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Last Call for Submissions!

So with lockdown drawing to a close and the transitional phase of the world trying to get back to normal well under way, I thought it best I give a final call for submissions to my lockdown time capsule. (You can read the launch post here.)

Thank you to all of the submissions I have received so far. I’ve enjoyed going through them, despite their sometimes darker tones. You have been heard. 💕

However, I still feel I’m missing some important voices. Especially with the end goal to be a real depiction of life in lockdown. So I’m giving out one last call.

Art, photography, poetry, short stories, streams of consciousness, crafting, gardening, sign writing, articles, case studies, diary entries, even lengthy social media statuses. If it’s raw and real, I want it!

To submit your piece attach it an email, in any format, and send to brionymarshallauthor@gmail.com along with your preferred name.

My plan is to create a downloadable PDF that will be available from this blog. Something that we can download on many devices and share in the memories of this time. Taking forward with us the strength and creativity of the human race, even in extreme circumstances.

Thank you in advance for taking part and I hope to hear from you soon.

– B xo

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How will we remember this time?

Hello everyone. 👋

I hope you’re all keeping well and doing whatever you can to keep yourself going through these crazy times!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently. Mostly on a bigger scale. Some days, when I can push past the fear and anxiety I realise that I am in fact living through history. Experiencing a time that will be talked about and even taught about in schools for decades to come.

And then I wonder, but how exactly will this time be captured? And will that capsule, whatever it’s form, resonate with me?

And then I had a light bulb moment. 💡

As an author I write about my own feelings and experiences as an inspiration for my works. Especially feeling what I am right now, the obvious idea would be to write a novel about all of this. But that is only from one perspective…

My experience won’t be the same as your experience, or your neighbour’s experience or your friend’s experience or your friend’s friend’s experience and so on and so on…

Writing for me has always had an element of catharsis to it. It’s one of the reasons why I originally started writing as a young confused teen. Without my angsty emo poetry Unravelled would most likely not exists. 😂 But I digress…

What I’m trying to say is that I’m know I’m not the only one that turns to their creative muse when the emotions hit.

Here’s a little taster of my lockdown so far….

So I want your creations! Your poems, your short stories, your streams of consciousness, your art, your excerpts, your monologues, your scenes, your letters, your doodles, your haikus. I’m really setting no limitations with this. Anything! Any creative splurge is welcome here.

My hope is to make our very own time capsule of these unprecedented times. I’m not making any promises. All I’m working with at the moment is ideas, passion and a good feeling. But depending on the success of this launch I’m hoping to have a new project on my hands.

So whether it’s isolation, rainbows, grief, community spirit, financial uncertainty, new found freedom, nature walks, PE lessons, clapping at 8pm or singing along to You’ll Never Walk Alone. I want to read all about it and who knows what we could achieve.

If you’d like to submit a piece to my Lockdown Time Capsule. Please email brionymarshallauthor@gmail.com with your piece attached and include your preferred pen name. I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with.

So there you have it. May your ideas flow like water and your pens drift across it’s ocean.

Happy Writing! ✍️

– B xo

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Thank you so much! ❤️

I have been absolutely blown away by the feedback from my publisher this morning regarding our eBook giveaway…

Guys! 164 downloads over 5 days… that’s incredible!!!

I’m lost for words…

That’s well over a hundred of you out there who now own my novel that didn’t less than a week ago! Wow… Thank you so much. ❤️

However the sad news is my free eBook offer has officially ended. 😔 But if you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of this fab offer do not fear! Because…

❤️ My paperback is still on sale for only £4.75! (And remember if you order through HallGoodBooks you get the free Adrian scarf knitting pattern too!)

❤️ The eBook is a still at a reduced price of only 99p! (So it’s still a bargain if you ask me. 😉)

Thank you again all for your continued support on this amazing journey of mine. To everyone who downloaded, liked, shared and commented on any of my content over the last 5 days… you’re all superstars. You make all the hard work and behind the scenes pedalling definitely worth while. ❤️

And finally, please remember that reviews feed authors! Just a few words from you could make such a difference to my visibility as an author and how my content and, more importantly, my novels are seen by the big big online world! So go on make my day, click here for my Amazon page. 🥰

And with that I suppose all that’s left to say is happy reading! I look forward to hearing what you think and if you have the eBook be sure to send me your selfies of you and your e-readers, I’d love seeing Unravelled in wild! ❤️

– B xo

(All images included on this post are thanks to Headshots & Hydrangeas. If you ever need a flat lay of dreams, make sure you drop Ginger a message. 😍🥰😘)

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My gift to you.❤️

In these unprecedented times it can be hard to see a glimmer of light in all the darkness. However, I have been trying my hardest to use my little corner of the internet to spread as much joy as possible. Those of you who follow me across my various platforms will have seen I’ve been trying to post ever day. I’ve liked and shared as much uplifting content as I can and I’ve been trying to leave lots of positive comments. But today I’ve got an even bigger gift to give. ❤️

Right now I can think of nothing better than a quiet hour or two snuggled up with a light-hearted, cute and cosy love story to take me away from all the scary stuff going on. And I know Unravelled could be that escape for a lot of people.

As of right now the Unravelled paperback has been reduced to £4.75! (Yep, under a fiver!) This fab offer is available as of right now via my publisher’s website, Hall Good Books, and you’ll still get the free copy of my Adrian scarf pattern, whilst stocks last. That is an absolute bargain! (Even if I do say so myself. 🤪)

And… (Yep there’s more!)

If you just can’t wait for the postman, then why not download the Unravelled ebook and get stuck in right away? Because for five days only the Unravelled ebook is FREE! Yep you read that right, FREE!!! from the Amazon Kindle store.

Woah! Man it feels good doing all that giving! 😅 However, I do have one favour to ask…

If you do take advantage of either of these amazing offers then it would mean the world to me if you could just leave me a quick review on Amazon. Honestly, reviews open doors for authors and to me that would be the best gift of all. ❤️ (Come on, I’m sure we can get this up to 50 reviews! 😇)

So crack on guys! Go get yourselves lost in Adrian and Claire’s world and let me know your thoughts!

Stay home, stay safe & happy reading!

– B xo

Unravelled Paperback: http://hallgoodbooks.com/product/unravelled/

Unravelled eBook: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K1YFJSN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_rc0HEbVT71142_nodl

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World Book Day, What I’m Reading & More!

Hello everyone and Happy World Book Day! 🎉🎉🎉

On a day focused on books and reading and all the good stuff, I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate by doing a little update post.

Last week I visited the Warner Bros Studio’s in London: The Making of Harry Potter Tour for a friend’s hen do. It was my third time visiting however, so much had changed since my last visit, it was like a totally new experience!

I’ve also started taking my 2020 reading goal a little more seriously! 😂 I’ve opted for only six books this year. A small goal, I agree. But I also don’t want to neglect any of my other projects or get a bit deflated when my goal seems waaay out reach come November. (Plus, remember I’m planning the most DIY Bride wedding of the decade! 😂) So six it is!

Last month I finished Sophie Kinsella’s sequel, Shopaholic Abroad. I love Kinsella’s work and this was no disappointment. Cute, cosy and a buddy in book form is always how I’d sum up her words! Moving on to book two of 2020and I’ve decided to go for something completely different. I’m currently reading Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur. I’m only one section in and I’ve already learnt so much. Kaur’s words are powerful. But don’t take my work for it, check it out yourself! This is my edition, kindly gifted to me by my bestie. ❤️

However, the biggest news in my world at the minute is that I’m editing again!!! But the story in question might come as a surprise…

Since my last meeting with my publisher there’s been a few projects we’ve been tickling away at. One of which was sending over some raw drafts I’ve had saved on my computer for a while for Diane to have a look at. The highlight of last month was that, after I’ve put in places some suggested edits, we have a green light! 😍

Some of you may remember for my first ever win of NaNoWriMo I wrote a chick-lit named Rags to Richie about a movie star falling for the coffee runner? Well buckle up guys, because that draft just got a thumbs up! 👍

(P.S: Don’t fret, Hooked is still definitely in the works too. I have my first draft of it in fact! But why only stick to one current project when you can have two?!)

So there we go, the secrets out, your girls editing again! Chick-lit lovers watch this space! 👀

– B xo

P.P.S: What have you guys been reading today? Drop me some TBR recommendations in the comments! 😘

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Unravelled eBook flash sale! ❤️

Hi everyone!

So to celebrate Valentine’s Day, my publisher and I have put the Unravelled eBook on sale for a limited time.

That’s right, from now until Sunday head over to Amazon, bag yourself a bargain and download Unravelled for just 99p!!!

And, like you need anymore convincing?!, here’s a few snippets from my Amazon reviews:

Really believable protagonist with some laugh out loud realistic experiences.

Not just for knitters & crafters. It’s a wonderful read and would recommend

Let this novel ‘weave’ it’s way into you heart with every word and every stitch.
Highly recommended!

What better way to enjoy Cupid season than with a cutesy love story you can cosy up with on these dark winter nights? Go on, spoil yourself and fall in love with Unravelled today!

– B xo

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Second Book Title News & Other Announcements! 🎉

Hello my lovelies, I write to you today to reveal some very exciting news! 😁

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… 😉

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!👇

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. 👌

Thoughts?

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

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! 💍💕

Guys… I’M ENGAGED!!! 💖💖💖

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! 🥰🥰🥰 Here’s one of my favourite shots that I just couldn’t not share with you all! 👇😍

(Shoutout to Subject to Status here for such a fantastic shoot and incredible shots! 😍 And special mention to Ginger Galore too for all the model mentoring. Absolute powerhouse of a team! 💪 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! 😘

– B xo

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Where did Briony go?

Hey everyone 👋, 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. 😔

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. ❤️

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. 💫

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? 😋

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! 😍 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. 👀

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. 😍 What is life? 😂 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! 😍 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. ❤️ What’s next for me now? You’ll have to watch this space and see. 😉 (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. 👏

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. ❤️ 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. 😉

Oh and here’s one more clue:

_ _ _ _ _ _ ? 🧶 (6 Letters)

Leave your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back soon with the reveal.❤️

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

B xo

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End of Year Wrap Up, New Year’s Resolutions And Blogversary! 🎉

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to 2019 everyone! 🎉

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! 😱 🎉🎉🎉

The end of 2018 was such a whirlwind of awesomeness that I ran out of time to do my wrap ups! 😂 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. ☀️ 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. 🤫 (What can I say? My Mother is a bad influence. 😉)

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! 👑 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. 💕 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. ❤️

I finished my second pattern test.

The Grecian Top I crocheted for the lovely homemadebymarcie. 💕 Never have I had such lovely compliments about my body whilst modelling anything. 😂 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 £3.99. 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. 💕

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! 🤪 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. ⭐️

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. 💕 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! 😂

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. 🥳

– B xo

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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder…

Hey guys, I am still here! 👋 😂

The Pre-Christmas madness is well underway, so sorry if I’m seem a bit quiet. Normal service shall resume shortly!

In the meantime, here’s a picture of the Christmas Door arrangement I made at my annual foliage night this week. Nothing like crafting with some real holly and evergreen to get you in the festive mood.

How’s everyone’s festive preparations going? 🎄🎅🏻💃🏻🎉

– B xo