A Quick Review of 2016

In some senses, 2016 has been a slow moving year but in retrospect it’s been a year of healing, not just for me but also for my family. My spinal surgery was back in May of 2015 and by September I’d recovered well enough to join a burlesque class!!

2016 saw certain goals fall by the way side due to circumstances we had no control over. Our joint goal was to start hiking together. We have two beautiful German Sheppard Dogs who love nothing more than taking off in the car and getting muddied up or wet!! (Don’t you just hate the smell of wet dog in the car?). We took ourselves to Ladybower Reservoir and fell in love with being outdoors! We talked about coming back to that location and watching as winter turned into spring and summer!!

In April our daughter’s birthday turned into a disaster when my husband was knocked down by a car and broke his leg. He was very lucky as he bulls-eyed the windshield and was thrown over the car, other than a broken bone in his hand and cuts and bruises he was fine, just the six weeks off work and gaining the strength back in his leg.  I should add that he has made a full recovery from the ordeal.

The decision to change the date of my next book release had already happened by this point and now we knew it was the right thing to do. It was nowhere near ready! Finding out my eldest daughter (who is my editor, if you hadn’t already figured that one out) has fibromyalgia was hard! We sought second opinions and doubted the outcome, we didn’t want to believe at first.  Yet knowing the reason for some of her health problems helped us understand her much more. To make matters worse my daughter has mental health illnesses that she has struggled with for many years, this mixed with the fibro gives her a lot of down time. As a parent, it’s heartbreaking to see how it effects her life. She is such a talented woman! Which brings me to one of the highlights for this year, Debi Michelle’s Debut novella – Debi’s Naughty Nibbles – Rachel & Danny book one.

Another highlight was getting to meet friends from Israel. I’ve known this lady online for some years now. She is a fellow Indie author and editor for Nicky Charles. We have become good friends over the year and I cant wait to see her again! We spent a lovely, cold, day at Chatsworth house and enjoyed every minute of it. That evening Jan and her lovely hubby took Andy and I out for a meal. The food was great but the company was amazing. Andy and Jan hit it off and now he’s always asking about her. I’d love to save up and go see them in Jerusalem.

One of my daughters moved closer to home this year. She finally figured out that her boyfriend was an abusive idiot!! I now get to see her whenever I like as she lives about a ten minute walk away from us. It’s great seeing our grandson too. Watching the difference in him now he’s away from that relationship has been a joy. He’s a thriving 4 year old boy who is interested in everything he sees and loves Paw Patrol!

Things haven’t been too good for our other middle daughter, her youngest (our second to youngest grandchild) has been diagnosed with Global Delay. He is 3 years old but has the development level of an 18 month old. It’s been a stressful time for my daughter and us as we are learning to live with the problems this is causing. He is non verbal so we are learning Makaton sign language.  We have had, what some may see as, small developments – I entered her living room and he was sat on the floor and as clear as day said ‘Hello Nanna’ I could have cried at hearing his sweet little voice. There is light at the end of the tunnel but the journey there will be a long one.

So there’s a quick glance of 2016. I don’t make new years resolutions, however, I do make goals. I have a few set up already, a lot of them are to do with organising my time better and trying new juggling techniques  between work, home and writing.   I can gladly say the hiking goal is back on for 2017 and we are looking forward to our first hike within the next week!!

So on that note. Happy New Year to you all and may 2017 bring good health to you all.

My Editor and I! An update on Dark Magic Rising.

We finally have a release date for Dark Magic Rising, which we will share with you very soon. My editor and I have been working very hard and now feel we can work to a deadline.

Dark Magic Rising’s original release date was back in November last year (2015). After undergoing surgery on my spine in May of that year, my editor and I decided to push the date back but never gave ourselves a new goal. This year my editor was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which gave a reason to some of the health issues she couldn’t overcome. Things started to make sense, however, her health has not improved and due to fatigue and brain fog the editing was at times very slow.

Working alongside someone with fibromyalgia  has taught me patience and a little understanding into living with a chronic illness. I could have taken the work elsewhere for a quicker result. But it’s never been about the speed and is more about the relationship I have with my editor. She not only puts me right when I forget about punctuation or get the words to a sentence muddled up and so on, she injects something into my work that wasn’t there before. We are a team that works well, even if I nag her a little when she is having a low week.

We are planning on hosting a cover reveal within the next few weeks and have decided to put the book up for pre-order from the cover reveal event. This was a huge decision for us and in some sense is a little daunting. We aim to put our best foot forward and simply do the best we can because this is about supporting someone and not just looking them over because they don’t fit in with your time table.

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☆‿➹⁀☆COMING MARCH 2017
*Dark Magic Rising*, the first book in The Sisterhood Trilogy. ☆‿➹⁀☆

Follow Lynwen and her colleagues as they try to unfold the mystery of the one who allegedly, will reunite the divided nations. They discover the fallen god who plans to wreak havoc on their world. Lynwen fast realises that magic is no match for this new foe and the reunifying of their people will have to wait. Romance flourishes amid a battle for their lives as the beast created by the fallen god tear their newly formed trust apart and send them hurtling into a trap. Will this new found unity be enough to save them all?

☆‿➹⁀☆In the mean time, enjoy the introduction to the series with a FREE E-copy of Bodelia’s Anguish!
It’s a short story containing a little over 4,000 words. It also contains a teaser for Dark Magic Rising. ☆‿➹⁀☆

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