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Cover Reveal! 

The time has finally arrived for me to share with you all the cover for Unravelled! ❤️

I’m very excited about this one. It’s been a project I’ve been watching evolve for a while now and it’s been so hard not to let anything slip! But here we are. 😁 I just want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support. Every step we make towards Unravelled being released makes me more and more grateful for everyone that I have around me. It’s another pinch me moment right here and I love being able to share this journey with you all. ❤️

So, without further ado, let me reveal the cover for Unravelled…

Ta da!

So what do you think?

I absolutely adore my cover. It’s the perfect balance of cute and mature and, of course, wool! ❤️

Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments. I hope you love it just as much as I do. 😊

Oh and be sure to check out my blurb that has casually snuck it’s way into this reveal. 😉

– B xo

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And the winner is…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!

Thank you to everyone who voted! (See my previous blog post if you’re a little confused about what I’m talking about.) I gathered together all the votes that took place across my blog, Instagram, Twitter and on the Books & Writing Amino, Throne of Glass was the clear winner! 

I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far, even though that’s not much, and I’m already looking forward to where this story is going. 

If you’ve read it/ voted for it let me know in the comments what you love about Throne of Glass. (Spoiler free please! Obviously.) 😊
Right then, time for me to soak up some sun, sea and a good read! ☀️🌊📚❤️

– B xo

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My 2017 Summer Reading List. 

Guys… I need your help! 

For me the perfect summer’s day consists of a seat in the sun, a cold refreshing drink and a good read. Whether that be on a beach towel by the sea or in a deck chair in the garden, it all sounds like bliss to me as long as I’ve got that book in my hands.  However, with my current read rapidly coming to an end and my TBR pile looming over me like a personal Everest, I’m yet to find my next summer sizzler. And so this is where you come in…

I need your help picking what to read first this summer. And to plunge you all in at the deep end, it’s going to be a holiday read too. (No pressure guys!) I’ve  managed (with the help of my Moma) to whittle down the choices to just six books! (A feet in itself!) But I need your help making that final decision! 

So here are the nominees. I’ll leave a little bit of info about why I’ve chosen them below and also hyperlink you to their Goodreads profiles, in case you are not aquanited yet. (Just click on the title.) You can then vote by posting your choice in the comments. 

I look forward to seeing (and reading) what you choose! 

The Nominees: 

  1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – I have heard so many good things about this book. In fact last year I feel like this was the book/ series everyone was reading and blogging about. The feminist inside of me is very excited for a female lead fantasy and I love a romance story with a twist. 
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I adore the cover of Fangirl, especially the Zoella Bookclub edition. 💛 Rainbow Rowell is the only author on this list I’ve read before, which I thought was an interesting fact. I enjoyed her World Book Day story, Kindred Spirits, and know that I like her writing style. 
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – This book was my Mom’s choice and it has been kindly lent to me by her. Her only criticism was it had a slow start, but I’ll be on holiday, so I’ll have time for slow starts. I’ve heard it’s a good crime/ thriller and something to wrap your head around. 
  4. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – The blurb for this book is very ambiguous, but that intrigues me. I also know this book has a film coming out very soon and who doesn’t want to join the hype train before it leaves the station?
  5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Everyone keeps telling me to watch the Netflix’s series for this,  but I know within my heart I can’t do that until I’ve read the book. I’ve also owned this book since 2007 and still haven’t got around to reading it! Maybe it’s about time I did. 
  6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I recently bought a signed edition of Ness’s new novel, Release, so I really want to like the guy. But from where I’m standing right now, I don’t see why I shouldn’t. I feel like this book will be moving but beautiful as that’s the impression I got from the movie trailer and I presume the book will have much more detail. 

Happy Voting! 

– B xo

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. So to celebrate I thought I’d take on the “Ultimate Harry Potter Tag” courtesy of fandomsontherun.

1) Favourite book?
 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is the story I remember most vividly from my childhood, when the books began to take a darker turn.

2) Least favourite book?
 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What happens in this one again?  

3) Favourite movie? Goblet of Fire. The excitement of the game, Cedric Diggory, the focus on Hufflepuff house. 💛

4) Least favourite movie? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What happens in this one again? (Honestly, I think I’ve completely erased this story from my memory.) 

5) Favourite Quote? “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

6) Favourite Weasley?
 Molly and her magical knitting will always have a special place in my heart, but I love Fred and George. Their wicked sense of humour and playfulness will forever make me smile. (And sorry, I refuse to separate them.)
7) Favourite female character?
 Luna Lovegood. Luna was the first character I truly related too. 

8) Favourite villain?
 Draco Malfoy. Who doesn’t love a bad boy? But seriously, Draco’s journey through the books is one of my favourites. His loyalty is admirable. 

9) Favourite male character? Neville Longbottom. My heart swells for this boy. I’m still so proud.

10) Favourite professor? Gilderoy Lockhart. I’d have been one of those swooning second years. But also his character is one of the greatest comic reliefs in my opinion.

11) Would you rather A) wash Snape’s hair or B) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself? See previous answer. 😍

12) Would you rather duel A) an elated Bellatrix or B) and angry Molly? 
Bellatrix. No one should ever challenge an angry Molly.
13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via A) Hogwarts Express or B) Flying Car? Hogwarts Express, wouldn’t want to miss the lady with the sweet trolley.

14) Would you rather A) Kiss Voldemort or B) give Umbridge a bubble bath?Pucker up Voldy.

15) Would you rather A) ride a Hippogriff or B) ride a Firebolt? Hippogriff! It’s all about creatures for me. 

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies? No one is springing to mind.

17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

18) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore? 

Richard Harris.

19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most? Peeves. That is all.

20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Just purely because of the advancement in cinematography.

21) Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
 Hufflepuff. Always.

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
 Hufflepuff. 💛

23) Which class would be your favourite?Care of Magical Creatures.

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
 Lumos. I always like to bring light to even the darkest of places. 

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
 Luna, we could be weird together. 

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
 The Invisibility Cloak. The youngest brother’s story. ❤️

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
 I wish Hagrid would have been allowed to keep Norberta.

28) Favourite Marauder? Padfoot but maybe more as Sirius Black.

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
 Cedric Diggory. It wasn’t his fault he was there, he had no need to be killed. His death was unfair. 

30) Hallows or Horcruxes? The horcruxes do intrigue me, but my good nature will always lead me to the hallows.

I would like to tag anyone who fancies joining in with the celebrations today. Spread the magic. ⚡️

– B xo

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I had a very exciting meeting with my publisher! 

So yesterday I had a very exciting meeting with my publisher. And as result today, whilst enjoying the sunshine in my garden, I’m also: trying to process it all, rewriting my notes, forming a new to-do list, revamping the blog, putting together my next newsletter and writing this post. Things are very much surging forward guys, I hope you all remembered to fasten your seatbelts whilst you still had the chance. 

I do need to confess, things have been a little quiet around here lately, but after yesterday’s meeting I’m happy to say I can finally break that silence. Over the past few weeks, whilst nothing’s really been happening here, behind the scenes have been crazy! I’ve been busy looking at cover images, blurbs, release dates, prices, bundle ideas, promo stuffs, creating secret woolly wonders and organising future events. (Phew! I believe there’s more. But I might run out of breath if I keep going with that list.) However, I had all of this information and I wasn’t entirely sure what I was and wasn’t allowed to share with you, so I had to keep my lips zipped. But then yesterday I got the green light I was hoping for and I am so happy! (I mean if any of you caught my first ever Facebook Live yesterday I’m pretty confident you could see that happiness. 😂)

But what does all this mean for the future? Well first and formost, it means the ball is rolling and everything is falling into place! I  now have a schedule to work to for releases and announcements. So stay tuned for all of that. 

It also means that I can now officially confirm that Unravelled will be here for Christmas! Hoorah! 🎉 (I know, I know saying that word on literally day one of summer is like saying a very naughty swear word. But guys, Christmas! You’ll be able to hold Unravelled in your hands this year!!!) And look on the bright side, at least you know what to ask Santa for and it’s only June. 😉 Also, when you think of all things wool, the open fire, the cosy blankets and steaming cup of coco just seem right and we can’t exactly be dreaming of that at the poolside now can we? So there has also been a change of strategy from the publisher which lead to a slight change of release date. However, I personally think the timing suits Unravelled better and gives us time to make the most of all the exciting opportunities that are heading our way. 

So there we go. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this exciting news as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Now I’m off to enjoy the last of the evening sun. ☀️
Ciao for now!

– B xo

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May Wrap Up: The Author Talk Editon.

Hello June, it’s so nice to have you here! ☀️But, before we all get too carried away with summer lovin’, I want to take a moment to talk about my May. And what a May it was! 

Three events. Three different crowds. Three very valuable and enjoyable experiences. 

A huge thank you to every single one of you who made it to one of my events. Your on going support is super amazing, it honestly means the world to me. 💖

Sedgley Library Talk. 

This event was a childhood dream realised. I’ve always loved libraries, so getting to do a named event at one that has been such a huge part of my life was just phenomenal. The staff were lovely and very welcoming. The audience were focused and involved. And between them they made my talk a sold out event! We had a great chat, with my new event structure going down a treat. The Q&A section of this event was brilliant with the audience asking a range of interesting and thought provoking questions. We even ended proceedings with a raffle, coffee and cake! (In which I won a book! 😂) Thank you to everyone at Dudley Libraries for everything that day and I look forward to returning in the near future. 😊

Yarn Shop Day

Yarn Shop Day was a lot of fun. The atmosphere at the shop was fantastic; everyone was in a jolly mood, happily showing support for their local wool shop and the chosen charity of the day: The Mutiple Sclerosis Trust. I think my favourite part was meeting so many of my fellow wool sisters at the drop in knit and knatter and the nostalgia it created being back in that environment. I even got to speak to people I hadn’t seen in years, which was wonderful. Helen at Beacon Crafts did an amazing job generating interest and entertaining customers. It was a great day all round with goodie bags , special offers, coffee and cake. I really had a great time and am already looking forward to next year! 

The Wool-ves Yarnival

The Yarnival opened my eyes to a very new world of wool! From vintage pattern stalls, yarn bombing groups and beautiful hand dyed wool hanks, to spinning wheels, knitted maps and weaving looms, the Yarnival showcased such a variety of talent, I was grateful to be part of it. I especially enjoyed tailoring my talks for this event to include more of my own knitting experiences and I got to hear about the experiences of others, which is always a pleasure. Whilst I was there I also got to join in with some fab things along the way. You can see me pictured above with a granny square I actually crocheted at the event as part of a charity blanket. I also found out about a local yarn bomb that I was invited to take part in and I got my hands on a pair of huge knitting needles! (Perfect for rugs and fast grownong blankets, I can’t wait to give them a whirl.) Considering this was the first ever event of it’s kind, I think the Hembra Craft ladies did a fab job and set great potential for the future of the Yarnival as a reoccurring event. I wish you the very best of luck! 

Looking back over my May experiences, I know it may sound cliched, but I learnt a lot. From how interacting with some of smallest crowds can be just as rewarding as the big ones, to having a fantastic reception by just relaxing and enjoying myself, every event gave me it’s own points to take away.

 All in all these events were a very valuable experience and I look forward to what my future events calendar has in store! 

– B xo