Free Today – Disintegration & Other Stories

Good morning and a typical wet and dreary Bank Holiday here in the UK but no matter what the weather is doing where you are why not grab your chance to get my first story collection free on Amazon today…

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Taking the Leap: Guest blogger, Paula Acton

I had the honour today of appearing on the awesome Heidi’s blog over at Inside The Mind Of A Fantasy Writer, hers was one of the first blogs I followed here on WP and she is someone I highly respect and am delighted to now class as a friend, after you read my post there you should check out her stuff if you are not already acquainted

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a note fromsmPlease welcome my guest blogger, and long-time author friend, the lovely and talented, Paula Acton! If you haven’t met this lady, you should, so after you read the post, check out her links to find out more about her. Also, there might be some free stuff ahead! Now, I’ll turn it over to Paula….

 – H.N.


Taking the Leap

by Paula Acton

Disintegration & Other Stories was not supposed to be my first book, in fact six months ago it did not exist and I was on the verge of quitting writing but if you believe everything happens for a reason, then I guess there must be one somewhere.

At the end of last year my life started taking a downward path, in December my computer died wiping the short story collection I was working on and corrupting the online back up file.  I was left with half…

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Free For Bank Holiday Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday here in the UK is the final Bank Holiday of the Summer so to mark the occasion and give you a little something to read once the kids are back at school….6ebf4df5-9567-48fe-b9ee-770e2e6ca67d - Copy

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Television Tuesday – Walking in others shoes.

Despite the family time and socialising I have managed to fit in a little TV…


Who do you think you are? No I am not asking you, though of course your answers would be fascinating but I have been watching the new series…

This is a slightly different one to normal in that it concentrates for the first part on his granddad rather than the usual starting point which is normally a relative a generation older than the ones they knew.  The real fascination in this one though was that he actually retraces the places his grandfather served during WWII. His curiosity is something I can relate to having known my own granddad fought in the war but never actually discussing it with him. It was one of those things you always felt you could not bring up, and I wonder if he would have talked if I had asked, to be honest I think not, but if I had the chance to walk in his shoes and see the places he fought and in his case was held I would do it in a heartbeat.  Doing the family tree gets easier each year with the adding of records on line but a list of names and dates mean nothing unless you know the stories that go with them.


Occasionally you watch a film that matches up to the film it is based on, for me this was one of those…

I am not going to go into the film itself as such but keeping with this weeks theme of putting yourself into someone else’s shoes this is a perfect choice.  If you had asked me ten years ago or when this film first came out I would have told you I would not want to continue if I has in Lincoln Rhymes position, now I can appreciate the fact that as long as you can think, communicate and have a quality of life that physical limitations are not the end of a life. However like Rhymes I live in fear of the vegetative state, I have expressed numerous times to my family that I would not want to be placed on life support under any circumstances I have a fear of being trapped concious in a body that cannot communicate. trust me if you knew what goes on in my head you would not want to be trapped with it as your only company.


Not much to say about this other than Lucy captures this demon disease perfectly and we can only hope one day we wipe it out completely.

Am still here!

Just a few lines, sorry for my silence last week was busy with family and friends and even missed doing a vlog but I promise I shall make it up to you over the next few weeks.  I have been writing in any spare time I have had and getting ready to get back into the school routine.

I shall do my best to give you a few posts this week but just incase you have missed me know I went out with this lot on Friday night for the lovely Sarah’s leaving do, and in a couple of weeks one of the twins in the photo will also be heading off for new adventures so I shall be forced to go out and enjoy good food and great company again. Damn life is just so hard at times lol!



Television Tuesday – Love Comes In many Shapes.

I was going to use a different film this week but something happened the other day that has made me question interpretations. A guy stopped me in the street, initially because he thought he knew me from somewhere but then to tell me I was pretty and ask for my number.  I panicked!

You see this guy was good looking, obviously younger than me and with a rather nice physique.  You might wonder why these are all negatives, well the fact of the matter is I could not believe he was actually seeing me as I am.  That sounds strange I know given I was in full view in my lovely day job uniform and in broad daylight but I felt like he was totally out of my league and it was either candid camera or he was asking so he could have a laugh with his friends later.  And yes I know this makes me every bit as shallow as I was assuming he was, and I was judging purely on appearance but when something seems too good to be true isn’t that almost always the truth of the situation?

So on we go and you will see how this ties in this week…


This weeks choice will probably feature frequently in up coming weeks, yes it is the time of the year again the Bake Off Has commenced…

There have been two programmes so far cakes and biscuits and I know you are going to be scratching your heads trying to work out how I can tie a baking programme to me opening paragraph and to writing but really like everything in life it all comes down to ingredients.

Watching the programme you get the classics, the combinations that are tried and tested.  This also is like stories, the Beauty and the Beast theme, the Cinderella or Snow White plot lines, we all know them know who the characters should be and how the story unfolds just like a well tested recipe though of course even that can go wrong if the timing is out.  In many ways we treat life the same, we know what we are comfortable with, the types of people we normally gel with and it is easy to stay in that comfort zone.  The fact is that the variety of ingredients is growing greater and greater as the world becomes a smaller place.  People meet online every day, I know a couple of couples who have taken the chance on transatlantic love, for some it has worked better than others but they dared to take a chance to believe in a person they have only met in a cyber world, should it then be so hard to trust in what we see before us, to believe that it is worth a chance of throwing two ingredients together than we would think would taste horrible just in case is creates something fabulous?


I remember going to see this in the cinema with my best friend and our partners at the time, both of whom are now ex’s, we enjoyed it, they both started whining half way through about how long it was…

I think this is a film which grows on you the more you watch it. The first time you watch it there seem to be too many stories, to much going on, so many twists that it is hard to follow an overall plot, then the second time you realise like real life there is no plot, there are only stories, stories that intersect, overlap and and characters that play longer more important roles than others.  The film begins with more endings than conventional start points but it also proves the old adage that as one door closes another one opens.  The best thing about this the layering, the way you have the same theme played out in variations each adding something to the whole.

My only slight issue is the length, any of the story threads could have made a film of their own but wrapped together two and a half hours seems a reasonable length the problem is that when you are watching the first time trying to take everything in it can seem a little much.  This is a film that need rewatching much like classic novels which need a few reads before you soak up all the nuances that make it outstanding, if you have not watched this film I recommend you watch it then get it on DVD and watch it a few more times and if nothing else it has Colin Firth, do I really need to say more?


Just to remind us that sometimes we don’t need to think too deeply things can just be exactly what they say they are and nothing more than a bit of fun…

Vlog Time #38 – Lazy Days & The Deep

I bet you thought I had forgotten all about you my faithful friends this week but nothing could be further from the truth, the vlog this week is in two parts the first five minutes is me chatting then is continues for those who are interested to show footage from our Deep trip, there are also plenty of opportunities for monster spotting as well as the fish…