Wow! What an amazing week it has been and last night proved to be the perfect way to end it! 5 RNA authors sharing their highs, lows, inspiration, publication journeys and joy all under one roof for one night only!
This event has been a while in the making and I think the audience will agree that it was worth the wait. With a saga, a Mills and Boon, a historical and two commercial fiction authors making up the panel, I think there was something for everyone!
Huge and heartfelt thanks to Diss Bookshop for hosting us and for everyone in the audience who turned out on not the nicest of nights and asked so many insightful questions. I hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did!
I know you guys hate it when I hint at exciting news and then say... 'but I can't tell you yet'... well, I'm really sorry, but I'm at it again!
As lots of you know, yesterday I travelled down to London to take part in the thoroughly fabulous Spring Blogger evening at S and S Towers, but what you might not know is that I had an EXTREMELY exciting meeting before the corks began to pop! I'm truly sorry that I can't share the details just yet, but I will soon and I can promise it's going to be worth the wait! There's going to be plenty of Heidi Swain news heading your way very soon.
By way of apology for making you hold your breath, here are a few pics of the amazing swag bags S-J put together. I can't wait to get stuck into the stunning Paige Toon proof and the necklace from Panda Eyes is absolutely exquisite as were the book cover themed cakes from Restoration Cake.
I was so excited to see a sampler of Poppy's Recipe for Life included in the bags. The lucky attendees now have the prologue, as well as Chapters 1 AND 2 to give them a taste of what's to come from Nightingale Square this summer!
And talking of taste... how delicious were these beauties? I simply couldn't pick a favourite from the titles on offer. They were all irresistible!
And of course there were lots of sensational titles to read on the train home which more than made up for the breakdowns and delays on the return trip!
However, as wonderful as these fabulous treats are - and believe me when I say they are wonderful - the stars of the evening are actually the wonderful bloggers who come along to listen to us authors, hear all about our new titles and then go away and spread the news. We truly love you guys and very much appreciate the time and effort you put into championing our work. I am fortunate enough to call many of you my friends now and my writing life is all the richer for having you in it. Thank you my loves!
All in all it was an amazing day and I promise I'll be able to start sharing my news very soon. In the meantime, don't forget it's the Diss Bookshop event this Saturday night. Myself and four fellow RNA authors will be talking about writing romance and if you can't wait to get your hands on Poppy's Recipe for Life I've been reliably informed that it will be popping up on Netgalley soon so get yourselves signed up!
I'm always in love with the fabulous covers the amazing Books and The City Team create for my titles, but Poppy's Recipe for Life has been given what I can't help thinking is possibly the most beautiful so far! I hope you all love it as much as I do? I've included the brand new blurb below so you can get a feel for what this summery story is all about and also included buying links to Amazon as it is already available to order.
About the book...
Treat yourself to a
glorious novel full of food, sunshine, friendship and love
Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life
but her dreams are finally within her reach.
She's moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square,
close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for
making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her
family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her
grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.
But the unexpected arrival of Poppy's troubled younger
brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together
to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie
and what she is prepared to fight for …
Lots of you have been asking when I'm going to be taking part in another event and I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to share the news that I will be spreading a healthy dose of love and romance with fellow RNA authors at the Diss Publishing Bookshop just in time for Valentine's Day!
My author chums and I all write a slightly different type of romance so whatever your fictional persuasion I think you'll enjoy the evening and there's a complimentary book included in the ticket price as well as refreshments and a further discount on books purchases on the night! I hope you will be able to join us for this fun and romantic evening!
Out and about...
Lovely Jenni Keer launched her debut novel, The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker, in Suffolk last night. You may know Jen as 'the knitted Poldark lady' and I'm rather hoping the cleverly crafted Adonis will be joining us in Diss next month... The evening was great fun and I can't recommend the book highly enough. It's a truly fabulous five star read!
Whatever you lovely folk are up to this weekend and into next week, I hope the sun shines on you for a few minutes at least and I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you in Diss next month!
Hello folks and welcome to the 'no idea what day of the week it is' few days which always descend between Christmas and New Year! I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas or at least clawed your way through the holiday madness with the help of some festive fiction!
Personally I'm ready for some routine now and I have a brand new project to start working on and lots of exciting news to get ready to share with you, but what I have been up to since my last post...
Well, my book signing in the beautiful Diss Bookshop was a great success and the perfect lead in to Christmas!
Massive thanks to everyone who came along. The shop was so busy with folk buying all sorts of bookish gifts. It was a great sight and the market town of Diss was thriving!
I have also made sure I've had plenty of time to work my way through my festive #tbr. I'm still enjoying the seasonal reads as there was no way I could have read them all in time for the 25th. I hope you are still immersed in yours.
And of course, I've been getting the final draft of my next book, Poppy's Recipe for Life, ready to share with you in May. I'll be sharing more details about Poppy's story in the next few weeks so watch this space but in the meantime, I wish you all a happy, healthy and book filled New Year!