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🤩 Welcome back everyone! 

Today I'm celebrating as this week sees my little website here reciving it's 200,000th hit! 

I know, I know, in the grand scheme of thins, this isn't a huge amount of hits, especially compared to the websites of more popular and published authors, but for me, an unknown and as yet unpublished author from the East Midlands (UK), this is a big deal. 

Thank you to all of my regular readers for your ongoing support! I am amazed that so many of you have clicked/tapped/selected to read up on my blog posts, my book reviews and much more. 

So this is me, lifting my glass of squash (I don't drink), and saying "cheers! Here's to the next 200,000!"

Thanks again, I'll see you again here soon. 

Stay Safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! x

Good Morning everyone, welcome back!

I'm sorry it has been a while since I updated you. A lot has been happening in my personal life that I don't need to bore you all with. 

Work wise, my new day job has been busier than ever and there's been times that I've felt like I've barely had time to breathe!

Book wise, I'm working on another new project, this is a series of paranormal romances - shifter novels (but not the usual shifters you imagine). I'm excited about these books, I have great ideas in mind and that includes ideas for a series of books, not just a standalone. 

I've also been working on my diploma courses that I've been studying. I have 2 modules left on my Genealogy course and I'm halfway through my Greek Mythology and Egyptology courses. I have 2 more courses to start, but I'm waiting to start those until i have at least finished one of those I'm doing now. 

I've found a new liking of listening to audio books while I'm working, and since I've been working from home due to the pandemic, it helps to stave off the quiet. I'll be doing a series of reviews of the books I've been listening to so keep your eyes peeled for those, coming soon. 

I have errands to run, so I'm going to sign off there. Stay safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! x

Good Morning everyone! Happy Sunday! welcome back to the blog, if you're new, a very warm welcome to you!

May is a funny month to me, Spring seems like it has finally arrived, albeit with a rainy, damp beginning, but this is British weather so I don't really expect anything less. Spring equals a new start for me as it does every year, but it holds sadness in that my mom would've celebrated her birthday this month - something that hasme planning a new memorial. 

Spring's new beginning for me this year is some new novels in my head that are itching to reach paper and I'm giddy with excitement over them. These are paranormal romance - a genre I do love reading and these are soemthing a little different. I'm not giving too much away as I don't want to allow expectations to build up only for disappointment if the books don't meet expectations (mine or yours). I have high hopes of things changing for me this year and this includes with my writing. 

So my new books are a series of 6, split into 2 smaller sets of 3 - they center around family groups is why that is, but the characters will cross over. I've been writing out my characters, ideas I have about who they are, what I want them to be and what it is that they're telling about themselves - I know the last part sounds strange, but any author will tell you, the characters speak to you, they tell you how they want to be written. 

I'm including some nifty (if I do say so myself) sub plots to keep the action going and keeping things interesting. I'm even writing a little lore for the characters based on who they are and the type of books that I'm writing and this is exciting for me, I am putting together something for my own little fictional realm that makes perfect sense to me, works very well with the characters and keeps a tradition there, that while only exists in fiction, seems realistic enough that it could be true in the real world too. 

I've written an autobiography too, "On The Brink Of Sanity". This is very much in a rough first draft stage and is very heavy on the short hand notes, scribbled down furiously to get things out of my head before i forgot them. I'll fill it out more and detail in where necessary later on, but for now, it is waiting in the background for the time when I'm ready to tackle it again. 

In the meantime, I'm enjoying my new work, I'll keep you posted on my progress as always - hopefully I'll  be brave enough to face an editor and publisher soon!

Whatever else you're doing, stay safe and look after each other! As always, Keep Reading! x

Good Evening everyone! Welcome back to the blog. 

Shocking news received on Friday here in the UK - HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has sadly passed away. My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go to Her Majesty and all of the family during this very sad time.

I suppose this news encourages reflection on life and how short it can be. 

I have discovered how theraputic writing an autobiography is. I've had a lot going on in my life and I thought it would be an idea to write is out and get it out of my head once and for all. I kept it all anonymous, but I am aware that the content will upset some people more than others. I'm contemplating publishing, but not sure if anyone would actually want to read it. 

I didn't realise how freeing it would feel to just get it all out and down onto paper. Yes, it is in shorthand at the moment, in brief as there's some things I can't reveal and don't want to think about more than I have to, but I'm sure a professional would have an absolute field day if they ever got ahold of the book! Honestly, you couldn't make up half of what I have been through - I should know. 

I've been busy adding more recipes to the cook book my other half wanted my to write. Of course it is a first version, in an old notebook, scribbled down as I remember them. No pictures in sight yet, but I'm sure I'm pulish that when it is ready!

I'm keeping this short today, I'm working on my day job tomorrow and I have to get my bits and pieces set up again (I pack it all away on a week off so i have a break!). 

Whatever else you're doing, stay safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! x 

Happy Sunday! Welcome back to the blog, I'm happy to see you. I hope you're all well and coping with the various lockdowns and so on. 

I'm on the CEV list (some odd reason that doesn't make an ounce of sense) so I'm technically shielding at the moment. I've been keeping myself busy though, been baking "proper" bread for the first time since I was 15. 3rd week in a row I've set on and made a loaf and this one looks as good as the others, so I'm really pleased with myself. 

Bookwise, you'll be pleased to hear I'm writing in full steam again. I have two new books on the go at the moment, one my other half is calling my 'life story' and a new fiction book that again features a twist in the way I'm writing it. I'm really pleased with progress so far, my plans are coming along and I really think the books will be good - I really need to get the courage together to get them published! 

Please understand why I don't want to give too much in the way of detail. I'm still in the drafting stages of the books and I don't want to tell you a lot of things about the book in case it doesn't come out the way I want it to - not only will I be disappointed, but so will you.

My other half has announced he has a new favourite "cake" that I've made recently - a chocolate orange cheesecake. Really quick and easy, but heavy on the calories so kiss goodbye to your diet for the day if you make one. 

For the base: I used chocolate digestive biscuits, but you can use whatever you prefer. mix the crushed biscuits with melted butter and mix so they become the consistency of sand. pour into the base of the tin or baking dish you're using for the cheesecake and press down to line the bottom. Put this into the fridge to chill while you sort the filling. 

For the filling: Now is the time to multi task. In a bain Marie (bowl over a pan of simmering water), melt 210grams of dark chocolate with 1 teaspoon of orange extract. In a small bowl mix 2 small tubs of plain soft cream cheese with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar - the cream cheese will go really soft. Remember - you must use the full fat version or the cheesecake won't set properly. In another bowl whisk 2 small pots (500mls in total) double cream - I used Elmlea - until stiff peaks - don't over whisk or you'll end up with butter. Take the melted chocolate off the pan and set aside. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the cream with a spatula and then add the melted chocolate and fold in until completely combined. 

Now to make the cheesecake. Grab the base from the fridge - it will have set. pour the filling over the base and spreadout evenly. Put the cheesecake into the fridge and walk away - it needs 3 hours minimum to set nicely (overnight is better still). of course if you want to try your cheesecake filling, there's bound to be some left on the spatula you can sample! Enjoy - but remember, this is a rich cheesecake and you don't need a lot of it at any one time. 

Okay, that's all from me for now - I have books to write. Whatever you're doing please stay safe, look after each other!

Take care, and as always, Keep Reading! x