When it comes to the menopause – knowledge is power

In my memoir, The Cactus Surgeon, I mention the possibility that perimenopause could be causing some of my health symptoms. I wrote that section about nine months ago, so here’s an update… Earlier this month, I picked up my first HRT prescription. It’s taken me seven months to get it, and I had to standContinue reading “When it comes to the menopause – knowledge is power”

April Reads – taking me to the Amazon, Guyana, a magical London & back in time

I was unable to choose a book of the month for April, so have instead awarded it to two titles, which I’ve added to my pile of green books (covers and content). First up was Life Lessons From The Amazon by Pip Stewart, who really is an inspiration. Whenever I read adventure books I amContinue reading “April Reads – taking me to the Amazon, Guyana, a magical London & back in time”

Best Self-Published Memoir in the UK!

I’m absolutely buzzing after my memoir, The Cactus Surgeon, was announced as the winner of the Selfies UK Book Awards in the memoir/autobiography category yesterday! These national awards recognise the UK’s best indy-published books. There were just eight titles shortlisted, and winners were announced at the London Book Fair. The judges praised “the simplicity ofContinue reading “Best Self-Published Memoir in the UK!”

Shortlisted in the Selfie Awards!

Having friends and family buy and enjoy my book has been lovely, and when strangers buy the book and give a five-star review it’s even more rewarding! This week, recognition for The Cactus Surgeon has gone up yet another level! I found out it is one of just eight titles shortlisted in the Selfies UKContinue reading “Shortlisted in the Selfie Awards!”

My February Reads

This month I have started lots of books, but not finished very many! It’s a terrible trait to have half-finished books scattered around the house. Book of The Month – Fifty Words For Snow by Nancy Campbell ***** This was a lovely read, the kind of book which you can read in one go orContinue reading “My February Reads”

My January Reads (2022)

I am an avid reader and normally have at least three or four books on the go. My desire to read non-fiction continues! Here is a round-up of my January reads. You can see all my reviews on my Good Reads page. Non-fiction MY BOOK OF THE MONTH is Sixteen Days by Victoria Wilson-Crane .Continue reading “My January Reads (2022)”

The danger of a wine o’clock culture

Boris Johnson has been called out for many things in the last few years but the one I feel compelled to comment on is the drinking culture he has either personally driven, or at the very least encouraged, at number ten. If you have read The Cactus Surgeon you will know that I used toContinue reading “The danger of a wine o’clock culture”

Recommendations for The Cactus Surgeon

I’ve been extremely grateful for the wonderful reviews readers have shared with me, and here are just some of my favourites: ***** A lovely book with some important messages about living well, a cracking read. I enjoyed this book a lot and read it in a very short time as it really pulled me in.Continue reading “Recommendations for The Cactus Surgeon”

Connections, Covid and Christmas lights

I travelled to Houston, Texas with my husband and daughter for Christmas, to stay with my husband’s auntie. We booked tickets before the Omicron variant emerged. In the week before we left, we were indecisive. Should we go? Sentences starting with ‘what if..’ endlessly ran through my mind and filled me with doubt. We veryContinue reading “Connections, Covid and Christmas lights”