The Vagaries of Time by Wendy H. Jones

"I seriously don't know where time goes, it really does slip through my fingers."

How many of you reading this blog has said this to themselves over the years. Time is an amazing commodity. We have the same amount of it every day, every week, every month and every year, yet, we never seem to have enough of it. As children time seems to stretch interminably, with every milestone taking what feels like several years to arrive. Then, we grow up and move into the world of work. Holiday's flash by in a blur of activities and time slows down again when we return to work. I know my working life was like that, despite the fact I enjoyed every job I did. Then, I became a writer and have never had enough time in my day since. The days just disappear in a flurry of writing, editing, marketing, promoting, research, book signings, publishing, providing everything my agent needs, in fact every minute of every day is taken up with something book related. Even when reading I seem to read with a writer's eye. And don't talk to me about the days - they flash past even more quickly than the hours and minutes. Take this blog as an example; the 1st of every month seems to hurtle towards me like a bullet train on speed. How on earth did this happen. Seriously, it's scary. Yet, appear it does and a blog post must be written. Have I got any sage advice for you on how to manage time more effectively? Absolutely. Screeds of it. Am I going to give you it? Nope, not this month, as we all know what we need to do to manage our diaries. IT seems to be doing it that is the problem. Let me know in the comments if that describes you. It certainly describes me. 

Talking about the advance of time, dare I mention Christmas? As this is a literary blog, then absolutely. Books for the Christmas reading market are ordered by stores in June. Yes, you got that right, June. Christmas Devotionals have already been written. Writers around the world were writing about turkey, tinsel and the birth of Christ, while sipping margaritas on a Caribbean island. I recently found myself sitting in a Scottish heatwave writing a story set in the North Pole at Christmas. I can tell you it really does challenge your inner fiction writer to conjure up the North Pole when you are swigging iced water like it's the nectar of life. As we are talking of Christmas, many of us will be looking for Christmas presents earlier to spread the cost prior to the energy price hikes. So, if you have a book that features Christmas, a Christmas Devotional or a book that would make a great Christmas present, please post a description and a link in the comments and we can all get some fabulous ideas. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can buy. Let me start with the Christmas Anthology I am in - Deadly Traditions.

Celebrate the holidays with mistletoe, mayhem, and murder. Join your favorite authors as they cozy up by the fire with twelve festive short mysteries that feature treasured holiday traditions. Serve up a slice of fatal fruitcake and deck the halls with danger, because the holiday season has never been so much fun.
This original collection is available for a limited time only, so grab your copy today.

A Pickle in a Pear Tree by Erin Scoggins
Mistletoe and Murder by Dianne Ascroft
O Deadly Night by Estelle Richards
Larceny and Gingerbread Lattes by Justine Maxwell 
...and more!

If you want to know the title of mine it is Mrs Claus Saves Christmas. 
As a bonus the preorder ebook price is only 99p/99c - bargain. And you can grab it here 

Remember to post your book links in the comments and make ur Christmas present buying so much easier. 

About the Author
Wendy H Jones is the Amazon #1 international best-selling author of the award winning DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Her Young Adult Mystery, The Dagger’s Curse was a finalist in the Woman Alive Readers' Choice Award. She is also The President of the Scottish Association of Writers, an international public speaker, and runs conferences and workshops on writing, motivation and marketing. Wendy is the founder of Crime at the Castle, Scotland’s newest Crime Festival. She is the editor of a Lent Book, published by the Association of Christian Writers and also the editor of the Christmas Anthology from the same publisher. Her first children's book, Bertie the Buffalo, was released in December 2018. Motivation Matters: Revolutionise Your Writing One Creative Step at a Time, was released in May 2019. The Power of Why: Why 23 Women Took the Leap to Start Their Own Business was released on 29th June, 2020. Marketing Matters: Sell More Books was released on 31st July 2020. Bertie Goes to the Worldwide Games will be released on 5th May, 202,  and the third book in the Fergus and Flora Mysteries will be published in 2021. Her new author membership Authorpreneur Accelerator Academy launched in January 2021. Creativity Matters: Find Your Passion for Writing the third book in her Writing Matters Series was published in September 2021. Wendy's latest release is Killer's Curse, the seventh book in the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Wendy is represented by Amy Collins of Talcott Notch Literary Services. 

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