First off I'd like to thank everyone for their congrats, emails, messages, cards, flowers & presents. Mr Metal* and I have been overwhelmed by the excited, delighted response to our news and we can't thank you enough for adding to the magic of the Spudling's** birth.
Becoming a little family really is the most wonderful thing in the world and, nearly two weeks after he was born, we're still marvelling over every sound and facial expression our tiny son makes. And don't get me started on his farts, they make us howl with laughter every time. How can something so tiny make such a loud noise?!
For the last two weeks Mr Metal, the Spudling and I have lived in the most amazing bubble and we'd be tempted to stay here forever if it weren't for real life knocking at the door. Mr Metal has to go back to work in 2 weeks time (yes, we're uber lucky that he gets to spend a whole month with us) and my second novel, Home for Christmas, is out on 10th November.
When Heaven Can Wait came out in 2009 I pulled out all the stops to promote it but this time around my injured thumb (which is nearly fully recovered thank goodness) and my new status as 'mum' (aka the milk machine!) means that my ability to get involved in lots of PR and marketing has been limited. I have been involved in a few marketing ideas - including something chicklitreviews will be exclusively debuting at the end of this month, a writers space feature for Novelicious, some competitions I'll be running from my Facebook page and a tiny blog tour - but that's it. I haven't had time to write articles or stories for the press and there won't be a launch party or any signings. The thing is I really need this book to be a success if I'm to stand a chance of getting a second two book deal, especially in this worrying 'are chicklit sales on the downturn?' time and I'm running out if time and feasible ideas.
I was wondering if you could help?
The tagline of the book is 'all she wants for Christmas is three little words' and I thought it would be wonderful if, on 10th November, as many bloggers as possible could blog 'All I want for Christmas is...' and then something you want this year, or when you were a child, or a great (or terrible!) Christmas memory. And if you could end your post with an image of Home for Christmas, the blurb and a link to Amazon that would be amazing!
If you'd like to get involved please comment on this post or email/tweet me and I'll post the image/blurb/link nearer the time.
But for now there's a beautiful little boy who's wailing for a feed so time for me to take off my author hat and put my mummy one back one. I like the way it looks! :)
* my boyfriend used to be the lead singer in a signed heavy metal band but now has a much more sensible job!
** My nickname for baby on this blog because I thought my pregnant bump looked more like a potato than a beach ball!
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