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Interview with Anne Scott, author of The Feline Cup

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Anne Scott’s latest book, The Feline Cup, has just been released on Amazon. This whimisical,satirical collection of stories uses cats to highlight a few of the absurdities surrounding us and take a paw-swipe at some of our most hallowed icons. It’s intended as entertaining light reading and hits the mark purrfectly. I was lucky enough to interview Anne recently and this is what she said:

Q: How did you come up with the title of your book?
A: There are so many sporting codes playing for this cup or that cup world wide.
I just imaged the players as cats playing football for ‘ The Feline Cup.’

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: Watching people’s obsession with sporting codes involving grown men exhausting themselves chasing small balls with not a lot of results. Cats like to play with small balls, perhaps of paper or a tennis ball etc, so I imagined the players as cats

Q: What genre does your book come under?
A: Fiction/Satire

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: Take a humorous journey and see yourself though the eyes of Cat Vale’s cats; join them on Feline Park as they compete for The Feline Cup or follow the spoof of Chief Inspector Claws as he tries to solve the murder of Miss Bella, a sexy pussy with pleasing paws; or perhaps go with the thieves as they rob Rodents-to-Go.

Q: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent or represented by an agency?
A: The last two.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: 2/3 months.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: These are funny, whimsical tales for those of us who sometimes want a little light distraction.

Q: What other authors could you compare yourself with?
A: The Feline Cup is unique.

Find The Feline Cup here:

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonFelineCup

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Book Review: Drive Me to Distraction by Caitlyn Nicholas

Drive me to distraction cover

Going by the racy title (sorry – I couldn’t resist that pun), you would be forgiven for thinking this book was an erotic novel, but one look at the cover should partly dispel that notion. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but having read Fifty Shades of Grey and enjoyed it, I was happy enough to see whether I really would be driven to distraction or simply driven nuts.

If you’re expecting erotica, then this book isn’t for you, but if you’re looking for an exciting read, you won’t be disappointed.

Alex is a female race-car driver who is trying to make the big-time: Formula 1 racing. She has to battle the odds, not the least of which is being a woman in a male-dominated profession. She is gutsy and determined and forced to make difficult decisions when the chance of realising her dream is dangled before her by an unscrupulous blackmailer. Her choices make for interesting reading and the action, twists and turns in the plot will keep you enthralled. Highly recommended if you like romance and a fast-paced read.

Find Drive Me to Distraction on Amazon here:

http://www.authorsally.net/AmazonDriveMetoDistraction

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Breach or breech?

Shakespeare

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; is a famous quote from Shakespeare’s play Henry V.

So, when should we use ‘breach’ or ‘breech’?

According to the Macquarie dictionary, the noun ‘breach’ means
1) the act or result of breaking; a break or rupture
2) a gap made in a wall, dike, fortification; rift; fissure
3) an infraction or violation of the law, trust, faith, promise
4) a severance of friendly relations
5) the springing of a whale from the water
6) (obsolete) a wound.

The verb ‘breach’ means to make a breach or opening in something.

In contrast, the noun ‘breech’ means
1) the lower part of the trunk of the body; behind; the posterior or buttocks
2) the rear or lower part of anything
3) the mass of metal behind the bore of a cannon, or the part of a small arm behind the barrel
4) the lowest part of a pulley.

Whereas the verb ‘breech’ means
1) to fit or furnish a gun with a breech
2) to clothe with breeches
3) (in the archaic sense) to flog on the buttocks.

So, using breech in the sense that it refers to rear or buttocks, we get a ‘breech birth’, meaning that the baby is born rear end or buttocks first.

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Cubicle or cubical?

Confusing these two could lead to some really comical sentences, and it’s entirely possible to have a cubical cubicle.
‘Cubicle’ is a part of a room, as in a shower cubicle in a bathroom, or a division or cubicle in an office.
‘Cubical’ describes something that is shaped like a cube, so it is three-dimensional and has six sides.
Hence you can see why I said it’s entirely possible to have a cubical cubicle.

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