Sunday, 30 September 2012

Sometimes It Does Rain!

This week we had rain, yes rain not something we are used to these days. The last real rain was eighteen months ago, so the island is parched. We were out with our little the doggies when the heavens opened, we were soaked to the skin, but for the first time I can remember, it didn’t matter. The smell of the rain was amazing. I never thought I would be pleased to have rain.

The rain did disrupted things as we are all used to having hot sunny days so life exist on knowing this. You decided to paint, it dries, you peg the washing out, it dries, you cook and eat outside most of the time because the climate is perfect for this. You wear sandals not shoes, you never were a coat and as for an umbrella, the only one you normally need is one to keep the sun rays off, but for a few days, it changed.

The change in weather did keep me at my desk longer, which was a good as I ploughed on with my edits for my latest book, The Sumner of Sixty Five. I enjoy this part of writing, polishing and shinning before it goes to my editor in November.

Whatever your week has been like, I hope it was filled with friendly people and sunny smiles.

As always thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Greetings & Sunny Smiles!

Just look at these fabulous greeting cards Cathy Helms from Avalon Graphics has designed for me! Aren't they gorgeous?

And of course, I will be sending these to fabby peeps who have a birthday or just need some sunny smiles.

Have a great weekend and I hope it is a sunny one for you. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

And Yes I'm Still Bragging!

A few months ago I was delighted when I received a B.R.A.G. Award for Sometimes It Happens… After I had floated back down to earth, I did some checking up about these awards and was impressed at how Indie Bragg arrived at their decision. Because at the end of the day, I want to be able to brag about my award and know that it is an honour to be proud off. I can tell you I am very proud of my B.R.A.G. award and receiving the email below from the President of Indie Bragg explaining how important their awards must be seen only added to my honour of being a B.R.A.G. Honouree.

“I thought I would forward to you an email we have sent our readers around the world. It explains one of the most important rules at indieBRAG. I hope you can see the importance of this and how it means so much to the honor your books have received-

"To all of our wonderful readers -

"Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done for indieBRAG!

"We have been getting so much wonderful press about our medallion and the number of authors wanting to be a part of this has exploded.

"I light of the recent "sockpuppeting" and reviews scandals that have come to light, I need to remind you of a couple of things. If you don't know what "sockpuppeting" is, you can find out at:

"One of the things that as impressed the industry most about us is that our decisions are untainted by our readers having any vested interest in the books they read. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that our readers not be in contact with the authors. You are to remain anonymous - this protects you from being harassed by unhappy authors and also from being accused of working with authors in order for them to receive a medallion. If after the book is honored you wish to post a review on your blog or online book sites, you certainly may but you may not mention you read if for indieBRAG or that you are a reader. I hope you understand how important this is to maintain our integrity.

"I hope that you take a minute to visit the website and see the wonderful books we are honoring - you have made some deserving authors very happy!"


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Paperback, Sunrise & The End!

The heat isn’t abating here yet and there is still no sigh of rain. I heard the other day it has been sixty years since the island has been this dry. The last real rain was March 2011!

Because of the heat we are out early in the morning with our two little doggies; normally around 6:45 which means we will be back home by 8:15! It’s dark when we set off, but as we meander along the seafront and as the dawn slowly arrives we are greeted with amazing sunrises. This was one that greeted us the other morning. Worth getting up early for wouldn’t you say?

On the writing front it has been a brilliant week, my latest WIP now feels like a real book as I typed the last two works; The End. The Summer of Sixty Five is 102,000 words. And although I edit as I write, I now need to start from the beginning and go through the MSS a few more times before it can go to my editor. I love the editing part of writing, checking it all hangs together, no head hopping, no author’s voice and hopefully no mistakes. I want my MSS to be as polished as possible before my lovely edit takes it under her wing.

Another snippet of excitement this week is that Sometimes It Happens… is now available in paperback as well as Kindle from Amazon. Now all my three books are in paperback and Kindle.

That’s my news for this week, I hope your week has been as been a great one too and as always thanks for stopping by, have a fabulous day.