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Friday, 27 June 2014

Book 2 Update

Hiya everyone time for an update.

I have finally managed to crack on with the sequel to The Awakening.

I seemed to get stuck on 50955 words and didn't seem to have the time or motivation.

We are in the process of selling our house so spent 4-5 weeks house hunting. This combined with my day job and two children meant not much writing got done. However I have managed to get loads done in the last 2 weeks and typed the end on Wednesday.

The finished draft is 67000 words and I'm really happy with it.  I have gone through the draft once and removed obvious errors and separated it into chapters using natural breaks.  I think a couple of the chapters maybe too long so I might need to jiggle this a bit.

The draft has been sent to 4 beta readers who will let me know what they think. I'm hoping they will like the new characters,storyline and most importantly the end which I love.

Once I have received their feedback I will make any changes required and it will then need proofreading and a new book cover made.

I am going to have July off and hope to have all the replies back in August. It will depend when my house sale goes through as to when I'll be able to make the changes as we expect this to be in August but have no date yet.

I feel so happy to have finished it as it had been at the back of my mind for weeks.

Take care everyone and have a fab weekend.  I'm going to wait with baited breath for the replies. Eek! hope they like it.

Emma xxx

Monday, 16 June 2014

Welcome to Melissa Holden-Searching for Katherine is out 1st July

Welcome to Melissa who's new book is out 1st July. Please check out her blog & twitter for more information, reviews and blog tour dates.
 





“Searching for Katherine” is the new fiction novel by Melissa Holden.

Release Date:
July 1st 2014 on Amazon Kindle
 
Book Description:
Jennifer and Katherine are living the typical post-university life, drinking lots of tea and going clubbing. But when Katherine is kidnapped in a night club, Jennifer’s whole world is turned upside down.
Could her luck finally have changed for the better when Marcus enters her life, or is it about to get a whole lot worse?

Author’s Note:

I loved writing this novel; it was gripping (even for me). It was also a personal challenge as it’s the longest book I’ve ever written. I look forward to my readers thoughts.




Other works by Melissa are: The Snow Killer, From Me,With Love, The Little Things: A Book of Haikus and 52 Writing Prompts. These are available to buy on Amazon.co.uk




If you would like to contact Melissa Holden’s you can find her on loads of sites the links are below.  Please pop along and say hi! -


 
 

Friday, 6 June 2014

Welcome to Hazel Robinson author of Something Missing

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Welcome to Hazel who published her first book Something Missing on the 1st May 2014.
 
 
SYNOPSIS: When Susan is left orphaned, she begins a harrowing journey through the care system. Left with both mental and physical scars, Susan approaches adulthood with a self-destructive impulse. However, there is hope in the figure of her childhood friend, Max; the first boy she ever  kissed.  

Now a grown woman, Susan returns to her childhood home of Winchelsea, where she hopes she will find the answer to the gap in her heart that she’s carried with her since she left. With Max by her side, she attempts to find the path her life should have taken, to build a home, to heal old wounds, and to finally create a family that will stop the terrible feeling of something missing.
But Max has a secret, one that risks destroying all hope of a happy ever after, unless they can find a way to heal one another.

The book is available as ebook and paperback and is available from Amazon.

Author Bio: I've always had a passion for reading but over the last several years it has become an obsession, a few months ago I decided to put fingers to keys to keyboard (or pen to paper!) and write "Something Missing" a story I’ve had hidden away in the back of my mind for a long time. 

Hazel lives in the small town of Rishton in Lancashire. England, with her husband, three children, two cats, dog, rabbit and lizard. She fills her days dashing between school runs, pets and housework and at night she comes to life either writing or watching her favourite program ‘Supernatural’ (yes she is Supernatural obsessed)

Her road to writing started with a love for paranormal romance novels, and after finding a passion for tragic romance she set out on the mission to share her own story. After long nights writing and a lot of ‘Supernatural’ episodes she is finally ready to share ‘Something Missing’. Hazel loves nothing better than sitting with a cup of tea, a chocolate biscuit and a good book.
 
If you would like to contact Hazel you can find her at the following links-
Hazel Robinson at h.f.robinsonbooks@gmail.com
 
If you would like to purchase Something Missing the purchase links are below -  
 
Here is one of Hazel's favourite scenes from Something Missing -

Max cautiously strode forward, smiling when he saw that she was wrapped up in
his hoodie. His smile quickly shifted to concern. His true love now looked frail,
skinny and very tired. His eyes roamed over her baby bump and he felt his heart hurt.
He had missed touching her so much. Her eyes were brimming with tears. He held
out his hand to touch her, but she shifted back from him like a timid animal. The
room was silent. He cleared his throat… it’s now or never
 
Below are a couple of teaser pictures from Hazel I love the black & white shot -
 

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Back to Books!!! What I've been reading, buying & liking.

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1. My most recent book purchase was Amy Bird Yours is Mine which was a bargain 99p.  It is currently still this price for eBook on Amazon (I checked today 5 June 2014).





2. I mostly read e-books.  I have had a Kindle Fire for approx. 18 months and have only purchased one paperback since then for myself.  I have bought several for my children as I firmly believe paperback books are brilliant for children.  My daughter is fast becoming a book addict like her mum.


3. I have loved meeting new authors and bloggers on Twitter since I self published my own book.  I have discovered several new authors this way and purchased books via blog tours I wouldn't have known about.

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4. The book I'm currently reading is Irish Girls on Holiday by Marisa Mackle, Michelle Jackson and Niamh Greene. It is a collection of short holiday based stories. It is light-hearted fun and as they are short stories can be read easily if short on time.



                   
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5. I love book shops although I rarely buy paperbacks anymore.  I still love the smell and feel of a book shop.  I recently visited my local Waterstones and bought a book for each of my children. My son has Pirates Love Underpants and my daughter has another Daisy book. She loves them and I can thoroughly recommend for a 7 year old.
 

Product Details6. The book I have just finished is The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. I thought it was a good end to the trilogy and tied up a lot of loose ends.  I loved the character of Jackal and was happy with the outcome to Kanin who is another brilliant character. I don't want to reveal too much but Allie/Zeke was a little to cliqued for me and stops it being a 5 star read.
7. I have several unread books on my Kindle (about 25) but still buy more!!! I really need to reduce my list ha ha!
 
 
8. I always finish books but have recently struggled with Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse.  I made it to 32% but have now abandoned it. I will go back to it at a later date.  It has good reviews so maybe I was just not in the mood for it.  I found it incredibly slow but hope it will pick up.
 
 

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