Hello everyone. It’s so lovely to be publishing a “coming up” post again – I’ve been really missing putting my blog together. However, with apologies to all, I do need to be realistic and accept (for a while, at least) that I just can’t be quite as full-on as I was before my recent break. There’s still a great deal of sorting out to do following the loss of my father, my mother (understandably, at 91) needs a lot of support, and I’ll also be sorting out arrangements to move her to live a little closer to me.
I am reading, but very slowly (my mojo seems to have departed, hopefully temporarily), and I’m also finding it extremely difficult to find the time and space to write reviews. And that does leaves me with a bit of a problem – I have many books provided by authors and publishers that I really can’t hope to get to within a reasonable timescale, and I do apologise for the inevitable and unavoidable broken promises.
Let me start by telling you what I will definitely be doing. I have reviews to write of two books I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed – The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight by Christina Courtenay, and Lily’s House by Cassandra Parkin – and I hope to get them onto the blog this week. I’m part way through reading the wonderful Wild Water series by Jan Ruth, which I plan to review in its entirety as soon as I finish, and I’m really enjoying The Last Days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox, also with a review planned before too long.
Then, there are the blog tours. On Wednesday 9th November, I’ll be joining the blog tour for The Shogun’s Queen with a lovely interview with author Lesley Downer.
On Monday 14th November, I have a lovely interview with Elizabeth Ducie, looking at her life and writing, and focusing on her latest book, Counterfeit!, the first in the Suzanne Jones thriller series.
On Tuesday 15th November I’ll be joining the blog tour for The Dress by Jane Rosen, with my review.
And on Friday 25th November, I’ll be reviewing Beneath The Ashes by Jane Isaac for the blog tour arranged by Legend Press.
On Sunday 27th, I have a gorgeous guest post about Sicily from Ellie Darkins, author of Holiday with the Mystery Italian, published on 1st December.
There are a few dates firmed up in December too – with Leslie Tate, Jess Stenson, Yana Stanjo (for Clink Street Christmas), Amy Lynch and Sam Carrington.
But I really must make some hard decisions about what to do with all that outstanding reading for the rest of this year – and I’ve been making some plans. From my October list, I still plan to read and review What Tim Knows by Wendy Janes, Trust Me I Lie by Louise Marley and Hampstead Fever by Carol Cooper – all authors I’ve already featured, and books I’d really like to catch up on.
From my November list, I’m hoping to read and review The Liberation by Kate Furnivall, Garden of Stars by Rose Alexander, Once Upon A Long Ago and Baxter’s Christmas Wish by Sharon Booth, Somebody Else’s Boy and The Gift of Christmas Yet To Come by Jo Bartlett, The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Cass Grafton and Ada Bright, and Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog by Lynda Renham.
My only other planned non-Christmas read for this year will be Gorgito’s Ice Rink by Elizabeth Ducie – otherwise it’ll be Christmas books all the way, from Julie Houston, Sue Watson, Mandy Baggot, Julia Williams and Kathryn Freeman.
Sincere apologies to everyone else, because the chances of me managing any more (other than the occasional guest post) will be very slim indeed… by January, I do hope life will have settled down a little.