Friday 8 May 2020

Weekend Blog Hops - 8 May 2020

Hi all! It's time for those weekend blog hops once again! Sorry I missed last week's hops. I was super busy at both my jobs and didn't get the post up in time. But now I'm back! 

What platform do you use for your blog?
As you can see, I am on Blogger. I've been here since I launched the blog at the start of 2011, so heading for the ten-year mark. Once or twice I've considered a change, but I've always stayed put. It's free, easy to use, and I've never had any trouble with it--touch wood.

Opening sentence:
It was only when the Coastmaster turned to remonstrate the old man struggling to load the Seigfried's voluminous trunk that Arden Beacon seized the moment and made her escape.

From page 56:
Unfortunately, when Arden put on the flowing layers of fabric the next day, they had the opposite effect to the one she had hoped for.
My Current Read
Monstrous Heart
Claire McKenna

A sensational debut novel perfect for fans of Outlander and The Binding. This is gothic, epic, romantic fantasy at it’s very best; a tale of magic, intrigue on dangerous waters and a love story for the ages.

When Arden Beacon is sent to the lighthouse, she is simply a woman with a job to do. She neither seeks, nor expects, distraction. After years tainted by disappointment, Arden is finally taking up her family’s profession. She must prove herself worthy of her name, for she has nothing else.

But the coast she has been tasked with lighting is far from the world she knows – the salt-swept, backwater town of Vigil is battered by a sea teeming with colossal, ancient beasts. It is a place of secrets, rumours and tight-lipped expectations of a woman’s place.

More than anyone, the folk of Vigil whisper about Arden’s new neighbour, Jonah Riven, hunter of leviathans. He murdered his wife, they whisper – a perfect, golden girl, full of charm and potential. So very different to Arden Beacon.

They say he is as much a monster as his prey, but Arden cannot get this dark stranger out of her head.


  1. I've never had an issue with Blogger either and I've been with them since 2009. Love that cover for your book. Also like the synopsis better than the snippets, just gave me more. :-) I added you to the linky but hope you still come by! Happy weekend, stay safe!

  2. You had me at lighthouse! I love stories and movies set in and around lighthouses. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “LITTLE SECRETS”

  3. This book sounds amazing! And what a beautiful cover! Enjoy :)
    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

  4. Such a gorgeous cover! I'm so intrigued by the premise. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)

  5. Sounds great and looks cool. I'm going to have to add this to my tbr. :)

  6. Monstrous Heart sounds like something I would enjoy. And what a great cover!

    I have always used Blogger too.

    Have a great week, Nicki.

  7. I originally started out on Blogger, Nicki but was tempted away to with all their widgets, customisation options, formatting and easy socialisation. On 30th April I decided to go down the self-hosting route and found an affordable deal - Flora's Musings is now a self-hosted blog! 💜😊
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, Nicki, stay safe and healthy.
    Here's my BBH Post
    Flora x