“Dahlia Donovan writes really cozy and fun mystery/whodunnit romance stories. I’ve been waiting for the second book in her London Podcast Mystery series for the entire summer and it was wonderful. Once again I found myself chortling at Dannel and Osian’s antics as they find themselves involved in another mystery. Another great hit with a very happy ending that I enjoyed!“
“I just find this series to be absolutely adorable. I mean, sure there’s some grisly murders and an interesting mystery, but for me the star of the show is Daniel and Osian’s relationship. It’s just so loving and sweet and completely perfect. If you ever want to read a story with two men who know exactly what the other needs, are constantly providing, and just without a doubt belong together, then this is the series for you.
My word for the year in my writing life for 2022 is focus. 2020 and 2021 were definitely years that I struggled to focus.
Struggled so much.
And I don’t think I was the only person struggling.
Focus has always been difficult for me as an autistic but the last few years haven’t done much to help.
In an effort to manage better, i’ve begun using the Pomodoro technique once again. It’s helped me in the past. This time though, I’m using YouTube videos instead of just using a timer.
The Pomodoro Technique is essentially where you work for a certain period of time then take a break for a bit. And repeat. I usually go for 15-30 minutes then take a 5 minute break.
More about the PT here: https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique
The ones I’ve been using are technically ‘study with me’ videos. But they work great for writing as well. I’ve also been trying to make sure I get up and stretch during the break time. I’m terrible at sitting for long periods without moving around.
My favourite channel for videos is: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheSherryFormula
This is the video in particular I’ve been using this past week for writing:
“This is a modern take on a cozy mystery. It is so good it makes me want to curl up with some tea and cake and lose myself in the pages. Osian and Dannel are both very engaging and funny. This is a low heat story but the love between the two men is evident. And I did find myself giggling at the story and I loved that I was not able to solve the whodunit on my own. “
“Kudos for a well written series and a cast of characters that range from quirky to lovable and all ranges in between. “
Poisoned Primrose is 99c from Dec 27th – 31st!
Autistic, asexual, and almost forty, Pineapple “Motts” Mottley flees London with her cat and turtle to a quaint cottage in Cornwall. She craves the peace of life in a small village. The dead body buried in her garden isn’t quite what she had in mind, though.
Will Motts survive the onslaught of murderously bad luck?
Can she solve the mystery before it all spins out of control and off a cliff?
This is what I wrote about my 2020 reading:
2020 was an odd year for reading. I usually read on average a book or two a week. This year I went through phases were I didn’t read for ages then I read five books in a week.
If I thought 2020 was odd, it had nothing on 2021. I read thirteen books this year–three of which were re-reads of Patricia Briggs novels. I think the last ‘new’ book I read was in June–the latest Phryne Fisher mystery.
I just couldn’t get into the mood to read new things. My goal was to read 48 books in 2021. A goal I quite obviously failed.
I think I read well over a hundred different fanfictions in various fandoms. So technically I did hit my goal, I suppose.
Of the few books I read this year, Bounce by Becca Seymour is probably my favourite.
The review I wrote for it:
I adored this book. Despite being forewarned, I wasn’t quite emotionally prepared for some of depths of human emotion that were delved into here. A lot of authors tend not to want to touch tougher subjects. They were handled beautifully and brilliantly in Bounce. It’s a wonderful romance between two loveable characters who’ve suffered through traumatic events of one variety or the other. The trigger warnings at the start of the book should definitely be paid attention to.
Here’s hoping next year is a better year for reading.
What about you?
What were some of your favourite reads this year?