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Snippets From My Writing Journal #2: Description/action

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(A quick note: For those expecting The Blog Squad today, I'm afraid we're on a hiatus for this week. But we'll be back next week, so see you then :) 

Welcome to this week's snippet from my writing journal! Last week's sharing went so well and you were all so supportive and encouraging, that I've decided to do it again this week.  It's still very rough and unedited, but I hope you enjoy reading all the same :)
Context: This snippet is taken from Sara's point of view, who is the heroine of my Snow Queen retelling (Check out my Pinterest board HERE). Of all my stories, of all my characters, this retelling and Sara have been the most challenging and exciting to work with. She's such a flawed, complicated, hot-headed, uninhabited character that I have a very special place in my heart for. This scene doesn't reveal that, particularly, but I'm planing to show other snippets in the future that will.  (While reading, keep in mind that Sara has ice pow…

Waiting on Wednesday #26: PERFECT - by Cecelia Ahern

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.

Perfect (Flawed #2)  - by Cecelia Ahern
Release Date: 4th April 2017. 
Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured--all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick--the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret--one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing. Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people. And, most…

100 GFC Followers Giveaway! Win a book from my bookshelf!

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A giveaway is long overdue on my blog. In fact, I wanted to have one since about the day I started blogging, but that was kinda irresponsible and pointless ;)
I've never done a giveaway before, so I'm still learning the ins and outs of Rafflecopter and experimenting. Feel free to give your feedback!

BUT. 100 GFC followers. WOW. Thank you to all the amazing people who follow me (and that includes the ones on Bloglovin'). I can't believe I've reached 100, and it makes me want to cry just thinking about how my blog first started and how much it's grown.  Thank you everyone <3 xx




Rules: 
- There will be one winner.  - The winner will have within 48 to respond before I choose someone else  - I will handle all shipping, etc.
- It's INTERNATIONAL! - The winner will choose one book from those pictured below.

All books are second-hand, but still in excellent condition. The Gift has a few creases on its spine, and The One has the very faded remains of a sticker at …

Weekly Round-Up: PINTEREST - say no more

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In celebration of reaching 100 GFC followers, I'm giving away a book from my bookshelf!  The giveaway will be up tomorrow :) 

I've had a pretty good week, I think. I'm now on holiday for two weeks, and I'm planning to do a lot more writing in that time (I have like 101 book ideas and procrastination is a very good friend). That goes for my blog posts, too (the writing, not procrastination). I think I'm going to make April the month of writing (and not because I'm doing Camp NaNo, which I'm not. *cowers in shame*).  So expect a lot of writing posts from me this month!  
I've also been VERY active on Pinterest this week, and I can't believe I didn't make aesthetic boards for my novels sooner! Gosh, if you ever need a kick up the backside to get writing again, Pinterest is a really good motivator. I'm feeling renewed love for all my characters and I can't wait to write again!(We'll see how long that lasts...)    Anyway! You can find me …

INDISCRETION (Andalucían Nights #1) - by Hannah Fielding

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Indiscretion - Hannah Fielding
Year Published: 2015 - London Wall Publishing.
Pages: 464.
Genres: Adult / romance / historical fiction /
Source: Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family. Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra. Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra's destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritua…

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part 6

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We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita  BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett 

Blog scheduling - Do you do it?


I wish I did it!!! However I only manage to schedule the odd post or two; I’m not the most organised blogger in the world. :) I always end up with a few rough drafts, then a post or two that’s basically finished and then if I’m lucky I’ll be able to schedule a post in advance. 
 I know that I’ll do a Weekly Round Up (mostly on a Sunday), I vaguely look at Top Ten Tuesdays (once in a blue moon!) and then Wednesday's COULD be allocated to Waiting on Wednesday, and then Fridays I do The Blog Squad. I like to do a review at least once a week (although even THAT I’ve been falling be…

Snippets From My Writing Journal #1: Dialogue

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(FYI: My journal isn't purple, like the image above. I just liked the image.)

This is a post I'm kinda stressing about because I'm putting my writing out there for everyone to see, and what's worse, it's totally unedited and very, very rough. *hyperventilates*

But I do want to show you guys what I've been doing since the start of January this year, which is: writing a page a day in a beautiful pink journal I got for Christmas. I'm not going to show you every page (that would make for a lot of embarrassing posts and some of my snippets are just cringe, to say the least) but I am going to show you the occasional one.

Even though I finished that pink journal on the 21st, I'm still keeping up the daily writing. I have another lovely turquoise journal - with even bigger pages: EEEK - so I'm still writing every day.

Since I was stressing about you all seeing my very rough work, I've decided to show you Before and After. First, there's the very ro…

Waiting on Wednesday #25: 100 HOURS - by Rachel Vincent

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.
100 Hoursby Rachel Vincent
Release Date: 28th March 2017. 
A decadent spring break getaway on an exotic beach becomes a terrifying survival story when six Miami teens are kidnapped and ransomed. Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends. While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens. But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It a…

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (film) was more or less what I was expecting

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The Girl on the Train - 2016
Cast: Emily Blunt / Haley Bennett / Rebecca Ferguson / Luke Evans / Justin Theroux / Allison Janney / Lisa Kudrow
Director: Tate Taylor.
Content Rating: R for strong violence, sexual content, language and nudity.
Source: Rented.

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.





The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was a flawless thriller that I devoured deliriously.  As soon as I heard there was to be a movie - THAT WOULD STAR EMILY BLUNT IN THE TITLE ROLE - I was desperate to see it. Despite mixed critic reviews, my own hype could not be deterred.
I just had to see this film, and yet when I did, I came away with mixed feelings.

Emily Blunt - as Rachel

The location was a very poor imitation of the world Hawkins delivered so vividly in her book. The book is set in London - which gives it its strong atmospheric relevance - but with the movie having been filmed in New York, it just wasn't the …

Weekly Round-Up: Reading and Watching

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Hope you've all had a good week! I've been watching and reading a lot, but unfortunately the books haven't been amazing.  I've been binge watching The Musketeers series 1, and while it definitely isn't a great series, it's been fun and relaxing :)  I also watched The Girl on the Train yesterday, and I'll be reviewing that this week. 
In other news, I've been keeping a writing notebook since the first of Jan this year, and on the 20th of March I'll come to the end of it. I'll go onto another beautiful notebook and keep writing a page every day, but I thought it would be cool to show you some of the snippets I've been scribbling down each day since the start of the year. So expect to see some of those soon :)  

Posts of the week: 
Book Review: The Helper Waiting on Wednesday #24 The Blog Squad - Part 5 Book Review: Milijun

Having not enjoyed Fielding's previous book, I was hesitant to start this one. But it's okay so far :) 


This looks …