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November 24th, 2017

Cups of caffeinated beverage so far today: None. Frankly, I’m surprised I’m even alive.

Steps so far today: 80. Paltry. But I will remedy this with a gym visit and a walk to Aldi later. If you’ve ever wanted to know the glamorous life of a writer, this is it!

Christmas films watched this week: Three. Pretty good. You don’t want to know the total for last week.

What am I working on? The next book in the London Romance series, which is currently untitled. It’s the story of Tanya’s friend Alice from A Girl Called London, and I’ve shaped the story now, so it’s just a case of filling in the scenes and chapters. Easy, right? Nearly. But it’s actually coming along well and I’m hoping to get a rough draft finished by the time we leave for sunnier climes. Plus, yesterday I penned a scene where the lead character sees the object of her desire and then trips and falls into her lap. Literally. Who doesn’t love some physical comedy capers?!

Any weekend plans? A little more writing, as well as recording the next episode of my podcast with US author Annette Mori – can’t wait! I’m also having my first Christmas meal out with four of my loveliest friends, but we won’t be eating turkey as we’re going to an Argentinean steakhouse. Plus, I’m looking forward to the next episode of Strictly Come Dancing and wondering: can Susan Calman win??? Never say never.

What am I reading? I’ve been reading a spot of m/f romance of late to see if I can learn anything, and I loved Sarah Morgan’s New York, Actually – a fantastic romance with humour and heart! I’m also planning to re-read Gerri Hill’s Chasing A Brighter Blue because I loved it last time – my top festive lesfic pick. That, and Jae’s Under A Falling Star.

How am I feeling? I’m feeling very chipper this week, as Twice In A Lifetime is still selling well and getting read, which is the most important thing. Also, it’s getting a ton of reviews, so thank you so much if you’ve reviewed it. And if you haven’t yet and you have five minutes, I’d love it if you would. Let’s see if we can push the reviews to over 50 on the US & UK Amazon sites! That really would make my weekend.

Listen to me on Diva Radio! This week I was lucky enough to have a chat with Heather Peace and Rosie Wilby on Diva Radio. You can listen again by clicking here, and the show also features an interview by Rachel Shelley with Alexandra Hedison, aka Dylan from The L Word. Yes, a Helena-Dylan reunion: be still my beating heart!

Stuck for a Christmas gift? If you’d like any of my books signed as Christmas gifts, now’s the time to order! Just hit reply to this email and I will send you a signed copy (Twice In A Lifetime are sold out, but I have all my other books in stock). Books cost £9.99+p&p.

All I Want For Christmas is my festive Christmas offering and it’s the story of Tori, who gives herself a month to find a girlfriend for Christmas. The book starts on November 25th, so tomorrow would be a fab time to start reading it – click here!