Wednesday 5 April 2023

A Week of Celebration.

 Last Tuesday saw the publication of Masquerade on the Riviera, the fourth in the Riviera series. 

It was a lovely day.

In the morning on Tuesday it was the usual flurry of social media that accompanies a launch and in the evening I had a celebratory dinner with two good friends.  Many thanks to Kath for the flowers and the

photo of me looking somewhat bedraggled - it was a very wet evening - but suitably smug as the author of a new book. The smugness was justified when I got home and found that Masquerade had a best seller flag on Amazon which it retained for several days.   There were lots of congratulations and good wishes from fellow authors, a few guest blog posts and some very complimentary reviews. An author is always worried about whether the readers will like a book - and you are the ones that matter, after all. Masquerade is a bit different as it leans towards cosy crime and the Golden Age of crime fiction at the beginning, but it does end up on a millionaire's yacht, so I still have the glamour factor. 

On Thursday I treated myself to a trip to see Mother Goose - the pantomime starring Ian McKellen, one of my all time theatrical heroes. A good time was had by all. More of that next week. 

On Tuesday this week was the monthly meeting on the Cariad Chapter of the Romantic Novelists' Association.

As promised in the Acknowledgements of Masquerade, there was cake. Chocolate and salted caramel, and it was very good. There were more flowers - thanks Jan - lots of fun, gossip, sharing of news and technical talk.  

A very good day. 

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