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A Day in the Life of a Debut Author | With Emma Kavanagh

A Day in the Life of a Debut Author

Hi guys! To celebrate the paperback publication of her first novel Falling, author Emma Kavanagh has stopped by the blog to talk about what a typical day looks like for a debut author. (It’s definitely less glamorous than we might think!) If you’d like to follow the blog tour and read Emma’s other posts, make sure to visit these blogs.

My days generally begin in utter chaos – getting my 3 year old son ready and out of the door, unloading the dishwasher, tidying up and making enough coffee to keep your average elephant awake for a month. There’s this myth that all writers work in their pyjamas, and whilst I think that’s great in theory, I tend to get dressed just like I would if I was going out to work. I find that it helps me get into the right mindset and helps differentiate work days from rest days. Once all that is done and the house is finally quiet, I settle down on the sofa and open my laptop.

Typically, I begin each day by scanning my notes and reminding myself where I left off. Then I’ll re-read some of what I did the day before, then begin to write. I try not to edit myself too much during the initial writing process, but just let the words pour out. There will be many re-writes to come so I try not to get too bogged down in the minutiae at this stage. If it’s a day where my son is out of the house for a full day, I’ll usually write from 8.30am till around 2pm, depending on how well I’m getting on. The afternoons I tend to reserve for administrative stuff – blog posts, articles, answering e-mails.


Book Swap!

Hi guys! So, you may have already seen or heard that I’m attending the London Book Fair in just about two weeks’ time. I was sorting through my bookshelves the other day and realised that a) I got to the point where I don’t know where to put my new books anymore and b) I have quite a few books I would be willing to swap.

So, I thought I’d post a list of books that I’d be willing to swap with anyone who’s interested. Even if you’re not attending the Book Fair but will be in London between April 14 and 16 and would like to read any of these books, let me know. :) Since I don’t want to carry the whole pile with me across Europe, do let me know which ones you’re interested in and I’ll make sure to bring them with me. The books in question are:

Book Swap
Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns by M.C. Beaton
Hitler’s Angel by William Osborne *
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart *
Exile by Jakob Ejersbo * - Kit
Julia by Otto de Kat *
The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon *
The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price *
Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn - Faye
The Terrace by Maria Duffy - Celine
A Message to Your Heart by Niamh Greene

(The ones marked with a * are unread books – the others are in good condition too but have already been read. Also, clicking on the book titles will take you to Goodreads where you can check out the synopsis.)

If you’re interested in any of these, just leave me a comment below, email me at or tweet me @bookswithacuppa!

Most Anticipated Books of 2013

I don’t normally participate in Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) but I really like the sound of this week’s question and I would have done a similar post at some point anyway, so I decided to join in with you guys. This week’s topic is basically a top ten list of all those books that are being released in 2013 and you just can’t wait to get your hands on. Well, here are the books that I’m looking forward to reading next year (there’s probably a lot more, though).

Vortex is the second book in Julie Cross’s Tempest series. For me Tempest was off to quite a slow start and I know it took me a while to get into the story but once I did, I absolutely LOVED it. I loved the way Cross explained how this whole time-travel thing worked and it was really, really well thought-out. I can’t wait to read book #2!

Read the synopsis / add on Goodreads
Pre-order (Release date: January 3)
My review of book #1

How We Met by Katy Regan

I stumbled upon Katy Regan’s How We Met on Kevin’s blog (I Heart Chick Lit) if I remember correctly and I instantly fell in love with the story. I love contemporary/women’s fiction, books about friendship and love so it sounds like the perfect book for me. The fact that it’s described as ‘laugh-out-loud funny’ makes it even more intriguing and even though I’m not familiar with Katy’s other books, this one is an absolute must-have for me.

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Pre-order (Release date: January 31)

Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Those of you who have been following me last year might know that I LOVED Fracture, Megan Miranda’s previous book. Even though Hysteria is not its sequel, I still love the sound of the story and based on the author’s previous book, I have a feeling this one’s gonna be a fantastic read. Miranda’s writing is great so I’ve no doubts about whether I’ll enjoy this one or not.

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Pre-order (Release date: February 14)


November TBR Pile

Hellooo everyone. I hope you all had a nice Halloween! :) I’m sorry I haven’t been around much in the past few days: life got a bit hectic and I had so many uni assignments and essays to work on that I didn’t have time for blogging. November is going to be even busier, unfortunately, with end-terms and exams coming up, dissertation, and essays to hand in (and I’m also going up to London on the 17th for a few days) so if I’m not around, that’s the reason for my absence. Anyway, I decided to join this monthly feature called Monthly TBR – which is run by Jenn @ Booksessed – in an attempt to get a bit more focused and organized in my reading habits.

This month’s To-Be-Read pile

November TBR pile

From top to bottom:

  • The Charm Bracelet by Melissa Hill
  • All the Little Animals by Walker Hamilton
  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  • The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso
  • Northwest Corner by John Burnham Schwartz
  • Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill – read

It’s a selection of review books I got in the past few weeks/months, books I’m hoping to finish before my Christmasy books arrive. I’m already reading Eye Contact and I’m hoping to finish it tonight so I hope 5 books is a manageable amount for this month. :) Fingers crossed!

What books are on your November TBR list? Feel free to leave me a comment or link me up if you have your own TBR post.

I’m going back to university!

Hello, my lovelies and welcome back! The time has – unfortunately – come. As of tomorrow morning (after a two-month summer holiday) I’m going back to university. I’m sort of in two minds about whether I should be glad or dreading it: it’s my very last year and the fact that I graduate next summer is fantastic. On the other hand, it’ll be a tremendous amount of work.

I’ve at least 6 exams to take, classes and lectures to attend, lots of research papers and two theses to hand in in the next couple of months, which means that my free time will be limited. The reason why I’m telling you all this is because it means there will be some changes here on Books, Biscuits, and Tea. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere! I’ll keep blogging but I’ll be less active than I was a few months ago.

I’m not taking part in weekly memes (with the exception of Showcase Sunday, of course) for the time being because I don’t know how much time I’d have for commenting back and properly visiting other participants’ blogs the day my post goes live. I’ll keep posting reviews and discussion posts, though, and I’m taking part in Bloggiesta, and I have a blogoversary celebration and some blog tour posts planned for the following weeks.

I’m setting aside half an hour or an hour each day for visiting your blogs, and replying to your emails and comments so I will be here. I just wanted to let you know that if I don’t comment back right away it’s not because I don’t care but because I’m busy. :)

Big hugs to all of you and happy reading!

Top 5 Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Hello and welcome back! :) I’ve been thinking about writing this post since last week but it’s only now that I finally managed to sit down and get down to work. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my favourite books that made me laugh out loud in case you have some free time and you’re looking for an entertaining read. These books are (in no particular order) :

 Public Confessions Of A Middle Aged Woman by Sue Townsend The Public Confessions Of A Middle Aged Woman by Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend has been one of my favourite writers for many, many years and The Public Confessions Of A Middle Aged Woman is by far my favourite book of hers. It’s a collection of short stories she’s written for Sainsbury’s Magazine, i.e. it’s non-fiction but don’t let this put you off! I rarely read non-fiction but this book had me roaring with laughter all the way through the end. It covers everything from shopping and travelling to daytime telly and burglaries – funny little stories you can read on the way to work, as well as on holiday. She’s HILARIOUS and terribly witty – you just can’t not love her.

 Further Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes

Further Under the Duvet
by Marian Keyes

Further Under the Duvet  is another short story collection – the idea is similar to Townsend’s book but their style is oh-so-different! Regular readers of my blog know that I love everything Marian has ever written and even though some of her books made me quite emotional, Further Under the Duvet just had me in stitches. There are stories about surviving Christmas, fake tan, spas, chocolate (of course), and bus journeys with Irish people who keep singing until dawn and just won’t shut up. You know those books where you just want to jump up and down and shout “Oh God, me too, me TOO”? Now, this is definitely one of them. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

 Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna
Come to the Edge
by Joanna Kavenna

Come to the Edge is quite a new addition to my list since I only finished it this time last week. As opposed to the books above, this is the first time I’ve read anything by Joanna Kavenna so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. To say that it was a pleasant surprise would be the understatement of the year. It’s quirky, sarcastic, and nothing like you’ve ever read before. If you’re looking for a quick and entertaining read then this is the one you’re looking for. I can’t recommend it enough!


Introducing the Agatha Christie Book Club

Do you like murder mysteries? Do you enjoy books that keep you up all night and keep you guessing until the very last page?  Then I have some great news for you! :)

I’ve been a big Christie fan for about 6 years now and I’ve read almost 30 books written by her but the only thing that bothers me is that none of my friends like this genre or Christie in particular. Now that I have a blog, I meet tens and hundreds of book bloggers from all around the world and I’ve met several fellow Christie fans throughout my “blogging career”. Then came the idea: why couldn’t we join forces and create a club where we can obsess about/discuss our favourite books by the Queen of Crime? And this is how The Agatha Christie Book Club has started, only a few weeks ago.

Co-hosted by me and Anjana, the aim of this book club is to read one Agatha Christie book per month, in order of the original publication date. We will come together at the end of each month for an online “tea party” to discuss our current read and share our opinion before we pick up the next book in line.

Would you like to join us on a quest to discover the very best of British crime fiction and read all the masterpieces written by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie? Just click here to read all the details and sign up. As simple as that. :)

We’re also on Twitter! Members of the book club can tweet their book club related updates via the hashtag #ACBC. Everyone of every age, nationality, whether book blogger or not is welcome. See you soon?

“The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.” - Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express