It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

No, I haven’t gone completely mad or lost track of my days.

I actually think January really is the most wonderful time of the year.

January is full of promise and opportunity.  Whilst in actual fact the new year rolls in just as any day does, we use the beginning of a new year to make resolutions, plan grand schemes and generally create new dreams.

I don’t make resolutions because the chances are I won’t still to them.  Instead I create a list of goals, things I would like to be able to tick off throughout the year.  Last year there was over 25 goals on my list, some pretty big ones, like publishing my first book (I actually published 4) and some smaller ones like try soap making and henna tattooing (I tried them both, fun though they are, they are not for me)

There are 11 things on the list so far.  Should I wish to add something I will, it is a fluid, evolutionary list.  Not rigid and static.

Last year just 3 goals remained unachieved, and this I realised throughout the 12 months of 2015 was largely because – I wasn’t ready yet.  2 of them I believe will come to fruition this year, and 1 – well that may actually linger there for a couple more years – It requires me to be ready.

Towards the middle to end of January, my new book – Dreams to Destiny – 365 tasks for success will be released.  I have picked then, as for many, this is the time when the rash and overly demanding resolutions start to waiver.  This book will help  you learn to evolve.  Over 365 articles I will be sharing with you all the tips and tricks I have learnt that allowed me to stop lurching from one crazy plan to another with little success, but instead taught me how to take my crazy plans and actually make them a reality.

So, for me January really is the most wonderful time of the year.  Enjoy it, play with it – and over all live laugh and love!

 

 

 

 

 

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Turn to page 69?

So lately I have seen a number of blogs describing Marshall McLuhan’s suggestion for readers choosing new novels. This was actually a suggestion he made many years ago – but it has gained favour again lately.

One such example is detailed here.

The idea is simple.  When looking for a new book to read, turn to page 69 and read it.  If you like the contents of the page you will more than likely enjoy the whole book.

It is an interesting premise, and authors have obviously exercised their write to reply.

From my point of view, page 69 of The Spirit of Christmas is neither brilliant nor dire.  So with that in mind, here it is!  If you like it why not follow the link to Amazon where you can grab the whole book, either as a paperback or a digital download.  Currently, it is rated 5 stars by 4 different kind reviewers – not bad as it only came out earlier this month (December 2015) – anyway I will leave it to you to decide!

The Spirit of Christmas – Anna Everett – Page 69

She knew her nurse was right of course. A one in a million accident was not about to happen again, although she was not sure she could ever get on the subway again. They had made plans to use taxis and walk because of this, and it was another reason why Elspeth had insisted on the chair coming too.

“I guess I do want to look my best and not be a complete state when we find him” Caragh had said enthusiastically.

Elspeth had smiled at her patient but inside she felt so sad for her friend. The reality that Caragh was clinging to was so unlikely now. She wondered if much of what she said was just for appearances, surely by now it must have crossed her mind that it was so unlikely.

It had of course crossed Caragh’s mind, and seeing the sheer volume of people in New York her heart sank a little. How on earth were they going to find him.

The hotel was quite a stark contrast to her last stay. There was nothing wrong with it, it was clean and tidy but there was no trace of opulence and luxury, it was homely and inviting though, she did feel safe here.

It was late by the time they were checked in and settled, and despite her desire to be out hunting, realising how tired she really was, she capitulated to her older friend and carer, and agreed they would instead spend the evening pouring over maps and making a plan.

 

Anna Everett
Author, Writer & Motivational Speaker
07792992001

On tour – Day 2

This week I will be a guest blogger on 5 total amazing blogs (one can only hope to be so good!)

Today you can find me at Outrageous discussing spirit guides:

Outrageous!

and I would like to thank them for hosting me!

Do pop over and have a read of the full post – AND be in for a chance to win a copy of  The Spirit of Seven!

An excerpt from the blog is below!

 

The subject of spirit guides, and what happens to people once they leave this life, has always fascinated me, which is probably the main reason I decided to feature them in my Spirit of Series.
It is an area that creates some very black and white views, with some people believing there is simply no such thing as ghosts, and others maintaining they are very real and offering some credible stories of their own experiences. 
I would love to think that there were people out there, who have passed on from this world, but before reaching their final resting place want to help others who are struggling.  
When I worked on the idea of having spirit guides in my book, I wanted to have a few rules’ of my own.  Obviously it was imperative that no one else could see or interact with them.  When the story begins it could be one of a few people, however as time progresses the interaction with the main characters become perhaps more obviously limited to them alone.  I felt it was also important that, having faced and to an extent still facing adversity the main characters would be unaware that their new friend’ was actually a spirit. 
The spirit guide was not just a random soul wandering the worlds between, my spirit guides are always related in some way to another character, and of course they are the reason the spirit wants to intervene and help.  Spirit guides cannot appear to those they knew when they were alive, so have to assist their relatives by aiding indirectly, befriending someone pivotal to their lives. 
It was important to the characters that they found a reliable friend who was always in their corner.  Although it is a source of distress when the truth is initially revealed the spirit has of course made sure life is in place to take over.  Happiness is lurking just around the corner, although maybe not always evident.  
Once the initial shock of having been in such a close friendship with someone who is essentially not real, Caragh realises of course, that it was exactly what she needed at that time in her life, and will forever be grateful.  Her spirit guide really did become her Spirit of Christmas Past.
This is of course, true escapism as for now, and maybe forever,  we cannot prove the existence of such wonderful friends but we can live in hope that when we need it most, someone will come to our aid!

On tour!! – Day 1

This week I will be a guest blogger on 5 total amazing blogs (one can only hope to be so good!)

Today you can find me and Books and Banter – http://locglin.blogspot.co.uk

and I would like to thank them for hosting me!

Do pop over and have a read of the full post – AND be in for a chance to win a copy of  The Spirit of Seven!

An excerpt from the blog is below!

 

Overcoming adversity
One thing people will notice about my books is that my leading ladies are often having to overcome some serious adversity before they can be happy.  Trust me – I am not just being mean to them!
Over the last 8 years my life has changed beyond recognition, this has been largely due to chronic illness.  Despite my initial fight, I had to admit my life as a trainee teacher and classroom assistant in a busy local high school just wasn’t viable.  I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis in my hips.
For someone as active as me, this was a massive blow.  The transition period from diagnosis to acceptance was one of the hardest journeys of my life.  I had been a Customer Service Manager in a local council, had two children, and finally decided to take the plunge and train to be a teacher.  Something I had wanted for a long time.  For three years it was perfect.  Then I got ill.
I became a GP-fly – similar to a bar-fly but without the alcohol and friendly banter! I spent more than half my life in waiting rooms, consulting rooms and testing rooms, it was pretty grim.
It took the best part of 4 years to find my new place in this world.  I flounder, went under, almost drowned, and finally started to tread water.  Slowly I realised I had two choices, give in or fight, and ask anyone that knows me, I am no quitter.  So I chose to fight.
Caragh, my leading lady in The Spirit of Christmas Past, faces a massive change to her life due to a life altering accident. Whilst I am blessed to have not faced such a massive adversity, my own struggle enabled me to get inside her head and bring her to life as she learnt how to live again. I remember wanting to give up, I remember wanting to close my eyes and make it all go away.  I remember begging to wake up and discover it had just been a bad dream.
It was important to me that she regained her independence, whilst acknowledging her own demons and difficulty moving on.  When I got ill, I entered a world I had been completely unaware of. A world I would have probably had very little interest or sympathy for.  Hundreds of people, with chronic illness, fighting to make a life for themselves. Despite media portrayal not all chronically ill people want to watch daytime television and moan about their lives.  In fact, most fight daily to create a new life for themselves, adapting to their new limitations.
I would love to think that Caragh’s struggle gives hope and strength to at least one person who has found their world turned upside down due to health issues beyond their control.

Anna’s Twelve Days of Christmas ;)

A little parody for you all, of my 2015!  Enjoy!

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

An online shopping entity (My new shop – Check it out!)

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and An online shopping entity

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

5 Rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

6 Chihuahuas yapping

5 Rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

7 Royalty cheques paid

6 Chihuahuas yapping

5 rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

As I look back this Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

8 Mugs of tea (a day!)

7 Royalty cheques paid

6 Chihuahuas yapping

5 Rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

On the ninth day of Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

9 Chickens laying

8 Mugs of tea (a day!)

7 Royalty cheques paid

6 Chihuahuas yapping

5 Rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and An online shopping entity

 

On the tenth day of Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

10 Five star Amazon reviews

9 Chickens laying

8 Mugs of tea (a day!)

7 Royalty cheques paid

6 Chihuahuas yapping

5 Rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

11 Book plots plotted

10 Five star Amazon reviews

9 Chickens laying

8 Mugs of tea (a day!)

7 Royalty cheques paid

6 Chihuahuas yapping

5 Rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas

look what 2015 had in store for me:

12 Paying clients

11 Book plots plotted

10 Five star Amazon reviews

9 Chickens laying

8 Mugs of tea (a day!)

7 Royalty cheques paid

6 Chihuahuas yapping

5 Rheumatic joints

4 Published Books!

3 Facebook pages

2 growing children

and an online shopping entity

 

 

New from the Literary Lair….

So, I have a plan for the remainder of 2015 and into the New Year!

As I hope you have all heard, The Spirit of Christmas Past has been released and the initial feedback is amazing – thank you all so much!  http://ow.ly/UVXRp

The Holistic Alchemist presents Guided Meditations was released this week, and contains a series of guided meditation scripts to help you all with your daily practice:  http://ow.ly/V0ziz

Here in the Literary Lair my poor keyboard is being overworked and underpaid to get more brilliant stories out to you all.

I will be continuing ‘The Sprit of…’ series, book number three will be ‘The Spirit of the Alchemist’ and will hopefully be with you in the not too distant future.

In the mean time there will be some ‘Spirit of…’ shorts!  These mini stories will be available primary at the Kindle store for just 99p, but for those of you that love your books, just £2.99 from Amazon.

In 2016 I would be introducing you all to an amateur detective team, Maddie and Morgan in their ‘Finding…’ series.  Maddie loves the thrill of the chase and spends her time on the road on the quest for truth, whilst Morgan remains in their attic office as technical support….stay tuned for more details!

The Holistic Alchemist presents…series is set to continue and currently, in a dark dusty corner of my brain a seed is developing about just why we are here….

Finally – as if that isn’t enough, Beyond Diamond Mine will be progressed – and hopefully published….

All in all I have a very exciting year planned, and simply cannot wait to get more books out to you all!

 

The Literary Lair

When you spend a lot of time working from home, it is really important to set up a workspace that you love to be in.

In this house, we have the Literary Lair.

My magical space where I feel free to create and dream, weave stories, breathe life into characters and generally be a writer.

My lair is part practical, part whimsical, as this really helps the brain get those creative juices flowing.

Yesterday I snuck off to the big smoke of Exeter and, in amongst the vital Christmas shopping managed to sneak some really lovely things to further liven the lair.

As you can see from the picture, I found these really cute bottles, and just had to have them.  Paperchase had some beautiful journals and to lists, and a stunning little wooden desk tidy made its way into my basket at some point too.

Have what inspires you in your workspace.

Under and next to my bed there are three dog beds, and if the author is in residence so are the 5 chihuahuas that hate to leave my side….sometimes spread out, sometimes all in one bed….strange dogs!

Behind me is a spare chair, for visitors and the like, and normally contains a jack russell x chihuahua who is frankly quite above sleeping with the rabble.

Over to the side are my fish, perfect to watch when my brain needs a rest.

The remainder of the lair is cluttered with other bits that make me happy, my radio (tuned to radio 2), my kettle, the ideas board, and of course copies of my books.

Space does not have to be premium, my little literary lair is also the porch of my humble abode, but it works for me.  With the door shut I am in my own world, or rather the worlds I have created for my characters to gamble around in.

If you can find yourself a small corner then I really do advise you try it.  A little place of your own where dreams are made.

I must return to the pages of my next book, but for anyone who maybe interested in my work, my website is http://www.annaeverettauthor.com, and my latest book is here…http://ow.ly/UNajG

Have a great day creating!