Publication Week For Summer at the Art Cafe!
My novel - you know, the one I started writing four years, yes, four years ago, I know! It probably seems like an eternity to you, but in the great scheme of things it's truly nothing - anyway, it popped into the big wide world on Tuesday 15th May.
I celebrated first of all with the ladies from our local RNA Chapter (that always makes me laugh, a Chapter usually being a motorbike region :-) ) Then later with biker pal Annie and her hubby, Champagne and home made pizza on our wood fired pizza oven in the garden. Annie had read the very first, raw drafts of the novel, and had been so encouraging and supportive. She was just the right person to celebrate the book's launch.
Here it is, so you can just click on it and buy it right now this minute. It's on Special, at 99p:
Summer at the Art Cafe
Dressed in its utterly gorgeous, and, ahem, *modest blush* painted by me, front cover, it’s out there, on its own, without me standing over it like a protective parent.
And guess what?
It’s doing brilliantly!
It has already earned a Best Seller flag.
In only five days it’s earned 24 reviews, all FIVE STAR!! ... sorry, was I shouting there? I became obsessed about clicking the refresh button on Amazon as the reviews flooded in, among them the following:
‘A Great Read, Don’t Miss It!’
‘What an Absolute Treat!’
'Bikes, Cakes and Hunky Blokes!'
'I’m more than a little bit in love with Ash too. He’s just the right combination of hunky and vulnerable and the way he fails to see what’s staring him in the face is very true to life.'
Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to post up a review, it's generous of you, and very much appreciated.
I have to confess that before I started writing, I had no real conception of how important reviews are. Although primarily, they exist to give potential buyers an idea about the novel, good reviews are a terrific boost to the writer, especially new writers like me, who are holding their breath to see how the reading world accepts their book-baby!
On Thursday I graduated in style from the New Writer Scheme of the wonderful Romantic Novelist’s Association, at the RNA Summer Party in the very glamorous surroundings of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. As a finalist for the Joan Hessayon Award, I was one of seventeen contenders, all of whom secured publishing contracts this year with their debut novels.
We're all winners, as far as I'm concerned!
Huge Congratulations, though, to Hannah Begbie, with ‘Mother’ for her win x
Number two novel is written and I'm gearing up for the editing phase. I’m all fired up to finish Novel Number 3, and even though the sun is blazing down on us here in South Wales, there's an idea for a Christmas story teasing me inside the back of my head...
Christmas at the Art Cafe? What do you think?