Thursday, 3 November 2011

A tale of three babies - and a new e-book.

Well finally, after what feels like a whole year of waiting (and I guess it has been, actually!), we now have all three of our new grandbabies safely delivered. And ... it's a matching set! Yes, history seems to be repeating itself. Thirty-odd years ago we had our own three little girls, close enough in age to grow up together with all the joys, companionship and the odd argument that entails! And now, each of the girls has produced a daughter of their own during the last few months.

If you've managed to wade through my recent blog postings (and I know some of you have followed this on Facebook too), you'll know we had Caitlin Emily in July, Alice Molly in August, and now - last Friday, the 28th October, Kitty Ruth arrived. She's a lovely little sister for Noah George, who has been a specially good boy and as you can see from the pictures below, has welcomed her in the nicest way! Noah is going to grow up as the Big Boy of the family and we're sure all the little girls will look up to him and think he's the Bees Knees!

And here's a picture of the three girls with the three girls! How lovely that the cousins are so very close in age and we hope they'll grow up to be as close as their mummies still are.

Writing news has taken a bit of a back seat as you can imagine, but I do have one announcement: The first of my Olivia Ryan books ('Tales from a Hen Weekend') has now been published on Amazon for Kindle - at the very special price of only £1.14 (even more of a bargain than my Sheila Norton Kindle books!). Here's the new cover image:

And although I've decided to publish this under my own name 'writing as Olivia Ryan' (now everyone knows who I am!), you'll find the e-book on the Olivia Ryan page - there's no facility for being in two places at once on Amazon, unfortunately!

Just a couple of days before Kitty was born, I had a short story accepted by my editor at The People's Friend. It had been under consideration since April so I was pleased it's sold - especially as it's about a grandma whose whole family produces babies during the same year! Although it's not my life story at all, I must confess to having been inspired by events in our own family! So the story will always be a little bit special to me. I'll let you know when it's published.


  1. A lot of great news, Sheila.

    Well done to the whole family on their various productions!

  2. Lovely pictures, Sheila - and doesn't Noah look every bit the proud big brother x

  3. What a lovely family, Olivia! Congratulations to all involved.

  4. Congratulations with the family, the book and People's Friend.
    Well done, Olivia.

  5. Hello Olivia, I hope you get this this time what wonderful news, both with your family and your story.

  6. Congratulations! What lovely family pics...

  7. Thank you all for your congratulations (and yes Jarmara, your comment has come through - but I know what you mean, Blogger seems to stop me commenting on people's blogs whenever it feels like it!). I can't stop showing off the photos (at the risk of boring everyone!) -I'm so proud of the girls and their babies, and yes little Noah too: he's being so good. I'm a very lucky 'Nanny'!

  8. You have very beautiful grandchildren, Sheila. Congratulations.