Title [Tick] Book cover [Tick] Blurb [Tick]… all set for release early June!

Book release… so, the day is nearly here!  The sequel to my first novel is due for release early June and sees the return of Lou Granger, wanting to be back in Marmaris but finding herself in sunny Spain.

‘Friendship, Love and Sangria’… here’s the blurb:   Continue reading “Title [Tick] Book cover [Tick] Blurb [Tick]… all set for release early June!”

Non-fiction, sequels and voice-over…

What?  Three months since I last blogged?  No way… that’s appalling!  Well, what can I say in my defense other than the last few months have whizzed by so quickly, what with Christmas and all, and I’ve lots going on, and… and… actually, that’s not even an excuse, is it?  We’re all very busy.  Sigh.  I’m very, very sorry… It’s nearly February already, how did this happen?   Continue reading “Non-fiction, sequels and voice-over…”

Sail away with me in September…

I love travelling.  Always have and always will.  I haven’t been anywhere massively far away, like Australia or New Zealand, but I’ve still been lucky enough to get away and, for that, I’m very grateful.

A couple of years ago we lost a lovely elderly auntie.  Auntie Vi was a real character; 90 years old, a joy to be with, full of fun and mischief.  And when she passed away we found out she had left a little bit of money to us.  To most people it wasn’t enough to have made a huge difference.  But, to us, it was massive as it meant we could book a holiday we’d dreamt of so many times – a cruise.   DSC_6080

We had no idea what to expect.  We worried we’d be sea sick and I’m not gonna lie… images of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio did enter my head every now and again, clinging onto that debris in the sea.  But, it was fantastic.  Two weeks of pure joy and adventure.   We sailed from Marmaris on the Thomson Celebration, a beautiful and fun ship, and didn’t want to leave.  I was literally clinging onto the Captain’s legs when our two weeks were up.  (Slight exaggeration, but I did do my grumpy face and scowled lots).

So, there was never any question on where my 2nd book was to be set – on a cruise around the Med.   And this weekend, 17k words in, I’ve been in Mykonos and Lesbos (all in my head, obviously, but based on the research from our cruise). DSC_6587

So if you’d like to cruise, but might not be able to just yet, there’ll be a ship waiting for you, leaving my head in September to arrive in the Kindle bookstore, Amazon and lots of other places too.  That’s if I get the words onto the paper and stop procrastinating by looking at cruise brochures and the holiday snaps….

My Dad’s Adventure in Cyber Space…

Hope you all had a great Easter break.  Ours has been quiet, we’ve had a day at Birdland, a day at the Zoo and a meal at my parents.

Now, during the meal, my Dad announced how he would love to eat at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant again.  This may make is sound as though it’s something he does often.  But, in all his 77 years, he’s eaten there once.  A few years ago, my parents and Rog and I went to Lavenham for the weekend and ate at The Angel.  it was, I have to say, the best meal I’ve ever had, and a great weekend.  And, my Dad has talked about nothing else since.   One of his idols is Marco.  But, seeing as his other idol is the Crowman from Worzel Gummidge, that doesn’t say much…

So, whilst we were eating our dinner on Easter Sunday, my father did one of his ‘faces’ – the one that says ‘I’m hungry/I am getting older/I may never get to eat at such a place again…’  So I said that, should I sell 2000 books, I will take him back to Marco’s and will pay for accommodation over night too (for the four of us).  Now, as I’m only just approaching 1000 books, I guessed this would give me a while to save up…

However, the following day, Dad came down to visit and our daughter had made one of those signs you see on Facebook which My father held with a rather dopey look on his face.  And, since I posted it, I’ve had messages from around the world to say they’ve seen Dad in the photo – American, Italy, New Zealand, Czech Republic…  My Dad’s response? ‘Wow, that’s not natural is it, me being in New Zealand when I haven’t got on a plane…’

So, for those that missed it, here’s my Dad’s photo… Let’s keep our fingers crossed he doesn’t now get himself a Facebook account!  And, although I’m going to have to save lots of pennies, it will be money very well spent.

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Turkey attracts such a lovely bunch of people

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.

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Want a freebie taster? First three chapters available for download…

Well, what a week!  Lots happening in terms of ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’.  I’ve a couple of Library events coming up (click here for more info…) and sales have been fantastic!  Thank you to everyone that’s bought a copy, and for the feedback that so many of you have submitted.

If you’re unsure whether to buy, I have a cheeky 3 chapter freebie you can download as a PDF… and, if you like it, then please check out my books page on my website for details.  Enjoy!

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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…

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