Tuesday, 23 September 2014

New Cover

Is there anyone out there who doesn't know Only Twelve Days has a new cover? If so, the first part of this blog is just for you.  However, I would be most surprised if you hadn't already picked up on this exciting news, as I have tweeted the news all over the place.

Exciting news? Yes of course it is exciting news. Well - it is for me anyway. It heralds a whole new front to Only Twelve Days, a delightful love story about two lonely people in a world moving too fast for them. But I won't go on about it any more, suffice to say I hope you like the new cover, with the young lady looking upwards to reflect the bright new future she so desperately hopes will be hers?

I have just booked up somewhere for our Christmas Lunch! Can you believe it? We are not into October yet and I have booked up our Christmas Lunch. We will only be gone for a couple of hours, but I have to say that when there are only two of you at this happy time of the year, it is rather nice to feel you are in a throng of people rather than just alone.  I have no problem being just the two of us. We know what each other want, thinks etc. (believe me, we should do after ** years) and we are quite happy to come home and chill out with a glass or two. But for just those two hours, it is good to see other folks enjoying themselves.  Of course there is the other thing. I won't be cooking and clearing up that day. Not that I have a big thing about cooking and clearing. Its just I am not over keen! You need to be really up for it to mess around on Christmas Day.  I have been there and done that and I look for something different now.

Years ago, when we lived in and around London, we had lots of parties. Parties for this, parties for that, we didn't have to have a reason, just throwing a party was good and I cooked a variety of meals for up to 24 people at a time - and I loved it.  By the way, when I say in and around London I mean we moved a lot. Moving house was a hobby of mine. I loved to up sticks and move on. Meet new people etc. But the housing market was more buoyant then and I certainly wouldn't recommend it now.

Okay, what else can I add to this post? I have already mentioned the state of Kelso in previous posts and you must be fed up with hearing about it. I am certainly fed up with all the mess in the beautiful town. Diversions here - diversions there. Road up here, road up there. When will it end?  Enough said about that.

I am ending on a positive note. I hope you all like the new cover as mentioned above.  if so let me know vocally... if not.... let me know quietly - very quietly... :-)

Have a great day and a good honest life. You only get one crack at it. Be proud of it!!


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Sale Over!

Just a quick  note to thank all those who downloaded a copy of The Trojan Project. The sale is now over, but I gather it went well.

Unfortunately the same can't be said for Kelso town centre. I had to run my husband to the Dr as he had an appt. There were holds ups everywhere. I'm telling you, you need nerves of steel to even think about visiting the town. My nerves were so bad by the time we got back home, I thought I was going to need major surgery.

When is it all going to end? Can anybody see a light at the end of the tunnel?

I have to go back into town today, but am putting it off as long as I can. I need to work myself up to the challenge!


Friday, 12 September 2014

Odds and Ends! - Update

I have called this post 'Odds and Ends', which is really very appropriate as my life seems to be filled with odds and ends at the moment.

Take the town of Kelso for example. I have ranted on about the upheaval due to the fact that the paving stones are being replaced. Yes they look good, but when are they going to finished?  This has gone on for about two years now. One piece of the town gets finished and then for some reason the whole thing is ripped up again. Why? Did they forget to do something when they did it the first time? Or has it just come to light that one of the workmen is missing and they need to find him? I think I have said that before, but I really do wonder?

On Wednesday it was our Wedding Anniversary so we decided to go out for lunch. It was meant to be a relaxing trip out, just the two of us, after all the problems my husband has had with his health over the last eighteen months.  Unfortunately Phil didn't feel well half way through the meal and we had to drop everything and come home rather quickly. He got over it later in the dayu, but it was rather a shame it happened.

I am also trying to promote my novel, The Trojan Project.
It is an all action conspiracy thriller and is only 99c/99p until Tuesday 16th Sept.  I have to say the promotion/special offer seems to be going well and I think my publisher is rather pleased at the response. Perhaps the word is getting out that this is a rather good fast-paced read. (Even if I say so myself.  I have to say I was left breathless when writing it, as I tried to put everything into the story which begins in The Cheviot Hills in Northumberland UK, when something terrible happens....

It's my sister's birthday today and I gather her daughter is going around to visit with her young sone, Christopher. Valerie will be delighted as she is over the moon with her first grandchild. And so she should be, he is absolutely gorgeous.

Well I think that is all the odds & ends I have for you at the moment, Except to ask you all to stop by my website sometime, I could do with a few visitors.  Eileen Thornton   :-)

Have a good day!!


Only a few hours left for special offer. Thank you all for your support.

Regarding the situation in Kelso, things have got worse. Today, the traffic was at a standstill when I was driving my husband to the doctor's. We got there in time for his appt, but it was hit and miss.
But we are still smiling - just! Cheers all.

Friday, 29 August 2014

I'm Back!!

Hi, everyone, it seems ages since I last posted a blog, but the thing is we have been away.

Okay, I admit, we were only away for one week, but since coming home my poor husband has been in hospital again and I have to say that put me off my stroke, so to speak.

We had a lovely break at Nidd Hall, a charming hotel near Harrogate. The weather was brilliant - in fact it was too hot. I had planned to do all sorts of things to help work off the calories I was soaking up from the delicious food in the restaurant, but the heat was just too much to do anything strenuous. --- Did I say strenuous?  I really meant a little bit strenuous :-)

Thankfully, Phil is home from hospital now and seems to be recovering well, but i came as a bit of a shock to us both.
Only Twelve Days

I have also been very tied up trying to promote the special offer of my novel,
      Only Twelve Days.  --- 99c/99p --- until Sunday 29th Aug.

Published by Creativia Publishing, it's an old fashioned romance about two shy lonely people who meet and fall in love. However, their path to happiness has a few twists and turns. It is set in around 1979, before mobile phones and computers had taken over our world.

If you are looking for some gentle reading for the weekend, then this is the book for you.  (You might also do me a big, big favour and pass that on to any of your friends who enjoy a romantic novel)

I went down into the town, Kelso, this morning as I need to pick up my prescription at the chemist. I really wish I hadn't bothered. The town was packed, one of the streets was closed - goodness knows what they are doing up there. The shops must be afraid of losing trade. And at the end of it all, I couldn't get parked so I still haven't got my pills!!

This is the peak time of the year for visitors to the town and the place looks a mess what with roads closed, parts of the streets cordoned off because of new paving slabs being laid and a new building going up.  All of this upheaval has been going on for two years now.  Yes, you read that right - two years!!

Okay, the pavements look better, and where the cobbles have been relaid in front of the Town Hall are less dangerous, but quite honestly I think the town has lost it's old world charm.

I think that is all for the moment, but I do hope you are all having a great day!


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Special Offer

All this week Divorcees.biz will be on sale for 99c/99p

Divorcees.biz is a novel of fun and romance. Set in London, the story tells of how four friends decide to set up an online dating agency for divorcees.

Divorcees.biz light and frothy, the ideal holiday read. So if you are planning to jet off to the sun, download a copy now at this super low price.

Enjoy the read


Friday, 8 August 2014

It's Been a While....

It has been a while since I added a new post. I guess you all think I have deserted you. But no, here I am again. You see have been away for a week's break.

We had a lovely break at Nidd Hall. It's a really nice hotel near Harrogate and we have been going there for a few years now. I bet you all thought I was going to tell you we had been off to some distant sun-drenched shores, relaxing on golden sands, sipping long cool drinks from tall glasses.

Well, no, not quite.  Though we weren't on golden sands, I was drinking long cool drinks from tall glasses under the hot sun. Yes, that's right! It was very hot in Harrogate while we were there. In fact it was so hot, I had to keep going indoors to cool off.  I had planned on brisk walks to help keep off the weight after eating all the delicious food, but that wasn't to be. It was just too hot to stride out anywhere.  Nevertheless, we had a great week, simply lazing around and doing absolutely nothing!!

On a more practical front, since we have been home, my husband has bought a brand new scooter. It's Quingo's latest model that does almost everything you could ever want it to. No singing or dancing, but it does climb up into the car by itself. (Okay, you press a button to set it off up the ramp, but who minds pressing a button now and again)  Anyway, my husband is delighted with it and it does mean he can get out and about now. He has an electric wheelchair, but since we now have a smaller car (due to me now being the driver) it is impossible to get it into the car. If anyone out there is looking to buy an electric wheelchair do get in touch.

We also had a visit from a Cardiologist Specialist Nurse. She came to give my husband the full low down on his recent heart failure. Very thorough she was, too. Told us a few things we didn't know.

Kelso town centre is still in an uproar. It strikes me that they are taking up and relaying parts of the pavements they have already done. Did they make a mistake? Or could it be that they lost one of the workmen the first time around and are now having to retrace their steps to find him?  You never know! Could be!

I am hoping to get to visit our lovely nephew, Christopher very soon. He is growing so fast, I doubt I will recognise him when I see him. He certainly won't recognise me or Phil. It has been quite a while since he saw either of us.
 I can't remember whether I added a photo taken of him on his first birthday last June, so I have added it here. Doesn't he look a gorgeous little man?

Well I think that is all for the moment.

Have a great time wherever you are!


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Creativia - My New Publisher

I thought it was about time I told you a little about my new publisher, Creativia. You might recall that, on an earlier posting, I mentioned how Creativia had republished my novel, The Trojan Project.  However, since then they have been in touch about republishing my other two novels, Divorcees.Biz, and Only Twelve Days. I agreed to the merge some time ago, but it has taken Amazon over two weeks to complete the transaction. It seems they were having technical problems. Nevertheless it now seems that all is sorted and All three of my novels are published by Creativia Publishing.

To begin with, Publisher, Miika Hannila, is the great guy behind Creativia Publishing. One of the best things about him, apart from his friendliness to his authors, is that he always reads his emails and replies to our queries very promptly. What more could you want? He is always there to listen/read what we have to say.

So, who are Creativia Authors? Well for a start, we are all a really friendly bunch, who try to help each other along the rather difficult road of getting our novels out there.  Let's face it, getting a novel accepted for publication is only the first step of a long haul flight. Once published the book needs to be promoted. If the readers don't know it's there, how are earth are they going to be able to buy/download a copy? Don't you see? All those readers out there are missing out on a good read, because they haven't heard of our books. But promoting a novel is like walking through a minefield. However with the help of our fellow authors, it can be quite fun. Like I said, we are all very friendly and helpful towards each other. We are all enthusiastic about welcoming new authors who have signed up with Creativia.

However, there is always one person in any group whose enthusiasm stands out above the rest.and Creativia is no exception.  Julie M. Northup is a star when it coming to helping to promote our novels. Nothing is too much trouble for her. You just have to put forward an idea which has been milling around in your head, and before you know it, she has it up online for you.  Even on a trip to the Zoo, she was giving info about getting books out there.  Actually, while we are talking about Julie you might like to take a look at one of her books, Fears Of Darkness, which is only 99c/99p for a short time. I have downloaded a copy myself and am looking forward to reading it.

But it must be said that all the authors are brilliant. From Brian L Porter, writer of several novels about Jack the Ripper,
who I have known online for a number of years right down to some of the newest members, they are all keen to help each other. And this is how it should be. One person plugging away can't reach many people, but if several authors get together - watch out world!

So that's it in a nutshell. You heard it here first - Creativia  is a publisher to watch.

If you would like to take a look at all the books published by Creativia then follow the link and check them out.

Have a Great Day


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

This and That!!

How I would love to be able to tell you about all the wonderful things going on in my life at the moment!!  But I can't!

Not because they are a secret. No it's simply because Life is very quiet. I suppose I should be happy about that - and I am, I can certainly do without any problems rearing their head. I have had enough of those over the last year.  It's just that it would be nice if something wonderful would pop up now and again.

However, I suppose all this quietness has given me time to fiddle around with My Website. Fiddling around with widgets etc is no easy matter for me. Nevertheless, I have managed to add a Twitter live feed showing my tweets and re-tweets. I have also added a link to Amazon Shop Now, which means you can pop straight across to Amazon if you suddenly remember you want to buy something from them. Not necessarily my books, The link simply takes you to Amazon and from there you can buy anything you like. (though it would be nice if you dropped one of my books into the basket at the same time :-D.)

Tomorrow we are going to meet up with two of Phil's cousins. We haven't seen either of them for some while, so it will be nice to have a chat about old times. More about that after the event.

I understand that our gorgeous nephew, Christopher Ian,  really enjoyed his first birthday party. He has lots of young cousins who all came to help him celebrate.

He always looks so happy. Big smiles all the time. Or at least I think the smiles are there all the time. He is always smiling when we see him.  However that is not as often I we would like. Phil's health problems have meant that we can't get there too often.

Never mind, Tracey sends us lots of photos and we look forward to seeing them and  judging from the last few, he is certainly growing fast.

I think that is all for the moment. No doubt I will think of something once I publish this, but then I can always come back  :-)

Have a Great Day.