May 2021 Wrap-Up

That’s nearly half of 2021 done and dusted. What!? At the start of the year it seemed to be moving incredibly slowly but now time seems to be speeding up again and finally we’ve got some warm weather where I am in the UK. It’s been so good to get some freedoms back over the last couple of months. I haven’t been going mad, but it has been great being able to meet friends and family again, which is something we just took for granted before all of this started.

At the start of this month I finished the first draft of my new novel which is complete at 93,323 words. I’ve put it away for a month now nearly so I’ll be looking at it again in a few days; I’m hoping that I’m not going to hate it when I read it. My blog also turns five years old tomorrow. That’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging now for half a decade. Look out for a special giveaway on my blog tomorrow.

I’ve now read 75 books towards my Goodreads challenge of 100 books by the end of the year. This month I took part in six blog tours and I’ve listed the links below in case you missed any:

The Rapunzal Act by Abi Silver

All My Lies by Sophie Flynn

The Assistant by Kjell ola Dahl

Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons

You Had It Coming by B.M. Carroll

The Pact by Sharon Bolton

In June I have seven blog tours coming up, The Forever Home by Sue Watston on the 7th, The Cursed Girls by Caro Ramsay on the 8th, 20/20 by Carl Goodman on the 17th, Fragile by Sarah Hilary on the 20th, A Cut for a Cut by Carol Wyer on the 29th, Truth or Dare by M.J. Arlidge on the 29th and Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt on the 30th.

I did receive some exciting bookpost this month. I received copies of Truth Games by Caroline England, The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen, The Beresford by Will Carver and The Late Train to Gipsy Hill by Alan Johnson.

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That’s all from me this month. Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments. I’m currently reading In Her Bones by Kate Moretti and Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt.

April 2021 Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe that a quarter of 2021 is now done and dusted. I’ve read some great books so far this year and I’ve found a few already which I’m sure will be in my top ten reads of 2021. I’ve made a lot of progress with the manuscript I’m working on at the moment and I’ve nearly finished the first draft. I’ve so far written 90,051 words. I think it may still need a lot of work but I’m really pleased with it so far and I’m really excited about it.

It’s also been so good to visit bookshops again this month. I can literally spend hours just browsing in them. And of course I had to make an obligatory book purchase while I was there. It’s also been so good to finally get out and start seeing people again this month.

I’ve now read 62 books towards my goal of 100 books in 2021. I took part in four blog tours this month and I’ve listed the links below in case you missed any.

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Look What You Made Me Do by Nikki Smith

Trust Me by T.M. Logan

The House of Hidden Secrets by C.E. Rose

This month I have six blog tours coming up, The Rapunzel Act by Abi Silver on the 4th May, All My Lies by Sophie Flynn on the 10th, The Assistant by Kjell ola Dahl on the 11th, Twisted Lies by Angela Marsons on the 14th, You Had It Coming by B.M. Carroll on the 21st and The Pact by Sharon Bolton on the 24th.

I received some exciting bookpost this month, The Prank by L.V. Matthews, Rachel’s Story by Leigh Russell, The Maidens by Alex Michaeledis, The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan and The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry.

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That’s all from me this month. What are currently reading at the moment? I’m currently reading The Assistant by Kjell ola Dahl and The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan. Let me know in the comments.

January 2021 Wrap-Up

Has anyone else felt as though January has just dragged? January always goes slow but this year it has really been a tough month to get through. Here in the UK we’re still in lockdown and it looks as though that’s set to continue for the next two months at least. I have made the most of my time at home by getting on with the first draft of my second book which I have now completed. The current word count is 91, 498 words. Now I need to put it away for at least a month before I look at it again. I think it’s always best to come back to it with fresh eyes. But I am really happy with what I’ve written.

At the beginning of the year I set a goal on Goodreads to read a 100 books in 2021. I have now so far read 17 books.

This month I took part in five blog tours and I’ve listed the links below in case you missed any.

The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello

Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Captive by Deborah O’Connor

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

I have a busy month in February and I’m taking part in seven blog tours. Coming next month, I’ll be taking part in the blog tours for An Eye for An Eye by Carol Wyer on the 3rd February, The Art of Death by David Fennell on the 3rd February, Black Widows by Cate Quinn on the 5th February, Shadow of a Doubt by Michelle Davies on the 5th February The Last Snow by Stina Jackson on the 5th February, Deity by Matt Wesolowski on the 9th February and Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst on the 14th February.

I received a couple of exciting books in the post this month, Future Perfect by Felicia Yap and I Know What I Saw by S.K. Sharp.

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That’s all from me this month. Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments. I’m currently reading Shiver by Allie Reynolds and Out in the Cold by Stuart Johnstone.

December Wrap-Up

Finally, here we are at the end of 2020. At the start of the New Year I had so many things I was looking forward to this year, which, of course, had to be cancelled or put on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Hopefully things will start getting much more closer to normal at some point in 2021. There are so many people who I want to catch up with. Although Zoom and mobiles makes it easier to keep in contact with people, it certainly isn’t quite the same as meeting up and seeing someone in person.

I have made some more progress on the current novel I am writing and I have now written 58,031 words. It is still only a first draft and I suspect it may change over the coming months. But I’m happy with what I’ve written so far.

With just a day to go until the end of the year I’ve now read 159 books towards my goal of 160. I’ve nearly finished my current read so I should have that finished before the start of 2021.

I had a quieter month on the blog, blog tour wise. I took part in three blog tours this month and I’ve included the links below, in case you missed any.

Body Language by AK Turner

The Last Resort by Susi Holliday

Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson

I have a busy month coming up in January and I’m taking part in five blog tours. The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello by Chris McDonald on the 12th, Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell on the 16th, The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse on the 17th, The Captive by Deborah O’Connor on the 21st and The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor on the 26th.

I also received some exciting book post this month. I received a copy of The Last Snow by Stina Jackson, Trust by Chris Hammer, The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse, The Locksmith by Linda Calvey and The Appeal by Janice Hallett.

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That’s all from me this month. I hope you have a great year in 2021. At the moment I’m currently reading The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse. Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments. Are there any books which you can’t wait to read in 2021?

November Wrap-Up

So here we are at the end of another month. Here in the UK we are just coming out of lockdown again, although there are still heavy restrictions on what we can and can’t do.

This month I took part in the National Novel Writing Month with the goal of writing 50,000 words of my next project by the end of November. It’s the first time I’ve taken part in a couple of years, and it was good to have something to focus on during lockdown. I didn’t quite manage to reach the target of 50,000 words but I did manage to write 45,509 words throughout November and I’m really liking the shape my current work in progress is taking. It’s current working title is The Darkest Night but that will probably change further down the line. It’ll still need a lot of work, but I’m aiming to have a first draft finished by the end of December. When I’m happy with what I’ve written, I may share the first chapter on my blog to give you a taster of what I’m writing. This is the second book I’ve written in the last couple of years.

I’ve now read 145 books towards my Goodreads reading challenge of 160 by the end of the year. These are some of the books I read this month.

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I’ll also be sharing my top ten reads of 2020 towards the end of this month, so keep an eye out for that post. It’s been really difficult choosing a top ten this year but I’m happy with the choices I’ve made.

Earlier in November I also joined the first online zoom session for the A Novel Book Club on Facebook. We discussed, The Guest List by Lucy Foley. For December we’re reading, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and we’ll be discussing it in early January.

I took part in five blog tours this month and I’ve included the links below in case you missed any.

Deadly Cry by Angela Marsons

The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard

Out for Blood by Deborah Masson

33 Women by Isabel Ashdown

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

I’ve got a very quiet month for December planned so far. I’m taking part in two blog tours on the 6th December, Body Language by AK Turner and The Last Resort by Susi Holliday. On the 17th December I’m taking part in the blog tour for Winter Kill by Ragnar Jonasson. I try not to sign up to many blog tours in December as I like to try and get to more books from my TBR pile.

I also received some exciting bookpost this month. I received copies of The Art of Death by David Fennell, The Captive by Deborah O’Connor, Deity by Matt Wesolowski, Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst and Bound by Vanda Symon.

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That’s all from me this month. Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments. I’m currently reading The Lies We Told by Camilla Way and Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers.

September Wrap-Up

Hi everyone, September seems to have gone by really quickly. I think we’ve probably seen the last of summer in the UK and I have already seen the first signs of autumn. I am missing the long summer nights though, so I’m already looking forward to the spring.

I personally think, though, this time of year is one of my favourites, although I’m not a fan of cold, wet and windy days. My perfect weather is bright sunshine on a freezing cold day. Perfect for hot chocolate.

Towards my Goodreads reading challenge, I’ve now read 114 books so far this year and I’m continuing to make progress with my TBR pile.

Also this month, I joined a new book club on Facebook run by authors, Sam Carrington, Elisabeth Carpenter, Amanda Robson and Caroline England. Each month there is a choice of four novels; group members then vote for the next read. It’s open to anyone to join and if you’d like to, you can do so by clicking on the following link: A Novel Book Club. The choice for this month is The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

I had a quieter month on the blog, blog tour wise this month and I only took part in three blog tours, I’ve listed the links below in case you missed any.

The Watcher by Kate Medina

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn

A Song of Isolation by Michael J Malone

This month I’ve ordered copies of, Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten, The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen, Stone Cold Trouble by Amer Anwar, The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard and How the Wired Weep by Ian Patrick and The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

I have four blog tours coming up for October, The Choice by Alex Lake on the 2nd, Betrayal by Lilja Sigurdardóttir on the 5th, A Prayer for the Broken by Mark Tilbury on the 9th and Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten on the 20th.

At the moment I’m currently reading Snap by Belinda Bauer, Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone and A Prayer for the Broken by Mark Tilbury. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments.