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Alternative Book Launch

I have planned an alternative book launch. Why?

  • I am not sure that a face to face launch is appropriate and so have looked at alternatives.
  • The book I am launching is a paperback only at the moment.
  • The target audience to buy the book is different to the target audience to read. (more about that shortly)
  • It is a gift book.
  • It is a way of giving back and trying to support young adults.


Firstly I will GIVEAWAY the first 50 books.

If you would like a free copy and you live in the UK please click on my contact page and send me a message as to why you would like a book and a short sentence or phrase about the person you are giving it to (not the name).

I am thrilled that The Healing Paths of Fife raised nearly £700 for local charities, but since Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself is a gift book aimed to reach out to young adults who need a boost to their self esteem, I would prefer to give the first 50 away.


I will have a day of activities on my Facebook Pages on launch day, 25th June. More details on Monday 21st on this blog and on my Facebook page:

This will include givaways, quiz questions and mugs to win. Also links to useful sites.


Eventispress will be writing to local press. I’ll report back as to how that goes. Having enjoyed quite a bit of coverage down in Bedfordshire (local radio stations too) several years ago we’ll approach here in Fife too.


There will be a zoom night on Monday 28th for invited guests. Yet again I will report back on how this goes. If you would like to be invited then please let me know:

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Spring Bank Holiday ~ May 31st

Happy Spring Bank Holiday to all in the UK!

What does Spring Bank Holiday mean to you?

This is what it means to me. Lots of memories!

I was very fortunate growing up and then teaching because spring bank holiday, and the week’s holiday certainly enjoyed in England, usually meant that I didn’t go to school or subsequently have to teach on my birthday. Rarely it happened. Both my birthday and my Mum’s was around the same time, and so over the years we were often able to celebrate our birthdays together. Such happy memories! One was in 2016 when my cousins came over as a surprise on Mum’s birthday (30th) and visited us in Fife. Here are a couple of recent ones:

A cruise with Mum and Dad on the Oriana in 2017
Enjoying Loch Marie on my birthday 2018

This year we have decided to go away for a long weekend up to Glen Clova, a very special place just on the southern tip of the Cairngorms, with an abundance of pathways leading up glens and into the mountains. It has poignant memories for me of 2020, when we were not able to share our birthdays due to Covid, so it is lovely to look back on happier times.

Glen Clova Hotel

It will be good to recharge the batteries, enjoy a little bit of new found freedom to travel, albeit relatively close by, to have plenty of fresh air and walks and to be ‘in the moment’.

What have you been doing?

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Mental Awareness Week 10th to 16th May ~ Search for the Pearl Inside …

Reading about Mental Awareness Week on the Scottish Book Trust website there were two post which caught my eye:

The Callan Gordon Award is open for authors between between 18 and 35 years in memory of the tragic death of Callan, when he took his own life at 28 years through mental illness. Here’s Iain’s story, Callan’s Dad.

My heart goes out to Iain, who is still going through pain at the memory of events in 2011, ten years ago. Here’s the link to the award:

The Callan Gordon Award 2021

This is a way of supporting young Scottish authors too!

The second post on the Scottish Book Trust relating to Mental Awareness Week is how best to improve mental health by getting out and about in the natural world as described in Brian Kerr’s book How to Value a Skylark, The Countryside in a Time of Change.

The Scottish Book Trust describes 15 wonderful books and so, if you can’t absorb yourself in the natural world right now, then why don’t you settle down and relax and read one of these lovely books at home. I’ve only read The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd in this list and it magically transports you to the wild places in the Cairngorms.

That brings me neatly to my little book of encouragement which I began writing as I was leaving my teaching post at Barnfield Further Education in Luton, giving young people a second chance; a book much needed as we emerge from lock down. The title speaks for itself:

Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself

A Gift Book of Encouragement for Young Adults


To be released on 25th June 2021

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