Happy New Year everyone! As I’ve been ever so quiet recently, I just wanted to let everyone know that everything’s going well here – well, apart from the reading and reviewing, but more about that later. Mum’s new apartment is coming along nicely, and we had fun over Christmas choosing some new key items. Now, you might just expect a 91 year old to be all chintz and antiques, but take a look at these!
We’ve just chosen a lovely pale grey flecked carpet to go with it all, and the move is now scheduled for mid February. After a bit of a heart-stopping moment over a list of the silliest “concerns” on the survey – none with any foundation – the sale of the family home’s progressing well too, to a lovely family who are happy to be flexible on completion. Meanwhile, my every waking moment is spent listing, selling, valuing and packing away 50 years of family home. Mum is still pretty shell-shocked by everything, but “helping” (enough said?!)… we’ll get there, and out the other side, and life will be a shade of normal again.
We had a surprisingly good Christmas – with lovely trips to the ballet (Beauty and the Beast at Leeds Grand) and the theatre (Strictly Ballroom, the Baz Luhrmann musical, at the Playhouse – highly recommended should it come your way).
Then there was the excellent New Year Viennese concert at Leeds Town Hall. Sadly, things then went a bit Pete Tong when Mum fell heavily down some stone steps as we left the building, followed by 4 hours at A+E (yes, on New Year’s Eve…) where we failed to see a doctor and a nurse recommended paracetamol and a good night’s sleep. Mum’s been a bit battered and bruised (and down) since then, but a local doctor confirmed soft tissue bruising only (thank goodness), and things are looking better day by day.
So what about Being Anne – the book blog and the reviews – I hear you ask. I’m so sorry, but I’m so exhausted with everything else that I haven’t finished a book in weeks, and my limited on-line time (coupled with the direst wi-fi that only works in one room in the house…) is just making doing anything meaningful impossible. I do have a few lovely features coming up though.
On Monday 9th, I’m delighted to be launching the paperback tour for Laura E James’ What Doesn’t Kill You. I loved this one – something very different from Choc Lit under their “Dark” imprint – when it was first released as an e-book, so I’ll be sharing my review again together with a really lovely post from Laura. (And many thanks to Laura for sharing quotes from my review in her pre-release publicity… that was just so special!).
On Thursday 12th I’m joining the cover reveal tour for Caught Between Two Worlds by the lovely June Moonbridge… and it’s beautiful…
Then on Monday 16th it’s another tour with Brook Cottage Books, but this time I’ll be reading and reviewing – Paradise Prison by Faith Mortimer, the latest in the Dark Minds series, and one I can see loads of people reading and enjoying.
On Monday 30th, another blog tour launch, and one I’m particularly delighted to be part of, for Jane Cable’s Another You. I’ve read it already, and loved it – I’ll be reviewing, offering the chance to win a copy AND sharing an extract.
And on Tuesday 7th, I’ll be featuring the new book by Liza Perrat – The Silent Kookaburra – with the chance to win one of several copies (I do wish I could read and review this one – but it’ll be one I’ll look forward to later).
I do hope I’ll be able to slot in a few more reviews… but if I can’t, I’ll really make up for it when I emerge on the other side of the move. There are so many books I’m looking forward to catching up on!
Love, Anne xxx