As so many of you have shared every twist and turn of my life over the last few months – and been so very supportive – I thought another short update might just be in order, along with an easy-to-enter giveaway. After real fears a few weeks ago that everything might be falling apart, I’m delighted to tell you that the sale of our family home in Wales and the purchase of Mum’s flat in Wetherby finally went like clockwork. I’ve developed a whole new skill set as an organiser, box unpacker, rubbish disposal service and flat-pack furniture builder – and Mum moved to live in the flat on Monday. I’ve also developed previously undiscovered acting skills – I answer to “Eileen” and pretend to be a 91 year old as I make the many change of address phone calls needed!
The flat is really perfect for her – everything designed to make life easier – and I’m sure that she’ll be very happy there once she settles in and makes some friends locally. My next new skill set will be as social secretary – I’ve joined her up to our local U3A, booked a few shows and concerts for us to attend together, we both enjoy a ramble round a shopping centre and a run out into the country, and I think afternoons at the cinema might become a regular feature (we both enjoyed Viceroy’s House yesterday…!).
At long last, life can now settle down a little – and, as well as picking up the threads of my own life, I’m delighted that I can now return to reading (yes, I’m enjoying it again…!) and more regular blogging. I have a massive backlog of earlier review promises, and I’ll do my best to catch up as I can – but if you’re an author friend and I don’t get round to yours, please forgive me, but do let me know about your forthcoming books and I’ll do my utmost to fit them in. I’m always dazzled by the attraction of the new, and I’m slowly catching up on emails and lining up blog tours so that I can put a proper reading plan in place. Interviews might be a bit thin on the ground for a while, but there will be guest posts. I’ll share my plans at the beginning of each month, as I always used to. And I must say thank you – and welcome – to those of you who follow my posts via my Facebook page: 533 “likes” at last count, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
And I have a feature planned on 24th March for Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones, published by Elliott & Thompson – something a little different for me.
And on 30th March, I plan to review One Dark Lie by Clare Chase – again for a blog tour with Brook Cottage Books.
I’m also really looking forward to reading A Life Between Us by Louise Walters – published on 28th March, and I’ll be reviewing on or around publication date.
Other than that, I’ll be catching up with others that have been on my list for a little longer. And enjoying life again.
To mark my return – and as a thank you for all the support through my troubles – I’d like to offer a small giveaway. I have two Amazon gift vouchers, each for £10, for two lucky winners. Let’s not bother with a rafflecopter – just comment below, telling me about one book you’re currently really looking forward to reading, and I’ll draw two winners after the competition closes on Tuesday 14th March at 6pm.
I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long – amid all this week’s activity, I totally forgot to draw my winners! But I’ve had my hat out, and the bits of paper, and I’ve drawn my winners. Congratulations to Claire K and Cleo Bannister – emails on their way, ladies!