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Achieving Your Dreams #GuestPost by @MortonSGray @ChocLituk

Achieving Your Dreams – Guest Post by Morton S Gray

morton orangeI know that Shelley Wilson is a great advocate of positive motivational thinking, so I thought I would write a blog post for her about the role of positive thinking in my publishing success.

First, I feel I should explain how I first learned about positive thinking techniques. Rewind quite a few years and I found myself a divorcee with a two-year-old child and a full-time job. I quickly discovered that my friendship groups changed as couples don’t necessarily want to socialise with singletons. My stress levels reached epic proportions when I was transferred to another work site thirty minutes away. I could just about fit in my required hours in between dropping my son at the childminder and picking him up again – hamster on the wheel comes to mind. I wasn’t eating properly, put on loads of weight and drank Rescue Remedy like it was going out of fashion. Things could have gone either way at this point, but I discovered positive thinking, mainly from the books of Louise Hay, Susan Jeffers and Gill Edwards and found the strength to turn my life around.

The books I read advocated changing your mind set to enable you to change your life, using positive affirmations and clearly stating what you wanted your life to be like. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an overnight fix and I had many false starts and lapses … and still do.

I know Shelley runs a Vision Board course. I began to use these visual depictions of your desires to rethink how I wanted my life to look like in terms of relationships, friendships, work and so on. I can tell you first hand that it works, but you have to keep going with the techniques.

Fast forward quite a few years and I was remarried, had a second son and during a period of illness when I again needed to rethink the shape of my life, I turned my hand to writing. Early on, I won a short story competition which gave me the spur to study creative writing. Further competition successes followed including a short listing for the former Festival of Romance in their New Talent Award and culminating in my winning a publication deal in Choc Lit Publishing’s Search for a Star competition with my debut novel The Girl on the Beach, now published as an eBook and Paperback.

Gaining success in the traditional publishing world requires determination, staying power and lots of positive thoughts. I have actually written in first draft at least ten novels of over 50,000 words each. I hope that all of these, once revised and reworked, will achieve publication.

The novel I mentioned above, which shortlisted at the Festival of Romance, now called The Truth Lies Buried is published by Choc Lit as an eBook on 1 May.

The Truth Lies Buried, Morton S. Gray, Choc Lit UK, Romance,

About The Truth Lies Buried

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …

When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.

A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …

As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.

Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?

About Morton S. Gray

fullsizeoutput_1a04Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white dog, in Worcestershire, U.K. She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

Her debut novel The Girl on the Beach was e-published in January 2017, after she won Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition. The story follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon. This book is available as a paperback from 10 April 2018.

Morton’s second book for Choc Lit The Truth Lies Buried is published as an e-book on 1 May 2018. Another romantic suspense novel, the book tells the story of Jenny Simpson and Carver Rodgers as they uncover secrets from their past.

Morton previously worked in the electricity industry in committee services, staff development and training. She has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She also has diplomas in Tuina acupressure massage and energy field therapy. She enjoys crafts, history and loves tracing family trees. Having a hunger for learning new things is a bonus for the research behind her books.

You can catch up with Morton on her website, on Twitter – @MortonSGray, her Facebook page – Morton S. Gray Author – and

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