This holiday business is brilliant. My kids are happy. My parents are happy. My husband will soon be with us. I am happy and I am writing :-) Madde's story is almost told. I would think things will have resolved themselves in the next 5000 words give or take. Today may be see The End which is quite exciting. It means rewrites will begin and I will see all I need to do but the basic story is out and on the page. I can work with that.
But that not the high point of the holiday although close. Its great coming to my parents because I actually have a holiday. My parents let me off the hook for lots of things that go one at home - like house work, so I can just enjoy sun. sea, and shopping. Plus reading........which goes onto my next bit. I finished Haunted Hearts by Jessica Raymond last night. She made me cry - the sod. It was a perfect poolside read. I loved the characters and the twists of the supernatural - highly recommended. Now I am on to my next book club selection The Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky which will not quite be the poolside read but so far brilliant.
This brings me onto book shopping. I brought most of my books out with me - except I ordered Jess's and had it delivered here but my kids had run out of reading materials. A trip to the local Barnes and Noble was required - what a shame. Once the kids were sorted I browsed the book sections and there I was thrilled to bits so see some friends names. In fact so thrilled I played the complete tourist and took a photo or two. So Katie, Kate and Fiona I was so excited I felt like a little kid when I saw your books there. Especially for Fiona Harper who attended the RNA conference in Egham as a novice like me. She has now gone from strength to strength with her debut book, Blind Date Marriage,which is currently up for a RITA. I go all tingly with excitement for her!
But I can't leave Katie Fforde or Kate Walker out of the comments. Both women are unstinting in their support of new writers. Even though I am not aiming for the Harlequin Mills & Boon market any more Kate Walker's support is still there cheering me on. Plus she writes great books to sink into when life stresses! Several of hers eased me through my house move last summer! I love Katie Fforde's books in fact I brought one with me which is next up after the book club selection......and she has always been so kind and encouraging each time we have met. Oh, I have also brought her sister's, Jane Gordon Cummings, book A Proper Family Christmas with me to read!
Finally I was able to pick up C.S.Harris's book What Angels Fear to add to the holiday reading list but I have a feeling my Dad might nick it first.
Now back to wrapping up Madde's story and the pool of course!