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A Walk Does the Trick #newbookidea #freshair

I went for a walk the other night, not for any reason other than I needed some exercise. I didn’t feel like sweating it out in the gym or busting a gut with an intense work out. I just wanted some fresh air. I didn’t even take any music. I just walked…

The fresh air of the beach did the trick. An idea that has been buzzing in my head, with no real plan finally became a reality. As I walked the idea became clearer and suddenly I had purpose. Yay, finally some motivation. Just what I needed.

Unfortunately before this walk the first words weren’t taking me anywhere. Now I have purpose and the words are taking me on an adventure! Now to get back to work. My lesson for today is for all of your writers out there, get off the chair and go for a walk. See where it takes you – have fun!!!!

Need some holiday reading? #reading #keepthekidsbusy

Are the kids going stir crazy in the holidays? Then get them reading…

They can even get themselves into writing with the Not So Boring Book – Write Your Own Story

Or join my Super heroes in their first adventure….

If you are looking for short stories I have plenty…

I have copies for sale here, email me at or you can buy all my books from the Createspace store – just search Ashley Howland. Amazon also have kindle and paperback versions available, just search for my author page. So have some peace and quiet, get the kids reading and writing – have fun!

Happy New Year #NewYear #2018

Happy New year everyone. I hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed last night. We certainly did – had a surprise competition last night and came out winners. Always a good thing and was lots of fun! How did you spend the night?

What’s the plan for 2018??? I have one main goal…

Yep that sums it up for me this year. I found in 2017 I wasn’t as productive as I could have been. There were lots of reasons, work, kids etc I’m not blaming anything. I just found I was lacking motivation throughout the year and not getting things done. That being said I still managed to have one book and one story published. I also did a few author sessions at the local library and probably sold more books in total over the year. I just felt I wasn’t as switched on as usual.

Anyway I am going to change that in 2018.

I have lots I wish to achieve this year. My main writing goals are:
1. Get the next super hero book published
2. Host a book launch
3. Have my next two super hero books ready to go by the middle of the year
4. Edit a few drafts ready for publishing
5. Write more frequently
6. Keep Stitch Says moving – I have two books to read and review at the moment
7. Keep my blogs going

That sound like a lot, but if I stay focused I really think I can do it. I just need to find my mojo and get back to being efficient. Basically I need to stop wasting time in little things and get on with the really important stuff – My life!!!!

I also have a holiday to plan – looking forward to getting away, house to sort out (new floors going in next week – arghhhh!), exercise and fitness to improve (less time-wasting here too) and of course I work full-time and have the kids to keep me busy. A busy life is a good life and the holiday will be the reward, I have lots of events planned for the year already too. So I am going to need to be organised and that is my plan for the week. I am hoping this organisation will result in me being more productive. Time will tell.

Would love to hear all of your goals for the year… Have Fun!

Christmas Shopping #Booksarethebest

Are you ready to get you Christmas shopping into action? Then check out these children’s books…

Don’t forget my new book is available too….

Contact me for signed copies!

Make Christmas easy and have fun!

Anniversary #Specialday

Today is our 15th Anniversary! That means all those years ago we ate and drank too much and of course said our vows. We’ve been through a lot since then. Overseas trips, kids, dogs, house, jobs the works. It’s all part of the whole adventure. With our favourite place never far from our minds…

We have even managed to work together to publish all of my books. That is quite a task. Sometimes our ideas don’t match, but we get there in the end. I am proud of all of my books and love their covers. It’s not easy to get the cover and the story to match, especially when there are two people doing them. However once we get our ideas in on the same page we get there.

IF only we could get the whole marketing thing together. This is something neither of us are very good at, which is a shame. Anyway here’s to the next 15 years and more. Hopefully they will be filled with many more holidays, books and of course adventures!

Happy Anniversary to us! Have fun!

Writing Challenges #getmotivated #backontrack

Writing challenges are a great way to get yourself motivated to write. Unfortunately this year I missed the September Chapter Book Challenge Lite. Life got in the way, that’s not an excuse, but a fact. Working full-time, with two kids and dogs makes life busy. Unfortunately something had to give and this time it was writing.

It’s a shame because I feel like I have missed something. that just makes me more motivated to get back into it. I haven’t been completely idle. I have just released the first in my super hero series and am working towards publishing the second. I will also have a short story published soon too. So not idle, but just not as productive as I would like to have been. Still there is time this year. November is a traditional writing challenge month. However I am not going to go for the 50 000 words in a month. I do have goals though:

1. Write a chapter book 10 000 words
2. Complete my ebook 10 000 words
3. Get my second super hero book ready to publish

That sounds like a pretty good aim for the month of November. I have a week to work out the details and get my life organised so I can find the time to actually write.

Wish me luck – have fun!

Happy Birthday Chewie #greatdog #birthdayboy

Today Chewie turns four!!!!

He is an absolute nugget, but we love him. I think he’s too smart for his own good, but he is also so sweet that he gets away with it!

I was going to celebrate Chewie’s birthday with launching my book that will begin his adventures. However I am not going to get that one published this year. Life has got in the way. However Chewie’s journey to the pages has begun. This year a short story about him will be published and the first book in my super hero series has been released! This is important for Chewie because he will be in this series shortly.

So I guess I get to celebrate his birthday by releasing my newest book:

This is available on kindle or in paperback – check it out here:
Join me on this great day in celebrating my pups birthday by reading a new book!

More soon – have fun!

Book for Halloween #reading #betterthanlollies

A Ghost story with a difference…

New Cover
New Cover

Alex and her sidekick Thuds (the Labrador) think they are going on a boring family camping trip. They soon find themselves in an amazing adventure and a rescue mission when Alex’s younger brother is taken by a ghost. To get him back Alex has to solve a mystery from 50 years ago and face the most unique monster you’ll ever meet.

Get your spooky book here:

Spooky Story #ghosts #getreading

A Ghost story with a difference…

New Cover
New Cover

Alex and her sidekick Thuds (the Labrador) think they are going on a boring family camping trip. They soon find themselves in an amazing adventure and a rescue mission when Alex’s younger brother is taken by a ghost. To get him back Alex has to solve a mystery from 50 years ago and face the most unique monster you’ll ever meet.

Get your spooky book here:

July – Winter Writing Time #getwriting

I am not really a fan of winter, yes it does indeed get cold here in Australia. We live in denial, but every year winter comes. We get freezing mornings, winds and rain. We still stand on the side of sports pitches, but it is really cold.

Although I am often freezing at work in the gym (there is a limit to how much running helps), I have found a great thing about winter. It is the best time to settle under the covers and write. That being said at the moment I am editing and formatting. Either way it keeps the brain working and that helps to warm the whole body.

I am hoping to have some big news by the end of this month, so watch this space.

My goals for winter – to complete a whole host of unfinished writing tasks. That’s the best place for me to start right now. I have so many projects on the go, I just need to start ticking off the list. I often think the middle of the year is a good time for that. You can revisit your goals and see where you are.

Right now I am going to see if I can tick off a few of those boxes…

Stitch has been busy reading too – remember to check in with Stitch Says and Chewie’s News. If you are an author who would like and interview or review remember to email me at

More soon – have fun!