I am not great at sharing reviews, which is a shame as I know how important they are to authors, so I’ve decided to try a monthly wrap up post to share what I’ve been reading through the month. I also plan to share any progress on my writing projects as well as trying to stick to a quarterly plan.
I’ve made a good start to the year and my Goodreads goal of 26. Reading 4 books this month has set me up well.
The Fifth Sun Series by Talis Jones has kept me entertained and I’m looking forward to the final installment.
Writing Romance Novels and Love Stories has given me plenty to think about and work through with The Mermaid Hotel Series.
Rules for dating a Romantic Hero was a quick read and enjoyable. A good choice to get someone into reading who is daunted by bigger books.
Christmas Kisses by Alison May was a great read. I loved how the three novellas were interlinked and how it all came together at the end. Very enjoyable.
My new audiobook came out in January – Love, Loss and Life In Between. I have free audio codes available for reviewers, so please get in touch.
Book 1 has a new title (formerly known as Evie’s Song) – Secrets and Love Songs at The Mermaid Hotel. It really fits the story and the genre. Feedback so far has been brilliant. What do you think?
I’ve also decided that I’ve been mentally putting the book in the wrong category – thinking of it as Contemporary Women’s fiction when it’s closer to the Cosy Seaside Romance genre.
I’m still editing the above and have quite a bit of work to do on the descriptions and layout of the novel.
Starlight Prophecy – No progress
Other writing – Nothing to report.
Other relevant writing news
I have joined the Romantic Novelist Association’s New Writers Scheme, which turned out to be easier than anticipated. It means I can send ‘Secrets and Love Songs at The Mermaid Hotel’ to a reader in March and get new professional eyes on the story.
I have subscribed to Mslexia, the women’s writing magazine and taken out their special Salon membership which has various perks throughout the year.
I have signed up to the RNA’s course ‘Writing a series with a coastal or countryside setting’ taught by Jessica Redland (I’m reading one of her books for the first time and loving it!). I think this course will be really helpful as I plan the rest of The Mermaid Hotel Series.
Plans for February
Books I hope to read this month
Writing projects for February
Complete the latest draft of Secrets and Love Songs at the Mermaid Hotel in preparation for the New Writer’s Scheme.
Write something new for my writing group meeting mid-February.
I think that about sums up my plans for February. Short and sweet!
Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic fantasy, heart-warming romance and short stories
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