Nano21

It’s November 1st! That can only mean one thing…Here we go again!

Yes, its Nano time again and this year I am determined to finally beat it. I have a short story to finish then my first romance novel Rosie which has been stalled over the last few months and I had been hoping to release today. Instead plan B write like a lunatic this month, cover release when I hit 70k in the document (not Nano obviously), set a pre-order date for just before Christmas when I finish the first draft then edit like a lunatic.

Can I do it? The answer is yes, should I attempt to do it probably not but I have been stuck in this rut so long and I will be damned if another year finishes without at least one release. Going forward I intend to release between three and four books a year, a lot of this year has been about working out how to make myself more productive and I am finally getting there. Last week I got back on track with scheduling social media posts, I also got some writing done, and some housework. These things are not a big deal for some but for me they honest are at the minute.

I am breaking down everything into 30 minute section, then breaking that up with twenty minute breaks. The breaks are needed for my physical health more than my mental, if I am sat at my desk in that twenty minutes I need to get up an move about. The same is true in the other direction if I have been doing housework for half an hour I need to sit down and relax before switching to the next task even if that one involves sitting down.

My plan for Nano is to fit in four 30 minute writing slots per day each aimed at just 500 words. It is an amount I can easily type in that time (I am not as quick as I used to be lol) but also by the time I sit down I should have had time to decide where the story is going next. Right now in my short story a woman is tied up in someone’s cellar, for her, at this moment things actually can’t get any worse (I am not allowed to have really bad things happen to her while she is there or they would lol) but she is shortly going to be given hope.

And really when it comes to Nano, that it what it gives us. Hope we can write that novel, hope we will write everyday and hope that even if we don’t we will find a way to get back in the saddle after falling off.

Will I ‘win’ at Nano this year? Yes! Because even if I don’t write 50k in 30 days, all it takes is to write more than the 5k I have written in the last 30 days to be a winner.

Fact Vs Fiction

31 Overlook Hotel, Interlude & Chapter 5

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-r6f6b-10fef51

This is Interlude and chapter 5 of 31 Overlook Hotel on the Coffee & Dark Reads podcast, you can find the book at //mybook.to/31OverlookHotel and all my social media links at //bio.link/paulaacton

Fact Vs Fiction

31 Overlook Hotel, Interlude & Chapter 4

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-cu86x-10ec689

This is Interlude and chapter 4 of 31 Overlook Hotel on the Coffee & Dark Reads podcast, you can find the book at http://mybook.to/31OverlookHotel and all my social media links at https://bio.link/paulaacton

Fact Vs Fiction

31 Overlook Hotel, Interlude & Chapter 3

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mpfp7-10e332d

We move on to chapter three of 31 Overlook Hotel, as I stated before the book is free on amazon here http://mybook.to/31OverlookHotel and all my social media links at https://bio.link/paulaacton

Book Reviews · Monday Musings

What I Read This Week (Or Should I Say Fortnight)

Well. I have quite a few books to catch you up on today so let’s begin where we left off with…

I really enjoyed this book but it certainly was not really easy reading, behind each of the doors of a nice new exclusive estate lie secrets, but none as bad as those behind the pink door. I gave this five stars I would have liked it to do longer and to explore the fall out and aftermath of some of the lies a little longer. I would also have liked to know what happened to a couple of the characters after the end of the book but all in all I highly recommend.

After reading that book I needed some light reading so I went for a rom com…

I gave this four stars, don’t get me wrong was a good read, fun and funny in place but it didn’t blow me away. I liked the main character, I liked the plot, it is a feel good book but predictable in parts. It would be the sort of book I would recommend as the perfect beach read, happy ending guaranteed.

I still wasn’t ready to tackle anything heavy so I headed to my guilty pleasure, cowboy romances…

Again this ended up as a four star, loved the twist where the cowboy is also a doctor, but too much in a book this length to do it justice. I get that people want romance to stay a certain length but this book had so much going on through it that it felt a little like it was skimming through the main points in parts without giving each event the attention it deserved. I actually felt like there was enough good ideas and twists there to have made this into two books. I do recommend it still, the fact I wanted more speaks volumes for the writing.

The last book I finished was not exactly what I was expecting it to be…

This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it wrenched my heart strings. I thought that this would be a cosy women become friends book but it was so much more. This was about the creation of support groups, of how with the right people beside you that you can overcome anything. It is also a recognition that those friends do not have to look like you or have the same history, age and race play no part in true friendship. I gave this five stairs and if I wasn’t so eager to get started on my next book then I would be buying the next instalment of this series straight away.

And speaking of my currently reading book…

I am so lucky that as a friend of the author I get an arc copy of this book to read through and let me tell you I am excited beyond belief to finally get this on my kindle and to know that part 2 is not far behind. I will say get your copy pre-ordered and get the first two parts read if you haven’t already!

Fact Vs Fiction

WIP Wednesday – Cover Reveal!

★.•°`☆ COVER REVEAL ☆`°•.★

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Meant to Be Mine: A Books on The Beach Charity Romance Anthology

All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research UK
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Release Date: 22nd September 2021

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Synopsis

Sometimes you have to take a wrong turn to find out where you need to be.

So many people and places enter our lives that sometimes, you forget which path you belong on. When fate leads you down an unknown road, what would you do to get back to the one person that you belong with?

Would you risk it all to get back to them or would you continue down the path you are on and hope that fate will guide you home?

Come and join these fantastic authors with a mix of genres as they travel the path of fate and destiny.

These stories will show you that what’s meant to be will always find its way. 

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Book Reviews · Monday Musings

What I Read This Week.

At the minute I go through phases and as I am reading more on my kindle it has become easier to just hit the ratings when I finish reading rather than write a full review here. I do believe though that word of mouth is what can sell books for authors so I will be giving you a mix of what I am reading with books that are still stuck in my head.

This was the book I started the week with and I did really enjoy the story right up to the last chapter!

The last chapter saw the main character through the whole plot point out of the window. And it ended unsatisfactorally with a quick summary of what happens and a plug for the next book.

While I totally appreciate that many authors use freebies to encourage people to buy the rest of the series I find I am more likely to buy an authors work if I have read a full story by them rather then it be so obviously that they are just after your cash.

Before anyone says anything I know as an author that making money is hard but I was enjoying this book, had it been finished properly, even just to the end of the summary that was provided in the storyline I would have happily bought the next in the series but knowing this story seems to be split into at least three segments I can’t help but wonder if there will be another whole section merely summarised.

I don’t normally write negatively but in this case I am because I know this author can write, I have no idea if something in her personal life made her rush to end it and that was the reason for the summary section but rather then making me rush for more it slammed the brakes on and I didn’t even bother reading the taster pages for the next section of the book.

If the plot runs longer make the series longer, don’t compromise on good writing to fit it into a word count, this could have been so, so good but it has now left me looking elsewhere for my next read which is…

I just started this yesterday and I admit I am flying through it. No one can ever be sure what goes on behind closed doors. Nosy neighbours obsessed with keeping up standards totally miss what is happening just across the street. I don’t want to say too much at this point but so far it is heading for 5 stars.

You might have seen an earlier post today that was dated a few weeks ago. For some reason it didn’t publish but the book I mention there was called The Night Firm and I have to say a thoroughly recommended it. I was hooked right up to the last page. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B082KFX6S9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_2VBQNAP6ZVG32FA4TM05

So that’s this week’s reading round up will my current read be as good as it seems right now? I will let you know next week.

Fact Vs Fiction

Walking A Million Steps

Normally, I walk between 8k to 10k steps per day, on a lazy Sunday I might only do 4k, so I thought to myself this won’t be that hard I just have to make sure my Sunday laziness is kicked into touch and I make an effort to walk further. If I had done the maths first I might not have signed up!

Starting on 1st July you have three months to walk one million steps, I am what should be a third through and as you can see I am a little behind on where I should be.

The good news is that it is not impossible for me to still hit the target, I have had the calculator out today and I need to so 11,666 steps per day, it means walking a little further than I normally would and no lazy Sundays. Luckily an excursion yesterday helped add a few steps to reduce that number, and any day that I can do more than the allotted quota will allow to make things easier.

I explain my reason for doing this over on my page and I don’t usually ask favours like this but if you can spare a pound or two to donate and help me reach my financial target would be greatly appreciated. You can follow my journey here Support Paula in the One Million Step Challenge (diabetes.org.uk) I will give you another update here on the blog in a couple of weeks but wish me luck, and hope for nice weather, I spend more time out doing things with the horses then and get more steps.