|It’s been a hectic few weeks, but really good hectic, you know?
I finally finished an epic project for my Open University degree (in Psychology and Criminology) that seemed to take forever. I have two more assignments and one exam then from June 10th, after 5 long years, I will have completed my degree! Without doubt one of the hardest things on my bucket list!
So for the next 2 months, I will be completely focusing on my degree so as not to mess it up. It’s so difficult to leave my book alone (more on that) but I’ve realised I find it hard to move from academic/analytical side of my brain to creative. If anybody can do it, I’m in awe of them!
In February, we went to Edinburgh and the castle itself was on my bucket list. Wow! I know I sound old, but you really get value for money when you visit it. It’s the sort of place that when you think you’ve seen everything, there’s another museum or part of the castle that you’ve missed. Well worth a visit, but like everybody says (and they are right) you need at least 3 hours to visit it.
This has been on my bucket list since I was in the Royal Navy. I remember when I was on my ship (HMS Norfolk) and I overheard a guy tell somebody about his last deployment and how he’d ‘got Azores’ (meaning he was lucky enough to dock there for a bit). I didn’t even know where the Azores were! But just the name made me curious. It stuck in my head for ages until it came to writing my bucket list.
If you’re not sure, here’s where it is:
In late March we went there and boy am I glad I stayed curious about this magical place. It is stunning. There is a group of islands, and we went to San Miguel. You fly into Ponta Delgada airport and with just a half hour taxi ride, we arrived at our gorgeous hotel Pedras Do Mar Resort and Spa and while we were there, I took my GoPro with me and did a little filming!
Here’s the link to my Azores video! https://youtu.be/Q2LugBlFg4g
This place is truly breathtaking. I recommend you do at least a half day trip visiting the island where you will come across sites like those in the video and this heavenly view (below).
Book ‘Meet Me At 10’ – Out October 10th!!!!!!
While I was in the Azores, my editor sent me my book back and he’s done a fantastic job! It’s been so hard to stay disciplined and to only focus on studying when all I want to do is jump into my book. He has made it slicker and even more professional. There is still some work to do on it; flesh out some characters etc. I am genuinely so excited to do this and whilst I was away, we came up with some awesome extra scenes to display certain characters’ traits. The journey has been amazing for this book, as at each stage, it is really taking shape into being crafted a well written epic novel. I’m so excited!
Other writing stuff….
Travel definitely does me good (in more ways than one) as I came up with another book idea that I’m really excited about! I’ve called it ‘SAFE‘ (that’s it working title) and its completely different from Meet Me At 10, more a psychological/military/spy thriller…so gripping that I couldn’t stop talking about it!
That now makes around 21 books AFTER ‘Meet Me At 10’ that I have strong plot ideas for! Not including the ‘Meet Me At 10’ Screenplay. There’s a lot of work in front of me, but I genuinely can’t wait. Just need to get this damn degree finished! That reminds me, I need to do my next assignment straight after this. 😦
On my Twitter, I get loads of messages off authors who say about writer’s block. I am so lucky that I’ve never experienced it (yet). I have the complete opposite at the moment, so many ideas! Anyway…I wanted to share how I planned out and wrote ‘Meet Me At 10’ and I can honestly say I wouldn’t use another method (unless I find a better way of course) as at no point did I experience Writers Block. The video is by Dustin Lance Black (Oscar winning Screenwriter) but you can use the method in any form of writing. Hope it helps, let me know how you get on. https://youtu.be/vrvawtrRxsw
Been writing more songs lately, one was called ‘We Need To Speak‘ and another ‘Lonely In A Crowded Room‘ but they both go in the mountain of songs waiting to be recorded when I can focus on music. This year is all about my degree, travel and my book!
If you like reading then…Check out these books!
Nadia L King
I’ve known Nadia a while (we met on Instagram I believe) and she has done amazingly well with this book! It’s in libraries and is being bought by people all over the world!
Jenna’s just a teenager who wants to fit in. The popularity that she wanted though, quickly turns into infamy when two “well-meaning” friends spark a controversy that alters her life forever.
What happens when the very group of teens you crave to belong to, end up being responsible for one of the most painful and humiliating events in your life?
Inspired by Amanda Todd’s tragic story of bullying, Jenna’s Truth is more than just teen short story it’s a lesson in empathy, self-awareness, and speaking out about what matters, especially bullying. Jenna’s Truth written by Nadia L King is a gripping story, which explores the themes of cyberbullying, teen drinking, sex, and suicide. Life isn’t black and white, and sometimes teens can be the most insensitive people.
Buy it here.
Follow Nadia on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/nlkingauthor
Diane is a Twitter follower of mine, published by Harper Collins with this gripping psychological thriller.
Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.
‘A scorchingly good thriller’ – Lisa Hall, bestselling author of mega-hit Between You and Me
‘A tantalising and taut thriller with more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Red herrings swim all the way through it. An excellent page turner’ – Sally (Goodreads)
Buy it here:
Follow Diane on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/dianefjeffrey
She is a student from Finland. He is a dashing British Navy Officer. Can their love go the distance?
The first three books in this best-selling tumultuous love story between a beautiful Finnish student and a handsome British Navy Officer are now compiled into one beautiful boxed set!
The Englishman series, a long-distance military romance set in 1980s Finland and Britain is ‘unputdownable’ and a ‘must read’! Based on a true story, these books will make you laugh, cry and lose your sleep while you race to read to the end.
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Did you win Amazon vouchers?
Not sure if you are aware, but as a continued Thank You just for being on my newsletter, I select 2 email addresses at random and send e-gift cards.
This time, a ‘Mandy‘ and ‘Charli‘ got them.
April itself is a fairly quiet month with regards to book, travel etc. It’s all about working and doing my assignments (booooo!) but I will still be doing book marketing for the release of ‘Meet Me At 10’ in October, the pre-order numbers are amazing!
What do you have planned over the next month or two? Any trips? projects? I’d love to hear.
Again, I genuinely am grateful for your support with reading and engaging with my newsletters, look forward to hearing from you.