So, after talking and planning and hoping for over a year, it is now booked. So, I guess that means we’re really going. Where? Here: Isn’t she beautiful? She is the Queen Mary 2 and on May 16th, 2014 she will be sailing from New York to Southampton with me on board. Better start planning what to wear.
The sexy French footballer has been emailed to my editor with a strong sense of relief. It’s a fun book – at least, I made myself laugh while I was writing it – and I hope she will like it too. It won’t be on sale until the end of the year, I think. There’s a much longer lead time at Entangled now, because of the change in distribution and also because they’re now being reviewed in RT magazine. This is a really exciting prospect but it does mean that review copies have to be available well in advance of [read more]
Follow up to my previous post: Have bought a second hand Kindle keyboard from a twitter/ravelry contact. Works perfectly and I am very happy with this. Hope it lasts! Have found what I thought did not exist: a netbook with better memory and more up to date OS than my constantly-crashing one. It’s very pretty, in peacock blue, has 4GB RAM and full Windows 7. It came from Amazon warehouse, meaning it has been returned/refurbished, though there is no sign of any damage or previous use. Also meaning, it was a bargainous price. It’s basically this but Windows 7 and [read more]
Earlier this week, my Kindle died. The screen is broken and unreadable. I can’t live without my Kindle. I love it because it has all the books I am reading and want to read and don’t have room for on my shelves. And it lets me buy books in bed. So, I started looking at options to replace the dead one. It’s a Kindle Keyboard that I’ve had for about 15 months after my previous one died at about 9 months and was replaced because it was within warranty. Kindles do not have a good reputation for longevity. On the [read more]
I am having a very exciting moment as one of my books is currently in the top ten list at Amazon. I know, right?! It’s in the top ten Kindle free books (at Amazon UK. It’s only #41 at Amazon US.). That means I have given away more copies of this book than all but six other books on the site. That’s a lot of books. It’s about 35,000 books, actually. If I had sold 35,000 copies of that book at full price that would be about £70,000 in royalties due to me. £70,000 would be a HUGE sum of [read more]
Having finished my bedroom, I seem to have turned my attention to the bathroom. I basically still like the original choices I made here but it needed a new toilet seat and there was one wall where the paint had been peeling off for, um, several years. And suddenly the whole room was looking a bit bland and shabby. No more! Sparkly loo seat! Also, a thing for holding all the bits and pieces over the bath. And a basket for spare loo rolls. I still have a plan to line this and then it needs hanging from the hooks. [read more]
You know the questions they ask the models in the Boden catalogue? Here are my answers: [View the story "Boden meme" on Storify] Feel free to share yours in the comments or on twitter (#bodenmeme)
Readers: read books. Fans: collect swag, queue up for book signings, want to know about the private life of the author. Readers: like or dislike books. Fans: defend an author and her books to the death. Readers: sometimes review books if they want to. Fans: squee incoherently and give five stars indiscriminately. Readers: sometimes talk about books with their friends. Fans: stalk the internet looking for comments that are anything short of over-the-top praise, to rally the troops and harass the reviewer. Readers: buy books to read. Fans: do anything they can to get an early copy or a review [read more]
I didn’t make it to round 2 of DABWAHA but I made a good showing against the #1 seed, so I was really pleased with that. Thank you very much if you voted. The Tycoon’s Convenient Wife is currently FREE at B&N and Smashwords, and possibly other places, though not at Amazon. Links are in the sidebar. Enjoy!
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