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December 2016

Tuesday Quote: 12

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Albert Einstein in 1921

For my last Tuesday quote slot, I deliberately searched for a quote by the famous mathematician/scientist Albert Einstein. An interesting choice on my part, seeing as math totally threw me at school, likewise science. My daughter, on the other hand, is a math/science whizz, but there is a Mathematics professor on my hubby’s side of the family – that definitely explains it !

But I digress.

This great man changed the way we think about the world around us; space, time and gravity, in his Theory of Relativity. And he wrote some awesome quotes!

I believe that the one I chose resonates with all; mathematicians. scientists, writers, musicians, – anyone who has had to struggle to achieve their desires. The ups and downs of life, where the downs make the ups so much sweeter.

Its all about the journey and not the destination.

Did you know?

  • he was born in Ulm, Germany to Jewish parents but after a visit to the US in 1933, and with Adolf Hitler’s rising power, he never returned to Germany
  • he developed the Theory of Relativity, which is one of the two pillars of Modern Physics
  • he is best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula: E = mc2, also regarded as “the world’s most famous quote”
  • he received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921
  • he was famous for his pacifist views, and his staunch support of the civil rights movement
  • an average person has an IQ of between 90 and 110; more than 130 is regarded as ‘gifted;’ Einstein’s IQ was 160
  • the word ‘Einstein’ is synonymous with ‘genius’



Welsh Crime Books on Amazon


My new crime book is cruising along at No 46 in the Amazon charts, under ‘Best Sellers in Welsh Crime.’ Stella Windermere The case of the Polish sailor, tells of an older lady, an amateur sleuth who solves crime in her local town. The character is based on a family member (now deceased) and is set in my old town in Wales.

Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

I’m pleased that its there, but I’m slowly realising how difficult it is to market a book yourself. My first two did well; a trilogy of historical novels that’s still WIP. After sharing it on Facebook, my blog, and Instagram, I ran out of promotion tools. The novelty of my books has also waned a bit with people I know, so I’m getting a bit frustrated by self publishing.

Because I’ve been swayed by the potency of having your own work published (and seeing it there in print), I have neglected to go the other route, and send manuscripts to traditional publishers. My dream of having several publishing houses vying for my work has become an illusion, a fantasy and a cause for self doubt and self critiquing.

Has anyone else had these same doubts? Do I carry on self publishing or send to traditional publishers?

Please share your thoughts!

FREE KINDLE #Murder Mystery #Book Cover #Stella Windermere # Release date December 2016

Now released on Amazon 🙂

Available as a FREE Kindle book all this week on Kindle Unlimited. Please check it out !



This is my book cover for my new Murder Mystery. Set in the town of south Wales, a murder has occurred, and amateur sleuth is just the lady to solve it!

Release date: December 2016. Stella Windermere The case of the Polish sailor


Here’s a short synopsis:

Port Talbot, 1970s.

When a body is found on the beachfront at Aberavon,  amateur sleuth Stella Windermere is intrigued. The police are confused as to the identity of the mysterious man. All they have to go on is an ID tag next to the body. When a well known member of the community is bludgeoned to death at a party, the mystery deepens. Quickly embroiled in the case,Stella finds that she has to use all her wits to capture the murderer, along with her new assistant, Joe.

Thanks to Jo Robinson Services at for the book cover…

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Emily Dickinson — English Lit Geek

A Short biography on the life of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) “In this short Life that only lasts an hour, How much – how little – is within our power.” ~ Emily Dickinson Official Website: Emily Dickinson Museum

via Emily Dickinson — English Lit Geek

Love this biography  on Emily Dickinson by EnglishLitGeek 🙂

Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing — Plaisted Publishing

Originally posted on Ruth Nestvold – Indie Adventures: I am finally (finally!) compiling my “Starting Out as an Indie Author” series into a book, and since I started this weekend, I’ve noticed a couple of things I still need to add. Since the first part of the book revolves around the question, “Is Self-Publishing For…

via Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing — Plaisted Publishing

Great advice here 🙂

Tuesday Quote: 11

“You can’t hold onto something that doesn’t want to stay”



This week’s quote comes from the fabulous Adele. One of my favourite female singers, she epitomises glamour, lyrical talent and unique vocal range, whilst keeping a very down to earth attitude to the music industry.

Did you know?

  • she was born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in 1988, to an English mother and a Welsh father
  • she numbers her most influential singers from a young age as being the Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Dusty Springfield and Gabrielle
  • her album 21 brought her 6 Grammys, and a certified Diamond in the US
  • 21 is the longest running No 1 album by a female solo artist in the history of the US and UK charts
  • she won an Academy Award for the James Bond themed song, ‘Skyfall’
  • her voice is a contralto; contralto being a classical female voice, and is a fairly rare vocal range
  • her hit single ‘Hello’ released in October 2015, was viewed a record 27.7 million times on Youtube, easily beating the previous record set by Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ (20 million views)

Evening mist:all things blue

We spent most of Sunday at Main Beach. Its quieter than the bustle of Surfers, which gave us a chance to reflect on the beauty of the day. We walked along the shore for a while, then sat down and watched the surfers, the dog walkers and one or two fisherman on the shoreline. We spotted a blue jelly fish and spied a fisherman gently push a stingray back into the water.Then, the seamist eerily crept up to the shoreline, and it was time to go home.

#bluejellyfish #stingray #seashore #seamist

Inspirational quote


 So true 🙂

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