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I did it!!! 🎉🎉🎉

Guys, I completed NaNoWriMo!

I wrote a 50k novel in a month! 😱

I am a NaNoWriMo winner!

After years and years of attempts, I finally passed the finishing line and wow! There’s still a part of me that can’t believe I did it. A novel in a month. A novel that is longer than Unravelled and I wrote it in a month. Wowzers.

In November I nailed the art of writer discipline. The only reason I won is because I wrote every day. Even on days where I had plans, I mapped out my time and wrote something. Even if it was only a couple of hundred words, I added something to my word count and it paid off. I’ll be honest, on the 29th I had to play catch up. But I managed it because I planned and persevered and believed. I also learnt to silent my inner editor. This one was most certainly a hard one to crack and took me some serious pep talks from cheerleaders. 😂 But I got there.

Don’t get me wrong, the manuscript needs a lot of work, I cannot wait to read some of the hot mess of words I was writing late at night through tired eyes! 😂, but the story is there. It just needs improvement and that’s the point. So I can’t make any promises for when or how this story will make it’s way into the world. But, for those of you who are interested here is the mock cover, synopsis and excerpt from my NaNoWriMo profile:

Synopsis:

Richard Clarke, or “Richie” as he’s known in the industry, is an actor in his prime. At the age of forty one, he’s been on his journey through arthouse and low budget. He’s played corpses and extras then gradually moved up to evil villains and romantic leads. He’s dabbled in almost every genre, and recently his career has taken an all-time rocket boost and he’s four times winner of The People’s Magizine’s ‘Sexist Man Alive’ Poll. But if only someone could have told that to his soon to be ex-wife…

Penelope James, or “Penny” to her friends, has always loved fashion. That’s why she’s devoted her life to it… or as much as she can. A Levels, University, Apprenticeships, she’s done it all. But the fashion world outside of the comfortable four walls of institutionalised education will eat you up and spit you out in seconds. So Penny currently works in her Auntie’s boutique selling glamourous fashion to the over fifties in a small little town in the middle of nowhere. However, when Penny’s Dad has a friend who knows someone, who’s heard that the big boys are looking for new talent; a very small job role in a huge television production. It might not be exactly what Penny’s after but it would be a foot in the door.

And then Penny meets Richie.

This could be Penny’s big break in more ways than one. It’s a risk, but then isn’t all things in love, and fashion, a risky business?

Excerpt:

“Ready?”

I nodded slowly, was now too late to start feeling a little uneasy about this situation? Next thing I know Win has opened the door and is leading me into the biggest office I have ever seen. At the far end of the room two men are sat opposite each other. On the desk an open decanter and two glasses of whiskey, on the rocks.

Win cleared her throat as we made our way over to where the two men were seated, “Penny this is Carl Wright our Executive Producer, I don’t think you’ve met yet.” The older of the two men turned to face me. He had a kind but stern face. The laughter lines around his mouth and eyes were deeply set, but by the way he owned the chair he sat in  he made you know that he was not the kind of person you would want to cross. He extended his hand to me, showing me a full pearly white smile.

“Hello Penny, lovely to finally meet you, welcome to FBW Productions.” I took his hand, his grip was firm, the practiced handshake of a well accomplished business man.

“Thank you.” I barley whispered. Where had my voice gone all of a sudden?! But luckily Win came to my rescue with a second introduction.

“And this is Richie Clarke. Our star.” She added the last part with a grin, which Richie himself tried to shrug of with a half laugh as he got to his feet to take my hand.

Richie Clarke. I was shaking the hand of Richie Clarke.

My knowledge of popular culture outside of fashion was rather limited, (Remember my current favourite band is Queen?!) but even I knew this guy’s name . The definition of tall, dark and handsome , Richie Clarke has been a household name for a few years now, his specialities being television and romance. If there was a cop show that needed a heartthrob or a romantically challenged criminal mastermind, Richie was your guy. Popping up in many lead rolls across the different television channels for the last five years. Being in his early forties, his wall calendar was the kind of thing you’d buy your Mum for Christmas but secretly something that you, personally, would want on the wall all year round. He was always a firm favourite in the “Sexist Man Alive” polls but also at the TV award ceremonies too. And the last I heard he was happily married, with a baby on the way and breaking a lot of ladies hearts.

“Hey.” His voice was as smooth and as rich as cocoa.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is such a beautiful, kind, loving and inspirational non-profit organisation that help and encourage writers of any ability to write a novel in a month. The main event is November. (National Novel Writing Month.) But they do other things throughout the year that you can be a part of. Please take a look at their website and, if you can, help them by donating to their cause and give more people a chance to realise their dream. 💫

I’m off to print my winner certificate now and hang it on the wall along with my Christmas decorations. 😂 I can’t believe it’s that time of year again already?!

Happy Monday everyone.

– B xo

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Unravelled E-book Available Now!

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to my online launch party Thursday night. 💕 Here’s a screenshot from the beginning of the Insta Live, wine in hand! Safe to say we had a fabulous time! 💃🏻 Special thanks to my girls Ellesse and Kyah for being such stars! ✨(I literally could not have it done it without you!)

It’s official, Unravelled’s e-book is now available in the Amazon Kindle store! 🥂🎉

Check it out on the link below!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07K1YFJSN/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Unravelled E-book Party Invite! 🎉

Here we go everyone, the invite you’ve all been waiting for, it’s the Unravelled e-book launch party! 🎉

So here’s the plan:

The launch will be on 1st November 2018. (Unravelled’s first birthday! 🎂)

8:30pm ‘til 9pm – I’ll be live on Facebook. (www.facebook.com/brionymarshallauthor)

9pm ‘til 9:30pm – I’ll be live on Instagram. (www.instagram.com/brionymarshallauthor)

I’d love it if you dropped by and said “Hi” 👋 . Maybe even join me in raising a glass to celebrate? 🍷 Either way, I’ll be there answering your questions, sipping rosè and celebrating Unravelled’s digital age! 🎉

Be sure to leave your RSVP in the comments. I can’t wait to party with you all soon! 🎊🍷🎉💃🏻🎂

– B xo

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E-book Release Announcement! 🎉

For #throwbackthursday this week I’m pulling this moment from the archives; the moment I sent the final draft of Unravelled to my kindle for my last ever read through before it went to print! 😱

I remember how once the document was open, it felt like I was reading an e-book straight from Amazon, already published, already out there in the big wide world. 🌎I know it sounds crazy, but it was one of the first moments I actually saw Unravelled as a “book”.

Well today, I am very excited to announce that that day dream is about to become a reality. Unravelled’s 1st birthday is coming up and I thought what better way to celebrate than with the release of it’s e-book!

So on November 1st 2018, I will be celebrating the e-book release of Unravelled with an online party across my social media and you’re all invited!🎉🎉🎉 (Expect: wine, q&as and lots of knitting!)

More details to follow over the next couple of days. 👀

– B xo

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February Wrap Up 2018

Okay, so maybe this is another wrap up post that is a little bit belated… but February just flew by, didn’t it?

I mean, I remember February beginning, and all the plans that were falling into place for that coming month, and then BAM! It’s now nearly the end of March and I still haven’t posted this blog! (Bad Briony!) But I’m sure you’ll forgive me when you see the tiny excuse for why I’ve been so distracted…

We got a puppy!!!!

And he is just the cutest thing. I mean look at him. That picture was taken the day we got him. He’s just so small! 💕 The beady-eyed among you may have already spotted him in my Valentine’s and Mother’s Day posts. (I just couldn’t wait to share his cute little face. 🐶) And well if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know exactly what’s been going on. 😂

So besides puppy cuddles, puppy cuddles and more puppy cuddles what did I get up to during February 2018 ? Well…

I made a dog hoodie!

When we first got Bobby nothing fit him. He was so tiny! Here in the UK we’ve had such cold weather, I couldn’t let him go around naked. However, thanks to Cami Weaver’s Crochet Chihuahua Hoodie on Ravelry, I got to make something tiny enough to keep him cosy and warm. (Fun Fact: He’s already out grown it though, so I’m going to have to start making another!)

I visited the Coombs Wood Book Club

This was a wonderful evening. I made an author appearance at a book club who had read Unravelled as their Valentine’s read. ❤️ It was so amazing to sit around a table with so many people who had read my story and just talk. Everyone was so very welcoming. Thanks again for having me Stephanie, I hope to be able to visit you and your lovely book club again in the future! (They even gave me this gift to say thank you, how nice of them was that?!)

I took Cupid off the needles.

At the beginning of February I posted this picture on my social media, asking people to guess what my first cast on of 2018 was. I can now reveal it was the beginnings of a knitted Cupid. However, with everything else that happened last month, I never got around to finishing him, so I made the sensible decision to take him off of the needles and save the pattern for another time. (A decision of which I am very proud of. The usual thing would have been to dump the pattern, the needles and the cast on stitches in a bag ready for next year or , you know, never. I’m taking this “finish what you start” thing very seriously. I either cast it off or take it off the needles these days. My WIPs list is long enough!)

My case study was published in my Alumni e-zine!

I know I wrote a separate blog post about this, so I won’t go on. But I just want to say that I am still super proud of this achievement and the recognition I’ve been given from my university. 👩🏻‍🎓

More fan mail!

I was lucky enough to receive some more fan mail last month too. This still blows my mind and warms my heart in equal measures. This letter in particular highlighted my reader’s appreciation of my believable characters. Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I honestly cannot tell you how much all of your wonderful feedback means to me. ❤️

And finally …

My Temperature Blanket Update.

My Temperature CAL blanket is still going strong. Sundays have become a kind of weekly catch up day, but I’m still on track. February saw the introduction of a new colour too. Grey symbolises the fact that it was 0 degrees at noon here in the UK last month and there was even more snow!

And that’s a wrap! With March almost over, it won’t be long until you’re hearing what I’ve been up to this month, but until then be sure to get in touch and let me know what you got up to last month. I’ve love to know. 😊

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled, Woolly Wonders

The Slow Knitter Podcast & Giveaway!

You may remember, a few blogs ago, I announced the wonderful news that I was going to be a part of The Slow Knitter podcast!

Well, last week I spent some time chatting with Rena, the lovely lady behind The Slow Knitter, all about Unravelled as well as my knitting & crochet journey.

Today, her podcast containing my interview went live!

You can watch it here.

I’m so excited to share this experience with you, because I had so much fun doing it! Rena was a great host and asked some really interesting questions.

And if that wasn’t enough!!! Rena is also hosting a giveaway via her podcast where, not only could you win a copy of Unravelled along with the Adrian’s Scarf knitting pattern, but one lucky winner will have a chance to win the whole Ultimate Unravelled Kit… and it’s so easy to enter! (Be sure to watch the podcast for more details!)

Enjoy and hit the subscribe button whilst your there, so you never miss an episode of The Slow Knitter podcast. 😊

– B xo

(Image Credit: Yasmin Qureshi Photography.)
Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Happy World Book Day! 📚

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a wonderfully bookish day.

I’m celebrating today by announcing some exciting bookish news. I’m going to be part of a podcast interview about Unravelled! How cool is that?!

I will be talking to lovely Rena from The Slow Knitter all about Unravelled later this month. I can’t wait!

Check out her latest podcast, “Socks on the Beach” to hear her announce our interview and her thoughts on Unravelled so far!

– B xo

(P.S: My Mom’s Just text me to say I have book mail waiting for at home. #winning Happy World Book Day Everyone! 📚)