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Linn B HaltonGood morning Linn and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?  

Hi Jo – thank you, it’s so lovely to be here! I live on the edge of the Forest of Dean with my lovely husband and our very energetic little Bengal cat, named Ziggy. She’s re-homed and came to live with us just three days before Christmas. She’s 18 months old, and after losing our black and white cat, Mr Tiggs, who had been with us for just over eleven years, she’s helping to fill the void he left. I have been writing full-time since 2009 and feel blessed to finally be able to take this ‘me’ time to do something I absolutely love. I only wish the re were more hours in the day … even though I do tend to burn the candle at both ends ha! Ha!

You live a pretty full on life, do you have specific time slots for your writing?

I usually write from 5.30am until 9am, but sometimes I work until about 11ish if my fingers are flying around the keyboard and I find it hard to pull myself away. I write in bed, so often answer the door to the postman in my pjs and he probably thinks I’m a lady of leisure! Once I get to my desk there are so many other things to do associated with the work of an author – book promotion, social media, editing etc, plus I run four websites, so it’s always busy.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

 For me, everything starts with a book title, and that’s usually all I have when I start writing. The main character will have been in my head for a couple of weeks at that point, and will have been the inspiration for the title. But it’s like meeting someone new, I will only discover who they are as I listen to what they have to say. They will then introduce me to the other characters in their life as we go along.

I’m a people-watcher and it’s a real bonus – there’s a lot of very useful research floating around inside my head. So it’s inevitable that some of the little traits and characteristics of my characters will have been inspired by these little fragments, or snapshots. For me it’s not really something I think about, though, it just happens!

Would you ever consider venturing into a different genre and writing, say, a crime or YA novel?

Maybe. At the moment I write chick lit, romance and psychic romance. That wasn’t something I planned, but how the finished stories were then ‘classified’. So who knows? To be honest I have a journal full of one-liner ideas for future stories that I’ve kept since I was about fifteen, but I haven’t had time to use any of them, yet. I think there might be a few murder mysteries in there! But for the moment my work in progress and other completed manuscripts in the pipeline are all chick lit or romance. However, I’ve already written one self-help booklet ‘How to Grow Your Own Happiness’ and would love to have more time to write non-fiction books in the future.

Can you tell us something about your current WIP?

I’ve already completed my next manuscript, which is about a self-help guru whose own life is falling apart. When a friendly spirit guide pushes her in the direction of a tarot card reader, that’s hardly something she can admit to her huge following. It’s currently in the queue for editing and will probably be out later this year.
I’m 65k in to a Christmas story at the moment and would happily set everything else aside just to finish it! I’m at the best stage in the story, where I don’t know what’s going to happen and I can’t wait to find out. It’s about a woman, Elana, whose husband dies in a tragic car accident and it’s nearly two years on, her second Christmas. Her daughter, Maya, has now turned six and life is still far from normal, but somehow they have to get through the festive season with as much cheer as they can. Elana discovers that Maya has been writing notes to Santa about her dad, whom she says ‘talks to her’, and it’s not an easy thing to handle. On top of worrying about how to keep the bills paid, it’s not the easiest of times and yet, out of the blue, a stranger steps into their lives who reminds them that life is for living. And that’s why I can’t wait to see what happens next …

How do you spend your chill out time?

We’ve almost finished renovating an old cottage, which has been quite a major job as it has a large garden which slopes down over a hillside. My former career was designing interiors for new build show homes. It involved going out on spending sprees and then unpacking and setting everything up. But I also did a lot of interior re-designs helping people to get their properties ready to sell etc. so I love upcycling old furniture and using quirky, metal items I find in reclamation yards. And I love the shabby chic/rustic look. So chill time for both of us is always productive and rarely means doing nothing. At the end of the day we’re then very happy to curl up in front of TV for an hour or two before it’s time for bed.

 If money was no object, where in the world would you choose for a special holiday?

We are very fortunate to have done quite a bit of travelling over the years and now it’s more a case of making our home feel like we are permanently on holiday. However, we have some very magical favourite places to visit in Italy, France, and the States that are calling out to us! Lake Garda will always be at the top of our list, though, as every time we visit it brings back some truly wonderful memories. But I doubt there will be much free time in 2016 to fit in even a little travelling, so it will have to wait a while.

And lastly, if you were organising a dinner party for celebrities, which four guest would you particularly like to invite and why?
Dwayne Johnson, The Rock – he’s such a personable guy, with a brilliant smile. He has a good heart and has set up a foundation which helps children.
David Bowie. Enigmatic, mysterious and very talented – what dinner party wouldn’t be complete without a song or two? We lost an icon with his passing, but then I believe that death is simply ceasing to exist on this plane, so I’m sure David would join us in spirit.
Milly Johnson – having been seated at a table with Milly at a Romantic Novelists’ Association dinner, and being rather shy myself, Milly would be the perfect guest for me. Her sense of humour, that Barnsley accent – she is one amazing author who would have an after dinner speech guaranteed to raise a few laughs and make everyone feel relaxed.

John Newman. I just love his style and that flavour of Northern soul reflected in some of his songs. I still play his first album on an almost daily basis, as I like a little background music when I’m working. I think he’d round out the party quite nicely, as all four of my guests are people who are happy being who they are. Inspirational, hard-working and fun!

A Little Sugar A Lot of Love

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love: With cupcakes, coffee and karma published by Choc Lit 15 January, 2016.
Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …


Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.
But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?
Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.
But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …
Previously released as Sweet Occasions by the author. Revised and edited by Choc Lit December 2015.


Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives in the small village of Lydbrook, which nestles on the edge of the Forest of Dean, in the UK.

“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache…”

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.
Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.


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Join Tuesday Talk as we chat to Lizzie Lamb about celebrity dinner guests…and hot men in kilts

Good morning Lizzie and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?
Good Morning Jo, thanks for inviting me onto your blog.
I live in Leicester with my husband (aka Bongo Man) and a mad parrot called Jasper. I was born in Scotland and lived there until I was eleven years old and my father moved south to find work – a familiar story, yes? I return to Scotland regularly to see friends and family and it helps to keep me on top of how things have changed and what’s stayed the same. I thought I’d write one Scottish-themed novel as a homage to my roots but it appears that readers can’t get enough of men in kilts, especially readers in the US, so I’m about to embark on my third. (I love writing about Scotland, incidentally). In the interests of authenticity, I have to spend hours searching the internet looking at men in kilts – but no sacrifice is too great for my readers.

When you bowed out from your teaching career was it with the intention of writing or did that decision come afterwards?
I was a teacher for thirty four years, the last sixteen as the deputy head of a large primary school in Leicestershire. It has always been my intention to become a published author but the demands of the day job with attendant marking, preparation, report writing, admin and managerial duties, meant that there was little/no time for writing in the evenings. (too knackered – lol) I joined the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme in 2007 and dipped my toe in the water, learning as I went along. I published Tall, Dark and Kilted in 2012 and, as they say, I have never looked back!

You are one of the founders of the New Romantics Press. What made you decide to do this and how successful has it been for you and the other members?
Like many other members of the New Writers’ Scheme we had submitted our manuscripts and received encouraging critiques from experienced RNA authors. In July 2012, were in the process of polishing our manuscripts with a view to sending them out to agents when Amanda Grange (who’d critiqued June Kearns’ novel THE ENGLISHWOMEN’S GUIDE TO THE COWBOY, as part of the scheme) advised us to self-publish. Times were a-changing, fast, and we would be left behind if we waited any longer to upload our books to Amazon. All four of us took her advice and self-published our novels for the end of the year; we then held author events in pubs, clubs and hotels to publicise them, and got on with writing the next one.
That lunch in my garden was just the push we needed and we’ll be forever grateful to Mandy.

Have you any particular places you would love to visit – ideal bucket list destinations?
I would love to return to Positano and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We stayed there in the early nineties and it’s remained in my heart ever since. I have lots of friends in the USA and I would like to revisit them. But, mostly, I’d love a long touring holiday in the highlands of Scotland with our caravan (parrot in tow, naturally). On this holiday, the sun would shine 24/7, the midges would mysteriously disappear and we’d visit all the places on my list.

Plotter or Panster? What works best for you?
I start off as a plotter and get the bare bones of the story down on a time line with post it notes, then I start writing. That’s when plotter becomes panster – the novel unwinds in front of me as I type, like a movie and I simply have to write it down and knock it into shape. Sounds easy? I spend all day dreaming about my novel and my characters act out scenes in my head, scenes I hadn’t even thought of. Then, when I sit down to write it’s all there, demanding to be made into a novel. Sometimes I wonder who’s in charge – them or me!

If you could invite five well known people to dinner, who would they be and why?
History has always been my first love and for that reason, some of my characters are from the past.

  • Richard Third – I’d ask him if he really did murder the Princes in the Tower
  • Rupert of the Rhine – I’d ask him why he never had any legitimate children, thus leaving the way clear for his nephew the Elector of Hanover to become King of England
  • Lee Harvey Oswald – he might not be the perfect dinner guest but I want to know if he ‘acted alone’ or if there really was a second gunman on the ‘grassy knoll’.
  • Jilly Cooper – I think she’d be jolly good fun. I’d ask her to return to writing the shorter, funnier novels, like EMILY and IMOGEN which she wrote in the 70’s before she starting writing bonk busters.
  • Sam Heughan – If you’ve seen the Outlander series on cable television, you’ll know why. Jamie, we lurve you!

What would be on the menu?
Starter – a really nice chicken liver parfait (Heston’s from Waitrose will do) and melba toast
Main – my friend Joan’s lasagne (to die for)
Pudding – my mum-in-law’s trifle
Cheese – a really creamy stilton/ Cropwell Bishop/Great coffee and Belgian Truffles
Prosecco cocktails, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and a fabulous Chianti Classico


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After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, honed her craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Lizzie loves the quick fire interchanges between the hero and heroine in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and hopes this love of dialogue comes across in her writing. Although much of her time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp2015-12-29 14.39.20 Bride, she has published a third novel SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS in July 2015 and has number four. Lizzie is a founding member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press. In November 2014 they held an Author Event at Waterstones High Street, Kensington, London the icing on the cake as far as they are concerned – and a fitting way to celebrate their achievements. As for the years Lizzie spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste as she is building up a reputation as a go-to speaker on the subject of self-publishing. This spring she will be talking about self-publishing to third year creative writing students at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Synopsis for Scotch on the Rocks

ISHABEL STUART is at the crossroads of her life.
Her wealthy industrialist father has died unexpectedly, leaving her a half-share in a ruined whisky distillery and the task of scattering his ashes on a Munro. After discovering her fiancé playing away from home, she cancels their lavish Christmas wedding at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh and heads for the only place she feels safe – Eilean na Sgairbh, a windswept island on Scotland’s west coast – where the cormorants outnumber the inhabitants, ten to one.
When she arrives at her family home – now a bed and breakfast managed by her left-wing, firebrand Aunt Esme, she finds a guest in situ – BRODIE. Issy longs for peace and the chance to lick her wounds, but gorgeous, sexy American, Brodie, turns her world upside down. In spite of her vow to steer clear of men, she grows to rely on Brodie. However, she suspects him of having an ulterior motive for staying at her aunt’s Bed and Breakfast on remote Cormorant Island. Having been let down by the men in her life, will it be third time lucky for Issy? Is she wise to trust a man she knows nothing about – a man who presents her with more questions than answers?
As for Aunt Esme, she has secrets of her own . . .


And a Taster….


Ishabel Stuart raced her car against the combined forces of time and tide, a thunderstormBookCoverImage (CS) 27th May (1) snapping at her heels. The wind gave her car a rough shake and she glanced in her rear view mirror at bruise coloured clouds rushing to overtake her. With an involuntary cry of alarm, she squared her shoulders, focused full attention on the road and prepared to tough it out. By her calculations she had just minutes to reach the causeway linking the mainland to Eilean na Sgairbh, Cormorant Island. Any later, the land bridge would be submerged by the incoming tide and she would be unable to make the crossing.
If that happened, home, the loving arms of her Aunt Esme, the comfort of a shower and hot meal would have to wait until the tide ebbed the following morning.
Worse still, she’d have to spend the night in her car or – God help her, at Mrs MacKay’s Highland Guest House, where she’d be forced to sleep beneath a candlewick bedspread, shower with a sliver of grimy soap and a scratchy towel no bigger than a face flannel. Then, over a meagre breakfast of watery porridge and burned bannocks, she’d be bombarded with a thousand personal questions no one had any right to ask. Least of all Mrs MacKay – the biggest gossip this side of Fort William.
‘Okay, Stuart – man up. You know this road like the back of your hand. If anyone can beat the tide, it’s you. You’ve done it hundreds of times.’ Glancing at her father, who was fastened securely into the back seat, she added grimly: ‘Hold on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.’ But, for once, James Stuart had no criticism to level at his daughter’s driving skills, or her foolhardiness. Biting her lip, Ishabel slipped into a lower gear and started the descent down the sloping jetty and onto The Narrows, a causeway packed hard by over eight hundred years of continuous use by Eilean na Sgairbh’s highland community.
At this time of year the tide came in faster than a man could walk, and so her tyres squished in the shallow water which splashed up the sides of her Mini. Holding her nerve, she gripped the steering wheel, switched the headlights onto full beam and peered into the descending dusk. If she got stuck half way across and was forced to abandon her new car or – worse still, call out the coastguard to rescue her from an ill-timed attempt to cross to Eilean na Sgairbh, she’d never live it down.
If that happened, the inhabitants of Cormorant Island would give a collective shrug and say such recklessness was no more than expected of Miss Ishabel Stuart. She was James Stuart’s flesh and blood, after all, and – like her aunt Esme, was bad news as far as they were concerned. However, Ishabel wasn’t about to give them the chance to shake a collective finger at her, or the satisfaction of sending her censorious looks next time she went in the General Store. She’d make it across, and damn anyone who harboured a less than flattering opinion of her – or her family.
Pushing her driving glasses further up onto her nose with her forefinger, she made for the lights on the farther shore. It’d take more than a summer squall, a neap tide, and recent events to keep her from the island where she’d grown up. And, if she’d lately grown apart from it, she was coming home to make amends and to reacquaint herself with Eilean na Sgairbh, a place she’d once held dear.

Ten minutes later, Issy cleared the jetty on the far side of The Narrows and let out a long, slow whistle. She stopped by the harbour wall and looked back at the distance she’d travelled (now submerged beneath the waves) and acknowledged she’d made it by the skin of her teeth.
She wasn’t a natural risk taker, if anything she liked to think things through before deciding on the best course of action. But recent events had shown her that she’d inherited the determination, stubbornness and sheer bloody-mindedness which marked her out as a Stuart. Qualities which she considered demonstrated a kind of foolhardy courage, but which the islanders regarded as arrogance and mule-headedness.
She glanced one last time at the submerged Narrows and then at her father on the back seat.
‘No need to say it, Daddy, I know I’m reckless. How could I not know it? You’ve told me enough times, haven’t you? So like my mother, so . . .’
At that, her breath snagged – but with the same determination which had made her race against the tide, she put the thought behind her and drove forward, pausing only to test the brakes after their dip in the harbour. They worked just fine and she felt confident enough to journey the few remaining miles along the coast road to her aunt’s house without any mishaps. There was so much she wanted to discuss with her aunt in the warm fug of her kitchen, hopefully over a glass of Stuart’s Twa Burns single malt whisky.
Which, neatly, brought her back to her father, buckled into the back seat.
His opinions on women drinking whisky, having careers and driving souped-up cars in dangerous weather conditions, were on record. He didn’t consider any of it proper – which, conversely, would make Ishabel savour every drop of the peaty whisky when she reached her aunt’s house.
Reflecting on the life-changing decisions she’d made on her journey from Edinburgh to Eilean na Sgairbh and her race against the elements, Ishabel considered that whisky, given the role it had played in the Stuart’s fortunes over the last century and a half, was aptly named:
Uisge Beatha.
The Water of Life.

Thank you Lizzie, a fabulous interview…

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Review of Scotch on the Rocks by Lizzie Lamb

BookCoverImage (CS) 27th May (1)When I first started reading Scotch on the Rocks and was introduced to Brodie, I thought six foot three – yes; green eyes – yes; auburn hair….aah.  You see I’ve never been a great fan of men with any red in their hair.  My favourite heroes are dark, brown or blond but never flame haired. However…I have to say as I continued to read, I became quite smitten with Brodie McIntosh.  In fact by the end of the book this hot American marine biologist had got right under my skin!

Scotch on the Rocks is a story packed full of characters plus an outrageously verbally abusive parrot called Pershing.  Ishabel Stuart returnsto Cormorant Island where she grew up, bringing back her father’s ashes for a commemoration service.  She has left behind a well-paid job and at the same time broken her engagement to the feckless Jack Innes-Kerr, her boss’s son. Issy’s is looking for a new life back home, and spending time with her Aunt Esme, who raised her.  Unfortunately on arrival she discovers her politically active aunt has a house full of aging hippies and is about to join them on an environmental crusade, leaving Issy to look after her current paying guest, Brodie McIntosh.  Issy is not happy; all she wants is some private space, time to sort out her father’s memorial service and work out her plans for setting up her arts and crafts workshops on the island. Instead she is faced with this six foot three American intruder who is just a little too nice for comfort.  Issy suspects he has a hidden agenda and her suspicions, coupled with the fact they continually seem to clash fuel her dislike. But is it really dislike, or is she simply protecting herself from her real feelings after two bad experiences – an overbearing father and a fiance who is a two timing rat?

This book has something for everyone; it’s a love story and it also has comedy. Issy’s friend  Lindy is quite outrageous in her pursuit of Brodie and Issy’s over the top opera diva mother La Bella Scozzese also provides some hilarious moments. And  lastly there is mystery as a long buried secret is uncovered.  A hugely entertaining read.  Lizzie Lamb has delivered a great book and I look forward to more of the same.



2015-12-29 14.39.20After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, honed her craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Lizzie loves the quick fire interchanges between the hero and heroine in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and hopes this love of dialogue comes across in her writing. Although much of her time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp Bride, she has published a third novel SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS in July 2015 and has number four. Lizzie is a founding member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press. In November 2014 they held an Author Event at Waterstones High Street, Kensington, London the icing on the cake as far as they are concerned – and a fitting way to celebrate their achievements. As for the years Lizzie spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste as she is building up a reputation as a go-to speaker on the subject of self-publishing. This spring she will be talking about self-publishing to third year creative writing students at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Tuesday Talk welcomes author Julie Ryan as we talk about her love of all things Greek…and chocolate

DSC_0904-1Good morning Julie and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

I’m now happily settled in rural Gloucestershire with my husband and young son. In the past I’ve lived and worked in France, Poland, Greece and Thailand; all of which have helped to broaden my mind and play a huge part in my writing.

When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer and how did you begin that journey?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. I remember as a child writing a play for my best friend and I to perform. I never really took it any further though as life just got in the way. It was only when I started working from home that I had the time to write. A chance encounter with author Linn B. Halton turned a short story into what eventually became ‘Jenna’s Journey.’ She acted as my mentor and made a dream into reality.

Your first three books Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophesy were all set in the Greek Islands. What made you decide to choose this location?

coverofficialGreece is a magical place – there’s something about the atmosphere and light that just draws me back time and again. With a young child, time and money limited the trips there in recent years so writing the Greek Island Mystery series was, I suppose, a way of reminiscing. I really enjoyed looking back at the old photos and incorporating places I knew in the 1980s into a novel.

You recently published Callie’s Christmas Countdown, switching your talents to chick lit.  Was this a one off or are there more in the pipeline?

To be honest I really don’t know. ‘Callie’s Christmas Countdown’ was playing in my head for about two years until I actually got it down on paper. It’s very different from the Greek series but I found I could only write it in real time during the Christmas period. It just wouldn’t have felt authentic to be writing it during the summer. I do have ideas for another two books about Callie but there are also other novels crying to be written ryan4so I’m torn at the moment.

Are you a panster or a plotter? What works best for you?

I would love to have every chapter planned out in detail but sadly that just doesn’t work for me. I start with a couple of characters and a rough outline of the plot and see where it takes me. Inevitably the end result is very different to how I initially imagined the book. I also think that if there is the element of surprise for me the author, then that will also work for the reader.

Can you tell us something about your current WIP?

At the moment I’m debating with myself which book to pursue as I have several in my head. One possibility is another Greek mystery. I’ve also written the opening chapters to a cosy English village mystery and of pandoras prophecycourse Callie is telling me to write the second book in the series. It really will be a question of which characters shout the loudest as to which book gets written first. You really wouldn’t want to live in my head!

 If money was no object, where in the world would you choose for a special holiday?

I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit some fantastic places such as Thailand and South Africa. Somehow though I always end up returning to Greece. A luxury 5* spa break at a resort in Elounda, Crete would probably be my favourite unless I take the bull by the horns and visit a place I’ve never been to. The Taj Mahal and the Pyramids are still on my to-do list.

And lastly, if you were a castaway on a desert island, what four things couldn’t you live without?

That’s difficult! If we assume the basics like food and water are provided then I would find it difficult to live without chocolate as I really am addicted and get withdrawal symptoms if I go more than two days without it.

Books play a huge part in my life and I know I would be a lesser person without them. They take you to another world and I’d have plenty of time to read. A solar powered Kindle might be necessary though!

I always carry a pen and paper with me and so that would be a hard loss if I didn’t have a way to write down my musings. After all, when I’m finally rescued, I’d have to write a book about my adventures there.

Thanks so much for featuring me Jo

It’s been lovely chatting to you Julie.

For more information on Julie and her books simply click on the links below:

Website/blog for the Greek Isles series

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and on Twitter @julieryan18

Buy Links for the Jenna’s journey   Kindle USA    PRINT USA   Kindle UK PRINT UK


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Onward into 2016…

A busy morning this morning taking down and boxing up Christmas decorations.  For me, the strike of Big Ben at midnight on 31st December may signify the arrival of a new year, but until all the evidence of Christmas has been packed away , it very much feels like being in limbo.  Now, however, it does actually feel like 2016 and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.

New Year is the time for resolutions, of personal promises to yourself. You may be looking to lose weight, give up smoking, or take that special holiday you have always promised yourself. Whatever they are and whether or not you make them happen does, of course, rest with you.   This year one of my promises is that I’ll clear the attic.

Yes, it’s been a long term ‘to do’ and something which I have failed miserably to achieve as it regularly reattaches itself to my resolutions every year .  However this year it’s moved from a ‘to do’ to a ‘needs to be done’ because the house requires re-roofing.  This means we need to have the smallest number of boxes possible in storage in the loft. S0 when the decorations go back up later today, the first box will come down to be sorted.  I’m holding my breath because there are 30 years worth of boxes up there (see how bad I am at New Year’s resolutions?) so goodness knows what I’ll find as I go through them.  It’s going to feel a bit like an archaeological dig, because a lot of things have been up there such a long time.  So there may be some great discoveries! However realistically what I find won’t be any valuable family heirloom, it will be items heading for ebay, charity shops or the skip! Watch this space!


Tuesday Talk will be back on 12th January when my guest will be writer Julie Ryan.