Sunday Post – 7th February, 2021 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost

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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 was another quiet week. That said, it’s whipped by at dizzying speed. I’ve been mostly writing and reading. On Wednesday evening our Writing Group got together and we had an excellent Zoom meeting. I read the opening of Trouble With Dwarves and received some really helpful advice about tweaking the balance between setting the scene, establishing Castellan’s character and diving into the story – which is always a tricky issue at the beginning of a sequel. I’ve been chatting to Mhairi online, again, which is a lifeline – though we were both a bit shattered when we realised that we haven’t now seen each other for a whole year… In fact the only person I have spoken to face to face this week, other than Himself, was the nice man who came to deliver our monthly COVID test. I’m still trying to work out whether it’s a good or bad thing that it doesn’t bother me all that much. And the reason why I’ve been a bit late getting my Sunday Post out – and why I haven’t been about much on other people’s blogs is because today I completed the first draft of Trouble With Dwarves. Yippee😊.

The photos this week were taken a couple of weeks ago when Frank came to stay and we walked along the beach together.

Last week I read:

Reaper of Souls – Book 2 of the Kingdom of Souls series by Rena Barron
After so many years yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price. Now the last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to pick up the shattered pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in shambles, and long-buried secrets about who she is.

Desperate not to repeat her mother’s mistakes, Arrah must return to the tribal lands to search for help from the remnants of her parents’ people. But the Demon King’s shadow looms closer than she thinks. And as Arrah struggles to unravel her connection to him, defeating him begins to seem more and more impossible—if it’s something she can bring herself to do at all.
This African-inspired epic fantasy has picked up this compelling story and taken it forward. As ever, Arrah leaps off the page as she grapples with the truly terrible magic she has been lumbered with. Gripping and action-packed. Review to follow.

The Prince of Secrets – Book 2 of the Stariel series by A.J. Lancaster
Well-bred women should not be seen kissing their butlers. Even when the butler in question is secretly a fae prince.

Wyn knows falling for Hetta Valstar is a bad idea. She’s not only human but the new magically bonded ruler of Stariel Estate. If their relationship gets out, it’ll cause a scandal that could ruin their attempts to sort out the estate’s crumbling finances. And it doesn’t help that Stariel has decided it doesn’t like him.

But more than jealous sentient estates and Hetta’s good name are at stake. Wyn’s past is coming back to bite him. Ten years ago, he broke an oath and shattered the power of his home court, and the fae have been hunting him ever since. Now they’ve found his hiding place, they won’t rest until he’s dead or the debt is repaid–and they don’t play nicely.
I couldn’t resist jumping back into this delightful series – and once again it swept me along, ending far too soon. I want moooorrreeee!!! Review to follow.

Lines of Departure – Book 2 of the Frontlines series by Marko Kloos
Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is North American Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson. He dreams of dropping out of the service one day, alongside his pilot girlfriend, but as warfare consumes entire planets and conditions on Earth deteriorate, he wonders if there will be anywhere left for them to go.

After surviving a disastrous space-borne assault, Grayson is reassigned to a ship bound for a distant colony—and packed with malcontents and troublemakers. His most dangerous battle has just begun.
Himself has been gently nagging me to continue this military sci fi adventure, after I’d read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book way, way back in 2018. So I finally picked up the second instalment and immediately got pulled into this gripping adventure. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Castellan the Black and His Wise Draconic Sayings

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Cruel as the Grave – Book 22 of the Bill Slider mysteries by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Friday Face-off featuring A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Night Parade of 100 Demons – a Legend of the Five Worlds novel by Marie Brennan

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring Reaper of Souls – Book 2 of the Kingdom of Souls series by Rena Barron

Tuesday Treasures – 25

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Guilt at the Garage – Book 20 of the Fethering Mysteries series by Simon Brett

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Monster MASH – Book 1 of the Monster M*A*S*H series by Angie Fox

Sunday Post – 31st January 2021

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog. I’m very sorry for not having got around to visit as many people this week – but I’ve been working hard on the book. I hope you had a peaceful, healthy week – and do take care. x

26 responses »

  1. I am looking forward to Trouble with Dwarves. It sounds like it is coming along well and it is always great to get tips and advice from other writers you trust. Have a great week Sarah.

    • Thank you, Tammy:)). Yes – I’m really pleased to have the draft completed – that’s the second book in the Castellan trilogy done and I’m hoping to start the third one in a week or so, when I’ve sorted out all the details for the plotting.

      The art installation is a beachside restaurant that was made by a local welding firm from slabs of sheet metal that is coated once it acquired a patina of rust. It always looks rather wonderful when the sun catches it…

  2. I do think quiet weeks are the best since it means nothing bad has been happening 🙂 They do seem to go fast, though.

    Congrats on completing your draft. That’s great!

    • Thank you, Yvonne – yes, I’m glad the weeks are quiet, too. And I appreciate your kind good wishes on completing the draft of Trouble With Dwarves – it’s a great feeling, especially as I am very pleased with it!

  3. I love your photos and glad you had a quiet but productive week! Congratulations on the first draft and I adore that title! Hope you have another calm productive week!

  4. Here’s to the completion of the first draft! **clinking glasses**

    Marko Kloos has been a recent discovery: I read Aftershocks, the first in a new series, and I literally flew through it, learning that his other series – the one you started reading – is just as good. Something to keep in mind for the future… 😉

    • They are a lovely bunch of people and we have been getting together now for some 11 years around a kitchen table and sharing writing and having a good old natter. I miss them so much…

    • Thank you Lynn. I’ve been very tired the last couple of days – partly because I always tend to sprint to the finish, so I was working very hard and intensively last week and partly because I tend to crash a bit at the end of the book. I haven’t yet managed to type the words THE END without crying!! But I am delighted to have managed to get it written so quickly – and I’m now starting to work on the plotting of the next book in the series, Council of Dragons…

  5. I love the cover of The Prince of Secrets. I am glad the writing group meeting went well! Congratulations on completing the first draft of Trouble With Dwarves! Sounds like you had a productive week. I hope you have a great week!

    • Thank you, Wendy – I’m so happy to have encountered the Stariel series – well written and intriguing. And in KU… I’m so pleased to have completed the first draft of Trouble With Dwarves – yes, it was a very productive week! And I’m taking it a bit easier this week:)).

  6. Congrats on finishing your draft!
    I do really like that unique shaped building, I’m assuming it’s a restaurant given its proximity to the sea.
    Hopefully the vaccine roll out will mean you can see Mhairi soon.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    • Thank you, Shelleyrae:)). It’s lovely to have the draft completed. And yes… it’s called the East Beach Cafe and was constructed by a local welding firm. Sadly, I’m not a fan of their food, other than their beer-battered fish and chips – and now we’ve turned vegetarian, we don’t eat that either. But they do nice cakes…

      Mhairi and I will have to take it very carefully, as her mother is suffering with cancer and Type 1 Diabetes. So we will have to ensure that the R number has gone waaay back down – but at least we should be able to get together sometime soon this year!

      Thank you for swinging by and I hope that you, too, have a lovely reading week.

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