A new me!


This is just a quick note to let you know that I’ve made some changes to my blog.

Firstly, I’ve changed the name from Katherine’s Corner to Katherine’s Bookcase. When I started my blog, I wasn’t completely sure of the direction I wanted to go in, so I purposefully gave it a vague name. However, now that I know I want to dedicate my blog completely to books and book related content, I’ve decided on a name that reflects that.

Secondly, I have moved to my own domain. Rather than ‘Katherinej1012.wordpress.com’, you can now find me at ‘katherinesbookcase.com’.

Finally, I have made a few cosmetic changes and I’ve updated a few of the pages. I haven’t done much to change the layout and I hope the blog still has the same feel.

So, that’s it! I would love to know what you think of the changes. Are there any areas you think need improving? Please, let me know!



Getting to know: BJ Burton

wineSo, now that the serious interview is out of the way, BJ, let’s get to know the real you!

What were you like in school?
Good grief, Katy – that’s so long ago it’s before England won the World Cup! I vaguely recall my schooldays as being untroubled. I only have happy memories of them.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Old – but young.

The perfect combination! Growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional!
Right. A tricky question now. Imagine that there’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
No problem. When I’m sitting here I always have my binoculars on the shelf next to me so I’ll spot them coming and have plenty of time to nip to the harbour and get out to sea. Ah – there could be flaws in that. I’m making two possibly unfounded assumptions about zombies – that they are sporting enough to come during the day and that they can’t swim.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
I’m sure we can safely assume that isn’t going to happen. For one thing they’d have to cast a lot of actors to cover the different periods of my life and, for another, I’m the only one who would want to watch it.

You never know! Never say never!
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?
Super conflict resolution – able to resolve conflicts with a casual wave of the hand.

Now that’s a useful superpower!
Would you rather be famous, or be best friends with someone famous?
That rather depends upon what I was famous for – but I suspect I’d rather keep my head down and observe my famous best friend. Of course, as I’m being interviewed by you, I’m about to achieve instant fame. I’d better give my approach to this some serious thought.

I think you think too highly of my blog! I would love to have the power to give you instant fame, though!
Finally, you’re having a dinner party for 3 of your favourite people. Who have you invited and what have you cooked?
Well, the first will have to be my wife. Apart from the fact that after all these years I still enjoy her company, if she’s not there I’ll be subjected to an intense interrogation afterwards. Then I think I’ll invite a couple of folkies, Bill Bailey and Phil Beer, and ask them to bring their guitars. They are both great fun. As they are coming to Brixham we’ll have to have fish. I do a mean crab tart starter; then we’ll have smoked haddock risotto and I’ll fill them up with rhubarb crumble.

I’m looking forward to it already.

Great choices!
Thanks again for agreeing to be interviewed, BJ. It’s been great!

To read BJ’s serious interview, which includes links to his work and where to find more information, please click here.



Author Interview: BJ Burton

wineHello, BJ!
Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.

Before we get started, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
Husband, father, grandfather – that’s the important stuff. I grew up in Birmingham, went to university in Leeds, where I met my wife, and then worked in the Sheffield area. My employer sent me to work on the clay pits in Cornwall and after so many years in major cities I thought I’d found paradise. I’m now in my late sixties, retired, and we live in Brixham. I’m writing this sitting in my favourite chair, looking out to sea and wondering, ‘How the hell did I manage this?’

Brilliant. Thanks!
So, whenat made you want to become an author?
I feel as if I’ve been writing all my life, but during my working years I was researching, and then writing, technical reports. For as long as I can remember I’ve read fiction, averaging a couple of books a week and from time to time I thought, ‘I could do better than this.’ (Did I mention I’m delusional?) For many years I’ve enjoyed walking over Dartmoor. It’s an inspirational landscape. During those walks, over a period of about ten years, I wrote my first novel, carrying it in my head. Getting it down on paper had to wait until I’d retired.

I don’t think it’s delusional!
When you’re writing a new story, where do you start? (Beginning, Title, End, Main text?)
I start with the basic scenario – the setting, the characters and a problem to be solved. Before I write anything I know the ending; then I develop a list of significant events and flesh out the story to get me from the beginning to the end.

Who has been your biggest supporter?
My wife. She pounces on whatever I write, heaps praise, but doesn’t hesitate to point out areas that need improving.

A perfect woman, then!
What do you find most challenging about your writing?
Before I retired I found it impossible to set aside enough time to properly clear my mind for a session long enough to get a worthwhile amount of writing done. When I first retired, suddenly I had the time and the writing flowed. Now the years are sliding by and each time I sit in front of my laptop I ask myself if writing is what I really want to be doing. Often the answer is, ‘No!’ and I go for a walk along the coast path, go birdwatching, go fishing, or I head for the pub and sit in front of a log fire chatting or reading an excellent book written by someone else. Even if the answer is, ‘Yes!’ I often write my blog in preference to pressing on with the new novel.

That sounds like the perfect approach! Forcing yourself to write never accomplishes anything, I find!
Do you have any regrets about becoming an author? Things you’d done differently?
Not really. The print versions of my Dartmoor novels have sold very well, and continue to do so, but occasionally I berate myself for putting absolutely no effort into marketing the ebook versions.

Can I ask, if you don’t mind, what are you currently working on?
After the two Dartmoor novels were published I let myself be sidetracked into ghost-writing autobiographies for people with an interesting tale to tell. Now I’m back to writing fiction and I’m working on a fantasy novel about the Green Man – but progress is slow as explained above.

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your readers, or just in general?
I would like to thank them for joining that tiny band of highly perceptive readers.

Thanks, BJ!

To learn more about the lovely BJ, please click the following links:
His blog
His Amazon author profile
His Goodreads author profile


Info/Blitz: ‘Jump, Jive and Wail’ by Kathryn R. Biel

image Today, I’m taking part in a release day blitz for Kathryn Biel’s ‘Jump, Jive and Wail’.

Genre: Romance / Women’s Fiction
Length: 249 pages (approx.)

I’m looking forward to reading this book! It sounds fun!image

Here’s the summary:

A rebel on the run… Kaitlin Reynolds is used to fearlessly flying off mountains. But nearly two years after a devastating injury has ended her ski jumping career, Kaitlin is still struggling to put one foot in front of the other and find her new life. A chance meeting with a handsome stranger begins to put life into perspective. Dashing figure skater, Declan McLoughlin has just returned from the Olympics amid a swirl of publicity and fan fare. Just as Kaitlin begins to have hope again, her charming savior turns out to represent everything she has lost. If Kaitlin can just let go of the past and take a leap of faith, will she find herself soaring into Declan’s arms?

Sounds good, right?

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon UK (Paperback)
Amazon US (Kinde)
Amazon US (Paperback)

About the author:image

Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read.

To find out more about the author, please visit the following links:

Her website
Her Facebook page
Her Twitter profile
Her Pinterest account
Her Goodreads author profile


Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes!


[Hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish]

I wasn’t crazy about this weeks topic (books I’d read with my book club) so, instead, I’ve decided to write up a post for one of the topics that was done before I started my blog. I hope that’s okay!

Topic: Top Ten Favourite Book Quotes!

In no particular order…

1) ‘Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.’ ~ To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

2) ‘Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.’ ~ The Princess Bride – William Goldman

3) ‘I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.’ ~ Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

4) ‘What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.’ ~ The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

5) ‘Don’t you get it yet: evil can only survive in a world where people allow it to. Nobody has to die for hatred to stop, they simply have to stop hating.’ ~ Ruler’s Desire – David Staniforth

6) ‘People are predictable. That’s what makes them easy to kill’ ~ The Kult – Shaun Jeffrey

7) ‘Students never appreciate their teachers while they are learning. It is only later, when they know more of the world, that they understand how indebted they are to those who instructed them. Good teachers expect no praise or love from the young. They wait for it, and in time, it comes.’ ~ Vampire Mountain – Darren Shan

8) ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.’ ~ To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

9) ‘It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live’ ~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

10) ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’ ~ Horton Hears a Who! – Dr. Seuss




So, there’s my list of my Top Ten Quotes! This is one of the hardest lists that I’ve ever done. I adore quotes, and picking only 10 was a struggle! I hope you like them!

Do you have favourite quotes? I’d love to hear them!


Review: ‘Rough Justice’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Suspense
Length: 199 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

[This book is book 10 in the Justice series]

Summary: After two detectives are suspended, the Met is forced to return to all the cases the partners investigated. The cold case of a missing university student, Noelle Chesterfield lands on DS Lorne Warner’s desk. Because Noelle was working her way through school as a pole dancer, Lorne and her partner DI Katy Foster find themselves with plenty of suspects on their radar. However, when the leads run dry, they call in the services of an unusual ally to find the missing student and give her devastated family some peace.

Review: I tend to worry as a series goes on, as it often tends to dissolve into nothing. That is definitely not the case with Comley’s Justice series, though, which just keeps getting better and better! Fast-paced and just as well written as the other Justice books, I really enjoyed reading this. It was lovely to see the way that Katy continues to develop as a character and how well her and Lorne get on. I was glad to see Charlie and Tony again, and relieved to see that Tony’s new business is working out for him. I was also really happy to see more of Carol and her gift and would love to see more of this in the future. Without giving any spoilers, I would like to warn you that I needed tissues for the ending! Also, a very beautiful dedication at the beginning of the book.

★★★★★ – Book 10 in a series that just keeps getting better and better. Tissues needed for the ending!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)


Reader Interview: Janet!

Hello, Janet!

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.

Before we start, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 26 (I’ve been telling my nephew that for years and he always believed me). Seriously I stopped counting and 26 seemed to be a good place to stop. I work in an office, and enjoy my work most of the time. I hadn’t always intended doing this job, tried teaching and hated the year I spent doing that. I love travelling, gardening and reading, I can also knit and crochet (although I haven’t done much of that recently) and those parts of my house that aren’t full of books are full of paper crafting items. I can’t remember not being able to read, apparently I knew Black Beauty by heart and my aunt didn’t like reading it to me because I wouldn’t let her skip any of it.

Brilliant. Thanks!
So, where is your favourite place to read?
I read every where and anywhere. The only place I don’t read is in the car – which is probably why I was late learning to drive. I drive because it is necessary to get to places I want to go, and not for pleasure.
Since getting my kindle I can read more as I can take hundreds of books with me everywhere. At the moment I’m on the settee with my feet up and the dog on my knee. And apparently wearing odd socks.

Which character would you most like to meet?
I would like to meet Brother Cadfael, I think he would be very interesting to talk to plus he would be able to advise me on my lack of success with herb growing.

What is your favourite genre and why?
I read lots of different things, I’m not sure that I could choose one genre over another. It depends what mood I’m in when I’m deciding what to read next. Sometimes I have a book for a while before I get round to reading it. I don’t like poetry, or horror or ones where animals get hurt.

Do you like background noise when you read, or silence?
There is usually some noise, I read while other people are watching tv, and I can blank out the background noise.

How do you feel about self published books?
I had hit a “sticky patch” in my reading, the library was open less hours, the second hand book shop nearby had closed and I was just reading and re-reading the same books. When I bought my kindle the first books I downloaded were books that I remembered reading and didn’t have copies of such as Little Women and Katy 3 In 1: What Katy Did, What Katy Did At School, What Katy Did Next and The Children of the New Forest
It wasn’t until I found forums for kindle owners that I discovered free kindle books, and so began to read more new books. The fact that people could write and make their work available for me to read meant that I could read more, discover new authors and start enjoying reading again. Although there are still books that I enjoy re-reading, there isn’t anything like the thrill of reading a book for the first time, wondering how the person will get out of the scrape that they are in, whether there will be a happy ending or whether the bad guy will get his just desserts.

I have read many books over the last few years, quite a lot of them were indie authors, self published books and so I am grateful that they did write those books and that they are available for me to download.

I feel the same way!
Do you like to eat or drink while you read? If so, what?
I have been losing weight for the last year and a half, so have tried not to have snacks in between meals. As for drinks – If you ask any of my family they will tell you of the number of times they have to remind me to stop reading to have my drink before it is stone cold.

Do you think that a book being free means it isn’t good quality?
That is just the same as saying that if a book costs £100 it must be good. I have read plenty of free books that were excellent, and have gone on to find more by that author. I have a budget for what I can spend on books, and am quite happy to pay for ones that I know I will enjoy, I’m more cautious with unknown authors. It isn’t the price that dictates the quality of the book. There were very few books that I haven’t finished (Dickens being the main culprit) but now I find it easier to give up on books that I’m not enjoying for whatever reason. I would only delete it if there was no chance of me ever trying it again, sometimes I’m just not in the right frame of mind for that particular book.

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So, that’s the serious questions done! Now let’s get to know the real you!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
I cheated here because I couldn’t think of three ( I thought of short, not as fat as I used to be, and ?? )
So I asked my niece and she said ~~~
intelligent, adventurous and kind

Aww, that’s very sweet!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?
I was a teenager in the seventies!!!

I think that says all that we need to know!
If you were stuck on an island, what three items would you want with you and why?
My kindle, internet connection and electricity supply. Better would be a hotel offering all those services plus food and accommodation, then the other two items would be a kindle and a transporter like on Star Trek so I could go anywhere I wanted.

If you were an animal, what animal would you want to be and why?
Looking at my dog, she has a good life, food on tap plenty of walks and treats and people to make a fuss of her. As long as I had a good home a dog or cat would be ok. Cats give the impression of being more well read as they sit on the newspapers when people are trying to read them, so perhaps I would be a cat.

Interesting way of choosing!
How lucky are you and why?
I’m still waiting for my premium bonds to deliver, although I did win some things on a tombola at the Christmas Fair. Nothing I wanted though so I gave them all away.

What is the weirdest thing someone has said to you while you’ve been reading?
Probably “are you listening to me?”

Funnily enough mum has just walked in and said “do you know you have odd socks on?”. But probably that doesn’t count as I am answering these questions and not reading.

I’ll allow it!
Finally, what would you rather – not being able to read ever again, or not being able to eat your favourite food?
Definitely not being able to eat favourite food. I could find a substitute for that easily enough. What would I do with all my time if I couldn’t read? I would have to talk to people or (shudder) watch soaps. Or sort my socks into matching pairs. In my defence they are both striped and have the same colour stripes, just in a different order. Mum says I probably have another pair just the same.

Brilliant. Thanks, Janet!


To see what the lovely Janet is currently reading, check out her Goodreads profile!


‘We Go Again’ by Michael Cargill. Free for reviewers and subscribers!

Here’s a chance to get Michael Cargill’s new release for free, so definitely thought it was worth a mention!

As you will have seen from my previous reviews, I am a big fan of Cargill. He always manages to bring the history to life on the page and make me cry! Definitely worth checking out 🙂

Michael Cargill

It’s been a fair old while since I last posted on this blog, but here lies solid proof that I’ve been beavering away like a busy bee in the middle of the desert… for my latest book has finally barged its way into the world!

Set in WWII, We Go Again is a story that not only touches on the relationship between soldiers, but also offers an insight into the effects that war can have on a person’s state of mind.  Of course, no war story would be complete without any action and this one is packed to the rafters with guns, tanks, planes, some French civilians… and a little birdy tells me that there’s even a smidgen of romance to be found somewhere within its pages as well.

As ever I owe thanks to the modmins over on Goodreads and also to everyone who was kind enough to help me with the editing side…

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Author interview: Carol Dobson

Hi, Carol!

Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed.
Before we start, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I have a B.A. in English, French and Russian, and I’m also a qualified teacher and librarian. I have had articles published in newspapers and magazines, such as The Guardian, The Lady, Here’s Health, The Western Morning News and others. I have translated French and Russian articles and written abstracts for a journal. I am also an artist and have sold at Art Fairs and to a national card company.
I travel a lot because my family lives in Belgium and the USA.
I have written an historical romance, ‘Storks in a Blue Sky’, which won the 2009 David St John Thomas Fiction Award, and also ‘Freedom’, a sci-fi short novel for teens, set in the robot-city of Albuquerque.

Wow! You’ve certainly achieved some big things!
So, what made you want to be an author?
I have always been involved with literature, or language, in various forms, and when my children left home, and I had more free time, it seemed a natural progression to research and write a novel.

Who has been your biggest supporter?
I would have to say that my two children have been my biggest supporter(s), and not just choose one. They have helped me greatly with the technical aspects of publishing. They are both Research Scientists, and not at all interested in literature, but have been invaluable for practical advice concerning computers or technology.

That’s very sweet!
What has been your favourite thing to write so far?
‘Storks in a Blue Sky’ has been my favorite novel to write so far. It tells the story of a beautiful, uneducated and illegitimate woman, who takes the place of her mistress, when she dies, as they are travelling across the wilds of Exmoor in 1764. Jean Luc de Delacroix arrives, en route to Alsace, and her life becomes a tangle of love, deception and fear.

Sounds interesting!
What advice would you give to other authors?
My advice to authors would be to always research everything thoroughly, or Sod’s Law will come into effect.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging about your writing?
Sometimes it is very sad when you are researching the past to see how terrible it was to live then. For instance, I came across the tragedy of a young, 7-year-old girl, hanged in Nottingham in the eighteenth century for stealing a petticoat.

I can certainly see why that would be challenging.
May I ask, if you don’t mind, what are you currently working on?
I have just finished writing a sequel to ‘Storks in a Blue Sky’ and hope to publish it soon. Its synopsis is briefly: Oppression has caused three of the four main characters to flee their homeland. Armand de Delacroix because of the French Revolution; Esther Cerfbeer and Isabella, because of persecution towards Jews in Alsace and Portugal. Their lives coincide against a background of witchcraft and treachery in 1794, in North Devon, where young women are disappearing, and two men have been killed, their eyes pecked out.

I’ll look out for that! Thanks!
Finally, is there anything you want to say to your readers, or just in general?
I hope you will enjoy the sequel to ‘Storks in a Blue Sky’.

Brilliant. Thanks, Carol!

To find out more about the lovely Carol, please visit the following links:
Her Goodreads author profile
Her Amazon author profile


Getting to know: Carol Dobson

Hey, Carol! So, we’ve done the serious questions. Now, let’s have some fun!

What were you like in school?
Quiet, with opinions.

I like that!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Happy, determined, creative.

There’s a zombie apocalypse and you can only use the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
Leaving aside the obvious choices of an axe, or a zombie-eating caterpillar, I think it would have to be the 6 foot high bubble given to me by my friend, Sid,(not real name!), the only survivor of the alien spacecraft crash near Roswell, New Mexico, several decades ago. I helped him/she/it escape, and, in return, he/she/it has given me a bubble which follows me around, and which I can enter at will, in just such an emergency as that of a zombie apocalypse. When danger approaches, I slide gently into it, and look out through its shimmering surface at the lurching, slow-moving bodies of my new compatriots here on Earth. They seem unable, or unwilling, to penetrate my shining refuge, and, from the look of them, I suspect an aversion to soap plays a part in this. I wait until they stagger off to fatally bother someone else, then turn my attention to the far greater threat which lurks nearby in the hills, and which makes me fear my life span will not be great.
To be continued……

That’s certainly the most creative answer I’ve had to that question!
If you had to pick two famous people to be your parents, who would you choose and why?
Content with own parents, but in the interest of the interview will choose:
1. Marie Curie. I admire her greatly for her determination, intelligence and scientific ability. She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize, and subsequently received a second Nobel prize. She researched radioactivity and had to suffer much hostility from male scientists. During WW1, she helped equip ambulances with X-ray equipment and drove them herself to the front line. She had to struggle to pursue her studies, and also suffered the sadness of her husband’s early death, when he was killed by a horse-drawn carriage. She died in 1934 from leukaemia, brought on by exposure to radiation during her research.
My second choice is a fictional famous person. It is Mark Watney in Andy Weir’s novel, ‘The Martian’. He is an unwilling inhabitant of Mars. He has been left for dead by his fellow astronauts and is the first person to be alone on an entire planet. He is not a man to accept defeat, and attempts to survive long enough for the next mission to land in 4 years’ time. He is always cheerful, humorous, intelligent and resourceful.
The Martian is one of the best books I have ever read and the film of it is being released in November, starring Matt Damon.

Interesting choices!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I would choose to be a Fennec fox, because it is an inquisitive little creature, with very large bat-like ears, very attuned to what is going on around it.

They’re adorable, too!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?
Wearing bright pink jeans to do the annual Ten Torrs competition on Dartmoor. They quickly became mud-stained and filthy.

Finally, if you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
I would like to be a superhero with the power to kill all mosquitoes, thereby eradicating malaria.

Great. Thanks, Carol!

To learn more about Carol, and to view her serious interview, please click here.