How My Blog Got Its Name

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The name for my blog actually comes from the very first novel I began writing when I was eighteen years old. It was called The Umbrella Girl and I nearly wrote the whole thing out by hand, on paper. Those were the days when I didn’t own a laptop and there was no chance of me writing anything on my family computer for fear that someone would find it and read it while laughing mockingly all the while. Then they would confront me about the story I tried to hide and I would go red in the face and die inside.

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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I picked up A Discovery of Witches about two weeks ago when I saw it in the book shop. The title intrigued me and when I read the blurb I knew it had the potential to entertain me. I’d also seen people talking about it on twitter so I decided it was worth a look. Here is the synopsis that I copy and pasted from Amazon:

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Tegan’s Blood is FREE Today!

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Hello!
So I finally got around to publishing my urban fantasy novel Tegan’s Blood on Amazon for Kindle. It’s been a couple of weeks in the making now, and today I’m having my very first promotional day. What does this mean I hear you say?
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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012

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So the ABNA 2012 competition is finally open.
I’m entering in the YA section this year, I entered the general fiction section last year with my one and only vampire story. Unfortunately, people are a little bit prejudiced against vampires these days, perhaps that’s why I didn’t get very far with it. I don’t blame them though, there’s just so much vampire fiction out there nowadays it can be a little overwhelming.
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One Smile: A Short Story

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Last year I made the runner up list in a short story competition run by Penguin Ireland. I’ve been thinking about maybe turning it into a novel. The title of the story is One Smile. Any thoughts, comments or critiques are welcome.

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