As November meets December …

A new month and the health and wellbeing road to recovery marches on with continued  appreciation of how lovely, kind and supportive people can be. It saddens me that I’ve been unable to complete my second novel as yet, but that little inner spark of creativity and passion remains, and reading back through what I’ve so far produced of my sequel to As Weekends Go, keeps the flow and gives me great heart that my confidence will return and it’ll all come good.

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Now, I’m not even going to attempt to disguise the fact that I adore Christmas. I equally appreciate and respect that it can be a sad time for some people so I hope you’ll forgive me for indulging my love of all things festive. The moment I turned over the calendar and saw this gorgeous feline face staring back at me, I remembered the 1st of the month also meant that I could unveil a calendar of an altogether different type 😉

Big kid? Who me?

 

 

November brought lots of family and friend catch-ups which was lovely. As much as I value these get-togethers, I also think it’s important to have 1-2-1 chats as you can more fully discuss topics and news and sometimes open up a bit more.

As Weekends Go featured in a couple of promotions mid-month which resulted in a welcome mini-spike in sales and some wonderful feedback. I also donated a paperback copy in aid of Children in Need via Paddy Heron (known as Fundraiser Paddy on Twitter) who, for the third year running, kindly organised a fabulous author auction showcasing books of all genres for people to bid on. I was proud to support such a worthy cause.

 

 

It was a joy to appear again on the brilliantly supportive Jessie Cahalin’s blog. If you’ve not yet visited Jessie’s blog, you’re in for a real treat. She has fun and factual posts and features of all varieties  –  a real mixture to suit all readers’ tastes.  I thoroughly enjoyed creating this piece and a special postcard to present to the readers along with a short extract from As Weekends Go which you can read here ~ BOOKS IN MY HANDBAG BLOG  Many thanks to Jessie.

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My Postcard!

 

November blooms came courtesy of a dear friend who sent me a stunning festive display of lilies and winter berries. My gem of a sister also bought me a glorious Poinsettia which has pride of place on my Christmas sideboard display. I also wanted to post some gorgeous snaps I took whilst out walking. Nature really is a thing of beauty, eh?!

 

I mentioned in my previous  post that I’d been reading Rose McClelland’s THE YEAR OF NO RULES  which I’ve now finished and can report is a sparkling read which very much portrays the joy and importance of recognising and appreciating your self-worth. I loved main character Sasha and rooted for her throughout especially given how manipulative and controlling her boyfriend Kirk could be. Enter lovely, sweet-natured, dependable  Sam, a million miles away, personality-wise, from Kirk, who seems the perfect love match for Sasha, but … life’s never quite that simple is it? This book touched my every emotion and deals with some raw, deep and delicate issues but also made me smile and laugh out loud at times. It’s so well written and expressive. I look forward to reading more from this talented author. Enjoy!

ROSE M

 

I’m currently reading Sue Fortin’s latest thriller THE BIRTHDAY GIRL  and a thriller it is too.  Halfway through and loving it. More to follow in my next post.

SUE BIRTHDAY GIRL

 

If you love your festive reads I must say Choc Lit  have some super choices available. Look at these beauties!

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Much love,

Jan X

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Posted on December 4, 2017, in Jan's Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Smashing post as usual Jan. So lovely to find out what you’ve been up to both professionally and personally. I’m just beginning to gesr up for Christmas myself. When I was a teacher it was all about carol services, end of term plays, parties, special Christmas dinners and making presents. Exhausting but fun. Thanks for the heads up on the new books by some of my favourite authors, too.

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    • Thank you, Lizzie. You mentioning all those end of term festive fun things has brought back special memories of my own schooldays. I used to love the carol services (I couldn’t sing for toffee but still gave it my alll!) Xx

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  2. Lovely to hear what’s been happening, Jan! Your catch-ups are always so newsy and nice.
    Here’s to the New Year, a new start (and new book for both of us??!!)

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  3. So sorry you’ve been suffering health-wise, Jan. I do hope you’re soon back to full strength and all the very best for an easier time of it in 2018! x

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  4. Lovely post Jan, I do feel as if we’re not so far apart when I read what you’ve been up to. Don’t worry, I reckon your mojo is on it’s way back … new year, fresh start and all that. I’m a great believer in it and know you are too. Masses of love to you, you crazy Christmas cracker!!! X

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  5. Thanks so much, Ade, for your lovely supportive comments Xx

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