Announcing My Camp Nanowrimo Project! 

Hello everyone, it’s the last day of March (literally can’t believe I’m typing this!) and just one day to go until the start of Camp Nanowrimo. So, what exactly is Canp Nanowrimo? It’s a writing event held during the entire month of April (and July) where you can set a word count goal and writing project and work on achieving the goal throughout the month. So, without further ado, I would like to present to you guys my story…


Ta-da! My Camp Nanowrimo project for April is a ChickLit novella called Surprise Sweetheart. I’ve always loved reading ChickLits so I had that moment one morning when a lightbulb clicked above my head which made me realise that writing one could be a lot of fun.

Here is my work-in-progress blurb, this will change since I find it boring but anyway:

How far would you go to search for your long lost love?

Julia Fenton and Darren Mayhew were not only childhood best friends but also sparking up a passionate romance. Until the flood arrived that swept through their seaside village of Rocky Sand destroying half of the homes. 
When the flood came, their affection was washed away. 

Twenty years on after those events, Julia is dealing with a failed relationship but also constant thoughts about the first guy she ever loved. Will she be brave enough to search for Darren?

I already have been allocated a cabin full of members but I’ll definitely be updating my progress throughout the month on my blog, Twitter and on Camp Nanowrimo. My word count target is 20,000 words so if I wrote 1,000 words a day, I could achieve this in under 3 weeks, who knows?

I have tried to attempt Camp Nanowrimo a few times in the past but it never really worked out. I either lost interest in the project or simply lacked motivation to write anything. I’m hoping that using my phone and iPad to type up on would help me stay on track.

I will be posting the story online on both Wattpad and Inkitt so if you have accounts there, feel free to follow and add my story to your reading lists. I will be updating chapters on there every few days whilst I’m writing because I have a bad habit of coming up with something, not posting for weeks and getting a ton of hate for it. If I do end up finishing the story before the end of the month, then any remaining chapters I have left would all be posted together but my main goal is just to hit 20k.

I will be finishing my story planning today and preparing a blog tour post for tomorrow’s upload so stay tuned for that. Let me know if you are doing Camp Nanowrimo and what your projects will be.

See you all tomorrow.

Alice x

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A Book Haul: All Received In The Mail Over One Week.  

 

Hello everyone! I can’t believe March is almost over, so much has happened over the last few weeks including starting a new volunteering job that involves books. I will be blogging about that at a later date so stay tuned for that post when it goes live in April. So today, I thought that I would share with you all the books I have received in the last seven days in the mail, all for different reasons and thanks to my Twitter thumbnail in almost dropping them on my leg haha. 

Anyway, from top to bottom:

Falling for The Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins. This is a Harlequin Contemporary Romance with a May 2017 release date. It has music and love, basically saw a tweet on Twitter by the author asking if book bloggers were interested which of course I was. It was also signed by Ellie which was a lovely surprise. 

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann. This is a YA novel that came out a few years ago, the author was running a Twitter giveaway so I entered with one hour to go and ended up winning the book! It came all the way from Switzerland and is personally signed to me by Stefan.

The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer is an adult thriller which I requested from one of the publicity agents on Twitter because of the cover. I love butterflies so instant interest when I spotted the picture of the cover on the agent’s Twitter profile.

Final Girls by Riley Sager is another thriller and my version is an ARC which I won in a Twitter giveaway from Leah over at girlsvsbooks_ and this has a release month of July 2017. July is also my birthday month so a nice little early treat for then.

And finally The Special Girls by Isabelle Grey which is a crime thriller out on April 6th but I received the hardback early due to Quercus books having a promotional tweet about it and asking book bloggers to retweet it and quote The Special Girls in the retweet which I did. I was not expecting this lovely hardback to arrive, rather thought it was an ARC but no, I’m always looking for nice hardbacks to go on display in my room.

So, that is it for this haul. I hope to do another haul soon, probably a library one since I am going through my library TBR list one by one before heading out to get some new books to read. Let me know in the comments section if you received any books in the mail/your current reads.

Alice x           

Blog Tour: The Wolf Mirror.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my blog for today’s blog tour post for The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy. This post will contain a giveaway link, spoiler-free review of the book and details about the author.

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Book & Author Details:

The Wolf Mirror
by Caroline Healy
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33521164-the-wolf-mirror

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1680464272/
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wolf-mirror-caroline-healy/1125581575?ean=9781680464276
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-wolf-mirror/id1200276169?mt=11
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-wolf-mirror

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AUTHOR BIO:
Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art.

In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice

Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water.

She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woollies.

(More details can be found on her website http://www.carolinehealy.com)

Author links:
http://www.carolinehealy.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8009261.Caroline_Healy

https://www.facebook.com/carolinehealy.fiction

My Review: The Wolf Mirror is a book that features time travel when modern day Cassie gets switched into the 1700s while her ancestor who shares the same name arrives in the modern day. Both of them are confused, and it’s all thanks to a thunderstorm and a mirror found in the east wing of the manor. Both Cassies have to navigate through their new surroundings as well as try to get back to their worlds before it’s too late.

I found this to be a thrilling read, I love books with time travel particularly if it is a YA book. I found present day Cassie’s sarcasm and attitude to be amusing through but also loved the surroundings in the 1700s. The book was a quick read, my only wish is that it could have been longer. The cover is what drew me into requesting The Wolf Mirror for the tour, the flip side reflection of both Cassies was creative. I gave this 4 stars and would happily read it again in the future.

Giveaway: Enter here at this link- http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251231680/
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
$25 Amazon gift card

To celebrate this blog tour, there is a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card to the value of $25 to spend on whatever you like. This giveaway is open internationally and will close on April 6th 2017.

Thanks so much to Caroline and Xpresso for letting me be a part of the tour. Don’t forget to stop by all of the other blogs taking part in the tour and read what they had to say about The Wolf Mirror. See you all soon.

Alice x

Regarding My Absence.

Hello everyone,

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting very much lately and I’m here to tell you why. Offline, there were circumstances that did arise out of my control that I had to deal with. I will not be sharing what happened because that will stay private with me.

I’ve been missing you guys a lot and I know Camp Nanowrimo is coming up in April so let me know if you are doing that!

I have not been reading very much either, I just haven’t felt motivated to read at all since the events that happened in London on Wednesday which I found very upsetting. 

This is not the first time that I have stopped updating for a while which has got me thinking about the future of this blog and maybe if it would be to take this blog down and stick to Goodreads. Let me know your thoughts on this.

Have a good day, see you all soon.

Alice x

Blog Tour: The Mercury Travel Club.

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Welcome aboard everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today during the most depressing of British weathers. My internet has been playing up all day hence why this post is going up late but I was invited to be part of the tour for The Mercury Travel Club by the publishers Red Door so for taking part, I was sent a physical ARC to read and review. I hope that you enjoy this post and don’t forget to stop by all of the other blogs listed above and see their posts on the book too!

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Blurb:

‘Hi, I’m Angela. My husband ran off with the caterer we hired for our daughter’s graduation party – pleased to meet you.’

Meet Angie Shepherd who, after 24 years and 11 months of marriage, finds herself divorced and driven by friends and family to move on. From hangover to makeover, Angie steps firmly away from the sensible knitwear, and launches into every adventure on offer – from baking classes and book groups, to speed dating, and even ‘The Granny-Okes’, a 1980s tribute act and YouTube sensation.

But Angie needs more than a bar of galaxy and a night in with Murder She Wrote… what she dreams of is entrepreneurial success. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, the light bulb moment happens: it’s time to take the plunge and invest her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, an exciting new business venture. But as the Travel Club gets going, things never go according to plan, and in this digital age a little chaos brings the fame she’s been looking for.

Set in present-day Manchester, this classic mid-life journey features the 1980s soundtrack from Angie’s youth, and sees her travel the world whilst coping with life after the Ex. Angie’s journey is the catalyst her friends need to examine their own lives; as they start to find their true callings, will Angie find hers? Witty, entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, this feel-good debut novel shows it’s never too late for a second.

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About the author:

Helen currently resides in Manchester, England where she lives with her husband and Angus the Labrador. The idea for the book came from a new year resolution to write a book and then give it to others as a Christmas present. The Mercury Travel Club is her debut novel. You can read more about Helen on her official website here: https://helenbridgett.com or follow her Twitter @Helen_Bridgett.

My Review:

The Mercury Travel Club definitely gave me some Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging vibes. Both books are great for sitting back, relaxing and having a laugh. The number of mishaps that happen in The Mercury Travel Club was humorous to witness as Angie deals with a divorce after just under 25 years of marriage. 

Her best friend Patty decides to switch things up introducing a YouTube act The Granny-Okes singing classic versions of 80s songs and giving Angie a starring role. The story follows the Travel Club business offering cruises and holidays to customers as well as the people who work there. My favourite part was when Angie was giving a talk at the WI about the club and the scene that goes down with Amanda (Angie’s ex-husbands new girlfriend).

I have not read many books set in Manchester before so it was refreshing to see somewhere new for a change.

If you are looking for perfect book to showcase laughter, love and music, pick this one up.

Overall star rating: 4/5 stars.

A big thanks to Helen and the team at Red Door Publishing for the tour opportunity. 

See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x 

#MentalHealthMonday- Building Up Friendships with an Anxiety Disorder.

Hello everyone, I do apologize for my inactivity here. I felt like I needed to have a bit of a breather from blogging to finish off some other things happening offline but I’m back with another Mental Health Monday post which is to concern with making friends with others whilst having to deal with an Anxiety disorder.

Being social is definitely not my strong suit. Having speech therapy from a young age was meant to help me communicate better with others and lead an active life filled with friends and going out to lots of different places. It didn’t help much. When I discovered writing, I felt alive. Finally I could speak and express myself without opening my mouth. But to some teachers at school, that was a problem. I needed to talk to others.

I remember one time when I was 11 and seeing a group of students at my old school sitting on a picnic bench and noticing me standing alone in the corner by a building. One of them yelled, “Hey, come and sit with us.” But I didn’t know who they were and they looked way out of my league so I said politely, “No thank you.” And I walked off towards somewhere quiet to sit down. After that, I was told off by a teacher for not spending time with them. And this is where today comes in.

Personally, I feel that you shouldn’t be forced into sitting down and talking to people that make you feel uncomfortable or not be put on the spot like that. Being told off wasn’t really the best outcome either. This event happened long before my Anxiety disorder diagnosis but for me, I don’t regret sitting down with these group of people.

The same thing happened at College in my first year, I was being introduced to groups of other students who I simply didn’t want to talk to either because I found them too intimating or they simply didn’t want to talk to me because of a lack of interests.

What I will say is that I do have some very close friends now which is great but it took me a long time to find the people I truly did want to build friendships with. My tips for this post are:

  1. Find people with similar interests to you which can build a better connection.
  2. Don’t be forced on the spot to talk to someone, always speak up if you find this uncomfortable, be truthful.
  3. If your Anxiety is telling you that a person is sending off some bad vibes, listen to it and walk away.
  4. Do not beat yourself up if you don’t get friends quickly. Keep looking and stay yourself.
  5. If you haven’t been diagnosed with an Anxiety disorder and you do feel nervous/unwell about being around other people, go to your GP or speak to a councillor about it. The sooner, the better.

That’s it for today’s post, see you all on Monday for the next mental health update. If you have any tips/stories that you would like to share, post them in the comments section. Love to hear from you.

Next week’s post: Travelling Out With Anxiety.

Alice x

#MentalHealthMonday: How I Cope With Changing Timetables.

Hello everyone! This post will be going live on Tuesday 7th (even though it says Monday in the title) because I had the Celtic Fire Blog Tour so I wanted to push the post back. But starting this week on my blog, there are going to be three new series of posts going up and here they are:

Mental Health Monday- Where I talk about my Anxiety disorder and general health.

Writing Wednesday- Where I post snippets of Creative Writing and talk about my writing projects.

Fun Friday- Where I do a round-up of all the books read over the previous week with full spoiler-free reviews of each book.

Sounds fun? I hope you like this new approach since personally, changing my blogging habits hopefully will motivate me to update more.

So, for post 1 of Mental Health Monday, I’m going to be taking about time and when planned activities change including the results of my Anxiety in the ways I react to that. 

Since Primary School, I’ve always hated being allocated timetables and then when we were meant to be doing Maths for example, we would end up doing Art and that always used to unsettle me.

Since leaving education, the biggest change was having no timetable and so far, some days have been rough, others more productive. It really depends on general mindset and passion. On my return to classes this September, I will be back to a timetable again and it’s the adjusting part that scares me a little.

What I am planning to do to help me cope when I return to College are these five things:

  1. Make sure I get a copy of my timetable early in advance so that I see what it looks like and how I can plan transport and what to do during breaks.
  2. Get back into the habit of waking up and going to bed at a set time so that I’m not tired throughout the day.
  3. Be honest about my feelings to members of staff if I feel uncomfortable (the College already know about my Anxiety disorder).
  4. If things do change, ask a close friend to sit close to me in class so that I don’t have a panic attack.
  5. Stay focused on the work at hand and wear a big smile on my face. 

Being honest right now and saying here that my Anxiety in situations like this one isn’t as bad as it used to be however depending on my moods, there is a time where I do feel extra fragile and need to be careful when facing change.

Going back to College may look daunting but for me, I chose to go back because I’m passionate about the subjects on offer and am looking forward towards future years at University rather than dwelling on getting through the present day. This is what keeps me going.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if these tips helped you and if you struggle with unexpected changes just like this. 

Next week’s topic: Building up friendships with an Anxiety disorder.

Alice x