Writer Wednesday: My December Reading List @Bellatrix_Press @KendryBird #TheUnloveSpell #WriterWednesday #WW #WinterReads #WinterReadingList

“Reading is essential for writers – it instructs, inspires and offers a blissful escape from the blank page.” — The Guardian

Writers should read for the same reasons chefs should eat the food they make — that is if they want to learn how to cook well. Most respected authors would agree that reading is fundamental to perfecting the craft of writing. The problem arises when one is doing more writing than reading, or vice versa. I often fall into this pattern. I’m either writing all the time, or reading all the time.

So, why is it important to read if you are an author? For starters, reading improves your vocabulary. It’s also a great stress reducer. Stories can offer you inspiration– in the same way music inspires musicians. This is how genres are created. Novels give writers a sense of how it’s done.

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My December Reading list is chock full of wintry, holiday reads to put me in the Yuletide Spirit! In addition to the joy I get from reading, I hope to pick up a few nuggets of wisdom along the way to help me with my own writing. Here’s a few from my list:

1.) Christmas at Lilac Cottage, by Holly Martin 

Photo by April L Wood

A cozy, British-English romance novel where Christmas is magical and love is in the air. I received a paperback copy for review from Bonnier Zaffre Books UK and I am so excited to get lost within the beautiful pages. The book has a really pretty silver-glitter finish, and the charming tag-line, “Curl up by the fire and fall in love…”

2.) The Ice Beneath Her, by Camilla Grebe theice

A chilling murder mystery set in Stockholm, Sweden. I received a hardcover copy from Random House for review and I’ve been saving it for December to really get into the mood. Described as a page-turner, I wonder how long it will take me to finish?

3.) The Unlove Spell, by Kendra L Saunders

31538574Ok, so I’m a little partial to this story because my Bellatrix Pub Sister wrote it, but also because I beta read a very early draft of it years ago.It was excellent then and I can only imagine how much it has improved!

A witch under the influence of an unlove spell, wonders if her love of a fae prince is real, or just a product of the spell. Lots of rich, descriptive wintry details and magic abound in this witchy tale of love and magic!


Looking for a wintry read to put you into the Yuletide Spirit? Check out my debut novel, Winter’s Curse!

Before the light is reborn within the womb of darkness and the sun returns, will Winter reverse the curse?

Girl with red rosesWhen High Priestess Iris Rose-Thorne bets her granddaughter’s womb in a broom flying contest – and loses, Winter wonders where the real danger lies: from the Witch Hunters she fled from the far North or her shady grandmother.

She finds safety with Turmeric of the Wormwood clan. His eagerness to protect her warms her frozen heart. But her love for him defies the Segregation Curse of Old, cast by the Elders to preserve ancient clan bloodlines.

Can they find a way around the Segregation Curse of Old to be together?

And with time running out as the Winter Solstice nears, will Winter be able to reverse the curse on her womb? Or will she agree to her fate and remain barren?


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