Saturday, 5 July 2014

Stacking The Shelves #101

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngs's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your  shelves, may they be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

We love sharing our books with you each week but more importantly we loving see what you add to your shelves. As always, clicking on a book will take you to goodreads.

Just the one book this week but rather a good looking and sounding one I think! Robin Hood like you have never seen him!! I can't wait to read this one.

Shadow of the Wolf

Shadow of the Wolf ~ Tim Hall ~ unsolicited from publisher

Off too see what the rest of you got this week, happy reading.


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Stacking The Shelves #100

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tyngs's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your  shelves, may they be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

We love sharing our books with you each week but more importantly we loving see what you add to your shelves. As always, clicking on a book will take you to goodreads.


Winterkill    Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret

Winterkill ~ Kate A.Boorman ~ unsolicited from publisher
Archie Green & the Magician's Secret ~ D. D. Everest ~ unsolicited from publisher
After the End ~ Amy Plum ~ Bought
The Dark World ~ Cara Lynn Shultz ~ Bought

Really love the sound of my two new unexpected books this week. Both Winterkill and Archie Greene are proofs from Faber & Faber due out in September. I'm going to be terrible and say I prefer the proof cover of Archie but it was the blurb on the back which got my attention, 'Welcome to a wonderful, magical world where bookshelves are enchanted, librarians are sorcerers and spells come to life'.  - Bungle

I bought a couple of books this week from authors I already love!  After the End is the start of a new dystopian series by Amy Plum whose last series I adored.  I also bought The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz.  I was a fan of her Spellbound series so I have high hopes for this one! - Sally

Hope you all got something new and exciting this week too, happy reading!







Friday, 27 June 2014

Louder Than Words Blog Tour ~ Why the First 10k is Always the Hardest by Laura Jarratt



First of all I have to say, again, I'm a rather big fan of Laura Jarratt and I think I'll love anything she writes. My review for Skin Deep, Laura's first novel, said 'it's a story people should pay attention too' and Laura is an author to be reckoned with!

I'm so excited to be involved with this tour and would like to say thank to Laura for the following post:~

Why the first 10k is always the hardest.

Quite often you meet writers who are really enthusiastic about starting their new books, as if they absolutely can’t wait to begin. When I start a new book I’m afraid I look more like I’m about to face a firing squad. I hate beginning a new book and it takes me at least 10k before I feel I’ve got any idea what I’m doing. To be honest I’m uncomfortable for the first third of the book and it’s only when I get to the last third that I start to relax.

So what’s the problem? Basically it’s that I’m not a ‘plot it all in advance’ kind of writer. And what that means is I’m starting a book from scratch with very little idea of what is going to happen, who the secondary characters will be, and indeed who the main characters really are. I usually have a scene in my head from which the rest of the book comes, but that’s about it. So what happens is I have to pick up a pen and start writing. Now that’s great fun when you don’t have a deadline to meet, but when you do and you’re under contract, it’s a lot more stressful having no idea what you’re doing!

Somewhere in those first 10k I learn about who my main characters are as people, and totally crucially as I often write in first person, I find their voices. This part takes forever. I can be messing around with the opening of a book for a couple of months and feel like I’m getting nowhere at all. I’ve just done that with the one I’m writing now. And then suddenly from  nowhere I realised I was telling the story in the wrong way – the mc wanted it done differently so I had to go back and rewrite the entire thing. My family ignore me now when they ask how the writing is going and I tell them it’s awful and this book is hopeless etc. Somewhere around the end of the first draft I tend to decide it’s really not that bad at all, but until I’m reasonably happy with that first 10k I just can’t go on writing the rest. I know some writers give up on the beginning and go back and fix it later but for me it has to be right for me to carry on any further.

And the strangest thing of all? Often I don’t really make that many changes to what I originally wrote in those early pages at all. I guess the hard part is finding the entire book from within them.

I'm in the middle of reading Louder than Words and look forward to sharing my review with you all soon! I must thank Laura & Jenny for allowing us to be involved in this fabulous blog tour. Be sure to check out the other blogs for more posts by Laura.




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