Summer Holidays, Reading, Writing and Catching Up

Hello, my lovelies!

As is often the way, I need to start this post with an apology for neglecting the blog. I find that writing here often slips to the bottom of my ‘to-do’ list and I need to have a good think about how I can remedy that…

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Zelda can't believe the summer holidays are over, either.
Zelda can’t believe the summer holidays are over, either.

So, the summer was wonderful (lovely family holiday to France, lots of lazy starts and relaxed days, and some beautiful sunshine here in Scotland) but it went far too quickly.

I allowed myself lots of ‘reading for fun’ time, which was pure heaven. Some notable favourites include Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe, Peter May’s Lewis trilogy (Scottish crime fiction, book one is The Blackhouse), A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman (which made me sob on the plane back from France. Embarrassing, but worth it!).

I also recommend The Art of Deception; a fun fantasy novelette by my friend Stephanie Burgis. It’s stuffed with scintillating sword fights and delicious deception and is available from all good ebook retailers!

The children (who are both in their teens, now, so I should probably call them something else) went back to school last week. Yes, autumn comes quickly north of the border, and we are, once again, neck-deep in after-school activities, uniforms, and homework.

And, I’ve also been writing lots. I finished a supernatural thriller and sent it to my agent for her opinion (meep!) and am now diving into the edits for a book I wrote earlier in the year. It is set on the west coast of Scotland in the present day and 19th century Edinburgh, and I’m planning to finish it in the next couple of weeks. Then the terrifying submission process can begin.

In other news, the audiobook for The Language of Spells is on its way. I’ve been listening to the files as they are recorded and the narrator, Stevie Zimmerman, is doing an AMAZING job. I’m so excited!

Do check back next week for the cover reveal and publication-date, and thanks for visiting!










4 responses to “Summer Holidays, Reading, Writing and Catching Up”

  1. Stephanie Burgis Avatar

    HOORAY for finishing the supernatural thriller! I can’t wait to read it. Good luck with edits & submissions! And I am so happy you enjoyed The Art of Deception. 🙂

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks, Stephanie! It’s such a relief 🙂 x

  2. Carl Markham Avatar
    Carl Markham

    Hi Sarah, Glad to hear you’re back on this site – guessed you were probably ‘Buzzy’ as per, and no doubt ‘enhanced’ with the school hols.Lucky you going to France – but hope you missed all the terrorist scares. My but Zelda has grown into a truly Magnificent Mog! (My n.d.n’s cat Suki uses my place as a doss-hoose and is presently in the same position as Zelda on my bed.)
    Me – I’ve been on my usual ‘Grand Tour’ doon Sooth visiting relatives,friends and ex-neighbours etc. but glad to be back to my tranquil life on ‘fantasy island’ – it’s always a big culture shock, and often wonder how I survived city life for so long. No doubt others might say the same thing about here!
    Will sign up for the newsletter as you suggested, and look forward to your next posting here ‘as n’ when’

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Carl. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Glad you had a good time on your ‘grand tour’, but I know what you mean about peace and quiet – it’s bliss!