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.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

My Life In Books 2017 Part II

Yep, back for more?
Here's what happened in the second quarter of last year.


A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson - I only discovered Milly's books a couple of years ago, and love them. Her characters are warm and down to earth and I've done my best to buy her back catalogue. 5 stars.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham - still one of my favourite authors. Has been for about 20 years. I was already reading him whilst at university. A bit different from his usual legal thrillers, but I enjoyed this - 5 stars

FOR THE RECORD - not everything was 5 stars this year or close to it. I did give up on a few books, whether because of my mood, the number of spelling and grammar mistakes (always much more noticeable to me now as an editor and proofreader) or the dodgy plot. I just prefer not to rate something at all if I'd give it less than 3 stars.


The First Time Mums' Club by Lucie Wheeler - ALERT!! This was a new novelist for me and indeed it was her debut novel. In fact, as I type this article, I've just gone to check and she has a new novel out in March - Mums Just Wanna Have Fun and I've just pre-ordered it. As I'm a mum of two tiny sprogs, her debut novel really appealed to me. I remember tweeting her to tell her how much I enjoyed it. 

Breakfast Under A Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge - I've read another of Sam's books, but this was so much better in my opinion. I loved everything about it. There are a lot of books set in Cornwall and the surrounds at the minute, but this is one of the better ones. 4 stars.

Here Come The Boys - Milly Johnson - I did say I bought her back catalogue, didn't I? 4 stars.


Wickham Hall - Cathy Bramley - along with Holly Martin, over the past few years, Cathy has embedded herself in my conscience as one of my favourite authors, and likewise I love seeing her physical books on shelves now too, and delight in being able to buy them in paperback as well as e-book. 5 stars.

The Wedding Season - Samantha Chase - ALERT - new author for me. I liked this book to begin with, then got fed up with it, then gave it another go and liked it. So it gets a well-deserved 4 stars from me. 

Spring at Blueberry Bay - Holly Martin - yes, I was playing catch-up with her books. Four stars from me.

Hope this has given you some recommendations or at least food for thought. Tune in tomorrow for Part III.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

My Life In Books 2017 Part 1

Happy New Year!!
It was quite a year last year, with so much illness in our family and a wedding - ours, which I planned pretty much single-handedly, yet it seems I still managed to squeeze in 36 books in addition to all those I edited and proofread! No mean feat.

Anyway, here are my highlights and observations, for what they're worth.

Stuff the Turkey by Tara Ford - I loved this book and was gutted when I checked for its sequel this year and discovered Tara hadn't written it yet. I had to tweet her to ask her where it went!! Five stars.

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell - I love Jill Mansell. She is one of my all-time favourite authors and this book didn't disappoint - another 5 stars.

Duplicity by Sibel Hodge - Miss Hodge sure can craft a dark tale. She is very talented and writes in various genres. 5 stars.

Woman of God by James Patterson - I used to love James Patterson and religiously (pardon the pun) devour all his books, but the short chapters bugged me in the end. However, this book was delightfully different and much more thought-provoking. Loved it - 4 stars.

My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy - I had edited the second book in this series but hadn't read the first. I absolutely loved it. 5 stars.

Christmas Under A Starlit Sky by Holly Martin - I am sure I have read Holly's books out of sequence, but she has fast become one of my favourite authors. I feel so proud of her too when I see her books in the supermarket and bookshops now as I remember when her books were only available as e-books. 5 stars!

It seems March passed me by - not a single book. Not sure if that's possible, but nothing recorded for March - I must have been really busy with work!!

Tune in tomorrow for Part II.