Sunday, 30 October 2016

Covers, Fireworks and Treats

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.



Patsy said...

That's a very cheery self portrait!

Teresa Ashby said...

Belated happy birthday, Rosemary. What a wonderful week and a beautiful unique gift from Iona.

Linda D said...

Belated happy birthday (although it obviously was!)
I'm not on FB but I've made a note in my diary to pop in to your blog for the book launch.

Joanna said...

What a wonderful birthday, especially Iona's beautiful picture, and how fabulous to see your picture on the magazine cover too!
Wishing you an equally exciting and lovely November. xxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations for both covers - and the cute picture from the wee one!Glad you had such a fab time. Our fireworks-in-the-park is this Saturday but we'll watch from a comfy chair as per! I'm already scoffing chocs intended for tonight's per... Love Catriona XO

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Isn't it, Patsy - shame you can't see the lovely yellow curls so well!

Many thanks, Teresa - I'm sure you'll have many such gifts to treasure!

Thanks a lot for that, Linda!

Thanks so much, Joanna - I do love this time of year!

Oh, dear, don't talk about chocolates, Catriona - you won't believe how many I've eaten!

Julia Thorley said...

It was my birthday over the weekend, too. I opted for lemon meringue pie over cake this year. Great cover on the new book.

Gail Crane said...

Congratulations on your cover appearance and good luck with the new book. And a belated 'happy birthday', too!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Belated happy birthday to you, Julia! Thanks.

Many thanks, Gail!