Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Time for a new me!

Well, when I say new me, I mean different me.

I'll still be me, just better packaged.

I'm getting married in eight months and I've made a couple of life-changing decisions of late:-

1) I have gone back onto the Cambridge Weight Plan and have lost half a stone in two weeks. It'll be a long road, but I feel I'm finally at a point in my life where I can do this - for me. Not for my fiance, not for my children, not because society tells me I should - but for me. I know I have a good man in my life who loves me for who I am, not for the size of my bum, and that when my children look at me they just see Mum - but loving yourself is the most important thing and right now I can't say I do.

2) The other decision is something I've struggled with for a long time. When you're a parent you're constantly telling your kids to wash their hands and clean their teeth. I got the hand washing thing down pat, but taking care of my teeth is something I wouldn't get a gold star in. (I had a terrifying experience at the hands of a cruel dentist many years ago and it was ten years inbetween visits because I was so scared). They've bothered me for a long time, are discolored and some are loose but, as the wedding approaches, the thought of having my photo taken over and over again is kind of taking the shine off my bauble if you know what I mean. I've even found myself starting to cover my mouth when I talk, smiling close-mouthed, and even trying to avoid situations where I have to interact with other people because of how my teeth make me feel.

So, after a long talk with my new dentist (a lovely young lady called Anu) next Monday I am having my front bottom four teeth out and replaced with a denture. It wasn't exactly how I envisioned my life going at this point but I've pulled up my big girl knickers and made the decision with the backing of my wonderful family.

Hopefully - in a few weeks, I'll be able to smile again!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Happy Sproglets!

I apologise for this post, which is a purely gratuitous look into Worrall World.

While the children were away with their Dad for a week, him indoors and I re-decorated their rooms as a surprise. They had absoluely no idea!

This is their reaction....


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Before You Came - For Kelvin

Poetry is not my forte - but was feeling mushy :)

For Kelvin

Before you came it was hard
To get out of bed
To open the blinds
To let the light in

Before you came I was hard
Locked away in my tower
Behind the high walls
I'd built around my heart

Before you came love was hard
Full of self-doubt and loathing
Full of pain and heartache
Full of not good enough

But then you came
Gave me a reason to get out of bed
To open the blinds
You brought the light with you

But then you came
Climbed the tower
Broke down the walls
Slipped inside my heart

But then you came
Showed me love was easy
Gave me back myself
I know I'm good enough

Thursday, 21 July 2016


It's finally here - the Summer Holidays - God help us all!

I know there will be the endless stream of "Mum can I" and "Mum will you", but I know one can never truly prepare for the lengths of madness these questions will send you into.

The first week should be okay. It's only seven days, right? Get the first week out of the way and the rest will be a piece of cake. Sorry, I'm laughing so hard at my own idiotic positivity. Nothing about the next seven weeks is going to be a piece of anything. Unless you count the pieces of my hair that fall to floor as I tear it out in clumps, or the little bits of my sanity that will inevitably leak out of my ears.

Those of you who know me are aware I adore my children. "The Boy" is 12 years old with the attitude to match and "The Girl" is 10, always has to have the last word and has made picking her nose an artform. As kids go they're not bad. They play, they argue, they make-up then it starts all over again - so goes the circle of siblingdom. I know what it's like - even if they think I am a thousand years old and know nothing - I have an older brother and a younger sister. I've been there and done that, got the T-shirt, the duvet set and the photo ops. And, of course, at times I can hear my darling mum laughing from her bird's eye view in heaven as she says, "Payback's a bitch!"

So this is my little gift to all you mum's out there who are desperately trying to plan the next few weeks around work, the house, holidays and the lamented cry of "I'm bored!" which will come sooner than you think - believe me. Everytime you find yourself curling your fingers in your hair and grabbing a clump, sit back, take a deep breath and think about that glass of well-deserved wine and much needed slab of chocolate that awaits you at the end of the day when the little bast-- darlings have gone to bed. Then you can finally relax - until it starts all over again!

Good luck, my fellow warriors. As we head into the battle, pull up your big girl knickers and make sure you have your bra fastened securely. It's going to be a bumpy ride and we don't want anyone getting hurt!

Have a wonderful summer and remember, you're not alone!

Monday, 18 July 2016


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Monday, 11 July 2016


Here's what readers are saying about Solo Honeymoon on Amazon....

What Venice is all about.... 4 Stars

Anyone who has been to Venice knows what it does to you--and if it doesn't, you are deceased. This extraordinary city makes you believe everything is possible and in this lovely, almost angst-free story, it takes a while getting there, but gee-whiz, what a trip!

Leo is left at the altar, his parents insist he go on his honeymoon alone, and he is swept along by the city and the gorgeous proprietor of the bed-and-breakfast he and his ex have booked. Leo is a bit of an anal character, not all that spontaneous, dedicated to a life that's structured because, after all, he is a teacher who needs to keep things organized.

That proprietor Mateo, however, and his mother, Luana, spin Leo around in a way which--after he gets his act together with Mateo's determined intervening--allows us to explore, admire, and pine for the next gondola to come along to whisk us there.

This is a sweet, lovable, and very laid back romance that will have you smiling most of the way, though there are some sad moments of reminiscence as well. But all told, it's a trip well worth taking, even if you've done it a hundred times before.


Aaaah Fate.... 5 Stars

Leo got dumped at the alter but still goes on his honeymoon to Venice to get away from all the pity being thrown at him. The bed and breakfast that he is staying at is owned by a mother and her son Matteo who take Leo under their wing.

After three days of seeing Leo moping in his room, Matteo takes the reigns and forces Leo out of bed and ultimately out of his shell.

The two become close friends which morphs into more after Matteo nurses Leo after Leo becomes sick. Matteo is spectacular and you just want to hug Leo.

The closeness between Leo and Matteo is tested when Leo's ex-fiancé shows up at the B & B unexpected. But Leo quickly realizes what he has to lose by leaving Matteo and fights for him.
It's a wonderful story with a very happily ever after.


Beautiful Fairytale.... 5 Stars

Oh I loved this book. I mean, who doesn’t adore an unexpected love story. Poor Leo is stood up at the altar (pretty much) but takes his honeymoon alone anyway… ONLY to find the love of his life! *sigh* Yeah… I swooned!

Mateo is A-MAZ-ING! Truly. His backstory broke my heart. Like I SOBBED uncontrollably for a good 10 minutes. But even HE gets a happily ever after. Two broken, sad men who save each other.

Lisa Worrall wrote wonderful characters. The setting was gorgeous and her descriptive writing really pulled me into the story. Like I was really in Venice. Don’t get me started on the food. I was shaking with hunger through this story. Then I made lasagna.

Lisa is such a versatile writer. Whether she’s writing murder mystery, or beautiful romance she masters it beautifully.

This is a fairytale of sorts and I enjoyed being swept away in the whirlwind.


A Very Enjoyable Read..... 4 Stars

A thoroughly good read. I was Totally hung up on Matteo from the start. Leo ...well I was anxious at one Particular point. As for Eric- don't get me started! Luana & Francesco were a complete breath of fresh air😀. The little bites of humour are a 'Lisa Worrall' touch that I look for & enjoy very much x🐝x



Leo Barratt hadn't written his bucket list, but he was pretty sure there were several things he wouldn't have put on it. Like... waking up to a Dear John letter from his fiance, Eric, the day before their wedding... or going on his honeymoon - alone. 

But, under the strict instructions of his mother, he found himself in Venice at Bauta, the beautiful bed and breakfast where he'd supposed to have started off married life. Instead, he planned to spend three weeks inside his room and wait for the pain to go away.

Or at least that's what he thought...

Bauta, was run by Matteo Leghissa and his mother, Luana. Used to getting his own way, Matteo refused to allow Leo to wallow in self-pity and appointed himself as Leo's official guide.

Apparently, falling in love with a beautiful stranger wasn't on Leo's bucket list either but.....

Sunday, 26 June 2016



Recipe for Romance 
1 cup crazy Myer triplet aka Boone Myer 
1 cup snobby guppie aka Robbie Gaither 
2 tbsp. nutty family and friends 
1 tbsp. epic beard (no substitutions) 
1 tbsp. sexual compatibility 
1 tsp. misunderstandings 
Preheat sexual tension to 375 Degrees. In a large American City aka Atlanta, Georgia, combine the odd ball Myer triplet, Boone, with equal parts stuffy, snobby uptight Robbie Gaither. When mostly together, add family and friends, who mean well but… bless their hearts, they try. Toss in Boone’s gorgeous beard and do not forget the intense, sometimes ridiculous attraction these two bone heads have for each other and lastly throw in two lives that seem to only get in the way of these two making each other happy. Mix until a complete chaotic mess and pour into a well lubed… check that, pour in well-greased pan and bake until very, very firm. Bake for one hour. Serve hot and eat with your fingers. Very messy, very funny and very tasty! 

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Mr Ortiz has done it again! You open it up and from the first page you are right back with the Gaither's and the Myers. These two families are destined to be together. Avery Myer found Martin Gaither in The Butcher and now it's the turn of the second triplet, Boone, to get his icing covered fingers on a Gaither of his own. In walks Robbie Gaither and he is a goner!

Matt's woven a beautiful love story around these two men. Their attraction is undeniable, but can they overcome the obstacles life throws in their way? Boone feels like the broken twin and hates to have his diabetes define who he is. Robbie is a bit of a snob who likes his own way. But both are driven to succeed both in their professional and personal lives.

Supported by an array of secondary characters like Ms Mabel, Eli and Oscar, Emmett and Alex and, of course, Boone's Mawmaw (who I want to be when I grow up - right down to the hideous housecoat and fuscia slippers!) this is a love story you won't want to put down and just leaves you salivating for the Custom Bike Maker's story in book 3!