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

Senghenydd (Historical Short Story) Publication

Hey Guys,

I’m on a role! So Senghenydd was my third short story to be published on kindle over the bank holiday. I have to say it was one of the most interesting to write as the history behind the setting was fascinating (although horrific). Senghenydd coal mine in Glamorgan, South Wales was the location of the worst disaster in British coal mining history. Here are the details of my short story:

An emotional short story based on the largest coal mining disaster in Britain. On the 14th of October 1913 there were several explosions throughout the Senghenydd mine in Glamorgan, South Wales.
This short story recounts one woman’s experience of waiting for news of her husband and two sons who were working down the mine at the time of the accident. (Approx. 2,250 words)

Get your copy here for only 77p!

I hope you enjoy the read and as always let me know what you think of this one, all feedback helps. Also keep your eyes peeled as there will be another short story going live in the next few days called ‘Scared to Love.’

Bye for now!

Eilise x

Two New Publications

Hey Guys!

So for your Bank Holiday weekend I’ve published two new short stories to keep you busy. They are both available on kindle along with my earlier publications.

 

The first new release is ‘Blossoming Love,’

A short story of young love during the 1930’s, this story shows a snippet in time of the beginning of a relationship between Lily and Peter. (Approx. length 2,000 words)
This short story is an introduction to Lily one of the main characters in my soon to be released debut novel ‘Dare to Dream Again.’

Get your copy here for 77p ($1.25)

 

 

 

 

The second new release is ‘A Fight For Life,’ this is slightly different to my usual short story as it is set in modern-day.

On her first day working with the UK Border Agency Clare finds herself in a bloody mess fighting for her life. This is a brief glimpse of the fraught emotions and fears the event causes. (Quick Read Approx. 1,750 words)

Get your copy here for 77p ($1.25)

I really hope you enjoy these new stories!

Also a massive thanks for the amazing feedback I received from my short story giveaway last weekend I’m glad it was enjoyed ‘No Possible Future’ is still available back at its normal price of 77p ($1.25) so if you missed it last weekend find your copy here.

I hope you all have something lovely planned for the Bank Holiday and that this bit of sunshine holds on for you.

Eilise x

Saturday Struggle

Hey all!

Sorry for the absence,  I have given myself a kick up the bum and a stern talking make sure I settle down to getting stuff done over the next couple of weeks so hopefully you should see me around a lot more over the next few days.

Last weekend I did really well and completed one short story and was half way through a second, unfortunately I’m not sure where my enthusiasm went and after a draining week I’ve arrived at today and just cannot settle to do any writing which is making me even more frustrated. So to get myself back on track I thought I’d update you all here on my plans.

My short story ‘The Strength of a Promise’ is now available on kindle for 77p so when you have time for a short read please take a trundle over there and download it to your Kindle. Here’s the blurb to give you an idea of the story.

A short story about a wartime romance between an RAF pilot and a young WAAF. The turbulence of war threw them together in an unexpected whirlwind romance but it could just as easily separate them forever. Read about the night that holds their entire future in limbo, what will the dawn of the following day bring?

Buy your copy here

I am still polishing my historical romance novel ‘Dare to Dream Again’ ready for its release on Kindle but I hope to have it published within the next couple of months.

I’m also preparing several short stories for up and coming competitions so all that’s left now is to find where my motivation’s hiding (my bet’s under the bed, that’s where everything hides!) and then get down to some serious work 🙂

Off I go then! If any of you have any tips on rediscovering motivation I’d love to hear them.

Eilise x