Tuesday: Course update

I have a kidney infection due to the catheter nurses not changing it last week.

Currently reading the Forbidden Sister: Roxy’s story by VC Andrews. I love her books about fallen women with an air of mystery about them. My favourite series of hers is still flowers in the attic

I have managed to do the two creative pieces for my assignment due in August but I’m scared the first piece maybe too dark and not hit the marking criteria but, I’m going to take a risk and send it anyway and show Jerry my tutor what I can do.

My classmates have been great, reviewing bits and pieces for me.

I can’t believe I managed to do the exercise booklet in 18 hours instead of 80 and I did not rush it either even though my notes will never be marked I always make sure the work is too high standard. My secret weapon is Mel who writes down my notes while all I’ve got to do is think of what to say and she put it on paper in twice the time that I would.

With all those inspirational cutouts I stuck in my notebook; plots for new stories seem to be flooding out of me.

My only problem is I’ve yet to discover the discipline to sit down and write one all the way through. When I was writing carefree and consequences I wrote it by Wattpad so I wrote a chapter by chapter, keeping it relatively short and awaiting readers feedback before I ploughed on with the next one.

I am determined to write my mermaid novel and get it published by at least 2020 in December.

Can’t wait to write my commentary and then to hand it in, so I can move on with the next assignment. I can’t wait to show Jerry in my commentary that I have been doing the extra reading at home and able to discuss other writers influences on me and advice from the guidebook,

Thank you to my friend Sue who popped over today and kept me company for a while and cheered me up.

Good luck to all my writing friends!

Speak soon,



Is Carefree and Consequences the right book for you?

Hi I am a student on the creative writing course with OCA. My name is Rachel I’m 21, Welsh and an author. In January last year I finally had the guts to publish my romance novel carefree and consequences with Amazon publishing.

I was wondering if anyone would like to buy a copy? This is the book in two sentences: I hope you buy a copy of my 1950s romance novels where teenagers Annie May and Lewis land themselves in hot water over their summer dalliances. They have been cut off from family and are at rock bottom. They are faced with a huge responsibility with just their teenage friends to help, some of whom are already making future plans. Can Annie May and Lewis have a bright future or will a stupid mistake always hang over them? Here’s the UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07MF1XV2N/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_b07mf1xv2n

And US https://www.amazon.com/Carefree-Consequence-Rachel-Marie/dp/1796296244/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=carefree+and+consequences&qid=1560869844&s=gateway&sprefix=Carefree+and+C&sr=8-1


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10 new books to read this month

  1. Carefree and Consequences by Rachel Marie
  2. Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry
  3. Mirror sisters by VC Andrews
  4. The Bookshop by the shore by Jenny Colgan
  5. Come rain or shine by Pam Weaver
  6. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  7. The Forbidden sister by VC Andrews
  8. Liverpool girl by Elizabeth Morton
  9. Silent night by Danielle Steel
  10. You’ll never see me again by Lesley Pearse

Currently reading the new Lesley pearse – ”tis gripping! What are you reading? Anything you can recommend?

Friday Book Review: Princess in Practice by Connie Glynn

Title: Princess in Practice by Connie Glynn

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Blurb (From Amazon) Lottie and Ellie are back! 

Return to Rosewood Hall with your two favourite princesses in the sequel to Undercover Princess!


As they return to Rosewood after the dramatic events of their first year, Lottie and Ellie are hoping for a peaceful term.

But strange things are happening at Rosewood. Pupils are being poisoned. 

Is the threat of secret organisation Leviathan growing closer? 

Lottie and Ellie are determined to find the culprit; but danger could be closer than they think…

My verdict: I started reading this series in university because things were getting too heavy and I couldn’t cope so I wanted some escapism. The second book doesn’t disappoint and I just want to say thank you to Connie for putting in an LGBT storyline because that is still under rated in mainstream fiction. It’s like Harry Potter meets once upon a time meets the hunger games and that is a winning combination for Connie G. Thank you for strong female characters and incorporating disability as well.

It’s light Fiction for those who aren’t ready

for Harry Potter, that can become can get deep.

Wednesday Book review: A curse so dark and lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: A curse so dark and Lonely

Genre: YA fantasy

Rating: Five stars

Plot/blurb from Amazon

in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

My thoughts

Okay this book actually drew me in to Emberfall, I felt like a secondary character that couldn’t stop the events in front of me and that hasn’t happened since I read Harry Potter so I bow to you dear author. Regarding Harper’s disability I could see the message: Stay in your comfort zone and be truly protected or explore the world on your own and see what you are capable of. At this time in writing I need to put her words of faith in action thank you Ms Kemmerer. If you’re expecting a straightforward plot to follow then good luck finding one, as this book has more twists and turns than the wisteria climbing up Harper’s castle window. This book also teaches that fix the present and acknowledge your past and try to make a brighter future. It’s nice to see a vulnerability in Rhen the supposed ‘hero’ because that’s not how traditional fairytales go.. FYI this retelling even with its small use of medieval language and strategic language that my have gone over my head. It kicks ass to the original.

It is only true love when both can see each other’s ability to be vulnerable and the time to strong and become one.

Cannot wait for the second book!

Next week I’ll be giving my review of the second book of the Rosewood Chronicals, ‘A Princess in practice’ by Connie Glynn

So for now be content with this fabulously written fantasy and once you’ve done that, stumble back in time to the fifties with me in my debut, Carefree and Consequence (I have special page on the blog with its reviews too)