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Publication day!

ITL?_new packshotToday is publication day for ‘Is This Love?’

I was going to say that a publication day is like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one – but, actually, it’s more fun.

The lovely publicists at Choc Lit have lined me up a lot of online interviews and blogposts to go live today, fantastic friends on Facebook and Twitter are sending me nice messages, and I’m on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this afternoon, after recording a segment for Bookmark at Community 105. And I’m going out with friends this evening to celebrate. (I’ve even been able to arrange for somebody else to drive.)

Publication Day is Publication Day, even though the ebook came out a month ago and the online bookstores shipped the paperback copies last weekend. Mere details! Publication Day is the marker, the day I pause in my usual work to enjoy the moment. It’s also a good excuse for a bit of hoopla.

Happily for me, Publication Day more-or-less coincides with the Festival of Romance, which begins tomorrow, in Bedford, so I have an interview on the Nick Coffer show on BBC 3 Counties Radio at 12.30 and a booksigning at Waterstones 1.30pm till 3.00pm tomorrow (Friday 8th November). Then I can relax and watch other authors do their stuff at the ART AND ROMANCE EVENING, The Higgins Museum & Art Gallery.

Saturday is a chance to be in two places at one time as 10am to 3pm sees the ROMANCE FAIR at the Harpur Suite, Corn Exchange, but I’m appearing and reading 10.30am to 12noon at the COFFEE AND CAKE MORNING at The Lane … and 12.45pm to 3.45pm myself and Christina Courtenay are leading the IRRESISTIBLE HEROES WORKSHOP at the Central Library. Other Choc Lit authors Jane Lovering and Laura James are being so kind as to sell my books at the Romance Fair. Of course, they’re busy with their own events so Jane’s partner has kindly volunteered to take over. I’m not sure if he knows this yet.

Don’t anybody expect any real work from me until Monday! Because today is Publication Day and I’m managing to make it stretch over the weekend.

Even Amazon is celebrating with me – ‘Is This Love?’ is available at a special price for Kindle users because it’s part of the 100 Kindle Books promo.

A few of the first blogposts, interviews etc:

Bookgirl of Mur-y-Castell

Female First

ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association)

Mark West’s Strange Tales

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Pix from RT Booklovers Convention 2013

Self, Christina Courtenay and Lyn Vernham en route to the paranormal party. No, we're not Bananarama.

Self, Christina Courtenay and Lyn Vernham en route to the paranormal party. No, we’re not Bananarama.

Kathryn Falk, Christina Courtenay and me. Kathryn is the owner of RT Booklovers Magazine.

Kathryn Falk, Christina Courtenay and me. Kathryn is the owner of RT Booklovers Magazine.

It took me about a week to recover from my trip to Kansas City, Missouri for the RT Booklovers Convention. I put this down to working whilst I was away rather than holidaying, so that missing sleep while travelling kind of did me in. Then I went to a party, then I got a bug (it was a bug, not a hangover) and now I’m just about catching up. So, late but I hope still fun, are some of my pix.

At the bar in the Grand Union Station.

At the bar in the Grand Union Station.

Heather Graham, writer of paranormal romance and host for the Freaky Friday Paranormal Party. Note the skull in the headdress.

Heather Graham, writer of paranormal romance and host for the Freaky Friday Paranormal Party. Note the skull in the headdress.

Ball gown, front.

Ball gown, front.

My ball gown, back.

My ball gown, back.

Choc Lit at the Harlequin party. Top, L-R, Christina Courtenay, Beverley Eikli, Rachel Skinner, Self. Bottom, L-R, Lyn Verham, Liz Harris and Juliet Archer.

Choc Lit at the Harlequin party. Top, L-R, Christina Courtenay, Beverley Eikli, Rachel Skinner, Self. Bottom, L-R, Lyn Verham, Liz Harris and Juliet Archer.

Kansas City is known as the city of fountains. This was my favourite. Frog spitting on boy or boy peeing on frog?

Kansas City is known as the city of fountains. This was my favourite. Frog spitting on boy or boy peeing on frog?

A bear outside a chocolate factory. I like the Missouri taste for chocolate ...

A bear outside a chocolate factory. I like the Missouri taste for chocolate …

Getting ready for our Heroine's Abroad workshop, which was good fun and well supported. Evonne Wareham (back to cam) in Welsh national dress, Lynne Connolly, helpful lady called Carolyn, Christina Courtenay.

Getting ready for our Heroine’s Abroad workshop, which was good fun and well supported. Evonne Wareham (back to cam) in Welsh national dress, Lynne Connolly, helpful lady called Carolyn, Christina Courtenay.

Self, Christina Courtenay and Susanna Kearsley on the way into the FANtastic Day party.

Self, Christina Courtenay and Susanna Kearsley on the way into the FANtastic Day party.

My booth at the Giant Book Fair. Hundreds of authors signing books and chatting to readers.

My booth at the Giant Book Fair. Hundreds of authors signing books and chatting to readers.

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