TIME FOR SPRING
Well, golly. I have been, as they say, in the deadline cave for the last few weeks battling with the Elf, who has now been despatched to the editorial desk to give someone else a bad time.
What is it with some books? You start out with this light, bright, bubbly idea that is -- obviously -- going to write itself. And five months later you crawl back into the light, blinking and brain dead and promising yourself you will never, ever, do that again.
But now I look up I discover that it's very nearly spring, at least on the calendar. I'm afraid, though, that the long, hard winter has taken it's toll. There is, as yet, not a single daffodil showing a yellow bud this high up. And worse. My Australian bottle brush plant -- one of the first things I planted in this garden and a joy for the last fifteen years, is dead. A myrtle, in a very sheltered spot, is also looking very shaky, although a scrap on the bark shows green so a hard cut back and it may recover. The primroses are a shadow of their former self and even the grass - the bane of my life - is still looking snow flattened and very sad.
But the Christmas roses are finally lifting their lovely heads (in late March!) and I know that as soon as the temperature rises stuff will revive. I guess we've just all got so used to mild winters that this one has hit us with such a shock force.
So, anyway. My weekend is basically chasing the dust bunnies around, catching up with paperwork and reading. I treated myself to an eBook edition of Anne Gracie's THE STOLEN BRIDE a few weeks ago and I now have time to read it. What a joy. Delightful characters, wonderful writing and fabulous hero.
On the publishing front, this month sees the re-release of The Brides of Bella Lucia "SECRETS REVEALED" with its blissfully pretty cover, so do look out for that - four books for £5.97 post free anywhere in the world from The Book Depository
The first four books in the series, "UNEXPECTED PROPOSALS" was published last month but is still available.