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3 in 1 Book Review: Short Stories in

Frostbite by E.J Stevens 3/5

An interesting prequel to an urban fantasy involving a private investigator with a twist. Ivy investigates the paranormal with her psychic abilities. This little short shows promise for the rest of the series.

Rose Awake by A.W Cross 2.5/5

A sci fi retelling of the sleeping beauty story. The concept was intriguing, however, the narrative felt rushed to me and the dialogue a little stilted. I think it would have been better as a full novel.

Northern Realm Royal Dragons Prequel by Lisa Daniels 2/5

This is a read for someone who likes perfect romances. The narrative was too unbelievable and flawless for me. Nina was naive and a bit of a damsel in distress. If you like these types of tropes, then you may enjoy this book more than me.


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My Writing & Blogging 2020 Plans

As I go forward into 2020, I am trying to prioritise my writing and everything that is part of that parcel. 2019 wasn’t my most productive in regards to my writing, and part of the reason was my blog series deadlines. If I say I’m doing a series for 10 weeks, I will stick to my promise even if that means my writing projects going on the back burner. In 2019, I did 40 weeks in total! That was fine for 2019, as I couldn’t do as much writing with my young son in tow, but now he is a toddler, and I have a little more time, I need to reorganise the workload.

That reorganisation is ensuring I put my writing first. I would like to publish my Zombies and Budgie Smugglers novella this year, and that means serious editing time.

I need to get back into the saddle and remember that my blog and social media accounts are a by-product of my writing goals, not the other way around.

So, what does that mean for Writerly Bookish Stuff?...

Firstly, I will not be posting any topical blog series this year.

Secondly, book reviews will continue as and when I finish books.

Thirdly, I will, of course, post any information in regards to my books, new releases, and promotions etc.

Finally, I will post one writerly post a month (to correpsond with #authortoolboxbloghop) on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.


I hope to have much more news on my Zombies and Budgie Smugglers novellas to post throughout 2020, and I want to thank all my readers for coming on the journey with me. I hope you stick around to see what I can achieve this year!


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ARC Review: Shadow in Ar’Sanciond

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond by Sarina Langer 5/5

Review:

If you have read Langer’s Relics of Ar’Zac series, then this is a great addition to the world you have come to know, and if not, then this is sure to entice you to read more.

A great, little read that gives insight into how certain events unfolded with characters that are included in the main series, but also a standalone in it’s own right. I enjoy learning more about the history of worlds I feel immersed in.

If you are a Brandon Sanderson fan, then Langer is a writer of high fantasy who you should enjoy with layers of world building and indepth backstory.


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November Update

Thanks for popping in for my November updates post. It felt like I had been a bit sporadic this month, but doing this post proved I did get a fair bit accomplished.

Writing

With just weeks until 2020, I have decided to write what I want when I want. This means I have done a lot of WIP hopping, but it’s the only way to make me sit down and write of late.

Blogging

I have finished my 4th and final blog series of the year. I hope you enjoyed my Picture This series as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I am going to take the next month to work out my routine for Writerly Bookish Stuff in 2020. I need to be consistent, but understand my own time constraints. I will let you know the plan after Christmas.

Reading

I have read a LOT of Christmas novellas this month. I did 7 reviews in total in 3 blog posts.

3 in 1 Book Review Part 1

3 in 1 Book Review Part 2

The Christmas Mansion

I am currently reading an ARC of Shadow of Ar’Sanciond by Sarina Langer.

What’s Next?

Next is Christmas. That is my sole focus, but I will continue posting book reviews and the odd Christmassy post.

Keep your eyes peeled for my plans for 2020.


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Picture This

Picture This: Episode 10

And here we are, the final episode of the Picture This series. Thank you for joining me on this writing prompt adventure.

From now until the New Year I will be only dropping in for book reviews and anything Christmassy that catches my fancy. I need to take some time to figure out a new routine for Writerly Bookish Stuff in 2020.

Now, back to today. Of course, this post is Christmas themed. Please, join in with your own interpretations if you want.

Prompt:

Finally, the house is asleep. I thought they’d never go, especially when Mum cracked open the Baileys.

The tiny box in my hand feels like a lead weight, but even so, I am certain of my choice. I place it in Josh’s stocking, my hand trembling.

It’ll be the first thing he opens tomorrow, and when he turns around, he’ll find me on one knee. I’m not one for convention, and maybe he’ll say no, but I do know that I love him and want to make a commitment.

I turn around to see Josh in the doorway, mouth agape, and a tiny box of his own in his hand. “I thought you were in the bath,” he says, blushing.

I could laugh out loud. “No, just adding some final stocking presents.”

I slip passed him as he tries to hide the box in his pocket. I think tomorrow is going to be interesting.


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3 in 1 Book Review

Christmas by the Sea by Beth Wisemen 2/5

The descriptions and world building were well written, but the romance felt rushed. Just because someone saved your life, you don’t necessarily have a romantic connection with them on the first meeting after.

Her Christmas Bonus by Rain Danvers 2/5

What can I say? Not my cup of tea. The out of the blue actions of the characters to force the narrative put me off a little.

The Billionaire Brothers’ Christmas by Jenn Roseton 3/5

A sweet, Christmas tale about 5 brothers making Christmas special for their wives and kids. A little disaster with planning the Christmas dinner is the main story plot, but I do like an ‘it all comes good in the end’ tale. Sometimes, the characters felt a little flawless, but I can forgive that at Christmas.


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Picture This: Episode 9

The penultimate episode of Picture This has arrived. I know I say it a lot, but this year has flown by. I hope you enjoy the following prompt and my interpretation.

Prompt:

My Interpretation:

The waves gently lick at my feet as I watch the sunset, but don’t really see it. I can hear the gentle crunch of sand as Peter approaches behind me. When he asked me to meet him here, I knew it was to talk about everything… about us.

We were so happy, blissful even. Why did we have to come on this holiday? His Dad is so adverse to the idea of me as a long term partner for Peter, a wife, that he declared in front of the whole family in the restaurant that if Peter marries me, he will be cut out of the business and will. It’s also suspiciously convenient that the woman he’d prefer to call a daughter in law is here with us this week.

Peter sighs behind me, but doesn’t say anything. I can’t look at him right now. I need my resolve.

“Let me start,” I say on an intake of breath. “I know how much the business means to you, and I know how serious your father is in his words. Sometimes, love isn’t enough in life. If I thought you’d resent me in one year, five, twenty because you bet it all on me, I wouldn’t be able to stand it. Now, is your chance to walk away. I’ll make it easy and won’t turn back.”

I expect him to say something, but he doesn’t. The only sound is that of his feet in the sand as he walks away. Did I really think he’d go? I don’t know. I see the sunset now, setting on my happiness.


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