About my books : Meet the Character – Charles Ferrers from The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series

I know some of my follower will have migrated from over my old author website and have been following me since I started my journey as a writer nearly six years ago. It was a humble start, scribbling short stories and half thought ideas, until I eventually came up with my Sophie Morgan Vampire Series Books. I republished them independently in 2016 after my US publisher closed. I’d had a stab before then on an indie basis, and I know many of you will know me even from then. But I’m also aware that many of you will be completely unaware of my writing, so I thought I’d share some juicy extracts and insights. The Sophie Morgan series focuses on…

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Dakine Prom Backpack Product Review: a perfect mum bag for a family day out

Looking for a perfect backpack for a family day out? Maybe you’re a mum who has a lot to carry and would prefer your hands free? The Prom backpack by Dakine is easily my favourite backpack at the moment and here’s why : it ticks all my boxes. As you know I love a backpack and have a lot  but this one takes it to a new level. Why? Well firstly, it holds a lot. It has a huge main compartment where you can fit in several changes of clothes, books, nappies, wipes and more. It’s massive! It has a padded section for a laptop or computer, which is great if you need to work on the go or like…

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#RealMumsWorking : a new interview series coming soon

As you know, I’m a working mum. There are a lot of us out there. We face challenges that sometimes feel unique. It’s stressful. Of course that’s true for all parents, mums, dads, those who stay at home, those who don’t. But I want to give us working mums a bigger voice and an opportunity to showcase the variety of experience we have. So I’m starting an interview series. Each week I will be posting a short interview with a different working mum. It’s a quick Q&A which you’ll be able to read while you’re boiling a kettle. I hope to highlight that your challenges aren’t always your own, share some quick tips and also show the diversity of working…

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Mud and Bloom : a monthly nature and craft subscription box for children

I’m always wary of subscription services, but Mud and Bloom is a complete treat for those wanting to encourage their kids to get out in nature and for adults who aren’t naturally good at craft.  The lovely Anja, owner and creative mind behind Mud and Bloom sent me a sample to review, so how I could say no? I should add a disclaimer though, I grew up with keen gardeners so I’m quite good when it comes to growing things, and I’m also quite good at certain crafts. However, when it comes to combing the two I’m lacking, I’m never going to be one of those parents who have boxes of buttons, ribbons, pine cones and the like knocking around.…

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About my books: meet the character – Sophie, from the Sophie Morgan Vampire Series

Against the tradition of many good vampire slayers, Sophie Morgan is completely ordinary. Painfully so. She’s done everything that her family or the world  has asked of her – stayed away from boys, worked hard through school, gone to university and has got herself a job. Raised by her single teen mother and her grandparents, she’s practical, down to earth and has a work ethic which would make any employer proud. But then life takes a turn, one which we she won’t ever quite recover from.. Sophie has only dated one guy seriously and when he unceremoniously and rather surprisingly dumps her, she’s a little lost to how she is meant to pick herself up. Her friend and coworker suggests…

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Reality TV and role models of tomorrow

I am not afraid to admit to my guilty pleasure –  reality TV shows.. They are the ones that I get secretly excited about. The ones that I set a reminder in my diary for when the new series is due to begin. As a sociological study, I find some of these thoroughly entertaining. I’ve even become a recent convert for Love Island, thanks to all the chatter about it and to the disappointment of my husband.  My husband just calls it car-crash TV and says that everyone is reprehensible. I don’t like all reality TV.  but there are a handful that I’m addicted to. I love these shows for different reasons, but I sometimes I do wonder about why they are…

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Breaking up with your Boss: knowing when it’s time

Your relationship to work is often like a romantic one. You commit to it with the best of intentions. It feels like a good match, promises are made, you look forward to the good times, and you talk yourself out of how bad the bad times are sometimes. In short, sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you just grow apart. I’ve recently spent some time coaching someone through a resignation. The details of how to resign well (yes there is a good way to do it) is something I will come back to again. But there’s more to leaving your employer than simply sliding your resignation letter across your manager’s desk. It’s a process which starts many months,…

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11 ways to prepare for motherhood and getting pregnant

Deciding to start trying for a baby isn’t usually something that happens overnight. It might also take some time to get pregnant. You might also dither for a while, unsure if the time is right.  So why fill the gap with some activities to help you prepare for pregnancy and motherhood. I suspect there is another post further down the line which is slightly more sarcastic. These are just some of the things that sprung to mind on the practical front.   Folic acid Folic acid reduce the risk of central neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies. A lack of folic acid could lead to folate deficiency anaemia. You will be told to take it during the first…

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About my books: The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series

I’ve always enjoyed books by Charmaine Harris (“True Blood/ Sookie Stackhouse) and was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Being Human. It’s not surprising then that my first stab at writing books was to try urban fantasy. I use the word loosely as in my world, vampires are in many ways as ordinary as us. They have jobs, they have layers, they have obsessions. They are flawed. I wanted to write about a world where it could really happen, where it’s not all mirrors without reflections and ghostly pale faces. I wondered what it would be like it that man next to you on the bus was a vampire. That waitress serving you your dinner. I didn’t…

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Now TV Bingeworthy Boxsets and a 14 day FREE trial

  As you know, I’ve learned the value of a good streaming service since becoming a mum. When you become a mum, your social life takes a nose dive and you can find yourself awake at odd hours with a child. Being able to watch some decent TV when you eventually get some down time is a must. When my son was born, we cancelled out satellite TV subscription, and instead opted to move to NOW TV. This basically gives you some of the biggest and best SKY TV channels, along with movies, sport and box sets. You don’t get all of them, you buy passes for entertainment, sports or TV. It’s great for me as I get to still…

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Daydreaming of a family holiday to Jamaica:

  That’s it, it looks like the British heatwave is probably over. While I’m sure the rest of August will be pleasant, I am someone who loves sun. We haven’t had a beach holiday for a few years and while we’ve enjoyed our city breaks and UK holidays, my thoughts sometimes turn to somewhere more exotic.   When it comes to thinking of beach holidays, I always think of that Beach Boys song – Kokomo. I love the idea of Jamaica. I’m a child of the eighties and I always think of Cocktail with Tom Cruise.   I admit I’m tempted to start saving.   No wait, we have a child. Surely that sort of holiday is out of the…

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How to ask for interview feedback

So you didn’t get the job you wanted, but you want interview feedback to help you get the next one? I’ve worked with many recruiters and jobseekers over the years and statistically you are in the majority. Most people won’t get the job they interviewed for, only one person is going to get it. The trick now is ensuring that your learn from it, build on your interview performance and skills, and go from there. Interview feedback is important for all those reasons. I also think it’s important as you must remember that there’s always the possibility that the “first choice” for the job may not accept or stay in it. If you can leave a positive imprint on the…

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