2016 Blog of January!

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Happy New Year!

And welcome if you have discovered my blog for the first time. It is a very casual mix as described in the heading, of all things I love: Life, wildlife, and booklife!

I am a children/ young adults author, and am currently working on a non-fantasy fiction with an ecological theme and plenty of fireworks! For news of my latest novel release please keep an eye out here, or on my Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/IsabelBurtNovels/

There are tabs for reviews, novel blurbs and all you may desire from my home page. I hope you enjoy browsing. As to this blog, well, once a month I sit down and post a little something here. There is so much noise online, I think this is enough for me, and hopefully for my followers. Please take a look at those I follow – there are some wonderful creative and spiritual inspirations amongst them.

Once a week I post a quotation – each with its own different emphasis.

I hope they raise a Friday smile, or dream, to cheer your week-end. Today is Friday so I am posting my monthly blog and quote on the same day – let’s see what happens! Please feel free to comment on the quotes…

See you in February, I’m off to the Treetops!

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BLOG OF JUNE!

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 PLACES YOU CAN FIND ME:

Here!

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Friends, I have discovered Instagram! For me, it’s the easiest, funniest of them all :)

So now I have the blog, the tweet, the snap and the chat of FB. A tumble is being improved, but I have resisted the pin, so far!

And as you all know, this is only a few mainstream channels!

So as I am a self-confessed reluctant blogger – having discovered I prefer to read of other people’s lives, books, and advice – I am streamlining this blog for a bit. I have done this in the past, but this time, I shall stay with a regular monthly post – a sort of round-up of news and views – others and my own!

I will still post the Friday quote – I don’t think I could make it through the week-end without some Friday Food for thought!

Find me on the above links tweeting, and snapping, reviewing and chatting.

Find my reviews on Goodreads, or on Amazon, and I do pop up on a real blogger’s site now and then :)

But most of all, I am writing. Writing. Writing. Writing :)))

It’s true I escape, once in a while, and can be seen squinting at the occasional litfest or author event, heading towards the tea, cake, and later, wine!

Oceans is set for release around the end of August 2015 – and I will, of course, post news on all the above channels – I may even produce that rarely-sighted object – my newsletter!

I will be back on the first of July, and meanwhile don’t forget to pop in for that Friday feel-good feeling – helped by my author on a Friday spot!

Byeeee :)

week-ends = family!

Tuesday Thesaurus – A rich tapestry of life

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Maintaining a blog is a commitment. Do you agree?

And yet there are thousands and thousands of bloggers tapping away each day, and night.

The huge and rich variety of their output is truly amazing.

Imagine what could be achieved if everyone could meet at the same time, and amalgamate their thoughts – truly a book of all time would be born!

Informative, amusing, inspiring, encouraging, instructive, loving, supportive, disturbing, loving and visually exciting.

As we stand on the threshold of a New Year – I take this opportunity to raise a cheer to the blogging community – long may it continue!

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Friday Fruitfulness flees for the Easter Hop!

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Your Friday quotation is not here!

You will find it at the bottom of this post, along with a lovely surprise…

Easter is a time of exciting change, and this Friday I would like to share a wonderful group of authors with you, in the SilverWood Authors Spring Hop 2014. Here is the introduction from SilverWood’s Publishing director, Helen Hart:

Welcome to the SilverWood Books Blog Hop!

A few of our authors have come together to share a variety of articles and items of interest on their blogs for your enjoyment. There are some lovely giveaway prizes, and – to stay in keeping with the Spring and rebirth theme at this time of year – some colourful Easter eggs. Feel free to collect the eggs, and use them where you like. They were drawn by SilverWood author Peter St John who writes the ‘Gang’ series about a boy who was evacuated to a village near Ipswich during WWII. Meet Peter and his characters on the Blog Hop, along with a host of eggcellent SilverWood authors. ;-)

 Have fun!

Helen Hart

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After Friday Fruitfulness – hop over and see what they have in store, too!

NOAH with Russell Crowe has just been released. It has, of course, caused a stir. With its biblical theme, inevitably not all are at peace with its messages. I hope, though, that all the world, and all religions would agree that change is an inevitable part of life, and love, whatever your beliefs.

Just as a new mother struggles to keep up with the changing daily needs of her tiny creation; so must the older mother adapt to the quiet departure of her full-grown child.

We live in a changing world. Animal kingdoms become extinct daily, and the climate seems to be performing alarming jumps of behaviour. The internet reshapes itself second-by-second. Like an intelligent virus it reforms within moments – swallowed by hungry teenagers, commerce, governments. Religion adapts. College terms clash with Easter, but the Pope and the Dalai Lama tweet.

To be at peace, we must embrace change.

Within the time it has taken me to write these lines, what has changed? The dishwasher beeps its end, the dog has woken, the flower unfurled.

Spring has filled the hedgerows with blossom, and the fields with crops…

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A new world of writing awaits, and the characters in a special Old World are stirring to be released. My own novel, TOXICS was published by SilverWood last December, and I must now embrace change if its sequel is ever to reach its readers. I must learn to talk about the one, whilst I find the peace to finish the other!

Easter, and spring, are such a wonderful time – I hope you enjoy clicking on the links below for a lovely variety of articles, and the surprise? – A lucky draw for all who comment below – the winner, of course, receives a signed copy of TOXICS (please ensure you leave contact details for me to find you if you win!)

 Happy Reading :)

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Helen Hollick : Let us talk of many things – Fictional Reality

http://ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/fictional-reality-silverwood-blog-hop.html

Alison Morton : Roma Nova – How the Romans Celebrated Spring

http://alison-morton.com/2014/04/17/how-the-romans-celebrated-spring-2/

Anna Belfrage : Is freezing in a garret a prerequisite?

 https://annabelfrage.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/is-freezing-in-a-garret-a-prerequisite/

Edward Hancox : Iceland Defrosted – Seaweed and Cocoa

http://www.icelanddefrosted.com/

Lucienne Boyce : Lucienne Boyce Blogspot -The Female Writer’s Apology

 http://francesca-scriblerus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-female-writers-apology-or-then-and.html

Matlock the Hare : Matlock the Hare Blog – Pid-padding the self-published Pathway

http://matlockthehare.blogspot.co.uk/

Michael Wills : Michael Wills  – A Doomed Army

http://www.michaelwills.eu/2014/04/a-doomed-army/

John Rigg : An Ordinary Spectator – Television Lines

http://www.anordinaryspectator.com/news-blog

Debbie Young : Young By Nature – The Alchemy of Chocolate

http://authordebbieyoung.com/2014/04/17/the-alchemy-of-chocolate/

Peter St John : Jenno’s Blog  – My Village

http://jennospot.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/my-village_16.html

Caz Greenham: Springtime and Hanging Baskets

http://cazgreenhamdotblogspotdotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/silverwood-authors-spring-blog-hop-springtime-and-hanging-baskets/

Helen Hart : SilverWood Books Ltd

 http://www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk/

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‘There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.’

David Attenborough