Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Another Special offer!!

I am in turmoil this week!

I was spending a great deal of time trying to promote The Trojan Project as it was on offer for 99c/99p. (Incidentally the offer ends midnight 18th Aug.)

But then I suddenly noticed that Only Twelve Days a rather sweet love story set before mobile phones and computers took over our lives, was selling well. It was only then that I realised it had suddenly started a new promotion!!

Only Twelve Days

I say suddenly, but I had been put in the loop and then completely forgotten about it.   How could I have forgotten something as important as that?  Okay, I realise that it isn't really as important to others as it is to me, but it means I lost the first two days of the campaign. I doubt I will get it onto any of the sites that send out names of books on offer to their masses of readers.

Though, thinking about it now, it did seem to be doing quite well without me - is that good or is it bad??  I hope my publisher doesn't read this! :-(

Anyway, good or bad I am here to tell you about it now. So if you haven't read Only Twelve Days, might I suggest that you pop along to your nearest Amazon and download a copy before the offer runs out on Saturday 22nd August.

Well that's all for the moment. Best I go and tweet my socks off  about my book promotion to my followers.

Have a great day!

Cheers!!

Chink Chink!


Sunday, 9 August 2015

I Have Been Away! --- QUICK UPDATE!!

Yes, you read that right, I have been away!

But not to some foreign shore with sun-kissed beaches. No we have been somewhere much close to home - Nidd Hall, near Harrogate, Yorkshire,, here in the UK.
We had a really relaxing week, Not having to think about what to have for the next meal is bonus enough for me!

We had the most gorgeous room overlooking the delightful grounds at the hotel. I have to say the gardens are well kept and look wonderful, whatever the weather. The hotel also has a Beauty Salon and swimming pool, for those who want to use them. While outside the activities include rifle shooting, archery, croquet, tennis and a bowling green. You name it, they have got it.

What did we choose to do? You've guessed it - We lazed around, sipped wine and enjoyed watching everyone else try their hand at all manner of things.  We have been going there for several years now and have tried and tested everything, so now we leave it all to the newcomers.

There is also entertainment every evening. One evening while we were there Martin Daniels was the guest act. Comedian Magician. He was very good. You may recall his father Paul Daniels, who, incidentally, bought my novel The Trojan Project when I did a book signing, some years ago.
The following evening it was the urn of String Fever, a very talented group of three brothers and a cousin, playing violins and a cello.

The week came to an end far too quickly for me. I could have done with another week... or two, even. But all good things have to come to an end at some point.

There was a time when we enjoyed jetting off to foreign parts. But quite honestly, we have left all that behind now. We are more suited to the quiet life.

Now I am back to the nitty gritty. Washing and ironing spring to mind, as there seems to be plenty of that. I look at the clothes and wonder - "Did we actually use all these things." One of the worst things about coming home is unpacking and washing. I suppose that is two things, but you get my drift.

Now I wonder what life has in store as we settle back down into our routine. Like for instance, getting back to the novel I started to write ages ago. I did manage to get going with it again while on holiday, I think the different surroundings helped. Hopefully I will be able to carry on where I left off.

I think that is all for the moment, except to say that The Trojan Project, mention further up this post, will be on special offer:  12th - 18th Aug. Only 99c/99p to download.  But don't worry, I will remind you nearer the time!
You knew I was going to say that, didn't you!

QUICK UPDATE - The Trojan Project is now on special offer. 99c/99p until 18th August. 

Any tweets, shares or anything else you can think of would be much appreciated. Thank You x


Have a great day wherever you are

Cheers!!




Saturday, 18 July 2015

It's Been a While!

It has been such a long while since I last posted here, I guess you are all thinking that I will have lots of things to talk about.

Well I am sorry to say, that is not the case. How sad is that?

Things seem to moving very slowly in this part of the world. Nothing seems to be happening. On the other hand, perhaps that's a good thing. It would be awful if I had to tell you some really bad news.

There are two houses up for sale across the road. There were three, but one has been sold and the new people will be moving in very shortly. The lady who is leaving is really very nice and I am sure we are all going to miss seeing her smiling face. But life moves on and I know she is looking forward to living nearer to her family - especially her lovely granddaughter.

I don't think it will be long before the other two houses are sold, as there have been several people to view.

The other week I decided to clean my carpet. My that I didn't mean I was going to get down on my hands and knees and scrub like a maniac possessed. Nor did mean I had one of those super carpet cleaning gadgets tucked away in the cupboard. No none of that - what I used was, Vanish. A bag of white powder, which you sprinkle around your carpet and then brush in. You leave it for twenty mins or longer to dry before vacuuming it up.

I have to say it worked quite well considering how old the carpet is. Obviously it isn't going to be as good as having it cleaned more professionally, but it will do until another time.  As I said the carpet is old, and it is one of those foam backed things. Therefore I am not really sure how it would fare with something that used water??  Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

My friend and I went to Newcastle earlier this week. We had a good day and ended up as usual in the M&S Deli bar for a glass of white wine and a light lunch.

Last Sunday Phil and I went to our social club for Strawberry Tea. It really was very nice and we quite enjoyed it. The committee had laid on a very nice afternoon tea and a large bowl of strawberries to finish off. They even provided Pimms - extremely nice!

Nothing else to tell you at the moment, but before I sign off, could I just mention my website again... A few more visitors would be good - Eileen Thornton

Also I have just added myself to another book promotion site so perhaps you could stop off there sometime.  It's called - Quotes Rain  the link will take you to my page on the site, but from there you can look at other books and famous quotes.

I think that is all for the moment. I hope to be back very soon.

Cheers!!
Chink Chink!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Weighty Problems!

Six months ago I made a New Year's resolution that I was going to lose some weight! For one reason or another I'm afraid the diet never got off the ground. However I am delighted to say that at last things are beginning to move!

Over the last three or four weeks I have lost 9lbs! I seem to have managed to get a grip on the diet thing and thankfully the pounds are slowly dropping. Now all I need to do is to hang on in there and carry on with the good work. Those of you who have even the smallest weight problem will understand how difficult that can be. There are so many lovely things to eat nowadays. One of them is ice cream - I adore ice cream. I know ice cream has been on the go from way back yonder. But it seems to be more delicious, more creamy and... more fattening than it used to be.

Anyway, I thought that if I wrote it down here and told you all how well I was getting on - albeit six months late - I might manage to stay with it and lose another 7lbs or so.

Another piece of good news is that all nine copies of my novels placed in the Borders Book Festival shop were sold. I was absolutely delighted when the lady sent me an email telling me about it. There were some big names at the Festival, all giving talks or workshops and selling their books. I would have been pleased if I had sold one copy, but all nine - that was brilliant.

The Festival which ran for four days, was held about two weeks ago and all local independent authors were allowed to place a restricted number of books in the shop. I took 3 copies of each of my three novels.

This afternoon I am popping around to a neighbour's house for a chat. We live so close, yet I haven't seen her to talk to for ages. I wonder whether we should have made it an all day thing. Will there be enough time to say everything we have to say in one short afternoon?

Well, I think that's all for the moment.

Have a great day wherever you are - enjoy the sunshine - if you have any. Still pretty dull here.

Cheers!!  







Sunday, 21 June 2015

Arnie...


On Friday evening, we were watching Graham Norton's chat show, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was introduced. He was quite fun and game for a laugh with the other guests. But suddenly I found the years flying back to when Phil and I were on a whirlwind tour of California.

The tour was great and we saw everything it was possible to see in the two weeks we were there. We even flew over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter - a wonderful experience, especially as I was sitting up front with the pilot. There was glass on the floor of the helicopter and I was able to look out down to the Colorado River below.

But I digress, what I wanted to say was that when we went to Los Angeles, we saw the Chinese Theatre where Hollywood stars have imprinted their hands/feet and signatures into the stones on the ground. In the photo, I am looking at Arnold Schwarzenegger's contribution.

Of course since seeing the show, I have been thinking back to that wonderful time in California. Though I have to say it was very hectic. We lived out of our suit cases for the entire trip, but it was worth it. It was Brilliant!!

Isn't it amazing how one little thing can trigger off a whole load of memories? I feel as though I have been back to California since Friday evening...

 But I suppose I will have to come down to earth again. For one thing I will have to organise a plumber next week as the tap needs changing in the kitchen. Well it certainly needs something doing to it. You very nearly break your hand when trying to turn it off!

Hopefully my friend and I are going to try to get to Newcastle this week. I also hope to meet up with my sister, who I only seem to see once in a blue moon.

Our gorgeous nephew was two years old on 20th June. I can hardly believe that he is two already. The years are flying past far too quickly.

I don't seem to have anything else to talk about at the moment, so I suppose I should go and do some ironing - not a pleasant thought, but it needs to be done.

If you are interested in reading the Prologue to The Trojan Project I have included it on the appropriate page on my website.  www.eileenthornton.com
I just thought I would whet your appetite - who knows, you might even want to read more of this suspense thriller.

Have a wonderful day wherever you are and enjoy the longest day of the year...

Cheers!!
Chink! Chink!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

This Week, So Far!

Another slow week!  Can they get any slower? Yes, I suppose they can. It depends on what you call slow!

This week we have had a couple of appointments. But don't you go thinking that this has been an upbeat week, because you would be so wrong. By a couple of appointments, I mean that on Tuesday we had a guy here servicing our boiler. Yes it was that time of year again!

Fortunately all is well on that front and we don't have to rush out and spend money on a brand new boiler. But then we have it serviced every year and parts are still available if it should break down. Perhaps I should have whispered that last remark, because if the boiler people picked it up they might decide to throw all spare parts out of the window in the hope of selling a new boiler!

Well, perhaps not out of the window. There are fines for that sort of thing now. On the other hand, aren't there fines for all sorts of things these days. You almost have to call in a member of the council before you decide which bin something needs to go in! Woe betide you if you should put something in the wrong bin or if your bin is too full. What is seen as too full? I gather nothing is to peek out from under the lid. So what if it does? What are we paying our council tax/rates for?

Anyway best I get off my soapbox about that!

Back to the two appointments this week. Wednesday's appointment was to take the car to be serviced. Thankfully there weren't any problems and after about a couple of hours we were able to drive away safe in the knowledge that all is well for another year. Fingers crossed on that one! The mechanic even gave the car a quick hose down, which was good because it needed it.

On Friday, all being well I am going to pop around to a friend's house for a chat. I suppose that means I have three appointments this week, not two. But as things crop up unexpectedly, Friday's chat is classed as being in the distant future!

Our gorgeous nephew, will be two years old on 20th June. I still can't believe how fast the time has gone.

Our niece and her husband took him on a week's holiday to Whitby recently and I gather they all enjoyed their stay. I asked them to try to find Dracula's grave, which is said to be at the top of the cliff overlooking the harbour. Phil & I have been there two or three times and although we have looked, we have never found it. Okay, I know it is a myth that Dracula was buried there. Dracula was a figment of Bram Stoker's imagination, but I can't help thinking I might find something one day - and then I will yell YES! before taking a photo and passing it on to everyone who is interested in learning the secret. Who knows, Bram Stoker might just have hidden something for his followers to find in the years to come. Have I stirred your imagination? I hope so! Mine is running at fever pitch at the moment!

Well that is my week in a nutshell. However, if anyone reading this has any further news regarding the Dracula thing I would love to hear from you. Replies have been rather sparse of late.

In the meantime, have a great day wherever you are!

Cheers!







Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Special Offer!

ONLY TWELVE DAYS
I have nothing to tell you, except that my novel ONLY TWELVE DAYS is only 99c/99p to download. The offer lasts until midnight Friday 12th June. So if you have not read this sweet, old-fashioned love story, then now is the time to download your copy!

The story is set in 1979, before computers and mobile phones had taken over the world and tells how Bill, a widower and Sally, a rather shy 21 yr old meet quite unexpectedly and fall in love. But their fate lies in the hands of two people - Sally's over-protective father and Bill's young son, Joey. Will it work out for them...?  Read the book to find out. And Please pass on this info.

Also, who do you think would be good in the part of Bill, if it were ever made into a movie?  No prizes, I'm just curious!


My niece and her husband have taken my great-nephew on holiday to Whitby this week. I asked them to try to find Dracula's grave. He is said to buried in the churchyard high on the cliff in Whitby. I have looked on the two or three occasions I have been there, but haven't found it. Has anyone else heard this story and if so have you ever seen the grave?

Well I think that is all for the moment!

Happy reading!!

Cheers!!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Highlights & Lowlights!

The highlight of my day is.... Drum roll... Sainsburys are going to deliver my shopping!

How sad is that, when you have to admit the highlight of your day is a delivery from Sainsburys? On reflection, I suppose there are worse things I could be sad about, but at the moment that is the only thing I am thinking about!

On a brighter note, my young nephew will be two later this month. How those two years have flown. It doesn't seem that long since he was born, yet already he is two years old. At this rate, it will only seem a short while before I hear about his first day at school.

Can you remember your first day at school? I can! I remember mine because I cried as my mother watched me being left in the hands of a complete stranger. Don't get alarmed here, the stranger was my new teacher and was really quite nice as she led me across the classroom to a pile of toys. But I wanted my mum.

Do kids still cry on their first day at school? Or are they more outgoing these days? Are they able to cope with leaving their parents at the school gate and blend in with the other youngsters without a backward glance?

I suppose all children are different. Which is just as well, because we can't all be the same. What I mean is, if we all were exactly the same and we all wanted to go to the theatre on Wednesday, then we wouldn't all get in, would we?

One of my neighbours has just been to collect the money I promised her for running in the Edinburgh marathon. Good for her. I gather that there weren't any records broken because of the strong winds the runners had to contend with as they ran along the route. But she finished the course so a big well done to her! She said she was floating on air at the moment and I have to say I would be, too if I had just run 26+ miles. But I'm afraid I am not up for that any more. Actually come to think of it, I don't think I have ever been up for running 26 miles in one go. So another big well done to her!

Well I think that is all for the time being. Hopefully I will have something really exciting to tell you the next time, but best not hold your breath.

Have a great day!

Cheers!!

Chink! Chink!