Well, I cannot believe it has been a year since I started my lovely little blog!
ONE WHOLE YEAR!!!!
To be fair though, I actually started a few weeks before this anniversary over on blogger but moved to wordpress a year ago.
I have had such an amazing year in terms of all things bookish.
I spent six-months training to become an editor, those months were some of the hardest of my life. I had gone from earning £35k+ a year to nothing, practically overnight. That is a massive shortfall in any household and it really did put a strain on my not so little family. My husband was wonderful though. He supported me unconditionally. He knew that I couldn’t go back to working stupid hours, out of the house, away from the kids, and for nothing but the financial reward – it was hell. So, we muddled through. Then, once I had finished proofreader training, could I find a job?
Could I chuff!!!!
I did all sorts of begging, some of it fairly ugly begging too, but I did it. Christmas was fast approaching, I was working behind a bar to pull in some sort of present fund, Paul was working all day, I was working all night, we were like ships that pass in the night and we had to do it. We sat down and decided that if I didn’t have a job by Christmas, I’d have to quit trying, I’d have to look at sales or customer service roles. I was terrified.
Then it happened.
The most wonderful lady I know (apart from you, Mum) randomly messaged me asking if I’d be interested in a freelance position with her publishing house. I cried. I hadn’t even been offered the job but I cried. Seriously ugly crying too (I spent a lot of last year ugly!!) She sent me the job spec, we had a chat on the phone, and she’d seen some editing I’d done free of charge for some authors in an anthology her house had published that year, she was impressed, liked my style, liked my reviews, and she offered me the job.
She doesn’t know this but when I got off the phone to her that day, I collapsed on my kitchen floor and sobbed. I’m crying now typing this. That phone call changed my life.
I can’t believe that it has only been eight months since I started editing for her, it feels like I’ve never done anything else and I hope I’m still with Betsy and the Bloodhound gang for a very long time to come!!
But all through that time I had my blog. This little world where I could come and hide from all the crap what was going on and just write about the brilliant books that I had been reading. My own little escape from reality.
And you guys. The people who have joined me and stayed with me from the beginning.
How bloody brilliant are you?
I have had so many WOW moments, far too many to list – it’s been phenomenal. Completely mind blowing and I have loved every single second of it.
I have made so many bookish friends who I just know will be in my life forever.
A huge and massive thank you to each and every one of you for making this past year so special!
Now, to help me celebrate my first birthday, the wonderful Rachel Amphlett has given me two sets of her Dan Taylor series on Audible! TWO!!!!
If you haven’t heard of them, here are the blurbs for all four books …
A troubled past. A murdered friend. A bomb that will change the face of terrorism.
When Sarah Edgewater’s ex-husband is murdered by a wealthy organisation hell-bent on protecting their assets, she turns to Dan Taylor: geologist, ex-soldier, and lost cause.
Plunged into a global quest for answers, Dan and Sarah aren’t just chasing the truth – they’re chasing a bomb that, if detonated, will change the future of alternative energy research and the centre of England’s capital forever.
An explosion rocks a Qatari natural gas facility… a luxury cruise liner capsizes in the Mediterranean… and someone has stolen a submarine…
Are the events connected?
Dan Taylor doesn’t believe in coincidences – all he has to do is convince his superiors they are next in the terrorists’ line of fire.
As Britain enters its worst winter on record, Dan must elude capture to ensure the country’s energy resources are protected. At all costs.
In an action-packed adventure, from the Middle East through the Mediterranean to London, Dan and his team are on a quest which will test every choice he makes. Assisted by the exotic Antonia Almasi, Dan realises he faces an adversary far greater than he ever imagined, and not everyone is going to survive.
Dan Taylor has survived two attempts on his life. The rest of his team are missing, and now a terrorist group has stolen a radioactive isotope from a top secret government project.
Can Dan survive long enough to prevent a nuclear disaster on British soil?
With the Prime Minister determined to re-negotiate the country’s place in the European Union, and deals being struck behind closed doors, Dan stumbles across a plot that will shake the country to its core.
If his mission fails, his enemies will overthrow the British government, and Dan will be a wanted man.
If he wants to succeed, he’ll have to sacrifice everything.
Dan Taylor is trying to keep a low profile when an old friend contacts the Energy Protection Group seeking his help.
The man’s daughter is alone in sub-Saharan Africa, and her life is in grave danger.
Thrust back into active duty, Dan soon realises that getting Anna to safety is only half his problem. The forensic accountant holds the key to preventing Western Sahara descending into chaos, and exposing the puppet masters behind a coup d’état.
With a group of militants financed by a regime intent on acquiring mineral assets in the conflict-torn country in pursuit and willing to do anything to stop him, Dan must draw on old survival skills and luck to make sure Anna and the evidence she has in her possession reaches safety.
So, if you want the chance to win one of these complete audio box-sets, just click below!