I’ve finally done it! Oh yes, I’ve caught up with the 21st century and now have a little shopping cart option on my website and Facebook page so that readers can buy directly from me, paying by Paypal. Yay, go me…! Continue reading “Now able to purchase direct…”
I’ve had the most lovely week – complete strangers, who I already now think of as friends, have sent me such touching messages about my book and it’s been a little overwhelming.
It would be true to say that, when I first wrote the book (Friendship, Love and Apple Tea) I didn’t envisage anyone buying it other than my husband, parents and a few faithful friends. When the sales started to come in I became a little excited and started to believe in myself. And now? Well, it’s beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
What has surprised me the most is the amount of lovely people that have found out about my book through the Facebook pages dedicated to all things Turkey… and it’s made me miss the lovely country very much.
We’ve visited Turkey many times over the years. We’ve seen Marmaris grow (a lot), we’ve visited with friends and we’ve made lots of friends too. We’ve celebrated very special occasions there, including our honeymoon and birthdays and anniversaries. We took our daughter there when she was 7 months old in my tummy, and returned with her a few months later when she was 11 weeks old.
Tonight I posted a photo on a Turkey related Facebook page and was blown away by how many people responded to tell me they’ve read my book! I never expected it. So, thank you to everyone, it means a lot.
Here’s the photo I posted along with another which, for me, sums up the wonderful sense of humour and personality of so many Turkish people.
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.
It’s raining… and it’s cold! The central heating has had to go on, I’m afraid. So, how have I cheered myself up in this gloomy weather? I’ve had a look at some of the photos taken in Marmaris and Turunc, the setting for ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’, and thought I’d share them with you on here.
If you haven’t ever been, it’s a beautiful part of Turkey. I’ve been travelling to the Marmaris region now for about 15 years and, to be honest, it has gone a little bit too touristy in places. But, it’s fun and vibrant and the weather is beautiful. Turunc is a little quieter, and reminds me of the ‘old’ Marmaris, before it became so busy and crazy. If you get a chance to go there, please do.
We’ve many happy memories of Turkey as a family – my husband and I honeymooned there, I spent two weeks there ‘very’ pregnant, our daughter first visited the country at just 11 weeks old… lots of fun, and lots of lovely friends made.
So, here’s some pictures… I hope they warm you up on this cold and wet day!