Book Hangover

I’m no stranger to the normal type of hangover but who’d have thought the booky type would be just as exhausting? Here I am needing comfort food, jammies and easy conversation and I haven’t touched a drop! It’s simply not on – the next time I feel this bad, I want to have had a wee tipple at the very least.

The source of this exhaustion is my new kindle. I’ve always been a paperback & bookmark kind of girl but recently I had to buy a new phone and the screen is so darn big I thought I might as well download the app.

Those of you less Luddite than myself will already know the kindle format but this was a complete novelty – there are no pages…that’s right no pages. Instead you’re told what percentage of the book you’ve read. This is an absolute nightmare for someone as competitive as me – ‘I’ve done 50%? That’s not even a pass mark!’  I had to do a whole lot better than 50% – I couldn’t stop until I’d scored at least 75%. That’s a B+ in old money I think.

Then there’s the whole light-off discipline. With a normal book & a hubby with a normal job, you tend to do the decent thing – you get just to the end of the chapter and switch off so everyone can get some shut-eye. Now I can read all night without him indoors even noticing. It’s like owning that mythical wine glass – the one that just keeps re-filling itself.

So if I ever want to finish writing my next novel, I’m going to have to go back to paper and that gentle moment when you close the pages and get some sleep.

Kindle – it should some with a health warning “May Cause Book Hangovers”



Thank You!

The Mercury Travel Club launches in five weeks and to say I’m starting to feel nervous would be an understatement! I really hope it gives everyone a good laugh. It’s a bit like planning a party; you just want everyone to have a great time and you know you won’t relax until you see your guests smiling and chatting. That’s why, right now, I need to say thank you to all those who have reviewed the book so far and given some fabulous feedback. Helen Lederer is a comedienne and actress I love to watch; she invented the genre “mid-lit” and really supports women who write comedy. Having read Mercury, I was delighted when she gave us a cover quote “A joyfully warm and witty read with real sparkle and knowing “. The day we heard back from her, I did a little dance!

I’ve also had some fabulous feedback and support from authors Carol E Wyer, Mandy Baggott, Alex Brown and Laura Lockington. In fact the whole writing community has been tremendous, offering advice and answers to my probably naive questions.

Mercury is now being read by the blogging community and I thank everyone who is taking part for your time and consideration. It does mean a great deal to me.

Finally, I have to thank all those who have pre-ordered Mercury. When I hear that you’ve had the faith in me to buy my book, it’s like a lovely big hug! I hope you enjoy it and once again – thank you, thank you, thank you !

You’re all absolute stars xxxxx