Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Inkings.

If you'd told me a decade or so ago that I'd someday be sitting in an indie cafe with a tab set up behind the bar, writing blog posts and managing social media as a job and invoicing publishers for a week of events...well, that was my dream, actually. So I'd have been very happy. But then, if you'd added 'you have a shit ton of piercings, pockets full of crystals, and a whole lot of ink covering your skin'? I'd have snapped my fingers at you and said 'you almost had me!'

I've written before about my body being a map of me. It's covered in marks and memories, both deliberate and unplanned. Scars and ink mingle on my surface, and while some scars go deeper, the latter is my way of redecorating and reclaiming. I've written about that before too; described each inking and their individual importance.

But that latter blog post actually was published in March 2016, when I had 7 tattoos and had booked 1 more in...I now have 12. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

What I'll be reading in September 2017...

The excellent Bex recently posted about reading schedules and their positive/negative effects on an individual.
I of course related to the post and each excellent point within it. I've never actually sat down and mapped out all my TBRs properly before 2017 began – and I only elected to do it really, just to see if I could. To see if it would help me sift through my piles of neglected reads as well as the ones I 'need' to look at for upcoming blog posts. Also a major plus about the prospect of a schedule was just the fact that I could say 'I can't read [book I don't fancy], I'm actually on a strict reading regime this month'! 

So far this year, making a list each month has really helped me and my reading. I mean yes, I have had a few moments when I've come round to the next in the list and thought 'aww, I don't wanna', but for the most part it's been really good having plans!
I kinda can't believe that I've managed to (mostly) stick to my schedule for 9 whole months now. Good work, me. Don't f*ck it up! 

On that note, let's look at my September reading plans, shall we...?

Friday, 8 September 2017

The tweets I do not favourite.

I've been on Twitter since 2009. I used to text-tweet from under the desk in Sociology classes. I fixed it so I got automated text messages sent to me when the guy I liked tweeted. My original username was @beautblues, because that one friend that one time complimented my blue eyes, said they were beautiful in fact, and I was like 'k, that's my thing now'. *Rolls the beautiful blue eyes* 

Over the years, Twitter has seen the best and worst of me. I've made excellent mutual follow friends , and blocked my sworn enemies. I've flirted and I've sassed; I still screenshot compliments and 'like' link shares to save them for later reading. My current cover photo on Facey B is one of my best tweets (imo). 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

'Tangleweed and Brine' : A Guest Post

'Tangleweed and Brine' is the latest novel from the bewitching Deirdre Sullivan. I read (and blogged about) her painfully stunning YA 'Needlework' this time last year, and some of her perfectly pieced together paragraphs within that story of a hideously abused young woman, fighting demons and yearning for a new life spent making art on others' skin, still sit in the corners of my mind to this day.

This gorgeous new hardback is 'A collection of twelve dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted, from one of Ireland's leading writers for young people. You make candles from stubs of other candles. You like light in your room to read. Gillian wants thick warm yellow fabric, soft as butter. Lila prefers cold. All icy blues. Their dresses made to measure. No expense spared. And dancing slippers. One night's wear and out the door like ash. You can't even borrow their cast-offs. You wear a pair of boots got from a child. Of sturdy stuff, that keeps the water out and gets you around' (so says Goodreads).

Friday, 1 September 2017

31 Days Grace: August.

Let me start by expressing my intense awareness of the fact that for my August wrap-up main post photo, I've gone with one of me. I usually will slap the month's name over the top of a fairly nondescript background; in previous posts I've used cafe walls, a busy bridge in Berlin, flowers on the pavement at my feet. 
A couple of my faves have been: the ceramic pot a good friend made me, and my family's backs retreating on the seafrontI find calm and clear works best; something flat for the text to overlap and stand out against. 

However, this month I've made myself the main feature. Because August began, as it always does, with my birthday, it ended on a massive high, and throughout the month I was loving and celebrating the messy masterpiece that is me far more than I have in the recent past. 

This photo is part of the perfect set taken of me by the flawless Faby & Carlo, for my newest baes (and workplace!) Scarlet Ladies' stunning, important campaign, I Talk Sex

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Rapid Fire Book tag.

Another bookish tag post! Such fun. Thanks for tagging me, lovely Jess
Well, I'd do more of an intro but as the tag title suggests, this is a quickie! Let's get to it...

E-book or physical book?

Physical book. Always.

Paperback or hardback?

Paperbacks are cheaper and easier to carry around, however if a book is really special (or I just can't wait til the paperback of a new release comes out) I'll go hard.

I recently bought the special hardback edition of 'Milk and Honey', by Rupi Kaur...despite already having the paperback. This was partly because I wanted the updated version with the new (and incredibly moving) foreword, but also because having a hardback of this magnificent poetry collection felt right. 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Getting ghosted.

So in the winter of 2016, never mind when exactly, I spent the night with a man who shall regrettably remain nameless. All you readers need to know is, vodka was consumed and events transpired. Then the following morning it was rainy outside, foggy in my mind, and kinda obscenely awkward between us. I left his place fairly quickly, because despite the rain and my blurry black cloud of a hangover, I really didn't want to linger in Awksville longer than I had to. 

I think there was a bit of communication in the 2/3 days that followed, but mostly on my end to be honest, all my instigating. Then, weeks later, just when I was wondering if I should stop bothering, we met up and ended up eventually establishing, between tipsy giggles, that we'd be 'well up and totally down for' more adventures of the intimate nature in the near future - just casually, just crashing. Cool. 

Then...he vanished. 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Recent Reads: Matt Haig's 'How to Stop Time'.

I recently read (as part of my pledge to read exclusively Hyped-Up Hardbacks in the month of July) 'How to Stop Time', the latest fiction from the most excellent Matt Haig. 

The book tells the story of Tom Hazard, a man with a fairly uncommon condition – he grows old v-e-r-y slo-w-w-w-w-w-ly. But I don't mean like, he ages suspiciously well like some celebrities who must have sold their souls or some shit (Keanu Reeves, we're onto you). No I mean like, Tom still looked 18 when he was actually almost 200. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

#iTalkSex, don't you?

In case you didn't know, I talk a lot about sex. On my blog and in person; over coffee, between drinks, even at work sometimes on a slow day. 
I have several WhatsApp convos and ongoing DMs that can get pretty risque – no, not in a sexting way, more like the odd 'check out this hottie [attached pic]' and 'guess what I did/saw/read/dreamt last night', or even 'gimme tips on this'-type chats. 
I've been this way as long as I can remember, but more so in recent years. 
I'm an open book, a trustworthy confidante and a fount of knowledge. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

'Editing Emma' Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the epic, exciting and exceptional 'Editing Emma' blog tour!

I am thrilled to be blogging about this book – and not for the first time, either! I can safely say this YA is going to be one of the 2017's biggest and best. The excellent Chloe Seager has an immeasurable talent for creating characters and writing with a clear voice. Emma explodes out of this book, and I found myself loving and relating to her from very early on in her blogging journey. In fact, she reminded me of the young Grace, sitting in her college library at lunchtime, typing furiously to everyone and no-one when she first set up her blog...but the less said about her, the better.  

Now, Chloe has very kindly written some fabulous words for my blog and you readers. What a babe she is. I think we'll all be applauding and agreeing (albeit reluctantly) with her tales of awkward crushes and let-down dates... 

Monday, 14 August 2017

'Freshers'; my memories and a Floopy review!

My little sis Floop ('Fleur' to some, I guess) is 19 and therefore at 'Fresher age'. However, her educational journey has had many twists and turns, and she is actually about to start her second year of A Levels. She plans to attend university in Australia, our second home. She recently visited our family down under and checked out the uni she wants to go to, so naturally I lent her the hot new YA 'Freshers' for plane reading to get her in the mood and introduce her to the epic writing duo that is Lucy & Tom! 

[What follows is a transcript of me pestering little sis for a mini review. She was on the sofa under a blanket dozing at the time...I think she might have activated her Fresher mode already, tbh] 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

What I'll be reading in August 2017.

Oh hey, August. We're just 2 weeks in and you're already driving me crazy – in good and bad ways. I'm already nervous to write my end of month wrap up, to be honest with you... 

Reading-wise though, dearest August, you're gonna be a treat. I already have cracked the spines of 2 excellent YA novels 'Lola Offline' by Nicola Doherty and 'Another Place' by Matthew Crow, and now I am ready to realign with my 2017 reading schedule – which really is not as thought out or concrete as I'm implying in these posts, oops. 

This month, I have celebrated my 24th birthday. It made me think about all the books I've read in my life, and which ones have stuck with me. Also, which ones would I maybe read again? Like, to see if I love them as much the second time around or give them another chance because I didn't enjoy them the first time?
Well, I have managed to condense a very long list to just these three – although I have a couple of extras stored safely, just in case I devour them too quickly or even give up halfway through one...which is a real danger. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Another Place; a Q&A with Matthew Crow.

Matthew Crow's 'Another Place' (published August 3rd), is his latest novel that follows the beautiful, genre-defying and much-praised 'In Bloom' (2013). 

'Another Place', takes us to a strange and sad seaside town, where one girl is trying to put herself back together, and another girl has gone missing. 

The story centres around sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint, who is released into the care of her dad after a stay in hospital with depression. She is told that to continue getting better she must set small goals for each day, larger ones for each week, and one significant thing to aim for. Meanwhile, the close-knit community of her town seems to be falling apart in the wake of the sudden disappearance of one of her school mates - and secret friend - Sarah. Everyone knew Sarah; and at the same time, nobody knew her at all. But Claudette can understand her in ways that others didn’t. She soon decides what will be her one overarching aim in life: finding Sarah. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Lola Offline

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the 'Lola Offline' blog tour! 

'Delilah Hoover has gone dark. She's quit social media, moved to Paris and changed her name to Lola Maxwell. Because she has made a mistake – one she can't take back. It was all over Twitter, and it's still the first thing that comes up when you Google her...'

This hot new YA tells the story of a teen girl who went viral – and not in a good way. Delilah – oops, I mean Lola – starts her new life in Paris and it's all going smoothly, with the usual amount of awkward moments, alcohol mishaps and crushes a teen experiences. She even gets a perfect kiss...But how long can she keep it up? What if her viral past catches up with her? 

Nicola Doherty has been praised already for her writing, and the authentic teenage voice she portrays. And readers, we are lucky to have some writing tips from her right here, right now! Read on...  

Sunday, 6 August 2017

One of those 'social media detoxes'...

I took an accidental social media break, the other day. 

Well, not really. Let me explain. It was my 24th birthday, and I promise I'm not deliberately being a douchebag when I say...I was nervous about my notifications. Yes, I know, I am bloody lucky (and delighted) to have over 5K followers on Twitter, nearly 2K on Insta and over 1K friends on Facey B (I really must do a clear out on there, though. Bigots posting unfunny dog memes have no place on my news feed tbh). I gained all my followers in 100% above board ways (for some reason you hit a certain number and people start accusing you of buying people/bots?!), and I consider a lot of them friends. In fact, I've found some of my low key soul mates online in recent years.

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Last Word.

    00:50, Thursday 3rd August
    *technically Friday 4th but...
(unedited. Literally a typing up of scribbles that made sense at the time, and are everything I needed to say.)

   I fantasised about giving you a verbal smack down. I even rehearsed my lines. It made my blood bubble and my heart race, just thinking about saying those things, finally, to your face. Watching that permanent smirk you display, dissolve.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

24 things, learned in 24 years.

So, I'm 24 now. Or at least I will be, when this post goes live. I'm writing this the week before my birthday, as it has required a lot of thinking and prepping. I decided back in March that I was going to do something like this, after reading my excellent friend Lauren James' post with 24 useful life tips she'd learned by the age of 24. Well, I am hardly equipped to give practical and super-handy hacks like the brilliant ones she gave out to her readers, but I am definitely in a position to advise on all things emotional and...aspirational? At least, I think so...let's see.

Monday, 31 July 2017

31 Days Grace: July.

Oh, July. You were a funny one. Beautifully hot one week, unpleasantly muggy the next, and then some days you were just grey. I still enjoyed you, though. You were a month of unique situations and new adventures.

I mentioned her departure in the last monthly wrap up; little sis was away for half of July. She returned home with two new tattoos and a shit ton of stories to tell us. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Don't beat around the bush.

** This post features artwork by incredible female body-positive artist badasses.
All names etc. in captions **

There was a time when my friends and I would sit on the steep bank above the school games field, dressed in our summer PE kit of shorts and polo shirts, hair pulled back in elastic bands and our bare legs stretched out in front of us on the grass. We'd compare our leg hair almost weekly, and we'd see how long each of us could leave it before we caved, and shaved. 

At 13, I didn't care. Sure, it sometimes annoyed me that the fairly pale hairs on my shins would often peek out from under my navy tights, but that was the extent of it. Then suddenly, the other girls in my year started shaving, waxing and plucking. 
Why? Well, mostly because they'd heard a fable that boys liked girls with less hair, but also because some mums had told them it was more feminine to be free of fuzz. 
Soon I found myself doing the same - but not for a boy, or because my mum told me to. I did it because every other girl was, and I didn't want to be the only one not. I came home from school one day and asked mama to fetch some hair removal cream for me so I could sit in the bath tub and get rid of every little bit of fluff, which took a bloody long time and sometimes over the years led to me feeling faint due to the hideous smelly fumes that cream would give off. Just to feel...accepted? Ladylike? Normal?! 

Ayqua Khan, 20 year-old Pakistani-American artist, 
who I found via amazing Buzzfeed feature.

Monday, 24 July 2017

The 'Mid-Year Book Freak Out' tag.

Ooh look, another excellent bookish tag that one of my most excellent bookish blogger pals Bex invited me to do! Right, let's crack on and do this. The year is slipping by way too quickly as it is...

Best book you've read so far in 2017?

*panics already and opens Goodreads, checks Reading Challenge*

It's a tie between 'The Loneliest Girl in the Universe' by the mega babe Lauren James, and 'The Princess Saves Herself in this One', a poetry collection by Amanda Lovelace. 

'Loneliest Girl' is perhaps the most surprising YA I've ever read – partly because it does not read like it is publicised...not because the (amazing) press team at Walker haven't done their job correctly, oh no, because they've been extra clever in their marketing. Trust me, read this and you'll be surprised.
As for 'The Princess Saves Herself in this One', that was a badass awakening-type read, the kind I need more of at regular intervals throughout each year. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Is blogging dying?

Everyone seems to be saying that blogging is dying, these days. This news is sad, surprising and honestly quite...confusing. When did it begin its decline towards death? Who fired the kill shot? Did all the best URLs run out? Did Blogger and Wordpress finally throw down and battle it out in a back alley, both coming off fatally wounded? Ooh, or did it all kick off when Blogger deleted their app and spurned endless hate from users (still not forgiven them, tbh)?

Oh wait, I actually have an idea about what could have done it. Y'all may not like it, though. I can't help but content the cause of death? 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Dear you, for the last time.

Dear you,

Yes, she's writing about you again. After all these years – tell your friends to play that game they invented, 'spot him in her blog!', as this will be the last time they can. They'd crowd around a laptop in your dingy kitchen, poring over the words, they couldn't get enough. You couldn't care less, most of the time. 

Well, you'll be gone after this. Gone from this blog, and gone from my mind. You'll be merely the inspo in a series of outdated posts, a face in old YouTube videos and some faded T-shirts crammed in my pyjama drawer. A bow tie that I selfishly kept, and now plan on giving back through a mutual friend. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Let 'em look.

I am about to say something quite controversial. It may incite shock, horror, or straight up anger. For that, I am sorry. But it's my opinion. Hear me out, please? 

Here it is. Ready? Okay. I feel that when it comes to making friends and finding love...looks can be as important as personality.

*hides, waits for storms to collide overhead* 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

What's in a name?

About a year ago, I wrote a post about creating characters when writing fiction. I had so much fun sharing writing thoughts and sort-of tips...that I thought I might do it again! But this time I'm gonna write about...naming characters. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Weekly warm 'n' fuzzies #2.

Every day lately I've been thinking how important it is to not just get happy, but to then stay happy. Grabbing hold of the good things, and sharing them with others, is a great way to do this.
So this week, the following things have made me happy:

Seeing my neurosurgeon and support nurse, two of the best humans I've ever met. Being told, again, that my misbehaving brain is 'stable'. Some really great coffee dates. A pizza with vegan cheese, made in a wood-fired oven behind the bar at the pub – by a very attentive chef – served in a cardboard box. The cat keeping me company all night long, snore-purring softly. Booking another tattoo with a lovely local artist. Meeting and chatting with a brilliant comedian who is delightfully rude onstage, and so far beyond sweet out of the spotlight. Staying up in my beloved Bethnal Green, for the first time in forever. A proper grown-up dinner with my favourite couple, after which I sat contentedly and quietly on the train home, happily all 'talked out'. Dad having to pick me up after missing my connection, this giving me unexpected time to chat with him, just us. Having my 'content' praised, and feeling so stupidly legit. A significant amount of the evening news suddenly being tennis-related. Visiting my secondary school, and chatting with my favourite teachers – trying, and failing, to call them by their first names, at their insistence. 

Stay happy, friends. Grab the good things and don't let go. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

What I'll be reading in July 2017.

July is here. The month in which Wimbledon takes over our TVs, eating outside becomes more or less normal, pubs with proper gardens get their time to shine, the seafront gets mobbed by DFL types, pale legs get pulled out of jeans and forced into shorts...

But July is also the time when we bookish folks all start properly prepping and scheduling for YALC. It's when we fill our suitcases with the latest bestsellers to read by the pool in Spain, or between trains in the unfamiliar city. We'll be celebrating Harry Potter's birthday at the end of this month...and mine, the day after. Obvs. 

This month I will be continuing my YALC prep, which I began in June...turns out 1 month wasn't enough! Surprise, surprise. Over the next 3 weeks I'll be tearing through (not literally – although I do sometimes turn pages over...) as many YA novels as possible, or at the very least those which correspond with the authors I desperately wanna see in panels or for signings (the YALC schedule is driving me a good way).

I'll be mixing it up a bit too. I feel too much YA could make it all blur in my mind; I would hate to get plots muddled or characters' names wrong due to excessive young adulting...

Sunday, 9 July 2017

My best dates.

Due to a recent tweet I posted concerning a moronic ex – wow, I haven't done that in a while – I found myself reflecting on dates. This particular ex doesn't really count as an ex, actually; we only went on the one date, and that was more than enough. I remember regaling my girlfriends the following morning with the disastrous tale involving O'Neills (worst first date location? I'd say so), lime and lager (for him, not me – his company eventually drove me to neat scotch) and karaoke (don't even). All my friends felt sorry for me, especially considering I'd fancied this guy for a while. We all had, in fact. We'd referred to him as 'Arms', the hot guy who could sing. He was a fantasy – and after that night in O'Neills, the daydreams about his arms had to end. 

At the time, I actually rolled my eyes at the sympathy from friends, saying 'I've had worse, and I'll have better. If nothing else, this will be a good story someday!'
And guess what? It is.
And also, I have had better dates since then. Some of which were so good, I decided to write about them right here, right now! 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

30 Days Grace: June.

June 2017 came and went. We are now in the early stages of July, and over halfway through the year. How completely ridiculous is that? 

My June was mostly happy – I only went into hospital once, for just a night, I started making plans for the near future not just the end of the year, I had some yummy coffee dates, I spent actual money that I'd legitimately earned several times (this shouldn't be that big a deal, but trust me, it is for a poorly freelancer), and I ended the month in one of my favourite places, with some favourite people. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Independent Bookshop Week, 2017.

Oh yes my bookish friends, it's that time of year again! The magical folks at Books Are My Bag are celebrating independent bookshops all over the country. 

Last year I celebrated IBW 2016 with a post answering a series of questions that were circulating around the bookish web and was so excited to see some of my favourite book bloggers also taking part. 
I then shared another post about mine and my family's favourite books!

This year, the gang at BAMB are doing Independent Bookshop Week with events, shout-outs and awards. Also their Bookshop Crawl last weekend looked excellent! 

I am currently on a little holiday so cannot fully participate in the crawls and events - however, I have been visiting and loving the independent bookshops near me this week! 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

What I read in June 2017.

Well, June was a cracking month for reading, wasn't it? It was for me, anyway. My Recovery Reading has been so efficient I've had to up my Goodreads challenge a few times already – I'm now aiming to have read 80 books by the end of 2017 and while I know that may not seem much to a lot of my bookish brethren, it's a lot for this reader! 

I decided to devote this month to YALC prep, meaning I've only been reading YA for the past four weeks and let me tell you, it's been magical. I maintain that YA fiction is not just for young adults – the themes present in those novels are incredibly mature, and the issues tackled by some authors are so painfully important. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Blogger Recognition Award.

The totally excellent Jess recently mentioned me in a tag post that I didn't know was a thing! Oh dear, that was terribly worded wasn't it? Apologies. And thank you, Jess! 

So, I hardly ever do tags on here, and that's not a deliberate thing, it's just because more often than not, they totally pass me by! But I'm making it a mid-year resolution to do more, as they can be really fun! 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Weekly warm 'n' fuzzies #1.

I'm continuing the recent lovely trend among some of my favourite bloggers – and listing the things that have made me happy this week.

Some especially tasty coffees in the old town. Walking along the seafront, inhaling the sea, smelling chips and suncream. Reading poetry before bed. That episode of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' with a baby Raven Symone in, sassing Will. The sound of thunder and pouring rain breaking the tension in the sky after a stifling week of sun. The expression 'six of one, half a dozen of the other'. Getting my wound dressing removed, and feeling my shirt brush my tummy. Buying presents, and giving them. Whisky on the bartender's tab. Vegan chocolate and raspberry cake. Drinking full cups again. Going back to London, stepping off the train and genuinely thinking 'I missed you'. Then having some of my favourite people cuddle me that night, marvel at how long we'd been apart and say they'd missed me.

This was fun to write - I couldn't stop adding more things to it before posting. I may not make it a regular thing, in case it isn't as special and fun having to list things every week. It's hard enough sometimes doing monthly personal wrap ups! 
But I want to encourage every blogger I know to try this, at least once. What's made you happy this week? Find the bright spots, and share them with others. Maybe it'll help them see theirs. 

(Thank you to Beth, Suzy, Naomi and many more of my fellow bloggers for already doing this and inspiring me!)

Friday, 16 June 2017

Losing a bad way!?

'Well hello again, missy,' the nurse says, escorting me to my bed for this particular night. (Ooh, I get the window again, result!) 'You've lost some weight, haven't you?!'
'Oh, yeah,' I say, hobbling down the ward alongside her. 'A bit.'
'Jealous. I could do with losing some!' The nurse giggles and shakes her head.
'Y'know my hot diet secret? A hemicolectomy, with some added laparotomy!' I deadpan.


'You're looking very well, despite everything! Very skinny!' My friend grins at me, looking up and down my somewhat skeletal frame.
'Yeah, I guess so. It's not that healthy, though.' I shrug and feel my shoulder blades grind.
'Well, it's a definite silver lining to all this, isn't it?'


'Have you lost weight since these ops?' Our GP nurse asks, an afterthought, as we leave.
'Over a stone and a half,' I reply, pulling down my shirt. 
'Ah, well that'll be nice to put back on, won't it?' She giggles – and I join her. Because she has a good point; I could have a few lazy and indulgent weeks ahead of me, should I wish...endless 'cheat days'...


I have a turbulent relationship with my weight. Have done since I was about 10 years old, and one day I came home from school panicking because my legs and bum suddenly felt 'wobbly'. That was when I became aware. Looking back now, I know I wasn't a chubby child or teen. My goodness, I think I was a size 8/10 until I turned 17 and got some extra boob and hip dolloped on my awkward outline. 
Yet, I was insecure from a young age. Because I never looked quite 'perfect'. Or rather, I never knew that there was no such thing.

Monday, 12 June 2017

'Songs About Us' - a cover reveal AND chapter 1!

I am both gleefully fangirlishly squealingly overjoyed and most sensibly humbly honoured to have been given the chance to unveil not only the cover for the hot new #boybandlit release 'Songs About Us', sequel to Chris Russell's totally gorgeous 2016 novel 'Songs About a Girl', but also to be treating you lucky readers to a snippet of the first chapter! Oh yes, you guys are getting a deluxe VIP backstage pass to the hottest show in town right now... 

Book trailer for 'Songs About a Girl'!

For those of you who don't know, 'Songs About a Girl' came into the world of UKYA last year (under the watchful eye of the total babes at Hachette) and soon we were all hearing the hot goss about quiet teen girl Charlie Bloom, the amateur photographer suddenly called in to shoot the Fire&Lights lads backstage on their tour...and getting more than she bargained for between snaps. 

Also, the book had a soundtrack! If you wanna know all about that, be sure to read this guest post by the fabulous author and get listening to the jams. 

'Songs About Us' is due out on the 13th of July 2017. But surely we cannot be expected to wait until then to see what it'll look like?! Oh, no. 

Enough teasing now, I think. Let's have a look at the cover, shall we...?? 
In 3, 2, 1...

I know. Gorgeous, right? I won't lie guys, I didn't think anything could match up to the first cover...and I've been very happily proven wrong! And yes, I do dream of being 'with the band'. Maybe someday... 

But the juicy reveals aren't over yet! This just in – a Chapter 1 preview! Enjoy, devoted fans...

Friday, 9 June 2017


Hi, my name's Grace. I guess you could call me Gracie, sometimes. 

Free wifi is the way to my heart, I seem to have malfunctioning intestines, I actually enjoy watching the 10pm news these days, my type is Ed Westwick in 'White Gold', some of my favourite foods can be found in Holland & Barrett fridges, my side hustles vary wildly, I would fight any other fangirl to befriend Titus Andromedon, I go through Instagram slumps, I dream of having permanently pastel-coloured hair, I sometimes really miss playing Ultimate Frisbee, I plan on living through middle age in Brighton before retiring in Winchester, my first novel is in progress, it upsets me too much when a TV show goes on for too many seasons. 
For the past 3 years, my life has been on pause. It needs to resume soon. 

These posts are getting harder - I think you readers know me too well now...

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

What I'll be reading in June 2017.

Happy June, my friends! This month, much like the last couple funnily enough, I seem to be utterly spoiled with spare time (aka, a lengthy recovery period, whoop whoop) and so this of course means a lot more reading will be happening than usual. Yes, it will. And possibly writing too...?! Let us hope! 

I have already been in and out of hospital twice this month (?!) and when I haven't been reclining in a sterile bed with nurses wrapping me alternately in velcro and rubber every few hours, I've been curled up on the sofa bingeing on books. (And Ru Paul. Omg.) 

I've given myself a theme for the month already, and now I'm making it official. June 2017 is... 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

31 Days Grace: May 2017.

May happened. And guys...I actually did some things!!!
After April, a month that began with hellish pain and ended in utter debilitation, it's been nice to actually feel a bit more human recently. I'm not quite 100% still, but I'm getting there. This month has been spent healing and...being. Not pressuring myself. 

EDIT: It all went to shit. Read on and find out more...if you dare. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Instagram honesty.

Social media is excellent, and generally I am a huge fan of it. It's also terrible, and at times I absolutely despise it. Don't we all, sometimes? Well, I certainly know a lot of people who actively loathe social media, some of whom have deliberately deleted any trace of themselves, any presence they had, on every platform. 
But then at the same time, I know folks who have made a career out of social media. This includes me. So many of us have found friends, discovered new favourite things and been inspired endlessly. Whether it's coming across individuals and movements we wouldn't have known about had it not been for Twitter; kinks and fan fic we'd never thought to search for were it not for Tumblr; 5* cafes and household appliances for sale courtesy of Facey B, and of course there is always an abundance of beautiful foods and quirky af outfits to be seen on Instagram. 

Yes, I could go on forever about the wonders and evils of social media and its various platforms. But today I will just be focusing on one: the aforementioned Instagram.
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