Monthly Archives: December 2015

Gifts and Good Cheer …

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and for those of you who find this time of year particularly hard, that you received plenty of loving support and inner peace.

I spent Christmas Day with my husband and my parents. We don’t have children of our own so on Boxing Day it was fun and games all the way with our two youngest nieces (both teenagers, so not so young anymore!) and merriment aplenty, not to mention fizz and choccies.

Santa was very kind to me this year and delivered several writerly presents; some with sentimental value, others more practical that will help spur me on to crack on with the sequel to my debut As Weekends Go, published earlier this month.

Here is a small selection …


A gift to treasure from my beautiful best friend Clare.


From Dave (Mr B) who knows I love a notebook – especially one as pretty as this!


To keep me inspired …


The sweetest, yummiest gift from Dave. (I haven’t got the heart to bite into it!)


Love Jan X


Welcome . . . Jan Brigden!

Helen Pollard writes ...

I’m delighted to welcome author Jan Brigden to the blog to talk about her new romance release with Choc Lit, As Weekends Go.

First, the fab cover and the blurb . . .

AWG_FRONT_150dpi HIGH RESWhat if your entire life changed in the space of a weekend?

When Rebecca’s friend Abi convinces her to get away from it all at the fabulous Hawksley Manor hotel in York, it seems too good to be true. Pampering and relaxation is just what Rebecca needs to distract herself from the creeping suspicion that her husband, Greg, is hiding something from her.

She never imagined that by the end of the weekend she would have dined with celebrities or danced the night away in exclusive clubs. Nor could she have predicted she would meet famous footballer, Alex Heath, or that he would be the one to show her that she deserved so much more …


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Post-Publication Thank you …

What better way to start my first blog post than with an enormous great THANK YOU!

My debut novel As Weekends Go was published by Choc Lit  on the 4th of this month and the support and good cheer I received on the day and since has been fantastic. We had a fab celebratory family gathering at my mum and dad’s with plenty of fizz and nibbles. Mr B even created a ‘book title’ masterpiece for me out of his leftover pastry. I also had some gorgeous gifts and cards and some really lovely messages from friends both on and offline. All in all, I’ve been thoroughly indulged.

I’ve received some lovely feedback on the book already, with some good reviews (which certainly helped to unjangle the old nerves a bit. Phew is an understatement!).

It’s been a a gem of a year for me all round and I’m looking forward to cracking on with Book 2 in 2016, after the Christmas festivities.

A few little pics that perfectly sum up the past couple of weeks …





Fizz Aplenty!



Publication Cupcakes as created by my nephew’s lovely girlfriend, Ali


Mr B’s masterpiece!



My fab festive book banner courtesy of my delightful buddy Lizzie Lamb

Thanks again, everyone …

Love Jan X