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!

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World Kindness Day

That’s apparently on Monday the 13th of November. If you didn’t know, don’t worry neither did I. What a shame that we have to be reminded to do something as fundamental to our well being as to be kind!

Let’s practise before Monday, shall we? Not because it’s a special day but because we can…

I shared a meal with someone this lunchtime. It was a lamb roast lunch, all but for the Yorkshire puddings, that I forgot. The pudding was pineapple upside down cake and custard (made with fresh pineapple.) I know! It tasted better than it looks, my smiley pud.20171107_161926So much for the diet. I’ll start tomorrow.

What do you recommend as the best way to show kindness? All ideas greatly received.

 

One year in- one hundred followers?

Big hugs! I could be my centenary day today. ♥ Its a big ask but ask then it shall be given…

Yay! I can’t believe it’s been a year that I’ve been here! If four more folk follow today, then I’ll have a hundred followers. Thanks! Your support makes me happy. What I rely upon is the generosity of my followers to spread the news about my novel. Then, we can empower college & Uni students to stay safe and avoid falling prey to gangs. Or even anyone else heading off for ventures new.

So, to give a heads up to young adults then just direct them to Amazon or even better download a copy of ‘What If I Go?’ for a fresher you know. It could be an essential part of their kit leaving home.

Remember, it’s because they’re worth it. And so are you!

spaniel x Polly & Co.

Review Magic- Please CONTINUE to do it!

I found this on Pinterest and agree whole heartily with the creator. DA-_XyJUQAAJjnr

I am grateful for your time to help me spread the word on keeping safe. Please encourage summer reading for students. They matter. I wrote What If I Go? as a heads up on the signs of grooming and violent controlling behaviour. Let’s help stop the perpetrators?

Thanks!

Best Polly

Review of a similar story-The Bigger Fish

This short story mirrors my own, What If I Go? It is suitable for a younger audience if you find my novel too challenging this will more subtly warn young adults onward of the dangers of taking hard drugs.

It also raises awareness of the sensitive topic of sexual exploitation within a short story.

The book is called ‘The Bigger Fish’ by Magdel Roets see

http://amzn.to/2q3fFoh

I highly recommend this empowering quick read. Happy Reading!

 

Book Review/author contribution

My heartfelt thanks for having me go to Lisa at-

Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

She’s looking for more writers to contribute to her guest post. She also loves poetry so, if you are like me and need to find your readers then why don’t you check out her site below.

http://bit.ly/2ry9e8Y

Unfortunately the sexual exploitation of girls like Grace in What If I Go? are based on true stories recently televised on the BBC in the UK. See this weeks Three Girls drama series and the newspaper report following the showing here:

http://bit.ly/2qydd7D

Stay safe! Raise awareness.

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TRUTH OR DARE?

Hello there. Thanks for popping by.

You may well be wondering why I wrote about such a difficult topic as sexual exploitation.

Well, it wasn’t easy.

Unfortunately, it’s in the news all the time here in the UK and it forever loomed large on may radar. I made fiction based upon research indicating that permutations of Grace’s story are drenching our society and that across Europe. Grooming has been a guilty secret hidden for tens of years.

My thriller/suspense aspires to tip off students to the dangers of falling prey to gangs.

I suppose my protagonist plays the ultimate game of truth or dare. As a safe person, it was terrifying going down to the underworld with my protagonist. How else could I have revealed the shocking exploits of perpetrators, otherwise?

Romans 5:3-4 tells us

..because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Is that what Rayne Hall meant when discussing Managing Tension with peeks and troughs, earlier in the Week? See Mystery Triller Author Hour.

Grace went ahead naively travelling to the UK thinking her life would be sorted. She finds out that she made herself vulnerable but got embroiled in the world, too late. Admittedly, bad things happened, but really, it is never too late to brush herself off and find contentment. My story is about having faith.

 

Reviewers R Reading!

This is where my What If I Go? reviews are heading, soon…

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34145246-what-if-i-go

I am so excited. Thanks to all those busy reading. Those who bought the paperback as it’s more their thing, I am most grateful for your comittment to the task.

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Invitation to a Mystery Thriller Week

https://mysterythrillerweek.com/

My date isn’t until Tuesday 21st at ten but there’s plenty of other excellent authors from next week! Connect with us. Listen up and ask away.

Join me to discuss the process of writing a thriller from inspiration to hard slog -The highs and lows of reining in 74,000 words to resemble a novel manuscript, based upon truth.

I look forward to making a connection with you and your readers and attempt to avoid spoilers! Trusting that a few avid readers will purchase a download.

Blurb from What If I Go?

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