Happy Book-iversary !

A year ago this week, The Mercury Travel Club appeared on the shelves and I had a little glass or two to celebrate with friends. After all, it would have been rude not to. I remember being overwhelmed by the support and kindness of everyone but boy did I need it. People ask if I was excited when the actual printed copy arrived through the letter box and of course I told them I was, but honestly? I was absolutely terrified! It’s a very scary thing, unleashing your musings on the world and then waiting to hear what people think. I had many a sleepless night before the first reviews came in and there’d have been no point having a manicure as I’d bitten my nails down to the bone. I can’t remember ever being as nervous as I was then – so if you’re out there about to publish your first book and you recognise this angst – then get in touch and I’ll reassure you that you’re not the only one!

Happily, a year on and I’ve calmed down a little; so far readers have been very, very kind and started to ask me what happens next to the Mercury team? I’ve been delighted and surprised to have conversations about what Angie and Patty might do next – I wanted them to seem like friends we all might have and I’m always glad when someone says they know women just like them. The good news is that the sequel isn’t far away. We’re dotting i’s and crossing t’s as we speak so watch this space for more news.

Meanwhile, to celebrate this anniversary week, I thought I’d give away a signed copy of Mercury – so if you’d like the chance to win one, then share, RT, like, follow or whatever else can be done on social meedja and I’ll pick a name at random then get in touch.

Thank you for your support so far – it has been very, very much appreciated,

Helen x

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