Tuesday 24 January 2017

Writing The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts: Part Six

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 6

Day 36:

What’s the BEST thing that can happen when you’ve fallen behind on your word count goals and are determined to catch up? You get ill and can’t bear to even look at your laptop, let alone switch it on. Perfect.

Day 38:

I haven’t managed to write a single word over the past couple of days as I haven’t been feeling well, so I’ve fallen even further behind. I’m now almost 9,000 words behind schedule, which is nearly a week’s worth of writing *weeps*

I’ll need to pull my socks up pretty high to catch up now!


Just reached 40,000 words, which is a fantastic feeling as it means I’m around half-way through the first draft. I’m almost a week late reaching this milestone but meh, I’m going to celebrate with a happy dance anyway!

Day 41:

After spending almost an entire day in bed earlier in the week and another without so much as a glance towards my laptop, there’s no way I’m going to catch up with my word count goal this week, but I’m determined to keep plugging away and get as close to it as possible. I’m hoping to push myself to 45,000 words today, which will be half-way to this week’s goal, at least.


I managed to reach 45,000 words today, which means I’m definitely at the half-way point now and I’m *only* 5,000 words behind schedule!

Milestones reached this week: The half-way point – woo!

 Word Count: 45,504


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?

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