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Author Blog Challenge: A day in my life… #LifeBooksWriting

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 So a typical day in my life starts early… I’m usually  awake about 5 am, earlier at the moment because it’s so light. I love Springtime and Summer and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.

 5 am

 DSCN0389Read emails on phone, let the dogs out, make a coffee or a smoothie  but to be honest it’s usually coffee with cream of course. The plan then is to write; book reviews, blogs or my latest work in progress. For my regular blog followers you will know that I’m a sporadic writer, when it comes to my books but once I’m hooked, writing is all  I want to do.

8 am 

Vince and I usually take Jazz and Oby out for a walk on the trail or in Pleasley country Park. If possible, I like to go earlier than this because its at its best when there is no one else there.

9 am

IMG_0035Breakfast with my daughter and grandson, definitely one of my favourite parts of the day. Though the clearing up is taking longer now he can have his own piece of toast.

 

10 am

Then its work time, this is usually writing of some description.  I don’t normally stop for lunch, so I work through until 5 pm when its time to feed the dogs, prepare the dinner and catch up on domestic chores.  Some days, I do house work or cooking during my work time, especially if I’ve managed to write earlier in the day. The best thing about working from home as  a writer is the flexibility.

7pm

 Another walk for the dogs and then I  eat,  watch TV, usually soaps, house programmes or US drama. 

10.30 pm

 

Read and or write in bed. until I fall asleep…

Not a very dynamic life but I love it. 

 

 

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Authors Blog Challenge #2 : Virtual Bookshelf – Latest Reads – #LifeBooksWriting.

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This weeks Author’s Blog Challenge is my latest reads. As I’m a book reviewer I always have several books on the go. This week I’m reading the following books:

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 Red Adept Publishing

Winter Blurb

Ever since the death of her fiancé, Meredith Mancuso has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac.

Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week.

Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy–and sometimes, even love–along the way.

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 This is a romantic comedy with a fabulous dog character.

Look out for my review next week

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Harper Collins UK Childrens

FLAWED is set in a powerfully realised society where perfection is valued above humanity, with an intense love story at its centre. Good-girl Celestine has always agreed with the system but following an act of kindness towards one of the Flawed is herself excluded and soon she is fighting for her own survival – and for love.

Flawed is intended for the Teen/Young Adult audience.

An interesting read for science fiction lovers of all ages.

Look out for my review next week.

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Carina UK

When Gemma discovers a pair of ancient duelling pistols encrusted with rubies in the basement of the local museum, she is immediately intrigued…

On a fateful night in 1838 two sisters were found shot in the cellars of Red Hill Hall. And when Gemma begins to delve deeper into their history she begins to realise that the secrets of that night are darker than anyone had ever imagined.

As the shocking events of the past begin to unravel, Gemma’s own life starts to fall apart. Loyalties are tested and suddenly it seems as if history is repeating itself, as Gemma learns that female friendships can be deadly…

I’ve read Kathleen’s two previous books, which are interesting timeslip women’s fiction stories, where contemporary meets the past. I can’t wait to start this one.

And finally as they say:

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The Dangerous Gift is FREE today on Amazon

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If you haven’t read it yet, now’s your chance to read for free.

If you like it please leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here are some reviewer comments from Amazon on The Dangerous Gift:

‘This fab suspense is intriguing and gripping, but the love story makes it a must-read. It’s satisfying on many levels, and will transport you to a whole new world of cowboy boots and skinny dipping, trucks and colts, ranch yards and corals, porches and sheriffs. And then there’s and overlay of jealousy and retribution, brooding suspicion, and tragedy and secrets.’ 5* Review

‘You’re invested in the characters, and you want to know what happens to them – will they get out of this alive? Can everyone breathe a sigh of relief yet…? Honestly? Don’t be lulled into a sense of security. Not only does this author keep you on your toes, but she manages to weave a couple of red herrings in there too.

The obvious chemistry between our hero and heroine, coupled with the brilliant suspense, makes a very well-written book from this lovely author.’ 5* Review

 

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Authors Blog Challenge – My Writing Room #LifeBooksWriting

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It’s lovely to be part of the  Author Blog Challenge #LifeBooksWriting, organised by my fellow Limitless Publishing author Sophia Valentine ; whose debut book I reviewed earlier in the year. If you’re an author and would like to join in the fun, download the graphic and post it and the hash tag with your Friday post. Hopefully it will be an opportunity to get to know more authors and their works for both readers and writers.

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Today’s blog challenge is to share my writing room with you. A couple of years ago I had a dedicated writing room/ office, which was lovely but since the birth of  my little grandson, the office has become a nursery  and now I write in our family room downstairs, which is great ,as it looks out onto the garden and has lots of comfy sofa’s to sit on.

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Working in the family room is challenging. There are lots of interruptions, but it means I get to spend my writing time with my lovely dogs,  Jazz and Oby. Tom, my cat used to join us on winter afternoons and we really miss him since he died on New Year’s day

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When the weather is fine I love to write in the garden,  and writing on the beach when I go on holiday is something I look forward to.

I wrote my latest release  The Dangerous Gift  in all these places.

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If  you want to know more about my writing journey-

Check  out my Who am I?  and Home pages on my website.