My debut novel The Second Love Of My Life was first published here in the UK a year ago today! It was a dream come true to hold the book in my hands and see it on the book shelves. And it still is.
I still receive messages from readers who have enjoyed the book and that is always the most wonderful feeling. Getting published was a long journey for me, and for most writers, so knowing the book has found a place in someone’s heart just makes it all worthwhile.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who got a copy and supported the book’s release (and who are still supporting it and me!). Being a writer can be lonely sometimes and it’s easy to doubt yourself so knowing that someone has enjoyed your book is a huge boost and you guys have put a smile on my face so many times since publication.
Lots of love and hugs,
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my all-time favourite book. I have lost count how many times I’ve re-read it and watched the BBC adaptation! I love it so much I just can’t help but buy new editions of it when I spot them.
I just saw this new edition from Macmillan, and nabbed it. I love the gold edges to the paper and its miniature size:
It joins my large and rather fancy White’s edition:
And then my Penguin paperback for when I actually want to read it and not just admire on the shelf:
I picked up this one this year from Waterstones and it’s a lovely black leather hardback:
This caught my eye and had to be added to the collection! There are some lovely pictures to colour alongside quotes from the book:
I love how there are so many ways to package one book! I think I’ll always be drawn to new editions of this book and it will need a whole shelf to itself soon.
Do you buy new editions of your favourite book? Is there another edition of Pride and Prejuduce I should have?
Just TWO days to go now ….
The Summer I Met You 💕
This week’s Sunday Songs is themed for Valentine’s Day – here are my current favourite songs about love & heartbreak:
Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song
Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed – I Will For You
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Avril Lavigne – Give You What You Like
The Shires – I Just Wanna Love You
Echosmith – Bright
Misterwives – Coffins
Ryn Weaver – OctaHate
Christina Perri – The Words
Taylor Swift – Style
Valentine’s Day got me thinking about reading and writing romance – when it comes to love is it about the journey or the destination?
For me, it’s the journey. I actually like romances where you meet the main character and the love interest and it’s clear that they belong together but you know it’s not going to be a easy road. I love seeing their ups and downs, their missed opportunities and lack of communication, the obstacles that get in their way and how they ultimately resolve them. I like knowing a happy ending is on the cards because for me the joy of the story is in how they reach that point.
It’s pretty easy in fiction, especially if you read a lot of love stories, to work out who people are meant to be with. In real life though it’s never as easy and let’s face it, it’s rare for there to be a happy ever after. This is exactly why I enjoy it in fiction so much. I want things to work out. I like it when there’s drama and I like stories that have dark and gritty angles but I’m still a sucker for seeing it all work out in the end.
My favourite love stories have a happy ending or at least an ending where you can interpret that they are happy. I like the twists and turns of the story as long as it’s leading to the resolution I want. So far I have ended up writing what I like to read as well – all of my endings have had at least hope if not happiness and I imagine that’s what I will always lean to.
I suppose some people find some romances predictable and to some extent they all are but I’m perfectly happy with that because when it comes to love, and life, it’s about the journey, not the destination.
Do you like happily ever afters?
Yes, I’m a little cynical about Valentine’s Day – let’s face it it’s a day made for spending money and love should be shared and celebrated every day. Plus I’m usually single when it comes around so I can’t even pretend to be annoyed with a bouquet of red roses 🙂 But I saw this Disney film short a few weeks ago being shared around the internet and I kept it to post on here today. I don’t even think the biggest cynics would fail to have their heart warmed by it.
So Happy Valentine’s Day to all my followers!
Ps: If this failed to cheer you up, try these instead 🙂
So, tell me – are you a Valentine’s fan or cynic?
I saw this quote yesterday. I haven’t read the book it comes from although now I will. I just sat staring at it. It felt true, incredibly sad but also inspiring. I found myself thinking about moments and how easily you can let them slip by. The biggest hurdle for me is fear. I suppose it is for most of us. Fear makes us let moments slip by but afterwards we regret letting it. We usually can’t get the moment back though. We can’t have a do-over.
Maybe this is why I like being a writer so much. I can create moments and how characters respond to them. It’s far harder in real life. It’s easy for me to tell my characters what they should do, it’s even easy for me to tell other people in real life what they should do but it’s never easy to take my own advice. I know that sometimes I just let moments pass when I should grab hold of them and make them mine.
This next quote seemed a fitting conclusion to this conversation. This book I have read and like most books about first loves there is a fairytale quality to these words but I still love the idea of having such a moment in real life. One where you don’t let it go but let it wash over you, knowing that it has the power to change everything but also nothing because you will hold on to it forever.
I can’t promise that I’ll let my fear go in the future but I’m going to try to recognise moments when they come along and do my best to turn them into bigger and brighter ones. At least I can try not to let them slip though my fingers as I’ve done in the past. But if this fails at least I can have happy endings in my books.
Do you ever let moments pass and regret it afterwards?