And a pressie for YOU, you and you!

If you’ve read this already, sorry for the repeat post – but, apparently, it didn’t get out to everyone and I really don’t want anyone to miss this opportunity to receive their Christmas present from me 🙂 and I’ve extended the time too, to the twelfth day after Christmas.

I hope you all had a great Christmas – and now things have calmed down a bit here I have decided to give all my readers a present – your choice of one of my e-novels – from me – to you – free 🙂  

It doesn’t matter what kind of e-reader you have or whether you have one at all – you can still request one of my novels and it will be sent to your email address. If you have an e-reader ask for the right type of file for you (mobi for kindles – epub for most other e-readers – or pdf)  if you haven’t an e-reader just ask for a pdf version and you can read it on your computer!

Just go to my other website  annmade.co.uk (BEFORE the 6th Jan 2013) and click into CONTACT ANN – there carefully enter your email address  and request the BOOK TITLE  and the FILE VERSION (MOBI / EPUB /PDF) you would like  – one e-novel free per person as a gift !  [before the twelfth day]

Your choices 🙂

The first time it happened it felt like stumbling across another avenue to an ancient monument, but this one pulled at more than just his head, there was a tightness in his chest, the lights twinkled and flashed inside his mind, the intensity giving Perran a firework of a headache. Following the line – years later in the early nineties – leads him into Liz Hawkey’s ordered life, and together they discover the source of the line.

A story of family, love and loss, Divining the Line brings the ordinary and the extraordinary together into everyday life.

Click here to read the first three Chapters

 

Living in London suddenly becomes too uncomfortable for the attractive Jo Smart and her sixteen year-old son, Alex, after he is beaten up, so when they are offered the chance to take an immediate holiday in a peaceful Cornish town they jump at it. But not all is as peaceful as it seems as they become involved in a murder enquiry, drug raid and abduction.

DI Rick Whittington has also escaped from London and the reminders of the death of his wife and child, and through his investigations finds himself meeting Jo and being drawn into the events surrounding her.

This is a love story set in the early 1990s which combines the historic Cornish love of the sea and smuggling with hard faced twentieth century crime and detection. The perfect blend for a woman’s crime novel.

Click here to read the first three Chapters

 

Faith Warren, married mother of two, is a secretary in a newspaper office. It wasn’t what she’d hoped for, but her dreams of university and becoming an author were lost long ago. Telling stories to entertain her lifelong friend on their journey to work and back is all that is left, until she tells The Story.

The real trouble began with the minor characters, just unfortunate co-incidences, but when do you stop calling them co-incidences and begin to wonder what the hell is going on – and how it can be stopped

Click here to read the first three Chapters

 

Don’t forget to ask for your Christmas pressie of an Ann Foweraker Novel before the twelfth day – January 6th! 

And I’d love to see your review of your choice of my novels too! Please send them to me here on my blog, for inclusion on my website, or post them on my pages on Amazon 😉 (just search for Ann Foweraker in Amazon Books) or do both! 🙂 Thanks, and Happy Christmas!

 

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And a pressie for YOU!

I hope you all had a great Christmas day! Our household was full – two sons home, plus one girlfriend, two sets of aunts and uncles and of course my husband and parents, all making eleven for the day ( and for today – boxing day)

So, now it’s calmed down a bit and I only have the boxing day lunch to make ( a huge turkey and gammon pie with loads of leeks, carrots and other veg in it ) I have decided to give all my readers a present – your choice of one of my e-novels – from me – to you – free 🙂  

It doesn’t matter what kind of e-reader you have or whether you have one at all – you can still request one of my novels and it will be sent to your email address. If you have an e-reader ask for the right type of file for you (mobi for kindles – epub for most other e-readers – or pdf)  if you haven’t an e-reader just ask for a pdf version and you can read it on your computer!

Just go to my other website  annmade.co.uk (BEFORE the end of 2012) and click into CONTACT ANN – there carefully enter your email address  and request the BOOK TITLE  and the FILE VERSION (MOBI / EPUB /PDF) you would like  – one e-novel free per person as a gift !  [before the New Year]

Your choices 🙂

The first time it happened it felt like stumbling across another avenue to an ancient monument, but this one pulled at more than just his head, there was a tightness in his chest, the lights twinkled and flashed inside his mind, the intensity giving Perran a firework of a headache. Following the line – years later in the early nineties – leads him into Liz Hawkey’s ordered life, and together they discover the source of the line.

A story of family, love and loss, Divining the Line brings the ordinary and the extraordinary together into everyday life.

Click here to read the first three Chapters

 

Living in London suddenly becomes too uncomfortable for the attractive Jo Smart and her sixteen year-old son, Alex, after he is beaten up, so when they are offered the chance to take an immediate holiday in a peaceful Cornish town they jump at it. But not all is as peaceful as it seems as they become involved in a murder enquiry, drug raid and abduction.

DI Rick Whittington has also escaped from London and the reminders of the death of his wife and child, and through his investigations finds himself meeting Jo and being drawn into the events surrounding her.

This is a love story set in the early 1990s which combines the historic Cornish love of the sea and smuggling with hard faced twentieth century crime and detection. The perfect blend for a woman’s crime novel.

Click here to read the first three Chapters

 

Faith Warren, married mother of two, is a secretary in a newspaper office. It wasn’t what she’d hoped for, but her dreams of university and becoming an author were lost long ago. Telling stories to entertain her lifelong friend on their journey to work and back is all that is left, until she tells The Story.

The real trouble began with the minor characters, just unfortunate co-incidences, but when do you stop calling them co-incidences and begin to wonder what the hell is going on – and how it can be stopped

Click here to read the first three Chapters

 

Don’t forget to ask for your Christmas pressie of an Ann Foweraker Novel before the New Year! 

And I’d love to see your review of your choice of my novels too! Please send them to me here on my blog, for inclusion on my website, or post them on my pages on Amazon 😉 (just search for Ann Foweraker in Amazon Books) or do both! 🙂 Thanks, and Happy Christmas!

 

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Happy Christmas!

Hi, just a quick blog post to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and to thank you for being with me on my weight loss journey through 2012.

Here’s to a wonderful 2013 for every one!

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One Pound to GO!

Here I am, 48 weeks from the start of my journey, 2 stone six pounds lighter, that 34 lbs down and just one pound left to go to my target weight – so I thought it an opportune time to catch up on how the Method, that my boys and I have worked out, has been going.

When I started my Fat Woman Thinning? part of this blog, I put a question mark on the end. After all I was not sure if this would work.

A brief history of what came before, Nineteen seventy three I weighed nine-stone and set off to America to work for the summer in one of their summer camps. just eleven weeks later, having been quite active each day and having eaten the types of foods provided and available locally, I returned to the UK weighing eleven and a half stone!

From then on I followed a reduced carbohydrate way of  eating ( as suggested by professor John Yudkin – not a diet book as such) and slowly but surely I lost that extra weight over two years… and by and large kept off that weight (though  managed to gain a bit with each child born that I didn’t quite shed – so have spent, since my fourth son was born, weighing about a stone to a stone and a half over  my optimum weight.)

No problem – really, I felt ok, was able to be as active as I wanted – clothes still looked good and on the whole I was a UK size 14. Until menopause

Well, menopause hit me with a number of whammies. You know – it’s just not talked about enough and when it is it seems it is in tones reserved for talking about your ‘period’.  Anyway – hot flushes (flashes if you’re USA reader) befuddled thinking  – the works …. AND weight gain. Weight gain that ‘they’ seem to say is inevitable  and that settles itself around the midriff – again – symptomatically – this is just what happens!

Having tried being really strict with myself on the carbohydrate front ( my tried and tested method ) and found it no longer worked (3 strict months in 2011 I lost just 2 lbs – this was when the photo below left was taken)   I was three years into menopause and now topping twelve stone – and feeling it – in my knees, in the effort taken when out walking or dancing, in my breathing. But what on earth to do? (Having read Yudkin I have never believed in calorie counting diets – or faddy diets – or dieting as such and wasn’t about to do it now knowing what  I did about the bad effects diets have on you.)

After an ‘excuses kicking’ session with one of my boys and a resistance weight chart tailored to meet my needs (to take less than half an hour and to do at home) I began my menopause weight loss journey on January 1st 2012 and began blogging it as Fat Woman Thinning ?

And it has worked??  No question about it!! The Fat Woman HAS Thinned!

I tried to re-create the same photo which was originally taken to display my Nero slate cheeseboard – left summer 2011 (a photo that shocked me) and right – yesterday Dec 2012.

And what I have learnt along the way?   How menopause weight gain isn’t  ‘inevitable’, how certain type of exercises, done daily, can build lean muscle, how this doesn’t have to involve expensive equipment or going to gyms or even leaving home, how lean muscle burns energy, that the eating methods Yudkin proposed are still the best basis for what to eat (though a little complicated), that this way of eating is sensible, easy to do (using my rough guide) within the context of feeding the family, sustainable and better for you. Moreover there are some important types of food you need to eat more of if in menopause – rather than less, and that simply cutting calories, as such, at menopause (the way recommended ) is a bad idea. That many of the messages we have been fed by food businesses and even the government have been seriously wrong – and are being proved wrong.

All in all I have drawn from so much useful information, some of it from very new research papers and reviews, and from experience and wisdom down the ages to create a method of weight loss specifically for the women at menopause. Yet – it is something all women need to know about – long before they reach that stage – as prevention of muscle loss is even better – prevention of weight gain better still – really it’s what every woman needs to know about menopause and weight loss.

Friends have been asking me what I’ve been doing to lose weight – telling me how good it looks. One said ‘You’ve lost the mumsy look!’ and that is so true ! In fact, being a grandmother, I was on the way to a grandmumsy look. They’ve even asked for it to be written down, so they can work on it to shift that weight and regain their shape – and that is what I am doing!

So, watch this space – sometime soon I’ll be launching a book – sharing all I have learned on this journey to lose weight!

So what do you think? Do let me know!

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