Blog posts with the tag: "Dark is the Sea"


Just a quick reminder  that my debut novel Dark is the Sea is available to pre-order right now over on Amazon, and will be available to buy from the 12th November there, as well as on Barnes & Noble’s online store and Waterstone’s website. Click here for more info and links.

I can’t believe the release date is almost here. I started dreaming up this story early 2013 and it feels great to have finally made it to this point. Writing a book is hard work and damn scary but it is also absolutely wonderful. The most important thing to remember is not to give up. Writing this novel has really been an adventure for me.





I’m really excited because my debut novel Dark is the Sea finally has a launch date. It will be released on 12th November and will available to buy here.


The process of researching, writing, editing and publishing this novel has taken far longer than I ever anticipated, but it was important for me to get it right, and not to rush anything.


The setting; a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, and the protagonist; a young woman named Rowan, have both been in my imagination for years, and I tried to write about them in various different stories, none of which worked. I was so happy when everything clicked. I certainly have more characters, places and stories in my imagination, and I can’t wait to write more and share them with you.


Let the count down begin. 41 days until the release date! Put it in your calendars!





I thought I’d post a quick update on the progress of my debut novel Dark is the Sea. It’s been sent off to the printers and is currently being formatted for Kindle. This all looks like it will still be on track to be released at the beginning of October, which works out well, as it ties in with Halloween/Samhain. I will announce an official release date as soon as I know.


Yesterday, I started my Masters. I’ve been really looking forward to going to uni and diving in with reading, but I must admit I was a bit nervous. The first lecture was great, and really interesting, but I must admit, I felt I needed to dust the cobwebs from my brain and get back in to critical thinking.


Of course, not everyone wants to go to university, or can. There are plenty of great free courses on iTunes U, as well as fascinating lectures on TED which has an app and a YouTube channel. I’m probably a giant geek, but I love learning, and I can’t imagine a time when I won’t want to learn either through classes or reading.


I try and keep my brain ‘trained’ by reading widely, learning languages, keeping up with current affairs and using the Lumosity app on my phone, but it has been about 8 years since I finished my degree, and since I have written an essay, so I’m bound to be a bit rusty.


This week celebrated the Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon. It is a time to reflect on the past, and to make new goals for the future. I love adding to my goals on my Pinterest board, but sometimes I think I’m a bit overly ambitious, and it’s good to break down goals, or concentrate on one at a time. I mention goals and learning a lot on this blog, and I apologise if I am being repetitive, but it is a real passion of mine, and purely  for the personal pleasure of it – not to boast to people how much I know, or how much I have achieved. I love learning how high achievers manage their time, break down their goals, and what methods and routines they use. Lifehacker is a great website for this, but sometimes you just have to dig, try what works for other people and keep going until something fits.



Heather Blanchard

Welcome. Are you a writer, a bookworm, a daydreamer? Are you still clinging on to that magic that pervaded childhood? Pull up an armchair and get cosy. This blog is my dreamscape through an enchanted forest to a world of stories and the little things that make me happy; a chance to add a dash of sparkle to the daily grind. Here you will find the whimsical, the coveted, the Gothic and the romantic. Happy exploring!

Get in touch
Email  Twitter  Instagram  Pinterest 
Email notifications
Receive an email every time something new is posted on my blog

Follow on Bloglovin