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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


Good Morning everyone! Happy New Year to you all!

What plans do you have to celebrate this new year? I'm at home with the other half, I'm cooking - ok so the slow cooker is doing the hard work, but I'm making my own Yorkshire Puddings!

On a different note, I've spent the last few days really getting stuck in with my writing course and I've finished reading unit 2 - aptly named Practical Novel Writing. I'm about to start my second assignment. For some reason I am more nervous about this assignment than I was the first. I think it is because I am about to showcase to my tutor (someone who has been an established writer for much longer than I have) what I can do with fiction.

I have so many ideas in my head it is hard to know which one to use. I plan to spend today making my plans for the assignment and seeing what I can do to get started. I'll let you know how I get on.

I'm also planning to do something radical this year. This year for me needs to be the year of change and this includes getting things out in the open as it were, getting issues off of my chest and letting people understand once and for all. Cryptic, I know, but please bear with me as this will become clearer over the coming weeks and months.

Now we move onto the inevitable - New Year's resolutions - Have you made any? How many is too many? As you can tell, one of my resolutions is to make changes in my life that will hopefully be for the better. I plan to gain a little more confident in my writing and the course I am doing is a great way for me to get that confidence boost that I have needed in a long time.

I also plan to update my blogs a lot more often than I have been doing up to now (I apologise) and I want to get back onto the monthly updates that I was doing before. I'm picking up pace with my reading as well so I will be able to keep up to date with the book reviews which I'm happy to say have proven to be popular online, so thank you!

I'll leave you now to go back to whatever it is you were doing with a thought. Life is too short for regrets. Don't waste this year with petty arguments over nothing at all. Live each day to the fullest, make the most of every opportunity that presents itself. Live by the Law and Live for your family. Don't allow your work to be the only thing that defines who you are. You all have things that you keep putting off till tomorrow, till next week, month and so on. Why put it off? Tomorrow might never come. We will all experience highs and lows, some more than others. Before you act against someone, think about how you would fell if they were acting against you. Be a person that someone else admires and looks up to, be that role model you strive to be. Make yourself proud of what you have achieved.

As always, stay happy, stay safe and Keep reading! x

Hi everyone, I should start this blog post by apologising for my tardiness in adding another post. I have had a bad few weeks so i needed to take a break.

I haven't stopped writing though and I'm working on a couple of new ideas at the moment. I always seem to have a number of things on the go at the same time. I don't know about you, but I am one of those writers that drafts by hand, so I have to have a new notebook for each new novel idea (I'd get them confused otherwise). Needless to say, I have a lot of notebooks!

I'm still working on my writer's course and I'm really enjoying this one. The text book is clear and it makes a lot of sense (which for me is a good thing!). I don't like doing courses where I don't feel like I'm actually learning anything. The course I'm doing is through Writing Magazine and has 6 assignments. If you like home courses and feel like you want to learn something new, try this for size - highly recommended!

Well as the title of this post suggests, I hope you have all had a good holiday so far and I want to wish each and everyone of you a very happy new year! I hope your wishes and dreams come true and that you find the strength to make new things happen. I also want to take the time to say, once again, a huge thankyou to each one of you who has taken the time to check out my little site and catch up with me on the blogs. You will not know what the support means to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

What does the new year hold in store for me? A few exciting prospects I hope. I have a busy January coming up (my day job is very busy at the moment) with a number of annual chores coming up to be done. Yes, I tax my car and have my gas boiler serviced just like everyone else!

From a writing point of view, I'm hoping to get some more assignments completed on my course and I plan to try my hand at submitting an article I wrote for my first assignment to the magazine I wrote it in mind for. I don't want to say too much at this time in case it doesn't come to pass the way I would like it to, but I will let you know as soon as anything exciting happens.

I'll be adding a new post in my Q&A section as I've had an interesting question posed in regards to the way I got started as a writer and why I write the way I do. I should have the post up and running in the next couple of days or so.

I'll sign off for now, but I wish you all the best for the new year and as always, Keep reading!!

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!