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Hello from a stranger

Hi guys *waves*

How has everyone been these past couple of months?

I realise the last time I posted was back in May. That’s pretty rubbish and I apologise to you all – well those who have missed me 😉 – but as my usual excuse goes, life has been busy and amazing and jam-packed and writing has taken a backburner for the moment. Back in May I told you all I got a new job, and I’ve been there nearly eight months now so that’s been a stressful few months as I work in events. Secondly, I’ve been with the boy, no denying that I don’t want to sit on a computer writing when I’m with him and thirdly, I sit at a computer all day and when I get home, I don’t want to sit at my laptop and write. So those are my excuses.

Now maybe the good news. I’ll have a week off during Xmas (I’m spending a few days in Copenhagen for NY) so I will have time on my hands to spend a few days with Matt and Mal and hopefully get a big chunk of their story down. I’d love to get it out sometime next year seeing as The Deal has now been out a year and I don;t want too much time  apart from them being released. So we’ll see. We’ll see what happens in a few weeks time.

I just hope you’ll stick  with me and when the time comes, love Matt and Mal like I do.

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2014 in a nutshell.

God, who can believe that it’s nearly 2015?! I can honestly say that this year has quite literally flown by. I can remember every single detail of the year and as always, I’ve had some incredible high and low moments but you know what? They are what make you that much stronger as a person and with only two days left, I came into 2014 in the most amazing way and I’ll be leaving it in the most amazing way – with my friends, food, alcohol and fireworks.

The past year I’ve gone from having crazy coloured hair, losing two jobs, moving back into my parents house and meeting some amazing authors in Edinburgh as well as flying on my own. Flying over to Turkey with two of my best friends to see my best friend who was repping for six months, I passed my driving test, I burned out two clutches on my car, I sat in the back of a police car for the first time and I started a new job. I met an amazing guy who is now my boyfriend, I fell in love after five years of being single and I PUBLISHED A BOOK.

You could say that it’s been quite an eventful year and I regret nothing. Everything that’s happened has created a memory that will stick with me and I have the photos to prove it.

10599482_10152251310991301_6262254467928327376_nPassing my driving test after four months was such a giddy feeling. I could have learnt when I was 17 but I decided that spending a month in Kenya was too important to pass and at 23 I was in a job, earning money to pay towards the lessons and I felt so much more mature than I would have done at 17. It’s given me the freedom to just get in my car and drive without having to ask for lifts and to be picked up from bus and train stops. I love driving even if I have burned out my clutch twice in the past three months I’ve had the car. Oops.

I also met a guy three months ago. A guy who, after the first date, I knew I wanted to spend more time with. And thank God he wanted that too. I met a guy after five years of being single, after five years of being content in not wanting to have a boyfriend; he came along and turned me upside down. He made me fall in love with him and I made him fall in love with me and I couldn’t be any happier than when I get to see him, when he’s a funny jackass to me and when I get to just cwtch up to him and fall asleep beside him. It’s still fresh but I’m so excited to see what is going to happen. We’re going away for the weekend next month for my birthday and then he’s taking me away for a few days in February for an extended birthday present – he just won’t tell me where or what we are doing.

The Deal No 10 KopieAnd finally, maybe the most important part of 2014 was that I turned from a blogger to an author. After a year of writing The Deal, I finally published it on Dec 1st. I got to press ‘publish’ on Craig and Nic’s story. I don’t care about money or ratings or best seller lists, I cared about ticking ‘write a book’ from my bucket list and that’s exactly what I did. I don’t go on Goodreads to look at ratings or reviews, I don’t even look at my KDP page to see how many have been sold because what’s the point of going batshit crazy over it all? So even if you absolutely hate the book or love it, I thank you for reading it!

(I’m going to do a little self-promo here, just because I can. So if you want a little extra hotness in your life, then Grab The Deal now. It’ll also be reduced to 99c for a week in Jan when my tour is happening!)

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/
US: 
http://www.amazon.com/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/
AUS: http://www.amazon.com.au/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/

What have been your top three highlights of 2014? Let me know!

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The Deal behind the cover.

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Now with my cover out in the world, I want to give you some background on why I ended up with my lovely cover.

You should all know by now that The Deal was written eight years ago when I was 15 – it was actually a fanfiction for McFly *blush* and I have no idea how the hell I came up with the story! I’m now 23 and of course, everything written in the young The Deal – otherwise known as ‘Love, Sex and Marriage’ (Don’t ask why it was called that when the only sex scene was at the end when they got married, other than that it was tame, apart from a coma scene, which is NOT in The Deal) has changed a hell of a lot. I have life experience and sex and relationship experience and when I was 15 I did not have any other these, so yes, The Deal was completely rewritten but the storyline is still kind of along the same lines as L, S & M.

If you followed me when I was a book blogger, you will see the majority of my reads are NA or Erotica/Romance and when I stumbled upon L, S & M one day on my laptop, I was going to re-write it as YA…well, that story was YA anyway, but after I found the sequel, yup, I started a sequel, I read a sex scene I had written and I sent it to some blogging and author friends who told me that L, S & M should not be YA. It should be NA. So I got down to writing NA but then the sex scenes came along and I couldn’t be tame with them, I had to make you see the sexual tension, the burning touches, the passion that exploded between them in the bedroom and I couldn’t do it if I held back on how they made each other feel. So the book changed to Erotic Romance.

So with the book being Erotic Romance, I had to make sure the sex scenes weren’t just a filler but a build-up to spilling their guts to each other. From the synopsis, you know that Nic and Craig have been in love with each other since they were sixteen, but they were enemies and they didn’t communicate unless they had to despite desperately wanting to be with each other. I’m hoping you can see and feel the longing they both have for each other, which is why I wrote it in a dual POV too, because I wanted you to know Craig’s side, know his feelings for Nic, much like Nic shares hers about Craig. He was so easy to write! Why are guys’ POV easy? I hated writing Nic’s haha.

If you have read the introduction to Nic and Craig, you will see that because of their personalities, it took me FOREVER to find the right cover. I was sending Anna Bloom links upon links of possible covers but when I came across this one, I knew, just knew that it showcased Nic and Craig perfectly. It’s not overly sexy and it has a touch of longing too. Craig longing for Nic from afar (okay, across the bed) and Nic ‘asleep’ after a sex workout. I wanted to convey my character’s feelings, especially Craig’s, on the cover and Laura Beege, my amazing friend went through a few different designs until she sent me this and that was it. I knew it was the one. The lightening, the colours, just everything spoke The Deal to me and that’s the cover you are seeing now!

I hope you can make the connection between the cover models and Nic and Craig when you read The Deal. Feel the heartache, the love, the longing in secret for one another. That is definitely how I feel when I look at the cover, and I hope you do too!

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This was really hard to write but…

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I’m quitting.

Yes, you read that right. I am quitting my blog. Okay, maybe quitting is too harsh a word, perhaps stepping aside indefinitely?

This decision has been a hard one… scrap that it was kind of easy to make as it has been on my mind for months, but its hard to actually type it and say it out loud. I haven’t been happy, I haven’t wanted to write reviews and to be honest what started out as a hobby seems to take up so much time and effort that there isn’t enough hours in the day to go to work, juggle reading and reviewing in the night and editing my novel.

If there are enough hours, someone please throw them my way. I can’t keep up any more and as you can see, I hardly ever post any more and I hate that. I also started this blog as an escapism. I started it when I was unemployed and it was easy to maintain, I had nothing else to do. Then it became an escapism when I was so unhappy in my job that if I kept it up, it would lead me somewhere else. And now I am really happy in my new job.

I’ve only spoken about this properly to about two people – Anna Bloom and my best friend. Anna has been a massive support to me and I am so glad I know her. She sees that I have new things in my life – my novel – that is taking my time and I am going in a new direction. My best friend is also supportive and thinks that I;m this way because my blog used to be my safe sanctuary because of my job. And they are both right. I have other things to focus on now and I cant be panicking about what goes on my blog at what time and all that other stress that comes with technically having two full time jobs.

That;s not to say I wont post occasionally. I’m still keeping this blog open and I will fulfil everything I have signed up for in the next few months but after that posting will be scarce. I’ll still be on Twitter and Facebook – just under my author name – and I’ll still pimping authors and books but reviews wont be around as much. I’m not enjoying writing them – as you can see I only post them occasionally – and its not fair on the authors if I write a crappy review when I am a book blog and I should put my all into them.

It’s scary stepping away from blogging. It’s been my life for two years now and its brought me new friends and I’ve met some amazing authors thanks to it, but I have new goals in my life now that I want to see through and its exciting. And when the time comes, and i’m happy in myself and everything, i’ll come back to being a part of The Book Lovers.

But for now, I want to focus on my book and being Z. Elizabeth. It’s been a long time coming and my book has been in the back of my mind for the past few years and to actually see it through, with the first draft done, well, I am so happy with myself for finishing it. It’s been hard, its been draining but i’ve had the support of some great people kicking my ass to get it done, to finish Nic and Craig’s story and I am nearly there.

And I cannot wait to share it with you all. Even if a handful only read it, it doesnt matter, I will be so grateful to each and every one of you who want to love my characters like I do.

So yes, The Book Lovers is on a hiatus for the unforeseeable future. I want to thank you for following my blog and social media accounts, it means a lot to me and I just hope that you will continue to follow my new goal – my book, The Deal.

If you want to read THE blurb, you can find it on Goodreads, minus the cover, as I will be doing a cover reveal real soon 🙂

I’d love it if you would add it on GR.

And join in my COVER REVEAL on AUGUST 29th, you can sign-up HERE 🙂

I’ve also changed my Twitter handle and my Facebook. I know that is going to confuse a hell of a lot of people i talk to, but my picture will be a sign that I *used to be* The Book Lovers hahaa.

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So this is a story… #RARE14

IMG_4066   All about my time in Edinburgh.

I haven’t had the time to write about my trip to The Land of The Hot Guys in Kilts until now but I have been gushing about Edinburgh for the past week to my work colleagues. Pretty sure they want to slap me to shut me up.

If you follow me on Twitter, you would see that two days before I was jetsetting on an hour and a half flight from Cardiff to the sexy land of accents, my flight was cancelled…yes, i wasnt told until i got to the online check-in and right now I am still fighting to get a refund back off the 3rd party I booked with. So i was freaking out, my work colleague was angry for me and i was going to cry. So i purchased another ticket, which cost me sooooo much more than I originally paid for. Thank God for pay day hey.

So with my new flight tickets, my suitcase filled to the brim, Thursday came around and it was time to get my arse to the airport and wait impatiently for my flight. As someone who HATES flying, i had the two seats to myself as the plane was relativity empty. This didnt bode well for me when turbulence happened but i focused on reading Scoring Wilder to get me through it. When we neared Edinburgh, i actually worked up the courage to look outside and – my god – i was in lust. The greenery, the mountains, the water….it was beautiful and i was in love and i hadnt even put my feet on the ground. My eyes didnt leave that scenery until we were skidding down the runway to a stop.

After collecting my luggage and directing myself to a taxi, I was on my way the hotel, where Emma (Hart) was awaiting my arrival in our room. I stared out the window the whole ride, a small smile graced my face and when I paid the driver, got my room key, it was just my luck the stupid door wouldnt open, so with a knock, Emma opened it and it was madness. I have been speaking to Emma since last year, been with her since the Never Forget series and now I was standing in front of her, sharing a room with her. I SHARED A ROOM WITH A NY TIMES AUTHOR.

As you do on your first meeting, I made her get her swag out and sat on the floor, riffling through her bags, just for you 😉 We wandered around the shops across the road and then Sofie Hartley and her family arrived! Her little boy is amazing, I wanted to take him back home with me. He’s so cute and funny and I think me and Emma became besotted with him. We were late to the meal at the Hard Rock Cafe, but we still enjoyed the drinks and the view 😉 Processed with Moldiv

Friday came around and Emma, Sofie and I popped into Edinburgh before the both of them buggered off to the Author meal to visit The Elephant House (Harry Potter). As soon as we got out of the car, we spotted postcards…with MEN IN KILTS on them. Of course we snatched some up. MEN IN KILTS GUYS. We then became all touristy and snapped pics of TEH and wandered into the graveyard to find Harry Potter graves. We aren’t creepy at all.

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So when Emma and Sofie left me, I had to run back to the hotel as I forgot my ticket to collect my tickets for the signing. We had a train/tram line right outside out hotel, so I decided to get the tram back into Edinburgh to meet up with a friend (whom i used to work with in Cardiff who now lives in Edinburgh). I felt like such a tourist, snapping photos from my tram seat, but i did it! I navigated to Princes Street and up to the Hard Rock Cafe to wait for her. Pretty sure the bartender thought I had been stood up but i had guys to the left of me, so i snuck looks at them when i could.

After a lovely, long awaited catch up with my friend, i meet up with Emma and Sofie to grab my ticket, and it was back to the hotel to get ready for the welcome party at Ghillie Dhu. Karaoke, winning prizes and me fangirling when i saw Samantha Towle and Katie Ashley RIGHT NEXT TO ME resulted in me going mute. Journey – Dont Stop Believin’ was the last song to play, as always and while waiting for a taxi, a couple came over and asked what we were doing in Sexy Guy Land. I pimped out my girls and told her to download their books. She bloody better have!

Saturday morning and SIGNING DAY. Emma left pretty early and then i got a call  from her saying she had forgot her stand. So Sofie’s husband took me to the event and when Emma got her stand, i joined the queue. I was messaging Nicola – a girl I had met at the London Event last year. She asked where I was standing and we then realised she was standing behind me the whole time! Too funny. When the doors opened, 20 people at a time were going in, to break us up and when it got to us, i was buzzing.

I met everyone i wanted to meet, i gushed over who i wanted to gush over and i blushed over their comments. Cora Carmack said my hair was awesome and she asked about my necklace. Told her to go to Primark, so i hope she did in the end. Christina Lauren told me I was adorable as did most of the authors, which was pretty damn awesome. I took selfies with Rebecca Donovan and A. Meredith Walters. I had a giggle with Jay Crownover. R.K Lilley had to bend for me to have a pic with her as I’m such a short ass. Katie Ashley remembered me/my tweet that i sent the night before about being too afraid to go up to her at the welcome party. She is amazing! Olivia Cunning is freaking awesome. I love that woman. And all the authors LOVED my photobook….it helped that he was a hot, topless guy in a kilt! I thanked Kristen Proby for writing about PCOS and she told me that meant a lot. Abbi Glines is a sweetheart, E.K Blair and Nastasha Boyd are way too cute too! I adored them ❤

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Despite walking around by myself, the day went past in a blizzard and before I knew it, I had seen everyone I wanted to meet and more. I had also not eaten all day (to be honest, I hadnt really had food all weekend, apart from a meal with my friend) so i left Sofie and Emma to wrap up the signing and binged in the hotel room on ice cream, crisps and a kitkat. I know how to rock it. When the girls came back, we didnt have time to eat, so we got ready for the night, found a Subway and then went to Cabaret Voltaire for the after party. It was a nice place but absolutely boiling so we ended up going upstairs and next door where we could sit down and drink. When we were leaving, we spent a lot of time outside chatting to fellow bloggers and people we hadn’t seen all weekend. It was really nice to meet the people i had been talking to online and to meet new people too.

Emma and I stayed up quite late and it wasnt until house keeping knocked at 10am and woke us up that we had to get up. We packed and headed to the airport. Emma could check-in but i couldnt so we went to get some food and waited until i could. Emma had to leave me as I could check-in until 1.30pm, so when i did, i raced through security to spend a few mins with her until she had to go. My flight wasnt until half 3 so i had another hour. To me utter disbelief, and with only 15 mins until my gate opened, my flight got cancelled. I walked the length of departures to see if i was seeing things. i wanst.

I was freaking out. My first time alone in an airport and my flight is cancelled. What do i do? Who do i go to? I searched for an information desk….there isnt one. I walked BACK into security and asked them. They told me to go to the BA desk. Went there and got told to go back to the check-in desk. I was close to tears by this point, on the phone to my mum. Not a lot she could do. So at the check-in desk, they had no idea it was cancelled – brilliant right? then they werent giving us any information and the lady took us to a ticket sales desk. We must have been there about an hour until they told us it was cancelled, and they were trying to get us on another flight. I was near the front and managed to get on the later flight – where there were only 8 tickets! i think i had number 6. But the others had to get a BUS to GLASGOW and get a flight back to Cardiff. Thank god that wasnt me. They gave us all a £5 food voucher so i bought a brownie and a fruit juice in Costa and then the dreaded 4 hour wait occurred for the 7.45pm flight home.

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I cant tell you how exhausted and stressed and lonely I felt spending near enough 8 hours locked inside of Edinburgh airport. Thank god i put my phone charger in my hand luggage. I sat reading Scoring Wilder, music in, willing the time to speed up so i could get home. I slept most the flight home and I was drained when i saw my dad and just wanted my bed.

Despite me and flying alone not having a great relationship, i adored Edinburgh. I fell in love with Scotland and I really, really want to go back NOW. I am actually mulling over the idea of moving there, thats how badly i loved that place.

If you ever get the chance, go there. It’s beyond amazing and beautiful and mesmerising and i just hope that in the next year or so i will be up there, with the hunks of Scotland and their accents, basking in the utmost beauty of it all.

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ALSO keep an eye out, I will be arranging a GIVEWAY with signed books by Emma Hart and Kerry Heavens and a whole lot of swag! I’ll hopefully have it up and running by this weekend!

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I’m coming for you Edinburgh

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You may have seen slightly excited posts about the Edinburgh Author Event this past week…scrap that, this past month. And TODAY is THE DAY that I land in the Land of the Scots. I’m probably already there, basking in the culture *COUGH*THEHOTGUYS*COUGH* while waiting to check in my hotel with Emma Hart.

Don’t worry, I’ll raid her box of goodies for you all for a giveaway when I come back.

Anyway, there won’t really be any posts because I was too excited and lazy to schedule anything last night…BUT, and here is a massive BUT. You WILL want to be around tomorrow because its the last day of the Abbi Glines cover reveal tour and I will be REVEALING the NEW UK COVER of MISBEHAVING. It’s beautiful so look out for it 😉

But I will update you all through FB/Twitter on how Edinburgh is, how my hunt for my husband is getting on and how amazing the authors/bloggers/readers/parties are.

Don’t be too jealous now 😉 Until next week.

xx

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I CANNOT CONTROL MYSELF

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Edinburgh is tomorrow guys. TOMORROW!!

I’ll be leaving Cardiff airport at 9am (leaving mine at 6am *groan*) and landing in Edinburgh at half 10am. 3 and a half days in the Land of the Hot guys in Kilts. YES PLEASE. I am besotted with Scottish accents (my BFF is Scottish) so I am *hoping* to just fall into the arms of a hot guy…or accidentally on purpose trip into his arms….we’ll see which one happens on the nights out. OR i can play helpless tourist….

I’ll then be meeting two ladies at the airport, who will be arriving the same time as me so we are going to go for coffee while we wait for our roomies – mine is the fabulous Emma Hart. So yes, I will grab everything she has in her suitcase just for you!

There is so much to pack into this trip and I REALLY want to find all the street names to the On Dublin Street series. Pretty sure the taxi man will have a field day with the amount he’s gonna get off me. Lets hope there are tram stops close to each sign. Time to do my research.

It will be awesome to meet everyone I have been talking to in the Facebook group too. As I am technically going alone to the signing as Emma is signing as an author, I have met some girls who are going alone too, so it will be lovely to have some people to talk and walk around with.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to fall in love with everything Edinburgh. Fingers crossed, I have been wanting to visit this city forever.

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Just a few words of advice for new bloggers :)

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I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, how I set up my blog, all the things that blogging includes and so I decided to put together a list for all the new up and coming blogs to perhaps mull over. I know it took a while for me to get my head around everything, so I am hoping this may put your mind at ease. So, here are my tips for you 🙂

Getting started

It took me a while to actually set up a blog. I’ve loved reading since I was little and then I had a kindle for Christmas one year and Amazon was like a massive candy shop. I was finding books by authors I had never even heard of – self-published authors and a new genre called New Adult took me by storm. I spoke to some friends who encouraged me to set up a book blog and I did and I’ve never looked back.

Take the time to decide which hosting site you want to use. WordPress and Blogger are the most popular but its all down to personal preferences which of the many sites you want to set your blog on. Also picking a blog name and icon is highly important. This will be the name and photo in which everyone will know you, in which authors will know you, so think about it carefully and then embrace the fact you have a blog!! It’s fun and exciting and scary all rolled into one, but you are starting what you love so don’t let anyone put you down.

Blogging is NOT about free books

I never knew you could obtain ARCS or review copies when I began my blog, hell, I didnt even know what they were. I was happy buying books, reading them then reviewing. As I mention below, I had no idea what I was doing when I started, so free books were FAR from my mind. If you are beginning a blog just to get free books then think again. You should do it for the love of books, not so you DONT have to pay for them. Sure, there are websites such as NetGalley and Edelweiss in which you can request copies of eARCs (electronic advanced copies of books) but dont start up a blog to use them. Sure its nice to pop on and request a book every once in a while, but try to limit yourself and actually BUY books that YOU want to read instead of trying to snatch up freebies.

Ask for help

When I began my blog, I had no clue what the hell I was doing. Nor did I have anyone offering to help me. I think that’s why when newbies come along, I love to offer them advice, help them out anyway I can because, honestly, its scary starting a new blog, joining a new community and then not knowing what to do. Seriously, if you need help come and ask me. If you want to know what book tours are, cover reveals, book blitz, giveaways….anything you want to know, I will be more than happy to answer, and if I don’t, I will find out for you. Nothing is too big when you are a little fish in a big pond and you have no idea what you are doing. You soon get used to it and you will be a pro in no time.

Social Media + Interactions

Social media is a must for your blog and there are so many platforms that you can use to promote your blog. The ones I have are Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr and Pinterest. But its up to you which ones you want to use. It connects you with authors, other bloggers, readers, publishers etc. It’s a massive way to get your blog and name out into the blogging world. Interact with everyone on social media. I have found some of my best friends over Twitter; bloggers, readers and authors, and its been a massive boost in getting my name out there and having people look at my blog.

Take a few days off every now and then

I’ve had The Book Lovers for nearly two years now. Two long and short years. It’s my baby but even a baby can get you down, make you stressed and basically, not want to do it any more. When it gets to that point you know you have to step back for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months to just have time to yourself. I’ve had many times where I’ve had enough, where the pressure of keeping my blog has become too much so I take a few weeks off, read because I want to read and then when the time is right, I’ll return back to blogging. Remember your blog IS JUST A HOBBY. Don’t turn it into something you will end up hating. It will eat away at you.

Having a full time job + Blogging

Running a blog and having a full time job is a hard business. I am envious of people who just spend their days reading and blogging and tweeting and it does get you down, but chin up. It used to get me down but now I think that everyone is different. Some people can read all day, some people have to work and read when they can. It doesn’t make your blog any different. My advice if you are like me? Have posts scheduled for the upcoming week. I tend to schedule my posts on the weekend or if I can, have posts scheduled for the month. It takes the pressure off me worrying about not having anything to post.

Don’t accept ALL the review requests

At the start when I began receiving emails from authors I was like ‘OMG they want ME to review their book!’ and then I realised they probably sent this same email to so many bloggers in the hope that a few will reply. I have a review policy on my blog, outlining which genres I read, how to get in touch and to not be offended if I don’t reply as it probably is the sort of book that I won’t enjoy.

Choose carefully which books you want to review and never give the author a set time line of when you will read and review the book. I never do because I don’t know when I will get to it. More recently I have stopped accepting books because I just dont have the time to read ‘review copies’ due to my busy workload, but dont take my advice for it, at the end of the day, its down to you and what works best for you in terms of accepting ARCS (Advanced copies of books) and review copies.

Review honestly

There is nothing worse than saying you liked a book when in fact you didnt – all just to please the author or other fellow book bloggers. There have been plenty of books I have read that every single person on the planet seems to love and I didnt enjoy it, and all it is is personal preference. I’m honest in my reviews, I dont slam the author and even if its a book I didnt enjoy, I will still offer up the parts I did like, and explain why I didnt enjoy certain parts before still recommending it you all the readers. Why? Because something that I dont like, you might like. Just remember, be honest but not to the extent in which it may cause hurt or upset someone. That’s not who or what book bloggers are about.

It’s okay to be jealous, but then you get over it.

We have all been there, I know I have. You look through your Twitter time line and think ‘HOW did they get that book?’ or ‘HOW did they get that many followers when they havent been around that long?!’ and its OKAY. We all have tendencies to get jealous over fellow book bloggers but then you get over it. Don’t compare yourself to other blogs. Sure, there are bigger ones, there are smaller ones but at the end of the day, we are all doing what we love – reading, reviewing and promoting authors. That’s all that should matter at the end of the day, not how many ARCS or signed books or stats or followers you have.

Go to meet-up and book events.

Most of the book events are held in America, but it seems that the UK are beginning to gain exposure on hosting large book events for authors. Find meet-ups, book clubs, author signings and go along to them. Blogging is so much more than sitting behind a computer screen. Engage with the people you speak to on Facebook, Twitter etc. It’s so much fun to actually SPEAK to them in person and go for a drink or two.

I went to the London Author Event last year and met some of my besties and favourite authors and in two weeks i’ll be heading to the Edinburgh Author Event and spending the weekend with awesome authors and friends (and bunking with Emma Hart). So see, its all fun and games behind a computer, but its more fun to meet up and actually hang out!

Finally HAVE FUN!

That is why you started the blog right? To share your love of books. Well, have fun, be yourself and get involved. Meet authors, meet bloggers and have fun. We’re a nice community (albeit a bit bitchy at moments 😦 ) but don’t let the haters get to you. Ignore them and do what you love to do – READ.

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TAG you’re it. Get to know me.

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Thanks to Sharon From Chapter One, Page One for the tag 🙂 This is a great way to get to the all you bloggers so YAY for being involved. I’m slightly boring so my answers will probably reflect that haha.

So without further ado, here are my answers

Tell us 5 random facts about you…
1. I need to take charge with important things or I get all panicky. For example, my friends and I are booking a holiday next month and I NEED to be in charge of it, need to make sure everything runs smoothly, need to be lead passenger so I have control over the holiday and all the documents that comes with it. I HATE anyone else having important things in their possession. Jus thinking about this is causing me to come out in a panic.
2. I have PCOS. I have done since I was about 15 years old. I have been ignorant to it for years and year, never really reading up on it nor the health implications because YAY I dont have a regular period (TMI?) but now I am older, its in the front of my mind, especially the child part of PCOS – which means if I am lucky I can have children, but it will be really hard to conceive. I try not to think about it – it’s easier to say I don’t want kids than admit I do and not be able to.
3. I am a necklace and earring hoarder. If I go into any store, I head straight for the jewellery and see what’s on sale. I am guaranteed to come out with something.
4. I have resting bitch face, which means I look like a moody bitch pretty much anywhere. It’s good for keeping weird people away but when I see hot guys around, I try to smile as much as I can to get rid of my bitch face.
5. I am obsessed with Zebras.

When is your birthday?
In January, 17 days after Chrismtas 😀

What is your favourite colour?
Green all the way! All kinds of greens too.

What is your favourite memory?
Oh god…well there are two that are my favs. One is spending a month in Kenya with a charity when I was 17 and another was my Graduation from univeristy. Both are special to me.

Describe a day in your life..
LOL this is where I am boring. It’s normally get up, get ready, catch a bus into town, catch another bus to work. Walk the five minutes to work, write content, do some social media, do some link building/find keywords, have a gossip, walk to bus stop, get bus back to town, get bus back home, (or have a driving lesson from work) cook food, read a little, watch some TV, go to bed. And repeat.

What are your 5 favourite songs?
Bloody hell, now I have to think.
This one is easy – Amazed by Lonestar. SO MUCH LOVE for this song. I want it to be my wedding song. Yupp, I have thought that through haha.
Misery Business – Paramore. I am in love with this band and Hayley Williams.
Not Alone – McFly. One of my fav songs by them.
Kickstarts – Example. This always makes me so happy when it’s on.
Firework – Katy Perry. Defintely my jam haha.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Uhhh probably pizza – extra cheese, pepperoni, garlic butter and tuna. Yeaaah, I am completely weird.

What is something you really dislike?
Liars. I’ve encounterd to many to count and in the end I just give up on them.

Summer or Winter?
Winter. I love wrapping up and drinking hot chocolate and snuggling under the duvets with a book.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
I actually want to move to Canada. Why? I have no idea, but it’s the closest to Wales and although I love Wales, its time for a change.

Name five of your favourite films.
A Walk To Remember
Iron Man
X-Men
Pretty Woman
The Holiday

If you won the lottery, what would you buy?
A house and a car…I’d save the majority of it though.

Favourite day of the week?
Fridays.

What 3 things would you take to a desert island?
My kindle fire full of books + songs, a solar powered universal charger and a hot guy to roll around the sand with.

Sweet or Savoury?
Ummm….I’m gonna go sweet. Mainly because I look at the desserts first at a restaurant then the main menu.

Early Bird or Night Owl?
Recently I’ve been an early bird. I cant sleep past half 8/9

Name 5 of your favourite books
The Edge of Never – J.A Redmerski
Hard Time – Cara McKenna
Losing Hope – Colleen Hoover
Remember Me – Sophie Kinsella
The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins

 Favourite drink?
Non-alcoholic: Water
Alcoholic: Vodka and a mixer

Favourite animal?
Zebra!!

Who do you tag next?
@Hollyshotreads
@Ziliinthesky
@dirtygirlbooks
@MalloryDodge

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To tide you over…

blogUpdate

Just a little update on what is happening.

The Book Lovers will be back shortly. I know I have been here and there sporadically and you all know I was on a break from my blog as I got a promotion at work. Turns out, I dont gots no job anymore, but that’s okay, everything happens for a reason. So while I am job hunting, I am trying to get my blog up and running again.

First with a make-over and a domain name (When i get my last paycheck)

I have been thinking a lot about this blog over the past few weeks, and over on my Facebook page I have been asking what people would like to see. So if you would like to be entered to WIN £20 / $20, either leave a comment or head over to my Facebook Page and let me know what you would like to see or continue to see with The Book Lovers.

Bare with me and I should be up and running in the next couple of week 🙂

(Although I do have two tours in the next two weeks – they arent reviews though, but they are awesome books!)

xxx