Operation Helen Phifer: Halloween

So thrilled to be featured on Rachel’s amazing blog.

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Halloween is coming – as you can see, the kids love it! We all dress up (Oliver the dog has even got a vampire cloak – hubs was not amused). I have seen It, I have the candy and the decorations, we have days out planned..now I need the fear!

I have set myself a challenge – from 25th October till 31st October I am going to only read Helen Phifer’s books – not heard of her? Oh I think you have. Or you should have. Need a refresher?

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No, still relaxed? What about this one?

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Ah, there you go! Now, don’t be silly, it’s just a book cover. No, don’t scream. No, put down that rolling pin! I have been a fan of Helen’s since I read her first book and since then I have bought EVERY book and….not read them. Why? Life, dear blog, life. Annoying deadlines, sleep…

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The Lake House – Annie Graham Book 4

Life sometimes gets in the way of all the best intentions, I really need to get better at this blogging. I’m pleased to say that The Lake House which is Annie Graham’s fourth adventure is now available to buy from all good e-book retailers.

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Elderly Martha Beckett is a prisoner in her own home, and has been ever since her older brother disappeared at just nine years old. He went to hide in the cellar and never came back. And now Martha has sworn to protect anyone else from the evils lurking just below her floorboards. But whatever it is, has woken up – and is hungry again…

When she calls the police for help, Annie Graham is the first to respond. Now Annie Ashworth, she is happily married to fellow police officer Will, with a gorgeous home and a job she loves. But then she hears the news – serial killer Henry Smith has escaped from his mental hospital and is on the run. So when a severed head lands at her colleague Jake’s feet – they can only assume that Henry is back to his old tricks. Last time he nearly killed Annie, and this time she’ll bet he wants to finish the job.

So Annie now has two monsters to track down, before they kill again. And time is running out…

Helen xx

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


I’d like to thank the very lovely Sharonbooth.co.uk for nominating me for this award, it’s all about women supporting, inspiring and being there for each other. I love to read inspirational stories about anyone but especially women who have fought hard, worked hard and helped other women to achieve their dreams. It’s a long time since I was at school but I often think what a great impact it would have had on my life when I was fifteen and had no idea what I wanted to do with myself if local, successful businesswomen had come in to talk to us. Inspire us to aim high and follow our dreams, instead of a ten minute career talk with someone who wasn’t remotely interested in anything I wanted to do and spent most of that time doodling on a sheet of paper.

What is your earliest memory?
Running into my mum when I was a toddler and her spilling a cup of hot coffee over my shoulder.

What was your favourite Christmas present?
That is a tie between my typewriter that didn’t really work very well but I still loved it and the plastic greengrocers market stall that had all sorts of fruit and veg on it that I would try and get my family to buy when I was seven.

Who would you like to go on a date with? (excluding current spouse)
Simon Baker because he’s so good looking I could just sip my wine and stare at him, swoon.

Which film would you choose if you could only ever watch one again?

What are you most proud of?
Apart from my kids that would have to be my determination that I would get published, eventually. I worked really hard to write my debut The Ghost House and I have no idea where I found the time or energy with five children and working full time to pursue my dreams but I always believed that it would happen one day.

Which woman in history do you admire the most?
Tough question there are so many, but I think I would say Norma Jean Baker for believing she had something special inside her and then transforming herself into Marilyn Monroe and following her dreams to become a film star.

Which book do you wish you’d written?
The Shining by Stephen King.

What one thing do you think would surprise other people about you?
I have no self confidence.

You’ve had an unexpected windfall of a thousand pounds, what would you spend it on?
A Mac-book Air.

Who is your secret crush?
Kevin Bacon.

It now falls to me to nominate seven other female bloggers, so I choose Annie Lyons, Lucy Cameron, O’Dwyer Author, Alison Gray, Deirdre Palmer, Abbey Mills, Ewe Can Academy If you’ve already done it, my apologies, and you don’t have to take up the banner. It’s entirely up to you.

My questions, should you accept the challenge, are as follows:

What is your dream job?

What could you not live without?

Who inspires/motivates you?

Where is you ideal holiday destination?

If you could arrange a meeting with anyone alive or dead who would it be?

What advice do you wish someone had given you when you were younger?

Have a fabulous week 🙂

Helen xx

The Forgotten Cottage book three in the Annie Graham Series

I’m thrilled to say that book three will be released on Halloween, I couldn’t have picked a better release date myself. I’ve always loved anything and everything spooky, Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year.

The Forgotten Cottage by Helen Phifer

The third book in the Annie Graham Series

Available to buy from all good eBook retailers on Halloween

Are you brave enough to take a peek inside?

Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch To Live


What Do You Dream About?

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That has to be my all time favourite quote, I have written those words at the top of each page in my diary. I’ve been thinking a lot about setting goals and I’ve also been reading lots of business books, which is something I never thought I would do. Reading them is so inspirational and it’s amazing to see how successful people achieved their success.

Until a few months ago I had never picked up a business book in my life but I’ve recently read two which were so inspiring and such wonderful stories that I thought I would share them with you.

The first is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso and if this doesn’t inspire you then I don’t know what will. It’s a real rags to riches tale about Sophia who went from dumpster diving to starting her first online business.

The second is The Success Principles by Jack Canfield the co-author of Chicken Soup For the Soul. Again this is a very inspiring book and I really enjoyed it.

Of course this kind of reading is not for everyone but if you are in need of a burst of inspiration these may just do the trick.

Helen xx