writing

I’m back!!!!

I have been away for far to long!!! I started a full time uni course in September and it is currently taking up my whole life😭

It’s not all bad tho I am doing a creative writing degree and although sceptical at first I can honestly say some of the tools I have learnt have been invaluable!

I never actually thought my writing was that good, but being part of workshops where we read and critique each other’s work just showed me how much more effort I needed to put into my prose. 

I’m not going to lie workshops are scary, especially at the beginning of the semester when you don’t really know anyone or know how they are going to respond to what you have written! As the weeks go on the process is getting slightly easier and I can honestly say the critique I have received has been well worth the embarrassment of having my work read out!

Also having to have original pieces of creative writing ready every week has been great for getting into the routine of writing regularly which is a push I definitely needed.

I know there is a lot of mixed reviews on creative writing courses. Has anyone else done a creative writing degree? What is your view on them? 

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Writing update…

So what can I say about this week other then it has been a disaster! I have been so busy with work and family life by the time I’ve sat down to write I have been completely worn out and the words just wouldn’t come


Anyway I have found some time this morning to get a bit of work done and I ended up writing 2000 words which is pretty good going for me and I seem to have found the flow again yay 😊 but unfortunatly now I have to work this afternoon and also all 3 of my kids are home so it’s crazy busy again😩 hopefully I’ll manage to get a bit more done tonight but if there is one thing I’m starting to learn it’s not to be so hard on myself for the amount of words I’m actually getting done. 

I spend far too long side eying 👀my computer and thinking about how much work I’m not getting done when I should really be focusing on the fact that I have all 3 children in the same place at the same time, which doesn’t happen very often, and I should embrace the crazy because before too much longer the oldest two are going to be leaving my nest and the crazy will become quiet and lonely and boring. 

The story I’m trying to tell is always on my mind and if I miss a few days writing then it’s not the end of the world 🌎 hopefully patience, perseverance and hard work will all pay off in the end no matter how long it takes me.  

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Writing update…

As some of you are aware I am currently writing the first draft of my new novel “Where I belong”

The process is slow going at the moment due to the demands of my full time job, but with only two weeks left to work I am excited to be able to consentrate full time on writing😀 

I will post writing updates as I go along as well as showing you the process I use for each stage along the way. Hopefully this might be able to help some people with their own projects.

I will leave you with a short synopsis if anyone has any questions or comments don’t forget to leave them below and I have some more book reviews coming shortly too. Happy hump day!!!! 

Seventeen year old Lauren Granger has had a happy life with her parents and 15 year old sister, they have their problems such as their mothers depression and her sisters battle with an eating disorder but on the whole life is good.  As the girls break off school for summer vacation Lauren and her family continue the family therapy that has been suggested to help them overcome their problems. But Lauren’s world is about to come crashing down around her when her mother reveals a secret she has been keeping from the girls their whole lives. Their father isn’t “their” father he is only Lauren’s younger sisters, Stephanie’s father. While angry and hurt Lauren meets a friendly stranger in Luke. Being adopted himself Luke knows a tiny bit of what Lauren is feeling. During the search for her birth father Lauren and Luke form a close friendship but can Lauren learn to trust anyone again and can she work through her feeling towards her family in order to save their relationships

**this is not the official synopsis

Reviews

One of us is lying..review

NetGalley

One Of Us Is Lying

by Karen McManus

Penguin

Mystery & Thrillers , Teens & YA

Pub Date 01 Jun 2017
Description

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the bad boy, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the jock, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident.

On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
I really enjoyed this book, it’s exactly the type of story I like, I love a good YA mystery! 

I was able to figure out quite quickly what had happened to Simon but this didn’t spoil the enjoyment of the book for me.

At first I struggled with the multiple POV’s and had trouble remembering who was who but I became more used to it as the story went on.

It was well written and I managed to finish it in one sitting as I was eager to see what was going to happen next.

Overall an enjoyable read, well written. 4/5

TBR

June TBR list

June has been a complete let down to me so far! All the good intentions of books I was going to read has gone out of the window as I’ve been so ill 😷

I am slowly starting to feel better although all three of my smaller humans are now ill 😩 but you know what they say…”sharing is caring!”

With all the chaos that’s been going on I have had to condense my TBR list as I’ve missed almost half the month.

First up


Now I know I am ridiculously late to the party on this one but I’m going to give it a go anyway. I love the cover of the special anniversary edition.

I also purchased The Lord of the shadows by Cassandra Clare


I haven’t actually read Lady midnight the first book in her dark artifices series, so my plan is to read them both

I will probably leave it there for this month (just incase anyone else decides to get the lurgy 😷)

If anyone has read any of these I would be interested to know what you thought of them if you want to leave me a comment below!

Reviews

Then she was gone..review

Thank you to netgally for an arc copy of this book for an honest review.
Description

A MISSING GIRL

A BURIED SECRET
THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

NOW 
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.

And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.

Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. 
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What happened to Ellie?
Where did she go?
Who still has secrets to hide?
I shamelessly had not heard of Lisa Jewell before I stumbled across her previous book “I found you” on amazon but she is becoming one of my favourite authors! 

This book had me hooked from the very first page! Lisa has a way of writing that draws you in and leaves you needing to keep reading to find out more. 

The plot it’s self was pretty grim, a young teenage girl going missing and not knowing what happened to her for ten years is every parents nightmare and being a parent of two teenage/adult children myself this definitely hit a nerve.

The characters were very relatable especially Laurel as I could sympathise with her from a parents point of view.

I will say I had guessed the way the story was going to turn out much more then I had in Lisa’s previous book but this did not spoil the story in any way.

I would recommend this book to everyone just don’t expect to get anything done after you start reading it. I sat and read the whole thing in one whole sitting!

Superb, nothing but praise 5/5

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The honeymoon by Tina Seskis…short review

Thanks to netgally for the arc copy of this book for an honest review.

The Honeymoon
by Tina Seskis 

Penguin

General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 01 Jun 2017
Description

There’s trouble in paradise. . . For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it’s turned into a nightmare. Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone?

The description of this book had me intrigued immediately and I couldn’t wait to start reading it…I can tell you now I was not disappointed! 

The story was well written and pulled me in from the first page, I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down! 

The plot had me guessing right to the end and I could never have imagined what the final outcome would have been. The characters were well written and the author had me sympathising and also suspecting characters all at the same time!

A fantastic novel, well written, full of twists and turns an amazing 5/5 

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May book purchases

So it’s not the end of May but I’ve bought so many books this month I need to really put a stop to my book spending until payday🙈

As mentioned in my previous post I bought the first six books in James Patterson’ women’s murder club


I’ve never read a James Patterson book before, (shocking I know😱) but I’m excited to give these a go

I am currently working my way through Stephen king’s back catalogue, some I have read before (a looooooong time ago) but some I still haven’t read so to go with my collection I purchased 

Stephen king’s IT


This is the cover I purchased because to be honest if penny wise would have been on the cover I don’t think I would have been able to sleep with it in the room!

Stephen king Misery


I have seen the film a long time ago but have never read the book, I am hoping I will love the book even more then the film

Stephen kings The shining


Again this is one I have seen the film of but never had chance to check the book out.

Cassandra Claire- Lady midnight


I have tried to read this book before when I borrowed it from the local library but couldn’t really get into it. I love the shadow hunters series and so am desperate to love this one too. With the release of the second book I thought I would give it another chance and found it really cheap in a local store.

As you can see I have a lot on my TBR shelf already but I’m sure next month it will have doubled!

What is on everyone else’s TBR shelf???

Reviews

Women’s murder club review…

So I have never read a James Patterson novel, ever! But after making my way through Stephen King’s back catalogue I wanted to try something different.

I saw an advert on the woman’s murder club series online and after reading a few of the reviews I decided to give it a chance. I bought a book set of numbers 1-6 in the series. I started book 1 immediately and finished it within a day.


*description curtesy of Amazon

As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing she has seen prepares her for the horror of the honeymoon murders, when a brutal maniac begins viciously slaughtering newly wed couples on their wedding nights. Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by her own personal tragedy. So she turns to Claire, a leading coroner, Cindy, a journalist and Jill, a top attorney, for help with both her crises, and the Women’s club is born

I immediately liked that fact that all the titles in the series have numbers in them making it really easy to know what order to read them in.

The first book starts off right in the middle of the action. The chapters are incredibly short and fast pace which makes you keep turning the pages to see what happens next. I quickly became engrossed in the story and needed to get to the end to uncover the whole truth, which is why I read it all in one sitting.

Personally I really enjoyed this book, the characters are a bit flat and it’s almost as if you can tell the female lead wasn’t written by a female but even with all that I found it a really enjoyable read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers and crime stories.

I have just started the second book (review to follow) and am interested to see if it lives up to the expectation of the first. So far there are sixteen books in this series I hope the story can keep my enthusiasm enough to finish the full sixteen!