Sunday Post – 18th February, 2018


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

It’s been half term, so Life has been a tad less hectic as I caught up on some outstanding paperwork and finished an editing project in order to clear the decks to continue the rewrite on Miranda’s Tempest.

However I had a call to have the grandchildren a day early, so we went up on Wednesday to collect them. The weather was atrocious on Thursday – torrential rain and high winds, so we stayed indoors. Thank goodness on Friday, it stopped raining and the sun came out. It was absolutely beautiful for Frances to spend the morning drawing with my sister and then in the afternoon, Oscar and I had a round of crazy golf at the newly refurbished course, followed by a trip to the Harbour Lights café for a drink and a packet of crisps as we waited to pick up Frances, who was on a shopping trip with a friend. I had promised him a hot chocolate with soya milk, but sadly, the café only had cow’s milk on offer. He was a star and accepted a cold drink, instead.

Oscar has been enjoying the Winter Olympics – so watched with us. We all agreed the snowboard cross is our favourite event, closely followed by the half-pipe. Oscar is less impressed with curling, though I find the tactical aspect fascinating. We took the children home yesterday evening after a lovely few days with them – they are a delight.

Today I am hoping to make some headway on Miranda before I start back teaching tomorrow.

This week I have read:

Launch to Market: Easy Marketing for Authors by Chris Fox
Launch to Market provides a simple system to plan, track, and execute your book launch. It covers the basics of marketing in an easy to understand way, complete with exercises that will prepare you for your best launch ever. You’ll see real sales numbers from an author who just did exactly what you’re trying to do, with take aways that will show you exactly how I did it. Don’t leave the success of your novel up to chance. Launch your book to market.

Given I started my self publishing career at the end of last year, I thought it was high time I widened my focus from solely being all about the craft of writing to include the dark art of marketing. A really hands-on, nifty book full of practical ideas and tips.


The Eye of the North by Sinéad O’Hart
When Emmeline’s scientist parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself heading for a safe house, where allies have pledged to protect her. But along the way, she is kidnapped by the villainous Doctor Siegfried Bauer

I thoroughly enjoyed this steampunk adventure. O’Hart’s rollicking adventure is packed full of vivid, engaging characters and action that had me turning the pages to discover what happens next – even though I am not the target audience.


Queen of Chaos – Book 3 of the Sequoyah trilogy by Sabrina Chase
The exciting conclusion to the Sequoyah trilogy.

Webspace pilot Moire Cameron is one of the best–but even she can’t fly her way out of a catastrophic drive failure that triggers a time-dilation bubble. Left suddenly eighty years out of date, she is on the run in a world she no longer knows, caught in the middle of a human-alien war while agents of Toren hunt her for the information only she has–the location of the pristine world of Sequoyah.

How’s that for a short and sweet blurb? That said, as this is the finale to Moire Cameron’s adventures, I have decided to add the blurb to the first book The Long Way Home to give you an idea of what this series is about, because if you are a fan of quality, character-led space opera then these books are well worth reading – and are ridiculously cheap…


Fire and Bone – Book 1 of the Otherborn series by Rachel A. Marks
“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A….”

In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future. Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap. Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, being an unexpectedly gritty read exploring some of the old Celtic myths full of dark blood magic and sacrifice underneath the fluff.

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 11th February 2018

New cover for Dying for Space – Book 2 of the Sunblinded trilogy by S.J. Higbee

Teaser Tuesday featuring Queen of Chaos – Book 2 of the Sequoyah series by Sabrina Chase

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring Fire and Bone – Book 1 of the Otherborn series by Rachel A. Marks

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Eye of the North by Sinéad O’Hart

Friday Face-off – Groovy baby… featuring Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Review of Raven’s Children – Book 2 of the Sequoyah series by Sabrina Chase

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

Not one of them was capable of lying… I read this offering from W.H. Auden – one I didn’t know and since then the words have haunted me…

Chilean Open-Air Art These stunning examples are worth checking out…

How I Write Reviews This is a fascinating insight into the craft of review writing by one of my favourite reviewers.

10 of the Best Poems about Darkness This article includes two of my all-time favourites – ‘I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark’ and ‘The Darkling Thrush’.

Twas the Night Before Valentine’s… I loved this anti-Valentine’s poem by social media jedi, Kristen Lamb.

Have a great week and thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site.

46 responses »

    • Glad to hear it! It was nice to get a bit of a break during half term, given that things were very full-on during Christmas and we started back teaching early. So it was a relief having a chance to ease up just a bit! I hope the coming week is also a good one, Raex

    • Oh absolutely – that said, I’d like to reassure everyone that I SHAN’T be blitzing you all with BUY MY BOOKS notices all over the blog:). I hope you have a great week, Deb.

  1. It sounds like you have a great time with your grandchildren, Sarah. That’s wonderful! I hope you get lots done today. It’s great that you’re writing books and I guess you have to learn to do the marketing aspect, too. So good for you that you’ve read a book about it to help market your books better.

    You also always point me toward good books so I bought The Long Way Home and have added it to my books to read! Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Jan:). Yes, the marketing is so hard but it is easier when lovely folks like you take the trouble to post reviews of books you like on Goodreads, as you did for RUNNING OUT OF SPACE – bless you!

      I hope you enjoy The Long Way Home and have a great week:)

  2. I’m determined to understand the sport of curling someday. Every Winter Olympics I say this but then just end up sitting there mystified by how it all works, lol. I have enjoyed watching the snowboarding and all of the skating though. It’s amazing what these athletes can do.

    Glad to hear you had such a nice time with your grandchildren and a productive half-term break!

    • Thank you! I think I have more or less nailed how curling works given that I have watched HOURS of it, again… I really do love the Olympics, both summer and winter, but if I had the choice I think I’d rather watch the winter sports – the athletes are so brave and have such a strong sense of comradeship which I love to see:). I hope you have a great week, Suzanne:).

  3. Thanks for the shout out, Sarah! I am half way through Fire and Bone and loving it. It’s not what I expected either. I’m curious to hear your thoughts😊

  4. Sounds like you had a great few days with your grand kids! I heard great things about Chris Fox’s books. And Fire and Bone looks interesting, although that can be a bit weird when a book is so different than you expected. I am looking forward to hear your thoughts. I hope you’ll have a great week and good luck with your writing!

  5. Glad you had a nice week and got to spend time with the littles. I’ve been watching the Olympics too but haven’t seen any curling yet! I have to admit I’m kinda curious? I mean I’ve seen it in the past but not sure I have it figured out yet. 🙂

    The Eye of the North looks good!

    • The Eye of the North is fabulous and we spend HOURS watching curling on this side of the pond, given it is one of the few Winter Olympic events we have a chance of a medal:)). Though I’m not complaining – I really enjoy it. Have a great week, Greg.

    • Glad the rain has stopped! We had some lovely weather over the weekend, but it’s gloomy and wet here again – typical Monday weather. The figure skating is wonderful – but I’ve now decided that I’m a solid fan of the free-style ski-ing – how DO they do those tricks? Have a great week, Charlie and thank you for popping by:)

  6. Sounds like a wonderful day with the grandkids! And the hot chocolate sounds delightful though too bad about the soy milk. Hopefully the rains will stay away this week! My husband and I ended up watching curling one night a few months ago and have gotten kind of in to it! Have a great week!

    • Yes… that curling really sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? Yes – I had a really lovely time with Oscar – and he was an absolute superstar… such good company! I hope you, too, have a great week, Katherine and many thanks for swinging by:)

  7. Sounds like you had a good week. The weather here has been crazy as well but at least Friday was better. I’ve been wanting to check out Fire and Bone, it’s on my list. Hope you enjoy your week!

  8. You’ve been busy. Glad you found a moment to breath. Well, before it all goes crazy again. lol. Take care and have a great week!

    • Thank you for your empathy:). The situation is getting better in larger towns here, but there are still places where cows’ milk is the only option. I hope you, too, have a great week:)

  9. It feels weird to be commenting on your Sunday post from last week when this week is almost over. But… well, that’s the kind of week I’ve had, to keep things brief. :/

    It sounds like you had a lovely recent visit with the grandkids. I’m glad the weather improved enough for your crazy golf outing with Oscar. Btw, is it called “crazy golf” because it’s geared toward children?
    Or were you describing the game that you and Oscar played that day as crazy?

    Unfortunately I haven’t kept up with the Winter Olympics, since most of the coverage airs when I’m working or writing. But last week I caught a few minutes of the women’s ski jump, and there was a moment when one of the skiiers was going downhill, preparing to jump – and I thought, “Oh! The way she’s squatting reminds me of chair pose from yoga!” XD So now when we do utkatasana (chair pose) in yoga class, I pretend I’m a ski jumper. Well, sort of. *lol*

    Hope this week has been a good one for you so far. 🙂

    • Lol… I LOVE the idea of using the downhill ski squat in yoga – I hope it works:). Crazy golf is when there are various structures built around the holes – our course has a pirate theme, so there is one where you have to chip the ball onto the deck of a galleon where it falls through the slats and comes out of a cannon, before being chipped into the hole – hopefully! Families do tend to play it and I like taking the children:). Thank you for swinging by, given you are clearly enduring one of those weeks where you are running to keep up… I hope everything calms down very soon, Sarax

      • Crazy golf sounds like what we call “miniature golf” or “mini-golf” here. It’s geared toward children and families, and often has fun or themed obstacles you have to golf around. I haven’t played it in a long time, but it was always fun. 🙂

        I’ve sort of given up on the “catching up” part. It’s too difficult once all the notifications have piled up. So I’m just visiting a blog here or there when I can and reading / commenting on one post. Unfortunately this might be my new normal for a while, in terms of following my friends’ blogs… But at least I haven’t disappeared completely. 😉

      • If you are that swamped, then you need to do what you can to keep your head above water. In the meantime, take care of yourself – and the description of the golf is spot on, right down to the loads of fun…:) Hugsx

  10. I have to say, catching up so late, has a certain appeal. You wrote about torrential rains, and while I’m reading it, it’s summer over here in Virginia (we do get rain and it’s intense, but it passes quickly – it’s also still hot), and the UK is suffering from an extreme heatwave. It makes me smile and think of how peculiar “time” is when – via posts like this one – one experiences it out of order.

      • I remember one good heatwave 4 years ago, but it lasted only about 3 weeks. This one seemed to be going on for months!

      • Yes – it seems to be passing now, though – to most people’s relief. We have had sufficient rain that our grass is rapidly transforming from coir matting back to its more normal green:)

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