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Happy June!

So I have learned something today that I really should have known all along - Writing and working on my Writing Course while having work done to fit a new kitchen is not a good combination!

What with the electricity going on and off like a light switch, the drilling of the walls (the guys are sinking wires etc) are causing vibrations through the flat enough to make my teeth rattle and my head feels like a marching brass band has taken up residence! phew. 

That being said, I'm pleased to say my brain freeze has finally ended - I've finished my second assignment on my course and sent it off for marking. Honestly, I started off so well, planned my work, my novel idea and all sorts, then I didn't just get a block, but a full on brain freeze! Maybe the drilling in the flat has helped to shift it?!

While I'm working, I'll be adding on some more book reviews over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled. Don't forget, if there's any books you'd like me to review, please let me know using the Contact me page.

Which brings me nicely to my exciting news for this month. 

In the spirit of fun, and the fact its my birthday this coming weekend, I decided to do a Prize Draw! The top 5 winners will receive a signed copy of my poem, "The Eyes are the Keys". The first prize winner will also receive a £10 voucher and a piece of my handmade Jewellery!

All you have to do between now and 30 July 2018 is use the Contact Me page to let me know a book (or two) that you'd like to be reviewed. You can enter as often as you like and all entries will go into the draw, taking place on 31 July 2018. 

Winners will be notified by email. 

Good Luck!

stay safe and as always, Keep Reading!

Morning everyone! Firstly I hope you all had a good Easter - seems so long ago now doesn't it?! 

I've had a real rollercoaster of a few weeks, what with scans being done and a trip to the local hospital - not all fun stuff I assure you. But the main thing is I'm on my own two feet and nothing has stopped me writing, and reading new books!

My course is coming along well, I'm still plotting my assignment - at this rate, the story might not be quite as short as it is meant to be! 

I've been asked a few times when I plan to be published, and a lot of the time I answer in the same way - when I've plucked up the courage! Like many writers and authors before me, I have spent years on my first novel, and while I understand the need for editing and the like, the book is my baby (I know, sappy) and I'm not quite ready to face critique on it! 

I'm working on a few more though (I seem to have a multi tasking mind) and I'm looking into self publishing options, such as E-books first then paperback, as well as finding an agent who would be willing to take on a new writer. 

I've promised myself that I will be published by the time I'm 40.( I have some time to prepare)

Hot Topic this month - Reading/Book Groups. Do you belong to a group? What kind of books do you read? How often do you meet up? I'm curious as it isn't something that I've gotten involved with in the past. How do you decide what to read next? 

I can't remember if I have told you before, but I have a number of hobbies, particularly crafting of various sorts. I make jewellery, I loom knit hats (I haven't mastered the scarf looms yet), I self taught myself to crochet and have been making a hodge podge patch blanket. Well for the past few days, I've picked up my loom again and I've been making baby hats. They're so cute! I can hear you wondering what I'm going to do with all the hats I've made (around 10 so far). Well, the hats aren't for me, I plan to take them to the local hospital for new babies. I love sitting knitting while I'm watching TV - a good way to stop yourself snacking by the way - and I find it calming. 

In between knitting and plotting my next story, I've been writing a memoir of sorts. I'm finally writing down my history, where I grew up, my background, my school life and the like. Whether I will ever publish it remains to be seen, maybe I'll add a new section to this site and add it onto here in chapters. Truth be told, it'll be an interesting read. 

I'm popping over to my "To read...or not" section shortly to add a new review, so be sure to take a look. Do you like the reviews? Have you read any of the books I've mentioned? At the moment, my favourite is still "The Secret Diary of Hendrick Groen" - it just made me laugh while being a reflection of the authors life in a residential home in Amsterdam. 

Right, I'm off. Whatever you're doing, enjoy, have fun, stay safe. As always, Keep Reading! x

Hi everyone!

Before I talk about my latest works and so on, have any of you discovered Halo Top Ice Cream?? I know the weather has been dreadful but sometimes a little Ice Cream is the treat you need. I found Halo Top only yesterday, Peanut Butter Cup flavour. Oh my goodness - I love it!! It is gluten free, lower in calories that a lot of Ice Cream and absolutley delicious! 

Ok, back on track. I've spent the last few weeks revisiting books I would count as old favourites as well as carrying on reading books I've stopped and started with over the years. So I re-read Sylvia Day's "Bared to You" and I'm now reading a book that is very special to me, "Richard IV The Last White Rose" by Eric Owen Burke. 

For those of you that don't know, Eric Owen Burke is my Uncle, and one of the favourite men in my life. I'm so proud of my Uncle for writing this amazing novel. Definitely one for those of you who love your history, written in old English, (it can be a little hard to read) it has a real charm and I love the story being told, interwoven with deceipt and lies, passion and revenge!

If you want to give the book a go (I would highly recommend it), you can buy it from Amazon. 

Sorry this is short and sweet, I'm off to get back into my book. Have a great Easter (try not to eat too much Chocolate - sends book pages really sticky) and I will see you again next month!

Stay safe, and as always, Keep Reading! x

Hi Everyone!

Remember I mentioned I was trying to decide between two new books to read....Well, I read them both, and needless to say, I loved them both, but for different reasons. 

Hop over to my 'To read...or Not' page now to see my little write ups on both of the fab books I've read over the last few days.

I'm now on book number 3 in as many weeks, you may have heard of it, or at least the movie based on this book; "If I stay" by Gayle Forman.

I'll let you know how I get on with it. 

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the books and Keep Reading! x

Hello my lovlies! Welcome to my February blog. 

How is the new year treating you? Good I hope.

For me, the new year has gotten off to to the same start it always does, with the cheer of the new year ebbing sadly into the January blues. But I haven't let that keep me down - oh no! I've been busy noting new ideas and working on some of the old ones to keep my writing in full flow.

I'm still working on the 2nd assignment for my course - I know its taking a while, but sometimes I just want a weekend of doing nothing to allow my brain to relax a little.

I've been busy reading though and a new book review will be added just as soon as I am done here. I've also been sorting out a few of my books to take into my workplace tomorrow. I have to be ruthless with myself - Have I read it? Do I want to read it? Do I think I have kept it to make my bookshelf look pretty?

So far, I have only put around 6 books into the bag, but I think one or two more may find themselves being taken to work tomorrow so someone else can give them a go. 

I'm really aware that I am not telling you much this time around, and I think it is because nothing really happens in February for me. It holds a sad reminder for me of someone I lost a few years ago and I did surprise those I work with when I announced I had worked (at my day job) there for 8 years on February 1st. Other than that, February for me is full of the mundane and ordinary. 

What makes my February fun then? As the title of this blog suggests, this should be a fun month and as it is only February 18th (Happy Birthday to my beautiful Nanna!!) there is time left for the fun to begin! Don't worry, I'll let you know if it does!

Ok, enough of the maudlin. I'm now thinking about the next book I'm going to read for my review. This is part of the reasin some books will be making their way to work tomorrow. I've been going through my bookcase and have managed to whittle the choice down to 2. Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" and Amy Engel's "The Roanoke Girls". You'll just have to wait for the next review to see which one I pick - you might be lucky and find I've read them both! 

I'm also reading a book at work (do you ever read more than one book at a time?), I like to read one during my lunchbreak and then I'll read one in the evening, but not always the same book. Yes, I know it is an odd thing to do. I'm reading Daisy Waugh's "Melting the Snow on Hester Street" on my lunchbreaks. I'm not going to divulge too much at the moment, but I will add a review when I'm done. I'm enjoying it so far though.

So while I'm thinking about my new books, I'm going to head off and add the new book review for you. Whatever you're doing, wherever you're going, stay safe and as always, Keep Reading! x