Tolkien Reading Day and End-of-Round for ROW80

his Sunday is Tolkien Reading Day!

Tolkien Reading Day "has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. We particularly encourage schools, museums and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events."
"The theme of Tolkien Reading Day 2018 is Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit. What will you be reading?"
I think I'll go back to my copy of The History of The Hobbit, which I've still not finished reading! I also haven't even started my copy of Beren and Luthien, published last year. I've been reading less fiction on my commute, and many more articles and texts for school.

Just for fun, here's a screenshot of one of my favourite images of Tolkien's:

As for schoolwork, the first round of the year of A Round of Words in 80 Days has ended! Let's see how I did on my ROW80 goals...

enter handwritten edits to Th…

New Release: Last Call by TL Watson

new book!

Last Call by TL Watson is out now!

Newly-single attorney Gwen Cooper’s list of things that make her happy is pretty simple:
1. her teenage sons
2. her stilettos
3. finally taking control of her own life

While texting the first on the list to warn them she’s missed her flight home, she plows into a hot-shot movie star, has a lukewarm latte dumped down her blouse, and snaps a heel off item number two. When the actor shows up at the hotel bearing an apology of replacement Louboutins, she should be wondering how he got her room number. Instead, she’s simmering over his well-tailored suit and conjuring more sinful ways for him to make things up to her. And why not? The notorious bachelor is the perfect guy to kick off her post-divorce fantasies of no strings attached. Ever again.

Blake Donovan claimed Hollywood’s top spot by playing the self-centered bad boy his manager and publicist created. Lonely as it is, he’s long since accepted the image he portrays to the world. Until the gorgeo…

Sleepless Nights... Thanks to Good Books by Rose Phillips!

leepless nights, caused by staying up late reading...

It's been a while since I a) stopped the world to devour a book (or two); and b) read a really good YA.

Rose Phillips' two books fit the bill. Plus they got me all teary, in a good way. And also let me forget for a while that I was reading on a Kindle app. No small feat, as I'm usually acutely aware of the medium, in a way that doesn't happen with paper books.

Here they are:

Cutting to the Chase
"How do you fix something you didn't break?
Lizzy certainly doesn't have the answer. All she knows is that she needs to survive senior year, then get as far away from her dysfunctional family as possible. In the meantime, when she can't take the pressure, she eases it with the sharp edge of a razor blade.

But, she's been cutting deeper and her thoughts are growing darker.

Until she meets Michael. With him she finds relief.

Now, maybe—just maybe—she can make it."

I don't like this blurb. I don&…

Books Wishlist and ROW80


I've got a wishlist as long as both arms, but realistically, not only should I read the books I already own, but I also can't afford to get a huge pile of new books. Still, there's always an excuse to get at least a few new ones (not even counting upcoming releases by Louise Penny and J. K. Rowling/R. Galbraith and others!).

Here are the ones that have recently moved up to the top of the list:

The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May

For research, she says. Because they're set on the isle of Lewis, where one of my characters comes from...

Harry Potter and the Philisopher's Stonein Scots!

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

"In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-ha…

Winter in Switzerland Photos, and ROW80


"I'm a writer... Anything you say or do may end up in my novel"

ROW80 and Story Snip from Captive of the Sea

nip day!

In honour of today being KissPitch, on Twitter, hosted by All The Kissing.

On the other hand, the snip I'm about to share isn't from the story I'll be pitching. Instead, this is a sort of fairy tale synopsis of Santiago and Magdalena's story, Captive of the Sea. It is a love story, though!

I reread it recently for the first time in a couple of years, and it wasn't so bad. Of course the final action scenes and the ending, as always happens with me, need a lot of work. But it's next on the editing list, after The Handful of Time and the World War Two story (which really needs a proper title. I can't keep calling it Mystery at Bertram's Hotel, as if it was an Agatha Christie retelling).

Of all of my ROW80 goals, though, the crafts are currently at the forefront, as there's a deadline for them! And school, of course. I'm hoping to get back into editing more intensely in April. And I'm trying to decide whether I can manage the A to Z Blo…