Author Guest Post: Chris Wimpress

I’d like to introduce author Chris Wimpress to Bookish Ardour. Today he is speaking about the inspiration behind his latest release, Weeks in Naviras. You may recognise his name from earlier when Weeks in Naviras was presented in one of BA’s Features.

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Chris Wimpress Explains his Novel Weeks in Naviras

This is not a religious novel, not in the strictest sense. But a lot of people won’t get beyond the tenth page, because the main character professes to be dead. That was always a question mark for me; could I write a novel in which I kill every single main character at the start? I chose the Psalm at the beginning after going to a funeral for a good friend in August 2013. ‘We bring our years to a close, as it were a tale that is told.’ It was in my late friend’s order of service. I was close to finishing the novel when he died. Funerals are strange ceremonies, where God gets to interfere but the person involved doesn’t get a say. God gets the last word and I’m not entirely comfortable with that. I miss my friend but I am unhappy with the patriarchy of that Psalm, although I find most psalms utterly ridiculous. Continue reading

Review: The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard

The Mourning HoursA family’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test in this haunting and unforgettable debut. 

Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn’t been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years-not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny-the high school wrestling star and Kirsten’s older brother. No one knows what to believe-not even those closest to Johnny-but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten’s family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion. 

Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, The Mourning Hours is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.

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Could Not Have Said It Better Myself

At the risk of being abused by twi-hards, this is a post I found in my feed reader and it’s something I’ve been trying to tell people on occasion when I discuss Twilight with them. It’s an article that is well written and explains the problem with Twilight so I felt I had to share it. And even though the writer of this article has not read the series, I have and I completely agree.

Dark Warning About Twilight by Duncan Lay

It’s both a love story celebrated by millions and an account of a textbook abusive relationship, a light-hearted fantasy aimed at teens and tweens but a tale with disturbing messages about sex.

Welcome to Twilight.

The best-selling book series and now blockbuster movies have captured imaginations and inspired devotion among fans across the world.

Twilight also has many lining up to attack it, with accusations of everything from bad writing to betraying the vampire genre to Mormon brainwashing.

But leaving aside the mud-slinging, the literary world and schools are warning parents not to simply go along with the marketing hype and peer pressure, but to first understand exactly what it is their children are reading.

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