As the year draws to a close it is time to reflect.

At the beginning of 2018 I had hopes and dreams. Dad was recovering from his hip operation, I was working out my notice at my day job and about to start a new career focussing on books that would enable me to work virtually and thereby spend more time with Dad. A big part of that was a contract with Bloodhound Books as Operations Executive. Oh yes, I had life all planned out.

Unfortunately, fate had other ideas and it became clear by the end of January that despite all the effort it wasn’t to be. Dad passed away, unexpectedly, on 2nd February (the 7th anniversary of Mum’s death). Devastated didnt even start to explain it but unfortunately it coincided with a lot of blogger abuse that was prevalent on Social Media at that time. A Facebook glich resulted in Bloodhound terminating my contract and my life was shattered.

But where there is hate there is also a lot of love and I would like to say a very big thank you to all the people who supported me in the darkest time of my life. In particular the CRAZIES you know who you are and love each and every one of you. Junction Publishing & Joffe Books for trusting in me and my awesome friend Stewart Giles: we both lost our Dad’s and we both got fired but we survived and together we make a winning team. In addition my thanks go to all my other Social Media friends. I am not the only one to have suffered loss this year many of my online friends have also and my thoughts are with you all.

I also celebrated my 60th birthday and the messages, cards, presents, parties and everything else that went with it was absolutely amazing so a big thank you goes to my family and friends. I also ticked another item off my bucket list with a helicopter ride over the Derbyshire Dams, an awesome experience that I will never forget. Thank you to my wonderful children for that I love you all to the moon and back.

So I move on to 2019 with more hopes and dreams there will be plenty more Blog Tours and parties and we also welcome our new puppy into our little family. Mauri (named after Dad whose name was Maurice) will be coming home on 14th January to join Sheba.

So my end of year message is: you have to experience the bad times to really appreciate the good ones. I hope 2019 brings you all happiness and love. xx

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