Busy, busy, busy…

My feet have really not touched the ground over the last week.  The release date of ‘Bringing Billie Back’ is just over a week away and so it’s been crazy.  So much to do:  ebooks to upload, printing files to proof, marketing posts and much nail biting.  And, I’m told that Christmas is just around the corner which I’m a little anxious about as  I’d put the holidays on a back burner whilst getting the book ready.  So, it now means that:

a) I need to write lots of cards

b) I need to buy presents

c) I need to buy a very large bottle of Bailey’s and drink it quickly <Note:  other makes are also available, and I would drink those too>

One of the things I’m most looking forward to, once the book is released and out there, is that I will have a few weeks over Christmas and into the New Year to work on my 2016 writing plan.  There’s so much I want to do next year, and I’ve no idea when I’ll get the time with other commitments,  like work (I still work full time and write whenever I get a spare minute, which can include in the toilet – yes, too much information, or TMI as the yoof would say…)  I need to record ‘Bringing Billie Back’ as an audio book, write another novel, write my non-fiction book and then blog properly, and not randomly, like I seem to do at the moment…   BBB_main_image

2015 has really given me the chance to learn so much about being an Indie author, and I love it.  I’ve met some great people, made lots of new friends, and have so many ideas (they literally chase themselves around in my brain 24/7).  So, here’s to 2016, starting off with a bang due to the new release.  Which, if you’re planning on getting on the Kindle, you can find on the Amazon Store already as a pre-order (due out 13th Dec).  So, please do visit the page if you’d like to take a peek!

Penny

 

Moaning feet…

Before I bore you with my moaning feet, may I firstly wish you all a very Happy New Year!   Yes, it’s 2015 already,  and I’d only just got used to 2014.  Rude.

My moaning feet… well, it’s all because I took them out dancing on New Years Eve.  To a party.  i thought they deserved a treat as I don’t think they danced once during the year other than in a ‘Just Dance’ dance-off with our mini-me daughter (who, may I add, I beat all the time despite being an old bird compared to a young whipper-snapper).  I haven’t taken them to any parties, dance classes, nights out… So, I dressed them in a smart pair of shoes, with heels no less, and tights without ladders.  And, we danced, me and my feet, to all sorts of tunes.  There were modern ones (because I’m trendy and fashionable and down with the kids…), and old ones, and in between ones like ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’ – Nolan Sisters rock.  And, my feet danced, and danced, and danced.  And, they didn’t complain once during the night.  But, yesterday and today, they are not happy. In fact, they’re miserable and i don’t think I’ll take them dancing again, unless they change their attitude and stop being miserable.  I’m going to dress them in flat shoes and boots, and socks with holes in the toes.

What did you all do for New Year?  We decided to go somewhere glamorous, warm, fashionable, cosmopolitan… Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth.  And it was fab.

So today I’m writing, writing, writing.  Second book needs to be written quickly as I’ve a deadline, and so I’ve started it and, so far, quite like it.  Still so grateful that ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’ has continued to sell over the festive period.  Thank you!!!!  Well, it is set in Turkey after all, which goes with Christmas.

I’m off now to comfort my feet… enjoy the first weekend of the year everyone.   And may 2015 be full of everything you dream of.

Penny

Never have a tango with an Eskimo…

I’ve no idea if the title is correct but this is a song I heard yesterday on a Xmas CD when out in the car with our daughter, and I can’t get it out of my head… I mean to say, what does it have to do with Christmas other than Eskimos being in the snow and cold?  And why wouldn’t I want to tango with one?  If an Eskimo ever asks me to, I will most definitely tango with him/her and shall be proud of it.  In fact I may go and start a flashmob dance with loads of Eskimos and non-Eskimos.  Let me know if you’re in…

Pressies are wrapped (eventually).  Actually they were not all bought until yesterday lunchtime.  We had a Xmas dinner last night as we’re out on Xmas Day to family.  We had a duck for a change.  It provided enough meat to feed one of us, must have been the skinniest duck ever, a healthy one, probably went jogging.   But it was very nice indeed.

So we’re tracking Santa via Norad and will be visiting the pantomime after a festive meal.  Well, tapas.  But any meal can be festive when its accompanied by a large glass of wine. Then we’ll sprinkle the reindeer food on the front lawn (haven’t bought any this year so will making some with my porridge and glitter, I hope no reindeers actually eat it) and will be off to bed, ready to be woken at 6am.  Now our daughter is 13 we’ve put a curfew on her where she’s not allowed out of her bed on Xmas morning until 6am.  Actually, am wondering if I can move it on another hour till 7am… might give it a try.

Thank you, dear readers, for giving me the best year ever with all your support for the launch of my first book.  It’s been fab.  Working on the second one, struggling a little as the character is very serious and it’s not something that comes naturally to me… so it will involve lots of research and the study of serious people who don’t smile very much.

Merry Christmas, and have a good one.  And, if you’ve bought duck for the Xmas Day meal tomorrow, make sure you’ve a lasagne or something in the freezer as a back up, and make lots of potatoes to go with it.

x

It’s nearly Christmas…

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas…and, am I organised?  Absolutely not.  Never have been.  I plan to be each year, but it just doesn’t happen.  Why?  Probably because I’m too busy dressing the dog in Santa outfits… I’ve been to a fabulous Christmas party and met some lovely people, I’ve been to a school play.  I just haven’t prepared for Christmas.  Oh well, it’s weeks away yet (yes, I know it’s almost here, but it makes me feel better pretending).

Anyway, here’s a nice Christmassy event to look forward to – Arts Gateway MK are holding their Christmas Networking Mingle on Wednesday night, 17th December, from 6:30pm.  And, I’m very lucky to have a stall there, with my ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’ book for sale.  AND (yes, this gets even more exciting!!!) a lovely, local actress, called Zara Ronghi, is reading from my book!  This calls for an over-indulgance of exclamation marks!!!!!!  So, it would be lovely to see you there.  Go to the Arts Gateway MK Events page to find out more information and to register.

If I don’t see you there, I hope that the next time you hear from me I’ll have bought presents, sorted the festive food and will be ready and willing to embrace the season of goodwill.  And, there’ll be no more dressing dogs in Christmas outfits…ok, maybe a little.

Penny

Puglet as Santa Paws

Stuck on Xmas Pressie Ideas…?

Apparently, Christmas is just around the corner.  I know this because our 13 year old daughter mentions it most days.  Actually, every day.   And, we’ve watched ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ already, a family tradition on the 1st November each year.  So…I’m going to have to start thinking about lists.  Lists of things to do, things to prepare and things to buy.

Things to buy… yes, presents.  And, I’m hopeless and struggle to think of what to get.  Now…let’s imagine you have a friend, relative, acquaintance etc, who enjoys reading.  Not just reading but, in particular, reading Chick-Lit/Romantic Comedy/Holiday Light-Read type books, what could be better than a pretty paperback called ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’??

OK, I’m not very good at this sales stuff – that was my feeble attempt at marketing my book.  But, in seriousness, we now have the packaging, P&P pricing etc and are good to go re sending out in time for Christmas.

So, if you would like a paperback (signed if requested), then please do get in touch.  Send me a message with your email address, and I’ll mail you back with details for payment etc.  It’s cheaper to buy from me direct than it is from Amazon (to the UK, not sure re rest of the world due to postage).  £5.99 +P&P (1st Class £2.15, 2nd Class £1.98).

I’ll hopefully be around some of the local libraries etc in the next month (Towcester is confirmed on the 29th November) and so you could also grab a copy there too and it will save you the postage fee.

Right, off to do ‘those’ lists…

x

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