Hello, lovely people!
Oh, my goodness! I’m so missing having a Christmas book out this year. My festive novel usually comes out in August – in plenty of time for Christmas, of course! I am the woman in my local Co-op looking for mince pies as the sun is beating down, making mulled wine instead of summery cocktails involving strawberries. My Christmas book has become a bit of a tradition over the last five years and I start to look forward to Christmas earlier and earlier (much to Lovely Kev’s annoyance!)
This year, without the anchor of my book, it’s all gone to pot. I’ve hardly bought any pressies; none of the ones I’ve actually got are wrapped. At this time of year, I normally resemble Cassie from Calling Mrs Christmas – my character who organises fabulous Christmasses for other people. I haven’t even done my usual Christmas Spreadsheet yet! No doubt I’ll be doing the last-minute Christmas eve dash. Though I do take some solace in the fact that I’ve handmade all of my Christmas cards this year – no popping down to Next for a 3 for 2 deal. Oh, no. And I do send a LOT of Christmas cards! I was spurred on by my new novel, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, being set in the world of crafting which we are cheekily releasing on 15 December – not exactly a Christmas book, but it will still give you a lovely warm glow.
I haven’t been slacking, though! There is a Christmas novel for next year, already delivered and approved by my editor. Yay! She loves it and I think you will too. It’s a festive follow-up to The Cake Shop in the Garden and it has been lovely to spend time with Fay and Danny on The Dreamcatcher again. And, if you really need a Christmas Carole fix, then I have five backlist titles to choose from – each one with a different festive flavour!
I did put my tree up on 26 November – just because it’s the only free day I had before Christmas and we have a MONSTER tree. It’s ten feet tall and takes us all day to decorate and Lovely Kev tries very hard not to lose the will to live with it. We have some mulled wine, mince pies and a bit of Michael Bublé on the iPod to help us along. Then, to round off the proceedings, we go and have a roasty dinner and champagne with our lovely next-door neighbours. So that’s finally started to get me in the festive mood. Three months later than usual, but better late than never. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Love C : ) xx
ps: All of my lovely Christmas novels are at frivolously festive prices to download for Kindle at the moment!