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Second Book Title News & Other Announcements! ๐ŸŽ‰

Hello my lovelies, I write to you today to reveal some very exciting news! ๐Ÿ˜

As you know, in my last post I asked you all to have a guess at what you thought my next novel will be called. I even uploaded a picture of my current crochet project to give you a clue. However, although some of you got very close, no one quite got it right. But that’s okay the wait is almost over… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I posted this all intially on an Instagram Live, which is a platform I quite enjoy sharing content on. However, insta lives and stories don’t last forever, so in case you missed it, I’m gonna post video below. Enjoy!๐Ÿ‘‡

So there we have it! Book Number in Two in the “Unravelled Yarniverse” will be called Hooked.

I think it perfectly captures this book’s new theme of crochet, whilst still making similar enough nods to Unravelled’s title to tie them both together. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Thoughts?

And well, if that wasn’t enough excitement for you (!!!) I have a second, more personal, announcement to make! ๐Ÿ’–

Being a writer of romance, I have often daydreamed about how this particular moment in my life would come about. However, it’s always the unexpected things that can bring the most joy.

On his own birthday, my amazing man, my very own Adrian, asked me to be his wife and of course, I said YES! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’•

Guys… I’M ENGAGED!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

And last week we had this super adorable engagement photo shoot and I feel all kinds of squishy and loved up. It’s so fabulous and exciting… I could burst! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ Here’s one of my favourite shots that I just couldn’t not share with you all! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ˜

(Shoutout to Subject to Status here for such a fantastic shoot and incredible shots! ๐Ÿ˜ And special mention to Ginger Galore too for all the model mentoring. Absolute powerhouse of a team! ๐Ÿ’ช I can’t thank either of you enough!!!)

So suddenly the future holds so many more exciting adventures that I cannot wait to share with you on this amazing/crazy journey of mine! When I say this year has been one hell of a rollercoaster, I’m certainly not lying!, but I’m fully ready to embrace this happiness and the excitement these announcements bring!

Much love! ๐Ÿ˜˜

– B xo

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Where did Briony go?

Hey everyone ๐Ÿ‘‹, long time no see?

Sorry for the silence, I know I’ve been around, but no where near as much as I would like to and well long story short, times got tough and I completely lost my mojo. ๐Ÿ˜”

There was a poignant bereavement in my boyfriend’s family that took us all completely by surprise and that mixed with my own grief of my Nan’s passing, now a decade ago, it began a bit of a downward spiral. It’s amazing how many other things can also rear their ugly head at your worst times. It wasn’t pretty. I spent most of March just floating along. A shell of who I am.

But as time has passed I’ve managed to rekindle my passions with my hobbies one by one. Spurred on by the love of those around me, who are all worth their weight in gold. โค๏ธ

However, I wanted to write about this today, because for anyone like me who just needs a bit of reassurance, if there is one thing this experience has taught me it’s that it’s okay to take a break. You will get back on track eventually, but take your time, recharge your batteries. Take care of yourself because there’s only one you. ๐Ÿ’ซ

So, where did Briony go? Well…

There was my writing holiday, which I never talked about as it was the prelude to everything mentioned above. But, it was such a perfect trip, I didn’t want to let it pass me by on here.

My boyfriend and I took ourselves off to the beautiful town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Where we spent a week in such a quaint hotel, right next to the river, where we wrote and wrote and wrote. We wrote at the hotel (aptly named Pen & Parchment!) in coffee shops, in the park. We ate good food, went for culture fulfilling walks in the surprising February sunshine. We even managed to catch to catch a show! I mean you, can’t go all the way to Shakespeare’s birthplace and not see one of his plays now can you? ๐Ÿ˜‹

I came away with the beginnings of book two ladies and gentlemen. (I was even writing all the way back on the train home!) This author has a work in progress! ๐Ÿ˜ A getaway like that is definitely something I will be doing again for sure. It’s made Stratford-Upon-Avon even more of a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to go back already.

I have had a couple of you asking me how I went about planning such a trip, so I am determined to give it it’s own post in due course too. So watch this space if you wish to find out more. ๐Ÿ‘€

In April, me, Momma and my good friend Ginger went to Wonderwool in Wales. These days out, just the three of us and a yarn festival, they’re just the best and if you don’t leave somewhere like this feeling inspired, I don’t know what will!

I treated myself to a couple of bits, which I am now obsessed with. For example, I now know kinda how to use a drop spindle to make my own yarn out of fibre. I also own a sterling silver crochet hook. ๐Ÿ˜ What is life? ๐Ÿ˜‚ I would definitely recommend a visit and they’ve just announced the dates for next year! (For more info on my purchases I did a haul post on my Instagram, for more info on the show visit their website.)

And this final one is a silver lining story, which at the minute, I really dig. So during all of this, my day job got rather stressful too. I ended up needing to commute around on trains a lot for a couple of weeks and with my head already swimming, it was enough to tip me over the edge. I needed a distraction, but something small and discreet as not to draw attention. (I’ll be honest, I haven’t felt much like talking over the last few months.) So I picked up a book and finished it within a week, so I picked up another.

I’d forgotten how much of a source of relaxation reading could be for me and it was mad to feel the stress just drain out of me for those few hours a day I was by myself with the world blurring by.

My current read is called The Curse of The Boyfriend Sweater by a lady called Alanna Okun, who I discovered on Instagram. It’s mini snippets of life writing, she’s disguised as essays, based on her own life and crafting experiences and I just love it! ๐Ÿ˜ Can’t praise it enough in fact and even across the pond here in the UK, I can totally relate!

So book number two, woolly adventures and reading moving back home in my heart. โค๏ธ What’s next for me now? You’ll have to watch this space and see. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (There’s a secret craft project for one, my draft from NaNoWrimo that everyone I’ve talked to about it wants to read for two. And some rather exiting plans taking shape for the future. But they’re all just glimmers of WIPs at the min.)

However, as a thank you to you all for being so patient with me over the last few months, I wanted to leave you with my first teaser for my next novel. ๐Ÿ‘

I’m really only just getting to know the characters of this novel myself, but what I do know is it’s set in the same universe as Unravelled. It’s not going to be a direct sequel, but in keeping with similar themes and the general feel good vibe, so fans of the first book will still fall in love with the second. โค๏ธ Instead of knitting taking centre stage this time it’s going to be it’s sister craft crochet. Again, mimicking how the stories themselves are connected. This story showcases more of girl power! and friendship than romantic love and it nods towards our more internet age when it comes to crafting these days.

And…

I do have a title, but I want you to have a going at guessing what it’s called before I tell you. Just based on what I’ve just revealed above. Have some fun with it, yenno. Build the hype and all that jazz. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh and here’s one more clue:

_ _ _ _ _ _ ? ๐Ÿงถ (6 Letters)

Leave your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back soon with the reveal.โค๏ธ

Thank you for being here and giving me light in the dark.

B xo

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Happy Easter! ๐Ÿฃ

Happy Easter Everyone! I hope you all have a lovely day in the sunshine and enjoy a cheeky treat or two.

I’m off to partake in one of my favourite family traditions of a pub lunch and an afternoon spent at the amusement arcade. ๐Ÿ’• Plus, I’m chuffed to bits that all my Easter surprises went down so well! ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฐ

What’s your favourite thing about Easter Sunday?

– B xo

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The Only Streak of Colour

I was the only streak of colour,

Within the blackened room.

And although people may not have thought it appropriate,

She knew I didnโ€™t like the gloom.

*

Although the flowers fulfilled their duty,

They brought some colour,

Some life.

They are expected to in these circumstances,

But in context, they were not so bright.

*

Like I have been for so long,

I carried her.

And eventhough my steps were solemn and slow and everything became a blur,

My violet flag waving,

And I knew I could do this for her.

*

And as we left that place,

Free in the open air,

I felt the wind embrace me,

And I knew that she was there.

*

Because ever since she parted,

When the world became cold and chill,

I have felt the wind around me,

And I know sheโ€™s with me still.

*

Sometimes a decade doesn’t change a thing…

In Loving Memory of Violet Irene Carnell, Nan. โค๏ธ

Posted in My Journey, The Bookshelf

World Book Day 2019

Happy World Book Day everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰

I hope all of you who have either been wearing or helping to create costumes for today have had a great time. Even me and Bobby managed to join in the fun this year!

โ€œWe all float down here.โ€

Channeling some strong Stephen King’s IT vibes here. (Yes, Bobby is the balloon. ๐ŸŽˆ)

But of course that isn’t all that WBD is about, now is it? Things have been bit of a whirlwind in my universe since getting back from my writing retreat. (More about said retreat coming soon! ๐Ÿ‘€) However, I have had chance to treat myself to some books just in time for today’s celebrations and I thought I’d share with you my current TBR pile and I’d love it if you share yours with me!

Nought Forever by Malorie Blackman My pick from this year’s World Book Day books. I’ve never actually read Noughts & Crosses, but have seen the play. So I’m definitely intrigued as to where this book will take the story.

My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson – A recent discovery on my behalf. Growing up with Tracy Beaker I just had to get this book. However, I think I might read the old ones again before diving in to this new chapter!

Still Me by Jojo Moyes – What can I say, I’m a sucker for chick-lit! Plus my Mom brought me the previous two books on this series as gifts last year, so I had to complete the set.

So yes, don’t be shy! I’d love to hear what you are currently reading and what you plan to read in the coming weeks.

You can get in touch in the comments below or feel free to find me on Facebook /brionymarshallauthor , Instagram @brionymarshallauthor or Twitter @brionywrites

I looking forward to seeing your choices and happy reading!

– B xo

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End of Year Wrap Up, New Yearโ€™s Resolutions And Blogversary! ๐ŸŽ‰

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to 2019 everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰

I hope this new year finds you all well and raring to go with the adventures this year will bring.

However, before I get fully stuck into 2019, I want to tie up a few loose ends, let you know my resolutions and celebrate another blogversary! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

The end of 2018 was such a whirlwind of awesomeness that I ran out of time to do my wrap ups! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Therefore on reflection I don’t think they’ll be something I’ll be carrying on with in 2019. However, for those of you who have a good memory will remember, one of my resolutions from last year was the finish what I started. So here I am, doing just that…

SEPTEMBER

I went on holiday.

The annual family holiday was pure bliss. โ˜€๏ธ Taking little Bobby away with us too was just perfect. It’s lovely to get away just as summer fades to autumn.

I also managed to crochet a top in two days whilst on this holiday and I purchased a lot of wool. ๐Ÿคซ (What can I say? My Mother is a bad influence. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

I went to Yarndale!

I know I’ve already blogged about this, but my wrap up wouldn’t be complete without mentioning it. What a wonderful day it was! I’m already planning my trip for next year. Who’s with me? If you’re a yarnivore and you’ve never been to Yarndale, I definitely recommend it!

OCTOBER

It was my birthday!

And I was treated like a princess! ๐Ÿ‘‘ Afternoon tea at the RSC, incredibly thoughtful gifts and lots and lots of love. Getting older isn’t so bad when it comes with days like that. ๐Ÿ’• Thank you to everyone who played a part in making my day so special.

I got my first tattoo!

Ever since I signed my publishing contract I knew I wanted a book tattoo. Books have always been a huge part of my life and Unravelled just sealed the deal. However fear had been putting me off for the best part of year. However, with some forward thinking from one of my bestest babes, I was booked in and well, I am utterly in love with the end result. It’s everything I ever wanted and more. โค๏ธ

I finished my second pattern test.

The Grecian Top I crocheted for the lovely homemadebymarcie. ๐Ÿ’• Never have I had such lovely compliments about my body whilst modelling anything. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was a definitely a confidence booster! You can purchase the pattern for this top now from Marcie’s Etsy store.

I went pumpkin picking!

I ticked another thing off of the bucket list last October by finally going pumpkin picking! It was fun activity gearing up toHalloween and I had a great time picking and then carving a ghost pumpkin!

NOVEMBER

I had my ebook launch!

Again, something I know I posted about already, but this was a fun one. I had a great time celebrating the launch of Unravelled as an ebook during our online party across Facebook and Instagram! Thanks again if you tuned in, we had such a giggle. And remember, if you haven’t got your copy already, Unravelled in ebook format is a bargain price of just ยฃ3.99. Available now from the Amazon Kindle Store!

I won NaNoWriMo!!!!

Again this is something I’ve already blogged about but it was such a personal achievement for me that I had to give it another shout out. I wrote a novel in a month. Yes it’s a mess, yes it’s no where near publishable but it exists. It’s on paper, I have a first draft and it’s longer than Unravelled. Now I know what the whole thing entails, I’m not sure it will be an annual affair, but for anyone wanting to give National Novel Writing Month a go I advise a month of dedication! You’ve got to be prepared to write every day. Because I know if I’d have fallen even just one full day behind, I would have been toast! If you fancy reading a bit more about my NaNoWriMo novel, the synopsis and an excerpt are still available on my NaNoWriMo profile.

I completed my Doctor Strange cosplay!

A year’s worth of crochet paid off on the 25th November as I attended the MCM Comicbook Convention in Birmingham in full Doctor Strange crocheted cosplay! I was so proud of myself putting it all on together and I had some really lovely comments on the day. ๐Ÿ’•

DECEMBER

December is always a crazy month for me. The Christmas madness kicks in and I always end up disappearing of the radar for a little while. This year was no different, however, I did try my best to fully embrace the festive season as best as I could so here we are…

I crocheted a peacock!

A bit of bizarre project for the time of year, but it was a special request. However, he went down a treat. The pattern I used was from Moji Moji Designs on Etsy, I definitely recommend checking out her store for super cute crochet!

I visited a German Christmas Market.

I had a lovely evening full of yummy food and drink and even picked up a really cute pair of mistletoe earrings. Which swiftly became my staple jewellery piece for the rest of the festive season!

I made a festive door hanging!

I took a couple years away from my annual festive foliage night, however I went back this Christmas, but was terrified I forgotten everything! However, apart from an unfortunate instance of the bottom falling out, I was proud as punch with the result. It’s actually still on the door! It’s just too pretty to take down straight away…

I went to see Elf on stage.

And I got so enthralled in it all that I forgot to take any pictures! ๐Ÿคช However, it was a magical experience and really helped me get into the festive spirit. I also got to watch Martine McCutcheon perform live during the festive season. Bonus.

Bobby thoroughly enjoyed his first Christmas and I got spoilt rotten.

Another tradition I’ll be skipping on the blog this year is my Christmas haul. I was absolutely spoilt rotten and a) I think I’d actually make my phone explode with all the pictures but also b) I had such a lovely quiet one that I don’t want to take away from anything by splashing it all over social media and having other people judge. (However, I’m sure inevitably things will crop up on my Instagram feed, so if you genuinely are interested, keep an eye out on there.) All in all it though it was a lovely, super cosy day and I’m actually kinda gutted it’s all over and done with now, if I’m honest. Again, thank you to everyone who played a part in making my Christmas a special one, you’re all angels worthy of sitting a top a tree. โญ๏ธ

And there we have it, all up to date and ready for 2019!

And with the New Year came my 4th Blogversary! Honestly, I don’t know where the time goes. But it’s been amazing to look back and watch my journey unfold through these blogs. ๐Ÿ’• And with another exciting year ahead, I determined to keep it up.

So what can we expect from brionymarshallauthor in 2019?

Well…

As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to scrap the monthly wrap ups this year and instead just blog about something when it’s fresh and happening to keep you all more in the loop.

I also have two New Year’s resolutions that will most likely shape my content for 2019:

    Read more Chick Lit! – The hobby that suffered the most in 2018 was definitely my reading. Plus I definitely feel I could be more well read in my own genre, so I’ve given myself the aim this year of reading six chick lit books. Any recommendations? Be sure to send them my way!
    Write the first draft of book 2! – NaNoWriMo was definitely me joining the writer gym for a month. I knew a new manuscript was on the horizon but I was scared to jump right in after having such a long break from novel writing. However, after my NaNoWriMo success I’m ready to bring it on!

And there was go. I hope you enjoyed this mammoth post! And if you stayed with me all the way to the end then you definitely deserve a brownie point! ๐Ÿ˜‚

So once again Happy New Year everyone and if you have any resolutions of your own I’d love to hear all about them in the comments. ๐Ÿฅณ

– B xo