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Excerpt From My Latest Book, Picked For A Purpose - Showing We All Have A Worthwhile Part To Play

Are you wondering what your life is all about during the lockdown due to Covid 19?  Then read on.  My latest book, Picked for a Purpose shows that whatever the adversity, we all have value, and a worthwhile part to play.  Here is a complete chapter for you to read. ...
Posted at 11:40am on 6th April 2020

Love You Nhs

Oh, how I love our NHS!  I went, today, to have the stitches removed, following surgery on my shoulder and arm.  Our doctors’ surgery, plus another, is currently closed because of coronavirus infection.  As a result, all patients have had to be taken on by another health centre in...

Posted at 22:41pm on 12th March 2020

Persistence Pays

Have you ever had a book proposal turned down?  You’ve slogged away, and you felt sure you’d done a good job – then this.  I’m sure most of us will have been through many situations like this.  It’s pretty devastating isn’t it?  But it shouldn’t be a reason for giving...

Posted at 10:49am on 25th January 2020

Book Club Discussion: I Am I Am I Am By Maggie O'farrell

We were nearly a full-house when my Book Club met, last night, to discuss our latest read, Maggie O’Farrell’s memoirs, I AM I AM I AM: Seventeen Brushes With Death.  We all thought it beautifully written, though there were those who found the theme somewhat negative, and others who wondered,...

Posted at 13:46pm on 10th January 2020

In Her Words By Patricia St John - My Book Club Discussion

Although slightly reduced in number when my Book Club met this week, there was no less lively conversation and laughter.  Especially when they discovered I’d bought Orange Club biscuits!  The bottom line, though, was that we loved this book!  A light, easy read, it nevertheless had plenty in it to...

Posted at 17:34pm on 15th November 2019

Is Kayne West Boasting? Or Shining A Light?

Have you ever thought, on Remembrance Day, about how you would like to be known?  Perhaps as who you are: husband/wife, father/mother, son/daughter?  Or by what you do accountant/shopkeeper, secretary/ lawyer, nurse/charity worker/singer?  Or possibly, by what you’ve achieved?


According to Premier Media, American music artist, Kayne West, wants...

Posted at 17:50pm on 10th November 2019

The Power Of Platform: How To Promote Your Product Without Being Pushy

As a writer, and author of books, do you ever feel – as I have done – that when it comes to promoting your product, you simply don’t have it in you?  The prospect of booking speaking engagements is beyond you.  The possibility of standing before an audience and persuading...

Posted at 16:02pm on 6th November 2019

The Battle Of Conflict - My Writers' Group's Take On Story


The main focus of our meeting this morning – midst laughter and chat - was the final construction and distribution of the booklet we have put together as a group.  Titled Battle, and told in narrative, poetic and comic form, the theme confronts some of the...

Posted at 19:21pm on 23rd October 2019

Blossom In Season? A Guest Blog By Helen Elliott

“Why am I getting angry at a tree?”

 A question definitely worthy of consideration, I decided, as I stared out of my window for the third or fourth time that week.

 It was a huge tree, surrounded by apartments, all in facing and it was Springtime.

 The tree was supposed to be flowering...

Posted at 12:35pm on 16th October 2019

Book Club Discussion: The Storyteller By Jodi Picoult & An Elegant Solution By Anne Atkins

 Talk about being a lousy leader!

‘We might find Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller a lighter summer read, rather than the one I first suggested,’ I wrote to my Book Club.

That email was closely followed by another saying, ‘Oh, no!  Perhaps not.  Some of the reviews say it is quite harrowing.  So...

Posted at 17:25pm on 20th September 2019
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