Friday, 4 January 2019

How many books did I read in 2018?

Tiverton Library
Time for my annual round-up of the books I've read in the previous year!

Once again I concentrated on clearing my huge TBR pile and read a whopping 101 books of my own this year, 46 of which were e-books (I was determined to make a dent in that particular pile). I borrowed a book from a friend, plus twelve from libraries and also did three beta reads, bringing my grand total to 117 books for 2018. Very respectable!

I didn't get in many visits to libraries this year as I have in previous years, but I was able to add a new one to my 'collection' - Tiverton Library - when I visited friends in Devon in September.

I still have quite a few books left in my TBR pile (& several more I have my eye on to buy), so I'll concentrate on clearing those once again for 2019.

How about you? How many books did you read in 2018?

Monday, 12 November 2018

Happy NaNoWriMo!

Autumn is a wonderful time to hunker down and write; mornings seem magical with their low-lying mists and pastel sunrises to inspire creativity.

November is deemed National Novel Writing Month, and writers all around the world are trying to hit daily targets to achieve a word count of 50,000 words in their new manuscripts by the end of the month.

I'm not participating, but I wish every success in achieving your writing goals to those of you who are!

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Quest to take the Bizarre Bath comedy walk

If you're ever at a loss for something to do one evening whilst in Bath, I highly recommend you take the Bizarre Bath comedy walk. It takes place every evening at 8pm for approximately 90 minutes during late March to late October and starts off at the Huntsman Inn on North Parade Passage. Don't worry - you're not walking the whole time as you take in an irreverent look around Bath. Fun guaranteed!

Sunday, 9 September 2018

On the Gromit trail - 2018 version! Part Two

Gnome Sweet Gnome
Before the Gromit sculpture trail closed, I took a break from fine-tuning the last few pages of my manuscript and ventured into Bristol to see how many sculptures I could find.


One in a Minion

Cracking Build Gromit



The Emperor


Caractacus Paws

Fangs McGraw


Prima Featherina

Long John Wallace

A Grand Tribute

The Wallace Collection

Oceans 1: Deep Blue

Feathertron 3000

Bristol's Own



Oceans 2: Yellow Sub

Alex the Lion

Monday, 27 August 2018

On the Gromit trail - 2018 version! Part One

Draco the Gromit
Once again, Gromits have been unleashed on the streets of Bristol. This time they're joined by their pal Wallace and their arch nemesis Feathers McGraw in Gromit Unleashed 2, in aid of the Grand Appeal (the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity).

I've been holed up in my revision cave this summer, so I've only had the chance to spot one Gromit so far - but it's a dragon-inspired one, so that's perfect for this YA Fantasy writer! I've enjoyed seeing the ones that pop up in my friends' Facebook feeds, though. 😃

How about you? Have you been Gromit* spotting this summer? The trail's on for another week, so you haven't got long left.

*Other sculpture trails are available - Bath has owls!

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Quest to find LEGENDARY's secret cover

CARAVAL and LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
Stephanie Garber's sequel to CARAVAL has now been released, and LEGENDARY also has a secret cover under the dust jacket. This time, the theme is the 'Decks of Destiny' cards that feature in the book and there are four available: the Maiden Death; the Aracle; the Lady Prisoner; and the Shattered Crown.

Before I reveal which secret cover I have, I'll give you the blurb about LEGENDARY:

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn't yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend's true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend's identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more - and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets . . . including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can't fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend's name, she'll lose everything she cares about - maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Aaaaaand, here's my secret cover:
The Lady Prisoner