Good News

Hey,

So I started this blog to log my journey from starting a story about a year ago to publication. I’ve had some good news though : )

I applied for Womentoring a while back as I am sure some of you know, and I have been accepted! By an amazing author called Rachel Burton. So yesterday after ALOT of stressing I wrote a synopsis, trying to take Angela Clarkes advice and sent everything I have so far to Rachel.

I am pretty much shitting it! I am so scared she is going to be like this is rubbish, the 500 words I read originally doesn’t match up to the rest of this work!

My SIL read it before it was submitted it and she enjoyed it! But she could only critique the first two chapters and she made some suggestions. It is so hard though because she suggested some of the stuff that I had taken out from Scribophile. So by the time I submitted it I was mega stressed out!!!!!!

So I guess I am one step closer to publication! FUCK!

I have decided that I won’t do any writing on my story, till I hear back from Rachel.

I have also booked my next insurance exam for next Wednesday! So I guess I can go back to stressing about that now! : )

 

 

 

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Flash Fiction – Sandwiches with Love

Sandwiches with Love

Making the sandwiches before I go to bed is a tedious job, the hubby wants egg while the children want Jam, but they had Jam yesterday!

I really want to go to bed, I want snuggle up and sleep, not be stood here making sandwiches!

Pulling the slices out I remember to open them like a book, so they fit together! Why does it matter if their sandwiches aren’t symmetrical? Who checks their sandwiches? Other than hubby of course!

“Who made a bloody whole in the bread” I snap!

Until I notice the silent thank you and sign of love.

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Photo courtesy of Kelvin M. Knight

 

It’s Friday fictioner’s time again, though this is written from my POV I often wonder what my hubby things about in an evening when he makes our packing ups! Especially now he has to make three sets and not two!

This was written as part of Friday Ficioners a weekly 100 word flash fiction challenge. That is hosted by Rochelle, so make sure you check out the other blogs.

 

 

Book Review – Trust Me

Trust Me (Social Media Murders, #3)Trust Me by Angela Clarke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trust Me, having read both Follow me and Watch me and being a massive fan of Angela’s I had high hopes for this book.

The Gremlin task force are investigating the Spice Road gangs, which Freddie has been incidental in investigating with her online investigations. When Kate comes to her having seen a girl raped and killed on by watching a live stream, Freddie is automatically drawn to the investigation. Once it gains media attention more people come forward having watched the live stream and an investigation begins.

We are reminded that, police forces don’t just investigate one crime at a time, as the main story is interlinked with the hunt for Paul and Amber Robertson.

The Gremlin team of course is back, Nas is still hung up on her one night stand Burgone, Saunders is as difficult as ever! Chips and Green are there to provide more depth to the story and personal relationship and don’t forget Freddie!

I felt that this story had many avenues that weren’t explored such as the MPs story line which seemed to of been thrown in for good measure. Maybe he will appear again in one of Angela’s future novels.

After taking time to reflect on this novel, I have been torn between 4 or 5 stars.

Purely on the “ride” this book gave me I will be rewarding it 5 stars.

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IWSG – 6th September 2017

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in?

 

Hi Guys,

I really don’t know how these days keep sneaking up on me!

In answer to this months question, I think I have surprised myself by the fact people like my writing! People have even said that it’s good! Pretty surprising to me!I still find it hard to believe them!!!! Think that is what makes me Insecure, I also worry about meeting real authors! I just don’t have the confidence anymore!

I have only ever written in one genre, so I can’t really comment on that one.

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Insecure writer’s support group, are a group of people who come together once a month to share their insecurities! This is hosted my Alex ans we blog hoop to support other writers.

I am still plodding along, with my writing I have now brought two new books in hope they will help with my writing! Dazzling Dialogue and The Emotion Thesaurus! So who knows!

The kids have gone back to school, so who knows how much time I will gain to work on something!

The Climb – Friday Fictioners

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bulltot

The Climb

“Are we nearly at the top yet?” my son asked

“Thought you said you’d race dad to the top?.”

We were climbing to the top of a big hill in search of some ancient ruins, the more steps we climbed, the more unsteady I felt, wondering if my legs would give way and I’d fall flat on my face.

“Take your hands out your pockets, you’ll be more centred” daddy shouted from ahead.

They had promised tea and cake when we returned to the car, though right now we weren’t even half way up! No chance of cake anytime soon.

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Thanks as always to Rochelle, who run and organises Friday Fictioner’s, where we write something in 100 based on a picture prompt.

This weeks piece is based on two events in my life which have involved climbing HUGE hills to look at ruins! More recently in Burnham on Sea and in the past at Tintagel

Friday Fictioners – Young Love

Young Love

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My boyfriend phoned and told me he had a surprise for me, and to come round at dusk.

As my mum drove, clearly in on the surprise, I was full of excitement and nerves, having already spent the afternoon worrying about what it could be.

He took my hand and led me blindfolded to the back of his house and what greeted me took my breath away.

It was magical with all the pretty lights; he’d set up a table where we could enjoy a romantic meal of sandwiches, crisps and cake, that he had prepared early with his mum.

Written as part of Friday Fictioners, which is kindly run by RochelleRochelle. She posts a picture every week and in response us Friday Fictioners write a 100 word flash fiction.

Common in and join us one week!

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I am still as ever concentrating on my story, still using the online critique group, we are getting closer and closer to the part where I haven’t written anything. As works slows I have been writing stuff instead of working..

 

 

Book Review – The Detriment

THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) (DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JAKE FLANNAGAN SERIES)THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) by David Videcette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, where do I even start!?

I had a particularly long train journey to take at the weekend, so decided to take my Kindle along for the ride. Well, David Videcette’s The Detriment was the reason I didn’t want to communicate with my family or get off the train in London.

The book starts, as always with our favourite detective Jake Flannigan, who is being punished for issues that happened in the previous book The Theseus Paradox. Don’t panic though, this story isn’t going to be all about life working from your desk, as Jake can’t ignore a potential terrorist attack and throws himself into defusing a potential car bomb. This more or less ends up with him in more trouble and sent to see Occupational health!

When I started reading this book, I was a bit concerned as I didn’t have prior knowledge of the car bombs or much knowledge of the car that drove into Glasgow airport. Compared to what I thought I knew about 7/7, but I need not panic, as there is much more to this story than those two incidents.

David has successfully managed to write something, that isn’t totally focused on a terror attack and has more depth than just the attempted attack.

Claire is of course back, and there is much more to her than we possibly realised from The Theseus Paradox, but those of us that hoped this story would start with them meeting up for a cream tea in Devon, will be sorely disappointed. As she continues to lead Jake astray and into more trouble than he could possibly navigate out of.

The ex-wife Stephanie is also back, and though we don’t know the ins and outs of their relationship prior to the books, it is nice to know that Jake is the kind of man, that will still drop everything for her, to come to her rescue. Even if one good deed, still had consequences, but some of the detail about their relationship I could really feel and understand. Especially when Jake and her hug and the power of that moment, fingers crossed that book three gives us more and even a reconciliation.

Detective Lenny, who really needs to take a holiday away from Jake! Adds depth to this story as a kind of partner to Jake, who goes along with Jake’s hair brain plans, giving us a sense (we hope) that someone thinks Jake is doing the right thing, so it will all work out okay in the end. Honest!
This book also addresses some of Jake’s issues with alcohol and sex, drugs and rock and roll which are cleverly brought to light using the occupational health doctor, showing us that all those years on the front line have had lasting effects on our hero. Like any other addict, he still manages to slip off the bandwagon at least one or is that twice?

The wtf comes as always at the end, and how Jake manages to cleverly get himself out of the mess he has once again found himself in.

The shocker also comes from reading the fact file at the end, as to how everything links together. David’s books are fast becoming as loved as J M Hewitt’s books. Though you may not realise it or even believe at the time, his stories are based on real life events and it’s not just a clever marketing ploy. Clearly, having taken a hell of a lot of research to connect the dots in such an engaging way.

Though I look forward to David’s next outing, I am afraid of what he might uncover next and whether we need to be calling Mulder and Scully?

*I am also glad he is now writing books I can spell, shame about his name though ; )

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