My April Wrap-Up Post



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This has been a great month on my blog. As some of you will have already noticed, I gave my blog a big makeover at the weekend. My lovely husband, who is a great photographer, took some fab photos of my books for me to use on my blog – his photo is now my blog header and I’m over the moon with it. You can read my post about my blog makeover here.

I also decided to register my blog’s domain so I now own and am really happy about that. It just cements that I’ve been blogging long enough now to know that it’s something I want to keep doing in the long term.

I started using dictation software in April and this has made a massive difference to me, it means I can write blog posts even when I’m unable to type. I also learnt how to schedule my blog posts, and found some software that allows me to schedule unpublished blog posts links on social media in advance. All of this combined has made blogging so much easier for me and means I can achieve more in my day.

My TBR is even more out of control than it was last month due to April bringing lots more new books my way. I’m in the middle of sorting out my enormous TBR into recent purchases/review books and then a separate TBR for books that I’ve been keeping for the right time (see my post on this here). I’m still trying to come up with a way to challenge myself to read these books because if I could stop myself waiting for the right time and just read them it would really help me clear my TBR! If anyone has any ideas for this please share in the comments below. I’m planning on making a TBR jar once I’ve finished my lists but I want a challenge to go with that.

Otherwise life is same old same old really. I’m still struggling to get my pain levels under control but I do finally have an appointment to see a specialist this month so I’m really hoping that something can be done to help me. If I can get my pain better controlled and I can find a medication that doesn’t make my head feel like it’s stuffed full of cotton wool then I’ll be able to get back to reading at my normal speed and will finally be able to start making headway with my TBR.

I managed to read fifteen books this month (three were short stories and two were novellas, and ten were full-length novels):

(Click the orange links to read my reviews; the titles in turquoise are books I’ve read but not yet reviewed)

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

The Summer I Met You by Victoria Walters

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

The Boy with the Boxes by Katey Lovell

The Boy on the Bus by Katey Lovell

Peter and Alice by John Logan

In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

 Wonder Cruise by Ursula Bloom

The Real Book Thief by Ingrid Black

Shtum by Jem Lester

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

I also reviewed six books that I finished before April

Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan (re-blog)

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

Between You and Me by Lisa Hall

The Good Mother by A. L. Bird

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen


I was very lucky this month that I got to interview six authors:

Jannie Lund, author of Vintage Dreams

Sherry Mayes, author of Stop the World

Katye Nunn, author of Rose’s Vintage

Mike Russell, author of Nothing is Strange

Siobhan MacDonald, author of Twisted River

Greg Cope White, author of The Pink Marine


I also was delighted to have three authors write a guest post for my blog:

Rosy Stewart, author of Hope: Stories from a Women’s Refuge Rosy Stewart are a husband and wife writing team. They wrote a great post for my blog all about how it is to write as a duo.

Heidi Perks, author of Beneath the Surface Heidi Perks wrote a brilliant guest post for me in April all about marketing a book on a limited budget. It’s a really interesting post and I recommend reading it.

Sandra Nikolai, author of Fatal Whispers Sandra Nikolai wrote a great guest post for my blog all about how murder mystery writers keep one step ahead of readers. If you’re a fan of thrillers than I’m sure you will love reading this post.

 Also in April, I was very honoured when I was asked to guest post on Laura at 125 Pages blog as part of her first blogiverary celebrations. Laura asked me to write about how the way I approach blogging and how I’ve built my blog up. You can read the post here


So, that was my month! How was your April? Has it been a book-filled month for you? Please feel free to share in the comments below, or to leave a link to your own April Wrap-Up post.

Q&A with Jannie Lund (author of Vintage Dreams)


Today I’m very happy to welcome Jannie Lund, author of Vintage Dreams to my blog.

Hi Jannie, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m 32 years old and from Denmark, where I’ve lived most of my life except for a brief stint in Ireland. I’m an introvert with a capital I, which reflects in the things I like to spend my time on—writing, reading, photography, running, various crafts like crochet and scrapbooking. I’m in no way a people person. Well, unless I can write them a letter or e-mail.  

How did you first come to be a writer?

I’ve pretty much always been writing, but it wasn’t until I was studying history at university that I realized that I wanted to make a real go of a writing career. I started out dreaming of writing historical fiction, wanting to communicate history that way. And I may yet, but so far my focus has been on romance. I had my first short story published in 2008. 

What is your book about?

My latest book, Vintage Dreams, is about a lady with a temper who doesn’t like the dashing stranger who’s in town to take away the dream she’s worked hard to have come true. And who can blame her? But the dashing stranger has a job to do—and a tragic past. Sparks fly from the moment they meet. 

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

Everywhere. And I know that sounds vague, but it’s true. I see something, hear something, smell something, feel something—and then I twist it, ask “what if” a lot, and end up with something I can’t quite explain where came from because it’s so far from what originally inspired it. 

What is your writing routine?

I don’t really have much of a routine. When I’m writing a book, I just try to cram in as much writing time as possible. I have a daily word goal of one thousand words, but I often double or triple it. I need music when I write, though. I guess that’s the only set routine I have.  

What is your favourite book?

It’s impossible to narrow it down to just one. Or two. I’m not even sure I could narrow it down to five. Can I cheat and make a small list instead? Morgans Run by Colleen McCullough is at the top. It’s epic. Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth and Jan Guillou’s Crusades trilogy have been on my list of favorites for a long time, too. More recent additions include Tanya Anne Crosby’s Highland Fire and Katherine Lowry Logan’s The Ruby Brooch. And then finally, there are my go-to authors whose work I’ll devour over and over again—M.A. Stacie, Nora Roberts, and Ava Miles. That is probably narrowing it down as much as I can. Oh, and Tennyson. I can’t forget him. His poetry gives me chills in all the good ways.   

What are you reading at the moment?

I am currently reading The Picts: A History by Tim Clarkson. I seem to be in a bit of a Scottish phase at the moment and have been reading about lots of highlanders, kilts, and blue war paint. I usually like to mix up fiction and non-fiction and read more than one book at the time, but at the moment I’m mainly researching a future project. 

Is there a question that you wish an interviewer would ask that you’ve never been asked? What’s your answer to that question?

Oh dear. Well, I suppose I wish someone had asked me early on why I’m Danish and mainly writing in English. And that’s because peaceful, little Denmark is murder-mystery country as far as literature (as well as movies and TV-series) is concerned. And obviously that’s not me—I don’t read them and I certainly don’t write them. The few romance imprints that are starting to pop focus on established, foreign authors. So I’m taking the long way around—the scenic and very, very enjoyable route.  

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, which three things would you want to have with you and why?

Tennyson’s collected works, some sort of device that can make freshwater out of saltwater, and a hammock. The first to keep me from losing my mind, the second for survival, and the third for comfort. 

How can people connect with you on social media?

Twitter: @JannieLund

Facebook: Jannie Lund Writer

Pinterest: Jannie Lund


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Book Synopsis

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Scott Sullivan has been sent on a not all together pleasant trip down memory lane to secure a location for a client. Sure, it may take some charm and convincing to get the owners to sell, but he’s up for the task. And then he’s getting the hell out of dodge to escape the memories. In and out, quick and painless, that’s the plan. He just hadn’t counted on running into a fiery and stunning obstacle with gold flecks in her eyes. 

Danielle Harris has worked hard to make her dream come true. With her best friend, she owns a boutique where she sells the vintage style dresses she designs. When a city lawyer comes along and tries to ruin everything, her Italian temper flares. 

With Scott trying to conduct a business deal and Danielle fighting for her dream, sparks fly. Not least sparks of attraction and perhaps love. It’s clear that one of them needs to give in, but the feelings of resistance are deep-rooted in them both.


Vintage Dreams is out now and available from Amazon as both an ebook and a print book. Click here to be taken to the book’s page.


About the author


Jannie started writing because she couldn’t help herself. She needed to get some of the many stories trapped inside her head out. That was her excuse then, and it’s her excuse now. A mixture of a healthy imagination and difficulties getting the words out of her mouth made writing her outlet, and since 2008 she’s been fortunate enough to publish some of the many words she types.

When she’s not writing–or thinking about writing, which takes up most hours of the day–she manages to squeeze in some running, photography, and various creative pastimes.