Reporting on the Middlewich Boat Pull… and Introducing Scribe

That was a very enjoyable weekend of events! Once again, our small town has done us proud, and we had yet another fabulous time, despite the rather damp weather. I confess that I had not previously seen the Middlewich boat pull, since it took a while for me to hear about the event, and then for various reasons I was never around to watch. This weekend, however, I had no excuse, since I was there exhibiting the Redcliffe novels. And I got to hear some excellent artists perform live on stage for Middlewich Music.

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It was very nice to be out and about in my professional capacity again, and now I have renewed vigour for my work. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people, talking about my books, and seeing some of my favourite dedicated fans as well. Writing can be a lonely life, when we are stuck at home behind a computer screen, and often we don’t like to talk about our works in progress, for fear of ridicule, or our own neuroses of not being good enough. Sometimes we think that people simply aren’t interested. Well, I discovered that is far from the truth. And I rather enjoyed being greeted as our ‘local famous author,’ and discovering that my fans are eagerly awaiting my next book. Oh, and Middlewich folk, I promise I am writing something set on and around the canals…

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Suffice to say that I look forward to our other upcoming events. I can now officially share our brand new website for the Scribe festival, and you can find us on Twitter using #ScribeFest for updates on fringe events and developments with the program. Book up early for the workshops and talks, I know you will enjoy them! It will also be very nice to work with the Middlewich Creative in the Boatyard Artspace as well. I finally got a good look at our new local gallery, and what a beautiful place it is, next to the Middlewich Narrowboats Tea Room, overlooking the canal. Apparently, the gallery is in the former office of the canal inspector.

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So, keep you eyes on me for news about our future events, my friends, and it would be fantastic to see some of you in Middlewich in the near future. We have a week long celebration of books and art for #ScribeFest in October, and we plan to have more boatyard events throughout the Christmas season and at various dates throughout the coming year. And, you may even see me popping up in a Halloween event around Stoke… shh, it’s a secret!

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Made in Middlewich: Boats, Beer, Books and Crafts

Hey folks, what are you doing this weekend? Do you fancy meeting your favourite paranormal author in Middlewich? Then come on up!

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I will be exhibiting the Redcliffe novels, and The Darkness of Love, as part of The Middlewich Creative weekend of crafts, beer, boats and books. You can visit us at Middlewich Narrowboats, Canal Terrace, Middlewich, CW10 9BD from 10am on Saturday 22nd August, until 4pm on Sunday, 23rd August. See you there!
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Living Life, and Loving Life, using Law of Attraction

This month I have once again embraced the Law of Attraction way of life, and I am living the results right now. It is truly a most amazing feeling, and something that I cannot properly put into words, although I will try. I had spent many years reading about Law of Attraction, watching web seminars and YouTube videos, and training myself to follow the path. My difficulty seemed to be that while I told myself I was open to receiving all the good things that I wanted, and I am brilliant at visualizing my dreams, I was still struggling to allow the results that I craved.

Now, finally, I am beginning to understand how to allow my life to unfold in the way that I want. It is still a challenge, I’ll be honest. I am only human, after all. I am a mother of preschool aged children, I live in close contact with people who battle severe stress and anxiety disorders. I have close family members with serious health problems. It is enough to send anyone a little bit doolally! Using all of these experiences, I have finally begun to work out how to redirect my thoughts and my intentions, so that I can receive what I truly want, and allow those positive experiences to reflect and rub off on the people around me.

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This month I have enjoyed every moment with my young daughters, even the tantrums and squabbling that inevitably occurs. I sit gazing at them sometimes, and my four year-old will often ask me what I am doing. They are wonderful girls, intelligent and warmhearted, and I am proud to be their mother. Time with my husband is also beginning to work out again, which has been something of a challenge during the past eighteen months or so. And then there are all the other areas of my life. It is all falling into place: love, relationships, career etc.

And while I am in this place of happiness and joy, I have to share some news about my wonderful sister-in-law, firefighter Helen Green. She was part of the large rescue team that attended the Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers recently. She never really talks about her work at home, preferring to live life joyously in the face of her often unpleasant experiences. Her attitude alone is worthy of praise, since she never lets her job get the better of her. Now she is being honoured, along with her colleagues, and I take great pride in sharing her story in our local newspaper, and her interview with BBC news.

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Breastfeeding My Children in Public #WBW2015

I’m a little late in joining this party, but today I want to talk a little about my adventures in breastfeeding, in honour of #WBW2015. The aim of World Breastfeeding Week is to raise awareness of the need for women to be supported at work if they are breastfeeding their babies. I totally understand this. Here in the UK there seems to be a real aversion to the idea of being in a room with a breastfeeding woman. Well, I say aversion. What I really mean is that the general attitude filtered down through our national media seems to portray breastfeeding as something to be ashamed of, or something that should remain hidden in the home.

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Personally I have always been applauded and congratulated for breastfeeding my children. I am not one to hide away in a corner when my baby needs feeding, but I will be discreet for as long my child allows. My daughter is now 2, having celebrated her birthday last weekend, and so you can imagine that breastfeeding her in public is something of a challenge. She wriggles and fidgets, gets distracted easily, and recently caused a rather embarrassing baring of my breast in a family pizza restaurant in Manchester. Such is the life of a mother. We live with daily humiliation at the hands of our little darlings, and we simply laugh it off and move on to the next adventure.

Breastfeeding is a very personal activity, but it should never be something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Our children need to be fed, and our amazing human bodies provide the nourishment they need. I know that many women struggle to breastfeed their babies during the early days, and I believe that if those women received the correct help and support, they could overcome their challenges and breastfeed their babies. Unfortunately, our NHS offers something of a postcode lottery, and if you do not actively seek professional assistance or support to breastfeed, then you will be left to do the job with bottles of formula.

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I was fortunate in that both my daughters found their way to the breast very easily. Breastfeeding was not so easy. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t. It hurts, it feels amazing, it cannot be described. There were days when my toes literally curled in aversion and discomfort as I fed my daughter. There were days when I gazed down at her perfect face and I lost myself in the sheer joy of feeding her. There are days now when I just do not want to feed my fidgeting, demanding, difficult child. In fact, I have now decided it is time to wean her properly, although I won’t go cold turkey. I cannot do that. Breastfeeding is a beautiful, natural, empowering process. It makes me feel proud, important, feminine, and it gives the best excuse to cuddle my baby and hold her close. Those memories are precious. Happy breastfeeding, fellow mothers!

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I’m a #CampNaNoWriMo Winner!

I am so happy! My Muse has returned, and I have reached my target and won #CampNaNoWriMo for the first time. I attempted it in previous years and was unsuccessful, so this feels like a real achievement. #CampNaNoWriMo differs from #NaNoWriMo because you choose the word count, and everything is more relaxed. I decided to aim for 25,000 words on my new novel, and I got there in 23 days, hooray! And now I will continue writing, because the words are flowing again. Here is a synopsis of my new novel, Hunting the Hunted:

Frederick James Mitchell is a very old, very bored, vampire. He haunts the hidden tunnels beneath the city of Manchester, and hides out in his luxury penthouse apartment when he is playing human. One day he discovers a vampire hunter watching him. He lures her underground to fight, but his control is lost when she brings backup in the form of  battle hardened twins William and Samantha. By a curious twist of fate, Frederick is saved by the intervention of an enchanting young female vampire. His lust for life awakened, he sets about seeking revenge from his attackers, taking pleasure wherever and whenever he chooses.

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My Spiritual Journey: Manifesting my Desires #LawofAttraction

You may recall that I am currently in the process of revisiting old spiritual practices that I had fallen behind with due to various domestic distractions. I have been learning about, and practicing, Law of Attraction, for almost ten years now. My journey began in a pretty Cornish tourist town called Looe (later to become the fictional home of my Redcliffe novels series). I found myself at a loose end one morning, wandering around the town alone. And I saw a pretty little angel shop, full of crystals, statues, butterflies and fairies, among other things. I bought some crystals, which began another adventure that I am still exploring, and I bought a book called You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay.

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That book quite literally changed my life. I had believed people when they said that before. I mean, I love reading, but how can a book change your life? Well, evidently it can, and this one did. As I read the words, I began to feel a light dawning. The world suddenly began to make sense to me. Louise Hay’s words were very practical, very simple, and totally true. I returned home from that trip feeling invigorated and ready to take action to fix the ills of my life. It was a slow process, because I had a lot to learn, and I still do. I find that working with the Law of Attraction can be quite tricky, because very often it goes against everything that I have been raised to believe and follow. It requires me to trust my instincts, to believe what my soul tells me, and that is sometimes challenging when I live in the ‘real world.’

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After I read that first book, I was hooked. I went out and bought or borrowed as many more of these types of books as I could get my hands on. I found Sonia Choquette, Esther and Jerry Hicks with their Teachings of Abraham series, and a whole lot of other authors and teachers. I became addicted to Hay House Radio, and I started writing and speaking daily affirmations. I also made an effort to resume my journal, although I didn’t update it every day. There was so much to explore. I am still exploring now. And more recently, during the past eighteen months, I found a new teacher and inspirational person. I joined Google+ in an effort to build on my author platform, and found my way to the Hangout with Michael show. Michael Losier tells it like it is. He lives, breathes and teaches Law of Attraction, and he resonates with me very deeply. So, I am stepping out once again on my journey, continuing the quest, manifesting all of the happy things that I like to feel in my life. We can all do it, you know. Just allow!

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A Taste of Vampire Seduction in ‘The Darkness of Love’

Amelia picked up her glass and took a long sip of the rich red wine.  When she spoke again her eyes were glowing and her fangs had extended delicately.  Gregory felt her energy filling the room, and he smiled, responding with a lash of his own cold power.  He possessed the energy and strength of diamonds, hard and impenetrable.  Amelia shivered, her lips curling in a hiss, and wrapped her violet sparks around him in a cold, sharp embrace.  To a human there was nothing unusual in this room, but to a vampire, it was electric and very exciting.  They played a fine line between safety and danger, and Amelia thrived on danger.

“You wish for me to seduce this young man at your party next week?” Amelia asked, still caressing Gregory with her power, while she stood like a marble statue in front of the fireplace.

Gregory nodded, keeping his cool silver gaze fixed on her black eyes.  He tried so hard to ignore his Mistress’ advances, but he could never refuse her.  He belonged to her, and he was not strong enough to break free.

“Yes,” he said, “I am sure he will be compliant, for he is a man with vigorous appetites, or so I hear from the villagers.  He has a reputation among the workers’ daughters.”

Amelia smiled and nodded, her eyes glowing with excitement.  She licked her lips, and her eyes showed a glimmer of fire, deep in the pupils.  She was a contradiction of everything the vampires knew about themselves.  She burned with both fire and ice, and no-one could escape her trap when she set it.

“I will not disappoint my oldest friend.” she said simply.

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New Mobile Phone Day! #happytimes #simplepleasures

Hello everybody and Happy Monday! Today I want to talk about the simple pleasures in life. You know, like eating hot buttered toast (especially in hospital following surgery or labour), enjoying a nice cup of tea or coffee, or getting a new mobile phone. You see, this weekend I dragged my husband and the children out for a family visit to the mobile phone store. This was actually quite a big event for us, being rather behind in the advancement of technology. The world is evolving far too fast!

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Anyway, I had been nagging at my husband for a long time about his phone. He hadn’t upgraded it for about four years, it was an old model that barely even turned on, much less made and received phone calls. He could not upload apps for social networks, and he wasn’t really bothered about it. He isn’t one for communicating… As it turns out, he now has a reduced monthly cost for his phone, because his usage is so basic. So, thanks to me, he saved money and got a shiny new phone to play with. Ha!

And then there was me. I had waited impatiently for the date from which I could upgrade my phone for free, since the handset I was using had taken a battering, not least thanks to my exuberant children. It was already a replacement, since my toddler smashed the previous phone when she threw it onto a concrete floor. But that’s another story. I wanted a new phone that had more data allowance, was slightly smaller for me to handle, and can manage all the apps that I currently use, and more that I was looking to download.

Yes, I am slightly more savvy than my husband, and I do enjoy new technology. I think the excitement is partly inherited from my dad, who regularly has new cars and phones, among other things. My husband and I are old enough to remember a time without smartphones. We both started out with the old BT Cellnet mobiles, do you remember those? Oh yes, and we were loyal Nokia consumers back in the old days. So now, we find it fascinating to download apps, browse the internet, read hundreds of newspapers and blogs, and do all the other stuff that smartphones allow. And we have all of this technology for what we consider a very reasonable price.

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My message for the week is simple: enjoy the little things in life, those activities, habits and daily events that make you smile and give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. Like having a shiny new phone to play with. Embrace the eager inner child, let them play. Have a great week, my friends!

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What Do I Want? #LawofAttraction How to Reach Your Vibration

What do I want? What do you want? What do any of us want? There is the ultimate question, and it is one that I had forgotten about until I re-watched an episode of Hang Out With Penny on YouTube. I first came across Penny Peddie via a Google+ hangout that I stumbled across late last year. Somewhere in my travels, I learned about Michael Losier and his work teaching Law of Attraction. His words and his attitude really got my attention, because I could see the sense in what he talked about, and it is the same with Penny. We have never met. Neither of these people know who I am. But still they feel like kindred spirits, and I enjoy watching their hangout shows.

The main question that they teach is this: What Do I Want? Whenever we struggle with something in our daily lives, whether that be financial struggles, career frustration, family disputes, or anything pertaining to the nuances of being human, we seem to focus on the negative as a reaction to the problem. In fact, it seems to take an awful lot of effort to stand back and assess a situation from the outside. When we allow ourselves the time to really consider it, perhaps our problem is not so bad as it first seemed. There is always a solution. And often, the solution is to change our attitude. Instead of focusing on lack, or conflict, or confusion, why not focus on what we do have abundance of; the things that make us feel good?

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So, for example, we might complain that we have no money (guilty!) That may be true for a variety of reasons, but it might also not actually be as bad as we think. I have never been homeless. My husband’s wage ensures that our essential bills are paid and that we have enough food to keep our family of four healthy and content. We can even afford luxuries like alcohol and chocolate treats. So really, what do I have to complain about. Thanks to the income we receive from my husband’s hard work, I am free to pursue my writing career, without the constraints of needing to earn a regular personal wage.

There we go. Right there is a reason to cheer up and be positive. Now that I realise my financial situation is actually pretty secure, I can stop chasing money, and just allow it to come to me naturally. I am free to be. How can you put a positive spin on your current dilemma? Try it, and if you wish to share, please tell us about it here. Let’s all get this Law of Attraction thing sorted. What Do You Want?

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*FREE BOOK!* Special Summer Offer – The Darkness of Love

That’s right folks, you can now obtain your FREE copy of The Darkness of Love, for a limited time only. It is available in most digital formats, including Kindle, Adobe Acrobat, and Epub. Get over to the All Romance Ebooks website and take advantage of this most generous offer… and don’t forget to leave your review afterwards! Enjoy…

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