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Second Book Title News & Other Announcements! πŸŽ‰

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… πŸ˜‰

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!πŸ‘‡

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. πŸ‘Œ

Thoughts?

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

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! πŸ’πŸ’•

Guys… I’M ENGAGED!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯° Here’s one of my favourite shots that I just couldn’t not share with you all! πŸ‘‡πŸ˜

(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! πŸ’ͺ 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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July/ August Wrap Up 2018

It’s definitely been a summer of creativity for me. So much so, that pretty much everything that happened in July carried through to August. So I decided, again, to put my wrap ups together.

Double the fun!

Enjoy!

JULY

The UK heatwave continued throughout July. β˜€οΈ I loved it, spending most of my time out in the garden, wearing playsuits and sunnies. The only negative really was not having much motivation to work with wool! All my projects at the time were big, heavy and warm. However, what I did instead made me just as happy…

I did some writing in the garden.

I took my laptop outside and did some writing in the garden. This writing in particular was a synopsis for a chick-lit that has nothing to do with any of my current projects. πŸ˜‚ However, it was an idea I just couldn’t get out of my head, unless I wrote it down. And well, Nanowrimo is just around the corner…

I started reading Unravelled. ❀️

This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but also something I absurdly kept putting off because of what it might look like to outsiders. There is so much pressure on people these days that derives from what other’s think. With social media literally being a window into our lives it’s easy to get caught up in it all. However, this July I decided to push that all to the side and sit down and enjoy my own work and be damn proud of it too! This book took me ten years to create, so what if my neighbour’s, brother’s, cousin’s dog spots me reading it in Starbucks and deems me self indulgent? More fool them.

I got a haircut!

Okay, okay, so I’ve had a couple of haircuts and hair changes over the years I’ve been doing brionymarshallauthor, however this one was a first… I went short!!! Never, to my memory, have I had short hair but well, the heat just got too much and I decided to take the plunge and …

I love it!

What do you think? Should I keep it short for Autumn/ Winter or let it grow back a little?

I started reading Patrick Melrose.

During the month of July I had a couple of solo train journeys to embark upon and if there is one thing I love about solo train journeys, it’s audiobooks. ❀️ After developing a little CumberCrush recently, I opted for the Patrick Melrose books. Plus, with the DVD on my birthday list, I wanted to try and get a head of the game. Edmund St Aubryn’s writing style is so vivid and his use of imagery is something I aspire to. Although at times his work is a little uncomfortable to digest, it all makes for a story I can’t leave alone.

I visited Northampton.

So about those solo train journeys… I travelled down to visit my friends in their new home in Northampton and what a wonderful couple of days I had. πŸ’• Not only was I treated to amazing food, shown some really cute places and visited every wool shop in the area, I also got to talk to a lovely group of ladies about Unravelled, after accidentally walking into their Knit and Knatter. The woolly community really is like a secret club, once you know the handshake your in, no matter where in the world you may be. 🀝

I had a day at the seaside and left Unravelled behind.

If you don’t know about the Book Fairies, then I think you better click that link I just left. I’ve loved this idea ever since I first heard about it, so when I was given the opportunity to do a similar thing of my very own, I jumped at the chance. Thus came the birth of #unravelledontour.

On a random day I will take a copy of Unravelled out into the big wide world and leave it somewhere as a present for a stranger to find. Using the power of social media, I will leave hints across my platforms as to where Unravelled may be, but really whoever finds it first will be a mystery to me. I hope that whoever finds it will carry on to document the books’s journey online and we get to see how far Unravelled will roam all using the hashtag: #unravelledontour

Drop number one was a great success! I left Unravelled in a cafe right on the sea front in Wales.❀️ The next day, I was connected with the lovely Michelle, who picked up my book the same evening and after reading my note, thought she’d give it a go. Her story was so lovely to read. It’s amazing what the gift of words can do. I believe she’s planning to pop Unravelled back out into the wild soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I’m also planning another drop of my very own, so watch this space. πŸ‘€

I became a pattern tester.

As the temperature started to cool, I threw myself back into woolcraft by applying to be a pattern tester. I got in touch with Becs of becspaddockdesign to test her Granny Square Bardot Jumper and she picked me! I was so happy to be picked as I fell in love with the jumper as soon as I saw it and well, it was a huge compliment to my own crochet skill to be picked for my first pattern test! I am so happy with my finished jumper, so much so, that I’m going to wear it to Yarndale later next month. 😁 Thanks again to Becs for picking me to be a part of this jumper’s journey. πŸ’• If you love the jumper as much as I do, you can now purchase the pattern from Becs’s Etsy Store.

I tired (and failed) to make another crop top.

Do remember the disaster crop top from my previous wrap up? Well it happened again guys! This time my top didn’t look all that bad. it just came out huuuuuuge! (Despite me using the correct brand of yarn and the right hook for my size!) I don’t know what’s going on. I’m definitely going to have to blog about this at some point though. It’s kind of becoming a running theme. πŸ˜‚

AUGUST

Unravelled went on holiday!

At the end of July/ beginning of August I received some lovely photos from you guys of Unravelled on holiday. On the back of my own #unravelledontour experience, it was great to see so many pics of Unravelled by the sea. The truth is out guys, Unravelled is the must-have holiday read!

Be sure to tag me if you take Unravelled away with you, I’d love to see how far it travels and I’ll be sure to share you pics on my social medias. 😊

I was part of The Quiet Knitter’s Celebration of Indie Publishing.

I did write a full blog post about this here. However, I just wanted to say, upon reflection, Kate wrote a wonderful review of Unravelled and I am so grateful for all of this beautiful, positive feedback. ❀️ I know the internet can be a scary place at times, but I’ve known nothing but love as of late and I’m so thankful. Thank you Kate, thank you everyone, for all your kind words, love and support on this beautiful, crazy journey of mine. ❀️

I celebrated my local wool shop’s birthday! πŸŽ‰

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if you support a small business, then you’re supporting a dream! And having a wool shop practically on my doorstep has always been a blessing for me. Although I may visit wool shops across the land, I’ll always find my way back home to my local, my roots, the place it all began! So of course I headed on down to join in with the celebrations of Beacon Crafts’s Birthday. And really, do we need more of an excuse to have crochet, coffee and cake? I didn’t think so. πŸ˜‹ Congratulations Helen, nine years of keeping the local community knitted together. πŸ‘Œ

I was asked to pattern test another top!

After the success of my Granny Square Bardot Jumper test, I was so chuffed to be picked again to pattern test. This time it was for the lovely Marcie also known as homemadebymarcie. Currently on my hook is her very lovely Grecian Top. 😍 More on this as it develops.

– B xo

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April Wrap Up 2018

April was a month I spent doing a lot of day dreaming. It was a very relaxed month and I didn’t really feel like I’d done much until I came to write this blog. πŸ˜… However, it appears I was wrong to think that….

I booked a family holiday!

At the beginning of the year I wrote myself a little bucket list. On said list I included places I’d like to visit and holidays I’d love to book. In amongst was the dream of living in a cabin in the woods for a week, switching off from the world and just taking a breather. Well last month I took the bull by the horns and booked that dream escape for me and all those I love. It was rather spontaneous and the first time I’ve booked up a trip for a group of this size. But the website promises an amazing getaway and I literally cannot wait! 😁

I started knitting again!

I do truly wish there were more hours in a day. Actually let me rephrase that; I do truly wish there were more leisure hours in a day. πŸ˜‚ I love my hobbies, all of them. But I do find myself having fads and flirtations with each at different times. (I’d love to be able to commit to a long term relationship with them all sometime. Maybe a few more years practice at allocating my time and I’ll get there! #goals). However this month I picked up my knitting needles again and loved it. Maybe it’s to do with the fact I’m wielding those Knit Pro Zings 😍😍😍 or maybe it’s my infactuation with the colour mustard. Either way, I’m back to knitting again and I’m determined to finish this project. πŸ’ͺ

I got very nostalgic over Pop-Punk.

The boyf treated me to this MTV Pop-Punk album in early April and it just gave me all of the feels. Although we grew up miles apart we were definitely meant to find each other purely because of moments like this. I ended up starting a full iPod over haul due to this. I’m a strong believer that music speaks to the soul. I also like listening to music when I’m looking for writing inspo, so it maybe it’s a sign…

I conquered my reading slump.

I suppose this is something I’ve been a little hush hush about, but given that it’s over now and also the fact that my plan has always been to be genuine with all, I’m going to say it. I’ve just not fancied reading these last few months. It wasn’t even like it was my choice of book, Throne of Glass is AMAZING!, or necessarily my schedule. I just didn’t want too, which was a very sad state of affairs. But that’s okay, because with a little motivation from one of my besties getting back into books, I’m back on that reading train and I’ve already finished that novel and started a new one! You see, it’s okay to be an writer and take reading breaks. I feel there is so much pressure on aspiring authors to be avid readers. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely read, but it’s okay to have slumps and breaks. Nobody’s perfect.

I picked a pattern for my holiday.

I spent most of April trawling the internet for a knitting/ crocheted garment pattern that I’d want to make to take away with me on holiday. I must admit this took me ages. The spectrum ranged from huntress cowls to boho bikinis. πŸ˜‚ In the end I settled for a granny square crop top by Beautiful Crochet Stuff. However, because it took me so long to decide I’m now having a race against time to see if I can get it done before we go away!

The Temperature CAL gained new colours!

April was a great month for my AIYSO Temperature CAL blanket. We had the introduction of not one, not two but three new colours! We seem to have very swiftly taken a hot tropical vibe and I love it! Here comes summer! πŸ•ΆπŸ‘™πŸ

What did you get up to in April? Let me know in the comments. (Oh and if you’ve ever stay in a cabin in the woods send me your tips and tricks! πŸ˜‚)

– 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! β˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸ“šβ€οΈ

– B xo

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My 2017 Summer Reading List.Β 

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. πŸ’› 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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An Inspirational Place.

Everyone has an inspirational place. I hear many stories about fellow writers going off to particular spots, many scenic secret getaways, to put pen to paper and tap into their creative mind. In fact, I have one friend who wants to build his very own writing resort because where he lives is such a beautiful rural area. I’ve toyed with the idea of these writer’s retreats and I have promised myself that one day I will participate in one. 
However, my inspirational place is a little bit different. I love the hustle and bustle of the city. So many stories happening, living, breathing now, right in front of my eyes. Not one story exactly the same as the next. Many of which I may hear, or be a snippet of, but I’ll never know the ending to, unless I create one myself. Therefore, the hub of this activity for me is London. The capital is my inspirational place. I have many notes, works in progress, short stories and full chapter extracts set in LDN. Even when I was younger London was the place of dreams. My parents always used to warn me that the streets there aren’t paved with gold. And they are right, but it doesn’t stop me just genuinely loving the place. I have many a happy memory associate with London. (If you still haven’t seen my knitted Mini Russell Howard or heard the story, you’re missing a treat!) When I’m pulling into Euston station I always get “The London feeling.”

This weekend is a special someone’s birthday, so what better excuse than to visit my inspirational place. So, writer or not, make it your goal this summer to visit your inspirational place, if only for one day. 

– B xo