My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My Sister's BonesMy Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an incredible book. It has so many twists and turns that you will get travel sick. The writing style is mature yet incredibly easy to read. It captivated me from the very first page.

I won’t give away any plot details from this book because I wouldn’t want to spoil it, however, I do urge you to read it.

To my shock, I read the first part of the book and found it set in my town, Herne Bay, in Kent. Initially, I laughed at the way the sleepy seaside town was portrayed to be sinister as my experiences are of a rather boring and pretty town. I did eventually start to see the place through the lens of the author and appreciate the danger she was showing. That is the sign of a great author!

Read this book, you won’t regret it.

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Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

UndertowUndertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Undertow is a classic thriller book. Full of intrigue and tension, it will provide an addictive distraction from daily life.

Pros –
Easy to read yet engaging writing style
Distinctive setting
Interesting plot
Just the right amount of tension to keep you hooked

Cons –
I found the pacing slightly too slow towards the second half of the book, it then jumped through the ending very quickly

All in all, I would recommend this book wholeheartedly.

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This is Why Character Development Takes So Long to Master

This is a brilliant piece about character development. It helped me realise how tough the task of writing truly is, but I’ve finished reading it excited and ready to dive head first into the challenge. I hope you find it helpful too.

A Writer's Path

by Meg Dowell

On a page, you are in control of time. Outside of it, you aren’t.

I have read and experienced many fascinating stories in my lifetime.

I have also experienced many poorly executed stories.

The deal breaker for me are a story’s characters. If, by the climax of a story, I do not care what happens to them, if I am not devastated by the possibility of an imaginary person failing or dying, then I cannot in good conscience call it a good story.

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Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

How exciting! I’ve been awarded for a Mystery Blogger Award, quite what for, is a mystery to me I have to admit, but I love it anyway. Thank you Rosemarie Cawkwell for your kind nomination, you’ve made my day. Thank you also Okoto Enigma for creating this award.

Award Rules

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.
  • Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written.

Three Things About Myself

  1. Once, on an aeroplane to Spain I read all of the three novels I’d bought at WHS Smiths that were supposed to last me the week.
  2. As a child my favourite game was “libraries” where I laid all my books out on the bed and my poor Mum used to have to chose to borrow them and pay imaginary late fines.
  3. As a baby my parents would pop me a cardboard box (too young to sit up yet) and give me a picture book – I’d be happy for hours. I was a book geek from the get go!

Five Questions from Rosemarie Cawkwell

  • When did you start writing?

I started writing my current WIP in August 2016 but have written a diary most of my life (I think that’s helped me get into the swing of novel writing oddly enough).

  • Pluto: Planet or not?

Poor Pluto – planet all the way, even if he’s not, just not to hurt his feelings.

  • Favourite place to write?

At my husband’s desk before he wakes up. I then sneak all his papers back in place so he doesn’t notice I’ve been there!

  • Pen or word processor for the first draft?

I would be lost without my word processor. I’m in awe of those who write their first drafts on paper.

  • If you were a mythical creature, what would you be?

I would be a mermaid, because how cool would it be to breathe underwater?!


There are so many blogs that have helped me on my writing journey, here are ten of the top blogs that inspire me.

Rachel Poli



Inky Pen

How not to Writte

Alvarado Frazier



Nerdy and Wordy

15th & Oxford

My Five Questions

  1. Kindle or Paperback?
  2. Milk chocolate or Dark Chocolate?
  3. Funniest typo ever found in a WIP?
  4. Which famous Author would you like to meet (dead or alive)?
  5. Top piece of advice for aspiring authors?

My best Post

I’m not sure if this is my best post, or simply my most honest. Either way I am proud of putting out there What I Hate about Writing. I hope it encourages other writers to carry on when it gets hard.

Thank you so much for reading, and for the nomination Rosemarie 🙂 you’ve made my day!

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Adjectives in Fiction

Good morning! Happy Friday! For those of you who work a Mon – Fri office day like me, welcome to the best day of the week. Why not take a little time to join in on the Grammar BootCamp? Last week we learnt all about nouns, and the week before it was verbs, so no prizes for guessing that this week we are looking at adjectives.

Let’s start with a basic definition of an adjective so we can start afresh in our understanding –

An adjective is a word naming an attribute of a noun

Easy-peasy right? Instead of simply have a burger we now have a tasty burger. Instead of having a handbag we have a luxury handbag.

Let’s have a look at a sentence without adjectives and then a sentence without them, shall we? Here’s a bit of my current WIP without adjectives-

Walls surrounded me, carefully stacked spice bottles by the oven to my left, mugs hang from the wall above the kettle. 

Here it is with adjectives –

Yellow walls surrounded me, carefully stacked spice bottles by the oven to my left, blue spotted mugs hang from the wall above the kettle. 

Stories come to life when we add the little details that adjectives bring. We can write a story that makes perfect sense, and that is full of action, but without adjectives, the prose would be dull and utterly boring. 


Editing Tip Tuesday. On Tuesday for a Change

Stacey Wilk - Author

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Is setting a character in your story? It should be. Setting flushes out the story. It grounds us in the moment. We want to see, hear, and smell what the character does. Don’t try to be suspenseful with your setting. You won’t draw your reader in by making them wonder where the character is. Unless we’re two-thirds into a thriller novel and our heroine wakes up knowing nothing except she’s encased in a dark space that smells like freshly cut pine.

Showing setting through your character’s eyes tells us about the character. Setting can show pain, discomfort, nostalgia, joy, familiarity. Every character in the story should see the setting differently. Think about it. Do you see the world exactly the same way your best friend does? I see a tent pitched in the middle of the woods as a torture treatment and an opportunity…

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On packing for a novel

I am away in Romania at the moment and so when I came across this post I found it very interesting! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did

Words and Fictions

Although I love trips away and I’ve chosen to be a writer, packing a case and planning a novel both fill me with dread. But I’m not one to waste a good analogy.

I don’t know what to include. I’m worried I may end up marooned without something crucial, or humping around a dead weight of miscellaneous junk. Will my choices complement each other, or will they be out of place and pointless? What mood will I be in – light, careless, stressed, excited, energetic? hat-and-umbrella-2Will I stride up mountains and pen epic passages? If so I’d better take my strongest boots and most heroic thoughts. Or will I get stuck at some bureaucratic roadblock, with no way through from one chapter to the next without endless examination of my narrator’s identity and reasons for passing through? Will my inner critic let me vault such hurdles, only to shrug her shoulders and say, I’m lost?

For realism and to set the…

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