Autism Awareness Blog Hop: Childhood Toys

Behavioural issues that come with autism are usually anxiety-based: the result of being scared whilst not having a coping strategy to hand.

When author R J Scott asked if I would like to take part in the Autism Awareness blog hop, I was only too happy to oblige. Please see below the master post.

Autism Awareness Blog Hop


Lindengate is a mental health charity working with autistic children. If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link below.


Childhood Toys

What were your favourite toys as a child?

As a young girl, I was mad on horses and cars. My parents didn’t have much money, but they managed to put enough aside to buy me a popular set of horse and riders, a little smaller than the common Barbie or Sindy dolls. Does anyone remember Anna, Peter, Happytime and Sundancer? They were fully jointed and posable and I played with them so much they fell to pieces and had to be resurrected with Sellotape and elastic bands. They regular featured in my own mini-movies based on western TV shows, or my own adventures at the local riding stables. The riders came with an assortment of outfits, and the horses had bridles, saddles, and even a stable. I often wonder what happened to them. Even broken, they resided in my parents’ attic in an old suitcase for years. I suspect the binman got them in the end!

As for the cars – I collected a vast number of toy cars from jumble sales for just pence at a time. I would set up elaborate roads in our back garden, usually from disused pieces of drainpipe propped up on fences and buckets, so the cars could run around the route on their own. My favourite was a battered old Ford Capri toy, which I vowed would be my first car when I grew up. The parents laughed, but lo and behold, my first car was a red 1983 Ford Capri which I kept for 7 years.

Favourite Toy 

Contemporary MM Romance novella

Original release date: 31 January 2016, rereleased 2018

Cover Design: Simon Searle

Length: 109 Pages


Determined to stay single, Dean Simpson and his best friend Ryan have been playing a game, where each man chooses a potential hook-up for the other, usually someone nothing like their usual type. But with Ryan now off the market, Dean agrees to one final round of the game and allows his friend to choose his toy for the evening.

Casper Mancuso is about as far from Dean’s type as he can get. Casper is pretty, flamboyant, and attention-seeking, but sexy with it. Dean decides one night can’t hurt, but when Casper makes it clear his aim is the same as Dean’s – to have one bit of fun and then move on – Dean finds himself surprisingly disappointed.

With both men keen to avoid a relationship at all costs, it seems there can be no chance for anything between them. And yet the pair are drawn to each other and despite some hurtful comments and a very public argument, they just can’t stay away from each other. Eventually Dean is forced to admit that the very antithesis of what he usually likes is exactly what he’s been waiting for.

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I’m offering a giveaway to 3 readers in the form of an eBook from my back list. Simply comment on this post and let me know your preferred option from the following:

Conflicted, Beautiful Thunder, Cervena, Finding Beck, On The Outside, Regeneration, Separation, The Short Stories Collection, Summit

9 thoughts on “Autism Awareness Blog Hop: Childhood Toys

  1. I had lots of things that I liked to play with. One thing that the whole neighbourhood enjoyed was a large dirt area where a garage had been. We made elaborate structures and tracks for the cars. We even had moats and ponds. I’m interested in Summit.


  2. Thank you for the post and for the chance! If I was lucky enough to be one of the winners I think I would like a copy of Regeneration


  3. Great post! My fave toy was Lego but not for the building, for the creation of little towns where I played out my own Lego movie or Lego soap opera as it were! Story telling came early for me lol.


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