Writing Goal #2

2. Re-work Lottie alongside Tabitha edits (Tabitha is a spin-off of Lottie).

I said this the other week, but I will say it again, I have decided to shelve my first book Lottie. I've always said that it's the book I wrote to learn how to write a book and I know it's not good enough for publication without a lot of revising.

I love a lot of it - there are some *brilliant* bits in it - but it needs more work than I can give it at the moment. Even if it never sees the shelves, my fourth book is a spin-off from it and I know that *will* be published. 
So, as far as this goal goes, this one is done and dusted. Sometimes you just have to take that decision, even if you wish you could have done things differently, but this frees me up to work on book 5 which I'm very excited about!

2010 Writing Goal #7

7. Write chick-lit book #5 - possibly TROG #2.

I honestly thought the sequel to TROG would be chick-lit book #5, but a character called Emily Baxter popped into my head yesterday and I couldn't resist sketching out the specifics of 'Impossibly Emily'.

Emily is a thirty-something with her own radio show on Radio Pengwern, Shrewsbury's number one radio station. She's addicted to Adam Ant and dreams of the day she'll meet her dandy Prince Charming ... despite dating the rather nice, but boring Chester. But, when her radio show gets a new sponsor and Emily has to publically support a venture she detests, her private life takes a turn she never expected ...

Beautiful Blogger Award

I'm rather late in doing this, but better late than never! Sammy tagged me for the Beautiful Blogger Award, so I have to share seven things about me. As I have travel on my mind at the moment, I'm going to make these seven things travel-related!

Feel free to do this if you want - you're all Beautiful Bloggers. {^_^}

1. I practically lived in France as a child - it felt like it anyway - and that means I'm very familiar with the likes of Astérix, Obélix and Tintin. You can forget EuroDisney - though I have been there a billion times - Parc Astérix is the place to go. Those who have read TROG might recall that Arielle's best friend is nicknamed Obélix... I wonder where that influence came from!

2. My first holiday away with friends was to Cancún, Mexico. As we were there at the end of May/early June it was packed with American students who behaved very rowdy; that made us behave quite contrary at times... when we weren't pretending to be from Alabama, that is! Cancún is lots of fun though we, of course, popped into Yucatán to visit Chichén Itzá:

3. When I was 20 I made my first trip to the Southern Hemisphere. We flew to Natal in Brazil, stayed in Ponta Negra, but also travelled up and down the coast of the state of Rio Grande do Norte. I absolutely fell in love with a place called Pipa: a few weeks after we got back Vanity Fair recommended Pipa as one of *the* hip places to visit. I'm such a trend-setter! We also took a buggy over the Genipabu dunes and had the best Caipirinha EVER in a "bar" located in a river. Amazing trip!

4. In January 2007 I was in the Czech Republic for a week. As a child we only really did France, mainland Spain, the Canaries and the Balearic's, so I was very happy to see some more of Europe. Prague is brilliant, even though it was FREEZING with proper snow when we were there - none of this UK "snow" malarkey.

5. Between finishing my final exams and graduation week, I spent two weeks in the Dominican Republic. We were supposed to go to Venezuela, but political riots broke out and, so, we didn't go there. 

6. Last year I visited three new countries: Egypt, Jordan and Turkey. As a child I wanted to be an Egyptologist, though I didn't go and see the pyramids. We went to the Gulf of Aqaba instead. I absolutely fell in love with Jordan, but I'm not a fan of Turkey. You can read more about those trips here, here and here!

7. I'll hopefully be heading to California in May/June, but I *really* want to go to Argentina and South Africa. I've never been to South Africa, yet Geli is partially set there so it feels like I have! You can keep Cape Town though, Geli's heart belongs to Durban. {^_^} x

Sixteen days without...

I hope you're all sitting down. That's because I have an announcement:

It has been sixteen days since I last finished reading a book.


What can I say, I've just been very busy with that crazy thing called life: Manchester, the penthouse, and the girls get a big shout-out for the weekend's fun, fabbity times {^_^}

But, I've also been busy writing away - 2009 was the year of reading books. 2010 is the year of writing them - and I've made some plans for what I'm up to this month writing-wise.

I've decided to shelve my first book Lottie. I've always said that it's the book I wrote to learn how to write a book and I know it's not good enough for publication without a lot of revising. I love a lot of it - there are some *brilliant* bits in it - but it needs more work than I can give it at the moment. Even if it never sees the shelves, my fourth book is a spin-off from it and I know that *will* be published. So, Tabitha is my main priority at the moment, plus I also need to write my short story for The Bristol Short Story Prize.

That's me, but what has everyone else got planned for this month? Hope there's something fun in your plans! Also, does anyone want to take a guess at how many books they think I'll read this month? I bet I won't reach my quota of 12 books! xoxo

The Winners! Book Giveaway

It's time to announce the winners of my first ever book giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered and spread the word - make sure you keep an eye out for further book giveaways on here in the future.

First up, Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever goes to:


And Phillipa Ashley's Just Say Yes goes to:


Congratulations you two!! I'll be popping your books in the post once I have your contact details! {^_^}


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