Monday, 6 July 2015

Update on A Year's Worth of Happy Moments

I thought I would update you on my most popular blog post to date - the one about my happiness jar. this blog received lots of interest and comments.

At the beginning of 2014, I read an article by Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things. She suggested keeping a happiness jar for the year. Basically, you start with an empty jar and put into it a note of anything that makes you happy or grateful during the year. I always have a daily positive thinking calendar, so used the back of the used pages for my notes.

My blog on 2 January 2015 detailed the things I had recorded during 2014. I am continuing the process and appear to be finding even more things to write happiness notes about in 2015. My jar already looks like this:-

So, am I feeling happier in general or is this process having a positive effect?

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Spotlight on Georgia Hill

Georgia Hill has a new book out on 2 July 2015. To wish her every sucess with her new release "While I was Waiting", I asked her to tell my blog readers a little about herself. 

 Hi Morton. 

 Thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog!

My name is Georgia Hill. I’ve been writing all my life but seriously only for about the last ten years.

It all began with a BBC classic drama called North and South. I love Mrs Gaskell and tuned in, eager to see what had been done with her tale of a northern mill owner and his unwise passion for a spoiled miss from the south. I was hooked from the first episode although admit to hating the mill owner at first. He was played by Richard Armitage, and he brooded for England. My dislike didn’t last long. By the second episode I was in love!

I’ve been here before, with Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy. Only, this time, there was the internet. I found a fan site which accepted fiction and began posting a story, chapter by chapter. Have to confess, many of the men I wrote about owe a large debt to Richard Armitage! A couple of creative writing classes and much study later and I was picked up by a small digi-publisher which published my first book, Pursued by Love. It was the very same story I’d posted on the fan site, although much re-written. 

Then I was taken on by Harper Impulse, which is the digi-first imprint of Harper Collins. They loved my Sequins series, based on a dance reality show not unlike Strictly Come Dancing! I like rom-coms and love writing them but knew I had something else to offer. While I was Waiting is my next book out and I’m very proud of it. It’s my first historical novel and due out on the 2nd July. 

Here’s a brief introduction:

Rachel moves to a rundown cottage in the country and finds a tin full of letters and diaries. They document the story of Hetty who lived and loved during World War One. Rachel gradually pieces together the details of Hetty’s life and, in doing so, learns how to love the man she’s just met. It’s tragic in parts but ultimately life affirming. I’m very excited about it. And, by the way, one of the characters is called Richard!

Georgia x

Good luck with the book Georgia. To buy click any link in the blog or here.

Have you ever found something which led you on a voyage of discovery?

Friday, 12 June 2015

Spotlight on Alison May – Midsummer Dreams

Today is the e-launch day for my friend Alison May’s brand new romantic comedy, Midsummer Dreams. She asked a few of us to post about dreams in celebration and gave us three questions to answer.

I had a dream…

I had a dream when I was a teenager that I would one day have a book published. I wrote my first novel when I was fourteen and although I haven’t achieved publication yet, I'm working very hard towards it. As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s scheme for new writers, I get to send off one novel each year for a critique by a published writer. As I type, I am 93% through my final read of this year’s novel and hope to post it off today or tomorrow. An event both exciting and scary – will the reader think it is any good, or is it back to the drawing board?

I wonder how many people reading a novel even think about how many hours go into the production of the book they are holding? I’ve been working on my novel “Who is Harry Dixon?” since the beginning of November. Wish me luck with it, as I wish Alison luck with her new release.

I had a nightmare…

The nightmare is to put in all of this work and never be published, but then I think I will get to the point where I self publish if that happens. So, I won't allow my nightmare to happen, or be scared by it.

My dream for the future…

As for most writers, I guess my dream for the future is to write books that people want to read. A best seller would be wonderful, but right now I’d settle for my work in print with good reviews.

I’m sure Alison May would like a few good reviews too. You can download the kindle edition of Midsummer Dreams here:

About Midsummer Dreams

Four people. Four messy lives. One party that changes everything …

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect. 
Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself. 
Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers. 
Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach. 
At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

Those blogging today, if you want to check out their answers to the questions, include:-

Sheryl Browne
Janet Gover
Bernadette O’Dwyer
Linn B Halton
Helena Fairfax

Join in with discussions on Twitter with the hashtag #MidsummerDreams and on Facebook.

Good luck with the book, Alison. The cover is lovely.

If you’d like to share your responses to the three questions, please post them below.