Every Day I (Mean to) Write the Book

Just a little something I am doing with a writing friend who needed some encouragement to write. It’s great to share the writing experience if you are struggling with motivation.

BARBED WORDS

As part of my ongoing battle to write more, I’ve forced persuaded my lovely friend, and extremely talented and prolific writer, Suzanne Rogerson to take part in a writing tag-team.  One of us writes a section of this spy/crime/thriller/Killing Eve rip off, then emails it to the other to continue the story.  I’m really enjoying it and it’s making me write because I don’t want to let Suzanne down.  Suzanne is usually a fantasy writer and certainly doesn’t need the practice but is humouring me because she’s such a nice person! 

It’s not been edited, the point of view jumps around (which is a literary no-no, apparently, although I personally think most people are intelligent enough to still follow what’s happening. But then I’m not a best-selling author so what do I know?) and I’ve no idea what the big twist will be but here are first few instalments:

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May writing update #fantasy #indieauthor #mondayblogs

The strange days we are living through have had a big impact on me emotionally. I’m constantly moved to tears by the kindness of strangers and the sacrifices people are making to get us through the epidemic.

The lockdown hasn’t impacted my life as much as others. I write from home anyway and my writing has kept me sane and helped me escape the gloom of the real world. I have fallen far behind on my original plan for 2020 but in these times we all have to adapt. I am now focused on 1 major project, though it does have 3 parts. It would be wonderful to complete the whole project by December 2020, but I won’t pressure myself just yet. There are still seven/eight months left – now that is actually beginning to sound impossible! Let’s see what happens. That has become a motto for me lately.

Publishing Plan for 2020

End June – publish prequel novella.

The odds of me completing on time? Not sure. I had though it was almost ready, but after a beta read I know I have a lot of work to do. With the kids home both doing live lessons and needing access to my laptop, it can get awkward.

There is also the pre-order issue to consider. I haven’t found it makes a huge difference to sales, but I would like a short pre-order period. That means I need to buy the cover and sort out the blurb asap – time to start panicking!

End September – publish The Starlight Prophecy

This books is probably 80% written. I know the end and what needs to happen, I’m just not yet sure how it all comes together. It has a dual timeline element like Visions of Zarua and I’m hoping it works. Again I will be relying on my beta readers for their verdicts. I already have the cover and I am really excited to start sharing information about the story, but I have to be patient for a bit longer.

December – publish sequel novella

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful idea of following on the story 6 years after the end of The Starlight Prophecy. Ideas have been flowing and I’ve even drafted quite a few scenes, but I have to be patient and finish the main book first!

Other projects

I hope to write some more short stories this year. Over the weekend I’ve written two that I’m really happy with and I’d love to keep up the momentum. I find I am most inspired first thing in the morning, sitting in bed with a notebook, a pen and a cuppa.

Book Reviewing

I have hardly reviewed any books over the last few years and I think that’s a shame. As an author I love getting reviews and I want to share the love for other books too. I’d love to make another author’s day so I’m determined to write a few reviews this year. I’ve already started with books 1 & 2 in the Firewalker’s series by Emma Miles. Here’s my review.

Audiobooks for Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

I’m hoping work will start this month on book 1 The Lost Sentinel. My narrator has been reading the trilogy and making notes on all the characters. This is a huge project and I admire him for taking it on. I can’t wait to start listening. Maybe I’ll even get to share a sample at some point…

Final thoughts

I have plenty of other projects and books waiting to be written but I don’t want to put any more pressure on myself this year. I’ve a feeling things are going to get worse before they get better here. My husband is self employed and has no work. When the lockdown lifts we hope that will change, but I think my writing is going to be even more important than ever to my sanity.

I’ll leave you with a picture of my new writing companion. She’s a neighbour’s cat who keeps sneaking into the house and is trying to adopt us.

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#Bookreview Fire-walker Series by Emma Miles #fantasy #epicfantasy @EmmaMilesShadow

I have had the great pleasure of reading the Fire-Walker series by Emma Miles and I wanted to share it with you.

I haven’t written a proper review in a long time, but this series has inspired me to share some book love. Keep reading to see why I loved it so much.

Book One The Raven Tower

The Blurb

How much would you sacrifice to save your people? Your freedom, your home … power … love … your life?


Four lands beneath the sky. A haven of peace, a kingdom of plenty, ravaged islands, and a nation of cruel, dark magic. One will try to devour them all.

Spring brings the ruthless Borrow raiders much earlier in the year, their attacks more ferocious, more desperate. When Kesta uses her magic to see in the flames who is really behind the raids the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his dangerous sorcerer, the Dark Man; but what price will the king demand for his aid?


Wild Kesta has been raised to be a leader, trusted, loved, with the freedom of her cherished Islands. Can Kesta subdue her fiery nature and work with a man she hates, a man she fears, to stop the evil that will consume their lands and enslave them all?

My Review

Sometimes you pick up and book and know from the very first few lines that you are going to love it. That’s what happened to me and I was so glad I found Emma Miles’ books through the blog tour she ran with Rachel’s Random Resources.

I love a book where you’re not sure which characters you can trust and no one is quite what they seem. The Raven Tower has plenty of mystery surrounding certain characters like Jorrun and I loved how Kesta is thrust into this very different life to save her people. Your understanding grows with Kesta’s and your are drawn in deeper with her.

I applaud the world building in the Fire-Walker series and the magic of the different cultures is very cool. Kesta’s home the Fulmer’s is probably my favourite place and you can understand her desire to save it and her longing to return there when she is locked away with the Dark Man!

I don’t want to reveal too much but just to say The Raven Tower is a magical, fantasy adventure with just the right amount of romance, mystery and intrigue to satisfy any reader.

Book Two The Raven Coven

I won a paperback in a blogging competition last year via twitter. It was only as I received the book that I realised it was book 2 in a series and I didn’t have book 1! Stupid me for not paying attention, but then who cares I just bought book 1 and started reading it when my book club decided to read The Raven Tower by another ‘famous’ author. I couldn’t get on with the other book but Emma Miles wowed me from the start and I wish the book club had chosen her book instead.

Without giving too much away from the plot, book two continues with the same characters you fell for in the first book, but there are even more twists and turns and heartbreak ahead. I had my heart broken a few times and I’m sure when you read it you’ll find out why!

This book had a satisfying conclusion to the series and I expected it to end there with the usual emotions inspired by a great book, happiness at the awesome ending and tears that it’s really over. BUT the author noted she plans to write at least two more in the series. I’m excited for this, though I hope the characters will get a breather for a while.

The Fire-Walker series has that page-turning quality which can lead to some very late nights if you haven’t got a moaning grump next to you asking you to turn out the light!

I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys magic and adventure, characters you’ll want to spend hours reading about and a world you never want to leave!

Links to Book 1 The Raven Tower on Amazon Book 2 The Raven Coven on Amazon

Check out Emma Miles on Goodreads

Show some indie love today!

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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Last day Visions of Zarua #Audiobook tour #fantasy And last chance for 99p ebook http://mybook.to/voz

Welcome to Day 7 of the audiobook blog tour for Visions of Zarua. Sadly it’s the last day of the tour, I’ve enjoyed having something to take my mind of the difficult times we are all going through but all good things must come to an end. This is also the last chance to get the eBook for only 99p Visions of Zarua.

The last stops on the tour are…

The Clipped Nightingale – Top 10 list and excerpt.

Teatime and Books – Interview and audiobook spotlight

Here are yesterday’s links.

Books, tea and healthy me – Indie Author interview and audiobook excerpt.

Jazzy Book Reviews – Top 10 list and audiobook spotlight

Previous stops on the blog tour

Superbooks – Author Interview discussing the processes of producing an audiobook.

2 Girls and a book – Have you seen my top favourite bands to write to? Check this post out and see if we have similar taste in music. Let me know what you think.

Wishful Endings – Wishful Endings shares an excerpt on the blog today.

Audiobook News – Pop over to Audiobook news for an excerpt of Visions of Zarua and listen to Guy Barnes’ brilliant narration.

Willow Writes and Reads – Review

‘…This narrator knows how to tell a story full of adventure and intrigue. I’m highly impressed. He knows how to pact a lot of intensity in his voice…’

‘…I loved the action and adventure. I also loved the underlying mystery and lure. I would have read this book in a day if I could have.’

4 the love of audiobooks – Interview, top 10 and excerpt

Eileen Troemel – Excerpt and top 10.

Willow Writes and reads – spotlight

Dab of darkness audiobook reviews – Review and interview.

‘The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense…’ 

The Book Junkie Reads – Excerpt and Top 10 bands I love to write to…

Nessie’s Place – spotlight

The full list of bloggers taking part in the audiobook blog tour can be found on Audiobookwormpromotions.

The ebook is still on sale for 99p worldwide. If you purchase the ebook you can get the audiobook for a huge discount! Here’s the universal link you’ll need to see the book on Amazon or direct on ACX and itunes.

A dark and thrilling fantasy that will keep you hooked from beginning to end!

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

Visions of Zarua ebook for only 99p

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Day 6 Visions of Zarua blog tour #indieauthor interview and Top 10 list #fantasy

Happy Easter weekend and welcome to Day 6 of the audiobook blog tour for Visions of Zarua. There are only two days left, I hope you’ve managed to see some of the blog posts so far.

Here are the links to today’s blogs.

Books, tea and healthy me – Indie Author interview and audiobook excerpt.

Jazzy Book Reviews – Top 10 list and audiobook spotlight

Previous stops on the blog tour

Superbooks – Author Interview discussing the processes of producing an audiobook.

2 Girls and a book – Have you seen my top favourite bands to write to? Check this post out and see if we have similar taste in music. Let me know what you think.

Wishful Endings – Wishful Endings shares an excerpt on the blog today.

Audiobook News – Pop over to Audiobook news for an excerpt of Visions of Zarua and listen to Guy Barnes’ brilliant narration.

Willow Writes and Reads – Review

‘…This narrator knows how to tell a story full of adventure and intrigue. I’m highly impressed. He knows how to pact a lot of intensity in his voice…’

‘…I loved the action and adventure. I also loved the underlying mystery and lure. I would have read this book in a day if I could have.’

4 the love of audiobooks – Interview, top 10 and excerpt

Eileen Troemel – Excerpt and top 10.

Willow Writes and reads – spotlight

Dab of darkness audiobook reviews – Review and interview.

‘The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense…’ 

The Book Junkie Reads – Excerpt and Top 10 bands I love to write to…

Nessie’s Place – spotlight

The full list of bloggers taking part in the audiobook blog tour can be found on Audiobookwormpromotions.

The ebook is still on sale for 99p worldwide for a few more days. If you purchase the ebook you can get the audiobook for a huge discount! Here’s the universal link you’ll need to see the book on Amazon or direct on ACX and itunes.

A dark and thrilling fantasy that will keep you hooked from beginning to end!

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

Visions of Zarua ebook for only 99p

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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Day 5 #audiobook tour for Visions of Zarua #fantasy

Welcome to Day 5 of the audiobook blog tour for Visions of Zarua.

Today on the tour…

Superbooks – Author Interview discussing the processes of producing an audiobook.

2 Girls and a book – Have you seen my top favourite bands to write to? Check this post out and see if we have similar taste in music. Let me know what you think.

Previous stops on the tour

Wishful Endings – Wishful Endings shares an excerpt on the blog today.

Audiobook News – Pop over to Audiobook news for an excerpt of Visions of Zarua and listen to Guy Barnes’ brilliant narration.

Willow Writes and Reads – Review

‘…This narrator knows how to tell a story full of adventure and intrigue. I’m highly impressed. He knows how to pact a lot of intensity in his voice…’

‘…I loved the action and adventure. I also loved the underlying mystery and lure. I would have read this book in a day if I could have.’

4 the love of audiobooks – Interview, top 10 and excerpt

Eileen Troemel – Excerpt and top 10.

Willow Writes and reads – spotlight

Dab of darkness audiobook reviews – Review and interview.

‘The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense…’ 

The Book Junkie Reads – Excerpt and Top 10 bands I love to write to…

Nessie’s Place – spotlight

The full list of bloggers taking part in the audiobook blog tour can be found on Audiobookwormpromotions.

The ebook is still on sale for 99p worldwide for a few more days. If you purchase the ebook you can get the audiobook for a huge discount! Here’s the universal link you’ll need to see the book on Amazon or direct on ACX and itunes.

A dark and thrilling fantasy that will keep you hooked from beginning to end!

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

Visions of Zarua ebook for only 99p

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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Day 4 is #excerpt and #review day on Visions of Zarua’s #audioblog tour #fantasy

Welcome to Day 4 of the audiobook blog tour for Visions of Zarua.

Today I’m sharing links to the latest stops on the tour.

Wishful Endings – Wishful Endings shares an excerpt on the blog today.

Audiobook News – Pop over to Audiobook news for an excerpt of Visions of Zarua and listen to Guy Barnes’ brilliant narration.

Willow Writes and Reads – Review

‘…This narrator knows how to tell a story full of adventure and intrigue. I’m highly impressed. He knows how to pact a lot of intensity in his voice…’

‘…I loved the action and adventure. I also loved the underlying mystery and lure. I would have read this book in a day if I could have.’

Previous stops on the tour

4 the love of audiobooks – Interview, top 10 and excerpt

Eileen Troemel – Excerpt and top 10.

Willow Writes and reads – spotlight

Dab of darkness audiobook reviews – Review and interview.

‘The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense…’ 

The Book Junkie Reads – Excerpt and Top 10 bands I love to write to…

Nessie’s Place – spotlight

The full list of bloggers taking part in the audiobook blog tour can be found on Audiobookwormpromotions.

The ebook is still on sale for 99p worldwide for a few more days. If you purchase the ebook you can get the audiobook for a huge discount! Here’s the universal link you’ll need to see the book on Amazon or direct on ACX and itunes.

A dark and thrilling fantasy that will keep you hooked from beginning to end!

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

Visions of Zarua ebook for only 99p

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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Blog Tour Day 3 Visions of Zarua #Fantasy #audiobook

Welcome to Day 3 of the audiobook blog tour for Visions of Zarua.

Today I’m sharing links to the latest stops on the tour and making an apology to 4 The Love of Audiobooks whose stop I missed on 5th April. Opps!

4 the love of audiobooks – Interview, top 10 and excerpt

Eileen Troemel – Excerpt and top 10.

Willow Writes and reads – Review (link to come)

Previous blog spots on the tour

Dab of darkness audiobook reviews – Review and interview.

‘The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense…’ 

The Book Junkie Reads – Excerpt and Top 10 bands I love to write to…

Nessie’s Place – spotlight

The full list of bloggers taking part in the audiobook blog tour can be found on Audiobookwormpromotions.

Don’t forget to celebrate the tour I’ve reduced the ebook to 99p! If you purchase the ebook you can get the audiobook for a huge discount! Here’s the universal link you’ll need to see the book on Amazon or direct on ACX and itunes.

A dark and thrilling fantasy that will keep you hooked from beginning to end!

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

Visions of Zarua ebook for only 99p

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Visions of Zarua Blog Tour day 2 #fantasy #audiobook Plus ebook 99p http://mybook.to/voz

Day two of the blog tour

The full list of bloggers taking part in the audiobook blog tour can be found on Audiobookwormpromotions.

Everyday I will share the links and hope you will be able to take part by visiting these sites.

Today’s bloggers are;

Dab of darkness audiobook reviews – Review and interview.

‘The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense…’ 

The Book Junkie Reads – Excerpt and Top 10 bands I love to write to…

Previous blog spots

Nessie’s Place – spotlight

Don’t forget to celebrate the tour I’ve reduced the ebook to 99p! If you purchase the ebook you can get the audiobook for a huge discount! Here’s the universal link you’ll need to see the book on Amazon or direct on ACX and itunes.

Here’s the details of the book and a very cool trailer designed by Guy Barnes.

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

Visions of Zarua ebook for only 99p

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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Visions of Zarua Audiobook tour 5th – 11th April 2020 #fantasy

At last the day is here when I can introduce the audiobook blog tour for my debut Visions of Zarua. Thanks to Audiobookwormpromotions, for organising everything. Click the link to see all the bloggers on the tour.

Each day of the tour two bloggers will be sharing reviews, interviews, excerpts and a special top 10 list that gives insight into my writing mind!

I will share the links and hope you will be able to take part by visiting these sites.

Today’s bloggers are;

Nessie’s Place – spotlight

Willow Writes and Reads – review

(I will post the remaing links tomorrow due to the time difference between us.)

To celebrate the tour I’ve reduced the ebook to 99p! This also means if you purchase the ebook you can get the audiobook for a huge discount! Here’s the universal link you’ll need to see the book on Amazon or direct on ACX and itunes.

Here’s the details of the book and a very cool trailer designed by Guy Barnes.

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

That’s it for today. Don’t forget you can pick up the Visions of Zarua ebook for only 99p worldwide.

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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