Memoir- Eat, Pray Love

Recently, I read the end of this book by Elizabeth Gilbert … So this is a partial review! I was particularly interested in the third part that is set in Bali, Indonesia. After last years shocking earthquake in neighbouring Lombok, I was curious to know of the fate of the locals. The volcano there has started to smoke and reading about their eco-tourism, I began to appreciate the diligence and grace of the people. While the latter part of the book is somewhat narcissistic New Age it explained some of the belief systems that helped the protagonist find balance in her life, after she had a difficult time with relationships.

I suppose the memoir was about building herself up again, in a highly flamboyant way. Most of us couldn’t afford this lap of luxury but I get the concept of learning to love yourself before you can love another. Also, taking on the mantra of those who smile through pain and hardship after natural disasters is interesting. Elizabeth explored Hindu spirituality and meditation in her journey. I agree that the concept of belonging is important. Finding an identity helps prepare for redemption, humility and patience to bear with one another in love.

For me, it is the Christian faith that teaches those solid foundations offering us a purpose.

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Book Showcased @NovelFest

Novel Transcript Reading of WHAT IF I GO? by Polly White

Huge thanks go to Wildsound for hosting an extract from my manuscript, as part of their Novel Festival. Special appreciation goes to actor Kate Fenton.

Here, I’m raising awareness of how a vulnerable student gets taken in by an exploitative predator. This extract shows the grooming of a fifteen-year-old girl. Beware of the last violent scene!

Please help me give a heads up, send the link to Freshers and college students so they don’t fall prey to gangs.

https://bit.ly/2JvrSHc

It’s not just me Raising Awareness of Sexual Expolitation

The historic exploitation and grooming of girls is being uncovered and dealt with in modern literature.

See the author and journalist called Sofka Zinovieff who has joined me writing about grooming in her latest novel, ‘Putney.’

https://amzn.to/2Nace66

Beware! It’s quite shocking. Together, we can tip girls off.

Novel Research

This was in the Times today about taxi drivers in Birmingham. I feel that my research was accurate, I’m sorry to say.-

Taxi scandal: criminal culture in the Birmingham cab trade

https://bit.ly/2kqh2I5

Let’s be wise and spread the word to save others falling prey to criminal subculture.

Check out my authentic novel here http://amzn.to/2zD33rT

 

Is Your Glass Half Full?

Trusting that your Easter break went well. My Easter cake is half eaten, now. It was adapted from the unused Christmas cake. I just fed it more rum and added chocolate eggs to the top! The eggs have mostly been nibbled, though. It’s a success, I think…

Another who dunnit mystery- Who stole the eggs?

More seriously. Are you a reader yearning for justice and certainty in an age of terrifying doubt? If so, then take a peek at my student novel tipping women off to controlling behaviour that is damaging. See here-http://amzn.to/2zD33rT

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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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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!