Skip to main content

Summer Days




How the months fly by when you're having fun. Or when you're busy. I've been writing A LOT over the past few months - some exciting news may be on the way, she says cryptically - and in between have managed to squeeze in a summery visit from my mother, with associated days out; one at a grand manor house with beautiful gardens, as my mum doesn't have one of her own and loves photographing flowers.

I've also become a volunteer dog-walker at our local rescue centre, which is rewarding - though on my first walk with a patient and dogged (see what I did there?) little fellow called Hovis (from Romania) I managed to get lost, my sense of direction no better than it's ever been, resulting in a far longer walk than either of us had anticipated. I had visions of him sleeping soundly for the rest of the week, and hiding if he ever sees me again. Though he's hopefully found a new home now.


I was delighted to have a 'spine-tingling' short story published in The People's Friend this week, but the short stories are more or less on hold for the time being as I've a novel draft to write. And I've a visit to Devon with friends next week, then a short trip to Jersey with Lovely Husband in September. We've never been there, and are looking forward to exploring the island.

I hope you're all enjoying your summer, which seems to have started late in terms of the weather, but it's so beautifully sunny today I may slip my cardigan off ...


Comments

Sue Blackburn said…
You tease! ;-) Hope it's great news to come. My daugher, Katy, was a volunteer at an animal rescue centre and got a lot out of it.

LOVED your spine tingling short story in PF Karen - and you're mentioned on the front cover.

Summer has come here too. Gorgeous sunshine and lots of people. I love our seaside home in the summer when it comes to life (although I curse at the amount of traffic and can't get out of our driveway easily, but then we are on the main street!) I always feel like a holidaymaker but I have my own home comforts to hand. Best of both worlds.
But I also love it when they all go home and we have it back to ourselves again ;-)

Good luck with all your ventures :-) xx
Karen said…
I know what you mean about being pleased to have the house to yourself again, Sue :o) I'm so pleased you enjoyed my story, I expect to be reading lots of yours in PF very soon!
Hopefully there'll be writing news to announce soon, but I don't want to tempt Fate in the meantime ...
Amanda said…
Hovis looks so cute - and what a great name! Can't wait to hear your good news! :-)
Karen said…
I was tempted to bring him home with me, Mandy :o)
Wendy's Writing said…
Nice to see you back on the blog, Karen. Looking forward to hearing your news :)
Karen said…
Thank you, Wendy :o)
Teresa Ashby said…
What a lovely thing to do, Karen. I'm sure Hovis loved his extra long walk. He looks such a sweetie.

Looking forward to hearing your news :-)

Hope you have a lovely time in Devon and in Jersey - the summer has turned out beautiful after a wobbly start, long may it continue :-) xx
Karen said…
He really was lovely, Teresa, and didn't even flag when I got lost. The weather's looking lovely for next week, so fingers crossed :o)
Susie Vereker said…
Karen, Just found your kind comments on my blog!

Will wait for your news.
Susie
Karen said…
You're welcome, Susie, I started your book on holiday and am really enjoying it :o)

Popular posts from this blog

100th Post!

100 posts! This time last year I was a Blogging Virgin. Now I’m a bit of a slag. It’s become the highlight of my week, both reading yours and writing mine. Which means either:

a) I don’t get out much
b) I don’t get out much, or
c) I don’t get out much

(I think it's C)

This was my first ever post. Not a single comment did it receive. I dry-heaved into my hanky for an hour and considered leaving the country. Then I cottoned on to leaving comments in order to entice readers over.

Anticipating disappointment, outrage or (worse) apathy, I was pleasantly surprised to trap some lovely Readers in my cage of blathery nonsense. I nearly threw a Comments Party, but daren't push my luck.

It’s been a real journey, as they say on bad reality TV (is there any other sort?) On the way, I’ve been given some fantastic advice from you lot, as well as from a Real Published Author and more importantly I've learned that…

Mugs CAN live without kettles
The price of gravy changes with the wind
You can live i…

Q&A with Amanda Brittany

I'm thrilled to welcome Amanda Brittany to my blog today, to talk about her debut thriller Her Last Lie. 

It's been described as 'gripping with a shocking twist' and I can confirm that it is!

(It also has an amazing cover)



Which character in Her Last Lie would you like to meet?
Hi Karen, thank you for inviting me to your blog.
I suppose feisty Roxanne is the character I’d most like to meet. She’s so determined to get to the bottom of things, and appears to be a good friend to Isla.
There are definitely a couple of characters in the book I would hope never to meet.

I know the book has several settings, which did you enjoy writing the most?
I loved writing the second part of the book set in Abisko in Sweden. I visited Abisko a couple of years back, and it was great fun bringing the cold, bleak landscape to life, and describing the way The Northern Lights swoop across the night skies.
Are any of your characters based on people you know?
No, not at all, they all sprang from my imagi…

It's (not-even-nearly) the Season to be Jolly...

I know it's only September, but my new book THE BEACHSIDE CHRISTMAS is out today. It's the final in the Beachside series and writing three books in a year means I've been pretty immersed in this world.
10 things that stand out about writing this series are...
1. The Beachside Sweet Shop gave me the perfect opportunity to make some coconut ice. I used to help make it with my grandmother growing up, and it tasted exactly as I remembered
2. Also, in the course of research, I tried eating pear-drops to see whether I’d grown to enjoy them – I haven’t. I always preferred chocolate and still do.
3. Shipley, the setting for the series, is based on Swanage in Dorset, one of my favourite places to visit, but I changed the name so I could use some fictional license when it came to naming and placing pubs and shops. 
4. I don’t have green fingers so there was plenty of research involved in writing The Beachside Flower Stall. I loved learning the meanings and symbolism of various flowers …