October Goals | Pre-Release Day(s) Rush

Happy Spook-tober, Sparrows!

There’s much to do this month and not a lot of time to do it in, so let’s hop right to it, shall we?

Release Day Prep

October is all about my next two releases. Their dates are close now (*deeeeep breaths, Sarina*), and the run-up is always busy, so I won’t throw too much else at my to-do list.

Blood of the Dragon went back to my editor for its final proofread yesterday, which means I need to get the ARCs done and I need/want to read over it again too, to make sure I’m happy with everything before I hit that button.

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond comes back from betas next week, but since it’s much shorter (yay for prequel novellas!) and out a month after Dragon, I’m a bit more relaxed with it.

Sarina’s Sparrows

My Facebook Reader Group is now OPEN!

I’m really excited to hang out with my readers in a relaxed, informal setting and talk about books 🥰

I’ve got lots of fun things planned, like exclusive giveaways, early snippets and teasers (including covers and maps!), and lots of gushing about fantasy.

To join, all you need to do is find the group on Facebook, answer three super easy questions, and then you’re in! 

NaNoWriMo Prep

Because all that release day prep isn’t enough, I’ll also be preparing for NaNo.

This is definitely not a bad idea.

The goal is still to write the first words on Blood Song, but I might need to finish Brightened Shadows first. I’ll see how I get on this month.

And that’ll have to be it 🙂 What are you goals for October? Are you preparing for NaNo too?

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September Recap | Booked Covers, Book Trailer Gorgeousness, and Book Release Dates

Happy Fri-yay, Sparrows!

Allow me to start by saying that I misjudged how much time I’d have this month when I announced my September goals. In theory, my plans were fine and achievable, but in reality?

I forgot I’m off this week.


So, in hindsight, wanting to write 30k on Brightened Shadows was… ambitious *ahem*

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t make all the progress.

(well, not all the progress, as we’ve just established.)

Here’s what happened this month:

Release Dates

Let’s do the most exciting one first 😉

I’ve set my next three release dates and I’ve announced them on Instagram and my Facebook page, so they’re official!

Here they are for your calendars:

Blood of the Dragon – November 11th

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond – December 9th

Relics of Ar’Zac Box Set – January 26th

Time to get excited, Sparrows.

Relics of Ar’Zac

Blood of the Dragon and Shadow in Ar’Sanciond are with beta readers. Feedback for both has been amazing, my readers love what I’ve done, and they’re almost ready for their final proofread.

I’ve booked the cover for the box set for next month, and my cover designer is finalising the covers for Blood of the Dragon and Shadow in Ar’Sanciond this week. In fact, I prepared this post last week Tuesday, so he’s probably done by the time this post goes live!

It’s all coming together so quickly now.

Somebody hold me.

If you want to be among the first to see the box set cover, sign up to my mailing list and collect some other freebies while you’re there.

Darkened Light

As I said above, I didn’t write 30k this month, but I did pass the 30k mark, which means it’s more than a third of the way there!

That’s 3 3s!

Pretty sure that’s a good sign 😉

And, of course, there’s the incredible trailer. You don’t want to miss it, so watch it now if you haven’t seen it already–or watch it again if you have. I totally get it.

Blood Wisp

I’ve fully plotted Blood Song and can’t wait to start writing it in November. To be honest with you, it’s a little distracting. Brightened Shadows is lucky I’m so focussed.

I went from having no idea who the villain is to not only having a villain, but having a villain I think you’ll love to be torn over. Do you hate him? Do you love him? He’s such a good guy, but look what he did. So, why not both? You’re welcome.

Since Blood Song is plotted now, I also have a pretty good idea of what’ll happen in Blood Vow, and it’s given me ideas for fleshing out Blood Wisp.

It’s all coming together, Sparrows.

Or should I call you Wisps now? Hmm.

Just kidding, you’ll always be my Sparrows <3

What have you achieved this month? Make a tea and tell me about your successes.

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September Goals | Early NaNo Prep and an Ending Trilogy

Happy September, Sparrows!

Autumn is officially here (and has been for about a week), and I’m glad to have the weather mellow out a little. Warmth is nice, but heatwaves are unnecessary if you ask me–I’m not a fan of sticking to my furniture and melting again two seconds after coming out of the shower.

(you might have seen this post publish last week Wednesday. my bad. sorry about that <3)

Relics of Ar’Zac

September is a big month for my little trilogy. Blood of the Dragon is going to betas this week, and Shadow in Ar’Sanciond will go to betas a little later this month.

And then all that’ll be left to do is the proofread, sending ARCs, and planning the release days!

No biggie.


I should also email my cover designer about the box set, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll do that this month or if it can wait a little longer.

Darkened Light

I’ll have a book trailer for you this month, and I’m aiming to get Brightened Shadows to 50k.

Doesn’t sound like much, but the trailer is exciting af (I should know, I’ve seen it ;)) and I’ve got just over 30k to write, so I can’t wait to get on with both!

Blood Wisp

Since I decided on Friday that Blood Song will be a NaNo baby and since it’s never too early to prepare for NaNo, I’m plotting Blood Song and Blood Vow this month. I made a good start in August, but I’ve still got a lot of fleshing out to do and should probably get to it *ahem*

All being well, I’ll have my outline ready by the end of September so I can plot Blood Vow in October.

Even better, I’ll have both fully plotted! Wouldn’t that be a dream?

And that’s it for September! What are your goals this month? Make a tea and tell me all about them <3

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August Recap | Beta Readers Wanted! (also book trailer news and some tentative release dates/months)

Can you believe it’ll be September in a few short days? :O

(I swear every recap starts like this… What can I say? I’m easily amazed.)

As expected, August has been packed with edits (and some plotting, yay!). The first half was busy and a tad stressful, but the second half has been a dream, to be honest.

Relics of Ar’Zac

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond is with my editor for its line edits, she’s as good as done with Blood of the Dragon line edits, and I’m currently recruiting beta readers for both.

Want in on that fun? Sign up here. I’d love to have you on my team!

I can’t believe how close I am to finishing this series. Blood of the Dragon will definitely be out this year (I’m looking at November), and Shadow in Ar’Sanciond will be out one month later. If it gets too close to Christmas, I might wait until January, but I need to do some thinking on that. The box set will follow soon after that, and it’ll include all four books.

I just– Someone hold me. Or make me tea. Or both.

Darkened Light

I’ve finally made progress on Brightened Shadows! I’m into the 10k, and the plan is to get into the 40k next month and to finish the first draft in October. Given the dark fantasy vibes and autumnal cover I have in mind, I can’t think of a better month for it.

I’ll aim to publish it in October 2020, but it’s way too early to make promises!

It would be perfect though.

Also, Darkened Light has a nearly finished trailer! I’ve seen the unfinished version and it’s a masterpiece, Sparrows. It’s so incredible. You’ll want to watch out for that next month 😉

Blood Wisp

I managed to fit in some plotting! It’s a long shot from a complete outline, but I have a better idea of what needs to happen (and partially also how it’ll happen) in Books 2 and 3 and feel more confident about this whole trilogy going into September.

As I mentioned above, I’m aiming to finish the first draft of Brightened Shadows in October, which would make Blood Song a NaNo baby!

*cries early tears of joy*

Given that all I wanted this month was to get Shadow in Ar’Sanciond to my editor and assemble a beta sqad for Blood of the Dragon, I’m feeling rather accomplished ^-^

How was your August? Make a tea, grab a biscuit, and tell me about your accomplishments <3

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August Goals | Thank Kittens for Tea!

Hi, everyone!

August is here, and it doesn’t leave much room for error. The first two weeks will require some micro-managing, but the rest should be a little more relaxed *fingers crossed*

If the below doesn’t look like much, it’s only because I’m working on a lot of editing jobs right now.

Relics of Ar’Zac

I’m hoping to get Shadow in Ar’Sanciond to my editor this week, but as I’m writing this post, I still have 27 pages to go and not a lot of spare time to edit them in.

It will be with my editor by the time I update you on how my August went, but the dream would be to get them done this week.

I’ll also assemble my beta team for Blood of the Dragon this month. If you’d like to do it, keep an eye on this blog and/or sign up for my Street Team–you’ll need to be on there to beta anyway, so you may as well sign up now 😉

I’ll let you know when it’s time, so as long as you’re either following this blog, signed up to my team, or following me on Instagram or Twitter, you can’t miss it!

Wait… Is that It?

Not quite. Depending how much time there is once I’ve finished aforementioned editing jobs, I’ll also write the next few thousand words on Brightened Shadows and plot Blood Song and Blood Vow.

Because my early-August schedule is so tight, I won’t set any specific goals for either. The priority is Shadow in Ar’Sanciond and Blood of the Dragon. Everything else is a plus this month.

That‘s it 🙂

What will you achieve this month? Make a tea and tell me about your goals <3

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July Recap | Full-Length Novels, BookSprout, Street Teams, and Beta Readering on the Horizon!

Hi, Sparrows!

July has been a whirlwind for me. I have no idea what to open with today, because everything’s kinda a big deal. Let’s do this in no particular order:

Brightened Shadows

While NaNo has been a fail overall, I have written the first few thousand words on the sequel to Darkened Light, and that’s super exciting! I feel like it’s been a long time coming (even though it kinda hasn’t), and it’s been great to be back with these characters.

It’s had to take a little backseat while I work through my editing jobs. July has been extremely kind on that front, but it also means that my own books have to wait. I’ve been focussing on Shadow in Ar’Sanciond, but I’ll get to that in a minute 🙂

Blood Wisp Trilogy

This is possibly the biggest change I’ve made all month–if you’re following me on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter, you’ll already have seen it:

Originally, the Blood Wisp trilogy was going to be three novellas. One of my critique partners has pointed out that the three read more like one book rather than three individual ones, and she’s right!

So, what’s currently three novellas will become the first full-length novel, and there’ll be two full-length sequels after that. So, there’ll still be three books, but not quite as I planned 🙂

I’m afraid it’ll take longer because of that (I’m aiming for late 2020 now, so roughly a year later, but no promises–it’s way too early for that!), BUT you’ll also get more Michiko and Aza goodness, so that’ll be worth it 😉

Relics of Ar’Zac

There are a few bits here, so I’ll use sub-headings so you can skip the ones you don’t care about.

Rise of the Sparrows

In case you missed it:

I have a book trailer 😉


Wardens of Archos (Relics #2) is on BookSprout at the moment! There are only 20 copies available for download and review, so if you’d like to review it for free, get it while there are still copies.

My Sparrow Street Team is recruiting!

There are zero obligations, meaning you promote the books you want to promote without worrying about me kicking you off the list when you don’t promote something.

I provide images and links to make it super easy for you.

Take a look at the details and sign up here.

I do have a promotion coming up, but there’s another reason to sign up too:

Blood of the Dragon

This is now with my editor and she shouldn’t be much longer, which means it’s almost time for beta readers.

*totally doesn’t freak out at all*

*breathes into paper bag*

If you’ve read Rise of the Sparrows and Wardens of Archos and want to be a beta reader for the final book in this trilogy, sign up for my Sparrow Street Team and I’ll email you when it’s ready.

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond

This is almost with my editor for its line edit, which means I’ll need beta readers here soon too! You don’t need to have read the other books in the series to beta this one since it’s a prequel novella, so all the more reason to join my Street Team 😉

And that’s it for July! If you have any questions about my Street Team or want to tell me how your July has been, make a tea and leave a comment below <3

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July Goals | Camp NaNo fun!

Happy July, Sparrows!

I always feel energised when it’s warm and bright outside, which is just as well this month! I’m keeping my list short again, partly because it’s a busy month with two birthdays and one graduation but also because the few goals I have set are bigger ones and will take time.

There should be lots of progress ahead!

Brightened Shadows

As of this morning, my NaNo WIP sits at just over 2k 😀

I love being back with these characters and can’t wait to share a few first insights, but it’s a little early for that. For now, just know that it’s coming along well and the suffering is about to start 🙂

I will give you a small look behind the scenes later this month (around the 17th), so keep an eye out for that!

Relics of Ar’Zac

Blood of the Dragon

I’m making the last changes before it goes to my editor. I’m trying the program ProWriting Aid for it and it’s been an interesting experience so far!

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond

As soon as Blood of the Dragon is with my editor, I’ll go over it one last time before it can join it’s older sister on my editor’s laptop.

Once my editor has finished the line edits, I should have tentative release dates for you! I’m still on track for 2019 releases, but I don’t want to jinx it.

And that’s it! Not many goals as you can see, but what I do have will take up my whole month. What will you achieve in July?

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June Recap | Wattpad and NaNo changes

Happy end of June, Sparrows!

This has been such a crazy month–I posted three times since I posted my June goals!–which makes this recap quite exciting!

There’s a summary at the end, so you get all the good bits in one place.

Relics of Ar’Zac

Blood of the Dragon

I’m pleased to say that I finished adding chapters, which means I’ve finished the dreaded rewrites! There were two scenes more (I think) than I thought I’d add, so my word count has come along quite nicely.

It’s currently just over 80k, and I’ll add a few more during my last read-through. Everything needs to wrap up nicely.

Rise of the Sparrows

In case you missed it: the paperback is available again! *throws confetti*

But even more exciting than that, you can now read the prologue and the first six chapters for free on Wattpad!

My plan is to upload the first few chapters of every series starter I have now and will have in the future, so you can see if my books are for you before you buy. I might also post early looks into new WIPs, so it’s worth following me over there if you like those special sneak-peeks.

Darkened Light

I decided on a last-minute change to my Camp NaNo project last week–instead of starting the new Dreamer novella trilogy, I decided to finish the Darkened Light duology!

I announced the title of Book 2 earlier this week, and I’ve spent all week plotting and preparing for NaNo. It’ll be dark, Sparrows. Stock up on chocolate now and you might just have enough by the time it comes out.

My Scrivener index cards are ready. NaNo can come.


What’s going to happen with the Dreamer trilogy, you ask?

I have spent most of June plotting it and getting to know my characters, so when I come back to it (very likely once I’ve set the first draft of Brightened Shadows to proof) I’ll have a good head-start. I introduced Esta earlier this month and have a lot more to show you!

It was starting to feel a little forced and the plot had moved away from my original idea too much, so I think letting it simmer for a little longer is best for myself and the books.

It’ll probably be my NaNoWriMo project in November, so I’ve got time to sort it out.

To summarise…

Rise of the Sparrows is on Wattpad. (Prologue – Chapter 6)

The paperback of Rise of the Sparrows is available again.

I’ll be working on Brightened Shadows (Darkened Light #2) for Camp NaNo.

I introduced Esta Anderson, the MC of my new Dreamer trilogy.

And that about sums it up! What have you achieved this month? Make a tea and tell me about your achievements <3

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June Goals | Time to look ahead and PLOT

Happy June, Sparrows!

After an extremely busy first five months of 2019, I’m excited to calm things down a tiny bit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m working on several WIPs at once while also working as a freelance editor, but the pressure of important deadline after important deadline is over.

Rather than rushing to tick things off my to-do list, I can look ahead and plan for future releases. My little plotster heart is happy and excited to bring you new books.

(And refresh my self-care routine. Maker knows that thing needs work.)

I’m hoping to have fewer goals every month from now on but focus more on the ones I do have, so I can take larger steps towards fewer goals rather than baby steps towards lots of goals.

Here’s what I have for May June:

(perhaps stronger tea should be on this list since I apparently don’t know what month it is *ahem*)

Relics of Ar’Zac

(It’s just occurred to me that we won’t be seeing plans for this series for too much longer. I’m on track for publishing both of the below late this year, so after that it’s just the box set of all four books and then that’s it. Won’t that just feel weird? Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.)

Blood of the Dragon

Last week I’ve printed my chapter list (including every chapter’s POV, important events and plot twists, and possible changes and additions) and today, I’ll go over it to see where I can add chapters and expand what I already have.

Thanks to my critique partners’ notes, I have a few ideas and I’ve already added a bit, so just another 10-15k and I’ll be happy with the length.

I’m hoping to finish adding stuff next week. Then I’ll read over it all again (although, part of me is starting to wonder if I only want to do that because I don’t want to let go) and then it’ll be off to my editor.

I’ll be asking for beta readers before you know it 😉

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond

Not much to do here. I’ll read over it again, make it darker where I can, and then it’ll be ready for my editor. One or two more weeks, depending on when I’ll start, should do it.

Get ready, oh my editor.


This is the one I’m by far the most excited about, because it’s still so early that anything could happen.

I love this stage, it’s full of possibilities and magic <3

With Camp NaNo just around the corner, I need to get a move on too, so I have no reason to do anything but plot!

Feels good, Sparrows.

I’ve recently read a book on outlining and it’s given me all the ideas, so I can’t wait to try all these new techniques and make this plot the strongest I’ve written to date.

The Silence of Magic

I wasn’t planning on including this project today–or any time soon, to be honest–but you know what? It’s a massive project with months worth of world building and lore creation, so I might as well get started.

It won’t be a priority, but there’s no harm in doing a little plotting here and there, is there?


So, that’s my June–writing, reading, and lots of plotting. It’s shaping up to be my favourite month (never mind the most creative!) this year so far.

What are your goals for June? Make a tea and tell me all about it.

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May Recap | A little lost for words?

How was your May, Sparrows? As expected, mine was packed, and most of it was re-release related. Turns out, it was so packed I can’t even think of a good title–and that’s without having done everything I wanted!

But let’s focus on what did get done, hm?

Relics of Ar’Zac

Rise of the Sparrows

The re-release went ahead as planned (you can still grab it on offer until this Sunday!) and is underway!

There’s a little issue with the paperback so that’s not available again just yet, but I’m hoping to sort it within the next week or two–it depends on when my cover designers are back from their holiday.

Until then, I’m happy to say that the new eBook version is officially out and I’m tired and I’m ready to move on. This has been a long time coming. Who’d have thought I’d still be working on Book 1 three years after the original release date? The learning curve in this business is a bitch.

(I do love it, though <3 Yay for making mistakes and learning!)

A few things around the re-release took up more time than expected, especially the new onboarding sequence for my mailing list. Some of my other goals didn’t get quite as much attention as a result, but who cares? I re-released a book this month. I did good.

Blood of the Dragon

I haven’t added the new scenes and chapters yet, but I have applied all of my critique partners’ feedback. Doing that has already added quite a few words, so the remaining wordcount I need to add doesn’t look as daunting.

I’ve also messaged my editor about the line edit *ahem*

More on that next week 😉


I’ve started plotting and it’s my favourite thing in the world <3 I’ve got so much planned for this little trilogy, but it’s too early to share anything yet. I can leave a few small teasers though 😉

Dreamer will have:

A sassy cat spirit guide.

Vampires and magic.

A best-friend relationship.

An old bookstore.


That’ll have to do until I can share more. July Camp NaNo is just around the corner, so it shouldn’t be too much longer 😉

How was your May? Make a tea, find some biscuits, and tell me what you’ve achieved <3

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