May Round-up

I’d love to say I have loads of fresh news for you since my last post but as with most people, we’ve generally been stuck on repeat. Apart from Dave’s ongoing shed-building. Or “Project Briggy” as I’ve called it.

Here’s a slideshow. I’m most impressed! πŸ˜€

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We’ve had several family birthdays since we’ve been in lockdown, including our brother-in-law’s 60th, which would normally have been loudly celebrated with cheer and beer and good music, but I know we’ll do him proud later on when we’re free and able. We did all have individual cakes courtesy of our super-talented niece Alison so we could send pictures to him of us scoffing them and raising a glass or singing Happy Birthday to him via WhatsApp.


It was also Dave’s birthday this month which we celebrated with a nice Chinese Takeaway and a bottle of wine. I made him a card with pictures of all his favourite things on it as I couldn’t find a suitable enough one in the limited amount of shops open.Β Β 


My good friend Noreen was due to have a party in honour of a big milestone birthday. More belated fun, fizz and cake on the horizon. How will we all cope? πŸ˜‰Β 

As for me, well since publication of my second novel If I Ever Doubt You, I’ve been delighted to feature on several lovely blogs, answering questions and sharing photos and book extracts, etc. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve had. The reviews have been coming in and they are wonderful. Readers are saying how much they are enjoying re-connecting with Rebecca and Alex, having first met them in my debut As Weekends Go.

You don’t have to have read As Weekends Go to enjoy If I Ever Doubt You but hopefully you might decide you want to read them both anyway.Β  (She says cheekily, fingers crossed …) πŸ˜‰Β 

Here are the links to the blogs I’ve been appearing on if you fancy a read. Plus one or two of those brill reviews I mentioned. Thanks galore for all the support.

Books And Me Guest Post

The Day that changed my Life ~ via Morton Gray’s blog

Uplifting Book Extract ~ via Carol Thomas blog




I wanted to also give a shout out to my lovely publisher Choc Lit who organised a virtual literary festival that ran for two weeks and was a resounding success. See the banner below that advertised it. The feedback was great as were all the authors who took part. As you can see there was plenty on offer from both Choc Lit & Ruby Fiction authors.Β  Bravo!Β 




Blooms and tree pics for you to savour this time round, all spotted on our many soul-soothing, scenic walks πŸ˜€

Until next time, stay safe and well everyone.

Much love,

Jan X


Posted on May 25, 2020, in Jan's Posts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Many thanks for including my review in your post. It was great to read the final part of Rebecca and Alex’s story xx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh Jan,
    Just caught up with this for my lunchtime read today – thank you so much for the link!

    Lovely to hear your news, even tho’ as you say, we are all stuck on repeat! I love that you always find the positives and look to our wonderful nature for your peace and soul soothing!

    You are fabulous and so is Briggy, what a superstar shed builder!

    Have a super dooper week! xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Oh Lu, what lovely comments – thank you! I would pass on your ‘shed’ praise to Briggy but I fear his head might grow too big to fit in it πŸ˜€ xx Have a great rest of the week & weekend Xx


  3. I just love catching up with you and yours Briggers … and what about the shed! It looks just fab! New novel right at the top of my pile … cannot wait! Sending love and masses of it! XXX

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Great blog post Jan. I now have shed envy, Dave. Di glad that β€˜If you ever Doubt me’ is doing so well. It’s making its way to the top of my TBR (and reviewed) pile. Happy days !!!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: