The Arrival of the Paperbacks

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It’s always exciting as an author to hold an actual, physical copy of the book you’ve been pouring your heart in to for the past year or so.

It’s an incredible feeling. It’s one that can’t really be explained or described, other than an overwhelming sense of pride, a massive smile you can’t control – your words as you intended them to appear.

My publisher, Panther Publishing, received their paperback copies today of Murder on the Rocks and they look so pretty!

The plan is to eventually have paperback copies available to buy directly from Panther. If you want to support independent publishers and small time authors, that’s the best way to do it – buying directly from the person who took a chance on you.

I also know some paperbacks are being sent to some stores, and a few Instagrammers! How exciting!

My new novel, Murder on the Rocks, is out now!

Preparing to Travel: Edinburgh

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It won’t be long, and I’ll be travelling to Edinburgh. It’s the first time I’m visiting, so I’m really excited. It’s a place I’ve wanted to go for a while!

Part of the preparation for travel is finding out what to do once you get there. Sure, flights are important, but a big decision for me is working out why I’d want to go somewhere.

Finding things to do:

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and knowing that J.K. Rowling lived and wrote the series in Edinburgh is a big selling point for someone like me. In Edinburgh, there is no absence of Potter. You can visit a street that supposedly inspired Diagon Alley. You can visit The Elephant Cafe, where J.K. Rowling wrote some of the novels. You can visit a graveyard where one of the graves reads Thomas Riddel. And there’s even a Harry Potter Escape Room! Am I doing all of this?! YES.

As well as Harry Potter, I’ll be looking into the history of Edinburgh, so I’ve found some locations, such as Edinburgh castle, to visit.

Finding flights:

Always browse incognito or on private browsing when looking for flights. Many people check out prices a few times before actually booking anything, by which points those tracking cookies have upped the price, and you’re paying more than you should be paying.

I wanted to fly from Cardiff airport – support the local airport and all that – but flights were £100 more expensive. I instead went with EasyJet, knowing they would be reliable and budget friendly.

Because I’m going for only a few days, I’ve booked an early arrival and a late departure. Absorb as much of Edinburgh as I can!

Now, the importance is knowing our flight time, booking airport parking, and day dreaming about the airport food.

Fashion

ASOS is my friend. And new holiday destinations means new clothes. But I’m only taking a carry on, so I have to be sensible. But hey, new clothes. Even if not for Edinburgh, why not just for general life?

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Pet Sematary: Should You Read It?

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Is Pet Sematary worth the read? An up-coming film will no doubt be seeing the resurgence of sales of this classic novel, first published in 1983.

The film seems Louis Creed and his family move to a new home, right on a busy road. In the trailer, it’s implied their cat, Church, is hit by one of the many trucks that go by their home. Louis buries the cat in the Pet Sematary, but not the one that’s on the surface – the cemetery that’s behind the innocent. One that possesses powers.

In the film trailer, it looks as though Louis’s daughter, Ellie, is the victim. I’m not sure if the book is set to deviate and make that theme of the novel a lot more pronounced, but reading the book, it certainly seems that way.

King naturally has a talent for writing horror, and like many of his other novels, Pet Sematary isn’t lacking the supernatural element.

The writing is great. The plot is good, although I was left feeling somewhat disappointed by the family death, and the repercussions of taking advantage of the ancient burial ground.

I get the impression from the film trailers that Pet Sematary will be different from the novel. I think we’ll be focusing a lot more on what happens when the dead don’t stay dead.

I’d say the book, however, is worth the read. You’ll understand the story and the meaning a lot better.

Did you know my new novel, Murder on the Rocks, is out now?

Visit Wales: Sleeperz Hotel, Cardiff

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Step off the train at Cardiff Central, walk outside, turn right and you’re at Sleeperz hotel.

When visiting the Welsh capital, it’s essential to be in the hub of activity. Sleeperz offers you that.

Located central to the train station, with rooms facing the heart of Cardiff, Sleeperz offers comfortable stays in a building of 74 stylish rooms.

Sleeperz offers quirks. My reason for staying at Sleeperz was for birthday celebrations, and a weekday night out in the Welsh capital. I’ve walked past the hotel many times, but never had the opportunity to stay.

Prices are relatively cheap – room prices from £45 – but the price doesn’t reflect what you get.

If big double beds with luxurious rooms and big bathrooms are what you’re looking for, Sleeperz may not be the first choice. The cosy chic style of Sleeperz is its charm.

Inside the rooms are bunk beds – I’m not sure if it is the same for every room – and the beds are comfortable. There’s no issue with getting atop the bunk, at least not for me, and the beds don’t rattle or squeak with every move. There’s even a light at the bed for any night time reading.

The hotel provides tea and coffee – though not enough milk – and the TV is small, but offers freeview channels.

A divider door is locked, separating our compact room from the next. It’s easy to hear those next door, as I’m sure it’s easy to hear us.

The bathroom doesn’t offer much for movement, and little storage space for toiletries, but it does come with body soap and shampoo. It’s small, but not claustrophobic. It’s clean and fresh. A divider door is pulled across to separate you from the room. However, shadows can be seen on the other side, and you might not feel like you’re in total privacy.

All in all, Sleeperz is a friendly hotel to stay at. The staff were helpful, the food was good, and the lobby bar offered a range of drinks. It’s inexpensive, within a central location, but it doesn’t feel budget.

I would definitely stay at Sleeperz again!

Did you know my new novel, Murder on the Rocks, is out now?