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#BookLaunch: Grumpies on Board by @CarolEWyer

#BookLaunch

It gives me tremendous pleasure to shout today about an awesome book launch by a wonderful and outstanding author. Give it up for the one and only Carol E Wyer! I had the pleasure of meeting Carol at a book festival not too long ago and to interview her for a radio show, and I’m telling you: Carol is a funny, kind and extraordinary energy ball like no other. This is the woman who eats chocolate-covered grasshoppers (or locusts?) for a book launch. This is the woman who makes eyes at a taxi driver whilst waving an umbrella in the pouring rain outside a hotel. This is the woman who lives with GRUMPY!

Here she goes… Carol E Wyer and Grumpies on Board!

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I live with a genuine Mister Grumpy. He makes Victor Meldrew look like one of the Chuckle Brothers. He is very, very grumpy. Grumpy people do not like holidays. They don’t like too much sun. They don’t like sitting by pools surrounded by families and children and they don’t like getting old.

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I discovered years ago, the only way to drag my grumpy guts away was to offer him an alternative holiday. He needs stimulating and entertaining on holiday. He needs to explore places, be outdoors, learn facts and most of all enjoy new experiences. Guess what? He isn’t the only one who wants to enjoy adventure or active holidays.

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Over 50s are turning their backs on poolside or even rambling holidays or cruises and are seeking challenges while we are still fit and active enough to enjoy them. Many are trying out glamping or gap years, backpacking around Australia or Thailand. We are willing to consider a polar expedition, go on a yodeling holiday, crew a tall ship, climb a mountain, try out bungee jumping in New Zealand, quad biking in Morocco, travel the Extra- Terrestial Highway in the USA on a motorbike, head off for a night in a converted whisky barrel and we might even be interested in Zero Gravity trips into space. We want to grab opportunities and see the world. We want to travel further, more often and stay away for longer.

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Grumpies On Board offers a vast range of holiday possibilities—including staying in a snowball to watch the Northern Lights or learning to become a Ninja—some fascinating trivia, some super jokes (yes, honest) some true anecdotes (sorry Grumpy. I know I should have kept quiet) and comments from Mr and Mrs Grumpy about each holiday choice. It is the best travel guide you will ever have and should make you laugh.

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So, I’d like to off you your own personal invitation to join the Smile High Club and purchase a copy of Grumpies On Board out today.

Why not add something exciting to your ‘book it’ list? After all, we only live once!

Available to order from all bookshops or

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Safkhet Publishing

Grumpies on Board

A “book it” list like no other, with humorous suggestions for extreme active ageing trips and why grumpies should not go snuffle trunting

Fancy a holiday with a difference? Then pack your bags and get ready for some extreme active ageing. Us ‘older’ folk are heading away from the traditional hotel holiday and at last, having fun!

This humorous guide, compiled by Mr and Mrs Grumpy, offers alternatives to the usual holiday—from sensible to outrageous—to suit every grumpy guts.

Learn about Arctic boot camps, ayurvedic retreats, drumming holidays, ice blokarting, motoring experiences, skijorking, tubing, Vespa excursions, voodoo trips and discover why Mr Grumpy will never go truffle hunting again.

With over 300 suggestions of how to get the best out of your vacation and live life to the maximum, this book aims to inspire and entertain.

Well, people, how about it? Go and get your copy of Grumpies on Board now! Happy reading…

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Are you ready?

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MIA, AWOL, Off the Radar—I may be gone some time… but I’ll Be Back!

She’s going to ground, MIA, AWOL, and generally pulling a total disappearing act… This here author is retreating to her study to write her most exciting book yet (during a self-imposed complete social media ban)!

Friends, readers and fellow romance lovers! I’m going away, but in a good cause.

The backend of 2014 was somewhat chaotic for me, and I had to take on a few commitments that took me away from writing. Now I’m somewhat behind on my next book. Actually, scratch that. I’m a lot behind on my next book.

I am nonetheless determined to bring you my next book as soon as I can, and it’s quite possibly my most ambitious one yet. It’s a romantic comedy with a bit of bite. “Seven Years Bad Sex” looks at a toasting superstition gone seriously wrong, and a young married couple’s complete inability to get… romantic. Cue all manner of hilarious and occasionally desperate antics!

To complete this masterpiece, I am taking a leave of absence from social media. Yup, you read that right. Complete and utter radio silence. I’m already shaking with withdrawal symptoms, but it’s got to be done. For the next two to three months, I’m going to use every available minute to write, write, write, until it’s done. I won’t be on Facebook, and I apologise in advance if I miss your birthday or any other significant events. I won’t be on Twitter. I won’t be blogging. I will be well and truly M.I.A.

Please bear with me and forget me not. Writing is paramount to me, and I am so keen to bring you my next book! I’ll be in touch when I surface from my self-imposed ban. In fact, I have an exciting re-entry strategy, and you’ll definitely know when I’m BACK!

In the meantime, you can reach me via the contact page, anytime. Thank you for your support and understanding. See you soon!

 Love

~Nicky

Highlights and Resolutions: Happy New Year!

It’s 2015! Isn’t that amazing? 2015. Two thousand and fifteen. Fifteen years into the 21st century. The very notion seemed light years away when I was but fifteen. It was the other side of the great millennium divide after all. And my, has the world changed! When I was fifteen, we had mobile phones the size of bricks, and texting hadn’t been invented. The Internet was but a nerd’s secret dream. Televisions still contained cathode tubes, and cars were driving with all sorts of really unhealthy fuels. And yet that was only a few short decades ago. Weird, huh?

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! May it be a fabulous one that makes all your dreams come true. :-)

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Here’s the year that was for me, my own personal highlights.

A fabulous rock concert–the kids’ first!

The Big Rock Gig--the boys' first--and we loved every minute... Especially when Europe delivered The Final Countdown!

The Big Rock Gig–the boys’ first–and we loved every minute… Especially when Europe delivered The Final Countdown!

Birthdays and life celebrations, including a bona fide Ceilidh in April

Book launch #1: Fallen for Rock. Because I love rock stars (but you already knew that!)

Red pen at the ready again... but no, I did a good job, haven't found anything else to correct yet! Rock on, Fallen for Rock!

Red pen at the ready again… but no, I did a good job, haven’t found anything else to correct yet! Rock on, Fallen for Rock!

Starting my own radio show! BOOKS ROCK on Siren 107.3 FM! The first season comprised seven monthly shows and you can listen to the entire archive via podcasts!

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Summer holidays in and near Whitby….

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 Book launch #2: Fairy Tale in New York. Because I love Christmas!

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Autumn holidays in Wales and the West of England–the Wells family took one fabulous road trip visiting castles, waterfalls, gold mines, manor houses and friends. AWESOME!

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Family time: Building the family gingerbread house. Priceless moments!

One Gingerbread House, all done and dusted. Literally and liberally dusted with icing sugar. That wasn't in the instructions, but we like to improvise. We're very proud of our little gingerbread house!

One Gingerbread House, all done and dusted. Literally and liberally dusted with icing sugar. That wasn’t in the instructions, but we like to improvise. We’re very proud of our little gingerbread house!

And of course the Christmas time was full of more priceless moments, including seeing the children’s carol concerts (one in Lincoln cathedral, no less), a hilarious panto, and a fabulous family Christmas. I feel truly blessed!

Thank YOU for all your support throughout the year. I loved every email, every tweet, every Facebook share, every message, and every letter you sent me. They keep me going, and I love hearing from you, so please stay in touch! :-D

And here are my resolutions for 2015.

~Spend much more time with the family and enjoy every moment of that precious time right down to the tiniest second
~Slow down, breathe, and focus on the things that matter
~Write and publish at least one book
~Take up singing lessons

There you go. Nothing too ambitious. After the manic few years that I’ve had of late, I think I owe myself a stock-taking year, and that’s exactly what I have in mind.

What about you? Any highlights and resolutions to share?

 

 

Happy Christmas, one and all!

Dearest friends and readers! ’tis the season to be jolly, so here’s wishing you all a wonderful Christmas! Be merry, eat chocolate, and may the bubbles flow. :-D

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Thank you for all your support during 2014. I hope you all enjoyed the ride, and that you’re getting a well-deserved rest with plenty of jollification and the odd present here or there over the festive period. Let the good times roll! XXX

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Fourth Sunday of Advent… Nearly Christmas!

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The Family Gingerbread House #Christmas #Fun

You all know how much I love the Christmas season. And so do my kids. I’m turning them into regular anti-Grinches! Last weekend, we made a Gingerbread house together. And before you think I’m some kind of domestic goddess (which, of course, I am–just not all of the time!), I confess: we bought a build-your-own-kit. I suppose we could have made the lot from scratch, but I deemed it safer to have some sturdy ingredients. Nonetheless, huge amounts of fun were had by all. We’re planning to demolish the house on Christmas Eve… if we can convince ourselves to tear it down!

All the right pieces... all present and correct. Ready for the build!

All the right pieces… all present and correct. Ready for the build!

Assembling the base. Tooth picks are a critical accessory here, or so we discovered.

Assembling the base. Tooth picks are a critical accessory here, or so we discovered.

Putting the roof on. See all that white squishy stuff? That's royal icing. Never made that before; it was a real education. It's ready to use when it's got the consistency of cement, and it dries just as hard. Tastes better though!

Putting the roof on. See all that white squishy stuff? That’s royal icing. Never made that before; it was a real education. It’s ready to use when it’s got the consistency of wet cement, and it dries just as hard. Tastes better though!

Ooops! Nearly forgot the chimney!

Ooops! Nearly forgot the chimney!

One Gingerbread House, all done and dusted. Literally and liberally dusted with icing sugar. That wasn't in the instructions, but we like to improvise. We're very proud of our little gingerbread house!

Ta-da! One gingerbread house, all done and dusted. Literally and liberally dusted… with lots and lots of icing sugar. That part wasn’t in the instructions, but we like to improvise. We’re very proud of our little gingerbread house!

Ho Ho ho! Have you built yours yet? What’s your favourite Christmas ‘craft’ activity?