Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2020. I'm now signing off until January. Thank you to everyone who reads this little blog, and to everyone who has supported me over the last year.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Boots, books, and blog tours...

My new boots!
I collected my handmade boots at the weekend! (I posted about getting some handmade boots, back here).

They're amazing. So comfortable. And, of course, they fit! Without needing to wear three pairs of socks. I've now ordered a multicoloured pair.

The Wrong Kind of Clouds is available - both the ebook and the paperback. The paperback took a bit of fiddling, but I got there eventually. The issues were mostly with the cover and the placement of the title on it. The original version had the image right up to the edge of the page, but this was bounced, so some 'padding' was needed.

The blog tour/social media tour for the first book of the trilogy has been booked: 2-8th March, 2020. I now have a final version of the text and am pretty happy with the concept of the cover. I'm going to be putting the ebook and paperback manuscripts together over the next few days and then...

...it's on to the edits for the third book of the trilogy!

Oh, and I finished my tax form too! Go me!

Two books down... three to go. And then I can start writing the next one.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019


Wow! It's been a busy few weeks. But, there's progress...

The Wrong Kind of Clouds
The ebook is now available, though the paperback version may be later in the week. Still having issues with loading the cover... It's been 3/4 ready since the end of October, but I was concentrating on book 2 edits and didn't manage to do the final few stages to get this one back in the wild. Anyway, at the weekend, I bit the bullet and uploaded everything.

The Trilogy
Book 1
Is back from my editor (in truth, it has been for some time!) with only minor changes to make/accept.
I'm progressing the cover and have been giving feedback on early versions. I'm getting quite excited about it now!

Book 2
Is back to my editor for a final look. I've also started the ball rolling on the cover.

Book 3
I'm about to start my last major edits on it. I've had it back from my editor with comments/feedback. Now I have a month to six weeks of sorting things out (essentially, ~20 days' work, based on how long other edits have taken, but I don't get to work at this 5 days a week because of other commitments).
I've started the ball rolling on this cover too!

It's all coming together. I'm still aiming to get the whole trilogy published in February/early March, after which I will need a holiday!

Subscribers to the newsletter have already had chapter 1 of the first book. I'll be sending out chapters 2 and 3 over the next couple of months, so if you want a sneak preview of what's in store, sign up in the form below. (Don't worry, I'll repeat the link to the first chapter again, so you won't have missed out if you sign up now).

Oh, and my boots are ready! I'll be collecting them on Saturday!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

I've fallen out of love with reading

A fair representation of the size of my To Be Read pile!
I have been a bookworm all my life, but over the last few months, I've barely even wanted to pick up a book, and when I have, I've struggled to finish it. I have a heap of books on my Kindle, abandoned at about 35% read. I just don't care enough about the characters or the story to finish them.

Now, this might be because the books aren't very good, but there are now about ten of them that I've just given up on, and more days than not, I'm not reading anything (other than my stuff in editing!). I can't believe that all ten are that rubbish. And anyway, I've soldiered on through many a terrible book in my past, my completer-finisher streak too wide to abandon them.

It could be just because I've been editing for so long. When I'm editing, my brain stays in edit-mode even when reading something else and is constantly being picky (which, I admit, does make reading anything a bit of a chore). But on "A Good Read" on Friday night (a programme on BBC radio 4), Sarah Perry said that she thought all authors fell out of love with reading at various points, so perhaps it isn't solely to do with editing.

I have a To Be Read pile that I don't think I will ever get through, because, despite my lack of love for reading, I still appear to be buying more books! I check the Kindle Daily Deal most days and there's a book exchange scheme at the knitting group I go to, where you borrow a book for 50p (which goes to charity) and I'm constantly scanning the shelves there! It seems as if either habit is still driving me, or, deep down, I know I'll come back to books.

Have any of you fallen out of love with reading? How long did it last? What book brought you back? I'm looking for recommendations! Drop me the names of your favourite books in the comments?