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September 2017

Summer Reading

Hi guys! Long time no blog! So sorry ūüė¶ Apparently when Mez and I are in the same country, we get nothing done online. But we did read over each other’s manuscripts, and that was fun!

Can you believe summer is ending this Friday? At least here in the Northern Hemisphere. We had some cool temps two weeks ago, but we are back into the summer heat. I love the heat, but I’m a ready for fall with its cooler weather (the better to drink tea with!), the changing of the leaves, and of course, the holidays.

But before all of that, I wanted to share my summer reading. My awesome grandparents took all of us (as in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, 40 in total) on a cruise. It was a ton of fun, but me being me, I had to escape into a book from all the people. I read 7 books over the 5 day cruise. Best vacation!

I’ll review all the books in separate blog posts, but for now, here they are!

If you are looking for a new book to read, I highly recommend any of these (ok, I don’t highly recommend Juliet Immortal. It was interesting, but I didn’t really like it). Except for Dreamwood, which is Middle Grade, they are all Young Adult and range from a science fiction to fantasy to a very strange psychological ghost story. ¬†Stay tuned for a summary and review of each, and let me know what you read over the summer!

What’s the deal with Wattpad?

I’m writing with a pressing question for all you readers, writers & bloggers out there:

What do you think of Wattpad?

If you haven’t got a clue what Wattpad¬†is to begin with, it is (as I understand it) a social network aimed solely at sharing stories. So virtually, anyone can write anything & gain a following on the merit of their writing. For writers, this sort of networking has an edge on platforms like Twitter ¬†& Facebook because, rather than trying to gain readers with 140 characters or fewer, you can actually connect with readers who have¬†read¬†your work & are hungry for more! Sounds pretty catchy, no?

As I venture into the mirky waters of online platforms, I know this one thing: my readers are out there & I want to find them, connect with them, & offer them the best stories I can magic up. I’m hoping Wattpad will prove a good avenue for doing just that (although its largest audience demographic is 13-18, which is a bit beyond my gamut. Then again, I’m nearly 30 & still love a good Middle Grade adventure, so you never know!). If you’re a teen fiction writer (hint hint, Bri), I’d think Wattpad would be a no-brainer for connecting with your audience.

So there are a few musings from me. I’m in experimental mode with Wattpad at the moment, publishing chapters of my historical fiction murder mystery (with a twist of magic),¬†Manor of Mystery serially. If you’re a Wattpad veteran, or would fancy joining me on this venture, you can find the book (& my Wattpad profile) here:¬†https://www.wattpad.com/user/mezba4

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Now over to you! Any experience with Wattpad, either as a reader or writer (aspiring author)? As the newbie here, I’m all ears for tips & advice for how best to connect with readers, so do please bring it on!

Yours gratefully,

Mez

Dear Brewhaha Book Cafe Subscribers,

Mez here, after a long, silent summer. I do hope the summer months have been filled with all manner of Story reading & writing delights… not to mention tea (because it’s never too hot for a cuppa, I say!).

A little summer update from us: I made the voyage from England to sunny Georgia for a five week visit, which meant that Bri & I actually had the chance to catch up face to face, drink lots of tea together, review each others’ latest manuscripts (in HARD COPY!), and¬†talk about the future of this blog.

And while we’re on that subject, we do apologise for leaving you in a lurch for so many weeks without hide nor hair of us. BUT, cross our hearts, we didn’t forget you. In fact, we have some exciting news to share about some changes on the horizon…

As lots you know, Bri & I are both working independently on our professional writing careers, & things have been coming along to the point that we feel it’s time we both host our own author pages (as Bri’s audience is mostly YA enthusiasts while mine is more Middle Grade).

What does that mean for Brewhaha? The good news: the cafe is not going anywhere! We will still be bringing you the best of our YA & Middle Grade book adventures, + news updates on our own work, + links to my new writing course (coming soon!) & our new author pages!

So thanks for sticking it out with us over the summer months. We’ve missed you, & we’re excited about getting back to sharing the wonderful world of Story with YOU!

We’d love to hear about your summer — any ¬†book recommendations for us? Bring them on!

Yours truly,

Mez

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