Saturday, October 14

I Left My Brain In Lichfield

This week has been mad and I don't know where my brain has gone. I can't retain any information and everything seems to be shooting past me unnoticed!

So, to summarize what I've been up to...

Last Saturday the Bloke and I went to Lichfield to attend author Phillipa Ashley's wine-tasting party in celebration of the release of her new book, Decent Exposure. Nell and her hubby were there, too, so we had a lovely time catching up and chatting and swapping little prezzies.

On the Sunday, we set off back down the motorway to a secret hotel my Bloke had booked as a birthday treat. It turned out to be the newly-refurbished Copthorne Reading, which was right on the edge of a 33-acre lake and very, very quiet. We had a gorgeous suite-room with complimentary bathrobes, free chocolates, a living area, and a massive balcony overlooking the lake! I recommend...

Monday was my birthday, so after heading home we spent the evening at my sister's with her fiance and my mum. I got some lovely presents (including a gorgeous little butterfly-patterned book bag from Paperchase) and we had a lovely meal.

I was back at work on Tuesday, with lots of typing and things to do because my boss and another colleague had just got back from the Frankfurt Book Fair. Then yesterday, the sis (who is getting married in a year's time), my mum, and sis's future mother-in-law set off to Birmingham for the National Wedding Show, which was good fun but tiring on the feet!

I really want to get started on my plans for my beach-themed novella (plus another novella idea I've had, which, for now, I'm calling "fax suspense"...), but I've been so busy this week that whenever I've had a moment to myself I've been catching up with laundry, or emails, or eating, or falling asleep.

On a separate note, some of you may have noticed that Haunted Hearts has not yet come up for purchase on the Moonlit Romance website. There have been a few technical difficulties, but the book should be up soon. As soon as it is I will put details and a link here on the blog as well as on my website.

And speaking of my website, don't forget that the contest Nell and I are running to celebrate the release of Fall in Love: An Anthology comes to a close on October 20th, so if you haven't entered, click here and get your entry in!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great birthday Jess. I bet you'll find the break from writing has not really been a break and when you sit down tons of ideas will come spilling out:)

Jessica Raymond said...

I hope so, Liz! :)

Jess x

Jill Shalvis said...

Belated Happy Birthday!!

Jessica Raymond said...

Thank you, Jill :)

Jess x