Getting back in the swing of things.

Hey all!

Well huge, HUGE apologies for my very long absence so much happened before Christmas that I had to cut back on a few things just for a while so that I stayed sane and unfortunately the blog was one of the sacrifices but I’m happy to say things are settling down again now and I’m keen to get on with my writing again so I thought I’d pop in and update you all on what’s been happening.

It all began going a little crazy when my mum was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer last October,  it all happened so quickly it was only 3 weeks between her finding the lump and being diagnosed so it was a bit like being hit by a bus if I’m honest. There were days afterwards when it seemed like I spent every minute telling people the news, in a way I suppose it helped to make sure I kept talking about what was happening so that there was no opportunity for me to try and ignore it but some days when I was struggling anyway it almost broke me to keep being reminded. The first thing I did after my parents came into town and told me was go into see my employers so that they knew what was happening and could let my colleagues know as I’d already been a little out of sorts whilst we waited for mum to get her results anyway. Of course being the first time I’d actually had to say it I burst into tears but also seeing the look of terror on my boss’ face made me laugh poor man was petrified!

We had to wait two weeks for any more information on how bad the situation was and it was so strange the whole family was in limbo. I felt so useless as there was nothing I could do to help her and yet all I wanted to do was somehow stop it all happening and to save her from what she was about to go through. Six weeks after diagnosis and mum was in hospital for her mastectomy, the hospital she was at were truly amazing and had such an amazing ward where she stayed for a week, I can’t thank the lovely staff enough for how much they looked after her and talked to her honestly about what was happening I think it really helped her. I managed to visit her on the weekend just after her operation  I was shocked to see her up and walking around the ward it was a huge relief. But even so it was hard to take it in she looked so tired and obviously in some pain. Our mum’s are always such strong figures in our lives and my mum most definitely has been in mine, seeing her in such a vulnerable state scared me stupid!

The doctors had said that they hoped by opting for a mastectomy as mum had that she would avoid the need for any post operation treatment such as chemo or radiotherapy but a couple of days after her op we found out that there would actually be a need for chemo after all and we all took it quite hard, we’d been far too hopeful that once the op was over that that would be it and she’d be on the road to recovery.

She is now a third of the way through her course of chemo and doing amazingly well, there was a slight hiccup a week or two ago when she went down with a viral infection after her immune system crashed but after a week in hospital she was back home. She has been amazingly strong and positive all the way through the whole process it’s truly amazing to see, it also opens your eyes to what you have and that you should make the most of the time you have, these things can rear their ugly heads so suddenly that we may not have as much time as we think. So let it be a lesson to us all, get on and enjoy life!

On that note I’ve been back looking at my writing again after a bit of time away, I’ve decided to make my current publications available on other platforms other than just Kindle where it is at the moment so keep your eyes peeled as hopefully it will be appearing in the kobo and nook stores very soon!

I’m also fishing out the project that got put on hold when everything started last year, it’s a modern romance with a military streak in it and I’m quite excited to get back into the story so I will keep you posted on my progress with that. 🙂

So how are you all, what have you all been up to? Did you have a good holiday season and were there any wacky new years promises and if so are they being kept?

Well it’s good to be back, here’s hoping for a calmer couple of months now!

Eilise xx

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Publication Day!

Yay!

So the day is finally here, today Dare to Dream Again is now like on kindle for download.

For three young women the outbreak of the Second World War offers many different opportunities.
Vivacious Maureen loves to be loved, but as one of five children finds the family home far too chaotic. Put off by the thought of the strict women’s services she promptly signs up to become a land girl, but will life in the quiet countryside suit this wild young woman and will she ever understand the feeling of true love?
Rose is quiet and well mannered, brought up primarily by her overbearing mother she has always done as she was told, that is until she finally rebels and joins the ATS as a driver. Leaving her mother behind horrified and frustrated, Rose will face worse than her mother’s wrath!
Lily is a devoted girlfriend, unable to bear being left behind when her boyfriend joins the army she signs up for the WAAF to play her role in the war, but will it pose to many challenges for her, and can their relationship survive its many trials?
Each girl must face the war head on and deal with what it throws at them as they learn to love, laugh and to lose.

(Full Length Novel Approx 98,000 Words)

Available now for download £5.15 UK or $8.18 US

I hope you all enjoy!

Eilise xxx

Publication Weekend!

Hey Guys!

Well the time has finally come and I have to let my precious baby go and once and for all publish my debut novel Dare to Dream Again! It’s been a long time coming but this is it, as of this weekend Dare to Dream Again will be available for download from amazon so watch this space! I am thoroughly excited and look forward to sharing this with you all. As a place holder until the weekend here’s a sneak peak at the cover.

And in case you need something to keep you entertained until publication day I will be listing my short stories for free until then, so make the most of it and grab your copies whilst you can!

Until the weekend all, take care and enjoy!

Eilise xx

“…written from the heart.”

Hey guys!

Well what can I say other than horrible, awful week! That was until this little spark of joy brought me back from the darkness, a 5* amazon review for my short story Senghenydd.

The 14th October 1913 is a date that should be burned into the national consciousness just as is the sinking of the Titanic. On this day 440 men lost their lives in an explosion in the Universal Colliery Senghenydd, an event that graphically underlined the human cost of coal. Hardly a household in the village was left untouched. This short and moving account as seen through the eyes of one of the survivors should be compulsory reading. It is certainly compulsive and obviously written from the heart. Thankyou and well done Elise for Senghenydd (Historical Short Story)

 

To the writer of the review, whoever you are, I would really like to say thank you! After a very long and tearful week this really put a smile on my face. To all of my readers, thank you so much for your continued support.

Eilise xxx

99 Years

Today marks 99 years since the worst coal mining disaster Britain has seen, on the 14th of October 1913 439 lives were taken when there was a series of explosions that ran through the underground mines at Universal Colliery, Senghenydd. It took weeks to recover the bodies of those men and the entire town spent endless weeks in mourning for their lost loved ones.
Almost a century has now past and we still remember those lives that were so tragically lost that day. In an attempt to keep their memory alive and to remind generations to come here is the short story I wrote about that fateful day.

Eilise xxx

Denying the cold

Hey,
I know shocking I’ve actually been around two days in a row, well it’s part of my plan to get on with things a little more now that winter and dark evenings are on their way.
Unfortunately along with those peaceful evenings the usual winter cold has started to rear it’s head today in the form of a sore throat and far too much sneezing! So I’ve been consuming copious amounts of lemon and ginger tea with lashing of honey to try and ease off the sore throat. Anyone have any lovely remedies they find that work on a cold, I am determined not to let this one slow me down now 🙂
Morning off work tomorrow so am going to begging writing my next short story, Christmas in the south Wales mining valley am looking forward to writing this one a lot!
Night for now I’m off to hide under a blanket and maybe have an early night.
Eilise xxx

Edit, write and flap!

Hey all!

So as I mentioned in my previous post I’ve been keeping pretty busy the last couple of months, work has been busy with a last rush of late summer visitors, I’m still editing my novel which I am determined to get out by the end of the year but am tempted to send to a professional editor to get checked over before it’s published so that it’s squeaky clean 🙂 But along with editing I am desperate to start my new project based around my short story Senghenydd so I am also swatting up on the history of the South Wales mining communities during the early 1900’s. I am thoroughly enjoying doing some research again but have on occasion found myself in a bit of a flap when trying to do everything at once, so this evening I’ve taken a step back and realised to move forward I need to stop rushing around panicking as I’d probably get far more done then so tonight is the start of that by popping in here to update you all.

So keep popping by as I will be popping in more often with updates and mutterings 🙂

Night for now!

Eilise xxx

 

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