Merry Christmas everybody

Hey there,

Hope you’re well today.

Continuing with the Christmas countdown, I thought I’d re-post the first short story I allowed to see the light of day on my blog! I was so nervous about posting this originally and wouldn’t have believed that a couple of years later I’d have a whole collection out.

Thank you, online buddies, for all your support and encouragement this year both with Tapestry and just generally in social media land. I’ll see you again on Friday with my 2015 favourites but, until then…

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY ©Elle Turner 2013

I hope you like it and thank you so much for reading.

Much love

Elle 🙂 xx

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.

Five for Friday – Christmas reads 2015

Hey there,

Happy Friday!

I’ve been homing in on my Christmas reads, so in this year’s final Five for Friday, here they are:

The Art of Christmas – Jane Lovering

Christmas at Cranberry Cottage – Talli Roland

Cora’s Christmas kiss – Alison May

How to stuff up Christmas – Rosie Blake

One hundred Christmas proposals – Holly Martin

What are you reading this December? I’d love to know so please get in touch to tell me either here or on twitter!

Have a great weekend.

Elle. 🙂 xx

TAPESTRY_front150dpi copy Amazon and websitesIn hope, in pain,

we lose, we gain,

but always and forever

the human heart braves life

in light and in shade.

Tapestry. A collection of twelve short stories exploring the complexities of life and love. Available now.

Christmas reads

Hey there

Hope you are well today.

December is nearly upon us and I’ve been planning my Christmas reads.

Here are the stories that will be keeping me company over the next few weeks:

Winter Tales: Stories to warm your heart – The Write Romantics and Guests

Winter Warmers – Carole Matthews

The Great Christmas Knit Off – Alexandra Brown

Married by Midnight – Talli Roland

I’ll Take New York – Miranda Dickinson

The Christmas Surprise – Jenny Colgan

What about you? What will you be reading this December? I’d love to hear so, if you’d like to, let me know either here or on twitter. 🙂

Much love,

Elle xx

Five for Friday – Christmas reads

Hey there,

Happy Friday!

There are so many lovely Christmas books keeping me company for the month of December. Here’s what I’m reading over the holiday season:

Miracle on Regent Street – Ali Harris

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe – Jenny Colgan

Christmas at Carrington’s – Alexandra Brown

A Vintage Christmas – Ali Harris

Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop – Jenny Colgan

What are you reading this Christmas? I’d love to know so, if you’d like to, get in touch either here or on twitter!

Much love

Elle 🙂 xx

From me to you

Hey there,

Christmas is less than a week away, Santa is loading up his sleigh and I am EXCITED! 🙂

I’d like to say a big thank you to you, my online buddies, for your support and encouragement throughout 2013. As a pre-Christmas Christmas present here’s a short story, from me to you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY ©Elle Turner 2013

I hope you like it and thank you so much for reading.

Much love

Elle 🙂 xx

Um…my first guest post?

Hey there,

Hope you are well this lovely Friday morning and are looking forward to the weekend.

Elle tells me that a lot of you guys are concerned about rejection. She says some of you are writers, as she is, and that when you send your books out to agents or publishers, you risk rejection and the feeling that you are not good enough, that your day will never come and that you will never fulfil your (writing) destiny.

Hmm.

That’s too bad. I don’t like to think of you guys feeling like that. Truly, I don’t. In fact, I spoke to some of my friends about it and, in a bid to make you feel better,  we thought we’d share our own thoughts on rejection with you. Believe it or not, this is one subject we know A LOT about.

Rejection. Happens to us all the time. Even Elle rejects us for most of the year, except at Christmas. That’s the only reason we’ve been able to post on her blog, (Shh, don’t tell her) because at Christmas we’re allowed in the house. Sure we have to live in the freezer and share our sleeping bag with chestnuts, but at least we’re here.

I suspect you’ve rejected me and my friends too. Yes, it hurts, I’m not going to deny it. See, we know we’re good for you and that if only we had found the best way to let you see that, you would be able to help us do the job we’re meant to do. But if that’s not what you want too, that’s your prerogative. We can only offer ourselves to you and say that, for example, we think we’ll help your iron levels and go towards your five a day. If we don’t fit with your plans for whatever reason, that’s OK. We won’t storm off in a huff (who do you think we are? Runner beans?), we won’t throw a strop, we’ll just hang in there until it’s our time, because we believe that our time will come.

In fact, we have a feeling it’s going to be soon…

It might be the same for you too, so don’t fear the rejection, people. It’s not for life.  Sometimes it’s not even for Christmas.

By Daderot (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Daderot (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Much love from us all,

The Sprouts xx