Reading Catch Ups

Shaking Up The Reading Round-Ups

My round ups in the last few weeks went off the rails a little. Some really historic things have happened since the beginning of the year and it seemed weird not to comment on them a little. Plus, at a time when the world feels like it’s falling apart, it’s important to write down your own reassurances. It helps in the short term and coping is a daily responsibility.

But it also gave me an opportunity to review the idea of these Thursday reading round-ups. While I like talking about the books I’m reading and what’s next in the pipeline, I also talk about my own writing. Now that I’m a full-time author, I think it’s time to branch out and talk about this experience of being a hardcore reader and a dedicated author as one. Because in my day to day life, they overlap an awful lot.

When I’m writing a book, there isn’t a lot to talk about. At least, for me there isn’t. I don’t want to give away any spoilers or ruin the surprise, so even snippets are quite hard to share. But I’m nearly finished with the first run of Valkyrie Cursed and well on the way to completing the plan for book two in the series. (Still toying with titles for the next book!)

But as soon as Valkyrie Cursed is released and I’m pumping out sequels, there’ll be a lot more to talk about. Frankly, I love talking about my writing and I’ll gush about it to anyone who will listen. The problem is, everyone’s listening to the news right now!

So, maybe I do need a bit of an outlet for my writing gushing as well as my reading gushing. While this segment will stay under the category of “Round Ups”, it will incorporate a little more than it used to. I’d actually love to document the writing journey from the beginning of full-time through to one year, two years etc. Maybe I’ll look back on these posts in years to come and have a nostalgia kick.

Anyway, on to the reading part of the round up!

As you can see from yesterday’s review, I’ve just finished A Drop of Dream by Amy Hopkins which was a truly great read. A cosy magical mystery with lots of action and a protagonist who sells magical tea for a living. This is one to read so make sure you check it out.

I’ve moved straight on to Kim Petersen’s Ascension. If you’ve read my previous reviews of her books Blood Legend: Undead and Blood Legend: Rebirth, you’ll know I’m already a big fan of her work. Me and my husband have a nightly ritual now in which we curl up in bed and read, glaring at each other if one of us coughs. It’s like we’re 80 years old already!

Tonight I’ll be reading about Kim’s vampire dystopia while my husband reads about a time-travelling Viking who takes a decade’s long vacation to Ancient Greece. (He’s got great taste.)

Next week I plan to have almost finished Valkyrie Cursed and have a finalised name for book two. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to share all that progress with you next Thursday. In the meantime, have a great weekend. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway segment tomorrow! (Psssst, I’m a little bit involved in tomorrow’s giveaway!)

Thanks for reading! Did you know I also write urban fantasy books? Check them out here!

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