6 hours until the Book Launch event…

Well, it’s here.  The day of the book launch has arrived and there’s lots of activity going on in the house.  We’re surrounded by boxes of books, Turkish ornaments and apple tea, lists and jobs to do.. and, somewhere between now and 7 o’clock, I guess I should grab a shower and possibly put on a frock, or else I’ll scare people away dressed like I am at the moment.

Box of books

It’s been a busy week – yesterday, we went around the local libraries delivering their complimentary copies and I met some lovely people.  It’s amazing how much support there is for writers, new and old, across Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.  For example, many of the libraries have Writer’s Groups, and I’ve been invited to attend the sessions and talk about writing, and the book which I’m very much looking forward to.


In Wolverton library, I met a very nice customer who asked if I can write a Detective novel next, as that’s his favourite.  It’s agreed that he will be the main character in it… The best bit about yesterday was my ‘Chauffeur’s Behaviour’… AKA Roger, the husband… who decided to shout of the window at me each time I walked to and from the libraries, ‘Good luck Penny Canvin the new author’, much to the confusion of passers-by!


So, off we go tonight, to see old friends, meet new ones, eat, drink and be merry whilst officially launching my book into the world.  And tomorrow?  Well, other than recover from the last few manic weeks, I really do need to start properly writing that second novel….


Looking forward to seeing all that are coming this evening!




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!

Book launch flyer jpeg

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


Free iBooks copy of my latest book in return for a professional review

I’ve received 11 lovely reviews so far on Amazon after people read ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’ through the Kindle Store.  Thank you to all those that have taken the time and energy to do this, it is greatly appreciated.

I’m very keen to have some independent reviews too, maybe by professional bloggers or media, and I’m able to offer a free copy through iBooks to anyone that would be prepared to be involved.  Please get in touch if you’re interested, or share this through your network of contacts.

Busy, busy, busy with the book, completing some edits ready for the paperback release.  Eeek!  There’s going to be a book launch at a Turkish restaurant in Milton Keynes.  Let me know if you’re interested… I’m hoping it will be in October.  And, I’m busy plotting the storyline of my next book.  At the ideas stage presently, and all I know is that the main character is not very nice at all…!

Have a brill weekend


My Writing Week…

Well, what a week.  Actually, make that ‘what a fortnight’…

Can’t quite believe it’s only 2 weeks since my book went live.  it’s gone really well, and I’ve had some brilliant reviews.  Take a look at the Amazon review list.  If you have read my book, please do leave a review on Amazon.  Feedback is very much appreciated, no matter what, and do recommend to others if you think they would like to read it.

The book is now also available through Kobo and Nook (Barnes & Noble US and UK).   And, is about to go live within the next few hours through iBooks! I’ll post the link when I have it.

The paperback version is on its way… it will be available on Amazon very soon and I’ll post the link.  However, paperbacks will also be available through my website, and from me directly, which may prove to be more cost-effective for those that wish to buy.

And, there will be a local book launch, date and venue to be arranged but it’s looking likely it will involve a Turkish meal at a lovely local restaurant.  Get in touch if interested in coming along, I’d love to see you there!

Lots to do in the next few weeks – I’m arranging a few local book launches at independent bookstores, some guest speaking (eek!) and am in the initial stages of planning a new book.  And, it feels blooming brilliant!!!

Have a great weekend


Now available for the Nook!

For those of you that have a Nook e-reader, ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’ is now available to read from the UK and USA store!

For the UK, please go to:

For the USA, please go to:

Reviews are very much appreciated – and please do get in touch via my website,

Thank you!

Festival of Romance coming to Leighton Buzzard

The 2014 Festival of Romance is coming to a town very near me… Leighton Buzzard.  This weekend, 12th and 13th September, 2014 – gutted that I can’t attend, as it has a great agenda for the two days.  On Friday 12th, there’s the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s top authors whilst enjoying cake, with a party from 8pm till late.  

On Saturday, during the afternoon, there are opportunities to meet publishers and pitch your own novel, at the Leighton Buzzard Theatre, plus workshops to enjoy and authors to meet.  Tickets are available. 

Go to the Festival of Romance website for more details and, if you’re going,  have a cake and lots of fun for me! 

Website up and running…

Well, I’m a step nearer to the book launch.  I’ve a website now up and running.  It’s short and sweet, but will hopefully grow as time passes.  It now includes the blurb for ‘Friendship, Love and Apple Tea’, and any comments or feedback will be gratefully received.  

It will eventually have the full link and a ‘buy now’ button on the homepage, once the book is ready on the Kindle.   Please do check it out –

And… I’m going to have a few paperbacks done too!  Yay!!  

Thank you to all those that have given me feedback and have followed my blog and supported me lots…it’s very much appreciated!