‘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



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.


Puglet as Santa Paws

Towcester Library Festive Coffee Morning

As the lovely festive song goes, “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat”… except that it’s me getting fat.  And that’s partly blamed on the Mars Bar crispie cake I ate at the Towcester festive coffee morning yesterday.  Oh my goodness, it was gorgeous.  Then, I ate rather a lot of chocolate brownie cakes that our daughter made today.  So, I’m barely fitting into my clothes and Christmas is still a few weeks away.

But, back to the festive coffee morning… the Towcester library kindly invited me to be part of their festive morning, and it was really good fun.  I had a few visitors to my little stand, and I talked about my book and sold a few too, which was an added bonus.

I love being in a library, surrounded by books.  But, it’s easy to forget how desperate our libraries are for funding and support.  The targets they need to meet each year are huge, and growing steadily.  We forget how incredible it is that any member of the community can borrow books for free and benefit from this brilliant resource.  I can’t imagine a world where we’re unable to read books – if libraries did not exist, this is a world that many could face.

So, thank you to everyone that came to Towcester Library yesterday, for supporting them and raising much needed funds.

Here’s some photos of the event – my book is still selling well, which is a dream come true.  Please check out my website for details on how to buy, if you are interested, and get in touch with any feedback you have.  It’s very much welcomed and valued.



Image of Towcester event Image of two of my marketing team Image of Towcester Event 2 Image speaking at event

Book Launch 25th October 2014

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Book Launch on Saturday 25th October – it was a great night and I’m so grateful to everyone who supported me.  Still getting used to being asked to sign my book – but lots of books sold, which was fantastic!   The evening was very informal, some of the visitors stayed a short while, whilst others took advantage of the wonderful food that Ali and his team provide at the Med Grill – if you haven’t been there before, please do, it’s on the V4 near to Furzton in Milton Keynes.

What I loved the most was the sound of chatting and laughing – with the slide show playing photographs of Turkey, the sound of Turkish music and the smell of Turkish cuisine, the atmosphere really did make me think I was in Marmaris.  And, each one of the photos playing in the background inspired the story and appears in some way throughout the book.

So, here’s some photos of the night – the book is available as paperback either through me directly, or via Amazon, and the e-book is still selling really well throughout the different platforms – go to www.pennycanvin.com for more info.

Thanks everyone, and here’s to the next one!



Book Launch Book Launch 2 Mini-Me getting ready A full house Team 'Canvin/Mayhew' Friends1 Getting ready School friends! Heather and I Guests arriving The Mayhews are ready... Drinking apple tea

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

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!