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I would say it seems odd to think about Christmas while sipping on cocktails and topping up our tans, but let’s face it, summer’s a washout. It’s been raining for weeks… but, nevertheless it is sort of nearly Christmas, at least in mag land. In August, we start thinking about our Christmas ideas. By Christmas, we’re over at Mother’s Day.

Christmas stories…We are looking for any stories around the Christmas theme. Perhaps this will be your first Christmas with a long lost family member or your first Christmas since someone you love passed away. It might be your first Christmas alone, or maybe you love spending Christmas alone, or abroad, or both! Maybe you’ve lost weight since last Christmas or stuck to your new year resolutions in 2017. ANYTHING festive, get in touch today!

The thought of jetting off into the sunset is pretty appealing right now as rain continues to pound the roof of the office, in AUGUST! Here’s some inspiration if you’re feeling the same way. The lovely Julie appears in this week’s Best celebrating her life long passion for travel – company not required. I love Julie’s attitude to life and her penchant for adventure.

Too many of us wait until someone will come with us before we step off into the unknown. Julie is proof that going it alone can lead to unexpected experiences. Now, where’s my passport?!

If you’ve been on an adventure, get in touch today! We love to celebrate adventures great and small.

Ah… sun, sea, sangrias and husbands! Here we have the beachside meetings of Francesca and Rich and Laura and Gav, both couples met on holiday, came home and made it last. I love the moment when Laura met Gav in Ibiza and told him she was looking to meet the One, to which he retorted, well, you won’t find him in Ibiza. Turns out, she was talking to the One right there!

I do love summer’s excuse to write happy, feel good stories like this. Huge thank you to our couples for taking part. Out in this week’s Bella.

If you have a summery love story you’d like to share, get in touch today!

Statistics suggest a sorry outlook for marriages these days – the average couple now divorces at the age of 30. The younger age can contribute to feelings of embarrassment and fear of a new future, but for these three women, taking back their independence gave them a new identity, new confidence, new plans for a new life. I’m so proud of them all for admitting defeat now and not in 30 years time – for starting over with a smile and looking to 2017 as a new beginning. Out now in Reveal magazine.

If you’re a young divorcee and you’d like to share your story, get in touch today. Thank you!

istock_000013663657smallWhoopsie! Somehow it’s been a while since I blogged. Summer raced by, autumn dug it’s heels in. And here we are, hello October! Halloween will be whooshing past pronto and we’ll be all eyes on Christmas.

Well, actually, in mag land it’s been Christmas since August. We really do start planning and writing our Christmas stories in August, which might sound even worse than hearing a Christmas carol in a supermarket in September, but it’s not that bad. It’s lovely to organise the Christmas issues in advance and I’ve been writing up some truly lovely festive pieces. By the time Christmas actually arrives, we’ll be working on Mother’s Day!

LYNCHkayleighWO (Medium)There is something about the way we’ve written Kayleigh’s story in the style of an open letter to her beautiful daughters that really knocks me for six. I cry every time I read this story! Kayleigh is an incredible mum, so generous, so thoughtful, so kind. Sadly, she is battling cancer and has been told there’s only a few options left. But Kayleigh keeps fighting, for two reasons: her two gorgeous daughters.

Kayleigh is using her fee for the story to take the kids on an adventure. Money very well spent, I say. Kayleigh – we love you! If you’d like to donate to Kayleigh’s experiences, please get in touch with me and I’ll organise.

Notebook on a wooden tableSomehow, Christmas happened. Then somehow stole January and now, it’s February 2016 and we’ve hardly had time to write and thank Santa! The new year brings some incredible new stories. We’ve been writing about parenting with the story of Kelly, the amazing mum of triplets who were all diagnosed shortly after birth with varying degrees of cerebral palsy.

We’re shared stories of women thanking those who saved their lives and those who gave them the greatest gift of all time. We tackled tough subject matter in miscarriage and looked at how important blood donations are in saving lives across the country. (seriously: give blood)

It’s been a wonderful start to a wonderful year. Expect lots of herbal tea, notebooks and flowers to continue to inspire Phoenix Towers!

DOYANCkellyMIrror (Small)Over the last decade, there’s been a swathe of ‘Turkish Love Rat’ stories in the UK media. We love them – British woman goes to Turkey, falls in love, gets screwed over. The reason I love this story so much is it completely turns that cliche on its head. Kelly did indeed fall in love while on holiday in Turkey, but her man, Ali, has been her rock while she’s battled incurable cancer. Their love is genuine, sweet and it’s forever. We need more stories like this in our media – happy, life affirming stories that give us all hope!

This was published in the Mirror a few days ago. You can read the full story online here. 

If you have a love story you’d like to share, we can help you sell your story. Call or email me today and we’ll discuss!

School supplies.It’s been another super week of stories at Phoenix Towers. After a week off (swanning around the South of France topping up my tan and showing off my GCSE standard French) I returned to my beloved office raring to go. I’ve been writing up a feature about a survivor of the July 7th terrorist attacks which brought London to its knees ten years ago. Kristina’s life changed that day and she went through an incredibly difficult but soul searching few years, finally finding peace trekking in Papua New Guinea in 2014. It’s a powerful story and you can read it in New! Magazine next week.

I’ve also been writing about the country’s youngest pageant star – hitting her first pageantry stage at the tender age of 22 days old. And the heart warming story of young lovers torn apart by teenage angst, only to be reunited six years later, older, wiser and ready for life together. Which is lucky as they soon found out they were having twins. The story of love and adventure will be seen in Take a Break Summer Specials soon.

My pencil is primed and ready, so if you have a story to sell and would like to sell it with me, then please get in touch today. All enquiries are handled sensitively and I’ll explain how the process works before I ask you to share your story.

Merci beaucoup! (I’ll stop doing that soon.)

THOMASlindyWO (Small)Two fantastic stories out this week – both in Woman’s Own! Firstly we have the real life Rapunzel Keeley, who grew her hair super long twice, so she could cut it off to help other children. And secondly, the inspirational stories of Sadie, Jojo and Heather, three women who left behind the rat race for a new life in far away lands.

Pick up a copy of this week’s Woman’s Own to see our stars shining.

If you have a story you’d like to sell, of how you escaped the rat race to do something unusual with your life, or perhaps your daughter, like Keeley, went above and beyond to help others, then we’d like to hear from you. RatRace (Small)