Rebecca Byfield/Riley Banks

Any articles written by Rebecca Byfield or her alter ego, Riley Banks


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Be on the look out for a substance that causes serious addiction   #167909339 / gettyimages.com   I went forty-one years in the coffee wilderness, never experiencing that all-consuming craving (okay, addiction) that some – namely my husband (who would mainline coffee straight into his veins if he could get over his aversion to […]

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Bleiberg goes print

Le French Book to launch print version of The Bleiberg Project – July 15 Early last year, we interviewed David Khara, author of the best-selling novel, The Bleiberg Project, by Le French Book. Well, David and his publishing company have been busy since we last spoke to them. Not only did The Bleiberg […]


Live like a World Cup Soccer Star 4

What would you buy with a footballer’s salary #451165760 / gettyimages.com The world has gone mad for football, or more precisely, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With so many highly paid soccer players on centre stage, it’s easy to have a bit of ‘Millionaire Envy’. Real estate company, Lamudi has compiled a […]

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Justice joins the review crew 1

Announcing The Writers’ Shack’s first Read 4 Review book: Mariner’s Hollow by FG Capitanio There’s been quite a few posts about Frank Capitanio and his debut book, Mariner’s Hollow on The Writers’ Shack lately. We’ve interviewed the author to discuss winning the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award; we’ve reviewed Mariner’s Hollow. Now Capitanio […]


Seeking authors, publishers and book lovers for a brand new read for review program 8

The Writers’ Shack launches Read 4 Review, a brand new initiative for book lovers   You might remember that a month or so ago, we put some feelers out to see if anyone was interested in a Read 4 Review program. Well, the response from both authors and readers was […]

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The perfect combination of classic and contemporary

Mariner’s Hollow – a paranormal mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Over the weekend, I posted an interview with Frank “FG” Capitanio, the author of the award winning novel, Mariner’s Hollow – which won Gold in the IPBA Benjamin Franklin Awards. If you read that, you’d […]


Capitanio gets Justice with a Benjamin Franklin stamp of approval 1

Introducing the next Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   Everyone needs a hobby. Mine just happens to be murder. – Justice Worth Last month, Indie author F.G. Capitanio won a massive leg up in his writing career when his debut novel, Mariner’s Hollow, took out Gold for Teen Fiction in the IBPA […]

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A parents’ guide to enjoying rather than enduring family holidays   Think of a family holiday and what springs to mind?   Are you picturing theme park hotels, kiddie meals, sandcastles and sunburn, and endless screaming kids? Are you imagining one of those family friendly resorts with the kid’s club […]


Is Dhara Dhevi the best hotel in the world? 3

Is Dhara Dhevi the best hotel in the world? By Rebecca Byfield     Here’s a question for you. What is your favourite hotel or resort in the world? If somebody said to you today, “I want to give you a holiday – all expenses paid. Just tell me where you […]

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Taking back the rom-com with Obvious Child

Brand new comedy opens in cinemas today For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. […]