Sunday, 29 December 2013

Blog of the Year 2013 My first Star

Blog of the year 2013......

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

I have to admit that this year as a writer, for me, has been a phenomenal and amazing one, and far exceeded my dreams.

The very first post I placed on my Blog was back in February this year, just before Valentine's Day. Since that time my writing has gone from strength to strength. This I think, is partly due to constructive criticism from fellow writers and Bloggers, and also as we know, 
practice makes perfect.

I have had to date almost 16,500 views of my Blog and very proud to say that. I was excited when I got 10 views a day at the beginning and a possible 30 views overall in a week.

This Blogging award is particularly sweet, as it comes via one of my sister writers, and a fellow nurse Taylor Fulks.

Like Taylor, at the beginning of my Blogging experience, I struggled to work out how to use the tools of my trade in order to produce a visual experience that was both pretty and presentable. Especially after looking at some of the amazing Blogs available on the Internet. Over time though I have begun to learn the basics, and finally feel that I am getting somewhere.

Taylor's Blog Taylor~Made Thoughts & Doodles, is a fantastic Blog and well worth a visit, so please do and tell Taylor I sent you.

This is my first nomination for Blog of the Year Award - 2013, and came from the lovely, talented Taylor Fulks. Taylor is an author/blogger par excellence at

I am so grateful to Taylor as we have become firm friends, despite the pond that lies between us (known as the Atlantic.) We have so much in common as Taylor is a nurse ( like myself) and a writer and blogger too. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart Taylor.

This part of the Blog is where I pay forward this prestigious award (as this award is freely given from one author to another)

The Rules

1) Select the Blog or blogs you think deserve the "Blog of the Year 2013" award.

2) Write a Blog post and tell us about the Blog or Blogs you have decided to choose. There is no minimum or maximum number of Blogs required - and then you may "present" the Blog or Blogs with their award.

3) Let the Blog or Blogs that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share these instructions with them ( please don't alter these or change the badges)

4) Come and say hello to the originator of the "Blog of the Year 2013" Award via this link

5) You can then also join the "Blog of the year" Award Facebook Page - click the link here
 and share your blog posts to an even wider audience

6) And, as a winner of the award - please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award - then proudly display the award on your Blog.........and start collecting stars.....

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Yes - that's right - There

 are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once - this award is different!

When you begin you will receive "1 Star Award" and every time you are given the award by another blog - you can add another

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again to help them to reach the maximum 6 stars! You can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!


CONGRATULATIONS to the following, here is your first star (maybe your second, could even be your third) but it is the first star from me!  

This list in in no particular order but these are bloggers that a very eclectic mix of writers and bloggers

I recommend you visit and read and judge for yourselves whether my choices are the excellent choices I believe that I have made.

So, here we go:-

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Book Review for Hungry Ghosts (Time, Blood and Karma Book Two) by John Dolan

Hungry Ghosts is the second in the series of "Time, Blood and Karma" by John Dolan. The first in the series being "Everyone Burns (Time, Blood and Karma Book One)"

This book takes you in to the world of farangs, and lets us experience Bangkok and Samui through the use of John's story telling. The descriptions and imagery makes the reader feel as if they have stepped in to these exotic locations. The smells, the sights and the language are brought to life through the telling of this thrilling story about a private investigator who is not short on character.

I enjoyed the first book in this series immensely and have anticipated the sequel with bated breath, downloaded and read this in short shrift.

The twists and unexpected turns abound once more, with further explanations and plot twists enough to make your head whirl. What you thought you knew after completing the first book is put test as further developments occur, demanding that you re-evaluate your previous assumptions.

David Braddock the main protagonist, proves to be a vastly troubled individual and in this book we get to dig deeper in to his psyche.

I will not provide any spoilers as basically they spoil! (hence the name) All I will say is download and read this fantastic book as I myself could not put it down once started. Dinners burnt and household tasks were left undone. This book will have you on the edge of your seat and also having a little chuckle with John's dry humour. David Braddock's amorous encounters with the ladies are numerous and varied, and you can't help having a soft spot for the rascal despite this. He proves once again to be a bad boy, but one with a heart.

I am now waiting (albeit impatiently) for the final book in the series (type faster John).

Well done once again Mr Dolan and a high five. Another well deserved five stars from this fan.


Blogger of the Year 2014 

I am very proud to say that I am through to the final three for Blogger of the Year 2014 on the site Skelat.

I was nominated by fellow writers and bloggers without my knowledge, therefore, when I found that I was not only nominated at all, but in the top ten initially, I cannot describe how excited, proud and pleased I was ( and still am.)

So maybe, just maybe you kind people would vote for me and possibly give me a chance of becoming Blogger of the year 2014. You have until New Year's Eve to vote. Voting then closes and the Queen of Blogging 2014 ( all three finalists are ladies) will be announced

You may vote here at :

Debut Novel Bound for Passion

My Debut Novel is now available on createspace and on Kindle.  Soon to arrive on Amazon, I will update my page as it appears on each of the designated sites.

I am happy to report that I already have four 5 * reviews for my debut, which is amazing

Bound for Passion

I am currently working on a new story that I hope to add sometime this week end so keep your eyes peeled.

Bye for now



Book signing in WH Smiths, Trafford Centre, Manchester 28th April 2019

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