The new book, "Rosa", published in 2017.

Good Things and Bad

Let's get the bad things out of the way first. In the Autumn of 2016 I fractured my spine, just when things were looking good for me. No, I didn't fall, though I think the fall I had when I fractured my wrist 18 months previously could have had something to do with it as I, at that time, landed on my rump and this probably weakened the two vertebrae, helped along by the osteoporosis. I didn't fall on this occasion. I spent a day lifting and carrying heavy boxes and it wasn't until the following morning that I realised something was wrong. The pain was indescribable for a long time and until recently, after about nine months, I am finally starting to live a reasonably normal life again. My husband has been a great support through both 'accidents'. but I think he's had enough [he's 82 after all] and we are praying that his long stints at cooking and even the minimal household tasks are now over. Especially since he's not the most 'domestic' husband in the world.

The good thing that happened late in 2016 was the acquisition of a new publisher, Jude Pittman of Books We Love Limited in Canada. Jude, if you read this, I want you to know that you gave me a new lease of life, as well as my previously published books now in paperback and e-book. And now a totally new book - "Rosa" - has been launched, with many ideas for others itching to get out. "Rosa" is a traditional saga full of suspense and laced with unrequited love as the young Rosa rises from poverty and reaches for the stars.

I have to admit, however, that I am not applying myself to my writing as I would normally, mainly because of the silly health issues and looking after my frail old miniature Yorkshire Terrier, Candy, making sure that her last days on this earth are happy and comfortable before she heads off to that rainbow in the sky. Selfishly, I hope that she makes it to her 17th birthday next month, but I won't see her suffer. Losing her will be devastating as she has been the most perfect little dog.