April was a pretty good month. I wrote over 10,000 words, started querying agents and launched Welsh Writers Wed on Twitter.
I'm still plugging away at Blood Will Tell and it's coming along nicely, too. I've had two lots of editorial feedback and any working on implementing the advice. I've also critiqued eight chapters for members of my writing group.
April has also been a decent month for reading, I finished seven books, although one was a re-read.
I do like to re-read my 5-star books from time to time, and this month it was the turn of Rivers of London. I enjoy knowing how the plot and characters will develop over time and picking up new details about them that I might have missed first time round. I certainly paid more attention to Beverley Brook on the second read!
The other book that I gave 5 stars to this month was The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. The main character, Don Tillman, has Asperger's and this flavours the whole novel, from his interactions with others to how he reacts to events. It's an eye-opening and enjoyable novel that will make you laugh and cry.
I enjoyed the latest instalment of the St Mary's series And The Rest is History but I'm in the minority by giving this one 4 stars. Yet again Taylor blends historical fact with modern action and a pinch of humour. However, unlike most of the other books in the series, this one didn't pull at my heart strings. No tears for me, despite several incidents in the plot where I think this was expected. My one criticism is that, this far into the series, I think it's hard to keep things 'fresh' and whilst the book was certainly solid and enjoyable, it felt a little 'tired' in parts and almost - dare I say it - a little formulaic.
I read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief with my children and they loved this one, but not quite as much as Harry Potter. A 4-star review there, too.
Finally, on I took my children to the launch of Gaslight a 'middle grade' novel set in Victorian Cardiff. By all accounts it is a fantastic story and we're all looking forward to getting started on it.