Tuesday 28 June 2022


Harriet isn't sure what actually happened, but it couldn't have been real right?

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“Have you ever seen a ghost?” I asked her. Once the words were out, I realised, there was no going back. I couldn’t erase them from her mind, and I didn’t really want to; I wanted someone I could talk to, someone who was actually face-to-face with me. I mean, sure I’d probably ask Violet or Jeorgia when I next saw them online, but for now, Michelle would have to do.
“In real life?” she replied, looking thoughtful. I guess she was as surprised as I was that we were actually having a conversation.
“Yeah, I mean, I’ve seen them in movies and such, but I wondered if you’d ever seen one yourself, up close, in the flesh so to speak.”
“Maybe,” she said, looking cagey. I could tell she thought I was going to tease her about it if she told me.

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Monday 27 June 2022

5 Facts About Planning My Time


Last week I talked about my planning process, which you can find here, and this week I'm going to be giving you five facts about how I go about planning my time. These five facts posts have been really well received and so I thought I would delve into my process a little more!

I know that a lot of you will have seen my planner. I post photos of it all the time on my Instagram and will keep you all updated on what's on the plan for the week and such, but I don't only rely on that. I also use the ipad calender app because it allows me to plan a lot more in advance without having to worry about things changing. It's easier to correct and easier for me to see far ahead to deadlines and the like that I'll need to be thinking about. I will always do my paper planner before the month starts, but I have some idea of where things like chapters and such are going to fall in months upcoming.


I say mostly, because there are some days when I'll plan to do more. Like the day I'm writing this is very much an end of the month admin day. I'll be doing vlog scripts, blog posts, and if I haven't already, the monthly spread for the coming month. Usually I do the vlog scripts on a different day when I'm just needing to revise, but other times they all end up on the same day. The same applies to recording days. I do the video, but I'll also revise chapters because I generally know that I can cope with all of that in one day. It doesn't happen all the time, but I try to spread out my work as evenly as possible.


While the planner is obviously written in pen, I do like to leave myself room in case something comes up. Like in May I had emergency surgery on the 1st, the planner was already done and I didn't want to just not do things at all. It wasn't major surgery, just a small one for an infection, and so I made sure that I had days when I could push myself, if possible, to do a little bit more than I normally would so that everything all went smoothly. It's not always possible to do that, but sometimes it is. Another example, last Christmas I didn't give myself any days off around the big days because I figured I'd get the work done early. In the end I had to take Boxing Day off and spent the rest of the month catching up, and it worked fine for me.


I do this because that way if things change, if something comes up, I can still easily switch things around. I make sure to give myself enough time to do that and have time to really think about the workload for that month before I commit to it. The last thing I wanna do is go straight in with pen and then have to scrap the whole month. I adore my planner, and I'm a bit of a neat freak when it comes to crossing things out. I don't wanna do it unless I absolutely have to!

If you've seen my spreads on Instagram then you already know this. I will colour code for projects and types of work. Like drafting, because I do two at once, one book is pink, the other is purple. Green is for admin and recovering, orange for revision, black for things that aren't work related, and blue is always for the youtube watching that I do. It doesn't just make it easy on the eye, but it also allows me to, at a glance know when certain things will be happening. I do it to a lesser extent on the ipad, but the same principle applies. I wanna know what I've gotta get done when and having it coded in colours just makes that a whole lot easier.

So there we go, those are my five facts about planning my time. If you have any questions, or topics you'd like me to cover in this series, then lemme know in the comments!

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Friday 24 June 2022

Review of Removable Echo by Anne Sophie

How can she trust, when she doesn't remember?

In the seemingly perfect world of Paliav, the government enforces a strict way of living on its citizens. Before beginning a new stage in their lives, they are required to attend an appointment where their irrelevant memories are removed. This is supposed to make them live carefree, and adjust to changes well.

As sixteen-year-old Mara is plucked out of her daily routine, and brought to a removal centre, she prays for a miracle that will allow her to keep all her memories, especially those of her loved ones. But with no way to fight back, she forgets everyone she’d ever known.

Back to leading an ordinary life, Mara is confused and frightened when she finds a forbidden note from someone who reveals a secret: one that might threaten their very lives. With no memories of their shared past, Mara must decide whether or not she can trust this person.

Mara has to overcome her fear and doubt to fight for freedom and a happier life, without the looming threat of another removal. And she has to decide if she can trust her feelings, when she no longer knows how they came to be.

My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up for pre-order having seen it talked about, the cover called out to me and the blurb left me intrigued to know more. Straight off the bat, I was hooked on Mara’s world. The thought of losing my memories at someone else’s demand was terrifying, and I adored the way the story pulls you in and leaves you wanting more. As the story progressed, as you got deeper into the twists and turns of the plot, you find yourself trying to work out more about how this dystopian world fits. I loved Mara, liked Emily and Flynn, and am glad I’ve picked up the second book to read ASAP. Very much recommended to all those who are fond of dystopian!

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Tuesday 21 June 2022


Tara has a great friend in Kaolin, someone she'd do anything for...

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“You exasperate me sometimes, Tara, you really do!”
“I apologise for nothing.”
Kaolin laughed at that, which lightened the whole mood in the room. She picked up her French text book and slammed it shut. “Enough work for today, we can always work on it tomorrow. If need be, I’ll ‘help’ you with the questions you don’t get to.”
“And that, is why you’re my best friend,” I told her, smiling. I closed my own text book and put my work in my bag ready to be attacked tomorrow after a good night’s sleep and perhaps some extra tuition from my best peek friend. See, this is why I love her!

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Monday 20 June 2022

5 Facts About My Planning Process


I've done a five facts series about the whole of my writing process, and I thought that I would do one about my planning process too! I really enjoyed doing the five facts, and they were really well received so I thought I would expand on them. Just a quick little bit before I get started, I am what people call a plantser, in that I do both planning, and a whole lot of pantsing/discovery writing while drafting. I'm very much a planner when it comes to the revision process, but beyond that you're not going to find any strict planning stuff in these facts and if that's what you came for, sorry, just not gonna find it here!


When I first have my idea, I might not have any idea about the plot or the location, but I will always, always, have some characters in mind. It's usually the main character and I'll flesh them out both in my head and on character note cards. I want to know what they look like, what their flaws are, where they stand with the plot, when it comes along, and all the rest. If I don't know any of this, I find it really hard to get any ideas for the plot because I don't know the characters who'll be driving it along.

I don't think there's been any book I've written in the whole of my career where I haven't had some kind of plan. While yes, the earlier ones were a lot more bare bones than the ones I make now, they were still very much present during the writing process. My plans are very simple, I got by chapter and I have the day of the week, the POV for the chapter (if needed) and a few words that summarise what I want or think will happening within the chapter. It's been that way for so long that I pretty much know how to write them all out and the like.


By this I mean that some of the chapters in the plan will be something like: school day. These help me keep track of the days of the week, but they also allow me a little wiggle room if something were to happen in the previous chapter that spills over. I'm not, usually, needing to go into detail of what happens at the school, and in the day, so it's a way for me to build in buffer because like I said, I do discovery write a whole ton when it comes to the first draft. It's my way of making sure that I have space for said discoveries without having to go off plan completely.


When I make the chapter plan, sometimes it's good to go from the first try, other times it needs more time to cook as it were. When I get an idea, I'll write it down in my ideas document and I'll refer back to it a number of times to try and see if I have any new sparks that will help me work out the story, the plot, the characters and such from my notes. I'll do a whole ton of brainstorming, and while it usually happens during the planning phase, it can happen during drafting, but since it's an integral part of my planning, figured I should include it here.

By rarely, I mean that I have done it once or twice, but usually I find myself going off on tangents and guiding myself back to the plan. It can lead to difficult revisions, but it works for me enough that I don't ever really stop, re-outline and print off a new chapter pan. I find that doing it this way allows me to move the story along in other ways, and like I said when I started this piece, I'm not really much of a planner. I used to think I was, but now that I've seen more of other people's plans, I realise that I am very much not, and I'm okay with that.

So there we go, those are five facts about my planning process. There'll be five facts about planning my time next week, so stick around to see that one!

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Friday 17 June 2022

Review of Forever A Villain by Yolanda McCarthy

The controversial Forever Institute challenged the limits of humanity, mind and body. It was supposed to begin a new dawn for our species. Some called it a cult, others whispered of extortion and murder. None of that mattered when its scientists held the key to immortality.

Now, it’s a pile of smoking rubble, and the founder, billionaire Charles Montgomery, is not happy.

As Charles plots revenge against the teenagers who ruined his plans, this Faustian novella draws us into his world, to discover the pattern of choices that made him famous as the man who conquered death. The price was one he never meant to pay…

Some mistakes can be fixed.

Some mistakes break us.

And some mistakes take us on a journey from which there’s no return.


My Review: 5 STARS

I read the first book in this series and adored it, so when I saw that there was a novella going into the backstory, I snapped it up and couldn’t wait to read it. It’s a quick read, but rich with information and plot points woven nicely through the book. I loved seeing the things that drove Charles to do what he did, the backlash, the consequences of his actions that he had no idea about. It was a delightful and happy read and this is a series that I will be following, the whole premise is just so fresh and exciting. Overall, highly recommended!

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Tuesday 14 June 2022


Zack is pretty sure something major is going on with Angelina...

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Artist44: Then why did she clam up when I asked her who it was?
MidnightRose147: I have no idea. She’s not telling us something.
CCJM_Flower: Does that really matter? If she chooses not to tell us something, who are we to argue that she should?
Artist44: I’m just worried about her.
CCJM_Flower: Zack! Do you have a crush on her?!
Artist44: No! I’m just worried about her is all!

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Monday 13 June 2022

Writing Speeds Revisited - The Creative Process


I've talked about this before (piece found here) but I thought that it would be a good idea to look back at the topic again and give you my thoughts on it. Too much of the time, the focus when it comes to writing is how fast you can get things done, how productive you can be. While that might have its place when you're on deadline, it's not really much use when you have other commitments and sucks on your time. Like if you have kids, a day job, or are chronically ill and/or disabled. So many factors come into play when we're talking about writing speeds and I'm going to try and break them down, and tell you why you shouldn't worry about them too much.

You all know my story, but for those new to the blog, let me break it down simply for you. I am disabled and chronically ill, I don't have another job, I don't have any major commitments to my time, so my writing speed is going to be different to someone who does have all of that. I've also been writing for a good number of years, coming up on the 17th book birthday of my debut, so I've been in the game for a while.

Yet a lot of people will look at how many books I've released, almost twenty, and drafted, almost forty, and think that I must advocate for speedy writing and all the rest. The truth is that I don't. I may have what appears to be all the time in the world to write, but I don't have the mental and physical energy to do that. I write a chapter (sometimes two) a day and then I'm pretty much done for work. I do write about four books a year, but even then compared to many rapid release authors, that ain't nothing!

I've always been considered prolific, and while I don't disagree with that, I do want to make it clear that if you look at how many books published and put it beside the books drafted, you'll see that it takes me a long time to be able to actually get the book from first draft to out in the world for all to read. It usually takes me about five to seven years to finally get a book finished and ready for publication, and I didn't always write two books in about six months. It used to take me years to finish a book, I think the longest was thirteen of them, but that was a book I started as teen and didn't really consider finished until my twenties and beyond.

My point is that it's easy to look at someone else's output and think that you should be committing to the same level, and it's easy to see that someone else pumped out 40K this month and you only managed 10K or less. It's really hard not to compare and judge yourself against someone else, but it's also really important that you don't. It's that way that unhappiness and madness lies. You don't know, from the glance on social media, what someone else is struggling with. You also don't know whether they plan or pants, whether they write daily, or every week. You don't know if they managed to hit a new record for them with the speed of writing, and you don't know how happy they are with the words on the page. You also don't know how long it'll take them, or has taken them to get from idea to draft to revision to edits to publish. You don't know any of that unless you ask, and even if you do, you can't compare the two.

There are so many different reasons for why a book takes as long as it does, and all of them are valid. Yes, ALL of them. Even if it's a case of the writer not working on it for months or years at a time. There is no invalid reason for why a book takes the time it does to finish. No one, not even you, needs to justify the time they took to write and all of that to anyone, including yourself.

As someone wiser than me said, it takes as long as it takes, and that's okay, and that applies to writing speeds as well, so don't go beating yourself up because someone else did it faster than you. Breathe, and relax, and enjoy the process!

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Friday 10 June 2022

Review of Girl Crush by Rori K Pierce

The boy Cori likes is actually a girl. Now what?

Cori Wright's entire world is falling apart. Forced to move right before her senior year, the only connection she has to her new school is a phone number and a name: Jesse Howell. Desperate to fit in with the crowd and seamlessly adjust to her new life, Cori clings to the hope Jesse's friendship offers. Then, she makes a shocking realization. Jesse isn’t who she thought she was.

Jesse Howell's unbearable home life has her counting down the days until she can pack her things and escape to a more accepting place. That is, until she meets Cori, the transfer student with a knack for breathing life into everything from old clothes to Jesse's hardened heart. For the first time in a long time, Jesse feels like she belongs somewhere. But there's a problem. While Jesse has finally found her peace, Cori's fear of societal rejection threatens to keep them apart.

With both their lives teetering on disaster, can they stick together in the face of adversity? 


My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up have read books by Pierce before and enjoyed them. I loved the blurb and the cover, and wanted to see what amazing things Pierce had in store for this book. I adored Cori and Jesse from the start, and loved reading the twists and turns through their relationship. The family dynamics, the sub-plots and character growth were all so engaging and relatable. This was the kind of book I needed to read as a teen, and I adored the whole thing. The book is well written, well thought out and the plot and story is perfectly played out across the pages. Recommended to anyone who loves LGBTQ romance, with adorable characters.

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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Audiobook Announcement!



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IT’S NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS [YA crime/mystery]: www.books2read.com/INAR
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Tuesday 7 June 2022


Tara is pretty sure something isn't right with this vision...

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She probably learnt to sleep through medications like this one. Except this was different, the person delivering the medication was not a nurse, nor were they a doctor. They wore black and I couldn’t see their face, but I had a feeling something wasn’t right.
May gasped as the medication hit her system and then as if by magic, she drew her last breath and died.

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Monday 6 June 2022

Keeping Your Ideas Fresh - The Creative Process



The hardest part of being a writer for me these days is thinking up new ideas. I have found that as I've gotten older and written more books, I have really struggled with getting the idea seeds that I've planed to grow into anything. Right now I have about twenty of them in a folder, but no idea what to do with them. I want to be able to turn them into something, but I'm worried, sometimes, that maybe my ideas just don't excite me any more because they've been done, and I've written all the ideas that I'm ever going to have.

Of course, part of me is very aware that isn't true. You don't get a set amount of book ideas and then once you've written it, you're done. I could and should consider the fact that the last couple of years have been very hard for me, as they have for a lot of people with the plague and all that comes with it. I mean, it's not over with, it's still out there, and with the chronic conditions that I have, it's a very real fear to avoid.

Maybe it's just that I'm a little burned out from not having a proper, full night of sleep in a long time, and I need time to let those ideas germinate and grow without me poking my head in every so often to check on them. I have never, at any point, gotten to the stage where I have nothing. I have never gotten to the point where it comes to drafting a couple of new projects and I don't know where to go, what to write. Of course that can, bring its own problems, but it's also something that I am beyond grateful for.

I don't know about you, but being a writer, an author, is very much part of my core identity. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't write. One of my biggest fears as a writer is losing the ability because of my chronic health conditions and disabilities. It's nowhere close to happening, and if I couldn't type, then I would dictate, I would find a way. That's not meant as me being some inspiration or something, it's just as part of me as music is to any musician. It's who I am, it's in my blood, bones and DNA.

But how do I keep the ideas coming, and how do I make sure that they're not tired and boring and something that even I, as the writer, wouldn't want to read? I've given this a lot of thought over the years and I think it all boils down to three things: the character, the changing point, and where the idea will take me. I'll go into all three in a bit more detail in a moment, but what I'm saying is that as I'm no planner, and as I do a whole lot of discovery writing, it's not something that I have to know inside and out before I start writing.


I find that I resonate better with first person, so that character is going to be the main one, the voice of the story, the one whose head I will have to dive into and get to know along the way. Sometimes I look back at first drafts and I know, on a deep level, how long it took me to find their voice. There are some turns of phrase that will haunt my writing life because they were so bad!

Some writers will swear that you have to plot or plan, and that you have to know your character long before you jump in to writing them. I'm not one of them, and if you are, and it works for you, that's great. But for me, the character is what will draw me most to an idea. If I could work out what they're wanting and doing, and who they are as a person, then the rest comes a lot easier.

This is the driving force for an idea. If you've got a character and nothing happens to them, then you don't have a plot. It's as simple as that. There has to be a moment when that character has a massive switch in their life. Either they witness something that changes their beliefs, or makes them want to help someone, or any myriad of reasons. Once that changing point is known to me, the rest will fall into place easily.

This is something that the plot seeds do not always give me. While they will, usually, give me some idea of the character, they don't always tell me what that changing point is and it's frustrating because until I have an idea of what it is, I can't move forward.


I don't mean that the idea will be taking me to new places and new characters, I mean the genre. If I know that something is going to be paranormal/mystery or urban fantasy, or dystopian or any other genre I've written, then I have something to work with. I know that the character and the changing point will need to fit that genre. It narrows the field, allows me to, to keep with the seed analogy, add the right food and fertilizer to it and allow it to slowly, slowly, turn into something I can work with.

While it sounds like this is the most important, it's not. It's usually one of the ones that comes to be last, but when it does, it's amazing to experience. It's like I just got new glasses and the fuzziness becomes sharp once again.

So those are my three, those are the things that I need to have some idea about before I can even begin to do the minimal planning that I do. Like I said, I don't need all three, I don't need everything to be clear and perfect in my head, I don't work that way, but knowing hints and some of it will really help me craft the best first draft it can be.

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Friday 3 June 2022

Review of The Spunky Girl & Her Popular Player by Nicole Heart

Someone stole Santa’s suit!

Can two toy store elves solve the crime?

Better yet, can they do it without falling for each other?

Avery has had enough of Alfredo’s complaining. She wears her elf costume with pride. He scoffs every time they have to sing and dance.

When Santa’s suit goes missing, Avery thinks this might be her chance to get rid of Alfredo once and for all. If she can prove he's the thief, his dad--the store owner--will have to fire him.

It's the perfect plan until mysterious texts pour in, leading them on an adventure to win back Santa's suit and save Christmas.


My Review:  5 STARS

I picked this up because the blurb and the cover looked interesting. I was looking for a quick read and a nice romance, and I got both in one small package. I loved Avery and Alfredo from the start, both were fully formed characters and the little mystery for them to solve was nicely woven between the words. I adored reading as they started to fall for each other, and the things they learned along the way. It was an adorable Christmasy story and made me smile. A nice quick read, and I very much enjoyed it. Good one to pick up for anyone, at any time of year!

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Thursday 2 June 2022

Author Tag: Answers Can't Be Books Tag [CC]

Answering a tag today! All about things that are not books! #Authortube

Authortube Tag - 'The Answer Can't Be Books Tag'

Created by Book Buds: https://www.youtube.com/c/BookBuds
Tagged by Colin Clark: https://www.youtube.com/c/ColinClarkTWF

1.  What is something that you own way too many of, other than books?
2.  What is something that you do for fun that’s not reading a book?
3.  What is something special or important on your nightstand, that’s not a book?
4.  What’s something that you buy at a bookstore other than books?
5.  What’s a fun gift that you’ve received that wasn’t a book or a gift card for books?
6.  What’s a YouTube channel that you watch, that’s not related to books?
7.  Tag five BookTubers that you want to learn more about.


FOGGY FICTION: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj5hIeko6zOnChWqXOlUetQ
CAT BOWSER: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxTMg_dotzA3u4Ml_JI2tcg
ANNE SOPHIE: https://www.youtube.com/c/AuthorAnneSophie
ESTELLE VAN DE VERLDE: https://www.youtube.com/c/EstelleVandeVelde

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