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Hi everyone,

Where on earth has the time gone? I figured I would take a couple of weeks off to catch up on some more reading for my review section and next thing I know, we're half past August!

"So what have you been doing?" I can hear you ask. Well, the good news is, I have been doing some reading, catching up on new releases from my favourite Authors and making pleantly of notes that I just need to add to the review section on here.

I found some books by an Author I haven't read before, just  by chance, and I swear, I read the four I had in paperback and 2 I had on my tablet in the space of 10 days straight. My nose still has traces of the print on it from where I was so far into my books, I was having to drag myself out by my hair!

I've also caught up on another hobby of mine, my loom knitting. I make hats for wintertime and I recently added a pompom maker to my knitting bag so I can make some fun additions to my hats.

Now though is writing tome for me, I'm enjoying a week away from my day job so I can relax a little and unwind and get back to doing what I do best. Reading more books and writing some more on my drafts as well.

One thing that hasn't really changed for me over the last few weeks is my eternal love for al things books. Yes, I have ventured onto the google play store and added books to my tablet, but I have only done so as the Authors aren't in print, only in E-books. Does this mean that I have changed my views on E-books and readers? No absolutley not.

Books to me are something that you hold in your hand, a physical item that you can feel and even smell. (anyone that knows me, knows i love the smell of books, especially older books). You just don't get the same experience with a tablet or reader device. You don't get to appreciate the smell of the books, the feel of the paper (which differs from book to book), to feel the weight of the book in your hands, or even the joy of turning the page of a book you just can't put down. Even though I like the books I have on my tablet, I just don't get the same feeling inside of joy that I get from an actual book.

My woory is that we as a nation are losing the ability to read anything that doesn't involve a screen. You've either got you eyes glued to your latest mobile phone, or even a tablet, laptop or reader, constantly staring at the pixels until your eyes all go square. Does this satisfy you? Is that really what you want to spend the rest of your time doing? You go to work in an office, staring at a PC all day, travel home staring at your phone or tablet and then spend your evenings doing the same thing.

Not me. I might read the odd book on the tablet, and I might work in an office and use a laptop in some of my spare time, but I'm not letting technology take over who I am. Children growing up now just don't appreciate the great books sitting out there in Libraries and book stores and charity shops because they don't know how to read print on paper anymore. We're driving the youger generations to use technology more and more, and this is a real shame and a real sadness if we continue to allow this to happen.

Ask yourself, when was the last time you actually sat and read a proper hardback/paperback book?? If you can't answer that without having to think about it, you're in trouble. If you're going to do anything tonight (after reading this of course), try this; turn off the TV, put down the mobile phones and tablets, switch off the PC's. Now pick up that book on the bedside table that you've promised your Mum/Dad/Aunty Mabel that you were going to read and just sit quietly in your fave armchair, sofa, even on your bed and just read for an hour. Just an hour. Doesn't sound like a lot does it? You'll be amazed how far you can travel in that hour, reading a good book with nothing else to distract you.

Try it tonight and let me know how you get on.

As always, stay safe and keep reading!

Hi everyone, I can't believe it is February already! The weeks are going by so fast.

So what's new in the world of Emma James? Well, I'm working on a revised version of an old novel idea I had a few years ago - you may have seen the intro on the welcome page for "Black Widower"? Well don't worry if you haven't, I'm working on a whole new twist in that particular tale.

I've also been considering publishing direct to Kindle through Amazon, but this may be a few months off yet, I have things to finish off first, such as editing and the all important spell check!

THe one thing that I have slipped on so far is my own reading. There is a reason for this, and I won't bother you with the details, but lets just say that having really anti social neighbours doesn't constitute to a calm reading enviroment! Of course, my lack of reading hasn't stopped me selecting the next few books to review for you, I'll get those updated soon.

One question I have for you though, How do you buy books? Are you a tablet or Kindle only reader, therefore only buying books online and downloading them, or are you a book shop buyer?

Personally, I still have a real afinity for book shops. I like to hold an actual book when I'm reading. I'm old fashioned that way. I just don't feel as though I can get the same feeling of enjoyment from reading a screen as I do from a book. There is just something about the smell of older books (especially) that has a comforting edge to it.

I admit, I can spend hours wandering around a book store, and 9 times out of 10, I don't come out again empty handed. I have gotten better at going in with a set book or books in mind and I will either buy those if they are available or I will leave and try again another time. This will be a relief for my other half to hear - I have a lot of books already. My other half says he can't understand why I keep them once I have read them.

Some books I do keep once I've read them, especially if they are by an author I like or I have really enjoyed reading the book. Some books I keep because they are easy to read and allo me to pass a quick five minutes without needing to struggle to get into the plot. Others I have kept because they are books from my childhood and I want my own children (when I have any) to be able to benefit from the books the same way that I did.

Now don't misunderstand me, I have a number of books on my own tablet, purely because the particular authors aren't published in paperback, and I don't want to miss out on reading them.

What do you think? Are you a book store buff? or an online ogler? mixture of the two?

Let me know, and as always, stay safe and Keep Reading!

Hi everyone!

I hope that you all had a good Christmas and I wish you all a great new year.

It is usually at this time that I talk to you about the resolutions I've made for the coming year, but I have found from long standing experience that as soon as I open my mouth and talk about those I have set, I get absolutely nothing done about any of them!

So, for a change, I'm not going to say what my resolutions are, but I will say this; I have a long list, a few must do's, some wouls like's and a few more if I get the time to's. I'm aware that some are more likely to be done than others, some are more difficult but will provide me with the challenge I need.

I'll keep you updated on my progress as I go along. In the meantime, I want to hear about your resolutions. Have you made any? Do you believe in making resolutions? I remember every year when I was younger, saying that I wanted to start a diary. I would start keping a diary, but that would be as far as it got. I might last a month, maybe two; but I'd soon give in. I could never decide how often to write an entry. Now of course, I write this blog. Monthly is a good time frame for me to be able to add a new entry as it allows for my day job and my new course as well as all of the other things that happen in my life.

Have a think about your resolutions and let me know through the contact page.

In the meantime, have a great January, and keep reading!

 

Hi everyone, welcome to my December blog.

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and for continuing to read these posts after all this time - I'm actually really humbled to see the ongoing support that my little site and blog has. Thank you to all, so very much.

Can anyone tell me where this year has gone? I'm fairly certain it wasn't that long ago that we were in January. Yes, I do remember my amazing fortnight in Kitzbuhel, Austria back in September - really? that was 3 months ago? I honestly don't know how time is going by so fast.

On a more regular note, work wise, my drafts are coming along well. I've been drawing up a small family tree to help with my back story on a piece I'm working on - it will make sense in the end I hope. Who knew drawing a family tree could be so complicated?!

I'm still working on my new writing course. I've been busy uploading pictures from my phone and camera ready to use in my first assignment - I'm writing a travel article that you might normally see in a magazine. Of course, I have a lot of pictures from Austria, but I also have some from Edinburgh and Belfast too. I'm almost at the point of nervous excitement in reagrds to my assignment, I like doing the work, but I'm nervous to send it in to be marked - like I'm at college all over again.

Are any of you doing interesting courses? I'd love to hear about them.

For my "To Read...Or Not" section this month, I'm looking at Dark Fantasy series of novels. More over, these books I'm going to take you through this month all have an edge to them that make you feel like it could be real. Now this doesn't matter whether it talks about a futuristic outlook on the world (think Hunger Games and Divergent) or whether the subject is Vampires in a sleepy Southern town (True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse novels and Morganville Vampires series); the point is that whatever you're reading could actually happen or be happening somewhere in the world.

Interesting thought, isn't it?

So tht's just a little update from me this month, Whilst I don't celebrate the holidays (personal reasons), I would still like to say that I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your time with your family and friends, please don't drink too much. Certainly don't drink and drive and I'll see all of you in the new year.

Have a great holiday season and as always, Keep Reading!

Hi everyone, i hope you've had a good few weeks since my last update. What's new with you?

I decided to make a change, that will hopefully be for the better in the long term. I finally enrolled in a new home study course - Becoming a Successful Writer. I subscribe to Writing Magazine and I've often seen the courses advertised. I admit, my curiosity got the better of me and at the end of October, I signed up for the course. So far, so good. I'm working through the first chapter and first assignment at the moment, but I'll let you know how I get on.

One good thing is that the assignments are making me think about how I write and the topics I write about in a whole new light. All positve though, I think I was becoming a little jaded with my work and needed a fresh perspective.

Whilst I was in a change making mood, I joined Twitter. (Pause for dramatic effect).

Yes, I actually joined Twitter, you haven't misread me. You can now follow me @EmmaJamesinfo1. Don't expect huge news on there just yet - baby steps! I'm still getting the hang of the posts - (Tweets?)

Last time, I told you I was launching a new book review section to the site. Well good news is it is up and running, and I'll be adding the next few books to the review in the next few days or so. So far, I think the section has been received well by you lovely readers - let me know what you think.

I'll leave you for now, but I won't be far away. Look out for my November additions in "To read or not" and as always, Keep reading!