Yesterday I achieved something I had previously considered impossible. I completed a 5K run with Cybi Striders running club after completing a Couch to 5K programme.

Now that may not be a huge deal for some people but as someone who is very much deskbound by virtue the nature of my writing, I never considered running was something for me. Add in a profound lack of fitness and I considered the very idea of running for any length of time ludicrous. But every week I turned up an...d met an amazing group of people in the process.

At the end of every session, we had homework slips with details of the amount of running we needed to do in between our weekly sessions together with motivational quotes. The last one was:

One of the greatest feelings is accomplishing something that you once thought was impossible.

It proves that with determination and persistence, we can reach our goals and when we do, the sense of achievement is incredible.

So here’s to the impossible and may we keep trying to make it possible.

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Carry a notebook. It takes a second to open and then you're away.

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Only in books ...

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After all the recent snow, this picture caught my eye as the perfect writing retreat (for March at least). Fancy curling up with a laptop or notebook in front of that window?

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Happy Birthday, Jemima. 5 today.

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Happy World Book Day!
World Book Day gives us a wonderful opportunity to remember the books we love as well as an opportunity to think about the next book we want to read. I read books for the way they make me feel. Emotions are why I write after all. So here is my roundup of books which have stayed with me even though it might have been years since I’ve read them.
An Unexpected Countess by Laurie Benson - Author gave me a hero, Hart, to fall in love with.
The Duke Secret Wif...e by Kate Walker was the first Mills and Boon book I ever read and the image of the heroine, Isabelle, at the opening of the book is still with me.
The Humans by Matt Haig made me laugh and cry and feel uplifted.
To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I think this one speaks for itself.
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey Writer is an epic love story which twines World War II with the present day.
Do you have any books that have stayed with you?

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Why I love writing.

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I was out and about in Betws y Coed yesterday with my long-standing writing friend, Melissa Morgan. There was lunch and of course cake but we also had time for a lovely walk through the woods.

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Really looking forward to this new series.

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Laurie Benson - Author

This is what 2018 holds for my readers...
It's my next series, The Sommersby Brides!! The first book in the trilogy, ONE WEEK TO WED, will be released July 1st.... The second book will be released in October and the third will be released in January of 2019.


Sisters, Scandals, and Society Weddings

Three sisters are caught in scandalous situations and find their love for each other stretched and tested. Three very different men will give the sisters the happy ever afters they deserve.

There’s Lady Charlotte, who, as an independent widow, never thinks she will find love again. Lady Juliet finds herself caught in a highly compromising situation and must pay the price, and Lady Elizabeth's pretend marriage becomes all too real.

Lady Charlotte’s story is ONE WEEK TO WED and her hero in Lord Andrew Pearce. Some of you may remember him. He is the brother of the Duke of Winterbourne from my previous series. I can't wait for you all to meet these fun and feisty sisters! ❤️

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I was out and about today near Corris visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology and here's the view.

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Thought you might like this one...

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Library Displays is with Lisa Machado and Melanie Karonis Patterson.

The procrastination display

It's Galentine's Day and the girls are happy to be spending time together. Whatever you get up to, I hope you have a wonderful day.

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Happy Birthday Cupid! 3 today. My, how you've grown.

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Did I suggest Spring might be on its way? Er, not today!
Couldn't stay inside this morning and walked to the Dingle nature reserve in Llangefni, Anglesey and enjoyed the snow.

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The snowdrops are here and some are marching across the garden. Blue skies too. Does this mean spring is on its way?

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"You are mistaken," she said gently, "that is not plot, nor is it good company as books often are. That, my friend, is the best kind of book."
(Apologies to Persuasion fans)

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In case you missed it, here's Virginia's video where you can hear about her writing process and get the inside on the next series - The King's Elite. Can't wait.

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