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Famous last words

Well, on my last post I said I was going to try to blog more. And then I promptly got sick with a horrible chest infection. I was coughing so hard they thought I had whooping cough (I didn’t). The cough went away but apparently I coughed hard enough to annoy my back quite a bit with ended up with me being on restricted sitting time (aka writing time) and then just as that was recovering nicely, two weeks ago I fell over in the wet and ended up with my right arm in a sling due to a hairline fracture. I am officially the Queen of the Klutzes. Boo! So, yes, blogging still is yet to recommence a regular schedule. But we’re ten days out from the release of Need You Now, the first of my Cloud Bay series, writing as Emma Douglas. So time for a couple of snippets (I shared the first one earlier this week but realised I forget to post it here, so two for the price of one today!). To get your hands on a copy – pre-order links are here. Along with all the links for A Season Of You and No Place Like You which are out October 3 and December 5. All three are also coming out in audiobook but I don’t have links for those yet, so will keep you posted.

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A cover of much prettiness

Hi all, popping in to share the gorgeous cover for No Place Like You, Book 3 in my Cloud Bay series written as Emma Douglas. I’m officially in love with this cover and have been having a ball writing Leah and Zach’s book. Can’t wait for you all to be able to read it. There’s been a lot of writing and lots of deadlines for the first five months of this year but hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in some more blogging after June. But otherwise, come play with me on Facebook or get some glimpses of what else I’m up to on my Instagram! And if you want to see some of the images inspiring these books, check out my Cloud Bay Pinterest board.

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The digital detox…sounds scary but I’m doing it anyway

In news from me, I’m doing a digital detox for the next 7 days. Why do such a thing, you may ask? One, because I’m on deadline. Two, because I’ve been inspired by the lovely Scarlett Cole and Robin Covington who did a digital detox last month. Scarlett’s blog about her experience is an interesting read. When she first mentioned she was going offline for a week on FB, my immediate reaction was “no way” followed by feeling a bit ill at the thought. Which was then followed by “well, if that’s my reaction, I should think about doing it myself”. Then I read Deep Work and thought it made a lot of sense. I have a lot of deadlines and writing to do this year. Writing takes focus. Extended periods of focus. And I need to feed the well in healthier ways than mindless scrolling. More doing/enjoying the kinds of activities in the pics.  Less watching cat videos and getting annoyed by things that are wrong on the internet :D. Why do I need a digital detox? Like a lot of people, I’m online a lot. Too much, really. I cut down a bit on social media earlier in the year but can feel my online time creeping back up now. There are parts of the internet I love and parts that definitely feed my creativity (hello, instagram and online art/craft classes).So it’s not all bad but it’s definitely not all good. And being entirely offline isn’t an option given both my jobs. The internet has become a habit for most of us. One we hardly notice we’re indulging in. I know for me, it’s a major source of procrastination fodder. Procrastinating the old fashioned way via reading and craft and baking and housecleaning is, if not productive writing wise, at least productive in other

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A new cover!

The Forbidden Heir has a cover! A gorgeous cover designed by the very talented Katie Anderson. I’m still writing the book but it’s progressing well now, so the current plan is for it to be released mid-year. If you want to know exactly when then perhaps sign up to my M.J newsletter (you also get a fun freebie) or keep your eye on the blog.

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On book resistance and discoveries

I have a history of avoiding books I should buy. Or dithering about buying them. Of picking them up and putting them down in book stores or seeing someone talk about them online and thinking “that sounds like me” and then not following them up. I have met some of my fave books this way. Sort of sidling up to them, becoming unconvinced and wandering off again before finally buying them and then kicking myself for putting it off for so long when they turn out to be awesome. I did this with Robin McKinley’s Sunshine (one of my all time fave books), with the Black Jewels books by Anne Bishop, with Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. I think I even did it with Pratchett (and him I didn’t even buy initially, I had a friend with his books and borrowed them relentlessly until I started  set acquiring my own). Put off by odd covers or uninspiring blurbs or, these days, by lack of an e-book. I was probably better about taking a chance on books when I was a more regular library user (when I changed day jobs a few years back I left a day job location that was only a block from a library) and when there were more bookstores to wander into and browse. Anyway this is a round about start to a bit of a book rave about the latest in my “why didn’t I buy this years ago book”. I have been aware of the existence of Tam Lin by Pamela Dean for a quite a long time. I mean, another of my all time fave books is Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones which is also a re-telling of Tam Lin and you often here the two mentioned in close proximity. Maybe that

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