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The world of Jeremiah Tully, part II

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2012 by Kate Jack

Continuing our visual journey into Land of Midnight Days, here are some more images from around Liverpool that provided me with the necessary inspiration to create the world within the novel.

Bridge Street arches, home of the Bridge-street-Gangers, in chapter 20.

Liverpool Anglican cathedral, used in chapter 7.

Crack ‘o’ dawn pub, from chapter 2.

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Another review of Land of Midnight Days

Posted in General with tags , on September 29, 2012 by Kate Jack

Read the review of my book by Steve Vaughn on the link below.


Obsessed – me – surely not?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2012 by Kate Jack

It’s Inspector Montalbano night, the last of the four episodes being shown on BBC4. That being the case, I intend to make the most of it. So, feet up, settle back, with a glass of something in one hand and a bar of chocolate in the other.

Self indulgent? maybe, but we have to take our pleasures where and when we can.

See ya.



Sundays, love ’em or loathe ’em?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by Kate Jack

As a child I always detested Sundays – why? – because it meant wearing my “best clothes”, going to church and having spam salad for tea; that still makes me shudder. Oh yes and the Mike Psalm singers on radio 1.

There was nothing on TV, apart from “holy” programmes, the news and documentaries. That is, until the BBC began showing their Charles Dickens series. Wonderful, albeit black and white, adaptations of Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, etc. The BBC were particularly excellent at producing such classics as these.

Nowadays I feel like I’ve come full circle, apart from the spam. Sunday TV seems to consist of quiz, cookery, antique and home buying programmes ad infinitum. Added to which, as the day drags its sorry self towards evening, I’m all too aware that Monday beckons and hence the start of a new working week. Ah well, as the song says: Ce sera, sera.

A few more of my favourite things.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by Kate Jack

One thing I really love are live performances. I don’t often get the chance to attend such events, so when the opportunity arises I seize it with both hands! Last week I attended a performance at The Brink cafe in Liverpool, of my good friend and fellow writer’s musical stage play, called: Eleanor, where are you?

Based around the famous Beatles’ song: Eleanor Rigby and the renowned sculpture in Stanley Street,  Liverpool, it was a delight to watch. With original songs by Cath’s husband, Andy Holland, and sterling performances from the actors, it was a toe tapping, rib tickling evening that ended all too soon.

I wasn’t the only person to revel in the performance, everyone there showed their appreciation with a rousing round of applause and cheers when, all too soon, the performance reached its conclusion.

It’s often been said that Merseyside is rife with talent and it’s true. I saw a splendid example of this at The Brink. Well done Cath and keep ’em coming. 😀

Welcome, come in and sit down.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2012 by Kate Jack

Welcome to my blog. Feel free to wander around, check for dust and enjoy the facilities.

Variety is the spice of life, so it’s said, and there’s plenty of that available: short stories, novel extracts, poetry (sort of) and much, much more.

So if you like speculative fiction, kick off your shoes, settle back and enjoy.


A few of my favourite things.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by Kate Jack

As the song says, these are a few of my favourite things.

First and foremost, I love to read and write. Reading wise, I’m pretty eclectic. High fantasy and urban fantasy are amongst my top reads, but I also like Lisa Jewell’s chic lit. She has such biting wit and style.

I’ve always loved murder mysteries and detective novels and recently taken to reading Italian Author, Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series -superb.

I came across this writer’s work entirely by accident. My brother had recommended the TV series on BBC 4. It’s filmed in Sicily and subtitled. With stunning scenery, fantastic dialogue and acting, it’s magnificent, better, in my opinion, than any cop shows we’ve got here in the UK. The BBC have only shown a few episodes so far, but are due to air 4 new ones over the next few weeks. The first is on the 25th of August at 9pm. Do yourself a favour and watch it.

Luca Zingaretti (Inspector Montalbano)

What else? Oh, apart from the above, I love cats and I “own” one, called Meg. She’s the classic black and white “Tuxedo” cat, with the sweetest little face and the personality of a dragon with indigestion!

Then there’s my passion for clothes. Oh my God, I have a wardrobe big enough to supply a small country. This wonderful piece of furniture dates back to the 1950’s and used to be part of my parents’ bedroom suite. It has a shelf for hats – believe it or not.

It looms, dwarfing everything else with its forbidding, castle-like exterior. There are places in it I dare not go, for fear of stumbling into an alternative world and I think it’s eaten all my shoes.

At the end of the day, when all’s said and done, I’m not a hard gal to please.


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