Satyulemas is coming…

Mid-Winter is a tricky time of year for me.
Firstly there’s all that nonsense about Christmas being warred upon. People get up in arms about the strangest of things – who really cares what sort of paper cups that Starbucks is using?
It’s annoying and amusing at the same time.

Then there’s all the hoo-har about what we should be saying:
“Merry Christmas!”
“Happy Holidays!”
“No, it’s Christmas…”
“It’s not just Christmas, there’s:
Saint Nicholas Day (Christian),
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican),
St. Lucia Day (Swedish), Hanukkah (Jewish),
Christmas Day (Christian),
Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian),
Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish),
Kwanzaa (African American),
Omisoka (Japanese),
Yule (Pagan),
Saturnalia (Pagan)…”
“We’re a Christian Country everyone should be saying Merry Christmas!”
That conversation is always more annoying than amusing, because it drags way too much religion into a season that should be more about Family and Love than which version of god you worship.

Then the Seasonal Affective Disorder hits – the dark mornings and short days, coupled with predominantly cold and damp weather make me feel depressed, ill, irritable and definitely not festive.

I grew up as an Anglican, which meant that I went to church carol services like Christingle and church christmas parties. I sang the carols and bought into the stories that were told… it wasn’t until I was a lot older that I realised it wasn’t the religion I wanted to be a part of.
But I still loved the music and the happiness that the carol services seemed to bring to the children at that time of year.

After I met TOH, we spent Christmas with his family and for several years we had holidays full of music, wine, family and fun… until his mum left us and although his sister tried hard to keep it going, the holiday fell apart.
For a while it was hard to keep the festive feeling going. We managed to do Christmas itself, mainly for our kids sake. Being in Guiding helped because we’d do carol concerts and christmas activities.

After we had so many problems with housing and finance, TOH and I decided that we’d celebrate what we called “Satyulemas” – this starts on the 17th December  (Saturnalia),  takes in Yule on the 21st  (Astronomical Midwinter) and covers Christmas on the 25th Dec, then finishes the day after my youngest Daughter’s birthday.

So this year, I’ve decided to start a new tradition –


Three of these books have homes to go to… but the fourth one (signed & dedicated)  is going to be going to the winner of my Satyulemas Competition!

There will also be E Book Copies for four runners up.

All you have to do is comment on this Blog post with your favourite, book related,  Mid-Winter Holiday Memory.

The competition will end by midnight (GMT) on Satyulemas – 17th December 2018 – the winner will be notified by email, so don’t forget to leave a contact email!

Feel free to share the news – I want to hear about everyone’s memories and hopefully make a new one for someone!





Christmas is on it’s way…

No matter how you celebrate the midwinter feast (there are so many different festivals and names for it) you have to admit that it’s more fun than any of the other festivals during the year…

…Well, it is for me – you might prefer a summer festival to the winter ones…

Anyway, I have more than one reason to celebrate this year. Of course there’s the usual ones – being home with family, having fun baking, crafting and watching my favourite Xmas movies… we watched Muppet’s Christmas Carol last night, and it’s one that I watch every year, with or without the kids!

I love the story and I really think this version is the best one…

This year’s big reason to celebrate is the anticipation of a new member of the family. Assuming that the baby doesn’t decide it wants a Christmas present and stays put, Sprog will be born around 31st December, so this Christmas is going to have to be alcohol free, but at least I can have some fun!

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If you fancy picking up one of my books this Midwinter- no matter if it’s for yourself or as a gift, I’ve decided to drop my e-book prices by 50% until 31st January 2014.

On Amazon, that literally means the prices have been cut in half. If you prefer to read your e-books on a non-kindle reader, then you’ll need to head over to Smashwords and input the following codes into the checkout:

The Tower and The Eye: A Beginning                                     ES36F

The Tower and The Eye: Party at Castle Grof                       WQ59Y

The Tower and The Eye: Freya’s Freedom                             BU38A

The Angel’s Crown                                                                       YD66F

The Necklace of Harmony                                                          CJ32X

Darkness in Mind                                                                          CA46A

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So, I hope that you have a great midwinter festival and enjoy yourself immensely. I know that’s what I’m going to try to do!

Christmas is coming… I’m assembling my Christmas lists…

I have more than one Christmas List… I have one as a woman, one as a writer and one as a mother. Here’s  my Writer’s Christmas list for this year:

1) Sales, Reviews and Likes to happen on all my published Kindle books.

Find them here:

2) Sales of my children’s books to actually happen!

Find them here:

Pika the Phluph and the Gribblebid Tough
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– Everyone to have a wonderful holiday reading my books!!!
I’ll tell you about the other two lists another time… *grins*