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Hi everyone!! Happy September!

I can't believe how fast this year is going. It only seems like five minutes since my birthday and that was back in June!

September for me is going to be a busy month, I'm due to start a new role in my day job, plus I have so many birthdays coming up this month it makes my head spin just thinking about it. 

I'm planning on going to see Cathy Bramley and Carole Matthews on September 12th when they are both in Nottingham, something I'm looking forward to - I have books ready to be signed if there is the opportunity and vouchers ready to get some more while I'm at it (a girl can't have too many books right?!) 

I have some more books lined up for review, I'm part way through reading one at the moment and I have a pile waiting for me back at home. I'll be spending some time working on my new book drafts and my assignment for my course, which is coming along nicely.

What about you? What plans do you have for the coming month? let me know what weird yet wonderful things you have planned. 

Short and sweet this time, but as always, stay safe and Keep Reading!

Hi everyone, only me. 

Feels like I've had a busy few weeks. The last blog update I posted, I wrote while on the train back to Nottingham (my bad, I forgot to upload it on here sooner!).

So what have I been doing over the last few weeks? I applied for a new job in my 'day job' and I'm happy to say I got it! In the Writing world, I'm still working on my writing course, something I'm finding really enjoyable. I'm also working on some more ideas, one for a fantasy/romance I'm calling 'Riders of Xion', and a crime novel I'm calling 'The Beautiful Death'. 

What this means for me is that I have ideas scrambling all arouind in my head and my brain is thinking faster than I can type so I only hope I can get all my ideas down on paper and not muddle them up too much!. 

I want to (again) say a huge thankyou to those who took part in my competition in July, and Congratulations to the winners. Keep your eyes on my posts, I'll be running another competition later in the year. 

Well I'll sign off here, it was only going to be a quick update for now. 

Take Care and stay safe in all you do. Enjoy and Keep Reading! x

Hey Everyone,

Slight delay this time around in uploading my blog post due to technical issues.

Firstly, I want to reveal the results of my Prize Draw/Competition to win a signed copy of my poem, “The Eyes are the Keys”. The deadline to enter the Competition was 30 July 2018. At the time of writing, there has sadly not been any entries into the competition so there are no winners.

I’m writing this post while on the train heading back to Nottingham from London where I’ve been for the past week (End of July). I’ve been a little pensive of late, a dozen things racing around my head, but that is not something that I want to bore you with.

I will ask you this; have you ever had a sudden feeling come over you, like you don’t realise where you belong until you are leaving? That was me this morning. It could be down to the fact that I am travelling backwards on this particular journey, so I can see the station getting smaller as the train pulls away and starts to speed its way back towards the East Midlands, or it could just be that my heart has finally found its home after 4 years of toing and froing to London and back. I’m not sure, but I do know that as the train pulled out of St Pancras station, I just didn’t want to leave.

Don’t get me wrong, as a rule, I find London far too busy (comes from the personal space I like around me which disappears the second you arrive in London) but the region of London I have visited over and over again over the last few years (when seeing my other half) has become as familiar to me as my Nottingham home. I don’t know my way around everywhere in London, and I won’t drive in London if you paid me to – not sure I’d get very far with my eyes squeezed shut and a prayer of “please don’t hit me!” (not to mention the fact I’m sure there are indentations on my boyfriend’s car dash board from my fingers), but somehow, slowly, London and the south is becoming my home and I never thought I would hear myself say that.

Enough of the thinking already! Book wise, I’m working on my initial notes and draft for a new book that I’m calling Riders of Xion. This is setting out like a fantasy novel with Dragon Riders chosen by the Dragons they will be riding while they are babies, a will they, won’t they style love story between a highborn Rider and her land worker/Warrior lover. I won’t give too much away here as I want you to all read the finished book! Things are moving well on this front and I’m positive this is a good start.

I finished reading Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley while I was in London. Literally read it within a matter of days, I was absolutely engrossed. Head over to my review section “To read…or not” for my review of Appleby Farm.

I’m going to sign off for now, settle down and read my writing magazine for the rest of the journey back to Nottingham.

Take care in what you do, and as always, Keep Reading!

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