Did I Meet You In 2016? A Year in Review #NewYearsEve #WeekendBlogShare

Hello Lovely Readers – Did we meet in 2016?

On this New Year’s Eve: My 2016 year in review

I think many folks will be looking back at 2016 and wondering what it all meant to them. I’ve handpicked some of the highlights for me.


In April I had a planned meet up in Glasgow with Barb Taub, Cathy Ryan and Alison Williams. These lovely ladies are all part of my review team. Barb is an author and her blog posts are just the best to entertain you. Cathy is a book reviewer and her book reviews are extremely popular, check out her blog here. Alison is an author and editor, check out her rates and recommendations from satisfied customers.

In June I went to the Bloggers Bash in London and met lots of faces from social media. Sacha Black, Ali Isaac, Hugh Roberts and Geoff Le Pard are the bash organisers. It was the second year of this event and if you can get to London easily and want to meet a variety of bloggers and network, this annual event is a great opportunity. Next year’s date is June 10th, more details here. I chatted with Shelley Wilson, Christina Philippou, Mary Smith, Lucy Mitchell (Blondewritemore), Sarah Hardy and Suzi from Suzi Speaks, the founder of #SundayBlogShare.

Shelley is a very inspirational blogger and author, splitting her work between fantasy and non-fiction self help. I’m thrilled that she will be running a four week guest series on ways to motivate yourself here on the blog every Wednesday this January.

In August had I an enforced two weeks off as I was required to do jury service, not something I wanted to attend, but you can’t wriggle out of it very easily these days. However is was interesting to see how the system works, how strict it all felt and how sad that the case I had, ever came to court. On a positive note, whilst in Guildford I made a renewed contact with Christina Philippou and this lead to me attending her book launch in September.

At Christina’s book launch for her debut novel (Lost In Static), I met Neats from the Haphazardous Hippo ( lilac Hippo) a book blogger who lives near by and we met Chris’ publisher Matthew from Urbane Publications. This is small up and coming publisher check it out here.


My links with Chris and Neats took me to a Blogger/author meet up in London. Event organisers; Kim Nash @kimthebookworm and Holly Martin @hollymartin00  run these events alternating between London and Birmingham. This was a fun afternoon with a mix of authors and book bloggers all chatting in a relaxed atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed chatting to; Author Jessica Norrie, Book bloggers Susan Hampson, Anne Williams and  Jo Robertson, authors Barbara Copperthwait,  Jan Brigden and Steven Hayward

Another day I met book reviewer Liz Lloyd for an Autumn walk around a local village.

Late November Neats invited me to a book launch. We spent a Saturday afternoon in Farnham meeting author Kristen Bailey as she launched book #2 of her contemporary women’s fiction  “Second Helpings”. We also networked and by chance met another Urban Publication’s author Shirley Golden.


December saw me heading to Leicester to meet Lizzie Lamb, June Kearns, Adrienne Vaughan, Margaret Cullingford and several other members at their monthly RNA meeting. Lizzie, June, Adrienne and Margaret are also know an the New Romantics Four. With me came author, reviewer and Twitter Queen Terry Tyler, Cathy Ryan, Shelley Wilson, and Proofreader Julia Gibbs. It was great to meet Terry’s sister Julia, who was recently on the TV quiz show Pointless. If you need recommended help with copy editing or proofreading do check out her site here.  In the evening we met with authors Mark Barry and Georgia Rose. Mark runs workshops in schools encouraging reluctant readers to pick up books and Georgia has been a guest speaker for Mark, she also runs her own self publishing workshops.

The 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge tells me I’ve read 175 books this year, however I’ve also beta read 4 books and have read others which aren’t yet on Goodreads, this bumps the number up a little.

What am I going to do next year? Perhaps I’ll meet you. I plan to go out and meet lots more authors and bloggers, nothing beats a face to face meeting.

I’d like to wish all my readers and reviewers a very Happy New Year.

Here are useful Twitter handles of people I’ve met this year.






































Fab Winners at the 2016 #BloggersBash #MondayBlogs @Suzie81blog @ShelleyWilson72

Check out the lovely award Winners

On Saturday June 11th bloggers from across Uk and Europe travelled to London for the second annual #BloggersBash awards.

Myself and Alison Williams travelled to Kings Cross where we met Shelley Wilson, Chris Philippou and Barb Taub. Potterheads in the team got side-tracked at the platform 9¾, then we had an early lunch at The Parcel Yard (highly recommended)

2 o’clock and we joined bloggers at The Driver, Wharfdale Road. It was great to meet face-to-face friends and members of our “virtual families”.

Great informative Master class from Luca Sartoni, Growthketeer at Automatic. (Luca works behind the scenes at wordpress)

This blog was up for the Best Book Reviewer Award:

The criteria was: Which book reviewer do you love? This isn’t about being prolific this is about quality reviews. Who’s the most thoughtful reviewer? Perhaps their thoughts on a book persuaded you to read it, maybe they use their blog as a platform for authors as well, or perhaps you love them for their scathing honesty!


Huge congratulations to all the winners and runners up, fellow #RBRT team member Terry Tyler came second in the Best Blog Pal category and Shelley Wilson won the Most Inspirational Blog award. Well done ladies.

Overall 2016 Best Blog went to Suzie Speaks Suzie founded #SundayBlogShare

Blog winners

AND…The Winners of the #BloggersBash Awards 2016 Are…

Bloggers Bash Awards 2016Ladies and gentleman it has been an honour to host and run the second annual blogger bash awards.

For those of you not able to join us, next week I will post my speech along with links to the masterclass that was presented.

Without further ado, it is time to announce the winners of the 2016 Bloggers Bash Awards.

FunniestFirst in Funniest blogger. The nominees were as follows:

Barb TaubLucy Mitchell (Blonde Write More)Tara SparlingLinda (nutsrok)Ned HicksonMeghan SaraSeumas GallacherBun KaryadoRoss MurrayBeth HaslamAl the AuthorRonnieMarcia MearaDonnaChristian TouchetTim- things as they areTamzen TempleTabbyFiction FanPaul LanderMelinda,



In THIRD Place:Beth Haslam

In SECOND place: Paul Lander

But the WINNER was: Lucy Mitchell (Blonde Write More)

Book Review

Next up Best Book Review. The nominees were as follows:

Linda Hill, Rachael RitchetyOlgaRosie AmberRebecca BeattieChristoph FischerAmanda JayneDianeJade, JoanneCarolCleoJoHayleyCathyhome is where the wine isSonyaJacquiAlise & BecKatherineReading Confessions BlogRonovan et al. Ste JJoseph at Relax and Read Reviews, Loretta (Literary Lightbox).


In THIRD Place: home is where the wine is

In SECOND place: Rosie Amber

But the WINNER was: Linda Hill

best dressedNext up, Best Dressed. The nominees were as follows:

D.G. Kaye, Simon at Permanent Style, Sue at Great War Nurses, Judy Martin, Marlou and Willeke at Saudades de Portugal, Jess at Handi- Capable, Morgan at The Rose Quartz, Irene Waters, David Videcette, Becca at Becca’s Books




In THIRD Place:D.G. Kaye

In SECOND place: Judy Martin at Edwina’s Episodes

But the WINNER was: Becca at Becca’s Books

NewcomerNext up, Best Newcomer. The nominees were as follows:

Gill Jacob, Lorraine at The Book Review Cafe, Jane/Audrey at My Novels, My World, London Health Mum, Caryl at Mrs Bloggs, Xenia, at Whippet Wisdom, Element, Kaisha at The Writing Garnet, John and his team at Windlight Magazine, Em at Keystroke, Ginny at A New Me, Janice at On The LandKyra at Being Mommie, Mumbletymuse, Nick Verron, Robert Fear, Nikki Lopez, Zoe at The Girl On The Piccadilly Line, Sheeny Cundy, Drew Sheldon, Cynthia T. Luna, Noelle at Crime Book Junkie


In THIRD Place:Zoe at The Girl On The Piccadilly Line

In SECOND place:  Nick Verron

But the WINNER was: Noelle at Crime Book Junkie

InspirationalNext up Most Inspirational Blogger. The nominees were as follows:

Annette Rochelle Aben, Rea at Rea Book Reviews, Thomas at Bestowing Fire, Nimue at Druid Life, Steve, Sue and Stuart at The Silent Eye, Lynn Gerrard, Shelley Wilson, Erika Kind, Chelle at Chelle’s Book Reviews, Anne Cater, Erik Tyler, Alyssa Moore, Kristi Jo Jedlicki,

Scott Hastie, Cee Neuner, Seyi Sandra, Lisa Amaya,



In THIRD Place:Steve, Sue and Stuart at The Silent Eye,

In SECOND place: Anne Cater

But the WINNER was:Shelley Wilson

hidden GemNext up, Hidden Gem. The nominees were as follows:

Lucya at A Bad Witch’s Blog, Rose Tinted Ramblings, Mabh Savage,

Graeme Sandford, Marina at Finding Time To Write, Sue Dreamwalker, Don Massenzio,  Jack & Joe at The Over The Line Show,

Rich at Waffle Me This, Ron at Progressing into Solitude, Annika Perry, SharaLee at Sharalee Reads, Rebecca at The Brunettes Bookshelf, Patrick Brown, Chesapeake Films, Martin Baker & Fran Houston at Gum on my Shoe, Emma at Book Around The Corner, Alix Long, Pat Ruppel, Sarah Brentyn


In THIRD Place: Don Massenzio

In SECOND place: Rebecca at The Brunettes Bookshelf

But the WINNER was: Alix Long (delightful book review)

Services to bloggersNext up Services to Bloggers. The nominees were as follows:

Blogger’s World, Sarah Hardy, Chris Graham, Alexis Donkin,

Aleks K. Shaw, Jo Robinson, Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha, Daniel Ray,

M. C. V. Egan, Beautiful Words, Susan M. Troy,  Sandra at Readingwrites



In THIRD Place: Blogger’s World

In SECOND place: Chris Graham

But the WINNER was: Sarah Hardy

InformativeNext up, Most Informative Original Content Blogger. The nominees were as follows:

Lizzie at Dream Discover Italia, Morgan at Living Liminally, Karrie Higgins, Laura Perry, Eli at A Writer’s Caravan, Diane Tibert, Samer Chidiac, Flossie Benton Rogers, Aquileana at La Audacia de Aquiles,

Lynz Real Cooking, Millie Thom, Charlotte Walker, Chris McMullen,

Helen at CrawCrafts Beasties, April Munday, Phil at The Twisted Yarn, Jeremy Crow


In THIRD Place:Flossie Benton Rogers

In SECOND place: Lynz Real Cooking

But the WINNER was: Aquileana at La Audacia de Aquiles,

Best PalNext up Best Pal. The nominees were as follows:

Terry Tyler, Shareen Ayoub Mansfield, Amy Storch, Rachel Patterson,

Judith Barrow, Claudette P. Esterine, Rach at Our. Rach., Adele Archer, Anne Williams, Mae Clair, Graeme Cumming, Lucile de Godoy, S. Bradley Stoner, Claire Huston, T. Wayne at A Joy Process, Steve McPherson, Charles Yallowitz, Elle Klass, Margot Kinberg, Jo Bradley, Charli Mills, Helen Jones,



In joint THIRD Place: Steve McPherson & Rachel Patterson,

In SECOND place: Terry Tyler

But the WINNER was: Anne Williams

Best OverallLast but by no means least, Best Overall Blog. The nominees were as follows:

Colleen Chesebro, Carol Hedges, Suzie at Suzie Speaks, J. A. Allen, Cecilia at The Kitchen Garden, Ritu, at But I Smile Anyway,

Jenny of Jenny In Neverland, Ronovan Hester, Tony at Tony’s Reading List, Sue Vincent, Sally Cronin


In THIRD Place: Jenny of Jenny In Neverland

In SECOND place: Ritu, at But I Smile Anyway

But the WINNER was: Suzie Speaks

VOTE NOW for your favourite #Bloggers Annual BLOGGERS BASH Awards @sacha_black

VOTE NOW! Annual Bloggers Bash Awards NOW OPEN

VOTE NOWThis is it. The waiting is finally over.

The Bloggers Bash Awards are now open for voting.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, over 350, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate.

Voting Closes June 9th at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 11th at the Bash. If you can’t make it then a winners post will go live at 5:15pm on June 11th.

Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per category. There are 10 awards, (so it’s a long post) make sure you vote in them all.

Good luck to all the nominees.

Disclaimer: The committee has done their best to coordinate the nominations and to ensure, where possible, we gave nominees a choice of which category they wanted to be in. Due to time constraints and limited resources this may not have always been possible.

Head on over to the voting page here