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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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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

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
– Sylvia Plath

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“Everything Else Can Wait.”

I was browsing through Pinterest the other day and stumbled upon a quote posted by the brilliant people of goodreads. It has stuck with me ever since and so I thought I’d let you all in on it.

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Joanna Rakoff is a very wise woman.

As writer with a full time job, a loving family, a loving boyfriend, a fabulous group of supportive friends and a crazy yet adorable dog, it is all too easy to say “I’m going to write tonight” and then spend the next morning explaining to anyone who will listen how plans changed and how “life just got in the way.” In the past I know I have been a culprit of this way too many times that I want to admit to and I’m sure any fellow writers reading this can admit the same. However reading this quote the other day made me realise that sometimes life getting in the way is one excuse of many that we like to tell ourselves because we believe procrastination is our friend. The reality is you need to just do it. Just write.

I’m not saying I’m about to abandon all my responsibilities and become a hermit and a slave to the muse, but I am saying the evening I spent wrapped up in the duvet, watching my boyfriend play video games while I sat eating myself into a pizza flavoured stupor, two years ago, could have been a little more productive. Or perhaps dancing around my bedroom in my underwear for three hours, instead of getting dressed quickly and then booting up the laptop, may have been an oversight of mine in the past. But then these things probably also shaped me into the person I am today.

On the first of January this year though, without realising, I took on Rakoff’s advice. In hours I found myself at a loose end and debating if sleeping at 8pm is a socially acceptable thing to do, or whether now was the time I got up to date with the EastEnders story line, I sat down and wrote. Sometimes yes I did lock myself away in my room, but other times I wrote with my boyfriend by my side, or with my Mom while she was watching a film. I made notes on my lunch breaks and talked about ideas with my friends. I did, I just sat down and wrote and I’ll be honest, I was proud of the result.

Now in the first week of February I’ve taken a few days break to recharge and I’m ready to go again. This quote of Rakoff’s is the kind of quote I want to print out and stick on my bedroom wall. I want to put it on the fridge and set it as my computer background. It’s a motivator and finding it has spurred me on for month two of “Just Write.”

As a writer I think it is I incredibly important to find the right balance between play and discipline, but never forget that writing is just another playground waiting to happen. When you’ve had your fun and then you find yourself swaying towards the pizza, the duvet, the hoover or the tea towel, remember this quote and take a moment to just sit down and write. Even if it’s only half an hour, one evening a week or a couple of days a month. You’ll thank yourself for it. But I must make it clear now I take no responsibility for dusty carpets, dirty dishes or a sudden fall in takeaway pizza sales. 😉

– B xo