April Round-up ~ News, Views & Reviews

April ushered itself in with sunshine which was very welcome as we’d planned a family gardening day at Mum and Dad’s which proved a roaring success even if I did catch the sun and end up with a nose like a cherry tomato. It was also my first experience at using a Jet Wash. I think there may have been more water in next door’s garden then on the patio I was supposed to be blasting clean. Let’s just say it took me a little while to perfect my technique. 😉 All I do know is, for the next few days my muscles felt as though they were having a tug of war with each other. Keen gardeners, I applaud you!

My aches and pains were soothed beyond belief a few days later when I received the loveliest tweet from a reader who said she’d loved As Weekends Go and went on to write me the most fabulously detailed review that left me beaming with joy for days. Have a look at this. It’s a belter!  ~ AWG REVIEW

In my last post I mentioned my lovely publisher was embarking on a tour of the libraries, starting with Exeter which was a huge success. I’m attending the next event in Southampton (May 20th) and really looking forward to it. Here are some of the goody bags that were given out last time.

CL ON TOUR

 

On that note, I decided it was about time I ordered myself some promotional bookmarks which are always good to hand out should anyone show an interest in your novel. I placed an order via https://www.solopress.com/ (100 bookmarks for £25!) having sought the technical help from my good buddy and fellow Romaniacs blogger Sue Fortin – thank you, Sue! Well, they came within a week and here they are. I’m really pleased with them.

 

 

Easter Weekend was fun – we gathered at my younger sister’s house on the Sunday and had FAR too much chocolate (considering I’d been nibbling on these beauties for two days prior and still had more chocs saved for Easter Monday!).

 

 

 

Another top trio of reads this month. The first hasn’t actually been published yet but is due out very soon indeed. It’s a gem of a novel about three first-time mums and it’s by one of my The Romaniacs buddies (that’s all I’m going to say for now!) It’s contemporary and is going to be very popular. You’ll love it!

My second read was Lynda Stacey’s Tell Me No Secrets which kept me riveted throughout. Suspense, great characters, wit and a healthy dose of romance. I rooted for Kate (the main character) throughout and loathed her boyfriend Rob who will set your teeth on edge for sure. The backdrop of a private investigating company adds a bit of spice and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also read I Am The Secret Footballer which I’d been wanting to do for ages, having read the odd snippet here and there. I have my own fictional footballer in As Weekends Go and so enjoyed my research into the beautiful (and not so beautiful) game and this book held a wealth of equally helpful information. Very well written, candid, entertaining and eye-opening to say the least. Well worth a read if you love your footie.

 

Thank you, April.

Love Jan X

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Posted on May 3, 2017, in Jan's Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Great to catchup with all your news Jan, and your bookmarks look superb! Good luck on 20th! You’ll wow ’em! X

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  2. Sounds like a good April – looking forward to seeing you at Southampton library! 📚
    Sue
    xx

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  3. Anne Williams

    Good to catch up with your news, Jan. And when I last jet washed my drive, I covered my neighbour’s car with mud splashes and came indoors looking like the creature from the black lagoon… xx

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  4. Always like hearing your news, Jan. Enjoy Southampton – sounds like a fun event! 🙂 xx

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  5. Lovely, lively blog post, just like your god self, Jan. I bet you’ll have a great time in Southampton. Just have an emergency stash of chocolate buttons hand. Look forward to reading a blog post about it later.

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  6. Of course, you are a goddess in my eyes (!) but I meant good, not god. OK, slinks away and gets coat.

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  7. I love the bookmarks, Jan! It was a pleasure reading your updates, as per usual. Hope you’ll have a fabulous time in Southampton! 🙂

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