Monday, 21 January 2013

Truth Teller Is Officially an Award Winner

I am massively excited to announce that my MG fantasy, Truth Teller, has won its first award! I have an award winning novel! *does a happy dance* Truth Teller has won the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll Award for best cover artwork. I'm so happy! And all the credit goes to my amazing cover artist, Dawne Dominique, for creating my beautiful cover. Isn't it beautiful? Its just perfect! Also, all my thanks go out to the wonderful people that voted for me. You are the BEST! And thank you for all your wonderful comments too.

What a fantastic way to start the New Year. Onwards and upwards!

Would you like a copy of your own? You won't be disappointed. See the links to the right if you would like a signed copy directly from me, or you can pick up a copy from the links below.

Once again, thank you so much everyone for your wonderful support!

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Happiness Is Just a State of Mind

Many billions of people live in this world, all from different cultures and with different beliefs, but we all have one thing in common. We are humans. Being human means that despite all our many, many differences, we are all still basically the same deep down. We have the same feelings and the same fears. We laugh at things we find funny, a unique trait from all the millions of other species that inhabit this world with us. We feel love and we feel hate. We feel jealousy and we feel joy. All these basic feelings are because we are human, and that's what being a human means.

As we go through life, we all have dreams and aspirations. We compare ourselves to others and strive to become all that we imagined to be as we grew up. Some people have small dreams and others dream big. As adults we spend a vast majority of our time working so we can afford all the things we want to own and live the way we think will make us happy. But are you really happy? Does working forty plus hours a week bring you enough material wealth to bring happiness in your life? Yes, admittedly, working is something you have to do like it or not, but don't mistake it as a means to happiness. Happiness is simply a state of mind.

Think carefully about the things that make you truly happy. Is it your wage cheque at the end of the week? Is it what you can do with the money you earned? The best way to give you an example is to compare yourself to a child. Statistically, children laugh on average one thousand five hundred times a day. An adult laughs on average up to thirty times a day. Children have no need for money; everything they need is supplied to them by their carers. So, what is their secret of happiness? It's simply their state of mind. To a child, everything is funny, and why shouldn't it be?

Okay, children don't have the worries that adults have and many other factors that we have to deal with, but this is just a small example. You should stop reading this post and think about something that really makes you happy or something that makes you laugh. This may be something someone said, or what one of your children did to make you laugh. It could be a clip from Youtube or just something that really warms your heart. Stop right now and think about this moment. The chances are you are smiling right now just picturing this. You're smiling because it's making you happy. You are creating a happy state of mind. Your brain is releasing pleasure hormones that make you feel good. It's simple physics. All your troubles won't instantly vanish, but worrying and stressing out about them won't change anything either; they will still be there. Peter Pan had the right idea. Think happy thoughts, it really does work so long as you don't try flying.

You don't need to live in a mansion or drive a £100,000 car to be happy. You will find happiness in the simple things in life, not in the things you own. Happiness really is just a state of mind. You have the choice and the power to be happy. You decide. I would suggest you be happy, everyone, and keep smiling, you will live longer. Assuming you don't get hit by a bus or something. LOL