Taking a Break

I’m moving and will have to take a short break from writing this blog, hopefully I’ll only be gone for a few days, but it could be a bit longer!

As I am downsizing from a good-sized two bed flat to a small one bed flat on Monday, I am trying to decide what I’m taking with me and what I need to sell, give away or otherwise dispose of. Having lived here for nearly thirty years I seem to have accumulated a lot of stuff. I am also busy packing ready for the move and sorting out things like gas, electric, broadband etc. So as well as not having a lot of time to spare to write this blog, at some time today my internet will go off and, all being well, will reappear at the other end in a few days… fingers crossed!

It was a fairly quick decision to move, and even quicker one to accept the flat I was offered, so it wasn’t exactly planned. I have commitments to blog tours on Just Books and am desperately trying to get as many scheduled to go out on the right day, which is why I have decided to take a break from Rainne’s Ramblings, although I do have a post scheduled for tomorrow. I hope you stick with me and I’ll be back as soon as I’ve settled into my new home.


See you on the other side…. Bye for now.

stay magic


Wordless Wednesday


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UK Indie Lit Fest 2019

UK Indie Lit Fest

I had an awesome time yesterday at the Lit Fest despite getting soaked by the rain. I left home just after 7:30 am and arrived back at 11:00 pm, with two bags of books and swag.

DawnI sat in on a couple of book readings. The first by Dawn Singh, who read from Dead Normal, and gave us a sneak preview of the third book in the Regina series, Demons from the Ashes which she promised me will be out by Christmas! The other reading was by Joshua Sutton from his latest book Saints of the Mother, the follow up to Cameraman.

I also attended the talk given by T.G. Campbell, author of the Bow Street Society books, on The Pitfalls of Making a Book Trailer’. Although I’m not an author and will never need a book trailer, I found it fascinating. I had never thought about how much time, effort and cost goes into book trailers.

In the international hub, J.S. Burke chatted about her Dragon Dreamer book series, two of which are published and there are at least two more on the way. Unfortunately, CJ Rutherford‘s time in the hub was cut short due to sound issues… he couldn’t hear us and we struggled to hear him.


There was a terrific performance by the Tombe Dance Company who did an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.  It was a shortened version of their original presentation, due to the white rabbit getting sick, and they roped in some of the authors to help out!



I met some new-to-me authors, chatted to some old friends and authors and made some new friends.

I have 18 more signed books to add to my shelves (once I’ve moved and unpacked) and picked up some wonderful swag and info. I also received a wonderful goodie bag from the organisers, which included Xander’s Heart (The Vampires of Whitby Book One) by Scarlett Flame.



My Book Haul:

Maria Gibbs gave me book 3 of Children from the Streets, The Other Side of the Streets,
which I’d won at an event on facebook, and as I’ve only read the first book of the series, A boy from the Streets, I picked up book 2, Sins of the Father, as well.


I have most of Rose English (Su S’ari) books so treated myself to her latest publication, Lost Love In Spring


I love K.S. Marsden‘s writing and although I have read James and Sophie on my Kindle I needed the paperbacks too.


I won a copy of The Case of the Curious Client (Bow Street Society, #1)
by T.G. Campbell at last years Lit Fest and enjoyed it so I snagged the next two in the series, The Case of the Lonesome Lushington and The Case of The Spectral Shot.


I added three books from Chris TurnbullThe Vintage Coat, Carousel and The Planting of the Penny Hedge to complete my collection by this brilliant author.


I also picked up the only book written by Joshua Sutton that I didn’t have before, Saints of the Mother.


By new-to-me authors I bought:

Iniquity (Ascent #1) by Melody Winter


Bonds (Bonds Series Book 1) by Marie Anne Cope


Aeon Infinitum: Run For Your Life by E. Rachael Hardcastle


…and three books by Duncan Thompson, The Church of Freyr, Within the Dark Places and Where the Darkness Hides.


Thank you to all the authors who took part in the event. It was great, but nerve-wracking, to meet you all!

I’d like to congratulate the directors, Dawn Singh, Chris Turnbull, Su S’ari and Joe Kipling; Dawns other half and right-hand man, Peter Singh, and the #indiearmy for organising this wonderful event and keeping it running smoothly.


And last but definitely not least… Thanks to Su and Maria for the wonderful meal with wonderful company after the event. xx

UK Indie Lit Fest 2019

UK Indie Lit Fest

Today is The Fourth Annual UK Indie Lit Fest, held at Kala Sangam, St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY, UK. Doors open at 10:00am and close at 5:00pm


Entry is free and with more than 30 authors attending, there’s something for everyone… signed books, readings, workshops, a performance from the Tombe Indie Dance company and more. So if you’re in the area come and join in, chat with the authors and maybe buy a book, or two!


Starting Over

starting over

UK Indie Lit Fest 2019

27 Jul, 10:00 – 17:00

Kala Sangam, St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY, UK

The Fourth Annual UK Indie Lit Fest is just over two weeks away.

Bringing together over 30 authors from across the United Kingdom, there are attending authors selling signed copies of their books, live readings, workshops, Q&A panels, and publishing houses in attendance, plus much more…

The UK Indie Lit Fest 2019 is a FREE family day out with much to offer.


Have you grabbed your FREE ticket yet? I have!

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In November, 2018 the UK Indie Lit Fest was named as one of the
Top 5 Literary Festivals in the UK.


Although I missed the first one in 2016, this year will be my 3rd visit to the UK Indie Lit Fest and I hope to visit many more times. I have met some great authors and made some wonderful friends.

I have shelves filled with signed copies of awesome books I’ve bought at the event. I’ve even read some of them, although I still have some catching up to do!

In the previous years, I had a better budget and could buy pretty much anything that caught my eye. However, this year I will have to be more careful, so I have a list of books that I need, and hopefully, I’ll still be able to buy a few extras.

I am always nervous when I arrive at the event, but everyone is so welcoming that my anxiety drops to a manageable level, and I can enjoy myself. Last year my granddaughter came with me and that helped.

Music Monday

music monday

Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

My choice for today is:

Long Walk

Bad Company

I need a long walk, with someone who knows what to do
I need a long talk, I need a helping hand to pull me through
I need a tall drink, with somebody who cares, I need someone here for company
It’s time to rethink and somehow find a way to put an end to this mystery

See I don’t know, the pain won’t go
And the hurt inside is getting so damn hard to hide

So now I pay the price, I wonder how much it’s gonna take
I’ve gotta roll the dice, and try to take all this heartache

But I still don’t know, the pain won’t go
And the hurt inside is getting so damn hard to hide

I gotta work it out, ’cause my heart is still racing, racing away
Work it out, ’cause my heart is still breaking, hey

So now I’ll take this long walk, I don’t want anybody listenin’
‘Cause I really wanna pour it out, and all went out without ever giving in

But I still don’t know, the pain won’t go
I’m still hurting inside and it’s so damn hard to hide

You gotta help me work it out, ’cause my heart is still racing, racing away
Work it out, ’cause my heart, my heart is breaking away
I’ve gotta work this out, ’cause my heart is still racing away
Yeah, work it out, ’cause my heart, it’s so much a part of me

Work it out – gotta work it out
My heart is still racing – and I’m wasting away
Work it out – I’ve gotta work it out…