Book Challenge 2017 – Update 2


  • Read 20 books
  • Read from unfamiliar genres
  • Read a book from at least ten different countries
    1. Turkey (1)
    2. India (1)
    3. Australia (1)
    4. U.S.A. (3)

I’m embracing different ways of reading this year


I was always one of those kids who always had a book at hand. Books were like my safety blanket, I always had to have one, even if I wasn’t reading it. As my life becomes so much busier and nomadic, physical books are, sadly, less practical. Late last year, I started trying out ebooks and audiobooks through the Scribd app. It’s a great way to keep on top of my reading without carrying around a space-taking tome.

Plus, audiobooks are great for the train home from work. My eyes can rest while my mind wanders. 🙂

 Books I’ve read so far in 2017:

  •  The Well at the World’s End | A.J. Mackinnon
  • Truthwitch | Susan Dennard
  • Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India | Amana Fonatella-Khan
  • Three Daughters of Eve | Elif Shafak
  • A Darker Shade of Magic | V. E. Schwab
  • Rise of the Sparrows | Sarina Langer

Currently reading:

And I Darken | Kiersten White


What format works best for you? Are you a traditionalist or have you embraced the new technologies?

WIPpet Wednesday & an Update


Today’s post has two parts – a WIPpet Wednesday snippet and an update on everything else. I’m going to start with the WIPpet Wednesday. If you’re more interested in the update, skip below. 🙂

WIPpet Wednesday

If you’re unfamiliar with WIPpet Wednesday, it’s a weekly bloghop where the only rule is that the excerpt you share must in some way relate to the date. But don’t worry, we get pretty creative with this one. 😉 Continue reading

Rapid Fire Booktag

So last week on Instagram, Kyra Thomsen tagged me in the #rapidfirebooktag. Technically, you’re meant to respond on Instagram, and I will, but some of my answers weren’t quite so straightforward so I thought I’d share some of my answers with you here. 🙂

1. E-book or physical?

I lean towards the e-book, even though I have a physical book buying addiction. E-books are easier to read on crowded trains, take with you anywhere and, often, cheaper. Plus, I’m planning on moving overseas at the end of the year, and I tend to move around a lot anyway, so having boxes and boxes of physical books is just not practical. All that said, e-books will never replace the perfection of curling up on the couch and reading a physical book.

2. Paperback or hardback?

Paperback – they’re lighter and often the covers are prettier.

3.  Trilogy or series? Continue reading

Camp NaNothanksWriMo

As Camp NaNoWriMo looms around the corner again, I thought I’d share my reflections on last year’s camp.

Boy is it a different beast to normal NaNoWriMo.

If the November session is a huge street party of creativity, the Carnevale of writing, Camp NaNoWriMo truly is a camp. That one you went on when you were like thirteen, stuck in the woods or up a mountain with a group of the least people you’ve never talked to. You know those ones who refuse to participate in the activities and sit in the corner on their phones/game consoles?

I’m certain that if you have people you can share your cabin with, it would be an awesome, supportive, inspiring experience. Unfortunately, that was not my lot the first time ’round.

However, there were some amazing parts of Camp NaNoWriMo:

  • the ability to define your own goal
  • the thrill of seeing the word count rise
  • the race against the trajectory line
  • I got so much done on my Daughter of Kings edits
  • discounts! Thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo, I was finally able to purchase Scrivener – which I’ve used pretty much every day since.

Will I do it again?


Would I do it again with a randomly assigned cabin?


Are you participating this year? What’s your goal?

(All gifs from GIPHY)

WIPpet Wednesday – 15.03.2017

I was lucky enough to get an extra day of work yesterday, extending and already three day weekend to a lazy four days. Which means that on my extra day off, when I was planning to do my assignments, I got through over 5,000 words of rewrites. I know a part of me at least should feel guilty. But I’ve buried that part well.

Today we have a section from near the end of Queen of Hearts, which I touched up yesterday. (Note: this by no means makes it the final product but I’m not displeased with it at the moment)

Context: Kara is speaking to the council of lords.

I have already seen too many good men and women die to keep Fariel safe but I swear by the gods, I would raise another army from the Everwinter to keep my people safe. And free.

So there you have it, folks. As always, I love to hear from you in the comments 🙂


**Exciting News**

Change is coming…

I’m really excited to share with you guys that on Monday 1st May, I’ll be launching my revamped, sparkly, professional looking author website. Rest assured, you’ll still be able to see my posts in the WordPress reader but the focus will change from my rather relaxed, casual blogging site to a more targeted platform to share my writing progress, and all the advice and tips I’ve learnt along the way.

To celebrate, I want to invite any authors willing to be interviewed as part of an ongoing series, ‘Author Confessions’, on my new website to shoot me an email at (yes, my email is still under my old pen name but my new website will fix this problem).

The interviews will be a great chance to get to know your fellow authors and get some free publicity/marketing thrown in. 🙂

Again, if you’re interested, send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

WIPpet Wednesday – 01.03.2017

wippet-wednesday-headerWelcome once again to WIPpet Wednesday, hosted by the lovely Emily Witt.

It’s already the first of March. Where did the summer go? Although, it seems no one has informed the weather that we’re now scheduled for autumn. It’s been over 35 degrees (Celsius – that’s 95 Fahrenheit!!) for days and shows no signs of letting up for at least the next seven days.

This, I do not like.

Onto the WIPpet:

This is from the first scene in my current batch or rewrites/edits (though it is far from perfect), which is how it relates to the date 🙂

Context: Something very important is about to happen, something which requires every ally and cunning mind Kara has at her disposal, but the gods/fate/the author has different plans. 😛

Rounding the corner, Kara almost collided with Anjez. His short hair was slicked back as if he’d been running his hands through it and red rimmed his hollow, restless eyes.

“What is it?” Kara demanded, placing her hands on his chest. Beneath her fingers, his heart drummed a rapid beat.

Anjez swallowed, running a hand through his hair again, and, sighing, tilting towards her. “I must return to Inbaas,” he said, voice as rough as sandpaper.

A hole opened up in Kara’s chest – and in her plans. “Now?”

He nodded.

“What about the plan?” she hissed.

“I’ve spoken with Markey,” Anjez replied. “He’ll help you.”

Kara studied his gaunt face. “Your father?” she guessed.

Anjez nodded, pressing his eyelids closed.

“Is he ill?”

A hesitation, then the slightest shake of the head. “No. No longer.”

I love to hear your opinions and feedback, so let me know in the comment section below. 🙂