of time, or by the impact of early experience on the adult psyche, you will find more than enough here to meet your requirements.  And while fiction it may be, the fact is grounded and you can trust the psychology, the insights, and the research. Linda knows her stuff, and it shows.

Meeting Lydia‘ is about Marianne’s internet pursuit, via Friends Reunited, of a past relationship. It is the single thread upon which she  hangs a thousand-and-one intricate scenes of self discovery; any one of which might be seen as an irrelevant distraction from the plot, but each of which is like one of those tiny shops or galleries you come across unexpectedly while looking for Debenhams. If all you want is a mainstream chain store, this book is not for you. But if what you love best is poking around in unique and idiosyncratically organised one-roomers where the owner can tell you who made everything and the names of their grandchildren, you are very much in luck.

I was afraid of reviewing this book. My best friend is the author, we exchange Kula gifts (look up ‘Trobriand Islanders‘ and fix on yams and necklaces), and I’m pretty certain I’m in there somewhere, although definitely not as Edward. It has turned out to be easy to review because it is structurally competent, refreshingly unburdened by convention, and has no wasted words. It reads like a film, and maybe it should be one. So open up your copy of ‘Meeting Lydia‘, start up the projector in your head, and let Linda tell you a story.

Now out on Kindle via Amazon.


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