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Monday Coffee

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Kennings At Monday Coffee

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Wine o’ clock

I love long lines of traffic, moody children complaining in the back and the scowling sky threatening to cry out to the world below. Love the stress of trying to balance a workday with after school clubs and meetings for four different children preparing for their new year in a new class (two at new schools!). Love the plucky looks of parents eyeing out my dog hanging out the back window as I park because he’s decided to make himself sick and nearly die, and me spending sleepless nights watching over him then going to work.

Yup. It has been fun. 

Suffice it to say, I am declaring it wine o’ clock and all my worries be damned! As I pour my glass of Shiraz and slip into my oversized pjs that don’t match but are the most comfortable clothes I possess, I feel bubbles of excitement fill my body. The thought of a night of relaxation with XXX on Sky (yes, of course I love Vin Diesel but not in the way you would think – I want to be him, not be with him!!) and my secret stash of Turkish Delights just waiting for me, I plan on forgetting the pending appointments for the week ahead, the deadlines on books I still haven’t finished writing and my start with the Open University where I will be studying a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. 

Yes folks, the future may be bright and filled with opportunities, but just for tonight, I’m taking a break. 

Please, be kind and leave reviews for my books. I will try to keep posts flowing on my blog but they will be intermittent (as they have been for the past few weeks). Apologies if I miss your posts. I will try to keep up but a few will fall through the cracks. 

If you need me, send me an email or contact me through my social media sites. I’m still around, just focusing on not drowning under children, work, studies and pets! 

Hugs to you all. 

Monday Coffee…It’s too hot!

The heat is unbearable tonight and in the midst of this humidity, I was trying to find costumes for my two sprogs to wear to school tomorrow.  You see, it’s a special day: Roald Dahl day.  All his characters from his books come to life and parade around the school to delight all present. What a thought…all my characters coming to life. That might be a bit scary!

It’s too hot for coffee, so would you like a soft drink? I do know that a cup of tea is quite refreshing too – I’ll leave the choice up to you.

After a lovely weekend with mixed weather we have managed to move all our winter gear towards the front of the storage room and slowly integrate summer wear to the boxes at the back.  The cats are not too impressed and insist on sleeping on the boxes in protest. I feel it was a wasted process as we are still delving into the box with every seasonal day that passes.

On the writing front, I have started contributing to a new site where I am using a more satirical voice, giving my characters room to breathe.  It’s great fun and good practise as I prepare to write another book.  Flexing the crazies roaming in my mind helps sort out the wheat from the chaff. Some will survive the cull whilst others will probably be removed from my mind and put back into the dark space where things are forgotten.

Have you thought of something you would like to achieve this week?  It’s pretty silent out there each week and I do wonder if you feel shy to add your comments.  I don’t bite – let me know what you think.  After all, you’re quite happy to enjoy a cuppa with me, so why not share a little more? Tell me what you got up to this weekend or what’s planned for the week ahead. I have just ordered the anthology of stories I have put together for the children at school.  I’m hoping they will enjoy seeing their hard work in print and have the joy of giving it to family members.  What an achievement by such talented students.  I do hope they keep writing as they definitely have it in them.

Since I have less time to write during the week, I tend not to post threads written by me as often as I’d like to.  I will try to change that in the near future, but it all depends on workloads, life and time.  I’m sure you all have to perform the same circus act as I do: juggling all the different balls until the end of the week and starting again the next week!

Fancy another drink while you update me on what’s been going on in your life?  I’ll throw in some cake!

Monday Coffee

Yes, I know.  It’s Tuesday! I blame the public holiday yesterday.  It threw me and I assumed I was still in Sunday mode.  So, let’s pretend it’s still Monday and have a quick cuppa before tackling Tuesday.

I have been mulling over the stories I have written over the past few years and have made the firm decision to mix a romance/thriller that has been sitting idle with my two intrepid detectives, Perkins and Jones.  For those of you who haven’t had the chance to meet them, I’m shocked.  The Iron Pendulum has been out for a while now and I can guarantee you will enjoy it.  Plus, it gives you a chance to meet Perkins and Jones on their first case that highlights their personalities. With this in mind, I shall start stirring the story pot and see where the book wants to go.  Watch this space for tasters.

Judith emailed me yesterday to give me some amazing news: I won second place in the Tenby Bookfair Short Story Writing Competition.Needless to say, I was bouncing around the house, squealing with delight. My lovely sprogs and hubble gave me huge hugs and we had a mini celebration.  It’s not often I enter competitions or come anywhere close to winning, so that was a big deal to me.  Please, raise you cup and lets give a toast to the person who inspired me to enter this competition in the first place – Hugh!  Through the process of joining WordPress and meeting incredible artists from different genres, we have the opportunity to meet the most inspirational people who will keep us going during the dark times and push us to go further, try harder; to succeed.  Hugh is one of those amazing individuals that I am lucky enough to know.  Thank you, Hugh.

Some more exciting news.  A few of my other incredible blogging friends are preparing to send their books out to beta readers for a last check before releasing their babies out to the big wide world.  Have you ever thought of becoming a beta reader?  If you’re an avid reader who enjoys receiving releases before anyone else has had a chance to read them, then you should get in touch.  We are always looking for good beta readers who will give feedback to our special creations and would love to share them with you.  Get in touch.  It might be fun!

Have a lovely Tuesday and we will catch up again later this week.



Weekend Coffee Share


The world has stopped spinning on its axis at a breath-taking rate and I’ve found a quiet moment to sneak out to the coffee house to meet you.

It’s great to see you here, especially on a Sunday when I know you have so much to do.

I feel like an Americano coffee – how about you?

This weekend, I had the pleasure of launching my new crime thriller, The Iron Pendulum and two of my children’s books, A Tale of Knots (paperback version) and Cecil The Bully at our local school’s 40th anniversary party.  My fellow author, Lance Greenfield joined us with his lovely wife, Joy. Together, we set up our little table which was aptly named The Book Corner.  Once our display was ready, we waited for the first customers to stop by.  My nerves were jangling as I watched parents and children walk by without so much as a glance in our direction.

Maybe it was Lance’s exuberant dancing or my pasted, crazy smile, but people started coming over to see what we had on display.  Children were given free bookmarkers with characters from my books and parents were plied with little information cards on our adult selection, in case they felt less pressured to buy in the comfort of their own homes. What could have been a quiet afternoon turned into an incredible experience.  Sharing that moment with my family and friends made it all the more special.  Added to that was the fact that both Lance and I managed to sell copies of our books!  Bonus!

How has your weekend been so far? The coffee is great and the company even better. I notice that the coffee house is still buzzing from the Blogger’s Bash last weekend.  Sadly I missed meeting all the lovely bloggers and hope to rectify that by attending the event next year.  Thanks to Geoff, I have my Blogger’s Bash t-shirt which Lance kindly delivered to me.  I will be proudly wearing the t-shirt this summer!

Right, I have to run away now.  It is, after all, Father’s Day today.  To all the dads out there, have a splendid day and I hope you get spoilt rotten by your little sprogs.

Bye for now!


#Monday Coffee

Hi!  I’m over here.  Come, sit next to me and I’ll introduce you to the others.  Oh, here comes Lance.  Let’s shimmy up so that he can sit down too.  What did you choose to drink today?  I’ve gone for a Chocochino and fudge slices.  Would you like one?

There’s Wally! I’ll introduce you to him as soon as he returns from getting his beverage.  He’s a fellow writer that started a blog recently, and is getting into the flow of it.  You really should visit him and say hi – it’s always nice to get support when you’re starting out. He has been chatting about the school year coming to an end, the joys of being inspired by education and taking the time to write.

Speaking of writing, I know quite a few friends have been busy at work, creating wonderful books for the summer.  Colleen has been giving it her all in between making her garden beautiful, finding new words of the week, which you should definitely check out, Teagan and Trent have had to put theirs aside for a while due to work commitments. Trent has his own coffee blog where you can catch up with him and his busy week.

I’ve got some exciting news: after procrastinating for a long time, I’ve decided to sell my wares at our local school fayre.  It gives me one month to try and finish off all my outstanding projects and pull them together.  Now that the house move is done, the sprogs have exams and then it’s half term.  Hopefully, this will give me sufficient time to complete the tasks.

Carrie Lynn Lewis puts it aptly when she describes how one can lose their love of writing through ridiculous little habits.  With her careful checklist, I hope to avoid losing my love of writing.  Take a look at her blog to find out the other bug bears. Now, one lady who already has her hands full when it comes to bug bears is Victo Dolore.  From the uncanny patients to her honest, vivid view of life, Victo wades past the crazy stuff we throw at each other every day! Don’t forget to say hi to her.

My cup is empty through all this meeting and greeting!  Shall we get a refill and maybe some more fudge slices before we catch up with these lovely people?

Monday Coffee

Hi, come on in!  It’s bitterly cold outside and there is hope for more snow.  The slight dusting we received on Sunday reminded me of icing sugar on a cake!  Delicious but doesn’t last long.

Well it has been a fantastically busy weekend for us.  Spring fever came early and the house has been blitzed!  Strangely enough, our neighbours had the same idea and we all ended up at the local dump ridding our homes of excessive rubbish.  New year, fresh starts.  Of course, this means my writing has been on hold and my anxiety levels are rising as time is running out for certain projects to be completed.  Add to that the fact that we have put our house up for sale!  As I said, new year, fresh starts.

How has your weekend been?  Anything interesting happen? Rob at The V-Pub has been on a smoothie cleanse for his new year, but wrote a lovely piece about chicken pot pie.  Not only did it set my mouth watering, I was hungry again (after eating dinner, dessert and snacks! I blame the weather.😊).  I find winter a wonderful time to stock up on food and add on a little weight before the summer fun comes.  Winter clothes are kind and hide the extra layers.  Of course with all the running about I’m doing I will have to keep up my vitamins and exercise.  Aqua-aerobics is the way to go for me.  Do you have a winter regime to keep you going?  

Well the kettle has boiled.  I’ll make the tea and get some biscuits.  Make yourself comfortable and I will be back soon!

Monday Coffee

IMG_4110Whoop!  Our first coffee together in the new year!  Welcome, everyone to our Monday Coffee meet up.  I hope you have all had a wonderful new year and managed to welcome in 2016 with a bang.

Shall we brew our favourite beverage and curl up on the sofa together?  Tonight, we are staying in, choosing the comfy sofa in front of the fire instead of braving the wild winds and rapid rainfall.  It has been a hectic couple of days, cleaning and packing away all the Christmas trimmings.  I always feel a little sad when I see them go and the house looks empty without the glitter.  School started for my older two today and the younger two have already tucked into bed ready for tomorrow’s start.  It does not feel as if we have had a proper holiday, but I guess everyone feels that way.

I haven’t had a chance to catch up with all my blogging friends, but a few have caught my eye. Now if you know me well enough, you will know that I love old books; the smell, print, texture of the paper and sometimes that little extra that makes them unique.  Two blogging friends have uncovered some unique books and I would like to share them with you.

Nicholas Rossis has discovered a Book of Feathers with pictures of birds in the collection of prints created from the feathers, beaks and feet of bird species.  He gives a recount on the history of the book which I would highly recommend reading as he is on a mission to find more unusual books.

Howard Loring posted a link to a beautiful book with a golden secret in its pages, a hidden picture in the gold trim on the edge of the pages.  At just the right angle, the picture exposes itself.  How wonderful!  I am hoping more pictures will surface from other book owners with unique books.

Let me refresh your cup and you can tell me if you have ever stumbled across rare books.  Have you ever gone to a book shop holding first editions of classic tales?  I have been lucky enough to visit two bookshops dealing in first editions and it’s very hard for me to contain my excitement as I stand there surrounded by overflowing bookshelves, low ceilings and the musky smell of old ink.  The dream is to one day treat myself to a book, though I first have to prepare a safe place for it out of the destructive hands of those who don’t understand its value!

Which book would you consider as the most valuable in your library?


Monday Coffee Kisses

If I kiss you on each cheek and give you a hug, will your return the greeting?  ‘Tis the season to be jolly after all and with the amount of affectionate hellos and good-byes I have shared over the past few weeks, it would feel remiss not to share the love with you.

😘Kiss. 💏 Kiss.😘

Compliments of the season to you.

The echoes of conversation and greetings are almost defeating around us and we muster our strength to squeeze through the crowd to the back of the coffee shop.  My mind drifts to the thought of the kisses I’ve shared over the year.  They almost seem insignificant in number.  Christmas is a very busy season for cheeks! I wonder if you suffer from the same affliction and grin at the thought of your cheeks under sufferance from the barrage of affectionate greetings.  

Why do we wait for a festive season to show copious amounts of love to each other?  Why can’t we share this feeling of joy throughout the year?  Granted, some do splash out on warm fuzzy greetings, but others save their hugs for special occasions.  How selfish!  Yes, I do realise that some overly affectionate greeters are unwanted advances and send cringy feelings of needing a shower after they have touched you, but regular family and friends sometimes save their best hugs for the blue moon!  I’m not a person that gives you the vibe that I’m huggable – in fact I’m sure some people get the impression that they might get impaled on my horns and tail.  I swear, I don’t bite…hard.  I have a favourite hugger who has stolen the first place for squeezy hugs from my Gran.  This person manages to evoke giggles from me everytime she grabs me and I can’t help but look forward to seeing her, just for a cuddle.  With every greeting she infuses warmth and throws a compliment, the icing on an enormously delicious, huggable cake!  Even her lipstick kisses tattooed over my cheeks don’t put a damper on her greeting.  Obviously, if someone else tried this form of salutation on me, they might lose their ability to walk for a while.  Just saying.

Whilst we wait for our order, share with me.  Tell me if you’re a hugger or do you share my same death stare that deters warm embraces?  Have you received your fair share of warm embraces this festive season?  I have one more special hug on hold for a friend who is no longer able to recognise her friends and family.  My embrace will be filled with all the love and friendship she has given me over the years, asking for nothing in return.  I promised to visit her before the year ends and I’m down to my last few days, hours, nay minutes.  I’m a coward because I fear my hug won’t be reciprocated; time is not kind to the elderly, especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.  But I won’t be deterred.  She will be my last special embrace before I say good-bye to a year of sorrow and loss.  

Your turn.  If you had a choice, for whom would you save your last embrace for 2015?