Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 07/07/19

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Oh what a week that was. Some lovely weather, some even more lovely books. I cannot complain. I’ve been quiet as I’ve been pretending to write this week. I say pretending as I guess, technically, I’m typing. Slowly. And badly. But it beats having nothing on a page, right? I’ve got a few chapters down, a lot of outlining done, and . pretty good idea of where I’m taking the story. Made a few changes to my original idea, ones which could introduce the characters I had lined up for a series, albeit in a lesser capacity. It may even sound like I know what I am doing.

In truth I have absolutely no idea, but then doesn’t every writer start out this way? IMHO, anyone who professes otherwise is either a completely arrogant douche or completely full of the brown smelly stuff.

So I’ve had a pretty good week, book post wise at least. It’s been kind of productive at work too but that is all boring office type stuff and you don’t come here to hear about that! First up, I collected my Goldsboro Books order from the post office which was a lovely signed copy of Black Summer, the latest Washington Poe novel from MW Craven. It looks particularly lovely with its partner in crime, The Puppet Show, don’t you think?

Two more books arrived Thursday and Friday, completely unexpected. First up as the second book in the Gareth Bell series from PaulGrzegorzek, Closer Than Blood from Finn at Killer Reads. I also received a copy of JP Carter’s At Your Door, which I’m on the blog tour for later in the year, courtesy of Sabah at Avon Books.

On Friday, not only did I have the pleasure of a half day at work and a lovely afternoon of sunshine to keep me happy, I also received a lovely message off my Fairy Bookmother, (aka my dealer), the lovely Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books, followed swiftly by the Saturday arrival of a truly bumper book parcel. Four upcoming Orenda releases, all of which I am completely excited to read. Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson; In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J Malone; Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir and Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen. Not remotely excited by that last one at all. Nope. Not me.

No new Netgalley because I am a good girl. Sort of. One purchase, What You Did by Claire McGowan.

And that was it. See. Good girl.

Books I have read

The Chain – Adrian McKinty

VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

YOUR PHONE RINGS.
A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.
TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.
YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.
IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:

YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

Dark Secrets – Jack Steele

Detective Joe Stone is battling personal issues alongside a promotion which he feels unready to fulfil. When a psychopath escapes from Broadmoor and starts abducting the team under his command he is under increasing pressure. Can Joe hold his nerve as events lead to a tragic finale?

So that was it, but I have been otherwise engaged. Busy enough week on the blog, mostly thanks to Mandie.

A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle – Liz Eeles
The Demon’s Beneath – WD Jackson-Smart
From Inside the House – WD Jackson-Smart
Black Summer – MW Craven

The week ahead is equally as quiet as I’ve not had chance to read many books. Blog tour posts for Child’s Play by Angela Marsons, The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin and The Closer I Get by Paul Burston and that is currently your lot.

I have another trip to London planned for this week for the launch of Paul Burston’s The Closer I Get, then I’m on count down for Harrogate. Books and Betty’s – a powerful combination! Throw in a bit of writing and should be a fairly tidy week.

See you on the other side.

Jen