Here's what an independent reviewer from Author Alliance said about LOVE SUZI x.
'Love, Suzi x is well written, and loads of fun.
Suzi is likeable, real and hilarious! I laughed out loud throughout and thoroughly enjoyed her diary-like letters to Eve illustrating her adventures as she steps out of her comfort zone and travels the world as a stewardess. Suzi's descriptions of the beautiful places she visits and antics she gets up to with the rest of the crew made me want jump on a plane and just go! Exciting as it is, there are negatives to this life in the skies and she is not without doubts. Suzi manages it all with humor and avoidance making her that much more genuine, but her focus remains on taking the chance and living out her dream.
I recommend Love, Suzi x to anyone looking for an amusing and insightful story.'
Know anyone who might like a copy tucked in the bottom of their Christmas stocking? It's on offer at the moment.
For the last 18 years the 5th November has been a special celebration for us. No, not because of bonfire night, but because it is the day that I produced my second daughter (who aptly shot out like a rocket, but perhaps that's too much detail).
Last night was no exception and along with 30,000 other revellers (and that was half of the usual number who attend) we were braving the cold, autumn air to watch the spectacle that Lewes is renown for. For those of you not fortunate to live near to this exquisite town, it is the biggest celebrated 5th November event in the world - not to be missed.
We first starting join the throng who line the streets to watch the torch-lit processions seven years ago when we moved down from London. Since then, although we spend the first part of the evening on the pavement, we soon learnt to get maximum enjoyment out of the evening it was a great idea to take a table in a particular restaurant where we could keep warm, eat and hang out of the upstairs window to watch the crowds below. ( I book the table a year in advance.)
For such a huge amount of people packed into a small town, there is usually very little hassle. Yes, you get jostled. Yes, there are drunken revellers vying for a good vantage spot to watch the bands, magnificent costumes and large effigies that are pulled up and down the streets and yes, one year a woman told me off for pushing (it wasn’t my fault but the people behind me, m' lud). But the party atmosphere is enticing. Even afterwards when the crowd disperses to watch the five, large bonfire displays that occur at different sites around the town, the ooohs and ahhhs are still enthusiastically heard as the magnificent fireworks light the sky. (I thought the elderly man standing in the field next to me was about to wet his pants with excitement as he threw his head skywards and exclaimed at each firework as it lit up the sky – then his childlike enthusiasm was explained when he mentioned his half empty glass of cider.)
Last night we were out there again. The young French exchange student with us enjoyed the antics of the lairy city gent hell bent on shouting at the parade. I'm just grateful his English wasn't up to translating all the abuse hurled.
I would urge anyone to witness this spectacle. Don't be put of by scaremongers who tell you it is dangerous, too crowded or wild. A week day is best as the town can swell to 60,000 if the 5th falls on a Saturday. You will see families with young babies enjoying the revelry and I have taken various children over the years, always counting them out and counting them in again with none lost, injured or scarred to date. ( I would recommend taking some ear plugs though as often firecrackers are let off right in front of you. Although leaping a foot in surprise does give you an added vantage point.)
I will always be grateful for the revellers in Lewes for attending the birthday girl's celebrations and making them go with a bang. Last night while she wanted the restaurant to sing her 'Happy Birthday' as usual, understandably the lure of her mates, legal alcohol and roaming around the town caused greater excitement than bonding with her family. Needless to say I was in my bed before her but I could still hear the rest of Lewes from 6 miles away, sharing her special day, safe in the knowledge that the cleaning fairies would do a marvellous clearing up job ready for the town to wake this morning. I just wish they could make it as far as my village.
If you want to know more about the what goes on in Lewes on the 5th November, here’s a link:-
Lewes Bonfire Celebrations
My perfect Saturday morning is spent waking slowly; cup of tea in bed while O. H. goes and gets the paper then a breakfast of good coffee, yogurt, fruit and toast while reading said papers. I did say perfect because that’s the one I fantasised about while I was getting up at 7 last Saturday. By 9 I was laid out (not literally of course) and ready to sell. Here’s my stall at the Multiple Sclerosis Christmas Fair. A worthy cause and one that kept me busy both days.
Here were two of my best sellers.
Duck candle lantern. Click on her for a link to East is East website.
Owl candle lantern. Click on him for a link to East is East website.
And these galloped out of the door:-
Reindeer candle lantern. Click on him for a link to East is East website.
They raised £2400, which is enough to keep the centre open for a week. Many thanks to all our customers and those who supported the event.
ps Free Postage on all orders over £25 before 30 November at East is East.
If I told you that I spent part of my Wednesday evenings lying on tarmac in the car park of an industrial estate looking at the stars you would probably ask me two questions. 1) – Am I a lady of the night or 2) could I also get you a supply of smack? The answer to both these is no. I am attempting to get fit. Mainly for one of the passions in my life – skiing, which I’m hoping to do this season as we didn’t go last year. But also because I’m now on the dark side of 50 - I feel I must.
Along with 24 other much younger women (nay, in fact, mere babes in all senses of the word) we are the FIT chicks. Females in Training. Now a few months down of turning out in all weathers ( I’m assured wind, rain and snow won’t stop us) I’m still not sure if it's working. My arms are still wobbling a bit when I wave, it still hurts every time I come home and my clothes are just as tight as at the beginning, but I go anyway. At least now my thighs don’t scream in protest every time I sit on the toilet from all the lunges I’ve done and if you say 'mountain climbers' I will no longer look for my walking boots.
Am I getting fit? I don’t know. We are shouted at by our leader as we change from each station with only seconds to rest but it is inspiring watching her demonstrate the exercises with casual expertise. Perhaps I just need to go longer for something to work? Maybe I need to step up my game, stop the tennis and join her running group and I will get a butt like hers; pert with not one dimple in sight? I don't know, I'm just hanging in there with blind faith that it must be better for me than slobbing on the sofa. I said better, not more pleasurable. Meanwhile, think of me on a Wednesday evening. Pray that the weather is kind to us and I will continue to lie on my back, on the tarmac, in the dodgy car park perfecting my cycle sit-ups and wishing on the stars.
I’m having trouble getting going this morning. I know why. It’s not just because it’s Monday morning...
So in an effort to motivate myself to get going I have put on music. Oh, the power of music. It can lift you, reduce you to tears by way of the first bar and also transport you immediately back to any bitter/sweet time in your life.
So I’m going to tell you about three pieces. The sad one first.
I only have to hear the opening of ‘A Lark Ascending’ Vaughan Williams and I’m back sitting on my mother’s bed. She was lying in my sunny yellow living room and it was the last piece of music we listened to together before she died. ( The anniversary is coming up, that’s why it’s on my mind.)Being a Motown Girl I think Stevie Wonder is a genius. He’s been with me growing up and I can sing along at the top of my voice in the car to most of his tracks. ‘As’ takes me back to my wedding day, conjures up images of eating brunch, sitting outside on a summer’s day, the scent of bunches of sweetpeas filling the air or standing at the top of a mountain, blue sky, clear air in my lungs with the twinkling, snowy slope stretched out in front of me. And my third? After watching The Intouchables, starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy, again last night (and if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you really must) ‘September’ is just the pick-me-up I need today. So if you are driving on the A27 in Sussex today and you pass a woman, music blasting out, singing at the top of her voice to Earth Wind and Fire, wave and smile - it’ll be me.Teresa x
PS Today is the 10th anniversary of the day my sister passed away. Told you it was sad. What are your three?
Thrilled to announce that LOVE,SUZI x is now available to buy in paperback from Amazon.I am going to be signing and chatting at the Pop-Up Bookshop, Swan Walk, Horsham 27th Sept.1.30-2.30. Not only me but there will be plenty of authors to enable you to find a book you like. Would love you to pop in and say hello.
Summer madness is the only way to describe it. The school holidays seem to cast us all into a time warp. Routine disappears and everything is back to front. While I love not having the daily pressure of getting everyone up, breakfasted and out the door by a certain time I do look forward to getting the household back into some sort of order. Mainly so I can write again without interruption to chauffeur someone to somewhere, cook up vast quantities of pasta for teenage gatherings and tidy the house yet again afterwards.
But now I have my wish. The house is quiet, everyone where they should be (namely out of my hair) and I can write. There just seems to be so much to do I don’t know where to start. So to procrastinate further here’s a picture of the pigeons I spotted outside my window earlier. I have written a post for my other blog site, http://teresahamiltonwriter.wordpress.com/
put on 3 loads of washing, done some social marketing for my latest book Love, Suzi x, made some phone calls and browsed the web looking at Uni courses with my daughter. Maybe not such a waste of a morning. Now I’m going to enter the Bath Novel Award Competition before I do the ironing, walk the dogs, put the vacuum cleaner round and write a press release! TGIF.Teresa x
Love is…sheltering from the rain with the one you love.
So here it is! What do you think? I didn't realise how many decisions have to be made before you get something that looks like a real book jacket. I've now got the proof copy of the paperback to check so it will be available to buy from Amazon in a couple of weeks. Pop back as I'll announce it here.
I am being interviewed on the Charlie Plunkett radio show on Coastway
Saturday 17th August evening @ 19.00.
I’m talking about writing, books, why I chose the three songs being played and reading excerpts from LOVE, SUZI x.
It can’t be archived so you must listen at 19.00 or you will miss it.
57 mins of fun! 57 not 58!
Would love you to join us…
I am thrilled to announce that LOVE, SUZI x is officially launched and available to download from Amazon. The paperback should be available in a few weeks. Thank you to all my followers for your continued support. It is much appreciated. I’m in the process of writing a sequel of Suzi’s adventures . Any ideas or feedback would be most welcome.
Teresa xPS. I also had a trailer made. What do you think of this?