Top 10 Favourite Book Covers! Also, I'm Not Doing the A to Z But...

nother linky post!

This year, I'm not doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but am sharing weekly linky posts anyway!

I'd meant to do one each day, reposting travel photos for each letter, but unfortunately couldn't find the time to arrange them in advance. Happy to report that my ROW80 goals are coming along -- all my schoolwork is done! And I have a week off in which I can hopefully start entering the handwritten edits for The Handful of Time. Then to catch up on blog comments!

P is for...St Prex

Q is for...all the places missing photos, mostly visited before I started this blog (10 years ago!), because I couldn't find a place for Q!
various towns in southern France
Newtown (Wales)
Washington, D.C.

R is for...Rolle

S is for...St Lawrence Valley, including lavender fields and driving back from Chicago and milking a cow at Upper Canad…

Drinks with an Author! Also, I'm Not Doing the A to Z But...

his year, I'm not doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but am sharing weekly linky posts anyway!

I'd meant to do one each day, reposting travel photos for each letter, but unfortunately couldn't find the time to arrange them in advance.

J is for...journeying in the United States, road trip 2

K is for...Kusadası, Turkey, and part two

L is for...London, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Lord Rochester (and here's Charles II)

M is for...Montreal, including my guide to 24 hours in Montreal

Also, here are a few articles I've written for the Bizim Anadolu newspaper:
Montreal is an Island
Walking in Old Montreal
Ideas for Your Staycation
Recipe for Pâté chômeur
Château Ramezay
Shakespeare in the Park
Salon Moov (hairstyling and Bengal cats!)

N is for...Nairobi, and part two

O is for...Oxford, and part two, plus Tolkien in Oxford

And from Bizim Anadolu: Tolkien, and My First Novel

Here's a view that I shared in the post of Oxford photos from…

IWSG Day! Also, I'm Not Doing the A to Z But...

'm not doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge this year, but might do these weekly linky posts anyway!

I'd meant to do one each day, reposting travel photos for each letter, but unfortunately couldn't find the time this year.

Instead, here's a quick roundup:

A is for...all around the United States, road trip 1
B is for...Bern
C is for...St Cergue and the Descent of the Cows
D is for...Dover
E is for...Edinburgh and Culross and Dunfermline
F is for...Fribourg, Switzerland and Freiburg, Germany
G is for...neighbours! Paris and Divonne-les-Bains
H is for...Holmfirth
I is for...Istanbul and the Bosphorus, and elsewhere in Turkey -- also featuring my oldest email saved online (I have older ones that are in print only)

Today is also Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is rather timely, as I'm trying frantically to catch up with my main ROW80 goal, which is to finish my final essay for school. Due next week! Ack!

Question: When your w…

A Story Snip for Lingering Winter

inter lingers on!

The prompt for the February excercise on the writers' forum was to reveal setting through character.

Here're the longer guidelines:

"1) reveal settings through your characters and 2) don’t stop the action. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Reveal setting through motion. Consider what your character would notice, either immediately, or in passing. What do they interact with? Show the attachment (or lack of it) they have to a place. Have your character physically in the space. For instance, don’t just describe a suitcase in the middle of the hall, but have your character weave around it. Diana Gabaldon once noted that readers follow movement, so create it. Have your character lifting, turning, acting in some way with the setting.

2. Reveal setting through a character’s level of experience. A character’s beliefs and experiences will influence what they notice. Age, position, education, training, superstitions, fears, sex, etc., will color the world of your …

Tolkien Reading Day and End-of-Round for ROW80

his Sunday is Tolkien Reading Day!

Tolkien Reading Day "has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. We particularly encourage schools, museums and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events."
"The theme of Tolkien Reading Day 2018 is Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit. What will you be reading?"
I think I'll go back to my copy of The History of The Hobbit, which I've still not finished reading! I also haven't even started my copy of Beren and Luthien, published last year. I've been reading less fiction on my commute, and many more articles and texts for school.

Just for fun, here's a screenshot of one of my favourite images of Tolkien's:

As for schoolwork, the first round of the year of A Round of Words in 80 Days has ended! Let's see how I did on my ROW80 goals...

enter handwritten edits to Th…

New Release: Last Call by TL Watson

new book!

Last Call by TL Watson is out now!

Newly-single attorney Gwen Cooper’s list of things that make her happy is pretty simple:
1. her teenage sons
2. her stilettos
3. finally taking control of her own life

While texting the first on the list to warn them she’s missed her flight home, she plows into a hot-shot movie star, has a lukewarm latte dumped down her blouse, and snaps a heel off item number two. When the actor shows up at the hotel bearing an apology of replacement Louboutins, she should be wondering how he got her room number. Instead, she’s simmering over his well-tailored suit and conjuring more sinful ways for him to make things up to her. And why not? The notorious bachelor is the perfect guy to kick off her post-divorce fantasies of no strings attached. Ever again.

Blake Donovan claimed Hollywood’s top spot by playing the self-centered bad boy his manager and publicist created. Lonely as it is, he’s long since accepted the image he portrays to the world. Until the gorgeo…

Sleepless Nights... Thanks to Good Books by Rose Phillips!

leepless nights, caused by staying up late reading...

It's been a while since I a) stopped the world to devour a book (or two); and b) read a really good YA.

Rose Phillips' two books fit the bill. Plus they got me all teary, in a good way. And also let me forget for a while that I was reading on a Kindle app. No small feat, as I'm usually acutely aware of the medium, in a way that doesn't happen with paper books.

Here they are:

Cutting to the Chase
"How do you fix something you didn't break?
Lizzy certainly doesn't have the answer. All she knows is that she needs to survive senior year, then get as far away from her dysfunctional family as possible. In the meantime, when she can't take the pressure, she eases it with the sharp edge of a razor blade.

But, she's been cutting deeper and her thoughts are growing darker.

Until she meets Michael. With him she finds relief.

Now, maybe—just maybe—she can make it."

I don't like this blurb. I don&…

Books Wishlist and ROW80


I've got a wishlist as long as both arms, but realistically, not only should I read the books I already own, but I also can't afford to get a huge pile of new books. Still, there's always an excuse to get at least a few new ones (not even counting upcoming releases by Louise Penny and J. K. Rowling/R. Galbraith and others!).

Here are the ones that have recently moved up to the top of the list:

The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May

For research, she says. Because they're set on the isle of Lewis, where one of my characters comes from...

Harry Potter and the Philisopher's Stonein Scots!

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

"In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys—each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.

When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of the Trail, an energy-ha…

Winter in Switzerland Photos, and ROW80


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