Saturday, December 31, 2016

Things I learned in 2016!

* That there is no room for housework in the realms of attempting to be awesome.
* That sometimes to be a good writer, you have to be an average parent.
* That sometimes to be be a good parent, you have to an awful writer.
* That both are fine.
* That true friends and family will be there for you even when you're a crapper-than-average disorganised friend/relative.
* That all the important things will work out somehow.
* That anyone wanting to become your best friend instantly, might potentially be a psycho.
* That being happy is important. And being able to share that with others is a gift.
* That if more than one person seems to think you possess talent, it's very possible that you do and should start believing it.
* That hard work does pay off.
* That being a mum to twins does make you superhuman.
* That remembering despite superhuman skills, there are days when you are just human.
* That it's okay to admit defeat.
* That the most delightful sound is the laughter of your own children.
* That the most challenging sound is the persistent crying/moans of your own children.
* That both sounds are fleeting.
* That no matter what is happening in the world around you, it's important to find your own peace. To love yourself. To not be defined by anything other than what you choose to be defined by.
* That it's important to look at the stars. To taste the rain. To smell the frost.
 * That life should not be defined by the year you are in, but the day you are embracing.
Happy New Year, everyone! 😍😍😍

Friday, November 4, 2016

All That is Left of Us

I should probably mention here that my second beauty of a book is out! It deals with the aftermath of surrogacy within a family. Here's the blurb...

One of My Own…

Dawn loves being a mother. No matter how Archie came into her life, or the fact he's a little different from other children, he is precious and loved. He is hers, after all. Especially because she’s never told anyone who the father of her son is.
So when Dawn’s twin brother David and his wife Rebekah are struggling to have their own child, Dawn agrees to become their surrogate, as it is the one thing she can do to help.
However, creating the perfect family doesn’t always go to plan and when Dawn realises just how much her nephew needs his mother, she begins to wonder if the time has finally come to confront the past she has kept secret for so long.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Waiting for You 99p bargain on Kindle Monthly Deal!

Hello there!

Happy June everyone! Half way through the year and I'd say I'm doing pretty well with keeping on top of my goals for the year. How is the first half of 2016 shaping up for you?

My poor blog has been neglected this year in favour of novel writing! My second novel, All That Is Left Of Us, is now complete and I'm just waiting for the copyedits before it'll be ready to go out to early readers. It's mad because this has been a proper rollercoaster ride. In fact Timehop on Facebook tells me it was exactly a year ago today that I sent Waiting for You (at that point it was called Baby Number Two) out on submission. I would never believed I was capable of what I've managed in such a short space of time. All That Is Left Of Us has only been read by my editor so far so I'll be tortured by nerves when it goes out into the world, but I love the story and can't wait to see how it is received.

This month has also been special because Waiting for You has been selected to be part of the Kindle Monthly deal and is on offer at 99p. It's seen it rise in the charts and it's been fantastic to see in the top 20 for holiday reads and romance literary fiction. Click on the picture if you want to get a hold of the book at that bargain price.

After copyedits, I have the twins 3rd (THREE, already!) birthday to celebrate followed by the RNA conference. Then there's the question of starting the next book. Okay, I admit, it's already started, I just need to plan it out fully and make it the best one yet.


Catherine xx

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?