Tuesday, 8 January 2019

New Release - Debut Novel - Karen Furk - Mask of the Gods (Mask Chronicles 1)

Good morning and happy new release day to debut author Karen Furk. Her novel Mask of the Gods was an absolute pleasure for me to edit. I love my job!! I also love that I am almost finished editing book 3, so I know all the great things there are in store for the readers!

Anyway, for anyone who loves fantasy books, this one is a must. Original, refreshing, endearing and captivating.

Fantasy fiction from debut author Karen Furk with a fresh new twist. Haydan Tournadir's world has been turned upside down by the arrival of a soul demon. An ancient artefact might be able to help him. His quest to retrieve it might also cost him everything he holds dear.



Happy New Year!

OK, so it has taken me a week to say it, but Happy New Year. I have a great post for you later today, but I couldn't just jump back in without saying Happy New Year first.
Also, since I didn't really give you those updates I promised you about NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd let you know how I got on. I did it. Winner winner chicken dinner! It took me until the very last day at    7 p.m. on 30 November, but I did it. And, today I will be back writing again. All the festivities were a bit frenetic, but normal service has resumed, more or less!

So, what to expect this year? Well, I aim to finish The Proposal around March, then it will be off to the editor, and hopefully Just One Day will be finished around June. So, basically expect some new  books from me in the second half of the year. Here's hoping and fingers crossed.

Anyway, for now, have a great start to 2019 (I nearly said 2017...am going back in time...there's an idea for a book...oh no, it's already been done!) and I will catch up with you in about...fifteen minutes with a new post!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo - my progress

It's Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I've been up early and exceeded my NaNo goal already! 1600 words done today and I was up yesterday so now at 4200 words - just need to keep up the momentum - hope everyone else's NaNo efforts are going well.

And look out in the next few days for what I've been reading - I can't write but not read. I know others can, but it doesn't work for me!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 is just around the corner - and I'm taking part - again!

Right, it's that time, NaNoWriMo 2018 is almost upon us. I am busy plotting and sketching out characters and chapter plans ready for the first big write-in tomorrow. Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish my current book The Proposal by the end of the month, but when your kids are sick, what can you do. It will have to wait until December now.
So, November is all about the new book Just One Day. I shall chart my progress here. Anyone taking part in NaNo wishing to buddy me will find me on soozbuch on the NaNoWriMo site. Good luck everyone!

Friday, 18 May 2018

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

My Life In Books Part IV

Morning, and on to the final part of my reading habits of 2017


It's Raining Men by Milly Johnson - loved it - 5 stars

Nov was taken up by NaNoWriMo - I read hee haw in November!


Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon - enjoyed it but not as much as some of her others. 4 stars. Still, 4 books out of my list of 36 isn't bad for an author, is it?

Christmas at Carly's Cupcakes by Jessica Redland. Loved this. Jessica was a find for me last year and I've read everything she has written since. Bear With Me I have yet to finish as I set it aside when in a mood one day, but I shall complete this quarter. I love how some of the characters pop up in the other books. 5 stars.

The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft. ALERT - first time I've read anything by this author, although I do actually own a few of her books. Loved it. 5 stars

Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin - I think I make this book 5 of Holly's this year. 5 stars.

The Christmas Wedding by Melissa Hill - I am a big fan of Melissa and bought her back catalogue a few years back, but this one didn't really do it for me, so only gets 3 stars. Maybe it's because it was so short, but it lacked the depth of characterisation of her other books. 

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin - yep, last Holly book of the year - 4 stars. Again I like seeing characters from other books in subsequent books. 

Charlee and the Chocolate Shop: A Tale of Two Christmases by Jessica Redland - so glad I picked this up - loved it.  Five stars.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham - treated myself to the hardback with my birthday vouchers. Although it dragged a little at the start and I think it got a little bogged down in legalese and detail initially, really enjoyed it so it deserves its 5 stars.

The Christmas List by Chrissie Manby - ALERT - another author I've been told to read for ages, and never got around to. I finally did and was so glad I did. Loved it. 5 stars. I've already downloaded another of hers called Just In Case.

Last but not least, I read A Christmas Wedding by Paige Toon - 5 stars and a good note to end the year on.

So, to recap, I read no classics (oops, has been a resolution for the past two years - maybe I will have to wait until the children go to school before I have sufficient time and energy to concentrate that much!), I read a couple of thrillers, no crime fiction (unless I am mistaken) and books by all of my favourite authors. But I did discover five new authors this year. That's not bad - about 1/7 of my reading material!! 

This year I have said I will read a new author every fifth book. I know you are here to keep me to that! But I have started well as I am reading Sheila Roberts' The Snow Globe and loving it.

Tune in next week to see what I might be reading this year. I have 40 books to identify after all!!

Sooz x

Friday, 5 January 2018

My Life In Books 2017 Part III

And moving on to Part III...


One Summer in Tuscany - Domenica da Rosa - to be fair, it's about Tuscany, so I was always going to like it, however, if I'd found it inaccurate, given my love of Italy and the Italian language, it would have got the thumbs-down from me. Great job. ALERT - new author for me. Four stars.

Summer at Buttercup Beach - Holly Martin. Are you seeing a pattern yet? Yes, I think Holly might be edging ahead in the books I've read by a particular author competition! 5 stars.

Kim vs The Mean Girl - Meredith Schorr - I've read almost all of Meredith's books and really enjoyed this one - 5 stars.


Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews - historically, along with Jill Mansell, my favourite women's fiction authors. Again this didn't disappoint. Resounding 5 stars.

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon. Everyone kept telling me to read her books. I read this a month before my own wedding and it was brilliant. I then started buying up her back catalogue. 5 stars.


The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon. After deciding I loved Paige Toon, was lucky enough to spot her newest book in the New section of my library. 5 stars.

The Sun in Her Eyes by Paige Toon. Can't remember the last time I read three books by the same author consecutively. I usually like to break it up a bit. Not so here. 5 stars

The Break by Marian Keyes - I admit to being underwhelmed by Marian's last couple of books, however this was balm to the soul and a return to the Marian I used to know and love (not literally!) Well-deserved 5 stars.

Tune in tomorrow for the concluding part to my 2017 reading challenge. Have you set your Goodreads 2018 challenge yet? I've set mine at 40 books after reaching 36 this year.