New Beginnings

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One of my favourite things about finishing a novel is that it makes room for another to take shape. My creative mind goes into over drive, I get very little sleep, three to four hours a night, and all because I can’t turn the inspiration off…and I don’t want to.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about the story that keeps me up at the moment. Three lives collide in a way they never believed possible. It’s going to be a tricky concept to pull off, but I love a challenge, it keeps the passion alive for even longer and the sense of satisfaction when I finish will be a little sweeter too.

With Fake it ’til you make it due to be release in all eBook stores by tomorrow, and The Pact available on the 29th March, From The Heart  will receive one hundred percent of my attention over the next few weeks.

Super excited, and I look forward to sharing details with you soon.

Brenna x

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Quote of the Week

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Actually, I can…and I will.

For nine months I struggled to find words worth adding to my manuscripts. Heartbreak crippled me and I avoided writing happily ever after’s for my characters because I was hurting. Delete was the most used key on my computer, and stagnate was where I was at.

I allowed myself to wallowed in feelings of not being enough, which grew like a noxious weed to encapsulate and sum up my whole life and not just my relationship with Mr Not So Right.

After so long down I found it difficult to climb back up, as if the walls of my misery pit were lined with moss and I couldn’t get a grip on anything. So I sat and I waited…

The bottom of the pit opened up from beneath me when I received a message from Mr Not So Right announcing he’d arrived in town. The usual playful banter via messenger was back, until he informed me that his days were already counted for and I didn’t make the cut.

Yep, I was back to crying myself to sleep at night…okay, day and night. My want for anything, even to climb out of the ever deepening pit, faded. I went through the motions of each day as if preprogrammed from years of living one day over again and never moving forward.

My dreams floated somewhere above, out of reach, taunting me…a constant reminder that I was still so far from achieving them. For the first time ever I allowed myself to believe that maybe I couldn’t…that I wasn’t enough, that I never was and I never would be. That was until I received another message…

‘I’m in transit. I’ll reply.’

Those 5 words were all it took for change.

I laughed. I laughed so hard that tears ran down my cheeks for a completely different reason. It felt good. Laughter was what I needed in my life, not misery. Instead of sitting in front of my computer and forcing words onto the page, I took time out.

I went to the gym, indulged in a reflexology treatment and caught up with family and friends. After a few days I felt more alive than I had in a long time and ideas began to flow freely.

A week later I was ready. I got up determined to make a dent in the goals I had set in order to achieve my dreams. A manuscript I had been working on caught my attention. I wanted a project I could complete before my head hit the pillow that evening, so I was quick to rule the novel out as an option.

I pondered for a few minutes as I made myself a latte. I toyed with the idea of what if I could finish it. The satisfaction of conquering such a massive task would be the perfect boost I needed…so I took the challenge.

8,500 words was all it took. 8,500 words before I typed The End. The most exciting part in the process for me was knowing that it was actually the beginning. I believed in myself. I grasped the challenge with both hands, and I did it!

This week, as we move from February to March, I am embracing the motto Actually, I can…and I will. I can’t wait to see what new adventures March brings.

I hope your week is filled with inspiration.

Brenna x

Schedule For Fun

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Over the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time in front of my computer smashing out words to create a story worth reading. I’m not complaining about these hours of solitude, I honestly wouldn’t have it another way, but as a single mum of four teens (actually, my eldest has just turned 20!) I fear that life is slipping by and I’m not living to my full potential.

Many of my friends have tried to talk me into the dating game, but sadly for me there is a man out there who has already won my heart, so I have no interest in adding another to the equation. I have to be true to what I want, and if I can’t have him…well…I will just have to find something else to fill my life.

Tonight I’m writing up a schedule…and, for anyone who knows me, a schedule is the worse form of torture for my free spirited nature. This is not the sort of schedule most would write and cringe at the thought of following, this is going to be a schedule dedicated to having more fun.

Now all I need to decide is what I am going to do first!

Feel free to offer suggestions below, or on my Facebook page…I could use all the help I can get!

Brenna x 

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Before the clock reaches midnight

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Every year in preparation for the new year I take time to cleanse my life as best as I can.

My goals are written, broken down and schedule in my 2017 diary. Appointments are beginning to fill the pages, so I look forward to a busy start to the year.

Decluttering my space really helps too. Out with the old to make room for anything new that may come into my house whilst the year is in full swing and I’m too busy to worry about accumulating more than we need.

I like to donate to those less fortunate than me, so unused items are packed into bags or boxes ready to be dropped off at the local charity. I love knowing others will benefit from the impulse purchases I made and didn’t need.

Then comes the big clean. From top to bottom I wash, tidy and dust all surfaces possible. Having four children my house is reasonably sized, so I don’t do this all at once, and as my kids are teenagers, if they’re home, they pitch in and help. It takes time, but feels fabulous afterwards.

And last but not least comes me. Last night I had my hair cut and coloured. My second eldest daughter is a hairdresser, so this was done in the luxury of my own home, which is much more relaxing than visiting a salon. Before I head out for the evening I’m planning to indulge in a hot bath, infused with aromatherapy oils, and my favourite candle burning on the sill.

Cleansed, prepped and ready for all 2017 has to offer, I plan to party the night away and celebrate the end of my most challenging year yet. The second the clock passes midnight I will toast to a fabulous year ahead for all of us.

Have a safe and fun night, and a happy new year to you and yours from me and mine!

Brenna x