Friday, 20 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part Five



I decided to keep a little diary while writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, so I thought I'd share it here on the blog during the run-up to publication.


First Draft:

Week 5

Day 30:


So I didn’t hit my word goal last week. I meant to, I really, really did. I was going to catch up with those last 2,000 words on Sunday. And then I accidentally went bowling… and to see The BFG. Which was a lot of fun with the family, so I can’t feel too guilty about it and I WILL catch up with those pesky 2,000 words this week.

Day 33:


So, those pesky 2,000 words? They’ve sort of grown. I’m now almost 6,000 words behind schedule. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME???


Day 35:


Okay, so I think we all know why I’m falling behind with my word count goals – it’s purely because I haven’t had my bum at my desk enough. Which is why I’m holed away at my keyboard on a sunshiney Sunday to catch up.


Day 35 [Later]


I haven’t quite caught up with my word count goal for the week, but I’m a bit closer. Hopefully – if I pull my socks up – I can make up the difference next week!


Words behind schedule: 3,613

Word Count: 36,387


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Teashop-Broken-Hearts-ebook/dp/B01MDNF71Y/

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?




The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts is available to pre-order now

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part Four



I decided to keep a little diary while writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, so I thought I'd share it here on the blog during the run-up to publication.


First Draft:

Week 4

Day 24:



It’s been a scorching couple of days, with yesterday being the hottest of the year so far. I’m not one for extreme heat, so I don’t actually mind sitting inside where it’s cooler to write. I’ve really enjoyed writing the last couple of chapters and feel like I’m getting to know Maddie a bit more.


Day 27:


I haven’t been very good at sitting at my desk this week so I need to pull my socks up a bit if I want to reach my weekly word target. I’ve set myself a goal of 10,000 words per week and this should mean the first draft will be finished by the end of the summer holidays. The first few weeks of the holidays will be easier to get words down as my husband is off work but I also don’t want to miss out on the fun of water balloons, trips out and rainy-day-films, so I’m having to find a balance. I’m also being lured by summer reads so I need to be more disciplined with myself!




Milestones hit this week:
I’m definitely a quarter of the way through the book!

Word Count: 28,377


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Teashop-Broken-Hearts-ebook/dp/B01MDNF71Y/

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?




The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts is available to pre-order now

Friday, 13 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part Three



I decided to keep a little diary while writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, so I thought I'd share it here on the blog during the run-up to publication.


First Draft:
Week 3

 Day 15:


Usually, at around 30,000 words, I hit the my-writing-is-so-poop-how-am-I-going-to-write-a-whole-novel slump. I’m at just over 10k and I’m already there. I know where I need to take the story but I can’t seem to find the words to get there while making it interesting. I’m going to jot down some notes about the chapter I’m in the middle of and hopefully push myself through this stage. Wish me luck!

[Some time later]

I got through the chapter! Woo! It’s all going to be plain-sailing from now on, right?

Day 18:


Today I reached the end of the first ten chapters of The Sweetest Kiss*, so I’ve sent them off to my editor to see if they’re on the right track. I’ve been enjoying getting to know Maddie and her friends and I can’t wait to find out more about them, especially Caleb. I’m also quite enjoying writing about cake – though it does make me hungry!

Day 20:


School finished for the summer yesterday, so for next seven weeks I have to squeeze as much writing time in whenever possible. Which is why I’m sitting at my desk on a Saturday evening to get a few words in!

Day 20 (later):


I really enjoyed writing the latest chapter tonight. The words seemed to flow and I’ve managed almost 3,000 words. It’s a relief after the early slump a few chapters ago!



Typos this week:

Rubber dick
[Not quite the bath toy I was aiming for. Hilarious though]

Word Count: 21,960



* The Sweetest Kiss was the working title of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Teashop-Broken-Hearts-ebook/dp/B01MDNF71Y/

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?




The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts is available to pre-order now

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part Two



I decided to keep a little diary while writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, so I thought I'd share it here on the blog during the run-up to publication.


First Draft:
Week 2



Day 9:


I heard back from my editor today with feedback of the first three chapters of The Sweetest Kiss*. There are a couple of changes suggested and at first I was a bit ‘aaaaarrrrrgggghhh – she thinks my writing is pooooooop!’ but then I took the dog for a walk and had a good think about the pointers and how I could implement the changes. At the moment, the book is told by two POVs – Maddie’s and Caleb’s. But would the story work better with just Maddie’s POV? Would it work at all?

The answer is yes, I think it could work – and hopefully better. The way Maddie and Caleb meet would no longer work out (or at least not as well) but I’ve jiggled things around in my head and put the pieces back together and I’m happy with how it looks. In fact, I’m raring to get stuck in and get it down on paper!


Day 10:


Have cut almost 4,000 words (Caleb’s chapters so far). I'm not going to lie - it hurt, but I know it’s for the greater good and it could have been worse (i.e. many more words). Now I just need to get on with Maddie's story - I've got a bit of catching up to do!


Words cut this week: 3,777

Word Count: 11,504


* The Sweetest Kiss was the working title of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Teashop-Broken-Hearts-ebook/dp/B01MDNF71Y/

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?




The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts is available to pre-order now

Friday, 6 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part One



I decided to keep a little diary while writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, so I thought I'd share it here on the blog during the run-up to publication.


First Draft:
Week 1

Day 1:


I’m excited to be starting a brand new story and getting to know a whole new set of characters. The Sweetest Kiss* centres around Maddie’s teashop so it involves cake. Lots and lots of cake. And that is NEVER a bad thing.

I’m usually quite a big planner but this time I haven’t really gone to town with the planning beforehand. I have my synopsis and a basic overview of the main characters and a few of the café’s regulars so I’m looking forward to where the story is going to take me. I do like having the security of my plans in place so it’s a bit scary too! What if I get stuck? Meander too far from the story and get myself into a wordy knot? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to put fingers to keyboard. Wish me luck!

Day 3:


Two chapters down! I’ve met my two main characters, Maddie and Caleb (though they haven’t met each other yet) and I’m enjoying getting to know them. I’m about to start the third chapter, where we’re going to find out more about the teashop. The teashop was a cute location I used in The Wedding Date and I knew I wanted to return. At the time I didn’t really know anything at all about the business – who owned it, who worked there, the regular customers – so it’s been fun mulling ideas and finding out. This is the first book of mine where the location has inspired the whole book!


Day 4:


I’ve finished the first three chapters (and loved every minute of writing them) and sent them to my editor. Fingers crossed she likes them!


Things I have Googled this week:
Top 100 baby names of 2007


Word Count: 8,339


* The Sweetest Kiss was the working title of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Teashop-Broken-Hearts-ebook/dp/B01MDNF71Y/

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?



The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts is available to pre-order now

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

January Sales

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jennifer-Joyce/e/B00I3HFRFA/

If you got a new Kindle for Christmas and want to fill it with fun reads or you simply want to banish the January blues with a rom com, Everything Changes But You and A Beginner's Guide To Salad are just 99p at the moment - bargain! Plus, if you're subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, you can download them for free!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Changes-But-Jennifer-Joyce-ebook/dp/B00MWAR5B8/

Ally Richmond is dreading turning thirty and bidding farewell to her youth. And when her husband says he wants to start a family, she begins to panic.

Is this all that life has to offer from now on? Popping out babies and growing old gracefully? She wants a life crammed with glamour and spontaneous adventure, not one full of dirty nappies and night feeds.

When Ally makes a silly birthday wish for a new, exciting life, her wish is granted.

But when Ally is presented with the freedom and opportunities she craves, she soon realises this new life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that there really is no place like home.


Available from Amazon here




https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beginners-Guide-Salad-Jennifer-Joyce-ebook/dp/B00HTMHJ8S/

Ruth loves nothing more than curling up in front of the telly with a family-sized bar of chocolate. She doesn’t do diets and she certainly doesn’t do exercise. But all that changes when she’s invited to her school reunion.

Bullied at school for being overweight, Ruth’s first reaction is to rip the invitation into a million pieces. But then Ruth hatches a plan. She’ll lose the weight and arrive at the reunion looking gorgeous and glamorous, leaving her old classmates in awe. Especially her former crush, Zack O’Connell.

With the help of her friends and a new, unbelievably hot colleague, Ruth begins her transformation. With six months until the reunion, losing weight will be a piece of cake, right?


Available from Amazon here


Monday, 2 January 2017

A Look Ahead To 2017


I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We had a brilliant (quiet) Christmas at home, which is how I like it - though ballsing up the trifle wasn't all that great (but at least it was edible, just missing a layer).


Now we're into 2017, I've been thinking about the months ahead: what's already planned, what I'd like to achieve, goals I'd like to aim for.


With my writing, I'm going to be pretty busy this year. My new book, The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, will be published by HQ Digital on 8th February (though you can pre-order it now *insert cheeky wink*) and I'm busy writing a brand new book. I also mentioned the Beginner's Guide series quite a while ago, and I'm hoping to publish Book 2 in the series this year (Book 1 is A Beginner's Guide To Salad and available now). So, like I said, busy, busy, busy!


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Teashop-Broken-Hearts-ebook/dp/B01MDNF71Y/




With reading, I've been putting too much pressure on myself, trying to keep up with the amount of books I read before I was published. I'm much busier now, with looming deadlines, edits, etc, and I simply don't have the same amount of free time that I used to. I set myself a Goodreads goal of 70 books for 2016 (which was lower than previous years) but I 'failed' and only read 47.


Yep, only 47. 47 is quite a lot of books, but I was aiming for a much higher goal that I just can't reach at the moment. And that's ok. I can enjoy books without aiming for a certain number per year. And that's what I'm going to. I'm not setting myself a Goodreads goal this year - or any goal at all. I'm going to read what I want, when I want and at the pace I feel comfortable with.


Do you have any plans for 2017? Let us know in the comments below 😊