A special birthday and looking forward

January has been a good month. It was my mum’s 80th birthday, and we celebrated by having afternoon tea with family and friends at the Roundstone Room, at our local Haskins Garden Centre. There was a projector and screen, so we were able to have a slide show running and to play home movies while we chatted, ate and played a playlist of Mum’s favourite songs.  It added a lovely touch of nostalgia for everyone there. The venue was great. It would be worth a look for anyone seeking a book launch venue as it held about fifty-five comfortably and there was a good supply of tea and cake!

On the new book front, Lyn Vernham from Choc Lit has sent me a proposed title and cover. We have spoken about a couple of tweak type things, but overall I am really excited and will keep you posted on how progress is going.

I mentioned previously that I have decided this is my year of getting out there and doing things. As a result of this, I have signed up to the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference in Leeds in July. Fellow Chindi Author, Angela Petch – who has recently had her novels, Tuscan Roots and Now and Then in Tuscany, published by Endeavour Press, is coming along too. We are going to be newbies together! For romantic novelists, the conference is said to be a lot of fun, as well as, “instructive, inspiring [and] the best networking event of the year.” I am looking forward to it.

My current work in progress is growing slowly. I got a little side-tracked with another novel I would like to write, but have decided to continue to research that and build up my notes, while working on the one I have started. My WIP (novel three) is currently at seven and a half thousand words, now you know, you can tell me off if that figure hasn’t increased the next time I post.

Size Doesn’t Matter (the new name for my little review section):

I finished Jane Lovering’s The Boys of Christmas and gave it five fabulous stars. The story has warm, likeable characters, a touch of intrigue and a gorgeous setting. A great read.

I’ve now started Milly Johnson’s The Yorkshire Pudding Club. I have read and greatly enjoyed many of Milly Johnson’s books. This one has been on my kindle for a while, and so I thought it was time it reached the top of my to-be-read pile.


On Friday my hubby and I snuck off to see Downsizing. It is an interesting, entertaining and at times, thought-provoking watch. I do like Matt Damon, and so I also feel the need to point out that my liking of this film had nothing to do with seeing his bum 😉

On Saturday we took our three youngest children (13, 10 and 7) to see The Greatest Showman. We all enjoyed it, and my house is now filled with songs from the soundtrack as we have all downloaded it. Hugh Jackman is very good in the role of Barnham, and of course, there is the lovely Zac Efron. It is great now my children are getting older that we can go and see films like this all together.

Next time:

My next post is already prepared, and with Valentine’s Day approaching I have a treat in store to share. I won’t give it away, but I will just say the lovely ladies at Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction have certainly been making me smile! xx

2 thoughts on “A special birthday and looking forward

  1. I’m looking forward to the RNA conference too – and a little nervous too, but everybody seems so welcoming. What an important year for you, Carol. I want the years to stop whizzing by – there’s so much to do still. Good luck with your writing. xx

    1. Thank you, it is daunting when so much is new but exciting too. Good luck to you too and I agree, time marches on too quickly! xx

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