Merry Christmas Everyone!


I just want to take a moment to thank you all for the support these last few months, whether that has been following here on the blog or facebook, twitter etc .. my visitor numbers have grown enormously & I’m amazed how far & wide my posts are viewed!

To all the tour hosts who have welcomed me onto their teams, the authors who have entrusted me with their books to read & review, the people who enter the competitions & help spread the word, the bloggers who are such a wonderful friendly bunch you have all played a part in keeping my morale high during some difficult medical procedures & worrying times. My cancer is not curable but with so many books to keep me entertained I’m learning to live with it & make the most of every day.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) & a peaceful holiday season .. here’s to a bigger, better, busier 2016 filled with love & happiness. A special mention to one blogger, my friend Rachel from Rachel’s Random Reads without her encouragement & support I would never have had the confidence to begin this!

Today is also a very special day personally not only is it Christmas but it’s my son’s birthday so there won’t be much interaction on social media from me today because it’s double celebrations!

Lots of love to all, Ali xxxx


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“World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy”.

This year is concentrating on & highlighting ‘Dignity in Mental Health‘.

As somebody who has struggled with my own mental health issues over the years & still try to deal with it on a daily basis I just want to raise some awareness today.

I have suffered crippling depression, bi-polar disorder, anorexia & self-harming. It is only as I have got older I have realised it is ok to admit these things & actively seek the help & support I needed. The stigma involved with mental health was often as damaging as the illness itself but once you begin to talk & confide in others you begin to slowly understand you are not alone.

I have a wonderful GP, the support of the mental health team & friends who stand by me & are always there if I need to vent or seek reassurance. I am coping at the moment so long as I take the medication, counselling is always available & in some ways having Cancer has made it easier to get the constant support .. silver linings & all that!

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Some useful links:

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Just reached 200 likes on my Facebook page .. that’s fabulous news. It’s only taken a week so thanks everyone for the support, you can find it here if you haven’t already seen it.


Here it is!

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This is the beginning of my blog .. I have plenty of ideas about what to include but let’s see where my thoughts take me! Either enjoy my ramblings about the things that concern or interest me or give me feedback about what else to include!

Bear with me while I get the site established please!

Ali x