Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday (really?) Celebrations

I am running late this week; to be honest I sort of forgot it was Friday! That happens when you are not at regular work, the days all get mixed up, but the upside of that is that everyday this week has seen writing action. Yay for that! I have done some editing, drafted and re-drafted a synopsis and even started something new. Something I hadn't been planning at all but a spark ignited and I just had to go with it. Love my fickle muse! I've written a couple thousand words today so really happy with that.

Am making the most of it because there are only a few days left of the summer break now and I will be back at the day job by the middle of next week.

Thanks to Viklit and her lovely co-hosts.

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Friday, 22 August 2014

Celebrate life!

I have been trying to slowly ease myself back on line over the past week, if I haven't managed to catch up with you yet, apologies, I will get there soon! I have been taking the opportunity to work on my ms while I had the chance so my focus has been there. I can report, that following another round of edits, I am feeling quite pleased with it. Time to seek an outside opinion from a couple of readers! Always a tense time.

I did take a few hours away from writing to go shopping with my girls. University supplies mainly, but it was fun to spend some time together. Also had a nice evening out with hubby, just the two of us, which was a change. We both definitely feel as if we are embarking on a new chapter in our lives, with both girls at university the next couple of years are likely to bring fresh challenges for us all. Maybe it is the writer within me that always thinks of major changes and life adjustments as new chapters, a chance to move forward and grow in different ways. We may have an outline in our head of what the next page will look like, but until we actually turn the page and live it we will never know. Scary ...? perhaps, but also a little exciting.

Happy Friday friends

Full details of this fun and easy hop can be found  at Viklit

Also thanks to co-hosts;

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Friday, 15 August 2014

Holidays and Celebrations

I thought it was about time I returned to blogging and what better way to start than to let you know what I have been up to. To avoid this post becoming too long and boring I am going to use a few pictures to help me. There are a couple of links to more information on the area should you be interested in finding out more about the ecology and history. 

 This was my home for 7 nights ...
     I took several daily swims in here ...
Caught a local boat and wound my way through the tranquil reed beds that were home to much wildlife ...

Which half an hour later led us here. The beautiful Iztuzu beach and home to these guys ...
There is no development here as it is a protected area. People are only allowed on the beach for a few hours a day and there are strict guidelines to protect the turtles breeding grounds.

Evenings were usually spent in places like this
eating delicious meals ...
 With views of ancient rock tombs ...
and magical sunsets ...

As this post is my contributions to the weekly 'Celebrate the small things' hop there is one other really important thing to add. My congratulations to my youngest daughter who yesterday received her A level results. Obtaining a whopping 3 x A's and securing her place to study at Exeter University. My baby's leaving home next month - warning expect a teary post from me when the time comes!

Thanks to Viklit and her team of co-hosts

Friday, 1 August 2014

Celebrate and sign out!

I haven't done an *official* Celebrations post for a couple of weeks so thought I would rectify that today before I take a little blog break.

Thanks to Viklit and her team of co-hosts;

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

So, I am celebrating;
  • An old school friend is coming to stay. We have known each other for, *pause for quick mental calculation* 37 years - wow! Looking forward to catching up and then she and her family are going to house/animal-sit for us for a few days while we go away for a holiday!
  • Editing - dived into revisions this week and made some unexpected progress. I say progress - not in actual words written so much, but in a plot change. I'm quite excited about the changes, even though it will mean extra revisions, but I think it will make the story much stronger. Deleting whole sections of your work can be scary but weirdly liberating at the same time!
  • Finally getting my Christmas present! Last weekend we went to London to see Phantom of the Opera. It was the first West End Musical I saw twenty something years ago and I have always wanted to see it again, so was very excited when I received tickets last Christmas. It was well worth waiting for and every bit as good as I remember. The songs are still whizzing around my head and bursting out at odd moments! Much to family's consternation as I can't sing a note - not in tune anyway!
  • Whilst we were in London we popped along to Trafalgar Square and saw the bright blue cockerel as featured in Hilary Melton-Butcher's recent post. On route we also saw the Glockenspiel and, like Hilary, we stood watching while it chimed for 5 minutes. Hilary has much better pics of it than I do, so head to her blog if you want to see it. Thanks for the tip Hilary.
Well, not a bad lot of celebrations. As I said, I plan to take a couple of weeks away from the blog to enjoy extra time with friends and family. Hopefully, when I return, I will feel refreshed and have some more interesting things to blog about. I will hop around a few blogs today and possibly over the weekend and then I will catch up with you all mid-August. Can you even believe it's the 1st of August today?

Have fun, stay safe, see you soon.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Schools out!

For me it's the first day of the school holidays and I'm up early to crack on with my ever growing list of things I want to achieve over the summer. The list definitely includes writing! Lots of it hopefully!

I am currently editing an MG Cornish fantasy. It's been fun to write but I know it needs some work yet. I really want to complete this edit over the summer, it should reach about 30,000 words so I think this is a realistic expectation. If I could also complete a synopsis that would be brilliant. My plan is to have it ready to submit in the Autumn anyway.

You know when inspiration strikes at the oddest of times? We were driving up the M5 motorway last week and an idea for a new children's series started to form. Although it is only a loose idea at the moment, I am quite excited by it and would love to get some planning and research done over the holidays.

I have a week's family holiday planned. I'm looking for total relaxation and have several books I'd like to read. It's funny though, however many books I read my TBR list never seems to get any shorter! Anyone else have that problem? I say problem, of course it isn't really, it's wonderful that there are so many fabulous books and talented authors out there to keep replenishing my pile!

There will be a steady stream of visitors coming and going too, so I'm sure the house will always be buzzing! It is one of the reasons I like the mornings to write, that couple of hours after hubby goes to work and before the rest of the family start to surface, it seems to be when I am most creative and I love the peace and quite. I don't tend to be a writer who enjoys working around lots of distractions.

This weekend I am off to London again. This time to see 'Phantom of the Opera.'The tickets were a Christmas present from my husband. It was the first West End musical I saw about 22 years ago and I have always wanted to return. I hope it is as wonderful as I remember.

Finally, there are jobs around the house I want to do too, although I am planning on slotting them in around the writing and fun stuff!

So, there you have it. A brief round-up of the next few weeks as it stands at the moment. I am not sure how my blogging will go. I will probably take a complete blog break for a couple of weeks during August but I haven't decided yet, I will see how things go. In the meantime, I will visit your blogs and comment as often as I can.

Whatever, you are up to this summer, have fun, stay safe and for those of us who long to fill our days with words, happy writing! I'm off to explore the world through the door of possibilities ...

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sidelined Blog Tour

Excited to welcome the lovely Kyra Lennon to the blog today. Take it away, Kyra!

First of all, I’d like to say thanks to Suzanne for letting me take over her blog for the day! Much appreciated! 

Today I’d like to talk about loss – which is not the most cheerful topic ever – but it is a big theme in Sidelined. Bree Collinson feels a loss of who she used to be, a loss of the person she wanted to be, and later, she feels the loss of one of her close friends which impacts everyone in a huge way that will ripple through the rest of the Game On series.

Loss is a part of life. I like my books to reflect real life as much as possible, but I try to make it so there is always hope, too. People read as an escape, and I firmly believe that most people don’t want to read a book that is going to plunge them into a pit of misery (although, those books certainly have a place in the market, they’re just not my thing).

When I think about the best books that have been published in recent years, the ones that have stuck with me the most are the ones where the characters have had to battle their way through tough times, shown personal growth, and even though they might not have had their happy ending yet, there’s the possibility and the real belief that they WILL find it one day. I guess those are the kinds of people I admire in real life too – those who have endured all kinds of horrible things and come back stronger every time.

Bree is one of those people. She’s been through some awful things, but she still has this exceptionally bubbly, rose-tinted outlook on life. In Sidelined, much of her happiness is sucked right out of her. She is almost unrecognisable from Game On in the sense that instead of just seeing the lovable ditz that she usually is, Sidelined gets right inside her head and shows who she really is.

For Bree, as is true for many people in real life, loss changes her. Loss prompts her to really look at who she is and what she wants. Hopefully, if/when you read Sidelined, you’ll feel Bree’s emotions, and the changes in her, as strongly as I did when I wrote the story.


At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

Buy Links: Amazon UK // Amazon US // B&N // iBookstore

About the Author: 

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Cover Reveal - Soulless by Crystal Collier

I'm popping in today to share an amazing new cover.  I simply love this cover congrats to Crystal, look forward to the release of Soulless in October, in the meantime check out the details below.

Have you met the Soulless and Passionate? In the world of 1770 where supernatural beings mix with humanity, Alexia is playing a deadly game.

SOULLESS, Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

What people are saying about this series: 

"With a completely unique plot that keeps you guessing and interested, it brings you close to the characters, sympathizing with them and understanding their trials and tribulations." --SC, Amazon reviewer

"It's clean, classy and supernaturally packed with suspense, longing, intrigue and magic." --Jill Jennings, TX

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer

Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

COMING October 13, 2014