Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Drabble Prompts

music (put your ipod on random or listen to the radio and write whatever pops in your brain while the music plays.)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

august drabble prompts

a place - your drabble should describe a place or be set in a place of your choosing.

happy writing folks!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

new drabble prompts

this week's drabble prompts are:


so get your thinking caps on and have fun. If these words don't inspire stories to rattle round your nogging than put your ipod on or a radio station and write whatever comes to mind when listening to a song, and don't forget to say what song!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Struck Gold!

Well, after posting on the blog a second ago I randomly clicked on next blog, which usually comes up in spanish or some other random thing, but I hit gold this time! Have a read and feel free to voice your thoughts, I'm intriegued and want to know what happens next myself!


Writing Challange

Hi all

Marina has come up with a challange for us all.
The idea is to write a story with the following criteria.
1. Someone get's attacked/killed
2. However that person turns the tables on their attacker/killer, how do they do it and what happens next?

It's an excellent chance to do some great character building, hint at things to come or things past etc and as usual it's great to see all of the ideas that we can all glean from such a small scrap of an idea!

If you're at book group next week, try to bring them then please :-) or you can post them on here!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Latest Drabble Prompts

New Drabble Promts for this Month are:
100 to 200 words find how are you inspired by these words...

This months Book club book Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
On this day of ill omen,
Plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of Engalnd will be darkened by death's shadow as town and villages burn to the ringing church bells.

While Panic and Suspicion flood the land, a small band of travellers come together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than the plague is in their midst. And as the runes warn of trechary, it appears no one is quite what they seem, least of all the child rune reader, who mercilessly compels each of her companions to tell their stories, and face the consequences.

... a scarred trader in holy relics, a conjuror, two musicians, and a deformed storyteller for company.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May Drabble Prompts

the drabble prompts for the first week of May are as follows:






...remember a drabble is a short work of fiction 100, 2oo, 300 words in length but if the story grabs you and you need to write more then run with it. Have fun and be inspired!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Book club Books for April - Awakening - S.J Bolton

Awakening - S.J Bolton''The truth does not hurt it kills''''How did it all begin? I suppose it would be the day I rescued a newborn baby from a poisonous snake, heard the news of my mother's death and encountered my first ghost... A few minutes befor six on a friday morning my quiet, ordely life went into meltdown''

New Book club Books for April - The reapers - John Connelly

'' They are the Reapers.''''The elite among killers'''' The assassin Louis is one of them. But now Louis, and his partner angel, are themselves targets.The only option is to draw the killers out. Taking on a hit for wealthy recluse, they head north to a town that no longer exists on any map, a town ruled by a man with very personal reasons for wanting Louis' blood spilt...There is only one man who can help''

New Book Club Book for April - Rides a Dread Legion - Raymond. E. Feist

Rides a dread Legion - Raymond.E. Feist

'' A lost race of elves, the taredhel or 'people of the stars', have found a way across the universe to reach Midkemia. On thier current home world, these elves are hard pressed by a ravaging demon horde, and what was once a huge empire has been reduced to a handfull of survivours.''

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Drabble Prompts for Tue 6th April

Hi all

The drabble prompts for next weeks session are:

Steel or Steal



Have fun with them!
Remember you can do either 100/200 or 300 word drabbles, the choice is your's.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Alice Cinema Trip

Hi All

Don't forget there is no book group tomorrow night, as we're off on a Cinema trip to see the new Alice in Wonderland Movie instead!
20:00 at Odeon Derby if anyone else wants to join us?
See you either tomorrow or next week!


Drable Prompts

Drabble Prompts for group for the 23rd March are:


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shiver: a Review

Shiver: a quick review

Shiver is the story of Grace and Sam, wolves, teen angst and the biting cold of winter. Stiefvater has an interesting and original twist to the werewolf mythos, and at times her prose can be quite lyrical. Unfortunately I found the switching back and forth between Grace and Sam chapters quite tedious as well as some of the extremely short chapters, but this could just be me nitpicking at literary things that make me twitch.

The “romance” of the characters was by far the longest section of the novel, which was drawn out and occasionally bland to read and made the conflict towards the end of the novel feel rather tacked on the end. Although Grace and Sam had believable character development, the secondary characters are thinly fleshed out. I would have loved to have read more about Olivia, and her friendship with Grace at the expense of Sam‘s terrible song writing (seriously squeamishly nauseating stuff).

As far as teen paranormal romances go this one has a heart of silver at the very least. The characters are believably flawed as human and wolf alike which made for an enjoyable read. Amazon reveals that there is a follow up book, Linger, which I don’t think I will be reading as I think any further stretching out of the story into a series would ruin the first novel, unless it was central to other characters leaving Grace and Sam behind. It’s worth a read if you like teen fiction, and far better written than the likes of the dreaded Twilight books.

Book group tonight

Hi all

Don't forget it's book group tonight 19:30-21:30, £2.50 or FREE with the power!
It's the last week for our February books, our new ones for March will be with us next week.

See you all here!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

February Drabble Prompts

A few drabble prompts for February inspiration.

week one: Flint, Fear, Fresh

week two: heart, love, heartache, valentine

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Hi Guys, don't forget book group tonight at 19:30-21:30, we have 3 books which we're currently choosing to read from and we'll be discussing them all upto chapter 4 tonight!

Monday, January 25, 2010


Hi All

Don't forget we are closed this Tuesday 26th January for staff training.
We hope to see you all in february!
Meanwhile, don't forget to check out the rest of this blog and the facebook group for further book info.


Monday, January 11, 2010

New Books for January

Happy New Year (if a little belated) to all of our Book Clubbers worldwide!
The instore club is now back from its holiday break (and its snow induced on last week) so don't forget to pop on down again tomorrow night onwards (if you're local!) 19:30-21:30. Bring a pen and paper for our creative session too.

Our new books for January are as follows:

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater: The wolves are calling. Everything you know will change.

The pack circled around me, tongues and teeth and growls. When a local boy is killed by wolves, Grace's small town becomes a place of fear and suspicion. But Grance can't help being fascinated by the pack, and by one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. There's something about him - something almost human. Then she meets a yellow - eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away.....

A chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page.

Sacrifice, by S.J. Bolton, You're born, you live, they die.
Moving to remote Shetland has been unsettling enough for consultant surgeon Tora Hamilton, even before the gruesome discovery she makes one rain-drenched afternoon.....
'The corpse I could cope with. It was the context that threw me...'
Deep in the peat soil of her field she uncovers the body of a young woman. The heart has been removed, and marks etched into the skin bear an eerie resemblance to carvings Tora has seen in her own cellar.
'and there I'd been, thinking the day couldn't possibly get any worse.'
But as Tora begins to ask questions, terrifying threats start tolling in like the cold island mists....
'Splendidly crafted, deeply disturbing...This debut novel will deservedly be a bestseller' The Times.
Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison. She'll bring them back alive, dead....or undead.
Forty years ago a genetically engineered virus killed half the world's human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had, until then, lived in secret alongside humanity.
Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending criminals throughout modern-day Cincinnati. She is also a witch.
Used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves, Rachel's latest assignments - apprehending cable-stealing magic students and tax-evading leprechauns - have prompted her to break her thirty-year contract with the I.S. and start her own runner agency.
But no one quits the I.S.
Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack proves even more deadly than leaving the I.S.