Monday, 20 July 2009

Always The Bridesmaid and a Bookersatz Review

Just when I thought today was going to be a typically grim Monday, I decided to take a break from going round in circles and have a peek at my emails, whilst munching on my cheese and lettuce sandwich. I was delighted to see that I'd won a signed copy of Nina Harrington's new book, Always The Bridesmaid, together with a signed cover flat of the US cover.

Since last year's RNA Conference Nina has sold two books, Always The Bridesmaid being her first, and had a new contract for two more. Now, that's success. I'm so thrilled for her, because, apart from having great taste in shoes (very important), she's also a lovely person, and it's always heart-warming to see good people do well.

Before I go and bellow at my fighting teenagers (they've only just broken up, and already they're at each others throats), you may remember that recently I read a wonderful book by Sarah Harrison, called 'A Spell Of Swallows', and if you'd like to read more about it, please go to Bookersatz where they've just posted my review.

Right. That's it. Time to break them up and restore a little peace around here.

24 comments:

Leigh Russell said...

I think that's probably one of the main differences between men and women, Debs. Men just don't get the shoes. I realise that's ambiguous, but they don't really 'get' shoes in either sense of the word. Sorry if I'm being controversial on your blog, not very polite, is it?
I come here sometimes just to look at your shed. It looks like such a quiet haven. I hope you don't allow the warring teenagers across the threshold!

Anna said...

Good luck establishing that peace. :))) I am looking forward to finding some behind the wheel...

Queenie said...

I read your review earlier and, if my tbr pile wasn't already sky-high, I'd be adding Sarah Harrison's book. As it is, I've made a mental note for her name; I'm sure I'll end up reading her books one day.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on your win. I've just read Nina Harrington's book and it's brilliant - I'm sure you're going to love it.

:-)

HelenMHunt said...

Thanks for doing such a great review for Bookersatz.

DJ Kirkby said...

Congrats on your winning a new treat. That is fab news for Nina, getting those book sales. She must write very well but it just doesn't look like my 'kind' of book. You know I love crime novels...sure wish I could write them. N3S's last day is today, N2S is back in college already (though just for a month before he switches to a new branch of classes), and N1S works now so our house is always full of noisy boys but even more so after today.

Flowerpot said...

How lovely to have won a book! And I love Sarah Harrison's books - will go and read your review now.

Casdok said...

Good luck with the summer hols!! And congrats on your win - always nice to win something.

ChrisH said...

Well done, Debs - I've been over to read your review. My personal favourites by Sarah Harrison were her comic novels - to my shame I can't remember the exact titles 'Hot Breath' 'Cold Feet' ring a bell. Good luck with the holidays. Also hope He Who Must Not Be Named isn't acting up any more.

KatW said...

Liked your review & have left a comment over on Bookersatz.

My two only finished school 2pm today & I've already had words. If only it would stop raining - that would help!

Kat

Debs said...

leigh - you're not at all controversial, merely honest. They don't 'get' shoes at all. You should see the things R wears, and the look on his face when he sees how much some of my shoes have cost.

Teenagers definately not allowed to enter the haven!

anna - peace now reigns, thankfully. Mind you, one of them has gone out, so that's probably why.

queenie - her books are wonderful.

suzanne - thanks. I'm looking forward to reading it.

helen - aww thanks m'dear.

dj - your house sounds busier than mine. How do you keep up with who's doing what?

flowerpot - I was delighted. Hope you enjoy the review, the book was excellent.

casdok - you too. I was thrilled to win NH's book.

chris - I didn't know she did comic novels, so must check them out.

He who must not be named caused me a lot of grief last week, but I didn't back down and got it all sorted in the end. For now...

kat - thanks so much.

Only broke up today? I wish I could say the same for mine. You would think they'd all be happy to have such a long holiday!

Fionnuala Kearney said...

Step AWAY from the children Debs - back to the shed and leave them to it...x

Kaye Manro said...

It's so good to have won, Debs. And I agree, go back to the shed!

Liane Spicer said...

Debs, you're an angel - you know that don't you? Thank you so much for dropping by the Herald blog and leaving a comment. Just letting you know how much I appreciate your support!

Congrats on the win! I agree that having great taste in shoes is absolutely essential. Off to read your Bookersatz review...

gaelikaa said...

Oh! Your kids are just like mine! One factor that unites all mothers!

Debs said...

fionnuala - I completely agree with you.

kaye - I love winning things, especially books. Can't ever have enough of them.

liane - thanks very much, m'dear.

Hope you enjoy the review.

gaelikaa - You're right there. I think all children act the same and all mothers feel the same about them!

claire p said...

It's lovely to win books, I just won one to!

Carol said...

Having great taste in shoes is very very important!! I like the sound of this woman already :-)

Good luck with the teenagers

C x

Faye said...

Your review made me want to read "Swallows", Debs. Must see if available through Amazon. Don't know anything about warring teens, but grown siblings can do a pretty good job of upsetting the home front, here at least!

Just keep your thoughts on how much you're going to enjoy writing time at Caerleon. Soon?

Debs said...

claire p - congratulations.

carol - shoes are very important.

Teenagers, quiet for now!

faye - hope you manage to get a copy. Seems like it doesn't matter what age they are, they can be awkward.

Caerleon here I come!

Melissa Marsh said...

Debs -

I just saw this book:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0715638769?ie=UTF8&tag=historicalinf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0715638769

and instantly thought of you! It's about the WW2 occupation of the Jersey Islands and is out today!

Debs said...

melissa - thanks, but I couldn't get the link to work. I shall look it up.

Melissa Marsh said...

Blast! If you can't find it, let me know.

Debs said...

melissa - found it! Thanks.x