1 month 303 followers and a husky who can’t read…

I am overwhelmed to say that after one month on here I have acquired an amazing 303 followers! Thank you guys so much for coming on this journey with me, I am really enjoying spending time getting to know you all through your own blogs and am so thrilled that you have taken the time to read mine 😍😍😍

I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to have a quick read of the blurb for my upcoming novel Chained. I have found it insanely difficult to write a blurb that I feels sums it up in the right way without giving too much away but hopefully I’ve managed it. I’d love to hear your feedback on it and what you think the book is about based on it 😊 so here goes…

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight. 

I hope you liked it, I asked my husky Koda to have a look but he can’t read ☺️

  

Sunshine Blogger Award πŸ†β˜€οΈ

I was nominated for this award by Kirstysbookshelf. Thank you so much for my nomination! You should check out her blog because it’s really great 😊

The rules for this blog are…

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions from your nominater
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers for the award and give them eleven questions to answer

My answers:

1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I’d love to see the Great Barrier Reef, but then I’ve always wanted to do Route 66 too so I’m torn 😁

2. What book made you fall in love with reading?

Lord of the Rings! My dad used to read it to me when I was waaay too young for it and I loved it. It was the first ‘big book’ I ever read on my own when I was nine and I remember lugging this huge copy of it to and from school for reading time every day. I think it took me the best part of a year to finish on my own but after that I was hooked on books for life!

3. Do you have any pets? If so what?

I have two cats and two dogs. All rescues and all boys – I’m very outnumbered in my house! Here’s a photo of them posing on the stairs…

  
4. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

I don’t think I’d be able to live without a Cheeky Nandos! 

5. You’re trapped on a desert island and only have one book, one film and one cd. What would each be?

Ahhhh this is torture! I think (and this could be completely different if you asked me tomorrow) I’d have to have Harry Potter (please let me have the whole series πŸ˜‡ but if not I’d go for Half Blood Prince – probably). Then I think I’d want Jurrasic Park and I’d take Miley Cyrus Bangers because she always makes me smile!

6.What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. I’m fangirling so hard for this series and can’t wait for the next instalment in September – I think I’ve triple checked my pre order on Amazon 500 times to make sure it’s definitely comingπŸ˜†

7. What’s the worst book you’ve read this year and why?

This is tough because I don’t generally dislike anything I just like some things more than others lol. But I would say Vengence by Amy Miles. This is a big spoiler but basically everything was going terribly wrong, she lost her leg, was stuck in an awful prison, everyone she loves dies…. And then they magically go back in time to less than half way into the first book and go ‘damn everything went terribly, let’s make some different choices so that doesn’t happen’ and that’s how it ends which to me meant that everything I read was pointless as it will now never happen and as it was the end of the series it’s not like I’ll ever find out what happened with them making these other choices 😑

8. Do you have a favourite band/musician?

Again I find it hard to pick favourites but my top few would be Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Eminem 🎢

9. Do you have a book you would love to see turned into a movie or TV series?

I’d love to see the Throne of Glass series made into probably a TV series. If they did it on the level they did Game of Thrones I think it would be immense 

10. What’s your party trick?

I can reliably incorrectly guess the sex of any pregnant woman’s baby. 100% of the time, I’m wrong 😊

11. Other than reading, what else do you like to do?

I’m a bit of a gym geek, I love to work out while binge watching TV series.  I like going to the cinema, taking naps at my friends’ houses and fan girling over many many things!

My nominations are…

And my questions are…

  1. If you could be one book character who would you be and why?
  2. Which Hogwarts house would you be in and who would be your favourite teacher?
  3. Would you rather spend your life on a spaceship bound for a new world or stay behind in the ruins of earth?
  4. Do you think you would survive a zombie apocalypse and what would be your tactic? 
  5. Would you rather have a pet dragon or magical powers?
  6. What’s your favourite book and why?
  7. Who would you cast to play you in a movie of your life?
  8. What are you counting down the days on your calendar for?
  9. Which bad guy were you secretly hoping would win?
  10. If you were cursed and turned into an animal, what would you want to be and why?
  11. Which book world would you want to live in?

Have fun with it guys 😊 xoxo

One lovely blog award πŸ†

  
I was nominated for The Lovely Blog Award by betwixt-these-pages. Thank you soooo much for my nomination! ☺️

The rules for this award are:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. 

2. You must list the rules and display your award. 

3. You must add seven facts about yourself.

4. You must nominate fifteen other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated. 

5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.
So the facts about me are…

1. I married my high school sweetheart and the only man I’ve ever loved. (We’ve been together nearly 11 years and married for nearly 3) πŸ‘°πŸ»

2. I’m a vegetarian and have been my whole life. I’m really into animal welfare and won’t even squish a bug.πŸ›

3. I’m into The Walking Dead in a way that might not be healthy. I have a shirt that says ‘I have a Daryll Adixon’ on it which is sooo true and I fangirl so hard over it lol. πŸ”«

4. I have two cats and two dogs (all rescues) they are my fur-babies, insult them and I’ll cut you! 🐱🐢

5.  I live in a three storey townhouse on the edge of the countryside in Kent, England. It doesn’t rain all the time but it’s probably pushing 90% *sigh* πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ·β˜”οΈ

6. I’m a little bit obsessed with Miley Cyrus, I don’t know why but I love her. I love her movies and music and the fact that she has a pet pig! 🐷

7. I’ve been writing stories since I was very young and I’m like something possessed at the moment. The only thing that can draw me out of my writing is reading. πŸ“–πŸ“

And for my nominations…

1. Carolinepeckham

2. Tanazmasaba

3. Fiddlerblue

4. Christine buras

5. Elan mudrow

6. Bartleyjennings

7. Aubreyleaman

8. Marianne

9. Kurt Brindley

10. Henzi

11. Masonlou

12. Bex

13. Married2arod

14. James Derry

15. Wordsweheart

If you’ve done it before or don’t have time don’t worry 😊 xoxo

Randy – the guy who always dies πŸ˜²

I have a special place in my heart for Randy (Randy Random is his full name). He or she turns up in every story, be it book or film and every time they die I cry ‘Randy nooo!’ (Ideally while kneeling in the rain with a camera zooming away from above my head but that’s not always possible).

  
Sometimes the main character will have to fight their way through a group of Randys, killing mercilessly until they find the big baddie. Once they reach the bad guy with a name they’ll pause, have a conversation or even a crash of conscience meaning they can’t bring themselves to pull the trigger. But no one ever cares about killing Randy!

  
At other times Randy will be helping the main character, only to be shot down next to them. They will probably earn themselves a line to mention their passing but will never be thought of again. 
Often Randy has no official name, no actual speech and no real description beyond perhaps male or female, dark or blonde. So I name them Randy and I salute them! 

  

The Blogger Recognition award πŸ†

  
Thank you Suereadingcorner for nominating me! 

1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give this award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.

2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. List who nominated you in your post. Make sure to attach the award yourself!

3. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to your award post.

4. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. This way, anyone can find the original post if needed and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Why I started blogging:

I started writing my blog because I am an author and will be releasing my books this year. I wanted to connect with like minded people and hopefully build some interest in my writing too.

Advice:

The best advice I can think of is to just stay natural with you’re blogging. Write about things that matter to you in a way that will draw people in, stay light hearted and fun 😊

For the Blogger Recognition Award, I nominate:

1. CarolinePeckham

2. Matt

3. Siyan-Reads

4. Sjhigbee 

5. Emma  

6. The ya reader

7. Tanazmasaba 

8. Nerdybirdy

9. Ringaroundtheprose

10. Bambers1988

11. Cathy

12. R. Ann Greene

13. Onenightbookstandblog

14. MB

15. Mud and stars

😊 xoxo

End of bookaphobia (it’s a real thing!) πŸ˜±

You know that great feeling when you’re in the flow of a book and you love the characters and plans are starting to fall together and they’re heading on their way to take down the bad guys but suddenly you think ‘Will they all make it?’ ‘Is someone I love about to die?’. And you realise that you don’t want to carry on reading just in case but at the same time somehow it’s four am and you have to get up in the morning but you can’t possibly sleep until you know!

  
And the words ‘Just one more chapter’ are said aloud even to an empty room or an unresponsive cat

  
So you tell yourself you’ll just read a few paragraphs of the next chapter to make sure everyone’s alright but the next chapter is about a different character (and always the one you like least)

  

So you either have to give up and head for a restless sleep, read the unwanted chapter (or chapters) or (and I know this is book blaspheme) skip to the character you’re on and just make sure they’re okay!

  
But sometimes they aren’t ok! And then there’s no way you can just go to sleep without finding out if it gets better somehow

  

Ok, so everything might have slowed down but you’re in it now and there’s a good chance that the answer you’ve been looking for is on next page….

  
What? You thought it had slowed down! You thought you were safe? Whyyy why?? 😭 So now you have to read to the end just to be sure that everyone really does make it and to know how they coped with everything that went wrong

  
But when you finally read to the end and the adrenaline/terror/excitement has all been used up (and you’re satisfied or not but either way it’s really over!) at least you can get your head down and get a good night’s sleep…

  
… Oh 

☺️ xoxo

2 weeks 106 followers and a dog with zero interest…

Its the end of my second week of blogging and I’m overwhelmed to say that I’ve got an amazing 106 of you following my blog already! 😍😍😍😍😍 Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read / like / comment, it truly means so much to me! 

So, as a kind of tradition that I’m starting in honour of these milestone moments, I’m going to put another snippet from my upcoming novel Chained up for you to have a look at. This is a bit from chapter 9 just to give you a little bit of an idea of the feeling throughout the book… I would love to hear any feedback you have ☺️ :
 Taylor reached across the table and took my hand. I glanced up at him in surprise. 

 “Don’t let this place change you,” he said.

 “I think it’s a bit late for that.” 

 “No. It’s making us stronger but it doesn’t have to change who we are inside.” I looked at his grey eyes and felt something flutter in my stomach. 

 “What’s this? Love’s young dream?” a gravelly voice cooed from somewhere above me. I snatched my hand back as though it had been burnt and spun around. 

 Grey loomed over me, smelling strongly of sweat. I dropped my spoon with a clatter and shrank away from him. A small crowd of his followers gathered around our end of the table so that the Wardens couldn’t see what was going on. 

 Taylor tried to stand but a burley man appeared between the crush of bodies and gripped his shoulders, pressing him back down into his seat. A cold prickle of fear ran down my spine. 

 Dolly slinked between the bodies surrounding us and leant forward over Taylor’s shoulder, the hair that was remaining on her head trailed down his chest. She reached out and pulled his chin around so that he faced her, her nails digging into his skin. 

 “What a pretty face,” she hissed. Taylor jerked backwards, dislodging her grip but the man moved to stop him from standing again. 

 “What do you want?” I asked in a voice that sounded braver than I felt. 

 “That’s a good question,” Grey purred menacingly. He reached out and ran a lock of my hair through his meaty fingers. I stiffened and felt a surge of adrenalin run through my body but I didn’t move. 

 I glanced at Taylor who seemed at a loss for what to do as much as I was. 

 “We’re just being friendly,” Dolly smiled widely. Her facial muscles tugged on the scar that dominated the left side of her face, making her eye bug out. She leaned closer to Taylor’s face and his lip curled back in disgust. 

 The crowd of followers surged closer so that the press of bodies totally concealed us from view. Grey tugged at my hair again and I jerked away from him, managing to get to my feet. My legs were pressed against the table as I leant back, the bench I had vacated the only thing between us. 

 “Don’t touch me,” I snarled. 

 I wished I had some kind of weapon. The crowd started to murmur excitedly, waiting to see what would happen next. I held Grey’s eye and waited too. 

…thanks for reading, I asked my dog Ozzy to give it a go but he had zero interest xoxo ☺️

   

Animals in books πŸΊπŸ·πŸ΄πŸ»

I love the addition of an animal to a book especially when they further the story! This is a list of my top five animals in books and why, I’d love to know if you agree and who else you’d put on the list… 

5. Saphira- Eragon’s dragon. 

Sometimes I sit in traffic and I think ‘If I had a dragon I wouldn’t have to deal with this sh*t’ nuff said. (I’m gunna chuck Daenerys’ dragons in with this one too or it will all be me bitching about how I wanna ride a dragon)🐲

  
4. Bill the pony – The Lord of the Rings. 

Growing up my dad used to read me the works of J R R Tolkien and one question was never far from my lips. ‘Did Bill get home???? 🐴😭 but he did so that’s okay and I love him!

  
3. Ghost – Game of Thrones. 

So you’re making your way to school/work and some guy bumps into you, knocking you bag to the floor. In the real world we grumble internally, in my dreams, Ghost knocks him on his ass and scares the crap out of him while I laugh. This is Jon Snow’s reality and I want it (my own husky would be more likely to give the guy a lick). I’m counting all of the dire wolves in this but Ghost is my fave 🐺

  
2. Jacob – Twilight.

Okay so maybe he’s a person at times but when he’s wolfy he’s super wolfy and he can bring all of his pack mates to the occasion so they’ve all got your back. Oh and when he is a person he’s hot so no complaints there πŸ˜‹

  
1. Hedwig- Harry Potter. 

Was there ever any doubt? Best friend, super cute, crazy intelligent, can find anyone anywhere so you can totally find out if people are lying to you aaaaand no more waiting for the mail man? Done and done 🐦

  
Let me know if you agree xoxo