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…”

March 2016 news…

Well, firstly, my promise to publish a blog post every week has gone a bit off target.  Ok, not a bit, a lot.  Why?  Well, actually, I don’t even have a really good excuse, it’s just that the start of this year has flown by and I’ve had lots of little things going on that have all merged together to form a big thing. Continue reading “March 2016 news…”

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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‘Bring your own Book’ at Newport Pagnell Library

Had a lovely time tonight at the Newport Pagnell Library (in Buckinghamshire, for those that don’t know it…).  I was asked to pop along to their first ‘Bring your own Book’ club and talk about ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’.

Now, before I tell you how fab the group was, I must share with you my rather disastrous journey there.  I was zipping along, fighting my way through rush hour traffic and becoming a little disorientated by the drizzly rain, bright lights and rather boppy music on the radio.  And I was panicking a little, as it was getting closer and closer to 5:30.  And I suddenly became aware that I was contravening the Road Traffic Act a little.  Well, a lot.  I’m not going to say what or how, as I’m not sure if this could be used against me in a court of law.  So, if anyone asks, I will deny everything.  But, I can say that it was not speeding, or driving dangerously.  It was just a bit daft.  It was so daft that, if I don’t end up with points on my licence, I’ll be almost disappointed.

Right, back to the story.  I was greeted by coffee and biscuits and lots of smiles, which calmed me down from my near death experience in the car (slight exaggeration), and I spoke to some lovely ladies about my book, and how I wrote it, and what I’d do differently next time.  Which is lots.

The best bit of the evening was the ‘Bring your own Book’ part.  The group is all about having a book that you’d love to share with others, having a chat and drinking tea and dunking biscuits.  And, the great thing about it is that you learn about other authors and genres – I am definitely downloading a book onto my Kindle that was recommended tonight by the author Diane Chamberlain.

They meet once a month at the library with the next session on the 10th February.  So if you love reading books and can pop along, please do.  I can guarantee a warm welcome and a fun evening.

Now, when I’ve got my scanner on, I’m going to share a flyer on here called ‘2015 Reading Challenge’.  Basically, it’s a list of different types of book and you tick the ones that you’ve tried and then challenge yourself to read genres that may not be familiar to you.  What a great idea!

And… I’m hopefully going to have a ‘download my book for free’ day through Kindle… more details to follow.

Off to bed

Penny

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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