Saturday Spotlights

The spotlights are back!

I posted weekly author spotlights from 2011 to 2016 then stopped due to various commitments but they’re back, starting 4th February 2023.  This is open to anyone in the writing industry: authors, agents, publishers, illustrators, marketeers etc.

I don’t do book reviews any more – see Book Reviews for the ones I did – and I have a list of Reviewers (and the genre sub-pages) for some other sites that do which might be useful.

The Ideal Gift

A Unique Story Just For You!

*** CURRENTLY ONLY £20! ***

For just £20* (normally £40), Morgen will write a story using your components – see the form below – up to 2,000 words. It will be emailed to you (or someone you nominate – you will also receive a copy) as a pdf file, with its very own suitable picture cover, within two weeks of receipt. Ideal for a birthday (or whenever!) present for yourself or someone you know who would enjoy having something written exclusively for them. *The fee includes two revisions of the story if required. She looks forward to writing your stories!

Simply complete the form on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/your-unique-story then PayPal the fee to morgen@morgenbailey.com – note that’s MorgEn with an ‘e’ (email me if you don’t have PayPal ) and you will receive the story within two weeks. Example flash fiction on that page… and you will receive a link to ten another stories when you make your purchase! (Link below) NB. The story will be yours / your recipient’s to do with as you wish other than to sell it, especially as your / their own creation. Full copyright will stay with Morgen.

Would you read/review for me?

Yes, if you love reading and would be willing to give feedback (from answering a handful of questions to pulling the story or novel apart) on my writing, please take a look at the …Beta Readers page. And / or if you’d like to review any of my books on your website, let me know from the choice on my Amazon page. Thank you!

Saturday Spotlight 1: Jackie Lambert

Hello everyone. Complementing the author spotlights I ran from 2011 to 2016, today’s Saturday Spotlight, the first, is of Jackie Lambert. If you would like to take part in a spotlight, do take a look at Saturday spotlights.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Lambert is an award-winning travel writer, real-life adventure traveller, and dogmother, who loves history and curious facts.

B.C. (Before Canines) she hurtled, slid down, submerged herself in, or threw herself off bits of every continent except Antarctica.

Then, with husband Mark, she gave up work and acquired four dogs.

A.D. (After Dog), Jackie and Mark accidentally bought a caravan (RV trailer), then got a little tipsy, decided to rent out the house, sell most of their possessions, and become Adventure Caravanners. Their aim: To Boldly Go Where No Van Has Gone Before – while getting in as much skiing, hiking, and windsurfing as possible.

Since quitting work, Jackie has published six light-hearted memoirs about her travels, and has been featured in several anthologies.

Her Adventure Caravanning With Dogs series is caravanning, but not as you know it.

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And now from the author herself:

By training, I am a biochemist: a subject that captivates me, since it literally explains the secret of life.

I am endlessly curious, and even a slight understanding of the incredible, beautiful, and miraculously efficient chemical machinery that makes us all tick simply blows my mind.

During my career, I put science into practice in various ways. I held positions as a research scientist, professional beer taster, and European product manager for scientific equipment.

As a creator and avid gatherer of knowledge, I’ve had a lifelong love of the written word. I penned my first travel memoir when I was fourteen. It was an account of a multi-day horseback tour of the UK’s Lake District, following ancient pack pony routes. It came second in a national competition open to all age groups. The judges complimented the combination of fascinating facts and vivid descriptions, which remain a hallmark of what I love to read and write today.

I have always sought outlets for my writing, via work-related technical articles, newsletters, and training courses, as well as through my hobbies. I was the world’s most incongruous Windsurfing Team Rider for the UK’s National Watersports Festival. Most Team Riders are ripped twenty-something blond males. I was a slightly silvery-haired, cuddly fifty-something lady, but while my blogs and articles aimed to entertain the boys, I wanted to encourage the ladies to launch!

As an ambassador for Ratoong, I blog about skiing, and have contributed doggie/travel articles to international websites, such as Eurotunnel le Shuttle, Australia’s Travelnuity, and US-based Learning from Dogs.

Adventure and a passion for wild places are as much part of my DNA as writing. As a child, I rode horses bareback and scrambled down mountains on a rickety bicycle my grandad rescued from a skip. I suppose it’s little wonder I progressed on to bungee jumping, looping the loop, and fire eating my way around the world.

I was very fortunate to find and marry my soulmate, who shared my desire to give up work and explore. Mark and I didn’t win the lottery, and we haven’t had a windfall. Exactly as stated in the subtitle of my first book, we went From Wage Slaves To Living The Dream.

My books are for armchair travellers who want to enjoy our journeys and mishaps vicariously. However, I hope they also show that, with a little planning and sacrifice, you can live your dreams.

You can find more about Jackie and her writing via…

If you have ever considered giving up the daily grind and heading off into the sunset with surf boards on the roof, these books are for you.

  • Year 1 – Fur Babies in France – From Wage Slaves to Living the Dream: The true story of a couple who gave up work and sold up to tour full-time with four dogs. “Laugh out loud funny and a great travel guide.”
  • Dog on the Rhine – From Rat Race to Road Trip: Bestseller in German and Rhine Travel. The crew’s second year on the road in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia. “An inspirational travelogue.”
  • Dogs ‘n’ Dracula – A Road Trip Through Romania: “Armchair travel delight.” Explore Europe’s largest wilderness with this award-winning memoir. Find out how to adopt a Transylvanian street dog, and tow a caravan across the Carpathian Mountains on one of the world’s most dangerous roads.
  • It Never Rains but it Paws – A Road Trip Through Politics And A Pandemic: “Her nimble writing rivals Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux.” A race against time to escape Britain before Brexit, only to be trapped in Europe’s No.1 coronavirus hotspot.
  • To Hel in a Hound Cart – Journey To The Centre Of Europe: “Go to Hel!” The local wasn’t being rude. She was describing Poland’s best beach and windsurfing destination. Released from lockdown in Italy and packed into their hound cart (RV), the crew cannot return home to the UK. Between precipitous cliff-side roads, political unrest, and a global pandemic, will our travellers – or their plans – go to Hel in a Hound Cart?
  • Pups on Piste – A Ski Season in Italy: “Don’t miss the turn or you’ll go over a cliff.” Spend three months with canine and human snomads in one of the world’s top 5 off piste ski destinations. “Highly recommended for dog lovers, ski enthusiasts, and adventure travellers.”

Jacqueline’s forthcoming books will chronicle her Brexit-busting plan to convert a 24.5-tonne ex-army truck called The Beast to drive to Mongolia.

The selection of 5* reviews are taken from Amazon.

If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at opportunities-on-this-blog (the spotlights are option (a)) or email me for details.

Word Count Wednesday: 1 Feb 2023

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I can’t believe it’s not… any other day of the week. They roll around so quickly don’t they. I technically have another zero this week – still endeavouring to keep ahead of work deadlines before my big move, which looks like early March but I’m hoping for a week earlier so I don’t have to pay another month’s rent and storage. #firstworldproblem

I did start (an A5 diary page of) a new piece last night but I don’t know what it’s going to be so doesn’t officially count. I like the idea though of writing something before bed then letting my subconscious (NB not unconscious – I see a lot of those in novels when the person’s thinking not asleep!) work on it overnight so I may do the same tonight. I’ll let you know.

On the non-writing bright side I’m also thinking of conservatories vs summer houses (I’ll probably get the latter as cheaper and quicker) instead of worrying about whether my sale’s going through (it did). I don’t actually mind these WCWs coming up so quickly. Not wishing my life away but it’s another seven days closer to having my own house again.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 25 Jan 2023

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Another work week but I met my deadline in the early hours of Friday so that was good. We’d also completed on my mum’s house (finally!) the previous afternoon, nine days after we should have done which has delayed my purchase until after my seller’s had her baby mid-Feb which is annoying but okay.

I spent the next few days sorting my accounts as that deadline approaches and I’m finalising them as I type this. I have my next two (work) books in so that’ll keep me busy. I hope to have more done to my new writing project by next Wednesday but if not then at least I’ll have cleared the decks a little, and with a month until I move there’s no excuse not to have written something… right?

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 18 Jan 2023

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Another work week with a deadline of this Friday – it’s going to be tight! Still not completed on my late mother’s house but my buyer has until Tuesday to do so (or we keep the deposit) so we’ll see…

I had an idea for a book connected to the one I started recently so hopefully I’ll be able to work on that over the weekend although I have my accounts to do and submit before the end of the month so that’ll probably take priority. Where do the weeks go?

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 11 Jan 2023

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I’ve started a new book! There’s nothing really new in that as I come up with new ideas and start them quite often but this is a non-fiction (writing-related) book and quite a departure for me. It’s also hopefully not going to take too long to put together (always good motivation) so I’ll let you know when it’s done and ready.

I was hoping for some good news on the house front. We’re aiming for the 20th on my purchase but my late mother’s house didn’t complete on time (Monday) and we’re still waiting! Fingers crossed it’s sorted by this time next week.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 4 Jan 2023

Good morning. Happy New Year to everyone. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Another week of festivities and, mostly, working, although I have been building a list of writing competitions so that’s something. I’m ahead with my deadlines but am cracking on with the next book, due back on the 20th, as I will hopefully be moving house around then.

My accounts also have to be done by the end of January so I don’t expect to do any writing until February. I won’t give myself a hard time if I don’t but I really do need to get cracking thereafter.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 28 Dec 2022

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

I have three deadlines in January so concentrated on those when we weren’t festiving. Plus T (my other half) had the whole of Christmas off and isn’t due back at work until New Year’s Eve (sadly on a night shift so our first together will be facetimed). He’s working then until 6th Jan so lots of time to work and… I’d like to say ‘hopefully write’ but it’s likely I’m moving house this month so work will have to take priority until it’s done.

That said, I was going through my diary last night, jotting down some literary festivals when I spotted a local flash fiction and poetry competition so thought I’d give it a go! I only started it so a handful of words but the deadline’s 10th February so I hope to have it finished in plenty of time.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 21 Dec 2022

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

Do you find that you’re happy not writing because you need a break but then you’re watching something where someone’s attending a writing class and your first thought is ‘I should be writing’. That’s what happened to me but something else (I can’t even remember what now) cropped up.

During a conversation with T (my other half) he inspired a title for a new series of crime books so I started making notes for that so not writing writing as such but sometimes planning is enough, thinking about your writing is enough. You don’t need to, and shouldn’t, give yourself a hard time if you don’t put words on the paper. You want to be creative and often that’s what gets you through.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.

Word Count Wednesday: 14 Dec 2022

Good morning. Yes, it’s that time of the week again. How have you been getting on?

A week of work, family commitments and competition judging so no writing, just lots of reading, and, for a change, some Netflix: finishing season two of ‘Firefly Lane’, the first episode of ‘Wednesday’, and half the first season of ‘The Watcher’. So yes, not writing but it keeps my brain in fiction mode.

Do leave a comment below to share your progress, successes and otherwise, and of course anything else that’s happened to you, writing related, over the past seven days.