Archive for July, 2011

BOOK UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted in blogging, chick lit, ebooks, fiction, humor, life, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2011 by Ella Slayne


Also Ella has asked me to mention that if you do not have an ereader DON’T PANIC you can still read my story (if you want to that is!). All you have to do is go to and download it for your computer (which I assume you must have otherwise how on earth are you reading this blog?)

Phew – all this marketing stuff is exhausting! Can somebody hire a PR person please? I need to sit down…do we have any muffins?…Is it too early for white wine?…

Bye y’all!


BUY MY BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2011 by Ella Slayne

OMG I cannot believe this is really happening but I am officially a published character!!!  High-Heels And Slippers is  available as an ebook  NOW at and

I cannot believe it – I am ON SALE AT LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And I’m only $2.99 which means I’m about the price of a bar of chocolate, less than a latte and definitely less than a cocktail! So really there is no excuse not to buy my book because after all what’s $2.99 between friends?

Apparently Ella is going to put some kind of widget thing on the blog so that you can just click and buy but until then (it could take a while – she is NOT computer savvy as we all know) please just use the above links! 

Go on…you know you want to…Aren’t you just a little bit curious to find out how I navigate my way through a modern-day love triangle involving  the oh-so-dishy Callum Doherty and the mysterious high-school sweetheart Tom Barker? What is Tom hiding from me? Will I go back to the UK to find out? And, if so, what will happen to the charming Mr Doherty?  Wow…I wanna buy it myself and I know what happens!  Go on just click!   This is the perfect summer read ladies! 🙂

And while you’re all busy reading my story I have a book launch party to arrange…I’m thinking black tie, ball gowns, maybe a string quartet, canapes and definitely champagne daaaarling! Oh joy!

Bye y’all!

Oh crikey must book in for highlights and leg wax…oh this is sooooooooo exciting! Eek!

Beware the power of a good quote!

Posted in blogging, fiction, humor, life, personal, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by Ella Slayne

I keep seeing this fine quotation everywhere at the moment:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  

Mahatma Ghandi 


Ah… so perhaps that explains the increase in cosmetic surgery! 😉

Bye y’all!

Josie in a pet shop – oh dear!

Posted in blogging, fiction, humor, life, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2011 by Ella Slayne

I had cause to go into a pet shop recently.  Not a place I would normally go, seeing as I haven’t got any pets.  But a friend of mine had tipped me off about some rather stylish Martha Stewart storage containers at half price, obviously intended for dog biscuits but who cares about that?  Anyway there I am trying to decide whether to get the brown box trimmed with aqua or the lime green trimmed with yellow, always a dilemma, and my gaze wandered over to a counter where I noticed a lady cooing over a spiky animal.  She was trying to stuff some flaky looking substance into its mouth but the poor thing was retreating further and further into its spikes. 

“Isn’t it cute?” The lady said looking up at me. Well yes if you like spiky covered balls! Was she completely mad?

“What is it?” I asked, just to be polite.

“A hedgehog.  They make great pets.” She gazed down fondly at it while I stared in disbelief.  A hedgehog? Sold as a pet? How daft!  And how on earth does a hedgehog make a great pet anyway? They’re spiky, nocturnal and extremely shy aren’t they? Not exactly choice requirements for a pet in my humble I-don’t-have-any-pets-opinion!

“How much do they cost?” I eventually managed to stutter.

“$150.” She said with an apologetic smile.  “It’s a lot of money but he’s just so cute!”  

$150 for a HEDGEHOG!!!!!!!!!!!!  I mean that’s just complete nonsense!   I lost my grip on the Martha Stewart storage box and it tumbled to the floor, bouncing down the aisle. When I managed to retrieve it, I noticed another woman had come over to gawp at the poor animal, which had now appeared to have completely curled up. 

“Is that a hedgehog? I heard they make great pets,” she said.  Seriously, where had she heard that?  From the crazy-lady standing next to her? I mean I grew up in a land where hedgehogs happily roam free and I never once heard that they make great pets!  This was absurd.  What happened to just normal pets? Like a cat or guinea-pigs or … you know… fish!  What’s wrong with choosing one of those? Surely they are a much better idea than a hedgehog?!

But then who am I to judge?  I mean I already know they do things differently here.  The Brits have Bonfire Night, the Americans have The Fourth of July.  We have Blackcurrant Polos, the Americans have Grape Lifesavers.  I have tea made with boiling water poured from a teapot (when I’m being posh), my chums over here drink it with ice from a big urn.  It’s fine – we’re all different.  I get that. 

Even so…A HEDGEHOG FOR A PET????????????? 

And then I said something I probably shouldn’t have.  I didn’t mean to sound heartless or cruel – it’s not like I’m anti-hedgehogs or nature or anything – it just came out. It was one of those moments when the filter that stops you actually verbalizing your inner thoughts, malfunctions and you find yourself saying them out loud (unfortunately I find that happens to me quite often).

“Shame you didn’t live in the UK, you could get one for free there – mind you, you’d probably have to scrape it off the road!”  Then I sort of smirked which I really regret. 

The women looked at me with disgust and one of the woman tried to put her hand protectively around the hedgehog – except she couldn’t because of the spikes (you see totally useless as a pet).   Then I hastily picked up the lime green Martha Stewart storage box (only $6.95 -total bargain for celebrity endorsed merchandise) and made my way to the checkout.

That’s probably the last time I’ll go into a pet shop!

Bye y’all!