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About meEnglish and Drama teacher in an SEBD Secondary School. Just so you know, the photograph is from August 2008 taken in Slovakia.

About my libraryEver expanding!

I joined a wonderful online reading group in June 2006 - you all know who you are!! - and since then I've discovered more and more books plus sites such as this. It is through them that I now catalogue books and keep a record of what I've read. So although there are many books out there that I've read and no longer have, I haven't catalogued them.

I've set up tags to show authors until I've read every one I already own by them. Eek! Might take me a long time lol!

My Top Ten from 2012
The Life Shop by Margaret McAllister
Crossbones Yard by Kate Rhodes
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino
Traitors by Tom Becker
Dead Scared by SJ Bolton
Her Giant Octopus Moment by Kate Langdale
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe

Handbook of Slogans by Lionel Salem
Mummy, Come Home by Oxana Kalemi
Drink Me!: How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine by Matt Walls
One Day in September by Simon Reeve
Differentiation That Really Works: Language Arts, Grades 6-12 by Cheryll M. Adams
Successful Neuro-Linguistic Programming In a Week A Teach Yourself Guide by Mo Shapiro
The Games : Britain's Olympic and Paralympic Journey to London 2012 : An Official London 2012 Games Publication by Brendan Gallagher
Is your child safe online? by Pamela Whitby
A Greater Love by Olga Watkins

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Bits for Brits, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Girlybooks, Read YA Lit, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsSarah Duncan, Rod Glenn, Simon Hall, Marshall Karp, Thomas Ott, Neil White (Shared favorites)


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Currently readingThe Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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Hi Sam,
I'm challenging you to read Quarantine (hope that's ok). I was thinking about re-reading it recently as I loved it the first time round but can't remember an awful lot about it!!

Sounds great! Thanks. X
Thanks Sam - that's two Linwood Barclays now!
My challenge is After the Flood by Margaret Attwood,
I enjoyed it
Louise x
Happy New Year Sam, my challenge for you is Man and Boy by Tony Parsons. You seem to have a few Tony Parsons to read so thought this first Harry one would be a good start :), love Shona
Hi Sam. My challenge for 2014 is The Poison that Fascinates by Jennifer Clement. Beth x
Hi Sam, my 2014 challenge for you is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It's on my TBR pile, hope it's still on yours and that you enjoy it.
Hi Sam, I would like to challenge you to read Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes.
love Helen
hi Sam

I'd like to challenge you to read Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier; it's one of my favourite books and I hope you like it.

Hi Sam

My challenge to you is Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy. It's one of the Hardy books I've yet to read too, so I'm aiming to read along with this too. Good luck!


Sam, I have just finished reading The Boy Who Fell to Earth and your review of it hit the nail on the head for me. You expressed my thoughts far more succinctly than I could have done myself!
Hi Sam,
I hope this message finds you well.
Thank you again for your interest in When the Siren Calls. I'm popping by now as I'm wondering how you got on with the story, and i'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Best wishes,
ps for Amazon reviews, you can find the book at (Amazon only require 20 words for a valid review.)
Hi Sam in cold spennymoor,

it's snowing in London today !
Thank you again for requesting When The Siren Calls in the giveaway. Congratulations on winning. I distribute review copies using the industry standard method used by all big publishers. Before I get into the download instructions, here's two free books you can download in the normal way, fast and simple, so please help yourself.

"Erotic Seduction" by Moll Molone (warning, contains adult content.)

"When the Siren Calls -Prequel" by Tom Barry (check price, free in most countries, Amazon US sometimes charge 99c)

Now to the real deal:

To download the full 325 pages of When the Siren Calls you will need to follow a free sign up process. Sorry about that, but the bonus is you will then get free access to hundreds of books, including from best selling authors, so it's worth the bother. Here's the link to go to, hit request, and follow the instructions

I will get an alert you've requested it, and I will "Approve" your request, guaranteed. So, if you only want my book, just enter the minimum data in the sign up process.

So, if you're still with me, you can now get all three books digitally signed here✓&search=When+the+Siren+calls&co... (Just enter Erotic Seduction into the search box.)

And we're done. If you chose to pass on the sign up process, at least you got two free books.

I would really appreciate anything you can do to promote When the Siren Calls. Tweet it, review it, blog about it. When I notice one of my readers is actively promoting my book, I typically post them a free physical copy as a thank you.

Thanks again for bearing with me, and do let me know how the process worked (because I want to make it as easy as I can for other winners.)

And, as a further thank you, if you have a book, a website or blog or facebook page, a product link or anything else you'd like me to tweet to my 3,500 twitter followers, i"d be pleased to oblige. Just send what you'd like tweeted to my email address, or a DM on twitter.

Finally, if you might be interested in a free three night stay in beautiful Tuscany, the setting for When the Siren Calls, check out the offer here

Best wishes
Tom Barry

Hi Sam, thank you for your challenge. My challenge to you is The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle. Hope you enjoy it!
My challenge to you is Acid Row by Minette Walters because it is the book I recommend to everyone!
PS Hope AK is good its a monster!
Hi Sam, thanks for your challenge. The book you picked was actually given to me by Louise and I remember thinking it looked good, so it will be good to get around to reading it! My challenge to you is The Wine of Angels, by Phil Rickman. It's on my tbr pile too, so I am also going to try to read it. Hope you enjoy it - Ruth x
Hi Sam
No need to feel bad about DQ - far from it. It's meant to be a challenge after all - I just maybe a year (or two or three!) late!
Hi Sam, my challenge to you is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Thanks for your challenge. Beth x
Thanks for the challenge Sam - my challenge for you is 'A Fine Balance' by Rohinton Mistry. Hope that is ok, Shona xx
HI Sam

Thanks for your challenge. I really enjoyed the first book so will look forward to reading this one.

Hi Sam
My challenge to you this year is The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. It's a while since I read it, but I do remember enjoying it.
(BTW, I'm now a third of the way through Don Quixote, and enjoying it - down to you that one!).
Hi Sam

I'd like to challenge you to read Want to Play by P J Tracy for the 2013 Challenge. I thought this was a good, well-paced thriller, hope you like it!

Hi Sam, my challenge for you is The Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. It's on my TBR pile so hope you enjoy it! I have heard great things about it. x
Hi Sam,
My 2012 challenge to you is A Prayer for Owen meany - One of my favourites.

Cheers Sam, looking forward to it!
Hope I do a better job with this than Don Quixote (which I've still yet to read, but still intend to!). You do pick 'em! Thanks Sam.
Thanks Sam.
Hi Sam

I'd like to challenge you to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

Beth x
Hi Sam.
I'd like to challenge you with 'The Birth of Venus'. Sarah Dunant is one of my favourite writers in any genre - hope you enjoy it too.

Hi Sam

I'd like to challenge you to read "The Interpretation of Murder" by Jed Rubenfeld.

Hi Sam, I can't believe you haven't yet read it, so I'm going to challenge you to read Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I loved both the book and the film - hope you enjoy it, too! xx
My challenge is The Woman on the Bus by Pauline McLynn because I really liked it and I'd like to know what you think!
Louise xx
Hi Sam, I would like to challenge you to read Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre.
BTW Shona's challenge, ELaIC, is a brilliant book, and I am sure you will love it.
Hi Sam, I'd like to choose Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer for your challenge. It is coming out as a film soon and it is always good to read the book first! Love Shona x
Hi Sam,

My challenge to you is 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I loved this so much, it's one of my all time favourites. Hope this is ok, if not let me know and I will chose something else.

Hi Sam

My challenge to you is The Weather in the Streets by Rosamund Lehmann. I've had this book on my tbr pile for absolutely ages and would love to read it as well.
Hi Sam, I challenge you to read Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton.

Hi Sam, I would like to challenge you to read The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry; it is on my tbr pile so I will be reading it too.
love Helen
Hi Sam

I've chosen for you Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden. I chose it simply as I have just read it and loved it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ceri x
Hi Sam, I'd like to challenge you to read Blast from the Past by Ben Elton and I'll try to read my copy too!!
love Shona x
My challenge to you is "The Various Haunts of Men" by Susan Hill, hope you enjoy, I did
Hi Sam,
My challenge to you is Sleepers by lorenzo Carcaterra. I read this when I was a student and thought it was brilliant. Very harrowing but brilliant. Hope you enjoy.

Hi Sam

I'm going to challenge you with "To The Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf. It's one I've yet to read, but having read both Mrs Dalloway and The Years this year, and others in previous years, I think she's magic. You rated A Room of One's Own highly, so I hope you enjoy this one too, even if it's very different! She's definitely a marmite writer; I intend to read this one too, so will look forward to exchanging views!

(BTW, I have still got Don Quixote in my sights, and have just downloaded a ebook version, with the thought that I can at least carry it around now. It may still have to wait for a big holiday though!!)

Hi Sam, I'd like to challenge to read The Tall Pine Polka by Lorna Landvik. Hope you enjoy it! xxx
Hiya Sam,

I'm being organised this time!! For the 2011 challenge, I've picked Paradise Jazz by Katherine Pomfrett for you to read. I have it on my tbr as well, so am also going to try and read it!

Thanks Sam. I've never actually gotten around to reading any Margaret Atwood yet, so this is a bit of a challenge. I'm determined to read it though as I've had good things about her books. My challenge to you is The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett. I read it last year and really enjoyed it.

Hi Sam, thanks for the challenge, I've been keen to read Alias Grace for quite some time. For your challenge I would like you to read 'Brazzaville Beach' by William Boyd. I have no idea what it is like so I'm eager to hear what you think of it. Cheers.

P.S I will put 'Italian Folktales' in the post for you this week (promise).

Hi Sam thanks for your challenge. My challenge to you is The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter. I hope you enjoy it. Val x
Hi Sam,

For the 2010 challenge, please would you read Boy A, by Jonathan Trigell? I have this on my tbr, and I also want to try and read this one.

Hope you enjoy it!
Hi Sam. Given your choice for me last year, and given that I prefer to set challenges with books I've read, I was really tempted by An Unsuitable Boy! However, have gone for another, somewhat slimmer, favourite: Compton Mackenzie's "Whisky Galore". Hope you enjoy it.

Hi Sam
Thanks for the short read challenge, very kind of you, xx
I'd like to challenge you to read Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino, as if I remember right we both loved Out and I have this too so am hoping neither of us will be disappointed.
Liz xx
Thank you for the challege, Sam. Emma and Me is a book I have had for quite a long time, and I will look forward to reading it.

I would like to challenge you to read Red Leaves by Paullina Simons; I will aim to read it myself next year too.

Love, Helen
Hi Sam, thanks for your challenge. For your challenge I have chose Silence in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - I nearly picked this for my book of the month. Hope you enjoy it! Vanessa
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