Beautiful Books Blog Linkup

This blog link is by Paper Furys page See her blog here where we get to introduce our novels- So my first linkup and my novel chosen will be what im working on for Nano- Liberty’s Journey. Here are the questions:

  1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I have had this idea for 3 years on and off when I first wrote it down for a 100wcgu prompt and then it progressed from there!

2. Describe what your novel is about!

It is set in a fantasy world where a kingdom called Apollo is starting to become unsettled- a princess gets told by the gods to kill the king (her uncle) by using a rare flower to break the kings spell of immortality and that it will save the kingdom. The flower lies in the land of her enemy’s and the path is dangerous so she joins up with her new dragon keeper- will she get the flower? will she change her mind? Along her journey things dont add up and now she is unsure of who to trust or what to do.

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

Libery- The main character, the Princess of Apollo and the chosen one of the gods

Thadeus- The dragon keeper and fellow servant on the quest- has a pet falcon!

King Crestheart- Is he as evil as he makes out to be????

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

I have only done a rough plot outline and abit of research but im still building the world map and what I would like in each chapter- Will see how it pans out! Oh and lots of tea and self doubt! This is my first nano so will just be happy to have a challenge to write for 30 days- as most of the time I only write when inspiration hits.

6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

Seeing how it develops as it has taken lots of new paths and a few twists since I first thought of the story.

7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  • Think ancient Greece style buildings
  • Lots of woodland in between kingdoms
  • Big waterfalls and temples in the city

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

To kill the king- or so she thinks she does before doubts get in the way- oh and trolls😛

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

She gains more confidence, learns a few lessons and some home truths

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

To believe in yourself and too think about your choices- to not be held down by others. Ideally want them to think that it was a good read😛


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Book Review- The Parisian Christmas Bake Off

Book Review: The Parisian Christmas Bake Off by Jenny Oliver


Book Description:  

Welcome to the most celebrated patisserie competition in Paris – ready, steady, bake!

Watching snowflakes settle on the Eiffel Tower, Rachel Smithson’s cosy English village feels very far way – as, thankfully, does her commitment-phobic ex, probably already kissing someone else under the mistletoe. But Rachel hasn’t come to Paris to mope she’s come to bake. Hard.

Because the search for Paris’s next patisserie apprentice is about to begin! And super-chef judge Henri Salernes is an infamously tough cookie. But Rachel isn’t about to let her confidence (or pastry) crumble. She’s got one week, mounds of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and towers of perfect profiteroles to prove that she really is a star baker.

As well as clouds of flour, and wafts of chocolate and cinnamon, there’s definitely a touch of Christmas magic in the air… Rachel hasn’t come to Paris looking for a fairy-tale romance, but the city of love might gift-wrap her one anyway…

Not even a dusting of icing sugar could make The Parisian Christmas Bake-Off a more perfect Christmas treat! (From Goodreads)

Book Review:

Rachel works at a school teaching but her heart is set on baking like her mum used to – so the school send her off to a “bake off” competition in France and from there things start to look up for her. I felt like I was there with her in the kitchen- a few twists in the mix that I did not see coming (that at first I felt bad for her but then was a blessing as she could start something else) could feel tension and the homesickness she was feeling.  The plot overall was good.

Very festive -easy and lighthearted quick read but downside was that I felt the romance was abit false/rushed and so was some of the freindships that formed during that week- maybe because the story itself was a short one.



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100WCGU #193

This weeks prompt from julias place is – He just went to sleep and didnt wake up


Looking back he remembered that final feeling before the end- a mixture of sadness that his time on earth has finished, that he will be leaving behind loved ones to carry on without him. Feelings of regret that he could have prevented it- why did he not listen to those who knew and tried to help?- did he get to do everything he wanted to do in life? The one emotion that he was surprised about was happiness. He was happy he no longer had to suffer the pain.


Then he just went to sleep and didn’t wake up……



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Not long now!

15 days to go before nano! Eeek🙂

Down to two covers- from my last post I got some good responses and votes for number 1🙂 then I got someone from the nano forum to design my cover-(to see what they would come up with) and now I like both! So out of the two will need a final vote for the cover:

  1. libertys-journey-1


2) 14570490_1757117437872284_2865098860067000642_n

Love to hear your thoughts🙂


Thanks for reading!





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Book Review- Wickham Hall

Book Review- Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley


Book Description:

Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up. Not only does she get to organise for a living and work in stunning surroundings, but it will also put a bit of distance between Holly and her problems at home.

As Holly falls in love with the busy world of Wickham Hall – from family weddings to summer festivals, firework displays and Christmas grottos – she also finds a place in her heart for her friendly (if unusual) colleagues.

But life isn’t as easily organised as an event at Wickham Hall (and even those have their complications…). Can Holly learn to let go and live in the moment? After all, that’s when the magic happens… (From Amazon)

Book Review:

Was a 4 part series but now published all in one which appealed to me. It took a awhile to get into the story and to like the characters but ended up a good read!

Some bits were obvious and predictable but the typical boy meets girl was written well. I enjoyed the variety of events she managed and the feel good descriptions of them. I felt how busy Holly was and I soaked up the atmosphere as if I was there too.

I do feel some characters lacked limelight and feel her best friend was only there for her -maybe to many characters for a story that I got confused at one point but each character has their own personalities (one had a surprising twist that I did not see coming). The romance between Holly and Benedict was good but found it slightly annoying how many chances he was going to give her. I liked the mums back story – I found her condition unique for a story and worked well.

Overall 7/10


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Nano cover

Hello and good evening everyone!

So for nanowrimo I would like to upload a cover for my novel – but not sure which one! I have so far made three from Canva website :0 Which one do you like? Vote and the one with the most will be my cover🙂






The book I will be working on is WIP2 my fantasy novel🙂

Many thanks for reading!



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Hello! Exciting news to share with you all on this Monday Morning!

For a few years I have been debating if to join in with NanoWriMo but never got round to it-maybe through lack of confidence BUT not this year! I have signed up and ready to go!

Im quite excited to be honest and hope it will push my WIP2 into an actual novel🙂



What is it?

From the 1st November-30th November you basically write🙂 The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month! So will have to write 1,666 words a day!


So I will look forward to updating my progress with you all! I have uploaded the short synopsis and title so far🙂

I know I said the next post will show a drawing but its nearly finished so will show you soon (its a part of WIP2 anyway)


Eek now to sort out the rest of the plot outline and plan some more!


Are you participating in Nano this year? Add me: JennytheWren



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Happy October!

Hello everyone!


Hope you all have a lovely weekend- so it is a new month which means new goals! I for one have a few writing goals up my sleeve😛 Also I will be combining my knitting with some of my writing (how you ask- well you will have to wait and see!) it will help me to focus when I sometimes feel like giving up on my stories.

So a mini one from me today but another post soon that will include some drawings!😛



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New prompt called unfinished popped up on the reader- and it instantly called out to me (love it when they do that)

Here is my take on it-

Plates sat waiting to be clean again so it can belong with the pile at the other end of the sink…..

Cups wanting to be filled with the tea that wants to be united with the water steaming out of the kettle…..

Post unanswered,begging to be open hours after they have burst through the letterbox…..

The book unopened with adventures to be explored- sat in the same place since last night…….

The pile of clothes wanting to come out of the washing machine- to see daylight again….


The computer with word open- with only a few wor

😛 see what I done there

Many thanks for reading🙂


via Daily Prompt: Unfinished

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WIP3 Snippet

A summers evening breeze swept through her hair- knowing it would be the last time she felt this sensation she smiled and finally moved back inside the home. Passing the people she called her friends she thought that, even though she got to know them the very short space of time she had been there, she will miss them greatly. She walked through to her room, entered and shut the door behind her where the chattering and laughing sounds that she will miss stopped.

She felt weary and wanted to lie down- like she had suddenly done thousands of press ups or gone on a long run- her bones ached on the way to the bed. The room was peaceful but she was suddenly aware of her breathing- shutting her eyes she laid down and a wave of sleep drifted over her like if she took a sleeping pill- very relaxed. Opening her eyes she found a man sitting at the end of the bed smiling at her.

Deirdre did not seem surprised or shocked as she gazed at this man- studying him he did not look like the typical portrayal of what the movies and books described him as- no scythe or black hood in sight. Instead he wore a black suit with a funny tie that actually suited his job nicely- a skull to be exact! He had a rather handsome look about him- penetrating blue eyes and reddish tinge to his long hair that was scrapped up into a ponytail.

“Hello- is it time” She said with a hint of nerves
“Do you know why I am here?” His soft voice replied
“Yes” She replied
“Are you ready?”


🙂 Hope you enjoyed reading it!



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