Female Explorers Special Price

As you know, there are now five books available for my ‘Bad Girls’ series,

Female Explorers

Female Explorers

collections of stories about women who were Assassins, Spies, Cross-Dressers, Mistresses, and Explorers.

Now between Feb. 8 and Feb. 12 you can share in my special offer of reading Female Explorers for just 99⊄ (around 65 pence). Read about these amazing women who traveled to countries even before a European man visited them, let alone a lone woman.

They were brave and intrepid. They had to fund all their own travels as the National Geographic Society would not admit women so would often go back to their home country, quickly write a book and create funds to enable them to go back to their exploring.

You can read about incredible women, like Gertrude Bell, Mary Henrietta Kingsley, and Osa Johnson. They will take you through their lives and adventures in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and Africa. They say truth is more incredible than fiction, and after reading this book, you will definitely agree.

I know you will enjoy reading ‘Female Explorers,’ and do not forget all the other books in my ‘Bad Girls’ series. Click here to get your copy for 99⊄/65 pence. It can be read on your Kindle, or if you don’t own one, you can download it to Amazon Cloud, which is a free online reader.

Jo Tempest.

A Hectic Time

Home With My Sons

Home With My Sons

Firstly, I have to apologise for such a long time since I last posted but I have had a very hectic few months! I had planned to go over to England to visit my sons, family and friends for four weeks to include Christmas.

I arrived at the end of November, spent a few days with my mum and brothers and then went up to Suffolk where I had a great couple of weeks with my sons, James and Richard, as well as catching up with many of my girlfriends in the same county.

Then I had a call from my brother, Vincent, to say my mum had fallen over in the street and was in Casualty. I immediately went back down to Essex to find out mum had broken her wrist and shoulder. She had slipped over on a piece of tomato that had been discarded in the street! Of course, when you fall, you always put out your strongest hand, which of course, was her right hand and of course, she is right handed.

So, home she came with her wrist in a plaster but they can only strap your shoulder. She was in a lot of pain and really frustrated, as she was looking forward to me being there for Christmas and we had a lot planned. But she was happy because I changed my return flight to Turkey to be able to stay for another three weeks.

I was the good daughter, doing as much as I could for mum. The big problem was that mum had no internet in her home (Being 81 years old and not comfortable with that sort of technology). So every few days, when I could leave her for a couple of hours, I would rush over to my brother’s Mark to get on line. Mind you, I did read a lot of books!!

By the time I left, Mum was feeling much better and my nephew was between homes so he moved in with mum for a few weeks. Not only will she enjoy the company, it is also an extra pair of strong hands!
One amazing thing did happen while I was in England and that was that I had my first piece of editorial as Jo Tempest, so exciting. A double page centre spread in the weekend edition of the county newspaper (am trying to get a link to post on my blog soon).

I am sure lots of people who have not seen me for a long time were surprised to catch up on my life for the last few years. It was not going to be published before I came back to Turkey but due to my delay in leaving, I actually saw the article and it was so nicely written. Thank you Steven Russell. xx

What the trip back to England did confirm to me was that the support of family and friends is so precious and any time spent with them is equally as precious.
Jo Tempest

Bureaucracy – The Killer of Dreams

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

I have a wonderful girlfriend, Carolyn, who is also my editor for my ‘Bad Girls’ series. I met her a few years ago here in Turkey when she came to help out a Captain friend of mine with work on his computer.

She ended up living with me for almost a year and it was a truly bonding time. But her heart was in Romania, for where she had left her home in the USA many years before to go to live.

Carolyn had been drawn to Romania to help two orphan brothers who were in dire straits. She has helped them in so many ways to the point that they are now able to lead independent lives, thanks to all her love and support.

Wanting to stay in Romania, Carolyn started volunteer teaching English in a Romanian school, to be able to access her required visa. But it is made so difficult to obtain these visas, even though she is contributing so much to the local community without ever being a drain on the country.

She has now come to the position where the renewed visa is just too difficult to obtain and has to move back to the USA.

She will be welcomed back with open arms by all in her home country who have missed her so much, but Carolyn will be leaving Romania with a heavy heart, not knowing when she will see her two lovely boys, Dan and John.

I am sure she will see them one day again because if I know nothing else about Carolyn, it is that she is a strong and determined woman. I am very lucky to have her as my friend.
Jo Tempest.

I Love Writing For My Blog

Writing For My Blog

Writing For My Blog

My blog has had almost three million visits since I started it, in fact, by the time you read this, you may have pushed it over the three million! I started it to introduce myself and I have just written about anything I felt like.

Sometimes articles about the wonderful Turkish village of Selimiye that I live in and its fascinating residents. Or my sweet cats, Laurel and Hardy, but most often, I write about people from all around the world who truly inspire me.

As a writer, a blog is a wonderful way to just get out all the words that continuously build up in my head. Of course, I am constantly working on my ‘Bad Girls’ series, in fact, I am working on my sixth book, having had five published already.

But other thoughts are always fighting to be released from my cluttered brain! I love writing for my blog, so writing an article seems to release the pressure for a while.

So there you are, I have just emptied my brain a little, but no doubt, it will soon be full again.

Thank you to all my lovely readers who give me the chance to hopefully entertain you with my self indulgent ramblings.
Jo Tempest.

Walk Through Life With Your Eyes Wide Open

Walk Through Life

Walk Through Life

I enjoy my life as much as I can, as I really believe I have to make the best of it for as long as I can possibly can. I live in a beautiful Turkish village by the sea and have many great friends around me.

My life is still really tough at time, especially when it comes to finances but I am happy.

Of course I would like to see more of my sons and family than I do, but that depends on me selling a lot more books in my ‘Bad Girls Series’…..which of course I will!

So here are a few of my rules that I try to follow in my daily life:

  • Do not try to please everyone.
  • The only true wisdom is to realise that you do not personally have the answer to every problem.
  • Always smile…..it confuses people!
  • Being defeated is often a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent.
  • You do not have to know where you are going as long as you are on your way.
  • A mother is not a person to lean on, but the person to make leaning unnecessary.
  • Choose your love, then love your choice.
  • Do not follow where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path and leave your trail.
  • Walk through life with your eyes wide open.
  • Be careful how you treat people you meet on the way up, as you may well meet them on the way down!

I hope you have enjoyed my few words of wisdom!!!

Jo Tempest.

 

Hi my lovely readers!

Female Explorers

Female Explorers

I cannot believe it, but I now have five books published in my ‘Bad Girls’ series. This latest one is about early female explorers.

These women were truly amazing! In the years they went on their explorations, there were no satellite telephones, laptops, or GPS facilities. No planes or four-wheel drives to travel around in. All they had at their disposal was a local guide and a horse or camel.

They had to fund their own explorations which would often take up to a couple of years or more, as these ‘Bad Girls‘ seemed to want to explore mainly the Far East, the Middle East, and Africa.

They would return to their home country, quickly write and publish books on their travels and then set off again on their next adventure. Some even made movies!

These indomitable, intrepid and inspirational women showed us that there is nowhere in the whole world that a woman cannot explore on her own!

If you don’t own a Kindle, you can also read all of my books on the Amazon Cloud reader, or download to your own e-reader.

Jo Tempest

My Bad Girls

Are They Really Bad Girls?

Are They Really Bad Girls?

I have been writing my series of ‘Bad Girls’ books for quite a while now and I am loving it!

There are so many amazing women from around the world and through the centuries who need to be known.

I have published four books to date – Assassins, Spies, Cross-Dressers, and Mistresses.

Explorers is the fifth and it is with my lovely editor, Carolyn. She will perform her usual magic to make my book ready for Amazon in the near future.

I am working on the next book but will keep that a surprise for the moment.

I hope you are enjoying reading the ‘Bad Girls’ and there will always be a new one waiting for you to download!

Jo Tempest

Husbands And Shopping!

Modeling a Peach Dream

Modeling a Peach Dream

This summer I am helping out my Turkish girlfriend, Aysun, in her waterfront boutique in the evenings. It is called Ayna, which means mirror. I asked Aysun how she chose that name.

She told me that a local older man commented on how the older female visitors to the village always looked so well groomed and must always have a mirror nearby…so the boutique gained its name.

We have lots of visitors to the boutique and many of the women come with their husbands. Now, at this point, I have to tell you that in my ‘previous married life’ I had a husband that hated shopping unless it was for him.

But I have now met a few here who actually seem to love it, especially when it comes to helping their wives choose clothes.

 

Aysun In Her Boutique

Aysun In Her Boutique

One couple came in and the husband promptly moved a chair near to the changing room. In his wife went with lots of outfits to try on, coming out to get his approva,l which was so enthusiastic.

He was generous with his praise and she chose three outfits. Having got dressed in her own clothes, her husband handed her some more clothes that he wanted to try and the process was repeated all over again.

They both left the boutique very happy having told us they had been married for 35 years, so maybe this is one of the secrets of a happy marriage.

Another evening, in came a couple and she was not really that interested but he was, picking out lots for her to try.

Ayna Boutique-Selimiye

Ayna Boutique-Selimiye

She reluctantly tried on his choices and looked great so he insisted on buying them for her. She later told us that he is always trying to buy things for her!

Then a couple of nights ago, a young handsome guy on his own walked into the boutique and picked up a beautiful Linen summer coat. He paid for it within minutes and told us he knew what suited his wife and wanted to give it to her that night at dinner. Lucky girl!

 

Turkish Beauties

Turkish Beauties

I am sure I will meet more of these wonderful husbands over the summer, along with the totally disinterested ones as well. So, to all you girls out there, wouldn’t it be great if we could CLONE these wonderful men? Or at least find one of our own!!
Jo Tempest.

A Special Little Boy

Harpy And Friend Kaşif

Harpy And Friend Kaşif

As you know I live in a wonderful village in Turkey called Selimiye. In the summer it is filled with visiting yachts and people. It also means that many beautiful shops open for the summer to accommodate these lovely people.

I am helping out in my friend’s boutique this season, but that is a later story.

For now, I am going to tell you about a wonderful little boy who is the son of the shop owners next door. It is also a great little boutique called ‘Zeynoo’ run by Zeynep and her husband, Nihat. Both Zeynep and Nihat are creative and their boutique looks stunning.

Nihat created a wonderful ‘cactus’ out of water pipes he had painted green and I have posted a photograph for you below.

Their son is called Kaşif and he is 11 years old. I got chatting to him, (and yes, his English is perfect!) because he has the sweetest little kitten that he has called Harpy.

This little kitten is special because he walks on a harness just like a dog and loves it! (If you have heard about ‘Bob The Cat’ in Covent Garden, London, then he is just like him).

Kaşif and Harpy are inseparable and it is wonderful to see. Apparently, last year, Kaşif had a chameleon that went everywhere with him but has since got too large, so has gone to somewhere he can be accommodated.

Pipe Cactus Sculpture

Pipe Cactus Sculpture

I found out that Kaşif means Explorer, so I asked my new friend if that is what he wants to be, but he told me he wants to be a Paleontologist (the study of past geological periods and fossils), and I am absolutely certain that is what young Kaşif will do.

He is an exceptional child and I look forward to hearing about him from his mother in the years to come.

Meanwhile, I will just enjoy seeing Kaşif and Harpy strolling around the village together on the long summer days to come.

Harpy Relaxes

Harpy Relaxes

Jo Tempest

A Few Of My Favourite Things

Just A Few Of My Favourite Things

 I love creating a home around me and it is never how much money I have spent (as I never have any) but rather how much I love the item. So I thought I would share a few of them with you so that you can see a little of my ‘loves’. I admit in advance I have slightly quirky taste but no one can say my home is boring.

And if my visitors are anything to go by, they just love taking their cup of coffee and wandering around my rooms to see what I have added or changed.

Jo Tempest.

My Personal Hot Air Balloon

My Personal Hot Air Balloon

Turkish Dream Catcher

Turkish Dream Catcher

My Balinese Lady

My Balinese Lady

My Favourite Buddha

My Favourite Buddha

Sculpted Angel

Sculpted Angel

My Crows

My Crows

Love Hearts!

Love Hearts!

 

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