A Novel Read, whatever the weather!

Thanks go to Jessie Cahalin for placing ‘What If I Go?’ in her Handbag Gallery. The beach bag makes me anticipate the warmer weather.

I hope the read will be a balm resonating with readers who have personal safety  concerns around relationships.

http://jessiecahalin.com/handbag-gallery/

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Short Stories are back!

Short stories are back in fashion. What a relief! That’s where I cut my teeth.

There’s tell of a revival, so says last Saturday’s Times newspaper in the UK. Thanks Matthew Moore their Media Correspondent, I’m happy.

As students have their reading week and a new Semester dawns, it makes me wonder how many get chance to read beyond the wonderfully accessible short to extend their commitment to a novella or novel. The whole curling up with a good book idea is not too much of an indulgence. It just needs the clocks to stop, the phones to break and social media to go away…

Snow is on the horizon, so prayers might be answered.

If you haven’t taken a peek at my empowering novel check it out here.viewBook.at/Ebook

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Post Christmas Blues!

When the continued climb seems difficult and beyond our own strength…There’s nothing like reading to encourage us to write. At present, I am reading poetry by TS Elliot. What with the snow and cabin fever setting in and all!

That may sound heavy but it fits in with this time of year, really! See or hear ‘The  Journey of the Magi’ on Google, to join me. I think it infers that to see beyond we need to keep looking upwards.

When I think I have it not so easy, this poetry is levelling. It works for me.20180114_114115

Also, getting by is easier with a friend up front. So let us hold on tight!

Mapping a Future

To avoid the scary path, I’m trusting God to lead me. Where are you going? People who love us ask this valid question out of concern. The answer should be taken seriously. Unlike my writing maps, where I can backtrack, in real life taking a wrong turn can have serious consequences. Travel is exciting but…Think hard before you wish to rewind like my protagonist, Grace.

Which way is the right way to go is the essential question? Ask a friend to help you decide about big trips and how to stay safe. Let a trusted person know your itinerary or even better travel with a pal. Stay regularly in touch with someone. Forethought is the key. Please, don’t just take off on a whim.

Make sure you have funds in place to draw upon if things go pear shaped. Avoid making yourself vulnerable by having a back up plan. That’s some advice to keep you from wandering around in the dark.

I took this on terra ferma when abroad by the sea, with a friend. The lights were attached to masts on boats, thus the reflection on the water. It was a beautiful place because I was safe. You have a safe road trip or journey, too.

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Good News! My Novel gets a plug

Huge thanks go to Denise Powell, Founding Editor of the Voices Project. It is a website featuring women: ‘Front line experts on combating global poverty agree
that when you empower a woman
you empower a family,
a community,
a nation…’

Here she has published the first page of ‘What If I Go’ novel, in an attempt help me to raise awareness of exploitation and how to spot the signs of controlling men. 

On her site the novel extract sits amongst amazing poetry and prose written from the heart. She has a passion for promoting human rights through storytelling, which I admire greatly. Check it out here-

http://www.thevoicesproject.org/poetry-library.html

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It’s not #Wordless Wednesday after all!

Empowerment Through Self-Expression

Coming soon! There’s a month to wait but… You maybe interested to know that an extract from the beginning of my novel, ‘What If I Go?’ outlining the dangers from gangs of sexual abuse for students, is to be published online at ‘The Voices Project’ on 10th October. Please go to their wonderful site here-

http://www.thevoicesproject.org/

The Voices Project is a non-judgemental venue for women, and also men, to express their personal stories and observations through poetry/prose to promote social change. The hope is to bring the voices of these individuals forward, providing a creative pathway leading to growth and empowerment, and in turn affecting everything within their lives. Although our main focus is on women’s literature, we do publish (and celebrate!) the voices of men, as it’s important we are all a part of the conversation and mission.

 

If you could direct traffic that way then abuse survivors could gain from the empathy found there. Thank-you!

University essentials

Having got the grades, are you now wondering what to take to Uni? This site called ‘The Student Room’ has many useful tips about starting Uni/college. Check them out on Twitter here @thestudentroom.

This list of “must haves” is good for parents & carers too:  http://bit.ly/2vi0AOz

Particularly of interest to empty nesters: Here you can download a savee novella to warn off-spring about the dangers of moving away from home. http://amzn.to/2fsRFWV

Enjoy your shopping trips! Be prepared for moving out by including an easy to prep cook book to your Freshers’ Week survival kit.

BTW this isn’t a fried egg amongst the rays, it’s a lily! Ha ha. Got you. 20170812_132639

 

Student Novel Splash Out

Please spoil a new adult with the gift of a novel download. The ‘What If I Go?’ novel will equip students to steer away from danger and avoid pitfalls around abuse.

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Free gifts are always appreciated by students who are busy planning for the new term.

Go here to buy them a copy and spread the word about gang crime.

http://amzn.to/2fsRFWV

Let’s keep our students safe. Together we can raise awareness of exploitative behaviour.

Happy holidays!