Cups of caffeinated beverage so far today: Two coffees, one tea – and none of it has touched the sides. By the time my wife comes home, I might be a solid stick of caffeine, waiting to explode. Interesting image.
Steps so far today: 5,926. It’s set to hit 26 degrees in London Town today and my morning walk was flooded with sunshine. About bloody time!
What am I working on? Still plugging away on the joint book with Harper Bliss – we’ve nearly finished the second draft and it’s going to the editor next Friday, so the heat is on! Reading it again, I’m still dead chuffed with it, and I hope you will be, too!
Meanwhile, book four in the London Romance series – The London Of Us – is due out on June 27th. I sent the book to print this week, the audio is being recorded and it’s so close, I can touch it. The book is also on pre-order at iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble, so head to those stores to reserve your copy now (if you read on Kindle, no pre-order there as yet). I’ve never done a pre-order before, so you don’t know how excited that will make me if you do! You might hear my squeak of excitement when the first pre-order comes through!
I’m also laying the foundations of book five in the London series – called London, Actually. A title already, ye gads! It’s next in the queue to be written, once the joint book is out the door. Plus, by the time the next email arrives, I should have released a boxset of the first three London books. So if you’re a boxset fan and have been thinking, ‘when is Clare going to release that darned thing?’, it’s coming, I promise!
What am I reading? I just finished Ellie Hart’s The Deep End, an intriguing crime novel with underlying sadness for the human condition. I also read AE Radley’s Huntress, and I really enjoyed its madcap nature as a bumbling fugitive is chased around the country by a sexy sleuth. The scene on the canal boats is worth the admission alone – priceless! I’ve also been sticking to my New Year’s resolution and reading some poetry – the latest to float my boat is Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings.
Any weekend plans? We have friends coming over for dinner on Saturday – one of them reads this, so hi Emma! Before that, we’ll be watching the mighty Tottenham Hotspurs through our fingers as they try to reach the FA Cup final against Man Utd. We’ve hit a slump in form, but I’m trying to think positive. Not easy for a Spurs fan! Then Sunday is one of my favourite Sundays of the year as it’s the London Marathon, which runs past the bottom of my road. I love the vibe the marathon gives, and I especially love standing by the roadside and cheering people on. It’s so inspirational to watch runners of all ages and shapes take on this challenge, and proves that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. I’m sounding like a motivational speaker today, aren’t I?!
Audiobook fan? I still have a few free review codes to listen to Twice In A Lifetime, so send me a message at email@example.com if you want one!