It’s been a while since I posted. Why? I couldn’t tell you. I finished the second round of edits of The Doors and sent that back. Other than that I have been working all hours under the sun while trying to look after my house and deal with some big family issues I have going on. It’s had me pretty stressed and worried.

But, things are looking up. We’re taking a few positive steps today regarding the family issue so that’s a little better. I am full of ill which isn’t great but hey, it happens more in times of stress because other than that I tend to have quite a healthy immune system.

I’m hopefully going to get the novel back within the next few days ready for a final, third edit before it’s polished and ready for publishing. You know, I almost doubled the word count in the last two edits. Doubled! The story is still the same, essentially, but there has been a hell of a lot of development with it. I can hardly believe it myself.

And all the while I find that now when I’m reading I’m picking up on things more, rewriting lines in my head, working out how I would have done it. It means that now when I’m thinking about writing, I’m really considering things I wouldn’t have before including structure and detail. I think that just shows how much I’m growing as a writer.

As most of you know, Nano is coming up in November. That crazy months where thousands of people test their endurance and creativity and knock out a novel in a month. This will be my fourth year of taking part and you know what, I can’t wait. It’s like an addiction. I have some vague ideas of what I’m going to do but using October as a month of prepping means I’ll get my ideas in order ready for the go on the 1st November. I’m also going to try and write an edit plan so that I can go back to my novel and really work on it, ready it for submission and then send it off. I owe it to myself to keep this up now!

I just finished reading the last book in the Experiment in Terror series. Wow, what an ending. I won’t spoil it in case any of you want to read it but it was the perfect conclusion and though I’m going to miss the duo of Perry and Dex, I know Karina Halle is a fantastic author with a lot to give.

After finishing that I’ve starting reading Finding the Way Back by Jill Bisker. It’s been a great read so far and I’m sucked right in! Check it out at:

http://www.melange-books.com/authors/jillbisker/findingthewayback.html

TLC?

Today is a little bit of a write off. I’m ill again for about the millionth time in three months. Honestly, it feels like I’ve been ill since the new year with cold after flu after chest infection. This one is the latter and it’s left me feeling a little low and frankly, feeling sorry for myself! I guess that’s okay now and again, right?

Never mind though, going for a little TLC tomorrow at a spa day with my sister so hopefully that should restore a balance in my body and ease harmony back into my life… or something like that!

In other news, I finished reading Donners of the Dead. I absolutely loved it. I love the way Halle brings her characters to life, really giving them personality and making the reader fret for them throughout the story. Pine Nut (cutely named by the arrogant Jake McGraw) is a very loveable character. She’s not only feisty but she’s willing to admit when she’s wrong and she’s not afraid to give things a go. I would definitely recommend reading this.

I’ve started reading a novel that is due for release later in March for the author. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some insight and ask some brilliant questions after reading that will be worthy of an interview. Watch this space!

Experiment in Terror

Ever heard of this? You may think it’s some sort of movie or TV series but it’s not. It’s actually a book series by the wonderful Karina Halle. She write about Dex and Perry and their meeting, their tumultuous relationship over the period of several months and the adventures they have while ghost hunting.

I have to say, this is one of my favourite book series. The relationship between Dex and Perry is what has kept bringing me back for more. I can feel the electricity sparking between them whenever they’re together and whether it’s just in their thoughts or their actions or words, I prayed for them to be together. As a reader I could see they would be perfect for each other. I’m not going to go into too much detail in case you decide to read them however! Each book focuses on a different ghost hunt they do and revolves around trying to catch footage for their online web show called Experiment in Terror. Both Dex and Perry had an inclination towards things of a different world and that soon comes to light when they begin working together. I would recommend all of these books as brilliant reads! I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment, Dust to Dust, which is due for release in July 2014.

I finished reading The Dollhouse this morning so I started another one of Karina Halle’s novels, Donners of the Dead. It’s a very new book out and it’s based on the Donner party in 1846 who set out in a wagon train, only a severe snow storm halts their progress and in the end, some of them have to resort to cannibalism to survive. Sounds gruesome. I think Karina is making it even more so as her novels promises zombies in the marking. I’m about quarter of the way through now and I’m already hooked and wanting more. Her characters are very likeable and show a lot of promise. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen to them!