What a lovely birthday week I’ve had, being thoroughly spoiled by friends and family, culminating in a wonderful Fireworks treat with my wee granddaughter, son and daughter-in-law last night! As part of their gift, they had booked tickets to the huge fireworks extravaganza in the grounds of Hopetoun House, one of the largest country estates in Scotland, dating from the 17th century. I’ll certainly return for a visit to the house itself at some point.
Amongst their other gifts, Iona drew me a picture of herself (you can just see her her long fair hair) surrounded by small roses and cut it carefully out so we could put it in the frame she gave me, along with a lovely big candle. Needless to say, we also had cake (chocolate) with candles and an enormous box of chocolates – no prizes for guessing what I like! Back to healthy eating soon…
In other news, I’ve now revealed the cover of my new Scottish novel, Return to Kilcraig, which will be launched on Friday 4th November! Please join me for the celebration party that day on the Facebook event or on the blog here. There will be fun, food, music and competitions!
I was very surprised to discover myself on the cover of the latest Romance Matters magazine from the Romantic Novelists’ Association, along with other writers (bottom right)! The editor kindly published my overview of the Conference in July and I’ve also set up a Scottish Chapter of the association on Facebook – first real-life meeting happening soon.
As you can see, it has been an exciting October and I’m looking forward to November and all the interesting activities to brighten up the darker days and nights.