Just one little smile

Smiles are contagious, and one little smile
can illuminate and cause a whole avalanche of smiles
Also, one smile can show us the way to unseen possibilities within us.

Just one little smile.

New Books

Look what arrived today!

Nice new copies of my books.

The third book of my little thoughts, A New Sunrise along with Being Human and Silence Happens and my latest poetry collection, Broken Roses with After the Rain.

All looks lovely, I’m rather happy.

Keep your eyes peeled for a competition coming soon πŸ™‚



Thank you

Many thanks to everyone who entered my Goodreads giveaway to win signed copies of my two books Silence Happens and Being Human.

1039 people entered the competition and three winners were selected. I’m sorry if you are not one of the winners but if you would like to read them, they are available to buy through Lulu πŸ™‚

Thank you πŸ™‚

Silence Happens

When I walk along my local canal I sometimes head up along the old railway track which, in part, goes through Smestow Valley Nature Reserve. I usually see little footpaths skirting away here and there and always thought to wander along them one day.

I didn’t intend to go very far today because I wanted to write and so I started off by having a cup of coffee at Cupcake Lane tearoom which is a new place along the railway situated in the old station building. I took my book out to read for a while and when I’d finished my coffee I had a feeling to go for a walk instead so I packed it all away and off I went.

I am very glad I did because I found a place which sums up one of my little quotes from my first self-published book, Silence Happens, available here; “Silence happens, because the Earth needs to breathe“. It was really very peaceful and next time I visit there I shall take my camera instead of using my phone, although I think the photos have come out not too bad for a camera phone πŸ™‚

Smestow (4) Smestow (3) Smestow (1) Smestow (10) Smestow (9) Smestow (2)


What’s in the box?


Here, let me show you πŸ™‚

book 294 book 295


Yes I have published a collection of my Little Thoughts.

I have self-published through Lulu.com

I have edited some and added a good handful
of new and unpublished Little Thoughts.

Now Lulu seemed very confusing to me at first
until, that is, assistance appeared in the form
of my very, very good friend, Diane M. Denton
who also helped with the editing.

(Please visit Diane’s site for lovely art and exquisite poetry.
Her Novel β€˜A House Near Luccoli’ is literary historical fiction set in Genoa
imagining an intimacy with the 17th century composer. Alessandro Stradella.)

My wonderful, wonderful, lovely friend, Sarah Whiteley
gave me the encouragement, and still does,
to get off my backside and get something into print.

(Please visit Sarah’s site for her beautiful poetry and stunning photography.
Her first chapbook No Direction But Home
is worth every second of time spent reading it.)


I would like to thank everyone who has been with me
since I started writing poetry in August 2011

If you could see the smile on my face as I type these words

“I did it! I finally did it!”

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.