When a writer forgets to blog…

image of writer's blog in franceSo, this writer’s blog just hasn’t been happening.  I’ve done absolutely nothing at all in terms of blogging. Not a thing. Totally unacceptable and I’m again vowing to put things right. This time I mean it. Absolutely. No doubt whatsoever, it’s happening, people! I can’t even blame it on doing lots of writing as I really haven’t since ‘Friendship, Love and Sangria was released. But I have been on holiday to France… so that’s sort of an excuse.

I guess I’ve just been working, my ‘normal’ day job, earning a wage to enable us to enjoy some of the lovely things we’ve done over the summer. So I thought I’d do a bit of a round-up of the nice bits that have happened (and I’ll miss out the not-so-nice…)

So, in no particular order…. Continue reading “When a writer forgets to blog…”

Marmaris in a weekend? Sure…!

Marmaris in a weekend… a 1,700+ mile flight, a 1+ hour transfer each way… is it possible to go for just a weekend to Turkey?  Absolutely! Continue reading “Marmaris in a weekend? Sure…!”

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….

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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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

Paperback Book Launch 25th October 2014!

The Autumn weather is here, and the summer seems a distant memory… so why not get into a summery mood by coming along to a Turkish themed book launch!  Yes, the date is set – 25th October 2014 and will be held at the Grill Med, Milton Keynes from 7pm.  Join us for a complimentary apple tea and borek, and take the opportunity to purchase the paperback for £5.99.  And, why not make the most of the beautiful food on offer and stay for the Buffet offered by Ali and his family for £12.99 per person.  If you haven’t been to the restaurant before, give it a try.  It’s one of our favourites.

Click here to find the Grill Med’s address and Google Map.

See you on the 25th Oct!  yay!

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The Inspiration Behind the Story…

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!

Cruise boats at night Turunc The Walk to Icmeler Beautiful views