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Monday, 30 January 2017

My first book signing

Seeing a display of my novel in my local Waterstones was an amazing moment! The manager, Jodie, had organised my signing and I was delighted with her enthusiasm and support on the day, as well as bookseller, Sam, who kept an eye on things.
Waterstones Manager, Jodie

I was due to begin the signing at 12 midday so went for breakfast at the wonderful Country Table first. I don't think even my driving test was as nerve wracking - and I sat in there feeling anxious and convinced not one person would want a book. I'm very grateful to my family as they said they would pop in so at least I had someone there!

But, I needn't have been so stressed out. At twelve, I sat at my table and had no time to wait before my first reader came up to me. 

As I finished signing the book, I looked up to see a queue of people out the door. The relief was huge! After that, I settled into this new experience and enjoyed meeting everyone. It was such a joy to chat to people who either were interested in Saving Sophie or the writing journey. As I'm local to the area there was also much discussion about the setting of the novel - various places I mention that people knew well.

My friend Emma who travelled from Cheltenham 
 Here are some pictures from the day.
Again, a huge thank you to those who came and supported me, and Waterstones for hosting the signing. 

Book blogger Claire Hill

All gone! 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Happy New Year - catch up time!

I'm very late with my New Year wishes! I seem to be taking ages to catch up with myself following the Christmas festivities! I hope everyone had a fabulous time and wish all my readers a happy and healthy 2017.

What a year 2016 was! In every way possible, it was a bit mad. Personally, it was one of the best years ever - my debut novel, SAVING SOPHIE was published in ebook on 12th August, and paperback and audio on 15th December. 

Seeing the paperback on the shelf was a proud moment, and one I won't forget.

I had a small celebratory evening with some of my friends and family on paperback release day, which was fantastic. I'm very lucky to have had amazing support from everyone. 

Oh, and my lovely son bought me this to help celebrate the paperback release - bless him :) 

Saving Sophie also sold to Poland in 2016 and is released there today! It's titled NEXT GIRL, and I love the cover!

It has been a whirlwind and I'm still not sure it's all sunk in. I feel extremely blessed to have had such a good year - and there's so much more to come in 2017 - another novel for starters!

A big thank you to all those who've supported me and to those who have already bought my book! 

To kick off the New Year, SAVING SOPHIE ebook is at the special price of just 99p!
Click HERE to get for 99p