A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words #BloggersBash

A picture is worth a thousand words is a classic English idiom and the perfect term to use for today’s blog post.

I spent the weekend in London meeting my ‘online’ family and attending the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. I tried to write down my thoughts about the past couple of days as I travelled back from London yesterday but I somehow managed to board the wobbliest train in the history of rail travel and felt quite seasick before we’d even reached High Wycombe. So, I abandoned my pen and pressed my nose up against the window pane and reminisced over a fabulous weekend.

Instead of rambling on for 4000 words about how brilliant it was to meet Sacha Black and her wonderful committee, or Rosie Amber and some of the RBRT members, or even my cheeky cake with author, Carol Hedges, I thought I’d show you how fabulous it was instead.

Before I share the antics of my jolly girls’ outing, I must just offer my sincerest thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to vote for my blog at this year’s awards. I was thrilled to receive a nomination but to WIN the award for Most Inspirational Blog totally blew me away. I gratefully accepted my award with wobbly legs and a squeaky voice!

So, without further delay, here is a snapshot of a weekend well spent, in the company of my dear online family.

Friday, I met the very lovely, Carol Hedges, author of Victorian crime fiction, YA dystopian novels, award winning blogger, and feature writer at SixtyandMe, for a cake and a paddle!

No trip to Kings Cross Station is complete without a visit to Platform 9 3/4.  Rosie Amber, Christina Philippou and I were all initiated into Gryffindor.

Quick pit-stop and a Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team photo shoot courtesy of the hilarious waiter who learned all his skills from Naomi Campbell – apparently! ‘Smile’ – Chris Philippou, Rosie Amber, Alison Williams, and Barb Taub.

Then it was off to the Blogger Bash and the chance to network with some of the best bloggers around – and not just local bloggers either. The bash attracted visitors from Newcastle, Leeds, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Vienna, and Poland.

The event included an informative masterclass from Luca Sartoni, international speaker, growthkeeper at Automatic, the people behind WordPress. Thanks to Luca, I now know that ‘numbers are sexy’ and we only need four things in life; ‘water, shelter, food, and WordPress!’ Luca now knows that the Brits are reblog crazy!

There were a fair number of fan girling moments throughout the day – especially when I finally came face to face with my online twin, Sacha Black, and the winner of Funniest Blog Award, the very beautiful, Lucy Mitchell. I also managed to meet – in between copious amounts of cake and maltesers! – the incredible Suzie Speaks – who walked away with Best Overall Blog Award, and the lovely Mary Smith. It was wonderful to see so many of my Book Connector Facebook friends winning awards too – Sarah Hardy, Linda Hill, Anne Williams, Alix Long, Noelle, and Becca’s Books.

Factor in to all this fun and frolicking a king size Premier Inn bed (to myself!), a couple of full English breakfasts, beautiful sunshine, a celebratory Bread & Butter Pudding, and the Queen’s 90th birthday and I can safely say it was the best weekend EVER!  My daughter even made me some banana buns as a welcome home present!

The only slight smudge on the horizon was England’s draw against Russia, but even that couldn’t wipe the big grin off my face!

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Winner of Most Inspirational Blog Award 2016

 

 

From blog to bestseller #wwwblogs

It only seems like a few weeks ago that I did my closing down ceremony on an old year and embraced the new, and yet here we are in June! I vowed back in January to create an uplifting year with plenty of opportunities and a perfect balance between health, life, and writing.

So far I haven’t listened to a word I said, and I’ve thrown myself into 2016 like the Tasmanian devil!

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Over on my motivational blog I wrote a post about starting a happiness jar – I’m pleased to say that I’m still doing this, and my little jar is filling up steadily with all the wonderful things that I’ve done and achieved so far this year.

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One of the main highlights of my year has to be my author interview in the Writers’ Forum Magazine (June Issue). Continue reading “From blog to bestseller #wwwblogs”

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#BookReview Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

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Amazon UK | US

Author: Dylan J Morgan

Category: Horror

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

Dylan Morgan is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Once again I was instantly captivated by the descriptive writing and fully developed characters. The opening scene of a wife murdering her husband, chopping him up and serving him up for dinner certainly hooked me in.

The brutal and graphic murders that haunt the small town of Vacant are sinister and menacing, but so too are the townsfolk and half of the police force. Continue reading “#BookReview Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog”

Would You BUY or PASS? Moon Bayou by JR Rain #FridayFiveChallenge #Paranormal

Welcome to the ‘Friday Five Challenge.’

Would you BUY or PASS if you had only a thumbnail image and five minutes to decide?

Here is my contribution for this week:

Having just read and thoroughly enjoyed The Black Hours by Alison Williams I was in a witchy kind of mood so typed ‘Witches’ into the Amazon search bar, after scrolling down quite a few pages I found this:

Moon Bayou (Samantha Moon Case Files Book 1) by JR Rain & Rod Kierkegaard.

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Blurb: Continue reading “Would You BUY or PASS? Moon Bayou by JR Rain #FridayFiveChallenge #Paranormal”

Would You BUY or PASS? Good Friday: Dreams & Nightmares #FridayFiveChallenge

 

Welcome to the ‘Friday Five Challenge.’

Would you BUY or PASS if you had only a thumbnail image and five minutes to decide?

Here is my contribution for this week:

Happy Easter!  It was fairly easy to choose a theme for the Friday Five this week and so in honour of our UK Bank Holiday I searched for ‘Good Friday’ and found this:

Good Friday: Dreams & Nightmares (Twisted Family Holidays Series Book 2) by JR Wirth

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Blurb: Continue reading “Would You BUY or PASS? Good Friday: Dreams & Nightmares #FridayFiveChallenge”

Would You BUY or PASS? The Other Queen #FridayFiveChallenge #Historical Fiction

Welcome to the ‘Friday Five Challenge.’

Would you BUY or PASS if you had only a thumbnail image and five minutes to decide?

Here is my contribution for this week:

I’ve recently embarked on a Netflix marathon where I was totally hooked with ‘Reign’, an American historical romance series based on Mary, Queen of Scots.  It’s a highly fictional series (bending the historical facts to meet the needs of a modern young audience), but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.  So, with Kings and Queens on my mind, I decided to search for Mary, Queen of Scots and this is what I found:

The Other Queen (The Tudor Court Series Book 6) by Philippa Gregory

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Blurb:

A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. Mary, Queen of Scots, fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth’s trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick. Continue reading “Would You BUY or PASS? The Other Queen #FridayFiveChallenge #Historical Fiction”

Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge March: A Love Story in a Time of War by Geraldine Brooks #Historical

 

Welcome to the ‘Friday Five Challenge.’

Would you BUY or PASS if you had only a thumbnail image and five minutes to decide?

Here is my contribution for this week:

With my mind on other things I failed to come up with an interesting search term for this weeks Friday Five Challenge, so I opted to use the word ‘March’ – influenced by the calendar I was absentmindedly staring at for ten minutes!  This is the first book I spotted:

March: A Love Story in a Time of War by Geraldine Brooks

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Blurb:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and Richard and Judy pick.

From the author of the acclaimed ‘Year of Wonders’ and ‘People of the Book’, a historical novel and love story set during a time of catastrophe on the front lines of the American Civil War. Continue reading “Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge March: A Love Story in a Time of War by Geraldine Brooks #Historical”