The Big Book Giveaway!

** UPDATE: comments are now closed — winners announced over here x

Oh my loves, I have something really delicious for you today!

This week marks the one year anniversary of my book baby being out in the world – one whole year! Can you believe it? To celebrate I’ve got some fun posts lined up for this week, starting with today’s Big Book Giveaway.

One of the most amazing things to have come out of the blogosphere in the last few years is a creative community of women sharing their lives and talents with the world. Whether it’s blogs, books, courses, coaching or art, I’m constantly inspired by these women and try my best to add something worthwhile to the pot, too. So rather than just giving away my book (how boring!) I wanted to put a spotlight on the books that have been birthed out of this community and give them away too. I reached out to my book-writing peers and they all replied with a resounding hell yeah! so here’s what we’ve cooked up…

For a chance to win one of the 21 26 beautiful books listed below just follow the instructions at the end of this post. BUT HERE’S THE BEST BIT! There’ll be one extra winner who’ll get bookbombed — one copy of every book will arrive through his or her door — bam!

Can you imagine it? 26 books all for you. 26 books to inspire and delight. 26 new book friends to be made.

If I wasn’t running this giveaway I would SO be entering it :)

Meet the authors

Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts

Cultivating Your Creative Life by Alena Hennessy

Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne

The Declaration of You by Jessica Swift & Michelle Ward

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee

Brave Inuitive Painting by Flora Bowley

Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati Rose McDonough

Photo Craft by Susan Tuttle & Christy Hydeck

Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker

Zen Under Fire by Marianne Elliott

Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr

Inner Excavation by Liz Lamoreux

The Life Organiser by Jennifer Louden

Desire to Inspire by Christine Mason Miller

The Beauty of Different by Karen Walrond

A Field Guide to Now by Christina Rosalie

Your Other Names by Tara Mohr

This I Know by Yours Truly

My Heart Wanders by Pia Jane Bijkerk

Life is a Verb by Patti Digh

UPDATED! We have FIVE extra books!!

Instant Love by Jen Altman, Amanda Gilligan and Yours Truly

The Creative Entrepreneur by Lisa Sonora Beam

You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s Cheap) by Tammy Strobel

The Inside of Out by Jena Strong

Photographing Your Children by Jen Altman

How to play!

You can enter up to four times in the following ways:

1. Leave a comment telling us your favourite book from childhood

2. Pin the giveaway image with a link to this post (leave a second comment saying you’ve pinned)

3. Tweet it out (leave a third comment saying you’ve tweeted the post)

4. Share this post on Facebook (leave a fourth comment saying you’ve Facebooked)

Comments will close on Monday June 10th at 11pm BST and I’ll announce the 22 27 winners on Tuesday June 11th

Winners will be drawn at random — I’ll draw the bookbomb winner first

Good luck! xo

** UPDATE: comments are now closed — winners announced over here x

Ps. The majority of the books will be sent out by the authors themselves and the word on the street is they intend to include extras in the package… just sayin’ x

Journalling & me: a love story

I wrote my first ever journal entry when I was eleven. My guinea pig had died and it was clearly noteworthy enough for me to open a (Brambly Hedge — remember them?) notebook, jot down the date and write “Tonic died today.” Our guinea pigs were called Gin and Tonic — I think Gin departed this world soon after, too. From then on I wrote in the notebook, filling it up and starting another, filling that up and switching to a binder with looseleaf A4 paper. I have my entire teenage chronicled in an ever-changing array of handwriting styles, coloured pens and dramatic exclamations — losing my virginity is recorded in extraordinary detail *ahem*

Having this diary is such a gift. I’ve dipped into it over the years, and once I get past the cringe-worthy accounts of a teenage girl’s life, there are gems to be found, flashes of insight that make me marvel at how much I intuited even at such a young age. But the most important thing that diary gave me was a journalling practice for life.

When my love died in 2005 I filled a whole Moleskine notebook in a month, pouring out everything I’d wanted to say to him, trying to make sense of what had happened. I had our entire relationship recorded in my journal, from every sweet thing he’d ever done for me to the usual frustrations a couple in love encounters. My journal has been my sanity keeper in the worst times of my life. It’s been the receptacle for the sweetest memories, the most embarrassing secrets and the daily humdrum banality of being alive.

I’ve always wanted to have one of those sketchbooks filled with artsy inked notes and clever watercolour vignettes. I went to art college but I can’t draw to save my life, so I’ve learned how to do it my way, with words and cut-out images and the occasional glue stick. I call it my Creative Dream Journal and it lives in a turquoise Filofax filled with images and scribbles, plans and lists, poetry and musings. So much of what I have drawn into my life over the last few years first existed in my CDJ. Which is why I decided to make the creation of a Creative Dream Journal the focus of my new course.

Over the years my journal has existed in many forms, but at its core it’s been my confidante and safe place. Whether I’m using pen and paper or postcards and washi tape, it’s the way I access my innermost dreams and my most honest and authentic voice. I don’t lie in my journal so I always get the truth about myself reflected back at me. I can join the dots backwards and witness my own growth. So many times I’ve leafed through my journal to figure out why I was feeling a certain way and had I felt that before…. had I survived it? And it’s all in there, the proof that I have survived: the grief, the PMS, the moving home, the making and breaking of friendships. It’s all in there. Its like having my own manual-of-me.

When I die I’m sure there will be loved ones who’ll appreciate having my journals to read through to help them feel more connected to their mama/auntie/wife, but for now my journal is for me alone. It’s the bestest friend I’ve ever had and my constant companion.

I really can’t say enough about how incredible — and useful — journalling is. So I’ve made a course to share the love and help others ignite their journalling passion, too.

Registration for Journal Your Life opens tomorrow. I hope you can join me!

Books to give & share

As you probably know by now, I love books. The fact that there is one out in the world that has my name on it makes me happier than I can say. Every year I say (to myself — no one really cares) that I’m going to only give books as Christmas presents, but I never actually do this; there are so many lovely things I want to give my loved ones, I can’t rein myself in to just bookish gifts. But that doesn’t stop me drooling over their covers.

So here’s a few of the books I own and a few I want to own — all of them would make ace Christmas presents :)

For the foodies

1. Jerusalem
2. What Katie Ate
3. The Kitchen Diaries
4. Edible Selby
5. Kinfolk magazine
6. salt sugar smoke

For the magpies

1. Creative Walls
2. Nomad
3. Granny Chic
4. London Style Guide
5. Francesca Woodman
6. Decorate Workshop

For the wordsmiths

1. Writing Down the Bones
2. Selected Poems, Sharon Olds
3. Eats, Shoots and Leaves
4. On Writing
5. Bird by Bird
6. The House of Belonging

For the thinkers

1. The Quantum Universe
2. The Soul of Money
3. Essays in Love

For the soul searchers

1. The Dance
2. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
3. The Lotus and the Lily

For the bookworms

1. The Night Circus
2. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
3. Gone Girl

Ps. I’m not an affiliate for Amazon, so these links are just for extra info xx

Something special for the holidays

I’ve been sitting here for an hour trying to find a way to write this post that doesn’t sound sales-y, cheesy or annoying. It’s not easy. So I’m not going to dress this up — here’s what I’m trying to say: if you have a treasured woman in your life and you’re wondering what to buy her for Xmas, can i humbly suggest my book, This I Know? As an author it’s important to promote your own books at this time of year but, to be honest, it’s more than that — I’d love for This I Know to to be gifted into the hands of women who need her. Women who are searching for themselves, yearning for a creative life, wondering if they are the only ones feeling the way they do. I shared my heart in the book because I wanted other women to feel less alone, so if you know a soulsister who might need a gentle read to take her into the new year, think of me and my wee book :) | |  | Chapters | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Powell’s

There’s something else, too. Many authors sell copies of their own book but this was something i decided not to do as I felt the cost of the book + shipping from the UK (which isn’t cheap) didn’t make for a great deal. So, while I can’t offer signed copies of the book to give as gifts, I’ve come up with something just as lovely…

I have a small stack of Polaroid postcards that are just begging to be personalised and used as bookmarks. I’d love to send one to you to tuck inside the book before you wrap it, so here’s the plan:

1. buy a copy (or two!) of This I Know to gift to a friend(s)

2. send me a copy of the receipt by email (forward me the email invoice or photograph your receipt) with the subject line “POSTCARD!” — mail to: nita [at]

3. make sure you also include in the email:
— the name of the person who’s receiving the book so I can personalise the message on the postcard (if you bought 2 books I’ll send 2 postcards, etc)
— your mailing address

4. wait for the mailman to deliver the card(s)!


— I’ll cover the cost of the postage for all the cards (they’ll be sent in envelopes to protect them)
— deadline for emailing me the copy of your receipt is THURSDAY DECEMBER 6th. All postcards will be sent on Saturday 8th — any later than that and you won’t get them in time for Xmas
— the postcards will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until I run out of cards :) I apologise in advance if the cards go quickly and you don’t get one (on the other hand, maybe no one will want them… you never know!)
— to make it fair this offer is only for books purchased on or after today’s date (November 26th)

Looking forward to sending out some love notes xo | | | Chapters | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Powell’s