May highlights! Seriously? Already? Considering I'm still more or less living lockdown life, 2021 seems determined to fly by and actually, in spite of the dull, damp and wet weather which has dominated this month, the weeks have been productive and filled with some fabulous rays of book related sunshine, as revealed by the screenshots I've taken of my Instagram account!
With A TASTE OF HOME publishing so late in April, it almost felt like a May release and I've had a fabulous few weeks joining in with the Readalong on Insta, watching the wonderful reviews stack up and the sales figures reach an incredible high. The only reason the book didn't hit the Sunday Times Top 10 was because of coinciding releases from Hilary Mantel, Dawn French and some other very big hitters, but I don't mind. You guys love it and are buying it in your thousands and that's what counts for me.
As the images suggest, my month has been filled with some wonderful walks in nature and lots of #amwriting and of course a cover reveal. The lilacs, hawthorn and cow parsley are all favourties of mine and the weather has suited them perfectly.
My writing life has been dominated by the first draft of my summer 22 release, the UNDERNEATH THE CHRISTMAS TREE copy edit and the thrilling cover reveal. I was completely overwhelmed by the love for the cover. It's my first pink book jacket and I love it and I'm delighted you do too.
So, on to a few of my favourite things from May...
What I read
With so much writing going on, I haven't read a huge amount but there have been some absolute highlights in my pile.
This beautiful little hardback, COTTAGECORE, by Ramona Jones, is set to become a firm bookshelf favourite and having read it cover to cover, I'm already dipping in and out again.
However, my top May watch was something I've seen dozens of times before but never on the big screen. DD booked us cinema tickets to watch THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. I have to admit, I was pretty nervous about returning to the cinema, however there were only 12 of us in the whole theatre which helped and I thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle.