Waiting for publication day is a bit like waiting for my birthday when I was a kid. The last few days seem to go slowly and I’m filled with that ‘Can’t wait!’ feeling. Mixed in, though, is a nagging worry that nobody will come to my party.
As it happens, there’s not an actual launch party for Just for the Holidays as, with magnificent timing, the Romantic Novelists’ Association has chosen 18th of May for its Summer Party so I’ll be there this evening. There will be plenty of people to raise a glass with (but nobody to sell the book!).
But, anyway, publication day is HERE, finally, and I can watchJust for the Holidays, my latest book baby, set out into the world. And check my Amazon rankings obsessively and look for the paperback in bookshops and supermarkets. And go on the radio, and have lunch with my agent, and hang out on social media a lot.
Just for the Holidays …
Set: Mainly in France, the gorgeous and individual Alsace region. The action comes back to the UK for the final chapters.
About: Leah, who has avoided having a husband and children, ending up looking after her sister’s husband and children. Luckily, there’s a grounded helicopter next door, Ronan, who helps her with the language barrier and decoding the mysterious ways of teenagers. Things look pretty promising between Leah and Ronan until he receives an unexpected and unwanted guest.
Leah’s job: Chocolate taster. Yes, seriously, this is a job. It is! It is! I Googled ‘cool jobs’ and this came at the top.
Favourite research: Being taken up in a helicopter for a pretend crash. However, four days in Alsace and experiencing what the region has to offer (Cremant d’Alsace being a favourite) comes only a hair’s breadth behind.