Well it’s been a while since I did a personal post on here.
Last year was hard. I had started writing at the start of last year, I got to about 10k and then went blank. I’ve taken a bit of a break and thrown myself back into reading. I read some amazing books, funny rom com ask the way through to dark with plenty of angst ridden romance thrown in for good measure.
Sadly, we lost our baby in the middle of the year and on the back of a series of dark books I lost my rhythm. I couldn’t read. I didn’t want to read. When I did, I couldn’t finish it.
It took months, I started and put down so many books, we must be well in to 20 or more. Nothing grabbed me, nothing kept me, nothing sparked my interest.
I talked with other blogger friends and author friends. Burn out. I was in reader burn out. So I stepped back, I stopped reading and stopped pushing.
Then an author friend of my was releasing a new book. She asked if I could review for her. I know her writing is fantastic, her hero’s flawed and her heroines strong, there’s no wall flowers here!
So I read, and I felt it, that spark. That little something that makes you keep turning the pages, the niggle that you have to know what happens next. Skyla Madi had done it again.
Skyla was the author that introduced me to this romance indie world, the door that opened to River Savage and Nina Levine and from there so many more. She sent me my first ever ARC after I started writing in this blog and she pulled me out of my book funk.
I could read, but was it just a fluke, was it just because it was Skyla?
So I signed up for a new to me author. If it didn’t grab me, if I couldn’t finish and I was still in a funk it wouldn’t matter. I wouldn’t have ruined an author I love, but I loved that book too! And the second book in *that* series is releasing shortly – I’ve just seen the cover which reveals tomorrow and it’s Awesome!
I was lucky enough to meet Bobbie Harvey at a signing last year and I have lots of her books in my kindle ready to read when I get time.
I had found my groove again. It took a while for me to build back up to my usual stories and speed but I’ve got there.
I have been lucky enough to review some amazing books. I’m included in a couple of different ARC groups and am really enjoying the opportunity to review.
Recently I have joined up to be a secret Beta reader which is really exciting. I have loved the beta reading I have done in the past, being able to pull the book apart and put it back together is great. To see the progress in the final piece is amazing and a great honour to be included in someone’s personal process.
There’s lots of exciting things happening at the moment and hopefully I’ll get back to writing at some point.