Get to Know Me Tag #Author #Blogger #SundayBlogShare

Huge thanks to @TraciYorkWriter for tagging me in on this fun feature, you can read Traci’s post HERE. I’ve enjoyed reading a few of these posts and learning more about my favourite bloggers, so I was delighted to be handed the opportunity to join in.

Get to Know Me Tag:

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Who are you named after?

My dad knew he was going to call me Shelley (if I was a girl) as soon as mum found out she was pregnant. He didn’t tell anyone (even mum) just in case someone pinched his idea! He also chose the extra ‘e’ variety of Shelley (not Shelly!) just like Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Do you like your handwriting?

Oh god, no! Years ago I had lovely handwriting, but then I discovered the beauty of typing my manuscripts directly onto the screen. This time-saving tactic was responsible for the demise of my curly script. If I write anything now, it looks like a two-year-old wrote it!

What’s your favorite lunch meat?

That would be chicken, preferably with crisp salad and lashings of mayonnaise.

Longest relationship.

I’m assuming this means romantic relationship rather than the forty-five years I’ve known my parents! Okay, that would be eight years (seven married), and there was nothing romantic about it!!

Do you still have your tonsils?

Yep

Would you bungee jump?

The extrovert me would say ‘hell yeah!’ to this question as I think it would be great fun (done over water in case the bungee snapped). However, the introvert me would run and hide.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

The only shoes I wear with laces are my trainers, and the only time I wear my trainers is when I visit the gym. Therefore, no, I don’t untie them as I’m never in a fit state to bend over far enough to reach my feet after a gym session.

Favorite ice-cream?

Ooh, controversial answer alert – I don’t like ice-cream.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Randomly it’s their height. Only because I’m just under five foot eleven inches tall and it’s a constant challenge to stoop so I can hear what people are saying.

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Football or baseball?

I’m a Brit, so it’s got to be footy – Leeds United FC to be exact #MOT

What color pants are you wearing?

When I first read this question I was a bit shocked (how rude!), but then I remembered that these questions are American and ‘pants’ aren’t the same here as they are over the pond. So, in response, my ‘trousers’ are navy blue, and it’s none of your business what colour my ‘knickers’ are ha ha 😉

Last thing you ate?

Tea-cake (The biscuit base, marshmallow top, covered in chocolate kind that looks like a mini boob).

If you were a crayon what color would you be?

Yellow

Favorite smell?

My favourite smell is from when my children were little. It’s that clean baby smell when you’ve just bathed them. After that, it’s cut grass.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

The hospital receptionist – she was very lovely.

Hair color?

Original colour is Brown (now with a smattering of grey. Oh, who am I kidding! If I didn’t dye it I’d look like Helen Mirren!)  Dyed – Browny/red

Eye color?

Brown, or in my writer world, mocha!

Favorite food to eat?

Pizza! Pepperoni with stuffed crust is preferable but I’ll easily demolish any variety so long as there isn’t any pineapple on it – yuk.

Scary movies or happy endings?

I’m a bit of a horror fan, so a good scare is always welcome. However, I have a secret life as a chick flick fan where happy endings are mandatory, but shh, don’t tell anybody.

Last movie you watched?

Snow White and the Huntsman (can’t resist Chris Hemsworth).

Favorite holiday?

Summer. If there is a beach, sunshine, blue sea and a cloudless sky then it’s a favourite holiday. I’m also partial to the odd historical ruin.

Beer or wine?

Tee-total for three years so neither. I can make a mean mocktail mojito though 🙂

Night owl or early bird?

When I was younger, I was a night owl, but once I hit the big 4-0 my bedtime crept towards nine o’clock! I’m up just after six in the morning these days when once upon a time I would have been just getting in.

Favorite day of the week?

I’m a bit of a freak about this, but I do love Monday! It’s a ‘new beginning’ kind of day. The start of a fresh week full of possibilities – told you I was a freak.

Three or (four) favorite bloggers you want to learn more about?

Shaun from Clockwork Clouds

Matt (The Gay Step-dad) NB: I was too late nominating Matt as he already shared his Get to Know Me post – you can read it HERE.

Lucy from Blonde Write More

Terry Tyler – http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Who were the last three people to follow your blog?

Linda J. Wolff, Urban Poetry

Phil Taylor, The Phil Factor

Claire Huston, Art and Soul

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed this post. Want more? Connect with me here:  Twitter @ShelleyWilson72, Instagram or check out my Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson and http://www.facebook.com/MotivateMeBlog. You can also find me on Pinterest

 

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Interview with Author @MortonSGray #TuesdayBookBlog #ChocLit

I’m delighted to welcome Choc Lit author, Morton Gray to chat about her writing, winning Choc Lit’s Search for a Star, and her new book, The Girl on the Beach which is out TODAY! Happy Release Day, Morton 🙂

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born in Birmingham, U.K., but lived for most of my life in the West Midlands. I moved to Worcestershire when I married my husband, but still consider myself to be a Black Country lass and have the family history to prove it.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

There was never a clear career path in my mind, so I tried to keep my education quite general. After a business studies degree, I joined a large organisation and enjoyed being moved around the company. I worked in administration, committee services, training and management development. After sixteen years, I decided to train as a therapist and worked as a clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master for several years. I’ve always written as part of my job, be it press releases, reports or training materials, but found novel writing much later in my life.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Interview with Author @MortonSGray #TuesdayBookBlog #ChocLit”

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Happy New Year #SundayBlogShare A Year of Blogging Fun

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Another year comes to a close, and we all breathe a sigh of relief. 2016 was a tough one, for many reasons. We lost far too many icons from the stage and screen, as well as family and friends who left us with a hole in our heart.

On the positive side, we are all still here, relatively healthy (not including the festive over-indulgence!), happy, and hopefully determined to make 2017 a better year.

Blogging is a huge part of my life, and I’m looking forward to sharing more valuable content over the next twelve months. Many of my blog readers will know this blog well and, I hope, enjoy my book reviews, the author and blogger interviews I’ve shared, as well as the random musings of my mind.

The most popular features for 2016 were my Reader Spot interviews where I invited the incredible book bloggers I’ve met online to share their passion for reading and reviewing. You can read all the interviews HERE.

My Monday Muse feature was also well received and gave me an opportunity to share some of the outstanding women and characters who have inspired my writing. You can read all the Monday Muse posts HERE.

I was honoured to appear on a host of blogs and websites this year, as well as featuring in Writers’ Forum Magazine. You can read all my interviews HERE.

I’m not sure if many of you are aware that I also write another blog, Motivate Me, which is celebrating its fifth birthday today and 133,000 page views! I neglected this platform a little in 2016, but I hope to focus more on my motivational blog over the coming months. I’d love for you to pop over and join me for an inspirational boost, a holistic look at health and wellbeing, and to share your lifestyle goals.

2017 is going to be a positive year, full of joy, good intentions, incredible books, and new friendships. I’m so grateful that you have joined me on my blogging journey and I look forward to sharing a prosperous future with you all.

Thank you for the likes, comments, and shares. Your interaction is hugely appreciated.

Happy New Year xxx

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed this post. Want more? Connect with me here:  Twitter @ShelleyWilson72, Instagram or check out my Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson and http://www.facebook.com/MotivateMeBlog. You can also find me on Pinterest

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In the blink of an eye… #family #gratitude

In the blink of an eye…

Life is precious. I’m not sure we really understand just how much until it’s either threatened or taken away from us.

At this time of year my family always remember my cousin, Lee who died on the 12th December from SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death from Epilepsy), he was twenty-four. My aunt, uncle, and cousin started a charity in his name called Lee’s Smile, and they have achieved incredible things with the money they’ve raised.

For obvious reasons, my aunt and uncle no longer put up a Christmas tree or do the festive things; they prefer to book a holiday and take in the sunshine, returning to welcome in another year. It was six years ago that we lost Lee and yet every Christmas the emotions bubble to the surface for all of us. In the blink of an eye, we lost a good-looking young man with a wonderful soul, and an unforgettable smile.

Last week our family dynamics were threatened once again when my dad was knocked off his bike by a lunatic driver doing 80mph down a 40mph road. At sixty-nine years old my dad is probably the fittest bloke I know – he’s certainly fitter than me at my sprightly age of forty-four! He is a member of a cycling club and goes out for a club run four times a week. These guys can cover over two-hundred miles some weeks. Unfortunately, they have lost far too many club members to road traffic accidents, and my dad came incredibly close to being added to the list.

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My brother was able to get to the scene quickly, and he supported our dad as the ambulance arrived and dealt with his injuries. He accompanied dad to the hospital and even took graphic photographs of him being stitched back together (I’m really hoping he doesn’t prepare a slide show for viewing after Christmas dinner!)

I’ve been up to the hospital with my mum each day to check on dad’s progress, and I’m delighted to share with you that he is doing well. This is a miracle when you consider what he went through. He broke five ribs, his right knee, and shattered his ankle.

Chatting to him yesterday, he was able to tell me all about the accident and what happened when all hell broke loose. He remembers people running in all directions and lots of shouting. He remembers people crouching over him to check he was breathing, he remembers the sickening bang as the car hit him, and he remembers his eyes flying open as he hit the floor.

The driver, a young man in his twenties who was driving a powerful car, hit my dad then swerved into the oncoming traffic and hit another car before crashing into a brick wall. We are hoping to get him banned for life. The other car he hit had young children inside on their way to football practice. Fortunately, they were relatively unharmed aside from receiving cuts from the flying glass and being understandably shook up.

I’ll never forget that phone call from my brother to tell us what had happened.

Once we all knew he was alive and being looked after by the incredible ambulance crew and staff at A&E, each of us, my mum, brother, sister-in-law, my children, and I had our ‘what if’ moments. What if he hadn’t survived? In the blink of an eye, our family could have been altered forever. In the blink of an eye, my heart would have been broken in two. In the blink of an eye, four grandchildren would have been shattered beyond repair. Life is precious.

We hope to be able to bring dad home at the end of the week as he is making a satisfactory recovery. This is in large part to his level of fitness. His broken ribs are causing him a tremendous amount of pain, but this is being managed with medication. He can’t put weight on his ankle for six weeks, so we’ll be making sure he is comfortable and getting him anything he needs. Fortunately, my dad has a great sense of humour and an inner strength that I’ve admired all my life. He is my dad, he is my hero, and he is alive.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the incredible messages of support we have received, not just from our family and friends, but from the online communities. I posted on my Facebook page how grateful I was that miracles do indeed exist and my post received one-hundred-and-forty-two comments. My dad read every single one, and he was so moved by the support and love (although he now thinks he’s a viral sensation!!), so thank you.

I wish you all a happy, safe, and joyous Christmas and urge you to hug your family, friends, and even a stranger if the need arises! Be kind, be caring, and be safe.

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Motivate Me! Oracle Guidebook #Motivation #Happiness

A couple of years ago I ran a series of workshops for ladies called ‘Motivate Me!’ They were so much fun to facilitate, and I received wonderful feedback from the attendees. Off the back of these, I created a set of Oracle cards with a motivational twist.

If you’ve never come across Oracle cards before then, allow me to fill you in. They are a close relation to tarot, however, in a traditional tarot deck, you get 78 cards split into 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. With Oracle cards there is no set structure, some packs have 40 cards, and others have over 60.

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Both tarot and oracle cards are used as a tool for guidance, encouraging a deeper connection. Ultimately they are used for entertainment purposes, but they can also offer profound answers to some of the complex questions we ask. Continue reading “Motivate Me! Oracle Guidebook #Motivation #Happiness”

Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Claire (@BrizzleLass) #Fantasy #ChickLit

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Claire from Brizzle Lass Books. Find her beautiful book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

Fantasy is my go to but I also enjoy Paranormal, Chick-lit and Romance and I enjoy them all in adult and YA.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

This changes pretty regularly but at the moment Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Claire (@BrizzleLass) #Fantasy #ChickLit”

#wwwBlogs A spot of Murder and Mayhem with @carolJhedges #Author #Interview

I’m delighted to have author, Carol Hedges on my blog today. The last time Carol popped over for a chat, it was to talk about a new release – you can read that interview HERE. Since then, Carol has been busy penning a further two books for her Victorian Murder Mystery series.

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What is (or was) your occupation?

I trained as a librarian, and worked for Brent Libraries and Camden Libraries as a Children’s Librarian and a Music Librarian, stopping work in 1984 when I had my daughter. It was far harder to hold down a full time job in those days, as workplace nurseries and wraparound childcare just didn’t exist. And I believed raising a child WAS a full time job! So we put up with the privations of living on one wage until she got to 14, when I re-trained (age 46) as a secondary English teacher.

What are your hobbies? Continue reading “#wwwBlogs A spot of Murder and Mayhem with @carolJhedges #Author #Interview”