Firstly, thank you to Janice Horton - whose book, Bagpipes & Bullshot is out on Kindle on 1st April - for presenting me with this gorgeous Stylish Blogger Award, which came just when I needed a little 'pick me up'. The rules are that I post seven things about me that you didn't know and then nominate seven other bloggers for this award.
1. I love animals and have so far had 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, but right now I have one dog who probably makes more noise than all the others put together.
2. Last year I left my job of nine years to work for Play.com and love it there.
3. I used to have a landscape gardening business.
4. I live close to two beaches and can see the lights on the coast of France from my bedroom window.
5. I can't park in a straight line no matter how many times I try to do it.
6. When my mother was pregnant they thought I was twins (!) I still have the x-ray they took, which is weird, but sweet at the same time.
7. I'm a member of the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers' Scheme.
I'd like to nominate: pat posner, sue (flowerpot), karen clarke, Talli Roland, B.E Sanderson, Pauline Barclay and Kath at The Nut Press for this award.
Talking of awards, on Friday I attended the Jersey Enterprise Awards. Approximately 850 people were at Fort Regent for the awards which were televised (local tv thankfully, just in case I can be spotted dressed from head to foot in black as if I'm going to a sequin inspired funeral), and the keynote speaker was Heather Rabbatts, Chairman of Shed Media and who was 2008 Business Woman of the Year, among other things. It was a fun, evening with entertainment provided by Honeybun, a local girl band who sang backing vocals on Joe McElderry's latest album and various sponsors, including Play.com sponsored well-earned awards to various businesses, schools and other enterprising groups.
The Pure Passion Awards are being held on Monday for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award as well as other awards including the Romantic Comedy Prize - which my lovely friend, Christina Jones is up for with her brilliant book, The Way To A Woman's Heart, the Historical Novel Prize and Love Story of the Year. You can find the shortlists here and I look forward to hearing all about the winners, outfits and seeing photos of everyone who went.
Talking of winners, the winners of the signed copy of Christina Courtenay's excellent novel The Scarlet Kimono goes to Janice Horton. Christina has been shortlisted for the Historical Novel Prize at the Pure Passion Awards for her first novel, Trade Winds. The winner of the copy of Kate Johnson's novel, The Untied Kingdom, out on 1st April, is Pat Posner.