This is my fourth year of participating in NanoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – although not four years consecutively.

It was a difficult decision whether to enter this year. I’m now working full time and trying to make it to the gym in a few evenings as well. Trying to work in 50,000 words on top of what I’m already trying to do felt like a lot.

But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do it.

Since settling in my job, I realised I was missing it. I was too tired in the evening to start battling new storylines. I had chores to do at the weekend so I didn’t justify the time, despite there being nothing other than my own thoughts holding me back. It has been a long time since I spent a Sunday afternoon in another world, playing with plots and characters and being swept up.

Novel Progress August

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Book Review: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

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Author: Anna Stephens

Title: Darksoul

Publisher: HarperVoyager

Date: 2018

Synopsis: The Wolves lie dead beside Rilpor’s soldiers, slaughtered at the hands of the Mireces and their fanatical army.

The veil that once kept the Red Gods at bay has been left in tatters as the Dark Lady’s plans for the world come to fruition. Where the gods walk, blood is spilled on the earth.

All that stands between the Mireces army and complete control of the Kingdom of Rilpor are the walls of its capital, Rilporin, and those besieged inside.

But hope might yet bloom in the unlikeliest of places: in the heart of a former slave, in the mind of a soldier with the eyes of a fox, and in the hands of a general destined to be king.

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Television Review: A Discovery of Witches

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Programme: A Discovery of Witches

Company: Sky One

Date: 2018

Synopsis: Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch living in denial of her own heritage. But when she unwittingly calls up an age-old bewitched manuscript from the depths of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, she finds herself throw into the heart of a dangerous mystery – and the path of the enigmatic vampire Matthew Clairmont.


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Book Review: Destiny of Kings by Fiona Tarr

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Author: Fiona Tarr

Title: Destiny of Kings

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

Date: 2015

Synopsis: The King is going slowly mad, bewitched by the dark magic and seductive powers of the Egyptian Princess. As war breaks out, his trusted General seeks to raise an army and will find a young shepherd boy, bound for greatness.

General Martinez grows tired of the fighting and craves retirement until he meets the Priestess and the strange little Holy man who share a prophecy that cannot be ignored.

The General must now choose between the life of a young boy and his life long friend and King. Death is inevitable and when it comes, pain will follow…..

A controversial twist on the Old Testament story of King David. Where dark magic, prophecy and religious turmoil reign.

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Up and Coming: November

This is possibly the latest I’ve ever written this post!

October was a hectic month, with some momentous occasions. I finally had my graduation ceremony for my Masters. I also survived my first conference for work. Oh, and throw a horrible cold into the mix as well.

Being so busy – and not necessarily with things of my choice – meant the blog got put on hold for most of October. Thankfully I had enough posts scheduled that I could get through. But a month of not reading as much as normal meant I wasn’t certain what November would bring.


Thankfully, a few books were shorter than I anticipated and my graduation left me feeling inspired. It meant a couple of busy days of writing posts, scheduling content and getting a grip on reality again means November is once again doable. Yay!

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Cover reveal: New Suns, edited by Nisi Shawl #NewSuns

Good morning, everyone!

I have a cover reveal for you all this morning. I am, quite literally, so excited for this book. Or, rather, anthology.

I don’t normally go for anthologies – I like longer books that take me forever and a day to get through. But the synopsis for this sounds absolutely incredible, and it is definitely one I would love to read when it comes out.

If you’re interested in science fiction, fantasy or even horror, then you’re going to want to read on. If you’re looking for a diverse range of authors, then you’re also going to want to read on.

So, with many thanks to Rebellion Publishing, I present to you…New Suns…

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Book Review: Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

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Author: Robin Hobb

Title: Fool’s Fate

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Date: 2003

Synopsis: Kingdoms will stand or fall on the beat of a dragon’s wings, or a Fool’s heart.

Prince Dutiful has been charged with a quest to the Outisland to take the head of the black dragon Icefyre. Only then will his betrothed marry him and cement the alliance between their warring kingdoms.

But is Icefyre just a legend? Or does he truly slumber beneath the glaciers? Fitz has prevented his friend the Fool from accompanying them the Fool has foreseen his own death if he ever sets foot on the isle of the black dragon. But as their ship draws in towards Aslevjal a lone figure awaits them…

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