Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A Quick January Catch Up

The first month of 2018 is almost over already, but I can't say I'm sad to see January go; it's such a bitterly cold month and I'm ready for spring to launch itself upon us now (there are signs of spring in the garden as we have three little crocuses cheering the place up). Also, February brings the publication of my eighth book, The Wedding that Changed Everything, and PANCAKE DAY. Woo!

Anyway, as it's the last day of January, I thought I'd pop a quick catch up on the blog. I'd love to hear what you've been up to - let us know in the comments below!


 
I'm busy writing the first draft of my ninth book, which I'd been working on in between edits of The Wedding that Changed Everything, but now I can really sink my teeth into the book. The book is set in Clifton-on-Sea (the setting of The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea) and I'm loving being back while getting to know a new set of characters. Like The Little Bed & Breakfast, this book centres around three women who meet up in the seaside town and become friends. I can't wait until you all get to meet Katie, Frankie and George!
 
 
 
 
I'm about halfway through Claire Douglas' Local Girl Missing, and I'm really enjoying it. It's an intriguing read and I can't wait to dive back into it later!
 
 
 
Local Girl Missing is the first full-length novel I've read from Claire Douglas, but I have read her short story, The Text this month, which is FREE at the moment - but do check before you buy in case this has changed since posting!
 
I've also read Sunrise at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett, Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood, Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewell, and I Followed The Rules by Joanna Bolouri.
 
 
 
 
January has been pretty good, TV-wise, with the return of Dancing On Ice, Hunted, The Good Place, and Inside No. 9.
 
 I've also discovered Vera this month. I've seen it advertised loads of times, but never actually watched it until this series. I'm now catching up on series 3 on ITV Encore and will hopefully get to watch the rest at some point!
 
My favourite TV program this month has been A House Through Time. I love history, so this was right up my street (excuse the pun). I hope the BBC makes more programs like this as it will make this history nerd very happy.
 
 
 
 
You can find me on Instagram here
 
My new favourite Instagram feed is beatrixandmidge - perfect if you like watching videos of a cat and dog play fighting!
 
 
So, that's where I'm at the moment! Let us know what you've been up to, or pass on any book/TV recommendations  :) 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Fourteen

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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The Swear Stats
 
I have no problem with swearing - in books or real life - but there is such a thing as too many swears and I think I win the award for that one with the first draft of The Fairytale Effect [the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything]. I knew there were too many as I was going through the manuscript during the second draft, but I was in for a bit of a shock when I realised just how many there were!
 
 
These were the most prolific swears (look away now if you're offended by swears):
 
Swear                    Number of Times Used
 
B*stard                                  11
 
F**k                                       17
 
Sh*t                                       46
 
 
Yep, forty-six sh*ts. In sh*t's defence, the count included words including the word sh*t - sh*te, sh*tbag, sh*tty, for example. Ok, that doesn't make it any better, does it? Not when you do some sums...
 
The word sh*t, in my 92,582 word manuscript, made up 0.05% of the whole book.
 
Swears in general, including some lesser-used ones, made up 0.1% of the book.
 
Not. Good.
 
But fear not! I have replaced most of the swears, either deleting the unnecessary ones, rewording sentences so the swears weren't needed, or replacing them with non-sweary alternatives. My sister-in-law pointed me in the direction of 101 Cuss/Swear Words Alternatives. My favourites included 'son of a bucket', 'what the frog', 'holy humus!' and 'I don't give a Donald Duck'.
 
Some swears have remained. The vital ones. Because sometimes only a swear will do.


 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 
 
 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Thirteen

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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Draft 2
 
I think this is the quickest second draft I've ever done, but having a looming deadline really helps you pull your socks up! Also, because of all the planning I'd put in before I started writing the book, there wasn't too much shifting of scenes.
 
Last week, I discovered the 'Read Aloud' option in Word, which I found helps to flag up any little errors. This week, I figured out how to adjust the reading speed (it wasn't hidden - it's right there near the play button. I'm just clearly a bit dense) and although it was still a bit slower than I'd read myself (the next speed was too fast!) it was a great help and kept me focused.
 
 
 
One of the major jobs I had to do with this draft was weed out the overuse of swears - and there was a lot of weeding to do. There were a few little niggles to sort out along the way too: a minor character changing names part-way through, a character having lived in Denmark at the beginning of the book, only for the country to switch to Switzerland towards the end etc.
 
During the first draft, there was a particular scene that I struggled with. It didn't feel right, no matter how long I sat at my desk with it, but I powered through somehow. And do you know what I did with it during the second draft? Yup, I deleted it. The whole scene. Almost a thousand words. I didn't know whether to weep at the time I'd wasted on it or relish pressing the delete button!
 
With the niggles and most of the swears taken care of, the book is now in much better shape so I've sent it off to my editor - bang on time for the deadline. The next stage will be the first round of edits, but I'm going to have a little rest before they land.
 
 
Words I've Cut
3,995
 
Weeks It Took Me To Write The Book:
12 (excluding a little holiday to Blackpool in the middle)
 
Final Word Count
92,582
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 

Friday, 26 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Twelve

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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I started off the week with one item on my to-list: to finish the first draft of The Fairytale Effect [the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything]. With just three chapters to go, I knew I would get there but I also knew the book would need a bit of tinkering and a tidy up before it was sent off to my editor, so I needed to finish the first draft ASAP.

 
On Wednesday, the summer holidays officially came to end when both my girls went back to school (the youngest went back the day before). It took a bit of adjusting to get back into my pre-school-holidays routine, but I managed to write the final three chapters by Thursday, resulting in the those gorgeous little words every writer dreams of: The End.
 
 
I've spent the rest of the week going back through the manuscript, fixing little mistakes and hopefully improving the book as I now know more about my characters than I did a few months ago when I started the first draft. I'm using the 'Read Aloud' feature on Word and although it reads slower than I would, it's helping me spot quite a few errors that I may have missed myself by hearing it read back to me, such as 'Poo Alice' instead of 'Poor Alice' (which made me giggle. I'm mature like that).  It's the first time I've used it, but will definitely carry on using it from now on.
 
My deadline is on Friday, so I only have a few days left to knock the book into shape. Wish me luck!
 
 
Milestones I've Reached This Week
The End of Draft One
 
Candle I'm Burning This Week:
 
Final First Draft Word Count
96, 577
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 



Thursday, 25 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Eleven

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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No, you haven't accidentally skipped a week - I spent last week in Blackpool so I had a little break from writing. We've just had our last full week of the school summer holidays, so I haven't reached my target of 10,000 words this week as we've been making the most of these last few days before school starts again and we've been doing all the last-minute uniform labelling/altering/ironing that I said I wouldn't leave until the last few days. Again.

I was hoping to have finished the first draft of the book by the end of this week, but it hasn't happened. I am, however, just three chapters away so I'm not too disappointed. Once this draft is finished I should have just enough time to have a tidy up before it goes off to my editor in time for my mid-September deadline.


Writing over the summer hasn't been easy. Our routines have gone out of the window and of course there have been days out and holidays, which while fun, do eat up writing time. I'm looking forward to getting back into my old writing routine and having some down time in the evenings instead of dragging my weary body to my desk! I'm also looking forward to being able to type those two beautiful words that spur every writer on: The End.


Week of the Summer Hols
Six
 
Days Until Deadline:
12
 
Word Count
89, 034
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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In February's newsletter, I'll be celebrating the release of my latest book, The Wedding that Changed Everything (published 7th Feb. Available to pre-order here) with a bumper giveaway and I'll also be sharing the first two chapters of the book.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Nine

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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I didn't think I was going to meet my word count goal of 10,000 words this week - we actually had a sunshiny day so we had a lovely family day out and when we got back, I was too shattered to even think about writing.

I've also been busy getting ready for the paperback publication of The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea and it was the publication day of A Beginner's Guide To Saying I Do, the second book in my Beginner's Guide series, earlier this week. I also realised I shouldn't put off the school uniform shopping any longer, so we had to venture out for that (fun times).

But I've made an effort to get at least a few hundred words most days and I somehow managed to clock up 10,808 words! I've now passed the 80,000 words mark and The End is definitely on the horizon.

I've mostly stuck to the plan I made before I started to write the book, but I've started to veer off course a little bit as Emily and her motivations have evolved as I've been writing. I don't mind being led by my characters - I do like to plan, but they're never so rigid they can't be tweaked!

 
I'm having a break from writing next week as we're off to Blackpool for a little holiday. The paperback of The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea is in a few days so it'll be nice to celebrate while actually at the seaside!
 
 
Week of the Summer Hols
Four
 
Candle I've been burning this week:
 
Word Count
81, 602
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 


Monday, 22 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Eight

  
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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I'm pleased to report that my socks have been firmly pulled up after last week's half measures word count. I upped my fifteen-minute bursts to 20 and it really helped to up the word count, as did making sure I returned to my desk in the evenings if I hadn't managed to reach my 2,000 words per day aim.

Last week I only scraped together 5,319 words - but this week I managed to double it and more to 13,204 words!

 
As well as an increased word count, I also started to emerge from The Slump this week. I started to really enjoy writing the book again and it was fun rather than a struggle, which was a relief and made getting the words out much easier! It started while I was writing scenes set in the local pub for a karaoke session and the words started to flow. The chemistry I wanted between a couple of characters really started to blossom and I loved seeing their connection strengthen.
 
During this scene, something a little bit special - and unexpected happened. Emily is (reluctantly) looking for her Prince Charming at the castle she's staying in for the wedding of her best friend's sister, and one of the karaoke song choices was perfect for this theme. It was entirely accidental - I didn't even realise until I mentioned it further along in the pub's scene (the next writing day) and it made me have a little giggle to myself at just how perfect it was!
 
 
Week of the Summer Hols
Three
 
Things I Have Put Off This Week:
School uniform shopping
 
Word Count
70, 794
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 


Friday, 19 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Seven

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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This week hasn't been quite as productive as I'd hoped, with a weekly word count of 5,319. It's only half of my word count goal for the week, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it too much. I'm still 5,000-and-odd words closer to finishing the first draft, so I'm happy with that and it could be far worse.

 
I do need to pull my socks up over the next couple of weeks though, as we're going away for a little holiday soon, which means no writing time as I want to completely relax with my family and have some fun. Once we get back, there will only be just over a week before the kids are back in school, and a week and a half after that will be the deadline for this book and I need to have another read-through-and-tinker before it gets sent off to my editor.
 
 
Week of the Summer Hols
Two
 
The Weather This Week Has Been Mainly:
Rainy (so much for summer!!!)
 
Word Count
57,590
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Six

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog during the run up to publication.
 
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Somehow, the first week of the school summer holidays has whizzed past. I knew squeezing writing time in wouldn't be easy, but I've also been hit with The Slump.

The Slump always happens to me at some point during the first draft. It's usually around 20-30,000 words, but has occurred as soon as 10,000 words, so I'm lucky to get this far before it hit me! When I'm in The Slump, getting the words out is tough. I know what needs to happen (I even have each scene planned out this time round) but transferring that onto the screen seems impossible, no matter how long I sit at my desk. And when time is limited due to school holidays, it seems the book is never going to get written.


I didn't even recognise it as The Slump to begin with. I thought I was still caught up in Paperback Excitement, but then it hit me. Of course! The Slump! In a way, I felt better about the lack of productivity. There was a reason for it. It has a label (even if I gave it that label myself). It has happened with every book I've written - and I somehow pushed past it.

Pushing past The Slump isn't easy, but it has to be done. I decided that, instead of wasting time at my desk (and I really don't have time to waste over the next few weeks) I would limit myself to 15 minutes each time.

Yep, 15 measly minutes. It doesn't sound a lot, does it? And that's the point. If I'm going to sit miserably at my desk, 15 minutes doesn't seem so daunting. After 15 minutes, I can get up and do something else. Something non-writerly. Something that doesn't involve The Fairytale Effect [the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything]. The pressure was off.

So, I set myself a 15 minute timer and off I went. And do you know what? I wrote during all of those 15 minutes. I didn't have time to faff about on Twitter or Facebook or check that the paperback option was still on The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea's Amazon page (yep, I do this. I don't think I'll believe it's true until I hold a copy in my hands). I didn't have time to look things up on Google. I had fifteen minutes.

During the first 15 minute burst, I wrote 394 words. Not a lot, right? But add on five more 15 minute bursts over the course of the afternoon and guess what? I wrote a total of 2,241 words. Result!

I've kept up these 15 minute bursts throughout the week and although I haven't always managed to write 2,000+ words, I did accumulate 11,271 words for the week, which is above my 10,000 words/week target. I'm still 8,000 words below my target for Week 6, but I'm getting there!


Week of the Summer Hols
One
 
Books I'm Reading This Week
 
Word Count
52,271
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Five


I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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After the excitement of last week, it was time to settle down and get some new words written - especially as it's the last week before the school summer holiday starts.

It's much more difficult to find time to write during the holidays, especially as I'm not a fan of writing in the evenings. I usually want to relax with a book (for reading, definitely not my own) or TV, so getting my arse in the chair at my desk is TOUGH. Plus, if I do manage it, I find it hard to switch off afterwards, meaning I can't sleep.

So this week was important. I needed to get down as much as possible. So, off I went, fuelled by my friend, Yorkshire Tea.

 
Confession: it didn't go as well as I'd hoped.
 
My aim each week is 10,000 words and I fell short at 7,129. Coupled with the fact I was behind schedule last week too means I'm now almost 10,000 words short of the 50,000 words I wanted to be at this stage.
 
I really need to pull my socks up over the holidays!
 
 
Weeks of Child-Wrangling Ahead
Six
 
Weeks I'm Behind Schedule
One
 
Word Count
40,590
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 
 
 


Monday, 15 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Four

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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The jubilation of last week's triumph of catching up with my word count goal seems like a distant memory, and I won't be able to claim I'm still on track this week. Far from it as there has been a spanner in the works this week. BUT this is a wonderful spanner. The best spanner I could ever have wished for!

On Monday, I received a call from my editor to pass on the (flipping amazing) news that The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea was going to go to print, with the paperback version being stocked in Sainsbury's and on Amazon!!!

I was obviously over the moon. The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea is my sixth novel, but the first to make it to paperback and I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands. I've wanted this to happen since I was little, so when the time comes, it really will be a dream come true!



Before the paperback can happen, the book needed to be proofread and I was sent a set of proofs to check. So The Fairytale Effect [the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything] has had to take a back seat this week while I concentrated on the proofs. They're all done now and back with my editor, so I can now pick up the reins with The Fairytale Effect again and try to catch up. It's my daughters' last week in school before they break up for the summer holidays next week, so I'll have to get as much done as I can as squeezing in writing time during the holidays can be tough!

Books I've Proofread This Week
1
 
Times I've Pinched Myself This Week
Many. I've lost count
 
Word Count
33,461
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 
 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Three

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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Last week, I ended up slipping behind schedule. It was only a few thousand words, but it's so easy for those few thousands to mount up, which becomes increasingly difficult to catch up. Plus, I have family commitments and I knew this week I wouldn't have as many writing days as usual. If I fall any more behind, I know I'll be playing catch up for the next few weeks and panicking as my deadline looms.

So my aim for this week was to write 3,000 words per writing day, which would cover this week's word count goal, plus the words I didn't manage last week.

 
And I did it! I wrote 13,026 words, which nudged me over the 30,000 words mark and brought me back on track with my 10,000 words per week goal - go me! Having a detailed plan has really helped as I haven't had to think too much about what each scene will involve as I sit down to write as I'd already figured it out beforehand. It meant I could sit down and just write (in theory. 'Popping' onto Twitter and Facebook slightly snags the plan).
 
And there was more good news this week as I received some exciting post - my new two-book contract with HQDigital (HarperCollins), which The Fairytale Effect (the working title of The Wedding that Changed Everything) is part of. So it's all official now. All that's left to do is actually write the books...
 
 
 
Books I've Bought This Week
 
Milestones I've Reached This Week
Around a third of the way through The Fairytale Effect - woo!
 
Word Count
30,248
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?

 


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Writing The Wedding that Changed Everything: Week Two

 
I kept a little diary while writing my eighth book, The Wedding That Changed Everything, which I'll be sharing on the blog over the next few weeks.
 
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So this week hasn't gone very well, word count wise. This started on Monday when I wrote a grand total of 780 words, which didn't quite meet my 2,000 words/day goal. Distractions this week have included looking into holiday accommodation, family commitments and the publication of The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWAVcxjH_4M/?taken-by=writer_jenn

I had good intentions to spend some quality time at my desk this weekend, which started out well on Saturday. I managed to up my word count so that I was less than 3,000 words away from my target of 20,000 words. This meant that I was within reach of my goal. If I spent a bit of time at my desk on Sunday, I would be there.

Except I didn't park my behind at my desk AT ALL on Sunday. Bad writer!

So I'm slightly behind schedule but I can make it up next week. Can't I?


 
Candles I've Been Burning This Week
Spring Flowers (Home Inspirations by Yankee Candle)
 
Things I've Discovered
My Dad Wrote A Porno Podcasts (HILARIOUS)
 
Word Count
17,222 (must do better)
 
 
 
Love happens when you least expect it…

Emily Atkinson stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago! She’s fed up of dating frogs in order to track down her very own Prince Charming, despite the best efforts of her matchmaking best friend…

But now she’s been invited to the wedding of the year at the enchanting Durban Castle, and perhaps bumping into a knight in shining armour isn’t as far away as she thought!

Will Emily survive the wedding and walk away an unscathed singleton – or finally find her own happily-ever-after?