Friday, September 17, 2010

New blog

Hey everyone!
Well, I've created a new blog which I'll be using more than Iberian Bird. You can find me at

You can also find me on Twitter @2010suzy

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


After finishing my novel, I now want as many people as possible to read it. I'm looking for constructive comments to help make it as best as it can possibly become. Which is why I have uploaded it to a great website called
Specifically for writers (and readers), the site allows authors to upload their novels and be read by anyone keen enough. Those registered on the site can then 'back' the books that they like the most. This leads to publishers Harper Collins picking the top five books every month and reading them - which could potentially lead to a publishing deal. That's the hope anyway!
If you would like to have a look at my book, entitled Raven, visit the site and search for me, Iberian Bird.
I'd love to hear your comments.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hard at work... writing

Well... it's been quite some time since I last posted anything here on Iberian Bird.
I have, in fact, been quite busy.
Not, as you might imagine from reading my last post, working alongside my husband (although I have assisted on occasion), but writing a novel.
Although hard work, I am thoroughly enjoying the process.
The book is aimed at teens and young adults and centres around a girl, Lilly, who discovers her whole life has been based on lies.
The woman she thought was her mother turns out to be a witch who kidnapped her and her father shortly after she was born.
When her father and her 'mother' mysteriously vanish from their London home, Lilly must move to Canada to meet the family she never knew existed. But that isn't all she didn't know. She soon discovers that her family has an amazing secret.
But that's all I'm telling you for now!
Bye for now
Iberian Bird

Saturday, February 27, 2010

One door closes... and another opens!

So it's true then.
Being made redundant stinks.
However, as one door closes another one opens and so I am going to join my husband's business. We have been talking about it for a while but we now have the perfect opportunity to expand it to include property management. So that's what I'll be doing from now on.
It's great that I can now work for myself so, although I had a massive shock last week when I was told the news, I am now, in fact, rather a happy chappy (or chapesse)!
I hold no grudges as I fully understand why the move was made. In the current economic climate, business is tough for everybody and publishing, I think, has been hit hard. I wish the group all the success in the future.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


It's been well over a month since I updated my blog and lots has happened in that time. The biggest thing being that I have just accepted a full time job as the Editor of a number of magazines - Algarve GoodLife, Algarve Property Magazine, Algarve Golf Magazine and Welcome.
It's a wonderful opportunity to really bring the magazines into the 21st Century and I am very excited at being given the chance to do so.
I am open to any interesting ideas that readers may have to improve any of the magazines and would love to hear from you if you have constructive (!) criticism to make.
You can email me at work on or at home on
I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


It’s been a while since I wrote, for various reasons, including the purchase of a new computer which we haven’t been able to connect to the internet! In the process of trying to connect it, wirelessely, we also completely lost connection on hubby’s laptop too. Grrrr..... very irritating, I can tell you.
On the subject of irritations, buying this (pink!) laptop was another. Ok, it wasn’t the actual purchase that was annoying, it was the delivery method.
We decided to order from the UK, which would save us several hundred euros so we chose a popular website that we had used once before. Once the item was ordered (we paid an extra 40 pounds for delivery) we received a thank you email, followed by a ‘dispatched’ message. We waited... and waited... and waited. On the dispatched note, it had said that it would take 5 to 6 days for delivery. At the end of the week, I sent the company an email asking for confirmation on how delivery was expected, ie was it sent via Royal Mail or was it dispatched using a Courier? A response was never received, so I sent a further message several days later. Again... nothing.
At the same time that the computer was ordered, another item was ordered for hubby’s motorbike (also from the UK). We knew this had been dispatched via Parcelforce.
Some 14 days later, I received a phone call from a lady that lived elsewhere on our urbanisation. She had arrived home to find two parcels ‘thrown’ over her fence with our name on it! Fortunately she was a lovely and honest woman and so had located our contact details in the phone book, in order to tell us she had our parcels in her possession.
I was shocked to find that one of these parcels was my laptop. Fortunately it was not damaged. I am absolutely outraged that Parcelforce have acted in such an irresponsible way. Our address was written very clearly on the parcels... and on one it stated that it contained a new laptop! It is disgusting... to say the least. So I urge you... if you are ever ordering anything over the internet, be very wary if it is sent via Parcelforce.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Oh no... here comes the summer!

It’s that time of year again when the sun gradually gets hotter and hotter and the mosquitoes start to materialise everywhere you look. Last night was my first night in summer hell. It was warm but not quite warm enough to warrant switching on the air conditioning, so we opted for the fan instead. Having said that, the fan was on more to stop the mosquitoes from landing on us. It didn’t work too well, however, and I found myself swatting them around my pillow for much of the night.
When I did finally manage to sleep, I had heart stopping scary nightmares. And to top it all off, I had to wake up earlier than usual to drop my husband off somewhere this morning before heading to the office. I was exhausted. I was irritable. Not a good combination but what can you do?
I always forget how much I dislike the summer here. Almost everyone else I speak to comes to the Algarve for the sun. They simply love May through September because it’s “gloriously hot”. I, on the other hand, could quite easily move somewhere cold and dreary just to get away from it.
The first signs of the summer are enjoyable and relaxing, but after about a week or two, I’ve had enough…!