Monday, January 18, 2016

Don't Wait... to tell every person on the entire planet (or any other planet for that matter)

My children are very good at being loud. Since they found their voices they like to share their vocal range with anyone and everyone who wishes to hear them. We went out for a meal with friends last night and during the meal Eden announced after each mouthful that she liked that piece of food. 'I like carrot,' 'I like peas.' Admittedly it didn't go on the whole evening, but no doubt most people there knew that particular meal was being enjoyed. Perhaps some of the people in the carvery queue had an extra ladle of veg on the back of Eden's enthusiasm.

It's that kind of energy that would help spread the word about how wonderful peas and carrots are. There were lots of cartoon style pictures in the restaurant selling how good those veg were, but only a remark like 'I love carrots,' will make everyone else wonder what they are missing out on.

If my girls were able to read Waiting for You, I'm sure they would enthuse with gusto. Especially if I offered to take them down the bakery if they did (got to have balance to that diet), but they're a bit too young to read their mum's book.

So when you do get to read Waiting for You, if you enjoy it, please be the one to sing about it. Be the one who loves something so much they enthuse about it in a public place. Tell your friends, write a review, let everyone know and make sure they tell everyone they know.

Waiting for You is out on March 10th. Pre-order today to join in with some great prize giveaways.

Don't wait... Be one of the first readers to discover Waiting for You...

Waiting for You is an emotional and gripping debut novel you won’t be able to put down…
You’d never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn’t have it all
All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless every day.
After years of disappointment, Fliss’s husband Ben is spending more time at the office than in their marital bed, and Fliss finds herself wondering who could be responsible for their inability to conceive another child. Yet, where do you lay the blame when it comes to having a child – and can anyone really be at fault…
As Ben becomes increasingly distant, Fliss begins to question whether her desire for a baby is just a sticking plaster to save her marriage. Because in the end, how well can you ever know another person…even the man you’re married to?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Goals!

I love setting goals at the beginning of the year helping to give life a bit more focus over the coming year.

Health/Me time:
  • Lose 2-3 stone - I have been going to Slimming World all year and my chart looks like an ECG. I need to concentrate on getting a downward trend this year!
  • Create more 'me' time. Sort out the doctors/dentist appointments I've been putting off
  • Exercise more. I haven't found time for anything regularly since the twins were born
  • Read 15 books (Didn't manage 20 last year unless you count reading my book at least 10 times!)
  • Finish Book Two (currently unnamed) for Carina UK
  • Enjoy seeing both of these books published and enjoy the ride it'll take me on
  • Plan Book Three
  • Update my website
  • Plan a book launch for Waiting for You
  • Potty train the twins!
  • Embrace the fact they are growing up and wave goodbye to cot sides and high chairs.
  • Continue enjoying lots of family adventures
  • Get new front and back doors fitted
  • Get new boiler and radiators fitted
  • Redecorate the areas where it's needed
  • Tidy every surface in the house 
  • Declutter
This year I'm going to attempt to win:
  • A family day out
  • A family holiday
  • Soft drink/alcohol/food for book launch

Monday, December 28, 2015

My Memory Jar 2015

I've seen pictures on Pinterest and Facebook of Memory Jars. One where you write your high points down on a piece of paper and pop them away in the jar ready to reflect on later in the year. It can be moments as simple as making your children giggle or something that might have taken years like completing a degree. I'm not organised enough to have a jar, but my 2015 has been full of so many precious moments, I thought I would share them in the form of photos. I know that not everyone's year has been full of happy moments and I think that's why it's important to really appreciate those memory jar moments when they come along.

With Katie Fforde receiving the Katie Fforde bursary trophy
At the London Book Fair where I pitched my book on stage after being shortlisted in the Write Stuff event

A celebratory sundae after signing a two-book contract with Carina UK!

My holding cover for my debut novel!
With The Romaniacs receving the RNA Industry Media Star award 
My own copy of my debut!

There's a certificate so it must be true!
I got to visit my publisher twice and they let me in the building both times!

All that and I haven't included the amazing times I've had with my twins! 

As you can see, I've been rather too busy to keep the blog updated as regularly as I would like as I've been investing blogging time to The Romaniacs and my writing updates are over there. So for 2016, my only aim is to put my goals for the year up here and then check in on them at the end of the year! There will be updates on The Romaniacs as to how I'm getting on.

That just leaves me wanting to wish you a fabulous 2016! Whatever your dreams are, go and chase them like a woman/man possessed. 

Catherine xx

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time to start vlogging!

I wrote an update in April, got distracted and never managed to post it, so from now on I'm hoping to do short video updates talking about how I'm getting on with the goals I set out at the beginning of the year!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Recipe #2 - #5 & more good writing news!

Recipe #2 Pasta Meatball Bake from the Slimming World calendar. It was nice, girls enjoyed it, but produced way too much washing up to do to often.
Recipe #3 These were supposed to be cookies to do with cookie cutters, but recipe was too dry, added some milk, but too much! Still, result was pretty tasty!

Recipe #4 Diet Coke Chicken from the Slimming World website
Recipe #5 Pork burgers. Made with low fat pork mince, red onions chopped, one egg and some tomato purée. They were pretty good & nice and easy to make. 

Finished reading Elephant Girl by Henri Gyland & started on Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen.

Still aiming to write The End by my birthday, which gives me about six weeks. It's in sight so hope I manage it, although poorly toddlers have slowed progress. 

I received some more tremendous writing news in January. Katie Fforde contacted me as she's selected me as the 2015 Katie Fforde bursary winner. This is for someone on the RNA NWS who is nearly there, and just needs a push. It's a tremendous boost, and I do hope I can follow the recent success rate. On that note, I'm getting back to writing! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Recipe #1 & first writing success of 2015!

Flapjacks for the girls! They weren't too shabby.
A tremendous piece of news from the Accent Press & Woman magazine writing competition on Friday. Edging ever closer to The End and this has put some wind in my sails for certain! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 goals!

I set goals for myself every year and I find it helps me keep focused. So here are my 2015 goals:

Family life
~ Take the girls out on adventures
~ Start collages of their names
~ Make them a dress each for their birthday
~ Smile with them everyday and appreciate all the small things 
~ Declutter
~ Make the garden more child friendly. 
~ Check Facebook less frequently!

~ Finish first draft of Baby Number Two by end of March
~ Give it a polish
~ Get feedback and polish again
~ Send Baby Number Two off to publishers & agents
~ Rewrite Miles Between Us
~ Enter writing competitions
~ Update my website

~ Read 20 books

~ Lose another stone and reach two stone award
~ Try at least thirty new recipes

Attempt to win:
~ TV
~ Holiday 
~ Wii U 
~ Spa Day