Thrown to The Blue

Thrown to The Blue Novel Aesthetics

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I have been Pinteresting the afternoon away, and thought, ‘why don’t I share my completed novel aesthetics board for Thrown to The Blue?’ So, here it is:

I am a big fan of using Pinterest to make novel aesthetic boards, and I thought my beta and ARC readers might appreciate a little glimpse at what was rattling around in my head when writing Thrown to The Blue.


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Writing and Me

Self Belief

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I have been inspired to write this post by Al over at Hyperactive Pandemonium. Al’s post about the motivational quotes he relies on to get him through writer’s doubt, got me thinking about my own motivation when it comes to my writing. You can check out Al’s post here: Step Up Saturday.

Other than a love for writing, we must have some motivation, some inkling that we can write a book, edit a book, and publish a book. Mine was a quote: ‘She believed she could, so she did.’ I wrote this quote in the front of my notebook for EVO Nation. For some reason- a reason I still cannot fathom- I knew EVO Nation was the book I was going to complete and self-publish. Before I had even written a word of the first draft, it was the one I had all my determination, motivation and inspiration focussed on.

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I did! And I have since done it again and again.

Anytime self-doubt creeps in, I just dig out my original EVO Nation notebook and look at this quote. It’s hard to not find a sliver of self-belief when I know I have succeeded in something I only dreamed I could do.

Do you have a go to quote or practice to beat self-doubt? Can you pin point the moment your dreams started becoming reality?


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Thrown to The Blue

Thrown to The Blue Update

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What a hectic ten days! I have been listening to the comments from my beta readers, choosing what to apply and what to ignore, and editing my eyeballs right out of my head. This morning, I sent the ARCs to my ARC reviewers and I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Thrown to The Blue is due for release on Nov 11th, so in just ONE MONTH! Eeekk. You can pre-order copies from Amazon Kindle now. I will probably do one more run through of editing beetween now and then, and my proof-reader will also be proofing my amendments. At least I have two weeks to complete this run through before I have to upload the final copy to Amazon to make good on my pre-orders. I can turn the burners down a little and go snail speed.

Now, what’s on my agenda?

Planning my daughter’s 6th birthday party. Yep, it is the day after release day, and 40 children will be attending. Why do I do these things to myself? It’ll be fine… I think.

Thank you to everyone for your continuing support. If you would like to receive an ARC copy for review, I’m happy to send more out.


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Hamster Mum

I thought it was about time I did a little catch up post on how our two dwarf hamsters, Lavender and Juno, are doing now they have been a part of our family for nearly three months.

This was them three months ago, sharing a cage and enjoying a gnawing stick like siblings should:

This is them now:

Yep, about two weeks after we got them, the little terrors started fighting something chronic. At midnight, Mr.O woke me because there was a horrible squealing sound coming from the lounge. Upon inspection, we found that Lavender and Juno were knocking seven bells out of each other and poor Juno had a cut under her chin. We were informed to separate them immediately because once they start getting territorial and fighting they will in fact fight to the death, something we would rather not explain to our four year old.

So, now I have double the cages to clean, double the bedding to buy, and double the noisy hamster wheels turning from when we go to bed to when we wake up. However, it isn’t all bad. Since being separated, both hamsters have come out of their shells. The timid one, Juno, who came off worse from the fighting is much more relaxed around us and is no longer a quivering mess every time we put our hands in the cage. And Lavender is still Lavender and is getting a little porky if truth be told.

We’ve grown extremely attached to the little critters. They provide me with an audience as I write EVO Shift in the evening, although, I’m pretty sure they’re just eyeing me up for a piece of radish or blueberry. It’s amazing how quickly we have all settled into a routine, and it’s hard to imagine what we did before we got them.

The cleaning of cages and feeding novelty has worn off for our daughter (not that she could do it by herself), so the duty of care has yet again fallen on my shoulders, hence why I think I have earned the title of Hamster Mum!