Well that's Christmas over for another year. I expect that like me you're feasting on left-over Christmas cake and chocolates and trying to get back into work mode. I hope that 2016 will be a really good year for you all. :)
It's getting off to a good start for me. I've almost finished the second chick lit book I'm contracted to write for Accent Press. My first one, I DO- or DO I? will be out in May. You've probably noticed that I've been posting the cover and preorder link all over Facebook and Twitter. And just in case you haven't seen it here it is again!
Sorry if I'm over-posting , but I am super excited about working with Accent Press. I've got a contract for three books so as soon as I finish this second book I have to start the third one. And amazingly Accent are republishing my backlist - Never Say Forever, The Millionaire Plan and Perfect Summer when the rights revert back to me next month. I'm practically jumping and down with excitement and so grateful to Accent Press for taking me on board like this and to my lovely publisher Stephanie Taylor from Clean Reads for letting me have all the rights back at the same time. So kind of her. I'll still have Witch Angel:The Spectre of Truth with Clean Reads so will still be part of their wonderfully supportive team.
I'm into my second year of being Patron of Reading at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, working with the lovely, dedicated and very supportive librarian Linda Bromyard to encourage the students to read. If you take a look at the Patron of Reading Competitions page you'll see some of the fabulous entries to the competitions we've run. Over on the Brilliant Reads page are some of the students reviews and check out the POR News page to find out what other things are happening in the school.
I love visiting schools to encourage children to read and write. A couple of years ago I teamed up with my friend and fellow author Ann Evans to do joint school visits, called KAT - Kids and Authors together (and Karen and Ann together). Here's our Facebook page. The visits have been a great success so far and we hope to do even more this year. We've been asked to run workshops at Evesham's very first Festival of Words so are both very excited about that.
If you read my blog regularly you'll know that I often feature other authors and their work. For the following few months I'm going to be running a blog Celebrating Children's Books. I want to showcase the wonderful work that children's authors and illustrators do, not the big names everyone knows but lesser known authors and their brilliant books. There's a lot of amazing talent out there and I'd like to give it a shout out. The first blog post will be up this Wednesday so do look out for it and support the authors and illustrators featured.
That's it, I've waffled on enough. I'll end with a massive thank you to my readers, followers, supporters - I think I have some! I really appreciate you all. Oh and huge thanks to the marvellous free image website pixabay.com from where I get a lot of the images I use for my blog posts. Including this one.