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Thursday, 3 July 2014

In Full Flight!

Author Visits

St.Peter & St. Paul Primary, Newport.
The children had used my book Candle Dark as part of their environmental study visit in the area.

Now that my husband is slowly recovering from having a pacemaker fitted and two operations, I am gradually able to return to the writing of my children's books and occasional school visits. I have visited two delighful schools this month after a long break, and enjoyed my visit to the Windmill School at Telford and St.Peter & St, Paul Primary in Newport.

The Windmill School, Primary, Telford.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Happy Issywig or Insecure Writers' Support Group Day!

Had an Issywig or Insecure Writers Support Group moment today. Luckily found someone who is an author and has been through the publishing business the same as me. I found his help invaluable. If you are looking for someone to take you through the publicity, publishing business, editing, cover design, book file making, ebook production, do try this link  or if you are just looking for advice, it is very well worth your while having a chat with Bob Fowke.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

I Won Dean K Miller's Lovely Book!

Much to my surprise and delight, I won a copy of Dean K. Miller's book.

Published via the independent Hot Chocolate Press label, And Then I Smiled . . . includes over 50 personal essays and stories. Sprinkled throughout the manuscript are ten poems.
Finding grace in life’s simplest moments, And Then I Smiled: Reflections of a Life Not Yet Complete  transports readers on journeys ranging from beaches, mountain streams, city parks and to destinations in realms we seldom visit, both inside and outside the physical world.

Seemingly average moments of life create the backdrop for Miller’s keen observations and discoveries, touching on various facets of life, family, nature and the energy that surrounds us.'

I don't think this completely conveys what this book meant to me. It holds an unique magic, brought to mind the work of Eckhart Tolle and Paulo Coelho, and it was expecially welcome at a time when life was difficult. It was a wonderful sharing experience, and I hope you will discover it for yourselves.  

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Happy IWSG in a brewery!

Celebrating IWSG at the Ludlow (UK) Jelly Group, and it is held upstairs in a brewery! Wish I liked the smell of beer. Lovely to meet so many friends after such a long time away, looking after my husband, and wonder of wonders, I am actually working on my book, despite the noise of the brewing. Odd to see elderly gentlemen - I'm looking over the balcaony to the seating area below, and they are drinking pints of beer at 11am in the morning. Must be lonely, and one has a dog sitting patiently beside him, seems used to the environment.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

A delightful letter from a teacher...

This morning I received a delightful letter that makes all the hard slog, when writing children's novels, seem worth while and I'm sure the primary school teacher will not mind me using part of the letter here.  It has spurred me on to complete the sequel, River Dark!

The teacher writes... 
I have a class who are already desperate to meet you and ask you questions about your reasons for writing the book based on children down  Blists Hill mine - they are now spending their playtimes digging for coal using their bare hands!!! They want to know more about what life was like for a child working in the late 18th century in contrast to that of the rich. They are totally hooked on Candle Dark - a fantastic book!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Late Again for the ISWG? Well almost....

Never mind, have returned to my blog, finding some time to visit your blogs, and hopefully to writing more regularly. Happy Hugs!

Saturday, 26 April 2014


Have at last returned to serious writing since November when my husband became ill. Making good progress, never thought I'd write again. Very pleased. Making progress with River Dark at last. 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

April and ISWG

April and it's that time of month again, but due to all that has happened during the last few months, I can't always be sure. However, the weather is improving, I am plucking up the courage to return to my editing, I hope to complete and finally finish River Dark, sadly neglected, and at last move on to another book. Poor old River Dark has been neglected for far too long!  But there's sunshine, I've visited my favourite 'home town' Shrewsbury, seen the park gloriously full of spring flowers, and despite the fact that I had to make an hour's detour, due to closed roads, and went on what was like a rally course through the Mortimer Forest, all is well.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Returning to Life!

Thank you so much for your kind remarks regarding my husband's illness. The cancer has been removed, he should have a small amount of plastic surgery next month to lift his eyebrow back into place, and the pacemaker that had to be fitted two days after the operation is working well. We have struggled together, life is gradually returning to what for us is almost normal, and I can now leave him for a time, spend a small time editing, and tomorrow I go to the Bleddfa Centre in the Welsh hills to spend part of the day writing poetry. His balance is still very poor, but with the stair lift and mobility scooter we manage, and the better weather is such a relief. I do hope that you are happy and well, and that the weather is kind, wherever you are. Carole.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Postponed and severe flooding!

Visit to the surgeon on the 17th February now cancelled until the 3rd March. My computer and laptop gone to the computer repair man, and the ipad no substitute for novel writing...  Even considering pencil and paper.
The next wave of repeated storms that have flooded southern and central England, and much of the Welsh coast, now hammering on the window panes. At least we are not suffereing like the many thousands of people whose homes are ruined by flood water and the farmers whose fields are now lakes and their animals in danger of drowning. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Thank you for your Kindness

Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your kindness. We are very much 'on hold' at the moment. Although the pacemaker seems to be working, we are now waiting to find out if my husband must have a further cancer operation. We see the surgeon on the 17th February, and the wait seems for ever.  Thinking of you too, Margie. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Thursday, 30 January 2014


Husband struggling with cancer problems and now has to have pacemaker fitted, so have been busy and shall be missing for a while. Regret not being able to visit you. Carole.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Friday Book Excerpt - Kaleidoscope - 17/01/2014


we began before dawn in sulphur light
birds rose from the night’s entrails
but we ignored the omens, the sky full of rain

the indifferent Severn bubbled under sandstone
as we climbed mole pocked hills out of the valley,
where bone-snapped hedges sheltered beasts
and the remains of the storm tapped smaller branches

landscape we’d barely noticed was engraved
on memory, lights shone from a distant farmhouse,
and men fishing by the reservoir were envied permanence

passing through towns, factory windows glowed amber
and we came to a different place, open
unending before us, drain crossed, the wheeling seabirds
dipping to mud flats, exposed by shallow seas

sheets of scudding rain shook the land’s end
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