Thursday, 2 January 2020

Happy New Year 2020

2020 ... really?

Is it just me or is life just whizzing past, whilst giving me a cheeky face followed by a wink 😉

There are so many things to be grateful for - family being the most important for me.

Blogging really does not seem to fit it with what I am doing at the moment and I have definitely got back into teacher mode - this is my fourth year at my post!

But, this year is huge. My older children are taking major exams, with my eldest looking to move to Uni, my youngest is going from primary to secondary, and my husband and I are celebrating 25 years together, 20 years married! 😮 What a rollercoaster ride, and we’ve only just got to the top.

My hands have been giving me trouble, which is why writing has taken a step back for now, and it looks like I am teething (wisdom teeth 🦷 - really?!) but I am planning to keep up my with my classes at the gym - dance fit, anyone?

Anyway, whatever you get up to try to have a laugh 😂 and the occasional cry 😢 (both good for the soul) and make 2020 count for you.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 27 May 2018

JOURNEY TO GIBRALTAR ~ Paperback now available

Since my last post... months ago... (I know my blogging is scarce and insignificant at the moment! So sorry) I am pleased to announce that I have reached another milestone.

JOURNEY TO GIBRALTAR now is available as a paperback, with a brand new cover & background.

I have also had two five star reviews and lots of lovely comments from family and friends that have made the time I spent on it so worthwhile. One of the reviews is from a top 500 reviewer... pretty amazed to get that one! Thank you.

My father is busy arranging the official book launch in August (Tuesday 7th for anyone interested). It sounds like it might be a busy event!

I also got featured in a GBC news program in Gibraltar - a pleasant surprise.

Anyway, I am so glad that it has finally come together. The challenge of editing, formatting, cover design, etc, is always HUGE! But, I am a sucker for punishment.

Getting up-to-date with A level work has also been taking its toll on me, but with Summer around the corner you never know... I might actually get back to writing one day!

Thank you for reading & all the best in your endeavours,

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Journey to Gibraltar by The Beanland Family

I finally got this book ready! Just in time to celebrate my father's Birthday on the 14th November. 

Happy Birthday, Dad!

I have spent many months writing up all of the letters in this edition, and probably started working on it back in 2015! I definitely lost track of time...

The only reason I finally got it done was since this year, 2017, marks 150 years since the arrival of the first Beanlands on the Rock of Gibraltar, and I realised that after doing all the hard work I had to invest the time for the final leg of this journey to include the photos, edit, etc.

I am proud of my past and hope many from the North of England and Gibraltar find the letters left behind by my relatives of interest.

Thank you for taking a look & please share with anyone that might enjoy a window to the past.

The discovery of letters, diaries and a memoir, whilst clearing out the Beanland home in 1997, led to family secrets being revealed, giving us a window into the world of the 19th Century.

Bolton Beanland, born in Colne, Lancashire, leaves a life in the mills at the age of 18 to join the army as a Gunner and through his accounts we find out what it was like to be in service during 1861. Via numerous letters, mentioning events such as the death of the Prince Consort in 1862, during his time in Woolwich, and the conflict in Jamaica in 1865, we discover the life of a soldier during testing circumstances.

His marriage to Emma Saword, in Jamaica, in 1865, and subsequent posting to Gibraltar in 1867 are celebrated, in this publication, by the Beanland family in Gibraltar to mark 150 years since their ancestors' arrival on The Rock.

However, tragic circumstances befall the family and are described by letters written by his wife and brother, Emmett. In addition, Bolton's daughter, Harriett, brings these years to life in a vivid and beautifully written memoir.

Two dairies written by Bolton's youngest son, Charles, also recall life in Gibraltar during 1889 and life in England during 1895, when he visited his relatives in Lancashire and London.

We then get a glimpse of the Second World War in Gibraltar, through the eyes of Albert, the son of Charles, in 1942, and his warm views of his father on his passing in 1851.

Finally, recollections from Bolton's great grandson, Malcolm Beanland.

By meticulously reviving these accounts and the addition of numerous photographs, Malcolm and his daughter, V. J. Beanland, have managed to bring to life family history that would otherwise have been forgotten or lost again in time. Delve into the past and read accounts that were never intended for this world-wide audience.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Donations to Charity

After a few years, I finally have enough money collected to make some more charity donations from the anthologies I published some years back!

I had a lot of fun finding authors willing to give up their stories, and the hours of editing will hopefully  make a difference...

To find out more visit the anthologies page on this site that will direct you to the blogs with all the info!


The charities that have benefited are...

Cancer Research £10 for ... A FESTIVE FEAST

Diabetes UK - £20 for  LOVE IS IN THE AIR

British Heart Foundation - £30 for OUT OF DARKNESS

Friday, 30 December 2016

Happy New Year

To all my family and friends...

All the best for 2017!

Hope 2017 is full of unexpected surprises and smiles.

2016 has flown by for us again and I have to say that my life has changed a lot. 

I seem to have lost my "stay-at-home" mum status by going back to "work"... not sure how I feel about that now?!

As a mum, I have never stopped working. And becoming a writer there never seemed to be a time when I actually switched off. However, going back to teaching means I have set hours I have to be somewhere, and I have a lot of planning to do in the background.

Structure in life is helpful. Also, being in a "role" give you a sense of belonging. But, for all the writers out there... your work is brilliant and at times totally unappreciated - just like being a mum!

So, let's all keep our heads held high in whatever we are doing and take pride in what we achieve.

I hope anyone reading this keeps in touch and sends me books that I must read. I will find the time!

All the best,

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Back to School... #Writing versus #Maths

My mind is full of numbers at the moment... I have gone back to teaching maths and although I am enjoying it my mind boggles. Words have left and numbers have taken over!

Writing seems like a million miles away and I find it hard to believe that I wrote several books and published them not that long ago.

I am still working on my historical fiction book, but am apprehensive about publishing it until I am completely satisfied that it works. I also need to finish it since I decided not to make it a series.

The truth is that I still hold on to the dream of a publisher... my new book would really benefit from the advice of an agent.

So, my challenge for 2017 is to...


If all else fails, I will publish it myself... when I finish it!

It seems strange to think that I started this writing journey 7 years ago... and now it feels like nothing more than a dream.

I wonder how other self-published authors have done? Have any, like me, lost heart and decided to go back to the "day-job"?

After being a stay-at-home mum, I lost faith in my ability and hope that by teaching I can help some children to aspire to be more, to want more, and to achieve more than they ever dreamed possible.

It seems that nowadays it is easy to lose heart, to give up, and yet we have so much to smile about.

Happy Christmas to all!

Let's think about what we truly consider important next year.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

#BLOG TOUR with @SilverDaggerSxx 3rd Nov - 3rd Dec

I was approached recently asking if I wanted to put my books on a blog tour. Since I recently given up on paid advertising, etc, I agreed to let Silver Dagger feature the books. What do I have to lose after all? I have given copies of my eBooks for free. Time will tell whether it is successful.

What is helpful is if any of you visit the pages and comment - especially those of you who have read my books. So, if you have time, do you mind going to these sites?


Tour Dates & Sites...

Nov 3rd- kickoff at the Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Nov 16 - Mel's Shelves
Nov 17 - Author's Blog
Nov 21st - Travelling Through Pages - review 
Nov 22 - Mello & June
Nov 23 - Rainne's Ramblings -
Nov 25 - Bound 2 Escape
Nov 30 - Cat's Reviews
Dec 2nd - The Booklandia - review
Thank you for your support. I know that there are many more books out there and appreciate you taking the time to support mine!

Enjoy the rest of your day,