Has it really been a month….

…since I last posted on here? Wow, sorry! I am not quite sure where the last month went.

So what have I been upto, you ask? Erm, I’m not quite sure. Mostly working on my novel, you will be pleased to hear. With the odd socialising coffee and taking LO out. But mostly writing. Apart from this week, that is. This week has been a bit of a non starter when it comes to writing. Lots of reading, but no writing. But today and tomorrow are set aside specifically as writing days. I realised today that the Festival of Romance is a week away, yes you heard me, ONE week away. So I need to knuckle down and finish the novel by the time I leave for the festival. It’s a deadline that I WILL meet. I am so close to finishing it now, just some last minute proofing  and a quick re-work of the synopsis and I can send it off and completely clear my desk of all things related to that book. Then I can start fresh and throw myself into a proper first draft of my second novel, which has been on the backburner for a while now. So, no one talk to me for the next week! (I dont mean that, of course. It’s lovely to talk to you all!)

Which moves me onto my next point of discussion. The Festival of Romance. I am very excited about attending the festival, I cant quite believe it’s nearly here already. The festival runs from Friday 21st Oct – Sat 22nd Oct. It is full of talks, workshops, socialising opportunities, lunches, quizes, free gifts, dinners, a jazz band, three course dinner, chocolate tasting…….. the list is endless. For a more in-depth break down of exactly what is on offer, and who is attending, take a look at the website here.
There are two competitions going on at the festival, both of which will announce the winner on the Saturday evening. The Readers Award and the New Talent Award.
The Reader Award has already announced its shortlist, which is as follows:

Best Historical:
Christina Courtenay – The Scarlet Kimono
Charlotte Betts – The Apothecary’s Daughter
Jan Jones – The Kydd Inheritance
Annie Burrows – Captain Corcoran’s Hoyden Bride
Jean Fullerton – Perhaps Tomorrow

Best Romantic:
Talli Roland – The Hating Game
Sue Moorcroft – Love & Freedom
Juliet Archer – Persuade Me
Fiona Harper – Swept off her Stiletto’s
Carole Matthews – Wrapped up in You.

Congratulations to all who have been shortlisted. A great selection of fantastic reads.
The New Talent Award was open to all who had not previously had a full length work of fiction published. I have entered this competition myself so I am very nervous to hear if I have been shortlisted for it.

So, there you go. A very exciting event, and it’s only a week away. And as far as I’m aware, there are still tickets available. So grab yours now!

Hope to see you there. And if you do spot me, come and say hi!

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