The Good, The Bad & The Cover Reveal #TuesdayBookBlog #YA

Over the past week, I have read some amazing blog posts by my favourite bloggers highlighting the best bits of 2015.  From favourite books to fulfilling projects, these articles were fun and inspiring.

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For me, 2015 sucked!! Then I did my annual ‘closing down ceremony’ where I write down all the good points (family day trip to Harry Potter being top) and the lessons I learned from the bad points.  Unfortunately, the bad outweighed the good, or so I thought.  When I began writing my LONG list of hospital visits, MRI scans and horrific tales of a lumbar puncture, I felt a huge weight lift – it was done, gone, over with.  In the flurry of blood tests, depression, and an unexplained illness, I had been forced to close my holistic business after seven years of hard work (a bad bit), but this allowed me time to self-heal and the freedom and space to write (a good bit).  I cried nearly every day last year (a bad bit), but I would pee less (a good bit!) 😉

Writing it all down was an enormous help, and I could shift my perspective to a more positive one.  Suddenly having spare time meant I was free to read more, and this was rewarded by joining Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.  When I hit my metaphorical brick wall, I would shut myself away with a notebook and lose myself in fantasy fiction; this enabled me to complete the third book in my young adult fantasy series.

I’ve always loved the quote ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, but until this moment I didn’t honestly appreciate it.

With my ceremony complete and 2015 well and truly behind me I was able to look forward to a sparkling New Year.  I worked out my goals for writing, health and family/lifestyle, and allowed myself that time to continue recuperating, and then a wonderful thing happened.

2016 arrived, and I felt different; elated and excited.  This was going to be an incredible year, not just for me but my family and friends, both ‘real’ and ‘online’.  In my kitchen I have a chalkboard with the words ‘thoughts become things, pick good ones’ written on it.  I totally believe that our thoughts can influence our actions.  Last year was full of darkness but by closing down the year and altering the way I thought about it helped me to find the light again.

Do I have any evidence to back up my findings?  Well, I’m glad you asked.

  • So far, I have revealed the cover of my latest fantasy fiction book to overwhelming support and positive feedback.  Guardians of the Sky (book two) will be released on 22nd January.

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  • My non-fiction book, How I Changed My Life in a Year, hit the number one spot on women’s biographies best seller list, number two on the self-help best seller list and number two on the memoir best seller list (above Sir Tom Jones! #justsaying)
  • I am to be the Spotlight Author on Blue Harvest Creative’s site for January, alongside the very beautiful Juliette Sobanet, author of award-winning romance and mystery books.
  • I have been invited to a ‘meet the author’ event at a local holistic centre to talk about my non-fiction work, and I’m speaking at the prestigious ‘It’s Your Life West Midlands’ event in a few weeks.
  • I am getting involved in Rosie Amber’s new YouTube Channel, where Rosie is producing 90-second book reviews.  Hollywood here we come!

If thoughts DO become things, then I’m so pleased that I did my closing down ceremony and was able to see the good mixed in with the bad.  Maybe 2015 didn’t suck as much as I first thought because it gave me the freedom to change direction and pursue my dreams.

I wish you all an incredible 2016 full of opportunity, good health and happiness.

14 comments

  1. Really good to get it all out in the open Shelley, I love you kitchen chalk board, that would be one for me too, so thrilled you are with me on the YouTube idea, out of little acorns, grow big strong trees.

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