Cover Reveal: With or Without You by Shari Low

Hi everyone!! Today I’ve got a really beautiful cover reveal for you today. I’m not lying. This cover is just so wonderful!! It sounds like such a wonderful book as well.

About the book

Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one…?

When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend. Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love?

In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go?

Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv’s life, heart and future have been better with Nate… Or without him?

Perfect for the fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Marian Keyes.

Buy links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VzcKj0
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2IK5SvK
iBooks: https://apple.co/2C6ER0g
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2s9wOv4

About the author

Shari lives in Glasgow and writes a weekly opinion column and Book Club page for a well-known newspaper. She is married to a very laid-back guy and has two athletic teenage sons, who think she’s fairly embarrassing, except when they need a lift.

Follow Shari

Website: http://www.sharilow.com
Twitter: @ShariLow
Facebook: @sharilowbooks

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Website: http://www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
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And The Cover….

Cover Reveal: Hollywood Princess by Natasha Madison

      Behind the “lights, camera, action” of Hollywood lies a world of deception, love, and seduction. Are you ready for Hollywood Royalty? Kellie An Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy—she has them all. She’s the most sought-after woman in Hollywood. Even if her rise to fame was a fluke, you can’t deny the camera loves her. The problem is so does everyone else, and she’s about to leave on the biggest concert tour of her life. Headlining for the first time in five years. Around the world in ninety days. Should be a piece of cake. Until her new security detail walks in the room and she’s looking into the eyes of the only man who didn’t fall for her charm. It’s only a matter of time till he falls for Hollywood’s Princess. ADD TO GOODREADS    

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  When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her… FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK READER GROUP | FOLLOW ON AMAZON | FOLLOW ON BOOKBUB | SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER

Book Covers I Love: Food

A New Year normally means that millions of people around the world are on a diet. I do not want to cause a temptation for these people, so here’s your warning. This post is about covers that have food featured on them. Food glorious food. I found this post very difficult so here are my top 4 with food on them.

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell

26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good.

Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life.

As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino

In a remote Sicilian mountain town, four women arrive at a cookery school, each at a turning point in their lives.
Moll is a foodie and an exhausted working mum on the holiday of a lifetime.
Tricia, a top London lawyer, is taking a break from the demands of her job and her family.
Valerie, consumed by grief following the death of her partner, is trying to figure out how to live a life without him.
Poppy, recently divorced, has come to Sicily to learn about the place where her grandfather was born before emigrating to Australia.
Luca Amore runs the school, using the recipes passed down to him by generations of Amore women. He expects this course to be much like all the others – but sparks fly, friendships are made and secrets are shared. And for each of them, nothing will ever be the same.

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbour #1) by Jill Shalvis

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother – a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career – if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes – and mouth – are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here


This Week’s topic: most anticipated reads for the first half of 2019

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo 

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.


Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal


The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway #11) by Elly Griffiths 

Dr Ruth Galloway returns to north Norfolk in her latest chilling adventure.

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous, yet somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they?

The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.




Passion Punch (Key West Escape #3) by Tricia Leedom

When April Linus discovers she’s pregnant, the pampered hotel heiress walks away from her trust fund to protect her child and the identity of her baby daddy from her criminal father. But single motherhood isn’t easy. Keeping her secrets stowed away tightly, she navigates through some rough seas alone and manages to build a new life for herself. Now, two men from her past are back in Key West wanting to rock the boat…

One wants to rekindle their high school romance.

The other wants to put her father in prison.

Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake four years ago. He let April distract him from his mission. After working his way into her father’s circle of trust, Jonas was yanked off the job by his superiors and reassigned. Now he’s back to finish what he started, even if that means having to work up close and personal with the one woman who has the power to bring him to his knees.

When Jonas persuades April to help him stop her father from selling a dangerous new technology to a corrupt foreign government, they end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rain forest. They quickly learn that together, they can fight anything except for their smoldering attraction to each other.

But April starts to wonder what kind of relationship she could have with a man who may have more secrets that she has. Jonas disappeared on her once, what’s to stop him from doing it again?


The Furies by Katie Lowe

In 1998, a sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing, with no known cause of death. The novel opens with this image, as related to us by the narrator, Violet, looking back on the night it happened from the present day, before returning to relate the series of events leading up to the girl’s murder.

After an accident involving her Dad and sister, Violet joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls school in a quiet coastal town, which has an unpleasant history as the site of famous 17th century witch trials. Violet quickly finds herself invited to become the fourth member of an advanced study group, alongside Robin, Grace, and Alex – led by their charismatic art teacher, Annabel.

While Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals – warning the girls off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology – the girls start to believe that magic is real, and that they can harness it. But when the body of a former member of the society – Robin’s best friend, with whom Violet shares an uncanny resemblance – is found dead on campus nine months after she disappeared, Violet begins to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.


A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino

For sale: historic building in the picturesque town of Montenello, southern Italy. Asking price: 1 Euro

Cloudless skies, sun-soaked countryside, delicious food… In the drowsy heat of an Italian summer, four strangers arrive in a beautiful town nestled in the mountains of Basilicata, dreaming of a new adventure. An innovative scheme by the town’s Mayor has given them the chance to buy a crumbling historic building for a single Euro – on the condition that they renovate their home within three years, and help to bring new life to the close-knit local community.

Elise is desperate to get on the property ladder. Edward wants to escape a life he feels suffocated by. Mimi is determined to start afresh after her divorce. And there’s one new arrival whose true motives are yet to be revealed…

For each of them, Montenello offers a different promise of happiness. But can they turn their dream of Italy into reality?


The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn¹t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.

When she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

When Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?

As the two women’s lives become inextricably bound together, the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood¹s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.


On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.


On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.


Perfect Crime (D.I Callanach #5) by Helen Fields

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until suicide prevention counsellor Damien Maclure stops him.

One week later, Stephen Berry is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. But did he take his own life…or was he pushed?

A spate of murders sweeps across Edinburgh, and to make matters worse for DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner, the victims seem random and entirely unconnected.

With no clear method for how the killer chooses their victims, Callanach and Turner are under more pressure than ever to identify the killer before it’s too late. But as a separate murder case rears its head and places Callanach as the prime suspect, it seems like this killer might just be uncatchable…


The Lemon Tree Hotel by Rosanna Ley

A story about love, family secrets, and a little piece of heaven . . .

In the beautiful village of Vernazza, the Mazzone family have transformed an old convent overlooking the glamorous Italian Riviera into the elegant Lemon Tree Hotel. For Chiara, her daughter Elene and her granddaughter Isabella, the running of their hotel is the driving force in their lives.

One day, two unexpected guests check in. The first, Dante, is a face from Chiara’s past, but what exactly happened between them all those years ago, Elene wonders. Meanwhile, Isabella is preoccupied with the second guest, a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about the history of the old convent and the people who live there. Isabella is determined to find out his true intentions and discover the secret past of the Lemon Tree Hotel.


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

What are your most anticipated reads for the first half of the year?

Publication Day: #Awestruck by Sariah Wilson

#Awestruck by Sariah Wilson

Published: 8th January 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
ASIN: B07F6DCTLY
ISBN13: 9781542040006
Series: #Lovestruck #3
Source: NetGalley and Montlake Romance. Thank you for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Description

Ambitious intern Ashton Bailey is about to get closer to her dream of being a sports announcer. All she has to do is prove that too-perfect-to-be-true NFL quarterback Evan Dawson isn’t quite as wholesome as his contract requires. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get delicious payback on the boy who broke her teenage heart. At least that’s her plan. But she forgot just how easy it is to crush on the irresistible charmer. #OhNoNotAgain.

Evan has a knack for getting through the opposing team’s defenses, and he won’t let this tall, redheaded knockout be the exception. He’s determined to make things right between them and earn back Ashton’s trust—and maybe her heart, too.

Then the press mistakenly announces their engagement, and Ashton and Evan find themselves going along with the lie. Now the whole world is watching as Ashton flirts with attraction and disaster. But while revenge is sweet, it just might come at the cost of something sweeter still.


My Review

I loved the other 2 books in this series. Really loved them. But this one was a little… Off. I didn’t believe Ashton’s and Evans relationship as much. It felt forced in places, and there was less chemistry.

I liked Ashton and Evan. They were great characters, a little whiny on Ashton’s side but I was able to look past it. They were both well developed characters, and seeing Ashton forgive Evan for their history was a good way to go.

I would have loved to have had Evans POV though. In the other 2 books, we had the POV of the characters who were saving themselves but this time we didn’t. I would have loved to have known how Evan dealt with the temptations from a man’s view on it. I’m glad that Ashton didn’t obsess over how she felt about sex and everything, I think that would have been an awful move for this book.

Ashton and Evan’s history was dreadful, but from the reviews I read I was expecting a lot worse than what we got. I’m glad it wasn’t as bad as what everyone has made out though. I can look past Evan’s mistakes and really like him as the grown man that he actually is.

This is another well written book from Sariah Wilson. I just wish the chemistry was as intense as the previous couples. I read these books for the clean romance, and the intense chemistry between the characters but this book just didn’t quite have it for me.

Mini Reviews #15

UpInFlamesUp In Flames by Jennifer Blackwood

This story had so much potential, but sadly for me it lacked the upkeep. The first half of the story really dragged for me, but then the second half went way too quickly!!! I loved the banter between Sloane and Reece, and their chemistry was I tense. But it lacked that certain spark books of this steaminess have. Will definitely read the author again though as it was written well and I liked the characters.


AHot MontanaSummerA Hot Montana Summer by Karen Foley

While I liked the idea of the story, it all felt very rushed. I liked Jamie and Rachel together, their chemistry was instant, but at the same time it felt very forced at stages and very predictable. The writing style held my attention well enough but I felt there were huge chunks of empty spaces. A quick read for me, and ideal for an afternoon on the sofa.


Consort.jpgConsort of Secrets by Eva Chase

The steaminess of this book is off the charts, the story though? I found it lacking. I didn’t really like Rose, she irritated me. I could only imagine her voice as whiny. The way she kept saying “my guys”. She didn’t own them… It was a different take on witches though, and how they got their magic, and it’s the men who are lacking in the magic department for a change. The story did flow well though, and the cliffhanger has me intrigued but I probably won’t follow it up with book 2.


spiritSpirit of Legacy by E.E. Holmes

Ugh. I don’t even know where to start with this book. The first 75% I enjoyed. The last 25? Not so much. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story line to begin with. But then once things started actually happening, it all seemed a little… Rushed, confusing, dare I say it ridiculous. I liked Jess and her friends, the addition of Hannah was a little unneeded in my opinion. The writing style was ok and the flow of the story was slow going to begin with but then everything that happened, happened all at once.

Blog Tour Guest Post: The Girl From The Mill by Chrissie Walsh

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Publisher: Aria
Published: 3rd January 2019
ASIN: B07H433DY7

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Description

As World War I begins, life will never be the same again. A heart-breaking saga for all fans of Dilly Court and Val Wood.

In the drab Yorkshire town of Garsthwaite, Lacey Barraclough works hard in the textile mill, determined to fight for improvements to the dismal working conditions she and her fellow weavers face. But she hadn’t reckoned on falling in love with the boss’s son, Nathan. Nathan returns her love, but to succeed they must overcome the class divide, as well as persuade their families that their love for each other is real.

Before Nathan and Lacey can make a life together, World War I breaks out and Nathan enlists to fight. When Nathan heads off to the Front, he takes Lacey’s dreams with him, and she must find a new way to face the future. As hard times come to Garsthwaite, will there be a home for the returning heroes to come back to? And for those men who do make it back from France, can they ever outrun the horrors they have witnessed, and learn to love again?


About The Author

OtLLRnfA.jpegBorn and raised in West Yorkshire, Chrissie trained to be a singer and cellist before becoming a teacher. When she married her trawler skipper husband, they moved to a little fishing village in N. Ireland. Chrissie is passionate about history and that passion and knowledge shine through in her writing. The Girl from the Mill is her debut novel.

Follow Chrissie:

Twitter: @WalshChrissie


Guest Post:

They say you can take the girl out of Yorkshire but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the girl, so even though I love my life in a little fishing village in Ireland, my head is often in Yorkshire. I once read that if you are going to write, write about what you know, and that’s what I try to do. I write about ordinary people – they don’t move mountains or make earth-shattering discoveries – what they do is survive in a tough world, dealing with every day hardships, and little by little through brave words and actions they make their lives and the lives of the people around them all the better for it.

The bygone mill towns of West Yorkshire with their towering mill chimneys looming over warrens of drab little houses, the smoke and the smell at odds with the rolling moors that surround them, provide an excellent backdrop for the women I like to write about. When necessity demands it they can be as tough as the moorland’s millstone grit, or as soft and gentle as a breeze wafting over it when it comes to loving and caring for family and friends. Proud, and for the most part unafraid, they found strength in unity, workmates and neighbours sticking together (even though they sometimes tore the tripe out of each other) in their fight against injustice. I come from a long line of such women: hard working, strong-willed, and talkative – my, could they talk. It’s their stories that inspired my first novel ‘The Girl from the Mill.’ Like Lacey Barraclough, they believed in fairness and equality and that the contribution they made to society, no matter how menial, should be considered worthy.  Whatever life threw at them, be it a petty annoyance or a family tragedy, these women ‘just got on with it’ but they never gave up the struggle.

I was a teacher for most of my working life, and now, when I’m not busy being a mother and grandmother, I write – or think about my writing. Long walks on the beach are great for developing plots and characters, and if I’m driving to school to pick-up my grandson or hanging out the washing or working in the garden I’m a bit like a trawl net on a fishing boat catching words, images and feelings. Then, between the hours of 10pm and 2am I tap it all out, spilling words onto the screen and re-jigging them until I’m satisfied I’ve written what I wanted to say. Finding a fabulous agent like Judith Murdoch and then being introduced to the super team at Aria has enabled me to fulfil a lifelong ambition.



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Blog Tour Guest Post: Summer In The Orchard by Fay Keenan

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Publisher: Aria
Published: 3rd January 2019
ASIN: B07FVT89ZR
Series: Little Somerby #3

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Description

Sophie Henderson loves her job at Carter’s Cider in the picturesque Somerset village of Little Somerby, but with summer dawning before yet another picking and pressing season, and her boss David showing no signs of wanting to hang up his cider jug, perhaps it is time to move on.

She’s all set to hand in her notice when Alex Fraser, an intern from Vancouver, comes to Little Somerby to learn everything he can about the cider business. With Sophie as his mentor, attraction between them starts to grow alongside the apples.

For Alex, however, being in Little Somerby is about more than cider, and as the summer grows warmer, and his relationship with Sophie blossoms, can he find the courage to tell her the truth before it’s too late?

About the Author

Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before finally settling back in the West Country. When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English at a local secondary school. She lives with her husband of fourteen years, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in a village in Somerset, which may or may not have provided the inspiration for Little Somerby.

Follow Fay:

Twitter: @faykeenan

Facebook: @faykeenanauthor

Guest Post:

A day in the life of a ‘Ruralmance’ author!

I thought that it might be nice to share with you an insight into what it’s like to be an author, so here’s a breakdown of my typical (by which I mean mostly true but partially embellished for dramatic effect) ‘working from home’ day. I’m lucky enough to work from home five days a fortnight (I’m a secondary school English teacher for the other five days) and my authoring days go something like this:

Wake up. Curse myself for not getting my backside out of bed half an hour earlier as school run will now be more rushed than ever. Thank lucky stars for amazing husband who has sorted breakfast for the children, brought me a bucket of tea in bed (he’s well trained like that) and allowed me time to adjust to the fact that oh-lord-it’s-morning-again before he leaves the house for work. Honestly, the man’s a saint. Stagger out of bed, shower, dress, dress the five year old who still refuses to do up her own buttons during the week (weekends of course, are another matter), and hustle children and dog out of door.

Walk dog and children to school (sometimes I cheat and drive, but the dog likes the car so it’s fine). Park dog a decent distance from school gate so he can’t say a sniffy hello to all and sundry (he’s a Weimaraner; he likes to be loved). Deposit children at classroom doors and then collect dog. Walk dog over the fields by the school. This is the best therapy as the fresh air gets me thinking, and the Somerset countryside is so beautiful. On a good day I’ll strap on the bungee lead and make the dog jog with me, but more often than not it’s a gentle meander for us both.

Get home eventually after stopping at the vet (no reason other than the dog likes to pop in, put his paws on the counter and demand a treat). Put on some washing/clear away breakfast dishes. Enjoy the first of a succession of coffees which will sustain me through the day. Have my own breakfast. Ruefully think that it would have been nice to have had that a bit earlier, but mornings suck. Check social media while breakfasting and do some tweets etc.

Sit at desk and crack open Scrivener, which is the best thing ever for novel drafting. Feel better that my word count is higher than I remembered, then realise that a lot of it will end up in the trash at the editing stage. Check twitter again. Write some words. Feel very excited about current manuscript when something occurs to me plot wise that I hadn’t thought of. Feel less excited when I realise that trying to put the epic, cinematic scene that’s playing in my head into words is rendering the scene completely turgid. Think that the button refusing five year old could write it better. Or even the Weimaraner, who is lying in the sun behind my desk. Consider crediting him as co-writer on the book cover. Make more coffee and have something snacky to sustain me. On a good day, this is something healthy. On a bad day, it’s an awful lot of biscuits.

Continue writing, while sporadically checking social media. I’m quite good at combining the two, so I don’t worry too much about getting distracted. Realise I’ve spent half an hour looking at gifs of Keanu Reeves/Adam Driver/some other random gorgeous bloke and resolve to switch off the router. Don’t switch off the router. Coffee.

Lunchtime! On a good day it’s something Slimming World friendly, which makes me feel super virtuous. On a bad day, it’s more biscuits. Read a book with lunch, and feel simultaneously impressed by and jealous of the quality of Everyone Else’s Prose. Consider more biscuits. On a good day, I’ll resist. Coffee.

Clock watching a bit now as have to leave house for school run. Feel a bit tired. Have a snooze with the dog, who quite enjoys a little afternoon nap. I maintain that half an hour’s kip is an essential part of working from home. Sleep for an hour and wake up with my face imprinted on the cushion, feeling rather groggy. Everyone on the school run will now know I’ve been sleeping on the job. Oops. So much for being a professional working at home type.

In the three quarters of an hour before the school run, frantically write more words than I’ve managed all day, but at least have doubled my word count. Kick myself as I realise I’ve had a brilliant idea just at the point I must leave and get the children. Resolve to write the idea down. Don’t.

Collect sprogs. Realise I’ve not actually spoken to anyone other than the dog all day, which is why their chatter seems so flipping loud. Tea, bath, bedtime stories. Just about enough time after dinner with The Husband to check through what I’ve written that day. Go to bed, and just as I’m falling asleep, have a blinding flash of inspiration about how to resolve that hanging plotline. Resolve to remember it as too knackered to root out a pen and pencil. Fall asleep dreaming of brooding cider farmers and family secrets.



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Reading and Blogging Goals for 2019

My Goodreads challenge for 2018 was set for 100 books. I smashed it, by 35 books bringing my grand total to 135. I finished my last book of 2018 at around 930pm New Years Eve so I’m quite happy with that.

I’m setting it at 100 again for 2019, it seems to be a good number for me. I always tend to hit it, depending on my reading anyway.

I’m not going to do any other sort of reading challenge, except to get my TBR list down. Also to get more of a handle on my NetGalley shelf. That is taking priority at the moment.

As for the blog. Well. Fingers crossed I will be back to daily posting, with a huge mixture of reviews, Meme’s, tags and blog tours. As I’ve said with the blog tours, I’m mainly going to be going for extracts and guest posts so I can focus on the TBR. I will take on limited reviews. I’m also going to be closed to Author Requests for the foreseeable future. I’m already way behind on them which I feel awful about, but my mental health and my family have come first in the last year.

I’m also going to be reaching out to some bloggers soon to maybe start my own sort of “Meet The Blogger” feature. If you’re interested in that, then please send emails or messages or something, even if it’s just a comment with your email address for me to get to you with potential questions etc.

I would love to feature more Authors over the next year as well so I’m working on a plan for that at the moment but that may take a bit longer than planned. Again, if you’re an author and want to be involved then please email, comment or find me on Twitter to DM me!!

As for content upcoming? Well. There’s a sort of plan in the pipeline for May. But we’ll see about that, I’ve had it all pencilled out and everything with my ideas but I don’t know if I’ll run with it quite yet. I’m more than likely going to hold off on it. Again, we’ll see. Other content that I want to get around to… I definitely want to move forward with the Author Spotlight I’ve mentioned above, and the meet the blogger feature. I’m hoping for my reviews, more publication day reviews, and just more books in general. Even if it’s just book spotlight posts. I’m excited to get more books out to my followers.

Have you got any reading or blogging goals for 2019? Leave a comment to share them!!

Un-Stacking The Shelves: January 2019

So, December… It started of as a poor month if I’m honest… That’s on the reading front and the blogging front. I seemed to have lost both mojos and it was really beginning to bug me. Eventually the reading mojo came back and I have made a point of sitting down and making a plan for January though so fingers crossed it helps me get back in to the swing of things! My plan for 2019 in general is to dwindle down my gigantic TBR… Will I manage it? More than likely not but I’m starting with all good intentions to not add any books for at least 6 months…………. I feel ill saying that..

As for my list that I said about? Erm… nope… did not touch it. It’s still there with 16 books unticked… Nevermind!!

December Books Read:

  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
  • #Awestruck by Sariah Wilson
  • Up In Flames by Jennifer Blackwood
  • A Hot Montana Summer by Karen Foley
  • The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Spirit Legacy by E.E. Holmes
  • A Slice of Magic by A.G. Mayes


January Plan

This month I’m going to focus on starting the new year with promise. I’ve got a few publication day posts scheduled which are:

I may have a couple more slotted in, but we’ll see. If I do, then Surprise!!


As of this month, I’ve decided not to set a list or anything when it comes to my reading. Recently I’ve become a big mood reader, so apart from the publication day books, I’ll read what I want. I’ll get tours done as a priority, then publication days, then whatever I want.