Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge.

My favorite time of year!  Below, please find the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge.  And if you’re in search of the past challenges, look no further than 2018, 2017, and 2016 (yes, I have corresponding books for each). 2019 reading challenge, reading challenge 2019

Might I give you a few suggestions to start?

  • A book you think should be turned into a movie, Life After Joe (or A Fine Line, which I’ve already adapted to screenplay)
  • A book that takes place in a single day, Room 702.  I’m perhaps cheating as it’s each chapter that takes place in a single day (all in the same hotel suite), but I think I have the right idea.
  • A book about someone with a superpower, The Queen of England: Coronation.  I’m not going to give anything away, but there are some magical elements involved.
  • A book you meant to read in 2018 — perhaps The Queen of England: Grand Tour didn’t make it to your TBR list?  Well, I think it’s about time you picked it up!

Happy reading, everyone!




Week by Numbers.

A second week in a row?  It must be procrastination.

  • 29, pages out of 210 pages.  Actually, it’s more like page 70 of 210, but I’ve been moving stuff around.  I’m still not sure if changing the chapters around is going to stick.
  • 72,256, words.  Let’s see what the week ahead holds.  There’s a lot going on.
  • 2, rather disappointing dining experiences I’ve had in the past week.  both from places I’ve had wonderful meals at in the past — not sure what’s really going on.
  • 16, courses, at a restaurant I had high expectations for — with excellent results!
  • 8, PM, my bedtime on Thursday and Friday night this week.
    • 5, AM, my ensuing wake up time the following morning — allows for LOTS of work to get done (no complaints here, except that it’s weirdly dark out).
  • Some, progress I’ve made towards getting The Queen of England: Coronation ready for paperback.  I thought I had it all arranged, but my cover still needs a bit of work (sad face).
  • 1, Murder Mystery dinner I’m attending this week.
  • 1, Google Local Guides sent out globally featuring my face (among two others).
  • 2, perfect Christmas presents ordered for friends.  Hubs and I literally high fived when we opened the package (misplaced for a day by Aramex).
  • 1, ticket received for not wearing a seatbelt in Abu Dhabi (I wasn’t in Abu Dhabi this week).
    • 1, ticket deleted from my record.
    • 1, actual ticket for undefined reasons on MBZ from Sunday.
  • 1, reading slump ended.  Hallelujah.
  • 1:09, average time per day I spend on Instagram.  Please excuse me while I die a little.  Really need to bring that number down!!

How was your week?


Week by Numbers.

Once again, I live.

  • 1, meeting with a local publishing professional.  Leading to – maybe – some movement on some of my unpublished works.  It’s why I will NOT be moving ahead to publish The Queen of England: Ascension, at the moment. And instead…
  • 30, pages out of 206.  Although I finally finished my red pen edit of Under the Rain of Light (what I consider the first draft) last week, I thought I would give it a break while I moved ahead with the Queen 3.  Instead, I’m swapping them around and am full steam on the second draft of the Louvre heist.  Whew, it’s in rough shape – so I’m guessing this will probably take me through the end of the year.
  • 1, celebrity chef met this week (Simon Rimmer, what a lad).
    • 4, pies, as part of the cooking class that I made.  Vegetarian goats cheese and beetroot, if you’re wondering.
  • 1, of 4 – other guest judges for the upcoming JLT dining awards.  I’m super excited to be involved with this!
  • 1, sort of pilot I’ll be filming next week.
  • 2, days we had a short-term foster, Pepper, from K9 Friends last week.
    • 1, steak he stole off my plate.
    • 0, barking.
  • 1, new book idea I came up with!  They usually arrive once a year, so I’m glad that another manuscript has successfully arrived from the universe.
  • 20, year high school reunion that took place last weekend in my hometown.  You’ll imagine that the commute was a bit much for me (and that technically I was in town for the original dates, before it was moved and I was already out of the country).  Am I upset to have missed the event?  Not exactly.  Would it have been fun?  Definitely.
  • 1, invitation to a property I’ve wanted to visit since we first moved here (Zighy Bay, a Six Senses resort).  We’ll be there later this month – I can’t wait! (And no flights involved).

What have you been up to recently?

YA Scavenger Hunt, Fall 2018!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM — but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by , at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting SL Beaumont on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
SL Beaumont is the author of the young adult romantic mystery saga, The Carlswick Mysteries. She lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband, three teenage sons and an enormous fluffy cat. Her passion for travel has seen her take many long haul flights from New Zealand. Her love of history helps determine the destination and the places she visits are a constant source of inspiration for her. She is a Chartered Accountant by day, having worked in London, New York and Auckland, and an author by night.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!


How awesome is this?  Ms. Beaumont is giving away the prequel novella to her series The Carlswick Mysteries. The prequel is called Sophie’s Journal and the Bookfunnel link is (download for free, no e-mail required):

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Courtney Brandt, and more!  Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue Team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To enter, you should know how much I love the number 17.  It’s my birthday, and St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s always been lucky to me (hopefully it will be lucky to you as well). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To continue on your numerical hunt for a jackpot of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Blue team, the marvelous Amalie Howard.

Also,  just because the Blue team is so fantastic, here’s all the books you could win!