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Inspirational Monday – My Journey

Inspirational Monday

What an exciting couple of days!

It has made me realise that I’m on the right path …

If you read my blog, you’ll know I’m a huge lover of inspirational messages and following dreams while appreciating life, being grateful and sending love always. Positive thinking is really the only way to move life forward, even when those life challenges are testing us. I hope you find this post inspiring and it motivates you to NEVER GIVE UP!

Yesterday, my original chaos series was re-released by Bombshell Books

 NEW COVER & A NEW NAME! And I think it looks pretty awesome!

In the process of Sarah Hardy, the fabulous publicist at Bloodhound/Bombshell Books organising my book blog tour, I was lucky enough to talk with the lovely Joanne Robertson about my journey to becoming a writer and how my dreams are now coming true.

In writing this post, it made me realise how far I’ve come and what I’ve actually been through. I’ve not gone into too much detail, as to be honest, my life is a novel in itself … but it made me realise that the journey may have been tough at times, but not giving up, continually pushing, hoping, praying and ultimately believing, has made my dreams of publication come true. I pleased I started my inspirational blog and company … I truly hope others are inspired to achieve their own goals.

You can see a part of my journey on Joanne’s lovely blog, My Chestnut Reading Tree

Thank you to all that have and are taking part in the blog tour, those who have interacted on social media, those who have purchased the book, those who have left reviews … I am feeling extremely blessed.

Remember you can download your FREE inspirational quotes and posters here

 

 

 

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Gorgeous Gift Sets – SPECIAL OFFERS!

These gorgeous gift sets are perfect for christmas presents

USUALLY £25.00

NOW ONLY £14.99

(WHILE STOCK LASTS!)

-traditional-stories-box-setTraditional stories gift set

  • A beautiful gift box containing five traditional stories, including The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man and Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Each hardback book is beautifully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker, making a wonderful present for young readers.
  • The stories are taken from First Reading Levels Three and Four of the Usborne Reading Programme, rewritten for children developing reading stamina.
  • Specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing in 2013.

 

 

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Adventure stories gift set

  • A collection of five well-known adventure stories, presented in a beautifully designed gift box.
  • Includes retellings of The Prisoner of Zenda, The 39 Steps, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and Moonfleet.
  • Each story is taken from Series Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories.
  • Each hardback book is wonderfully produced, with colourful illustrations and a ribbon page marker.
  • A timeless gift and a brilliant introduction to some classic and much-loved tales

 

 

bedtime-stories-box-set - CopyBedtime stories gift set

  • A beautiful gift box of five traditional stories, perfect for reading at bedtime with young children.
  • Includes the well-loved The Ugly Duckling, The Tin Soldier and The Runaway Pancake, as well as two original stories from the Usborne Reading Programme: Percy and the Pirates and The Reluctant Dragon.
  • Each story is taken from First Reading Level 4 in the Usborne Reading Programme, specially rewritten for children just beginning to read.
  • Each hardback book is colourfully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker.
  • Specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing, this set makes a wonderful gift.

 

 

classic-stories-box-set - CopyClassic stories gift set

  • A wonderful collection of five classic stories for children, presented in a stylish gift box.
  • Includes the much-loved stories of Alice in Wonderland, The Railway Children, The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows and Around the World in Eighty Days.
  • Each story is taken from Series Two of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially rewritten for children growing in reading confidence.
  • The hardback books are colourfully illustrated and have ribbon page markers, making a wonderful gift to be treasured.
  • Specially produced to mark the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing in 2013.

 

 

dickens-collection-box-setDickens collection gift set

  • This collection features five of Dickens’ most well-known novels, presented in a beautifully designed gift box.
  • Includes beautifully illustrated retellings of David Copperfield, Bleak House, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Each story is taken from Series Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories.
  • Each hardback book is attractively produced with colourful endpapers and ribbon page markers.
  • An excellent introduction to the works of Charles Dickens, and a timeless gift

 

 

greek-myths-box-setGreek myths gift set

  • A collection of the most well-known Greek myths and legends, presented in a beautifully designed gift box.
  • Includes beautifully illustrated retellings of The Odyssey, Hercules the World’s Strongest Man, Perseus and the Gorgon, The Minotaur and The Wooden Horse.
  • The stories are taken from Series Two and Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially written for children beginning to read confidently alone.
  • All five hardback books are attractively produced, with colourful endpapers and ribbon page markers.
  • A brilliant introduction to Greek mythology, and a timeless gift.

 

 

shakespeare-collection-box-setShakespeare collection gift set

  • A collection of stories taken from Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Presented in a beautifully designed gift box, this set has been specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing.
  • The five stories are retellings of Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.
  • Each story is taken from Series Two of the Usborne Young Reading Programme and has been specially written for children growing in reading confidence.
  • All five hardback books are wonderfully produced, with colourful illustrations and a ribbon page marker.
  • A brilliant introduction to the works of Shakespeare, and a timeless gift.

 

 

These collections are absolutely gorgeous to give as a special gift that can be kept forever!

Timeless classics!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Usborne Books with Audio CD

dog-listeningThe Story Explorer Club has been designed to help kids explore stories, it’s not just about the reading and writing, it’s about understanding and comprehension. It’s about delving into a story and being part of it.

I’m a huge lover of audio books … you can read a previous blog post of mine here:

It was called ‘No time to read, then try listening!‘ Obviously this title is aimed at adults, as there are so many adults who don’t take the time to read, even though they want to!

I don’t think children listening to audio books constantly is good for their education, but to integrate it into their learning is definitely a plus. Listening to other people tell stories helps to widen their knowledge of character emphasis, plot design and language expression, all of which bring a story together.

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Explore the Usborne Books with audio CD’s on pages 64 – 68

Usborne has integrated Audio CDs into the Reading Programme and many of the sets have downloadable worksheets.

If you want to know more about any of the books with CDs please get in touch.

 

 

 

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Usborne slot-together collection

This slot-together victorian house & slot-together castle

would make the perfect Christmas present, and they are

ONLY £25.00!

The slot-together victorian doll house is NEW to the Usborne range …

and it’s on my girlies Christmas List!

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Slot-together Victorian doll’s house

  • A beautiful and historically accurate Victorian doll’s house to build from slot-together foamboard pieces, with Victorian furniture for every room and a family of four and their pets.
  • Children will love setting up the table and chairs in the formal dining room, installing the grand roll-top bath and spotting the tiny doll’s house in the nursery.
  • Includes a book about life in a grand Victorian house, showing how a Victorian family lived.
  • A gorgeous gift for Christmas – all the fun of a traditional doll’s house without the high price tag and fiddly assembly.

 

 

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Slot-together Castle

  • A set of sturdy, press-out foamboard pieces that slot together to create a model castle, complete with siege towers, a drawbridge and a trebuchet.
  • Includes two model armies of knights, and a book about life in a castle with ideas for games and battles.
  • Presented in an attractive box that can be used to store pieces when not in use.
  • An amazing gift that will inspire hours of creative play.

Here’s some reviews for this awesome castle:

“I bought this for my three year old for Christmas after coming across it by chance and it has been by far the most successful present.”

“Good value for money. The pieces seem to be really sturdy.”

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EXCITING – WIN AN ECOPY OF TERRY TYLER’S KINGS AND QUEENS

king and queens - terry tylerI had to share this giveaway.

I love Shaz’s blog and website: Jera Jamboree

Shaz was amazing on my book tour, which I did a few months back. When I saw that Terry Tyler was working with Shaz to promote her giveaway of Kings and Queens, I just had to share it with you.

Although, I’ve never met either of these women (we speak over email) I can honestly say both have been an inspiration to me and have helped me along my journey as an author. I interviewed Terry a few months back, which you can see here, she was so lovely. So inspirational and her advice for other indie authors is second-to-none.

So have a look at how you can win an e-copy of Terry Tyler’s, Kings and Queens – I’ll be entering 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspiring Book!

Wishes Fufilled Wayne DyerI’ve just finished reading Wishes Fulfilled by Dr Wayne Dyer and absolutely loved it.

I couldn’t put this book down. I’ve read many Law of Attraction Books and I really enjoyed Dyer’s book,  I can see clearly now, but this book delved deeper into the thinking behind manifestation.

Every chapter made sense, and I just wanted to keep reading. I have a need to read more about manifestation and meditation. Not because Dyer doesn’t express enough, but because Dyer has sparked something inside of me.

I do think you need to know the basics about the Law of Attraction to read this book, in that case personally I loved ‘The Secret’, however for those wanting to delve more into spirituality, I would most definitely read this book.

 

 

 

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Book Review – The Adventures of Pebble Beach

Cover Pebble BeachAdmittedly, when I started ‘The Adventures of Pebble Beach’ I was a little unsure whether it was my type of book. The erotic scene and language that gets this book started, was not my usual type of read. However, I’m so pleased I continued. Pebble Beach is a great character. Although I sometimes wanted to slap her, I couldn’t help but love her. She’s in a very vulnerable time in her life; she is in her mid-40s, recently divorced and single mum to two teenage boys. She is working so hard to make a career for herself but there seems to be obstacles at every turn. Pebble has to go through certain situations to make her realise what is happening in her life and how she can make the changes. Once she starts to realise this everything starts to fall into place.

I loved the way Barbara Berger has created a mixed-up character that many women could relate too. I love even more how she develops a storyline that would help many women move forward in their own lives. There are quotes and advice that have been integrated into the story, I think this has been very well done. I think Barbara has created a very interesting novel that not only relates to real-life but gives great advice on finding oneself.

I give this novel 5/5. For anyone who loves chick-lit that has meaning 🙂

 

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Guest Post by Barbara Berger

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I gladly welcome international bestseller, Barbara Berger, to my blog on this lovely Monday morning. I was kindly asked by Barbara to review her new novel ‘The Adventures of Pebble Beach’ – see my review on Friday 🙂 But read here how her excellent novel combines chick-lit with self-help!

The Adventures of Pebble Beach – by Barbara Berger

Published by Roundfire Books / Release date: February 28, 2014

Attracted to the wrong men and don’t understand why? Afraid of being alone, getting older and losing your sex appeal? A little sex crazed (or a lot)? And still dreaming of a man who can save you from your life?

CHICK LIT MEETS SELF-HELP IN THIS SAUCY TALE OF PEBBLE BEACH!

Chick Lit meets Self Help in this high-spirited tale of a newly divorced, 40-something woman with two teenage sons who is trying to take control of her life, her sex-crazed body, and her new relationships with men – while struggling to build a career in advertising in the big city. When she realizes how disastrous her relationships with men are and an unsavoury business scandal threatens to ruin her burgeoning career, our brave heroine decides to go to therapy. And so begins one modern woman’s journey of self-discovery.

Cover Pebble BeachBarbara Berger’s many readers around the world will be delighted to finally be able to read Barbara’s quirky novel which she originally wrote almost 30 years ago in 1987!  Now at long last the book is being released by Roundfire Books (after being revised and updated), offering Barbara’s highly relevant insights into the trials and tribulations of single women and into relationship problems, people pleasing, low self-esteem, ageism, sexism, co-dependency, judging people by their appearance, lack of assertiveness, poor people skills, believing your stressful thinking, believing relationship myths, and more… in short, it’s an entertaining, fictional glimpse of the real-life problems that Barbara later explores in her many popular self-help books.

Barbara Berger is the author of more than 15 books including her international bestseller The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul (now published in 30 languages) and Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life (now published in 18 languages) and The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind. For more see about Barbara Berger see www.beamteam.com

 

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Inspiring my Home

If you follow my blogs, books, facebook and twitter you’ll probably have noticed I’m quite obsessed with inspirational quotes.

I regularly tweet my own quotes, plus those that I love from other people. I’ve collected many over the years and put them into 3 annual books.

I love them that much I wanted our whole family to keep feeling inspired, and anyone who walks into our home, that I’ve been placing them around our home!

I’m so excited I just had to show you all …

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“You can’t have a positive life with a negative mind”

This quote is in the kitchen and noticed by everyone as soon as they walk in 🙂

 

 

 

 

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve imagined”

This one is above my desk! Inspiring me as I work! Along with my Buddha who looks over me 🙂

 

 

 

 

to love

 

“After the verb ‘to love’, ‘to help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world”

I’m even inspiring people when they go to the toilet 🙂

 

 

 

 

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“Please excuse the mess our family is making memories”

I simply couldn’t resist this one 🙂

 

 

There’s still a few more to come, so I’ll keep sharing. If anyone is interested in ‘inspiring their home’ I purchased these from Feature Wall Art. You can make up your own, or use one of theirs.