February 2019-My Reading List

February was a busy month for me.

On February 16th I  organised the launch of my book Fire& Ice. Although it was hard work- it went exceptionally well, and the event was a success. I will write a post on how to hold a book launch

The Crowd at the launch of Fire & Ice
Photo courtesy Peta Flanaghan.

 

Secondly, we had a two-week visit from family, who came from overseas and stayed with us.

So, my reading time was much less than usual.

A Spell of Murder  by Clea Simon  (Fiction)

A spell of murder

The cover initially attracted me as did the synopsis. Maybe it was due to distraction on my part, but I found the concept of the cats narrating much of the story wasn’t working for me. I had thought it was a fun idea.

The  Vikings By Neil Oliver. (Non-Fiction)

 

The Vikings

I found this a useful and entertaining book on Vikings. The pages of illustrations add to the appeal of the book. Neil Oliver employs his imagination to embody the places and artefacts with life, taking us with him on these journeys. In part, this was further research for me as Fire & Ice contains Vikings and I may write a sequel.

The Big Book of Practical Spells by Judika Illes (Non-Fiction)

Practical spells

Another book for research, very practical and down to earth demystifying  ‘magic’ as herb law and attention to what is happening. Although there are options to take the work further.

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine(Fiction)

The House Between TIdes

I enjoyed Women of the Dunes so much that I was interested to read an earlier book by this author. Again, there are different timelines, in this case, 1910 and the present day. The setting also imparts a surreal feel to the story and as it progressed, I held grave fears for a couple of the characters. Immensely enjoyable

Author: soniabellhouse

Sonia Bellhouse is the author of Fire & Ice, a Scandi-timeslip romance about ice dancing, Norway and Vikings, published by Daisy Lane Publishing. She is also a contributor to Passages a short story anthology published by Serenity Press in 2018 and a contributor to Writing the Dream, an anthology for published writers produced by Serenity Press in 2016. In 2012she won two major awards in the inaugural Rockingham Short Fiction contest. Sonia's articles and stories are published in various magazines both in Australia and the UK. These include Good reading, Today's Bride, That's Life! and That's Life! Fast Fiction in Australia and Yours, The People's Friend and Best of British in the Uk. Sonia worked as a book reviewer for two years. An avid reader and writer of multiple genres she facilitated a local book club for eleven years. She reluctantly decided to give it up, to concentrate on her writing. Sonia is a long time member of a writers group, regularly engaging authors to present workshops to the group. Sonia enjoys catching up with friends, ignoring the ironing in favour of playing with her cat and learning new things. She's taken several online courses with Future Learn and The University of Iowa for both writing and non-writing topics.