Good Intentions and Snow…

I had plans.

I’d decided to aim for two blog posts a month. I even had partially prepared drafts, but then real life domestic dramas decided to intervene.

No, I won’t bore you with the details. All I’ll say is that I never realised it would be a) so difficult, and b) so time consuming, to get a repair done under a first year warranty.

After that temporary setback to my February plans, I’m back on schedule with the novel and other tasks. I have targets to achieve in 2023; no more delays.

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And of course, the low temperatures and snow reached us this time- we often have winters with little or no snow at all.

It was snow Thursday, immediately followed by rain, but I managed to get photos before it disappeared- it was still snowing at this point.

A fine snow layer…

I’m currently redoing my newsletter sign-up, so it’s not available at the moment. My newsletter provider, Mailerlite, is also making a few changes, so I need to do extra reading- before my next mailing goes out at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, if you would like to sign-up to my newsletter, then please use my contact form to request I add you. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

Happy March.

I Read How Many Books Last Year!!!

I’m not sure I’ll be buying and reading as many books this year, as in 2022, but I will still be buying books. I need to set myself a monthly e-book budget…


I do most of my reading on my Kindle device. The majority are fiction, but a handful of non-fiction crept into last year’s ebook total.

The paperback and hardback books were mostly non-fiction, but half-a-dozen were second-hand novels- the e-book version wasn’t available at the time I looked.

I haven’t finished all of the non-fiction I bought, as some are reference works for future projects, and one is gardening related.

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Stand-alone or Series?

I don’t have a preference, though toward the end of the year I moved from historical romance series into romantic suspense series.

December’s bout of Covid was responsible for a large number of romance (ebook) purchases.


Expanding my reading (beyond favourite authors, and others where I’ve read their previous books) was an ongoing aim.

A new-to-me author last year was Rachel Grant. I chose her 2022 book, Crash Site. (I’ve since read more of her books.)

Romantic suspense with varying heat levels accounted for around 40 % (this link gives a good breakdown if you’re unfamiliar with heat levels).

The rest was a mixture of historical romance: Sarah Maclean, Sabrina Jeffries, and the League of Rogues series, from Lauren Smith, filled my late autumn/early winter reading binge.

Also, there’s been a few cosy crime, writing books, a couple of rom-coms, social history, collections, and one or two classics.

I reread a dozen old paperbacks, and three ebooks- great way to see how accepted writing styles change across the years.

Any favourites?

I’m a fan of any book written by Jayne Ann Krentz- and her pseudonyms: Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle. Some of her books are on my living room book shelves- those I have room for!

With the release of Sweetwater and The Witch in the summer, it was on my Kindle as soon as it became available in the UK.

How many books?

Okay, honesty time. The hardback and paperback totals are probably a few short, so they’re an estimate.

Hardback: 5

Paperback: 15

E-books: bought and not read yet, or have been started; 8

E-books: bought and read; 66

2022 wasn’t a good year for me with family health issues eating into my time, so reading was my main relaxation for stress-relief.

For 2023, I won’t be reading as many books, but I am going to keep a reading list this time.

Now it’s back to writing my novels, and reading very different books to what I’m working on…

Do you keep a record of the books you read each year? I’d enjoy hearing from you in the comments…

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