Belated Thanks to Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards

Multi-award winning World War II Historical Fiction.

I can categorically state that 2018 has been one of the hardest year of my life because, not only did I lose one of my dearest friends, my darling Dad passed away in August. The Global Ebook awards were announced on the day of his funeral. Suffice it to say that I was in no condition to appreciate them as I ought to have done.

On our journey through life we all suffer loss. All of us lose our parents unless we die young, so I know there are a lot of people who know how I feel. Your Dad is one of the two people who gave you life, nurtured and protected you until adulthood (and afterwards, as well). You have never known life without him – until now; and it is hard.

The year began badly, with a phone call from my friend, Diane, who started me on my road to publishing the Master of Illusion series. Without her inspiration and encouragement, I would never have had the courage to even publish one book, let alone four. It was with great grief I learned that she was only expected to live a few weeks.

Guardian Angel (fourth and final book of the Master of Illusion Series) was in the process of being published and I could not delay it. I hated the thought that it was due to come out at about the same time as her life was ending. I managed to change the dedication and I thank God that she lived long enough to read how much I owed to her help and support. I am a little comforted that wherever Guardian Angel goes, her name will go with it.

So, belatedly, I would like to thank the judges and administrators of the Dan Poynter 2018 Global Ebook Awards for presenting Guardian Angel with, not one, but two awards: Silver for best Historical Literary Fiction – Modern; and Bronze for Best Ebook Cover, for which I congratulate my exceptionally talented editor and designer, Felicity Matthews of Web Etch Design and Editing. I love all the covers she has designed for me and I am thrilled that her work has now received recognition.

This makes a total of four Global Ebook Awards won by the series since 2014 and once again I would like to thank the judges and administrators for their hard work and dedication to literature. It is a fitting tribute to their founder, the late Dan Poynter.

To anyone who has suffered loss, this year, I extend my sincere sympathy. I wish all my readers, friends and followers Peace and Joy at Christmas and I hope that 2019 is a much brighter year for us all.

Where Has It Gone?




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I am looking at the date on the calendar in disbelief. Perhaps even denial. 2016 just tore by, vanishing into yesterday before I could even catch up.

Amidst the politics and uncertainty, a few things stood out. For me, it was a year of achievement of personal goals, change and sadness.

Some amazing and wonderful people stepped into the pages of history. Many, sadly, before their time. We mourn them each in our own way. To those we love: we will never forget you.

On the positive side: I managed to finish two novels and begin two more; was thrilled that my Master of Illusion series achieved a second literary award; and embraced an unexpected change in lifestyle.

The last few months have been completely, totally mad. (My main New Year Resolution is not to neglect my blog.)

A BIG thank you to everyone who liked my FB pages Anne Rouen  and Master of Illusion – it was very encouraging.

And now we are a few days into a brand new year – fresh, untrodden:

What will it bring?

To all my readers and followers: I wish you all that you would wish for yourselves.

May 2017 be your year!

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