Cruising the Coast to Crusoe’s 


Another Saturday morning and another Wilford adventure in search of a local haunt to stuff our faces.

I was originally booked onto two exercise classes at Xercise4less (trying to escape for a couple of hours me-time and leave the baba with the hubby, see how he likes it. Payback for when he sods off to football on a Sunday morning) but when I woke up, that flipping mam guilt voice told me we ought to do something as a family.

So, sounding like I was doing him a favour, I suggested I skip the classes and we all go out for breakfast (again!) I know, I know – I had an opportunity to escape and I didn’t take it. I’m sure I’ll regret it when he’s off to yet another NUFC match (eye roll).

Surprisingly, we arrived at a decision really quickly (which doesn’t happen often in our household – especially over what to eat and where).Turns out hubby wanted to visit The Royal Quays outlet in North Shields to have a look in the Nike store for some football boots. I struggled to think of somewhere near there to go so when he suggested we go to Crusoe’s in Tynemouth en route, I agreed. Wow.

Crusoe’s is on the beach overlooking the sand and the sea down from The img_0353Grand Hotel (where we had our wedding reception nearly nine years ago. Crikey it’s our ten year wedding anniversary next year eeek! I want to go back to Vegas to celebrate – minus a child in tow. He doesn’t. I’ve got a year to work on him plus I’m open to babysitting offers – please apply within).
Before I go any further – I know I’m not the most maternal of folk but I do want to add a ‘P.S I love my child’ in here. Despite the underlying moan tone I have on this blog toward little people – it is all in jest and I do have a heart.

I’ve cried twice this weekend; once (well numerous times actually) at the story, picture and video of five-year old Omran Daqneesh injured in the airstrike at Aleppo. I’m sure I’m amongst millions of parents who hugged their children a little bit tighter that night. His little dazed face and lack of tears are harrowing at how he accepts this as a way of a life; no emotion other than the sheepish look when he wipes his bloody hand on the chair after touching his little injured head. Totally and utterly heart breaking.

The other time was at a heart wrenching story that I came across on Instagram yesterday morning that I just can’t get out of my head.

Michelle and Andy Cottle experienced the stillbirth of their daughter, Orla, back in May. They’re cycling from Vancouver to the Mexican border in San Diego to raise funds for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity (SANDS). I can’t begin to imagine the pain they are going through but the strength they’re showing is incredible and inspiring. They’re website is called Dear Orla and you can read more about it and follow their journey here. They both do a brave video (which you can also view on the website – have plenty of tissues handy!!) where they tell their story #CyclingForOrla. You can also donate here.

It puts everything in perspective and is all the more reason to spend time together as a family. I know I am lucky and I am thankful for what I’ve got.

Back to Saturday morning and after cruising along the coast from Blyth, we parked opposite Tynemouth Park again and walked img_0386down. We imagepassed an early morning running club – a brutal reminder that I’d ditched my own morning of exercise in favour of food. Ooops. Oh well, I’m trying out a buggy running club today so I’m hoping that redeems me. Should be interesting!

We both had bacon sarnies; I had my usual filter coffee and he had his usual diet coke. So predictable. I spied a gingerbread latte on the menu and made a mental note to return nearer Christmas for this festive tipple ummmm.

I’ve been to Crusoe’s once before and it was every bit as beautiful as Iimage remember; cosy and welcoming with it’s wooden furniture and twinkly lights giving it an almost festive feel. This was heightened by the slight autumnal chill on Saturday morning; grey skies and drizzle meant cardies had been replaced with coats. Otherwise we would have opted for outdoor dining.


Of course, nosy parker Ella couldn’t resist snapping up a perfect people-watching opportunity so out of her pram she came, perched on the table, catching the eye of a young couple across the room. I’m bias but she has such an infectious smile and she was bestowing it upon anyone who would take notice.

After breakfast, we walked back to the car and headed off to Royal Quays. Hubby didn’t get his football boots but I got myself some running trainers.


Yep, you read right running trainers.

But that experience is a whole blog post in itself.

As is the trip to Jesmond Dene we did afterwards.

So keep toot for those.

Love Missuswolf xxx





Saturday Snaffles – Breakfast in Tynemouth

We seem to have fallen into a wonderful habit of going out for breakfast on a Saturday morning.

There’s nothing quite like us all piling into the car and going for an early (ish) morning drive along the coast in search of a bacon sarnie.


Our pit stop this Saturday was Tynemouth Park. We frequented this last summer in the early days of my pregnancy. A lifestyle of eating and drinking on a weekend took a quick u turn when a panic-stricken husband was desperately finding things to do to entertain his sober, now insanely food-fussy  wife.

So Friday evenings were spent with me losing at the Lost Adventure Golf – alternated with losing copious amounts of two pennies in the nearby Whitley Bay arcades.

Thankfully on this visit, my appetite was fully restored and I wasn’t subjected to an ass whooping at the golf. Baby in tow, we went straight for bacon (and sausage) sarnies at the Clock Tower Café. They were delightful; both on brown buns and plenty of meat on them. We didn’t realise until after we ordered that if we wanted any sauces that they cost extra (25p each) so I trooped on back to the counter to grab a couple of these.

Washing it down with a filter coffee with warm milk (and a can of coke for the hot-drink-a-phobic that is the other half), we were both eyeing up the new Pirate Quest maze (can’t wait to take Ella bells in there when she’s older).

I wiped the crumbs off my jeans and the sauce off my face (I’m worse than a child) and we headed to show Ella the golf and the Jungle Wipeout.

Not that she was particularly interested.

imageShe was just pleased with herself that she’d managed to ‘negotiate’ with her dad not going back in her pram. A sign of things to come I suppose. Daddy’s. Little. Finger.

So we walked around the Boating Lake, me pushing an empty pram (still good exercise with an overstuffed changing bag attached) and the OH carrying a smug Ella. We remembered to stop and take some pictures this time as we’re usually rubbish at capturing family outings.

We passed a really cute old couple out walking their dog. They were so happy and content, when we walked by the old man grinned ‘you’ve got a better job than I have’ he said to hubby as he motioned to the dog tugging on his lead. The old man was on doggy toilet duties bless him – I was tempted to say he should see the state of Ella’s nappies. Or worse still, the tornado like explosions that splatter her clothing. Which normally happen in public (the Zoo in the lakes, a visit into work blah blah blah).

Not today though.


We’d done it! Five months on and it’s still a pat on the back to  escape unscathed from any embarrassing baby-related incidents. Hurrah!

Our Saturday morning snaffling and cruising along the coast was a success!

Love Missuswolf xxx





Maternity Makeup Must-haves


For the record this blog isn’t always going to be about maternity and baby stuff – I get bored so I’m writing about what’s going on in my life. Which other than keeping a small human alive and successfully getting us both up and out of the house every day, doesn’t really consist of much.

So here’s my ramblings about my Maternity Makeup Must-haves.


Forgot to take the label off the mascara and wipe the smear off the lip gloss lid ooops. I’m not taking the picture again (it’s dark now – so the lighting’s not right haha).

Obviously the ultimate factor drummed into you from the moment that embryo attaches itself to your uterus is that you will never have time for yourself again. Ever.

I jest – if you’re pregnant with your first please don’t panic.

You will.

It’s hard and it takes time to get a balancing act going but you will nail it. Those first few new-born days are a whirlwind.

I know it may be the last thing on your mind but to me it was psychological.

If I could manage a shower and to put a bit of slap on everyday, I was ready to take on anything – including a nocturnal baby who had just found her vocal chords.

Tip – buy yourself a few key items when you’re pregnant.

Here’s my Motherhood War paint:

Bare MineralsComplexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel cream – Obviously my complexion needs rescuing, especially in those first week weeks where I hadn’t slept and consumed a tonne of sugar.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand – A concealer that has an under eye lift cream – score! I was sold by the word Miracle.  Need I say more. This has been a godsend.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara with oil blend – Makes you instantly feel human as it frames but disguises your hideously tired eyes. Oh – and it also withstands any happy/hysterical tears. It’s just a bit of a buggar to take off (might want to leave this one until you’ve got a bit more energy to scrub your face on a night time). I was scraping the last of my Mac Extended Play lash at the beginning of Mat leave and once that died I used my good old Boots points to try this one. It’s actually my fave mascara yet!

Mac Powder Blush in Melba – Instant injection of humanity in my face. Nothing screams healthy and glowing like a good Mac blush – especially handy on those days where you feel like death.

Forever Living Sonya Perfect Pink Lipgloss – a slick of this gives instant moisture on your lips and distracts from those tired eyesimage

LOC Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil –  great for a quick sweep across the lips – as above

Benefit Browzings – even if you just do your brows you’ll feel like you’re winning at life. Kit includes mini tweezers, pigmented wax and a natural powder

I know the above may seem a lot of effort when you’ve got a wee one and I don’t always wear all of it. But this is my basic kit and I mix and match it up depending on the day/weather/activity. Honestly,  a bit of mascara and lippy can make you feel like you can conquer the world.

If you’re feeling super adventurous:

Smashbox contour powder palette –  a really successful day (by this I mean the weekend when the hubby is on baby duty) is throwing on a contour.


I would show you the insides of Smashbox and Browzings but there’s not much left of these bad boys. I wore them out back in my old life when I had hours to get ready.

This is by no means a blog post telling you to get your ass up and wear make-up – god no.

I have days where I don’t wear any at all and it’s pretty liberating. It’s just that some days you feel like you’re going into battle and what best mental prep is there than a slick of war paint.

Love Missuswolf xxx





Maternity Leave Essential – Birchbox

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Before I begin I’d like to state that I’m a full on subscriber to Birchbox and I’m not receiving anything for this blogpost. For all you ladies out there, especially those of you on Mat Leave – this one’s for you.


I’m hitting the brassic time of Mat Leave where every penny counts. Yawn. I shouldn’t complain as I’m lucky to be allowed nine months off. I saw an Instagram post yesterday of a friend in America who was going back to work after twelve weeks.

So, other than sporadically now spending my Boots points on makeup (which I accumulated buying all the baby crap) I’ve subscribed to Birchbox.

Once a month, I receive a little box through the post (exciting! I love receiving post).

Inside are five beauty product samples – ranging from make-up, perfume, skincare to hair care.

This month they came in a fabulous dove grey neoprene Scuba Birchbag with a range of four cool neon accents. The bag is super handy as either an everyday essential make-up bag or a travel bag for your jolly hols beauty products.

For those in the mammy tribe who carry a changing bag – this Scuba Birchbag is an ideal size to fit inside and slip your own essentials in.

August’s products are definitely one for the mammy tribe too – check this lot out:

Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo – need I say more

Merci Handy antibacterial hand cleansing gel – a given

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum – skin sos is a necessity

Anatomicals Body Scrub – ‘brimming with energising grapefruit’ ‘sloughs away dead cells’ – we need all the help we can get

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner – just because.

Oh and I nearly forgot – a delightful little sample of a perfume called English Laundry. To mask the smell of baby sick and the likes.

If you subscribe monthly it’s £10 plus £2.95 P&P. Keep an eye out for money off codes on the internet as well as I managed to get my July box for about £6.

You can accumulate points and receive offers for inviting friends to join.

A canny little treat to look forward to in the post every month.

Love Missuswolf xxx



How was your weekend?

Monday 8th August 2016

I’m into my twenty-second week of maternity and I still look forward to the weekend like I did when I worked full-time.

I’ll not give you the spiel about motherhood being a full-time job and all that but after five days of just me and the baba, I can’t wait for the weekend to do family things. In other words – share the load.

I’ve already done a couple of KIT days at work and I fully intend to use all ten of them.

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Don’t be deceived by the smile. She’s happy with herself for rolling over but the whingeing soon ensues until I rescue that trapped arm. Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

That one day in the week where I get to skip off to work where I don’t have to think about keeping a little human alive is delightful. Selfish I know but I love having a day to myself – to relish in the old me. Pure escapism. Gasp!


It’s been extremely healthy for my sanity.

Ella’s not a cuddly baby – yet when I get home from work and feed her, she falls asleep on me. Something she never does when we spend all day together. I’m not one for sitting still either and there’s so much to do when I get in from work. But all those jobs I’m eager to do and I normally can’t rest until they are done – I find myself leaving.

It feels like quality time.

Unlike today where it’s taken me the best part of it to write this blog post in-between feeding, changing and entertaining. Another round of  bottle feeding looses its appeal when you do it day in, day out. But that one I do after work – I actually enjoy.

Anyway, I digress.

So – back to the weekend.

Newcastle Fiesta

On Saturday we trooped over to the Newcastle Fiesta at the Town Moor. After nailing a military operation of a morning – consisting of the three of us getting up and ready, walking to the Coastline to snaffle a bacon sarnie (think hubby was hung over from watching the unsuccessful NUFC match the night before) and packing a car with baby paraphernalia, we managed to arrive half an hour early. High five us!

The gates didn’t open until 12 on the dot so a roadside wait it was while I jumped in the back seat to throw a bottle of milk (obvs not literally!) down a hungry baby.

The £2 car parking fee and £3 entry free each (Ella was free) I could live with. Granted, it wasn’t as big an event as I thought it was going to be. The banner advertised lots of fabulous hot air balloons (my childhood obsession!) – I got to see two. Some people didn’t get to see any. I was just thankful Ella isn’t arsed about rides yet as they were a rip off. Even with the money off vouchers they were still expensive.

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Happy second birthday to Lady Ruby

Never mind, the sun was shining, we bumped into some friends and managed to over-stimulate Ella into a long nap. Hurrah!


Fast forward to Saturday night and we’re off to Davanti’s at Whitley Lodge for my niece’s second birthday. Great food and great atmosphere – the staff were so friendly and entertaining (and patient with all the small children we had in tow!) It was my turn to drink and I found myself slightly pissed at a two-year olds party #motheroftheyear

I felt the consequences the next day. Wine is the devil’s drink bah. I’ll never learn.



So now it’s Monday and I’m back to another week in baby land. At least I get to watch the Olympics.

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Feeding a baba while snaffling birthday cake. I’m winning at life.


Love Missuswolf xxx




What I’m currently reading – I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I’m currently reading I See You, the second novel by Sunday Times Bestseller Clare Mackintosh.

Clare Mackintosh

You see, I read her first novel I Let You Go (see her interview here) in April last year when I was on a spate of reading psychological thrillers. It was a story so cleverly written that I got to a crucial point (I don’t want to say too much!) which made me fling my book on my lap and gawp open mouthed to myself (no-one else in the room plus hubby doesn’t read -scoff- so he would never get it).

So I’m unbelievably excited to be reading this! Unfortunately I can’t read it as much to my leisure as beforehand (in case you’ve not heard I’ve not long been thrown into motherhood and  yup I seem to use this as an excuse for everything at the mo. Must organise oneself and not harp on about it).I See You

What’s this book aall abooot then?

Check this out:

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation; just a grainy image, a website and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

Argh I’m terrified already! I’m a few chapters in and I’m looking forward to snuggling under my duvet on this wet and miserable summer evening to read a few more. I’m freaking myself out at the thought of someone watching every move I make …

I See You has been released today so grab yours here.

i see you

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Kerry Ann Richardson

Monday 25th July 2016

Cuppa and a Catch up pic

Today I’m hosting an author to watch out for – the lovely K A Richardson.

Richardson is a Crime Writer who has just won the July author of the month over at the UK Crime Book Club woohoo! She released her debut novel With Deadly Intent back in April. Her second novel I’ve Been Watching You was released in June. Both novels are climbing their way up the Amazon charts and with the impending release of Time to Play (released 22nd September – pre-order here), you could say it’s been a busy year for Richardson.

She’s achieved all of this working while working in a (very important) full time job too!

KA Richardson Author Pic

I downloaded With Deadly Intent to read while I’m on maternity leave (ever the optimist I With Deadly Intentknow!) Well, optimism does get you somewhere – cue naptimes, bedtimes and throwing-the-baby-at-hubby-after-work times;  all of which provide ample opportunity to grab a couple of pages. But I didn’t want to grab just a couple of pages. I wanted chapter’s – I stayed up late and got up early – I wanted to get to the end of this story to find out exactly what that deadly intention was ;-).

Hi Kerry it’s fab to have you here!

 Congratulations on the success of your first two novels! It’s been an exciting year for you. I’ve just finished reading your debut novel – what was the inspiration behind With Deadly Intent?

With Deadly Intent started as the 15000 words I needed for my dissertation for my MA Creative Writing. I was a CSI (crime scene investigator) at the time of completing my MA and instinctively knew that writing crime was something that appealed – I decided to draw on my CSI experience and use the processes in the novel to make it a little less police procedural and a little more something that readers might enjoy. The characters just came alive and I carried on writing after I’d finished (and passed) my MA. Love that you’re enjoying it Gemma!

I've Been Watching YouHow would you compare writing With Deadly Intent to anything you’ve previously written?

I’ve always written – whether that be little handwritten books stapled at the sides for the teachers in primary school, or poems written to help deal with emotion through school and into adulthood – crime writing differs from that as it feels almost real to me – I create these characters who become my best friends for some time – though I’d never do to my friends what I put these poor characters through. My previous work was more focussed around emotion I’d say, where the crime novels are based around things that hopefully, are believable, scary, and give people a little insight into my characters and their lives.  

How do you organise your writing time around working a full time job?

With great difficulty at times! Sometimes it’s not so bad – I write a lot when I’m on annual

Time To Play

Available 22nd September 2016

leave so family holidays are always good writing times. I also try to structure my time when I’m on rest days – this tends to work and my friends and family are very understanding if I say I can’t go somewhere as need to finish a scene or a chapter. I also have an autoimmune disease so it can be a bit of a battle at times but I get there in the end.  

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

It’s a little clichéd but writing is something I’ve always done, either as a coping mechanism or to express myself.

Generally my earlier writing was just for me and would never see the light of day. I see a lot of things as inspiration – books especially. Enid Blyton is definitely one of my earliest inspirations – the books I mentioned making for the teachers were handwritten, stapled at the sides and usually full of cat characters (the teacher loved cats). There was always a little mystery though – I loved the famous five and secret seven. As I got older, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was introduced – this resonated with me – I had intense emotional feelings when I read this – and reread it I don’t know how many times. I remember sitting at school and watching the movie in English with tears streaming down my face – yes I was laughed at, but the point is it made me feel. Later I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I loved how he made someone like Sherlock, who is a sociopath, always in control, and quite dislikeable really, to life and made him into someone likeable who solved crimes with Watson. I think all of those impacted in some way on what I eventually would come to write.

famous-five-01-1991Ah we have very similar interests – I loved reading a good mystery adventure story like Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven too.  

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and are able to let your creative juices flow?

I have two places really – my office which is upstairs and in a state of messy chaos – I can lock myself away and bury myself in the book. It has my lovely book shelves in it, all my old writings, and I work at my grandad’s old desk.   

The other place I enjoy writing is, a little stereotypically, coffee shops. Primarily starbucks but I’ll happily write in any as long as the chairs are comfy and I have a plug for my laptop – I love the smell of coffee, and I love the background noise. It’s amazing what snippets of conversation you pick up when sitting there that could potentially form something for your novel!

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.KA Richardson

Oooo tough question.

I’m a really positive person – I believe in the power of positivity and love inspirational quotes, living a positive life etc. But I also suffer depression, I have done for years, and am on antidepressants. I don’t mind raising awareness of depression and will mention this at random times but most people don’t realise I suffer with this as generally I come across as a really upbeat and positive person. I’m good at projecting that mask we all wear and I find people look at me incredulously when I say I have this disease. I deal with it by accepting that some days are just worse than others and living each day as if it’s a new one. I focus on the good things I have in my life as a rule and look both forwards and upwards which helps me cope.

You’re such an open, honest and positive person – thanks for sharing with us about your depression, I can imagine that’s not easy to deal with.

Thanks for your time Kerry and I wish you all the best with your books.


Grab your copy of With Deadly Intent here

With Deadly Intent

Find K A Richardson on Facebook


Amazon Author Profile

Love Missuswolf xxx

Bookworming my way back into blogging



Wow – it’s over a year since my last blog post and things have changed dramatically!

My focus has slowly wondered away from the writing and blogging world over the last couple of years. This was due to a fantastic opportunity at work – I was involved in a high level project that sucked all of my time and energy. It barely left any time for reading let alone looking after this baby.

Speaking of babies, I then had one of my own. Little Miss Ella joined us in March 2016 – yep, I’ve joined the mummy (or ‘mammy’ as we say here in Geordieland) gang.

So I thought it was only apt that my first book to get me back into reading should of course be The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner. I started following her blog (hilarious – check it out here) when I was in the early stages of my pregnancy – reading it on my phone while sitting on the bike machine at the gym (I was full of good intentions early on – that soon changed  when the Easter Eggs hit the shops! Cadbury’s chocolate was my ultimate guilty pleasure towards the end). My lovely friend Rachel bought me the book as a mammy gift before I had Ella and I started reading it in the hospital the day after she was born (hubby had managed to escape home for a bit, Ella was napping and there was only so much Jeremy Kyle I could watch on the TV!)


This makes Mat Leave look deceivingly glamorous – it’s not. I was lucky to read a couple of pages on this day as someone wanted attention.


Obviously I can’t spend maternity leave reading all day (not for the want of trying, there’s just a small human that keeps interrupting). But I’m going to give it a damn good try. I’m hoping to build up to writing again – this blog post being a starter for ten. I write this (quickly) after a successful full nights sleep (hurrah) while sitting on my bed as Little Miss E naps on her Poddle Pod. It’s 9am and we’re both fed, washed and dressed ready for the day. High five me.  Oh wait – she’s stirring – I’ve shoved My Little Pony on the TV to buy me a few more minutes.

I’ve lost my confidence in my writing and I’m in danger of loosing any brain cells I had left as I’m not working. I’m one of those saddos who loves to work. I’m loving spending time with my munchkin don’t get me wrong, but like most mams (mums) out there we all like to do something for ourselves. My biggest fear was loosing myself and I’m hoping that if I can get back into Missuswolf’s StoryLand, it will give me a sense of something that’s mine and I’m doing for myself.

After twelve weeks of trying in vain to establish a sleep routine, joining various baby groups and hanging around with my friends with babies I’ve managed to establish a comfortable (yet unpredictable!) pattern. Fingers crossed I can keep this up and hopefully fit in what I’ve loved doing since I was a child – reading and writing.

I’m off now to pound the pavements of Blyth with my sister and her kids (this Easter Egg weight won’t shift itself).

Love Missuswolf xxx





Cover Reveal – Sylvia Stein’s ‘Chasing Clarity’


Today I’m thrilled to host the lovely Sylvia Stein, a fellow #GoTeamPIF member, as she features her cover reveal of her forthcoming novel ‘Chasing Clarity.’

~Author Bio~

Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012. She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series.Sylvia Stein

While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born.

Closure was published this past July 2014.  Now author Stein is working hard to bring you her latest YA novel entitled Chasing Clarity.  This novel will be out in February 2015.  “ This will be another one of many books I hope to bring you.”

Now for the cover reveal …


What happens when you lose the love of your life and are left to pick up the pieces? Mia Gerard is about to find out.

Mia has just lost Leo Dancy, her best friend and soul mate. His absence seems unbearable, but suddenly, an opportunity that she can’t turn down arises. She’s offered a teaching position in The New York Dance Academy of Performing Arts. At first, she’s overwhelmed, still dealing with the loss of Leo. But eventually, she allows herself to heal when she meets Henry Watson, a painter with aspirations of having his own exhibit one day, or does she?

As Mia and Henry become closer, Henry develops feelings for Mia, but she’s still unable to love. When Henry can’t have what he wants, he decides to move back to London with his agent and friend, Trina Michaels. Mia may lose him forever, and she’s faced with having the clarity to chase after Henry or let him walk away. Which will she choose?

Chasing Clarity will be out in February 2015

Love Missuswolf xxx

Writing Process Blog Tour


A fellow #GoTeamPIF member Martha Emms has tagged me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. This is a blog hop where authors are asked to share their insights into the writing life.

I have to answer four questions and tag fellow authors and bloggers to take part …

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What are you working on?

I have a few writing projects on the go at the moment.

The first one is a recession based chick-lit novel, which I’m currently in the heavy editing stages of.

The second one is a Sci-Fi novel I started as part of NaNoWriMo last November. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it as part of the challenge but it’s definitely a story that needs to be told!

The third one I’m ghost-writing a historic novel that is set during World War Two.

In between these projects I also blog on here about the books that I read and the stories that I write as well as regular author interviews on my ‘Cuppa and a Catch-up’ feature.

002-pola03How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I want to focus on the historic novel that I’m ghost writing. It’s based on a true story that is captivating. I don’t want to give too much away due to a privacy contract at this stage but this book has everything. The storyline is incredible and uplifting – it restores faith in human nature at a time when the world has been ripped apart by war. It’s factual, it follows an emotional journey of a strong, single woman raising her adoptive daughter using the world to educate her. Intrigued?? Watch this space!

Why do you write what you do?

To date, I’ve spread myself across a lot of genres so I would describe myself as a scatty writer. As above, I have numerous writing projects on-going at one time and they are all of different genres. I suppose it matches my personality. I write what I want to write. The Ruby of Egypt stemmed from a picture book I read when I was younger of a black cat in Egypt. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and Ruby’s story just had to be told.

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The Sci-Fi novel came to me in a dream so vivid that I almost believe it was real. When I awoke, I knew that I had to write this story. Dreams are fickle and there’s not many that we remember, but when there’s one we simply can’t forget it just has to be shared.

My chick-lit novel was written during a bit of a low point in my life. I’d lost a job that I enjoyed doing and needed somewhere to channel my frustration. Two months into 2012 and the first draft was complete. There’s still a long journey ahead with this until I’m entirely happy with it, but it served it’s purpose as a form of therapy at the time.

The historic novel is one that I’m writing in collaboration with a relative. I’m fascinated by stories from the World Wars, in particular the roles of women and the impact that they had on society at the time. It’s very empowering. This story encompasses that and I’m proud to be a part of it.

How does your writing process work?

I blast a page as fast as I can type with the words that tumble out of my brain, with little regard for spelling or punctuation inEditing2 my first draft. I have to get the story out there – get it told. I then go back and colour in between the lines in the editing stages, making it pretty by tidying up the spelling, punctuation and grammar and also adding depth to the story and characters.

Being a bit of a daydreamer with my head in the clouds, I used to make stories up in my head as I got ready for school. The story would follow on each day  and sometimes I would write them down.

Oh yeay – and read. Read, read, read, read and read. It’s so simple, yet so effective. It’s wise to read your own work but more important to read someone elses. There’s so much to be learnt from other writers.

Now over to you Sylvia Stein and Chrissie Parker!

Sylvia Stein

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Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012.

She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series.

While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born.

With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share.

Closure is her debut book as a solo writer.   To quote author Stein,  “ This is the first of many to come.”


Garrison James had it all. A terrific home life and a loving family. Together, he and his wife built a successful ranch and construction company. His world changed the day he lost his wife to cancer. He turned to the bottle and became a monster. Sara, his daughter, tried everything to please him.
After years of abuse, Sara’s aunt visits. She recognizes the abuse and removes Sara. The frail girl begins the delicate journey of find herself, while struggling to leave her father and the monster behind.
Despite the emotional and mental scars she carried, Sara manages to start a new life. She is finally happy.
A phone call changes everything.
Will Sara continue her new life? Can she face the monster, or will she find closure?

Chrissie Parker

Chrissie Parker Author PicChrissie lives in London with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry. She is also an Author. “Integrate” a suspense Novella, is her first release. She is currently working on two suspense books due for release in 2014. One is set in Egypt and the other on the Greek Island of Zakynthos.
Chrissie is passionate about History, Archaeology and travel, and has completed two 6 months Archaeology and Egyptology course with Exeter University. She also likes to read, collect books and listen to music.
To find out more about Chrissie visit her website

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Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island’s resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom.

Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future.

From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, ‘Among the Olive Groves’ is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

Love Missuswolf xxx


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