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Monday, 11 May 2015

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

So here I am again apologising for not updating the blog and generally being a rubbish author! ��

I haven't got any excuses except for the fact that life just seems to constantly get in the way, and as the DIYer of the family buying a new house last year has filled up my days! The last two months has been taken up with redoing the family bathroom and trying not to despair when everything went wrong! I'm still not done. The plumber I hired was rubbish, so now I have another coming to fix the issues! Hopefully it will be sorted this week... I really hope so because the following week we are going on holiday and I have a lovely couple coming to stay in our house and look after all our menagerie!

I WILL write another book. I WILL do it this summer! I'm determined! It may be the new series I made a start with or it may be a WitchBlood sequel... I had another idea for a book! The ideas are there, I just need to make the time!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Smoke - Week Two

Well I've got through my first week of writing fairly successfully. I finished on just under 5000 words, which when I was deep in the middle of writing Witchblood, I could write 5000 words in two days; but for this project I have set myself a target of 1000 words a day, at least until I get about 1/3 of the way in, mainly because this project is so new and somewhat daunting!

Reasons for this are as follows:

1. Completely new genre - no vampires!
2. Completely new characters to learn and install in my head.
3. I'm writing alternate chapters / alternate POV, so each time I start a new chapter I have to switch mindset.
4. I'm also switching from 1st person to 3rd person, so Bea is written from 1st person and Will is written from 3rd!

I think it's working out! It was a bit of a challenge but I think it is going to work!

I've also added another book to my Goodreads Challenge. I finished The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy the night before last. It was pretty good. I enjoyed it. It was certainly different and rather weird, in a good way. I'm not sure it's worth all the 5 stars it gets, but it was worth reading and I'll probably read the next one at some point.  


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Planning Done. Let The Writing Begin!

As you can see I have added a new word count widget to the right hand side bar on the blog so you can now keep an eye on my progress, and you'll see the title there too!

This may change as I get further into the book, but for now it is going to be called:

The Burning Trilogy

What do you think? I have just finished chapter one from Bea's perspective and I am about to start chapter two from her twin, Will's.

I am also signed up for Goodreads Reading Challenge, are you? I have only set myself a target of 30 books this year as writing this new book will take up a lot of my time, but I've already read 3 books and just starting 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' which I've always meant to read but never got round to!

Here's my Goodreads link if you want to see my books:

Monday, 5 January 2015

New Year: New Book: New Series

Happy New Year!

Yes, I've not vanished from the face of the planet. I just took some time out!

I have a couple of New Years Resolutions this year, do you? My husband and I have been married for 11 years and we have lots of love and trust, but somewhere along the way we have lost some of the fun, do you know what I mean? So my main resolution this year is too laugh more. Instead of us flaking out in front of the TV post 9pm I want to play a game once a week, chat more...

So Resolution One - Have more fun!

Resolution Two is about my writing. After 6 months off I am ready to get going, and I know the series I want to start writing. It will be another Young Adult / New Adult crossover series (like Witchblood) but this one is more apocalyptic than supernatural. I know Dystopian fiction has been there, done that, but I honestly think I've thought of something new and fairly original. I'm quite excited about it. I'm not sure it would be classed as Dystopian... more apocalyptic. Its not going to be set 100 years into the future anyway. Like Witchblood it will be familiar to the reader. The locations will be real. Like Witchblood, I'm going back to writing in 1st person, but this time I'm going to try dual POV and alternate chapters. It depends how well I can create two distinct voices. Fingers crossed I can pull it off!

Here is a little teaser photo I found on the web that I have pinned to my inspiration Pinterest board!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Day 1 flying With Fire Review Tour

So today Gabby over at What's Beyond Forks kicked off the Flying With Fire review tour with a bang! She says "There are dark and crazy twists with some time travel mixed in, and you just don't know what to expect from one page to the next." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Head over to her book blog to read her full review!

Another two reviews have come in from the UK & US administrators on the FB page, Claire & Marley. I have posted them below as they don't have their own blogs.

Flying with fire! Another great book from the author Emma Mills. This book is a prequel to the Witchblood series looking a little at Brittany's time at the boarding school, but in this book Brittany isn't the main character, it's a new character called Brooke and I loved this twist and was excited to learn about all the new characters including Brooks love interest Leo. This book had it all and kept me wanting to carry on reading all the way through and I'm hoping that the author continues telling Brooke and Leo's story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book has a great story to it. We are introduced to a new character which her story seemingly attaches to another character we met in Witchcraft. In Flying With Fire, we meet an extraordinary girl, Brooke, who is unconscious of the power she can elicit. We travel back in time and into the future with Brooke. We learn that there are certain people working against her and trying to suppress her wonderous power. Brooke fights with all her might to save others and some one who may potentially be a love interest. Emma Mills writes a dark tale compared to her previous books. This book gives you hope that her magnificent writing will develop other dark stories with themes of 
fighting what is right. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Remember that Flying With Fire is on promotion this week and is only 99p /c so grab it now before it goes back full price!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Review Tour and lots of Reading!

I can't quite believe how fast time is flying currently. These last couple of weeks in Sept are the last I'm dedicating to Flying With Fire before I move on. So I have reduced the digital price to just 99p... or cents! If you haven't already bought it grab it quick because it will be going full price again in October.

I have a review tour kicking off on Monday over at 'What Beyond Forks'. For the full list click the 'Tour Schedule' tab above. If you have read the book please leave me an Amazon review. They are the most important thing for indie writers, and we really appreciate them!

Other than juggling life I have been doing a bit of reading over the last few weeks! I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I have also read the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver, and now I've just started Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Another book I read recently was The Spell of Summer by a fellow indie writer called Dianna Hardy. I loved this book and thoroughly recommend it for a light-hearted romantic read.

Words can change everything, but can they change your destiny?

Meredith is leading a straight-laced life in London with her straight-laced fiancé, determined to forget her reckless, wild-child past. They're about to get married.

Jamie is an old, poetic soul with a broken heart returning home to Cornwall to get his life back in order.

What binds them?

One chance meeting thirteen summers ago; one innocent spell spoken after one perfect night...

And now history is unravelling; the past and present, merging...

Words can change everything, but can they change your destiny?
And in the messy world of magic, what part does love play?
It's summer all over again, but the spell has only just begun.

My Review
I really enjoyed this book; and that was straight after reading The Book Thief (one of my most loved books!) In fact it is the perfect antidote for when you are feeling upset! I immediately fell in love with the two main characters Merri and Jamie. I thought they were believable and realistic. I adored that it was mainly set in beautiful Cornwall; the descriptions were vivid and never too involved. The story itself had just an ounce of magic peppering what is otherwise a contemporary romance. Of all Dianna's books this is my favourite. I heartily recommend you read it the next time you want a lift! 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

School's Back! I'm Back!

So I hope everyone had a lovely summer? It was our first summer in Somerset and luckily the UK was blessed with amazing weather for once! We managed to take full advantage of our fantastic local outdoor pool, have a couple of day trips down to the Dorset coastline and had a lovely week in the Isle of Wight.

This morning felt very quiet after I dropped the children at school. I have a long list of writing work that needs to be done, but I felt so deflated this morning that I had to get out instead, which is why I'm logging on at 2:30pm... which isn't very helpful when I have to go out for school pick-up in about 45 minutes!

I have been considering writing a Halloween Flying With Fire novella for the end of next month (& I had a great plot line) but I have decided against it as it would follow on from the FWF story and not enough people have downloaded the first book yet to make it viable... So please if you have read and enjoyed Flying With Fire leave me an Amazon review, so I know whether to carry on with it!

With regards to FWF I have instead decided to arrange a short review tour for the end of the month, for all the book bloggers who have read (or are reading FWF) and would like to review. I already have the first week full, but if you are a blogger and would like a review copy and could read by the first week in October, please get in contact. If you are yet to read FWF I will be reducing the price for the duration of the blog tour.