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Books are like cake.
The more you try, the more you want.
Book Me In!
Lately I've been reading far more than ever before and so I made the decision to start a youtube channel (or Booktube). I wanted to use this space to discuss the books that matter to me and initiate conversations about them.
Having created the channel I now have regular videos which cover work by a range of fiction authors along with some stand-out biographies.
Each week has a segment about YA books. So far I have looked at the following:
Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli
Let it Snow by John Green and friends
The Prom by Maureen Johnson
I also have a segment where I open up new books that I've had delivered and share my TBR list (to be read) as well as a bit about my all time favourite writers, known simply as 'Adore-thors.'
Let's Read Together!
I am excited to start refreshing my website and introduce some new material. Throughout lockdown I have been building stories and getting to know interesting and colourful characters who will hopefully engage you as they unfurl in future books.
It is wonderful to read a variety of fiction books and lately I have been reading more widely than ever. Perhaps you will check out my upcoming book reviews which include books by Liane Moriarty, Matt Haig, Joanne Harris and many more brilliant authors.
Take a look at my free samples of short stories and snippets from my very first novella, for which Ihave had some encouraging and heart-warming reviews.
Most of all, thank you for taking time to indulge me and read some of my comments, narrative, general ramblings and anecdotes.
Being from East Anglia, I always love to celebrate our incredible local history, so you can imagine my delight when I noticed that Netflix had chosen to tell the story of the discovery of a remarkable boat under a Suffolk farm.
Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan were the big names attached to this project and it wasn't long before I was totally absorbed into this retelling of the story of how the historic site was originally dug up.
As the war was about to begin, there were lots of distractions but Fiennes' character was spurred on by Mulligan's curious landowner who encouraged him to keep going despite Suffolk museum believing it was a fruitless task.
Some important findings along the way meant that the original suspicion about what lied beneath was wrong and the artefacts were from a more distant time zone than first suggested by historians.
This movie has a heart and clearly shows how a passion for history can lead to magnificent discoveries, in this case a site that has remained important until the present day.
So, why not check out this beautifully filmed tale of determination and fascination. 'The Dig' follows the uncovering of Sutton Hoo and is currently showing on Netflix.
This will be a place where books are worshipped and I can share my short stories and novellas.
My short story publication had been released on Amazon as an e-book. Click here to sample it.
Jamie Adams - Second Glance
First impressions always count. That is what they say.
We all know that snap judgements can often be wrong. You can't judge every book by its cover.
These short stories deal with presumptions, jumping to conclusions and the hurt that first impressions can lead to.
Every situation deserves a second glance.
Buy it now for 77p on kindle/ free with kindle unlimited
BUILDING STORIES - A reader's view
As an avid reader myself I find I'm regularly pushing myself by trying out new genres of writing all the time and never seem to stop surprising myself with how engaging books can be that I may never have tried otherwise. With my reading, I always have my writer's mindset working too and often have loads of envy for the clever wordsmiths that carve out such brilliant and varied stories.
When trying out a new genre or exploring a new author, the first thing I do is look for a shorter book that they've written. That way I quickly get a taste for their style and composition.
Here's what I look for in a good short book:
1) A balanced book. Recently I read a Tony Parsons short and it was a crime thriller but he expertly still took the time to explore the main character's family life and give me, the reader, a rounded picture of this person and not just his job as a detective.
2) Short means short. Don't sell it as short but go so detailed that it feels heavy and slows the initial rhythm. Short chapters, relevant dialogue and the ability to place you right in the heart of the action early on... These are the elements that make it work for me.
3) Novelettes can be completely engaging and due to being cheaper and quick to read, can make trying a new genre tempting. They can also be incredibly rewarding and pay off by enticing readers to try longer projects by the same writer or with the same backdrop..
4) If the main character is believable and their goings on are described cleverly, then I am soon sucked into their world. If the introduction of the protagonist is too clunky it can be offputting and disappointing and turn away potential fans, like me.
5) Short books still need purpose. There needs to be a problem to overcome, even if the build up to that is less complex and there are fewer secondary characters in the mix. I have read short stories that brilliantly describe a person and place but don't really have anything to challenge those characters.
These are just my brief thoughts on the matter. I hope that you will consider checking out my short stories.
NEW EXTRACT 21st March 2021
Celia was on her way to work. She took the same route that she always took. It was about 8 o’clock and the sun was bright over the horizon. As she crossed the road to enter the park, which was the shortcut she had followed every day for ten years, she suddenly had visions of forgetting to pick up her phone. Rummaging through her handbag, with the sun’s sharp rays causing her to shield her face, she kept walking across the path and was just about to enter the bit that led through the park when…Crash!
It had all happened so fast. Celia was spinning around, trying to take in what had happened. One minute she had been feeling around in her bag for her phone. The next minute she was in the centre of a huge drama unfolding. Just as she had crossed the path she had failed to notice a guy in the cycle lane who had had to suddenly turn to avoid her as she backtracked slightly, averting her eyes from the blinding sun. At the same time a cyclist had emerged from the park, rightfully travelling on the cycle track side of the path but not expecting a dithering pedestrian to divert another bike into his pathway.
Not for one moment did Celia assume that any of this was caused by her actions. Instead she screamed. Confirming that she hadn’t remembered her phone after all, she yelled at the top of her lungs to get some help. She then dropped the bag and stepped back to steady herself before trying to catch her breath and take everything in.
This is from the short story 'Race to Make a Decision' in my 77p book 'Second Glance.'
I simply couldn’t look her in the eye. I shied away from her gaze as I tugged her up from beneath the scratchy hedge that had protected our falls. With a cut lip and some already visible bruises, I was feeling worse for wear. She had a bump on her cheek and a few grazes, but seemed to have come off better than I had. It was difficult to get back to reality and regain our focuses after such a traumatic event. Glancing back over my shoulder, I could see the house looking almost unchanged. It seemed to stand more erect than before apart from the shattered windows of the conservatory and the door that was hanging off its hinges. It blew in the wind and banged loudly every second or two. It’s rhythm was awkward and seemed to resonate within my chest. She looked at me and caught my eye. We had survived something that only we could ever understand. Nobody would even believe us if we told them. It all started that day when I suggested we look for her stupid blue scarf. But it was not her fault. Far from it. It needed to come about in this way. I can remember everything right from when we got together that morning to cycle into the woods.